Hesperaloe funifera (K.Koch) Trel.
Giant Hesperaloe, Giant Yucca, Coahuilan Hesperaloe, New Mexico False Yucca, Mexican False Yucca, Samandoque
Yucca funifera, Hesperaloe funifera subsp. funifera, Agave funifera, Hesperaloe davyi
Hesperaloe funifera is a stemless succulent with thick, green, non-spiny, sword-like leaves that form an architectural clump. It grows up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. In late spring and continuing through the summer, the clumps are topped with up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall, open flower spikes holding very interesting creamy white flowers.
USDA hardiness zone 7a to 10b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Plant Red Yucca in full sun in well-drained soil, preferably a bit sandy. To establish a deep and extensive root system, follow a regular watering schedule during its first growing season. Feed with a general-purpose fertilizer in the spring before the new growth starts. Although established plants can get by on little water, for better-looking blooms, give them a deep soaking about once every two weeks during the heat of the summer.
Sometimes xeriscape gardeners avoid cacti and Yuccas, thinking of them as cliches, but the striking blooms and unusual foliage of the Red Yucca have won over xeriscape enthusiasts from California to Texas to Florida. The desert native is also at home in a rock garden, planted among dry streambeds and landscape boulders. A surprising addition to a cottage garden or border can contribute color and textural interest if placed with other water-wise perennials.
See more at How to Grow and Care for a Red Yucca.
This species is native to Texas and northern Mexico.
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