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Yucca, Red

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.

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