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How to Prune a Red Yucca

By Meg Butler ; Updated July 21, 2017

Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) is a grass-like ornamental often grown as an accent plant in the home landscape. Despite what its name suggests, Red yucca is not a true yucca. But like yucca, it grows well in hot arid areas. And, like most drought-hardy plants, red yucca will need virtually no pruning during its lifetime. But you can help your red yucca maintain its ornamental beauty by making a few pruning cuts during the growing season.

Prune the red yucca's flower heads once they brown and die. Make the pruning cut just below the flower head.

Prune the yucca's flowering stem once it dries out and becomes brown and brittle. Make the pruning cut at the very base of the stem. Leave as little stump as possible.

Prune any brown, dead yucca leaves at their base.

Prune any pups (small red yucca plants) growing out of the base of the yucca on the end of a thin stem. Make the pruning cut at the base of the stem. If you leave the pup in place, it will eventually root and form a new adult yucca plant in the bed.


About the Author


Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.