Hesperaloe Parviflora Care ‘Red Yucca’

Hesperaloe parviflora

Last updated on July 24th, 2022 at 04:24 am

The hesperaloe parviflora is a succulent plant native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. It has two types of leaves, one which is fleshy with spines on it that are used for protection from predators. These leaves contain saponin which gives them their blue-green coloration and creates an irritating feeling when touched by animals like deer or rabbits.

There are also smaller, softer leaves found in rosettes at the end of branches called “spikes” that do not have any protective function but still provide shade as well as some nutrients to roots while they grow underground during periods without rain.

Hesperaloe parviflora grows best in warm climates and is often found in dry, rocky places. They are a perennial and can live up to 100 years when properly taken care of.

What’s hesperaloe parviflora?

Hesperaloe parviflora

Hesperaloe is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Crassulaceae family that can grow both terrestrially or as epiphytes. They are found primarily in North America but also south to Mexico and Central America; most species occur only within this region (though one exception being Hesperaloe hirsuta which has been introduced elsewhere). This particular variety thrives as an evergreen shrub with its long green leaves and can grow up to 12 feet tall. It produces clusters of red or pink flowers which bloom between March and May; the small fruit that follows are often compared to oranges but in reality they do not taste like them at all.

The red yucca plant (Hesperaloe parviflora)

The red yucca thrives as an evergreen plant with its long green leaves and reaches heights of up to 12 feet tall. This particular variety produces clusters of red or pink flowers which bloom between March and May; they are often followed by small fruit that resembles little oranges (but do not taste like them). The roots have been used for centuries by Native Americans as medicine, while the dried-out seeds can be boiled into tea.

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Hesperaloe parviflora propagation

Hesperaloe parviflora

As with many other plants, the red yucca can be propagated from cuttings. The cutting should have at least a few leaves on it and be taken from healthy looking branches that are not wilted or dried out; this is important because when taking a cutting of hesperaloe parviflora, you will need to keep it moist while trying to get roots established in potting soil before planting outdoors.

The bottom end of each stem must be below ground level for rooting to occur which means they cannot just lay horizontally along the surface – instead they need some sort of support like an upside-down container (with drainage holes). Take care to make sure there’s no dirt above where the plant meets so as not to block the area where roots will form. The cuttings should be left in a humid environment until they start to show new growth and are then planted outside in an area with full sun, well-draining soil, and protection from wind.

Hesperaloe parviflora care

Hesperaloe parviflora

Since hesperaloe parviflora is an evergreen plant, it will need to be watered on a regular basis. Be careful not to overwater and create a soggy environment that can cause root rot or leaves wilting from drooping.

The red yucca does best with at least six hours of full sun per day but will produce some flowers even in partial shade conditions; the plant should also be fertilized every other month between March and October using nitrogen-rich fertilizer as this promotes blooming.

When planting your hesperaloe outside, make sure that you do so during fall months for colder climates or springtime when warm weather arrives – they are cold-sensitive plants that cannot handle frosty temps.

Light requirements

Hesperaloe parviflora is a succulent plant that can grow in full sunlight, but does better with partial sun. It will do well if it has plenty of time to dry out between watering sessions.

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Hesperaloe parviflora loves heat and should be planted where the temperature stays above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hesperaloe parviflora plants need at least six hours of sunlight each day so they thrive best when planted in full sun locations such as fields, roadsides, etc…


Hesperaloe parviflora isn’t picky about soil type as long as there is good drainage available for water runoff when necessary. If you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall then consider planting hesperaloe on raised containers or adding large rocks at the bottom of your container so any excess rainwater doesn’t pool around the roots which can rot them

Soil should be well-drained but not too dry, it needs good drainage for optimal health as this will prevent root rot from happening if there is an excess amount of water due to rainfall or irrigation.

One big mistake people make in planting hesperaloe without taking into account its needs, is they use potting soil or garden dirt instead of sand, which can be detrimental for this plant’s survival because it drains too quickly.

Temeperature and humidity

Hesperaloe parviflora

Hesperaloe parviflora needs a warm, dry climate. Daytime temperatures should be between 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures should be above 50 degrees for best growth. Humidity levels are not too important as this plant was originally found in arid habitats such as deserts but it does need some amount of humidity to maintain health so it is recommended that the soil stay moist at all times.

The hesperaloe genus can also handle mild drought conditions because they have developed strategies to retain water from sources like fog or morning dew which makes them well suited for regions with low rainfall totals.”

This plant does not handle frost well and will be damaged if exposed to temperatures below 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Hesperaloe parviflora plants need to be watered regularly. They should get about three inches of water every week but can go without for a few weeks if there are not enough rain or irrigation sources available. Plants that have wilted leaves, brown tips on the leaves, and/or yellowing among other signs may want to consider looking into an experienced plant care specialist because hesperaloes will die very quickly when under stress.”


Fertilizing hesperaloe plants is not required but it will make the plant grow faster. This can be done with a granular fertilizer like Espoma’s Alaskan Fish and Seaweed every few months or by using a liquid fertilizer like Neptune’s Harvest Organic Kelp Emulsion Spray once per month.”


Hesperaloe plants should be repotted once a year in the spring. This increases health and growth as they do not like to have their roots disturbed.”

Red yucca growth rate

Hesperaloe plants have a slow growth rate. This would be appropriate for areas where they are the desired ornamental plant.”


Hesperaloe plants are not pruned as they do not require this type of maintenance.

Hardiness zone

Hesperaloe parviflora is considered hardy to zone 11-12.


Hesperaloe parviflora plants are toxic and should not be eaten.


Hesperaloe parviflora plants live up to 50 years.

Pests and diseases

A few pests that can attack hesperaloes are scale, mealybugs, and spider mites. Diseases hesparaloe plants may be susceptible to include powdery mildew and root rot.