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Hesperaloe parviflora     
Red yucca   
Agavaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: clumping, grass-like mound of succulent leaves
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 2-3ft, spread to 4ft
close-up of leaf blade
leaf margin
Leaves: long narrow blades (like rolled grass), arching form, curly threads along edge of blade margins
Flowers: inverted bell-shape held on tall stalk; red to pink; flowers 1.25in long, stalks to 8ft tall on mature plants; long blooming period (early summer through fall)
Fruit: distinctive ping-pong ball sized capsule with multiple chambers; flat black seed within
Stems/Trunks: n/a
Range/Origin: Texas Rio-Grande area, northern Mexico
Hardiness: to 12°F


Red yucca
mass planting of Hesperaloe parviflora in bloom

flower stalk

currently first or second in popularity of landscape plants in Tucson
yellow flowering varieties are also available
seed pod
dry (bursting) seed pod

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