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Item ID: 26
Common Name: Red hesperaloe, Red Yucca, Hummingbird Yucca
Habitat: Hesperaloe parviflora is fond of limestone soils and is commonly found along valley slopes and canyon areas within the habitat.
Range: Not commonly found in Texas but has become a distributed cultivar. It is also popular in many southern and southwestern states. This plant is from western Texas and northeast Mexico.
Care: This is a very easy plant to grow in Tucson and the surrounding areas. It is very tolerant of cold weather and can easily take temperatures below 0º F. It is also highly tolerant of full sun and may only need supplimental watering during the dryer months of the year.
Propagation: Propagation is from seed and division of the numerous offsets.
Size: Adult plants may have many offsets and can be 2 to 4 feet in height and several feet wide.
Flowers: Deep red to light pink and there is also a cream to yellow flowering variety.
Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins @2003
There are basiclly two forms of this plant that are very popular for desert landscaping. Both the red and yellow flowering forms are currently available in many nurseries. Plants have long deep green ascending leaves with white hairlike portions along the leaf margins. Flowers are numerous and are a common attractant of hummingbirds.
If you have a garden space without this plant please seek it out and purchase one or two. It is a very easy plant to care for and only requires a little extra water to demonstrate a healthy green growth. Removal of the flower stalk may be needed after flowering. Plants often display many small light green fruit or seed pods that can be collected when dry and split open to gather the many thin, black seed for cultivation .
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