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Airborne1888
Jan 3, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Hi, we live in north/central British Columbia,Canada and our purpose in growing flowers is mostly for the hummingbirds that they attract. Needless to say they are also attractive to us.
When I read about Hesperaloes and their attraction for hummers, we decided that we should have some. From what I have learned though is that they do not produce seed and can be propagated only from cuttings. This presents a problem because US companies do not ship plants across the border. So my question is can anyone come up with a solution to this problem?
The climate here is not a factor as I have other large plants and shrubs growing in containers and wintering over in our garage. They are all doing very well.thanks for any help that you can provide.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Jan 3, 2017 2:59 PM CST
Hi Airborne1888, Welcome!
Apparently Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) can be grown from seed. If you do a google search for Hesperaloe parviflora seeds, a few results come up listing seeds for sale.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 3, 2017 6:32 PM CST
I have a Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights' that sets seed. I sent some to a friend in northern Ca. and she was able to sprout them. I haven't heard if they are still growing.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Jan 3, 2017 7:02 PM CST
ctcarol said:I have a Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights' that sets seed.

Ooh, Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora Brakelights®) is gorgeous!

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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Jan 3, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Should be no problem growing Hesperaloes from seed. The flowers can be various colors. Mine (yellow) went in the ground as a young seedling in a gallon size can, and has flowered for about half the year, each year ever since. They probably would appreciate some space if you grow them long-term in a container. And lots of light.

Have you also considered some more compact aloes, Echeverias, or terrestrial bromeliads (eg. Dyckias)? Various succulent and succulent-like plants (often the ones with tubular or bell-shaped flowers) can be excellent hummingbird attractors for much of the year. The specific plants I mentioned will draw birds regularly, to the point where they start fighting over the prime territory. Presumably that's a good sign. Smiling These plants would be similar in lifestyle and care to a Hesperaloe.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 4, 2017 12:53 PM CST
I have one pod left on mine. If you want to try seeds Tree Mail me your address and I will mail you some.

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