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| Red Yucca, Red Hesperaloe|
Red yucca (which is not a yucca) is a stalwart in the landscapes of Texas and the southwest. Its dark green rosette of long, thin leaves rising fountain-like from the base provides an unusual sculptural accent, its long spikes of pink to red to coral bell-shaped flowers last from May through October, and it is exceedingly tough, tolerating extreme heat and cold and needing no attention or supplemental irrigation once established, although many people remove the dried flower stalks in the fall. Unlike yucca, the leaves are not spine-tipped, and have fibrous threads along the edges. Red yucca is native to Central and Western Texas. A yellow-flowered form has recently become available in nurseries, and a larger, white-flowered species native to Mexico, giant hesperaloe (H. funifera), which has only been found in one location in the Trans-Pecos, is also available. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.
Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
Flower Color: pinkish red, coral, yellow
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: woody capsule
Height: 3 to 5 feet
Width: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Soil Requirements: adaptable