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Hesperaloe parviflora

Hesperaloe parviflora
Cool bud, late March
red yucca
Spiking up a week later
Hesperaloe parviflora
Love the soft-orange-pink flowers – and it's starting to produce more further down the stem

Common name red yucca
Family agavaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers pink (late summer)
Size 3-4'
Light sun
Cultural notes drought-tolerant
From seed soak warm, then germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Looks like a yucca, but without the sharp bits. Makes a clump of blue-green foliage, with spikes of salmon-pink flowers held above.

red yucca
Flowers visited by leaf-footed bugs (Leptoglossus phyllopus) in mid-June
Hesperaloe parviflora
red yucca
Hesperaloe parviflora

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: back fence border, left fence border, houston front yard, rock garden zone

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '09/'10 exchange. Soaked in warm water for 1 day; separated seeds that floated from those that sank, both to baggy 70F (58% of floaters, 81% of sinkers G, 10-20d)
  2. Seed from '14 trade. Soak in warm water 1d, baggy 70F (100%G, 7-16d)
  3. Seed from '14 trade. Pot outside 11/12 (1 seedling, 4 w)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (75%G, 12-27d)
  5. Seed from '21 garden. Baggy 70F (no G, 18d)

Float/sink status is not a sufficient determinator for viability. Slow to put up top growth after germination (can leave sprouted seeds in baggy for extended time before leaf development).

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