Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights'
Brakelights Red Yucca
Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights' is a slow-growing succulent with grass-like foliage. It grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall with an equal spread and creates a fountain-like mound of narrow, gracefully arching olive-green leaves. Tall spikes of showy red flowers rise above the foliage from 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. Still, 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 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 succulent is a cultivar of Hesperaloe parviflora.
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