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Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights' (Brakelights Red Yucca)


Scientific Name

Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights'

Common Names

Brakelights Red Yucca

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Hesperaloe


Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights' is a slow growing, evergreen succulent with grass-like foliage up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and wide. It creates a fountain-like mound of narrow, gracefully-arching, olive-green leaves, accented with tall spikes of showy, brake, red flowers that rise above the foliage early to mid-summer, with intermittent blooming throughout the year in milder climates.


USDA hardiness zone 5a to 10b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °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, it can contribute color and textural interest, if placed with other waterwise perennials… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Red Yucca


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