YUCCA, RED (RED HESPERALOE) Evergreen ¨C 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.
NOTES: Native to west Texas. Not a true yucca.
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.
Yucca gloriosa (YUCK-ah glor-ee-OH-sa)
Evergreen Sun Height. 3¡ä¨C8¡ä Spread 3¡ä¨C4¡ä Spacing 3¡ä¨C4¡ä
HABIT: Single unbranching trunk. Spreads of offshoots to make new plants. White flower stalk in summer.
CULTURE: Any soil as long as well-drained.
USES: Accent or dramatic mass.
PROBLEMS: Aphids and scale if over watered.
NOTES: Looks best at height of 24¡å¨C36¡å. When leggy it is best to cut off the tall part and let the baby plants take over. The flowers are edible if you aren¡¯t spraying with toxic pesticides.