General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 2-4 feet
Plant Spread: Up to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: With marginal filaments
Fruit: Showy
Other: Seeds are black to 3cm. Deer will eat the flowers and seeds.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Coral
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Height: 4-5 feet or more
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Rhizome Cuttings
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star; 2010 Plant Select Winner

Common names
  • Red Yucca
  • Yuca Colibri
  • Samandoque
  • Coral Yucca
  • Redflower False Yucca

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  • Posted by ricelg (Hill Country TX - Zone 8b) on May 14, 2017 8:53 PM concerning plant:
    Deer will definitely eat the flowers and sometimes munch on the leaves. I found growing them from seed very easy with high germination rates.
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 11, 2019 4:41 PM concerning plant:
    This stemless, clump-forming plant is popular throughout the American southwest and Mexico (often featured in public landscaping like parking lots) because of its drought tolerance and tendency to flower in abundance. The leaves are about 3-4 feet tall, rolled around their axis, and usually covered with many fine white marginal hairs. Over time this plant may form clumps to about 6 feet wide, and older clumps tend to produce multiple flower stalks. It is propagated from seed or by separation of the offsets, and sometimes grown in containers. It thrives and flowers best in full sun, though it may tolerate part sun in hot climates. It may tolerate temperatures down to 0°F or much lower.

    The flowers are tubular and appear on inflorescences about 4-5 feet (or more) tall. They may appear from spring through fall and are usually red, but may also be pink, coral, yellow, cream, or colors in between. Various cultivars have been bred, selected and named for their flower color. The flowers attract hummingbirds.

    This is not a yucca, despite the common name and the fact that it was originally placed in that genus. The flowers are different from Yucca in color, shape, and pollination biology. It is also not closely related to Aloe, despite the genus name, which means "aloe of the evening", referring to the fact that it's from the western hemisphere, unlike aloes, which are not.

    H. parviflora, by far the most common member of the genus in cultivation, can be distinguished from all other Hesperaloes based on its flowers, which are tubular and not bell-shaped. It is found in nature in western Texas and northeastern Mexico.
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 21, 2018 4:27 PM concerning plant:
    I started mine from seeds I collected in Texas about 12 years ago. The 3 plants have grown together as one in a large pot on my patio. They aren't affected much by our low winter temps in the mid 20's. I just throw a towel over the pot for protection when a frost or freeze is expected, which is minimal here in south Louisiana. Each spring they send up a few flower stalks that grow about 5 feet tall and produce the pretty red flowers. It's mid-June and they are full of blooms at this time. I have collected seeds over the years and traded them in seeds swaps and with local gardeners.
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On November 21, 2014 Obtained plant
Spring 2014 received three HUGH clumps from a friend who was getting rid of them. Planted about 15 near the fence at the front and around the windmill in the back. Gave the rest to the neighbor across the street.
dragonfetti On April 25, 2013 Obtained plant
Purchased from Victor Valley Community College Agricultural Annual Spring Plant Sale. one gallon pot.
tabbycat On May 10, 2022 Miscellaneous Event
1 of 3 in fountain design has seed pods after all 3 have blooms 6 weeks.
tabbycat On November 3, 2021 Transplanted
2 biggest put in a large pot with other 2 colors
tabbycat On May 25, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
Noticed a seed pod had formed
tabbycat On May 15, 2021 Bloomed
Two 4" stalks are just starting to open in new pot in new circle bed
tabbycat On May 5, 2021 Potted up
Repotted & put in a new circle bed with Purple Heart encircling it
tabbycat On May 1, 2021 Bloomed
tabbycat On April 1, 2021 Plant emerged
Flower stem found 6" already
tabbycat On October 31, 2020 Bloomed
bloomed all summer
tabbycat On March 5, 2020 Plant emerged
2 flower stalks just sent out.
LizDTM On May 1, 2017 Bloomed
GoCart On July 8, 2017 Transplanted
vendor pot to ground
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