Award-Winning Everblooming Hesperaloes for Waterwise Beauty

Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow close up.

Close-up of Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow.

Two exclusive Texas Red Yuccas - Including our 2017 Plant of the Year and 2017 Green Thumb Award Winner

Hesperaloe parviflora Straight Up Red

HCG 2017 Plant of the Year Hesperaloe parviflora Straight Up Red.

Gardeners, landscapers and landscape designers are always searching for long blooming plants to enhance their plantings. And out here in the western US, long bloomers that use less water are much in demand. Hesperaloe parviflora (Texas Red Yucca) is an outstanding native succulent that has been popular in Texas, its home state, for many years. But it's only been within the last decade or so that it's been recognized to be much cold hardier than previously thought. As a result, the use of this evergreen succulent has greatly expanded into colder USDA zone 5-7 areas of the Intermountain West and higher elevations of the Southwest. Hesperaloe is also proving to be an excellent choice for the Mid-Atlantic states, Oklahoma and Arkansas and when planted into fast draining soil.

High Country Gardens is excited to offer two new cultivar selections of Hesperaloe that are everblooming and of uniform size, height and form in the landscape. These two introductions provide the uniformity lacking in seed-grown Hesperaloe plants, which can be quite variable in the grow habits of their flowering spikes and subtle color differences in their flowers. 'Coral Glow' and 'Straight Up Red' are each uniform in size, flower color and form. This provides well matched plants to place in hot, sunny growing conditions along walks, medians and in formal beds. When out of bloom, the non-spiny, long evergreen leaves provide nice off-season interest through the dormant seasons of fall, winter and early spring.

Hesperaloe parviflora 'Straight Up Red' PPAF - HCG 2017 Plant of the Year

Like the name implies, this new Hesperaloe selection blooms with tall, 6 to 7 ft. straight, vertically growing spikes of pink-red flowers. Essentially sterile, 'Straight Up Red' blooms all season long and produces almost no seed pods. This handsome plant will prove very useful for planting in narrow beds and other tight spaces where its upright habit will help it to fit. Plant it and the hummingbirds will be constant visitors.

Hesperaloe Coral Glow Yucca with Lavandula Wee One

Hesperaloe Coral Glow Yucca with Lavandula Wee One

Hesperaloe parviflora 'Coral Glow' PPAF - 2017 Green Thumb Award Winner

This stunning new color form of Hesperaloe has glowing coral-orange flowers that are continuous from late spring until frost in the fall. 'Coral Glow' is the result of crossing the rare yellow flowered plant with a red flowered one, that I made many years ago. The plant has good vigor and forms a nice stand of medium-sized rosettes with fringed white threads on the leaf margins. Essentially sterile, 'Coral Glow' sets almost no seed pods and puts its energy into flowering. Plant it outside of a window where you can see it catch the morning sun and show off its glowing coral flowers. Hummingbirds love it.

Companion Plants

Hesperaloe is a natural for use in Southwestern themed low-water plantings that use Agave (Century Plant), Yucca (Yucca), Sotal (Dasylirion), Beargrass (Nolina) and cacti. It 's also an excellent plant for colder climate xeriscapes (waterwise landscapes) combining beautifully with Perovskia (Russian Sage), large growing Penstemon (Beardtongue), Salvia reptans (Texas Grass Sage) and 'Pink Flamingo' Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia) and many others.

Text and Photos by Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman.

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3 thoughts on “Award-Winning Everblooming Hesperaloes for Waterwise Beauty”

  • Peter Caesar
    Peter Caesar 01/20/16 at 8:00 am

    Though I am in coastal northeast Massachusetts (zone 6), I am feeling enticed to try one of these Yucca in a public garden astride a trail built on an old rail bed. It's a fairly arid and exposed location, and is very well drained. Miscanthus, daylilies, coreopsis and oriental poppies all thrive there. I like the plant's form and color, should I try it

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    • Wendy

      We've seen Yucca as far north as Vermont. These two varieties (<a href="http://www.highcountrygardens.com/yucca-baccata-compacta-2-pot" rel="nofollow">Compact Banana Yucca</a> and <a href="http://www.highcountrygardens.com/plains-yucca-glauca" rel="nofollow">Plains Yucca</a> are cold hardy to zone 6. It would be risky, as it might get too much rainfall. If you try it, make sure to plant the Yucca where it would be very well drained.

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