Texas Red Yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora

  • Hesperaloe leaves do not have spines.
  • Flowers are tubular and hummingbirds love them.
  • No irrigation required
  • Plant in full sun or light shade in a well-drained soil.

The strong vertical form of hesperaloe with its spectacular flower spikes makes this clumping, evergreen perennial an ideal accent plant for gardens. While not a true yucca or aloe, it is related to yuccas and agaves, and like its relatives, is a carefree, non-demanding plant. Hesperaloes are extremely hardy, tolerating both heat and cold well in our climate. Hesperaloes prefer a sunny location and mature more rapidly with well-drained soils, but will adapt to heavy soils if not over-watered.

Hummingbirds are attracted to the tubular flowers that occur in several colors, ranging from creams to yellow, to bright reds. It’s long, thornless, sword-like leaves work well with gray-leafed shrubs, such as leucophyllum, and look striking when emerging from a patch of flowering groundcovers or wildflowers. Established plants provide long-lasting summer color. This plant adapts to annual rainfall, but will look best with minimal supplemental irrigation during extended hot, dry periods. Fall and winter are ideal times for planting.

Common Names:  Hesperaloe Brakelights, Hummingbird Yucca, Red Yucca, Coral Yucca, Red-flowered False Yucca, Samandoque