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Red-flower False Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora

 

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Red-flower False Yucca
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Alternate name: Red Yucca

Family: Agavaceae, Agave view all from this family



Description Not a yucca, this member of the lily family produces soft, yucca-like, evergreen leaves, 2-3 ft. in length, crowded on the perennial's short, woody base. The flower stalk rises 5 ft. and bears showy, coral-colored, tubular flowers occur on arching, wand-like, pink stems. Leaves are plum-colored in winter; blue-green other times.


Flower March - September (to frost).


Flower March - September (to frost)


Habitat Prairies; rocky slopes; mesquite groves.


Range C. Texas; Mexico.


Discussion Red-flower False Yucca is evergreen, drought-resistant, and adaptable to a variety of soils. Deer browse the foliage, while the flowers attract hummingbirds.


Comments Red yucca is evergreen, drought-resistant, and adaptable to a variety of soils. Mature size is reached in 3-5 years. Flowering diminishes with increasing shade. The plant is susceptible to aphids on flowering stems. Remove the flowering stalks as they dry.


Exposure Preference Sun to partial shade.


Native Distribution C. Texas; Mexico


Site Preference Prairies; rocky slopes; mesquite groves


Soil Preference Dry soils.


Wildlife Value Deer browse the foliage, while the flowers attract hummingbirds.


 

 

 

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