Planting Instructions for Hesperaloe Parviflora

Overview

The Hesperaloe parviflora is more commonly known as red yucca. You may also have heard it called coral yucca, red-flowered false yucca or yellow yucca. The plant is not really a yucca at all, but is a member of the Agavaceae family. Red yucca is an evergreen succulent that is drought resistant and attracts hummingbirds. Blooms may be red, pink or yellow and show on stalks that can be as high as 8 feet. The plant grows well in gardening zones 7 through 10.

Step 1

Choose a location that has full sun and is 3 to 4 feet away from other plants or sidewalks. The plant will grow to about 5 feet wide and it shouldn't be crowded or need to be cut back away from the sidewalk or driveway.

Step 2

Dig a hole a few inches deeper and wider than the container you purchased the red yucca plant in. This will loosen up the soil and help it to drain better. Remove all weeds, grass and stones from the dug-out soil.

Step 3

Fill the hole back in to set the plant at the level it was in the container. Throw a few handfuls of compost into the hole and mix with the soil at the bottom. This will help encourage the roots to grow in their new environment.

Step 4

Carefully remove the Hesperaloe parviflora from its container and place it in the planting hole. Cover the roots with soil and hand tamp down to compress the soil. Water the plant thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost

References

  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Red Yucca: Drought Tolerant and Colorful
  • University of Texas at Austin: Hesperaloe parviflora
  • Bellaonline: The Red Yucca
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