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Red Yucca

YUCCA, RED (RED HESPERALOE)              Evergreen Sun
Hesperaloe parviflora                                     Ht. 3 Spread 3-5
hess-per-RAY-low par-vi-FLOOR-ah                Spacing 3-4

HABIT:  Slender, fountain-like blue green foliage that is fairly
slow growing. Reddish pink flowers bloom almost all summer.

CULTURE: Extremely drought tolerant, any soil as long as it
is well drained. Low food needs.

USES: Specimen, accent, summer color.



PROBLEMS:         None.

Question: I have a yucca in front of my house that has produced some babies. One is about 12 inches tall, and the other about 6 to 8 inches tall. I trim off all the dead foliage from the yucca and keep the outward-facing leaves clipped because they are close to a sidewalk. What is the best time for me to separate these babies from the mother plant? B.P., Fort Worth

Answer: Fall to early spring is the best time, but yuccas can be divided at any time with reasonable results.


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