Hesperaloe parviflora

Texas Red Yucca

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Hesperaloe parviflora (Texas Red Yucca) is one of our very best drought tolerant flowering succulents. A hummingbird's favorite that produces tall spikes of reddish-pink flowers that continue to bloom all summer.

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Easy to grow
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU 58150
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Hesperaloe parviflora (Texas Red Yucca), a very showy native succulent from southern TX and northeastern Mexico, is not a new plant to cultivation. What is new about this beautiful plant has been the realization of its tolerance to sub-zero winter temperatures! Chief horticulturist, David Salman has had this plant in his display gardens at Santa Fe Greenhouses for many years, where it has flourished through numerous bone-chilling winters. So here it is; a xeric, long blooming, good-looking, very low maintenance plant that attracts hummingbirds. (seed propagated)
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HBLAVXX
HBLAV21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
58150 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Texas Red Yucca
Botanical Name Hesperaloe parviflora
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 60" tall
Mature Spread 36" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to grow, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Evergreen
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert, Coastal California, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Cacti and Succulents

Cacti shipped early in the spring may be dormant. As the weather warms, these cacti will expand and green-up. Remember, after an initial watering to settle the soil around the roots, no further water should be applied until the weather warms up. If plants are dormant and the spring weather is rainy, protect the plants from too much moisture by covering them with a gallon plastic milk container with the bottom cut out. Leave the top off the jug so heat build up isn’t excessive in sunny weather.

Soil Preparation

All the species of hardy cacti and succulents require fast-draining soil.

Planting in the ground

Put the plants on a slope or raised area of the garden, not in a low spot which collects water. Select a bed with full sun exposure, preferably next to a south or west facing wall. These areas will provide extra winter warmth. In heavy clay soils, it is essential to replace half or more of the soil from a 10”x 10” or larger hole with coarse sand and gravel mixed thoroughly with the remaining soil to ensure adequate drainage. No compost should be added, only a small handful of Planters II and Yum Yum Mix®.

Planting in an outdoor pot or planter

Use a planting mix of 3 parts garden soil + 2 parts coarse sand + 2 parts coarse perlite (or similar material). When growing plants indoors in pots, use a good quality potting soil to mix with the sand, and expanded shale instead of garden soil.

Planting Instructions

1. Cacti, agaves, and tap-rooted succulents (Aloinopsis, Titanopsis, Nananthus) should be transplanted bare-root. Let the soil in the pot dry out for a few days. Then remove the pot and gently loosen the soil so it falls away from the roots. Trim off any broken roots. Bare root plants should then be planted into a shallow hole. Spread out the roots evenly and sprinkle the soil into the hole until full. The base of the plant should rest on top of the soil. Mulch with a 1⁄2”-1” thick layer of pea-sized gravel around the base of the plant to protect it from contact with soggy soil over the winter months. (See planting diagram on page 12 of our Planting Guide.)

2. Succulents with fibrous roots (Ruschia, Delosperma, Sedum, and others) need not be transplanted bare-root, instead, the root ball should be scored and roughed out like other perennials.

Watering

1. Bare-root cacti and tap-rooted succulents must not be watered right away, but should sit dry for a day or two to allow the roots to callus over any broken or damaged areas. Other succulents can be watered in right away. Water thoroughly with a mixture of SeaCom-PGR and Superthrive to stimulate strong new root growth. Water again with this mixture two weeks later.

2. Outdoor beds with new plants should be initially watered once every 5 to 7 days for the first month or so after transplanting. Cacti and succulents enjoy regular watering during the heat of the summer and will grow vigorously. After the first year, most cacti species need a good soaking only once every 2-4 weeks during the spring and summer if there has been no rain.

3. Potted plants require more frequent, regular watering, especially if the weather is hot and dry.

4. To prepare cacti and succulents for the approach of winter, begin withholding water in the fall so the plants can begin to dehydrate and shrivel. Plump, well watered plants are ripe for cold damage when temperatures plunge in late fall/early winter.

Fertilizing

Cacti and succulents are very modest in their fertilizer requirements. When planted in the ground, fertilizing in spring with SeaCom-PGR and Yum Yum Mix® will encourage plentiful flowers and good stem growth. When planted in pots, remember to feed monthly with the same mixture as above, beginning in late summer.

