Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Red Yucca

Red Yucca - Hesperaloe parviflora - is another plant that requires very little extra water other than what falls out of the sky. It might need a good soaking in July and again in August.  It is popular in waterwise gardens in Utah because it is easy to grow and available for purchase (usually in the spring at local nurseries or on line).  Native to Central and Western Texas and Northeastern Mexico, Red Yucca can withstand all of the heat and sun you can give it.  It's red flowers atop tall stalks attract hummingbirds in mid summer.  This is a great choice for an area in the landscape that takes a beating from the sun.  Plant with other Southwestern desert natives, like sagebrush, rabbitbrush, desert four o'clocks, Palmer's penstemon and firecracker penstemon.

Red Yucca - Hesperaloe parviflora

Red Yucca - happy in a hot Utah garden

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