Hesperaloe parviflora

red yucca, hummingbird yucca, samandoque

Hesperaloe parviflora is a yucca like succulent, forming rosettes of thin, arching leaves. Ideal for rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens.

The hairy clumps of red yucca are adorned in summer with slender flower stalks bearing coral red flowers.

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Origin: Chihuahuan desert, West Texas
Genus: Hersperaloe
Species / Cultivar: parviflora
Common Name: red yucca, hummingbird yucca, samandoque
Synonym: Yucca parviflora

Plant Biography

Native to the Chihuahuan desert in West Texas, this yucca has gain popularity in cultivation due to its drought tolerance, heat resistance and low maintenance needs.

In its natural habitat, the flamboyantly coral red to pink flowers, rising above the plant to about 1.5 – 2.0 m, are being a great source of nectar for the hummingbirds.

The species name is an indication of its flower size, “parviflora” in English translating to “small flowers”.

Hesperaloe parviflora
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Plant with other arid plants as a colour accent. Plant it where the sun backlights the flowers and striking form.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Unlike other yuccas, the Hersperaloe parviflora has spineless leaves with fibrous threads running along their edges.

It loves a sunny dry garden, with sandy, dry and sharply draining soils. In winter and during drought periods, the leaves get a reddish-bronze tint.

It requires no attention or supplemental irrigation once established.


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