Winter Protection

Garden plants: Many cacti and succulents are quite cold hardy if kept dry in the cold winter and spring months. In areas that receive a lot of winter and spring moisture (especially rain), it is strongly recommended that plants be protected from cold, wet soil conditions. For example, a temporary cold frame can be constructed using pipe or PVC hoops covered with a clear plastic sheet to cover the entire bed. Or individual plants can be covered with plastic gallon milk jugs with the bottom cut out to keep the ground around the plants dry. Leave the top off the jug so heat build up isn’t excessive in sunny weather. Problems will occur if plants are in wet soil all winter or sit under melting snow for extended periods.

Potted plants: Should be moved under a roof overhang on the south or west side of the house or placed in a well ventilated cold frame. Water pots and other containers lightly a few times over the winter during warm spells.

All our cacti, agaves and succulents are seed-grown or cutting-grown in our greenhouses. Cacti and agave plants are 2-4 years old; succulents are 1-2 years old. Please, never collect cacti from the wild unless it’s to rescue plants from construction sites. Many species are close to extinction in their native habitats due to irresponsible collectors.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 5, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

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3.4

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  • Hardy (5)
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I will buy more of these plants

I was apprehensive when I purchased it but am very glad I did. I didn't have to store it in the garage for the winter and during our spring clean up we noticed it...Read complete review

I was apprehensive when I purchased it but am very glad I did. I didn't have to store it in the garage for the winter and during our spring clean up we noticed it was already blooming. It now has 6 shoots about 4 ft each and the seeds we planted from it last fall are sprouting. I plan to add some to the front of my house to see how it does with a northern exposure.

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Pathetic specimen

Other plants in order did very well, but this plant was never viable. Very disappointed in lack of quality packaged and sent.

Other plants in order did very well, but this plant was never viable. Very disappointed in lack of quality packaged and sent.

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1.0

Did not thrive

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from Florence, CO

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Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

This plant did not increase in size it's first summer at all, it did overwinter so it may surprise me this year.

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4.0

Yes I would purchase them again.

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from Evart, Michigan

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

    Planted these Yucca plants in my Rock garden. Can't wait to see them in bloom.

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    3.0

    Wait another year

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    from Jackson, Missouri

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

      I planted this plant out by the road among some rocky soil on a hill. I'm hoping it will make it.
      We'll see.

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      5.0

      I will buy plants from here again

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      from Dallas TX

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

        we already had two of these in out backyard and after taking two years to get established decided on two more. While one only survived it is thriving. The other that died was our fault. we should have encased it from the dogs so they could not dig it up. By the time I discovered it, it was to late. Considering a bunch of other flowers. Would love a pre-planned garden but have not found one that contains 'all full sun' plants. Half of the plants says full sun and 'afternoon shade'. we are west facing in TX so no afternoon shade.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Don't buy if you have devil rabbits

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        from Parker, CO

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

            The star rating on this plant is hard for me, so I just gave it a 5. I don't know what it looks like because every time it gets more than 3" tall, the rotten rabbits nub it off again. However, it is still trying grow, despite being constantly attacked. Hopefully it makes it through the winter, and maybe next spring it will get some size on it before the rabbits find it again. I wouldn't recommend this plant if you have lots of rabbits in your area, unless you plan to put a fence up around it. Otherwise, I think it would probably be great.

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Interesting

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            from Westfield,MA.

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

              Again,I bought this as an experiment,just to see if it would make it through our humid summers and increasingly wierd winters,here in New England.It basically just sat in the garden and didn't do anything this summer,but it didn't die either.I'm hoping it makes it through the winter and really struts its stuff next spring,because its a beautiful plant and I'd love to have it thrive in my garden.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Lovely

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              from Chambersburg, PA

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              • Fragrant
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                • Patio

                Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

                This is a great item that seems to handle any conditions thrown at it. A great addition to the eastern garden.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I will buy more of these plants

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                from Ft Worth, TX

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                • Attractive
                • Hardy

                Cons

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                  • Patio
                  • Pool Area

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

                  I was apprehensive when I purchased it but am very glad I did. I didn't have to store it in the garage for the winter and during our spring clean up we noticed it was already blooming. It now has 6 shoots about 4 ft each and the seeds we planted from it last fall are sprouting. I plan to add some to the front of my house to see how it does with a northern exposure.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Pathetic specimen

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                  from Los Ranchos, NM

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

                  Other plants in order did very well, but this plant was never viable. Very disappointed in lack of quality packaged and sent.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  It made it through a Midwest winter

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                  from Brimfield, IL

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Hesperaloe parviflora:

                      I planted this in a xeriscape garden last spring. Knowing that Yucca take off slow, I wasn't surprised that it didn't do much last year, but at least it survived the winter! So I'm hoping that it will take off and possibly bloom this year.

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                      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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