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Item ID: 35
Common Name: Giant Hesperaloe, Coahuilan Hesperaloe
Range: Found in the states of Coahuila through Nuevo Leon and into San Luis Potosi.
Care: This is a very drought tolerant plant but the addition of extra summer moisture is encouraged to keep the plant in good form. Hesperaloe funifera is also a very cold tolerant species and can withstand temperatures as low as 5 degrees farenheit. For gardens in Tucson this is an excellent addition, but be sure to allow for the large size expansion.
Propagation: Propagated by seed or by offset removal.
Size: Plant may be 6 feet in height and 6 feet wide with very long rather rigid leaves.
Flowers: Flowers are somewhat greenish white and are displayed on the tall flower stalk
Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins ©2003
Leaf color is a rather yellow-green and can be approximately 2 inches wide and over 6 feet in length. Leaves have long curly hair like strings attached to the side margins. The rather stiff leaf tends to cascade toward the tip which adds to the attractive form of this increasingly popular species.
Over the years this plant has been studied as an excellent source of natural fibers. In recent years it has been gaining popularity and is now easily found in many good garden centers in Arizona.
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