This is a tough succulent perennial that blooms over an incredibly long season once temperatures rise in the southwestern summers. It is native to the arid lands of Texas and Mexico, growing in well-drained soils with both grasses and agaves. It is strong enough to endure reflected pavement heat in the medians of low desert highways if provided irrigation. Narrow leaves give it a fine texture. Its neat clumps slowly spreading slowly if adequate water is provided.
Red-flowered false yucca produces a tall bright coral spike of equally hot colored tubular flowers that draw hummingbirds like a magnet. The leathery flowers last for months and are followed by golf ball sized seed pods. If the fruits are removed quickly, new flower buds will form to extend the bloom time even further.
This marginally hardy perennial requires a bit more water because its foliage is only semi-succulent. Under severe drought it may even go dormant. Plant red false yucca in drifts or large groups. It is also suitable for containers or as a single accent plant placed among boulders or rocky outcroppings. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Hesperaloe
Species - Parviflora
Common name - Red Yucca
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 10
Height - 3'-4' / 0.90 - 1.20 m
Spread - 3'-4' / 0.90- 1.20 m
Plant type - Perennial
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average Water, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
Germination rate - 80%
Bloom season - Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / Coral
|1. Place the seeds in a glass of water to soak for 24 hours. This softens the hard outer seed coat, making germination easier. Stratify in the fridge for 21 days. It will increase the germination rate. Seeds can be unstratified as described bellow, but the rate will be lower.
2. Fill peat pots with starting media to within 1 1/2 inches of the top. A superior starting media for yucca is a mixture of sand, peat and vermiculite, but any starting media will do.
3. Set the peat pots on a tray and moisten the soil with water. Pour off any water that collects in the tray.
4. Place a seed in the center of each peat pot and cover with 1/2 inch of soil.
5. Place the tray of peat pots inside a large plastic bag and seal the bag. Place the bag in an area with temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees.
6. Remove the bag when seedlings emerge. This usually takes one to two weeks but may take much longer, depending upon the species.
7. Place the pots in a sunny window or under artificial lighting.
8. Transplant seedlings outdoors in spring when temperatures are above 60F.