Hesperaloe parviflora is native to southwestern Texas and the Chihuahuan desert of northern Mexico, making it a sure win for drought-tolerant landscaping in the sunny Bay area. Also known as red yucca, hummingbird yucca, redflower false yucca, and samandoque, Hesperaloe is a star performer among landscape succulents, remarkable for its extreme hardiness and sculptural features.
The name Hesperaloe parviflora is an amalgamation of Greek and Latin. ‘Hesperis’ is Greek for “of the evening” or “western”, acknowledging the plant’s western native habitat, while “aloe” is a nod to its superficial resemblance to plants in the genus Aloe. ‘Parviflora’ is Latin for “small flowers”. While small, the long-spiked blossoms pack a powerful punch as they rise above clumps of arching leaves from May to October.
Evergreen foliage is slow-growing and compact, with mature plants forming clumps two to three feet across. Leaves are linear and narrow, edged with fibrous white strands. Their arched form creates a decorative base, showcasing 42“ spikes topped with tubular flowers, traditionally in shades of coral and salmon pink or yellow.
In the last decade, Arizona’s Mountain States Wholesale Nursery has earned renown for their work in selecting and patenting new varieties of plant material designed to bring more vibrant color and ornamental value to the species.
Evergreen Nursery is proud to partner with this groundbreaking grower of desert plants to offer you the “traffic-stoppingly red” Perpa Brakelights® (pictured above right) and newly-released Desert FlamencoTM varieties. These new varieties produce very little seed, keeping them in prolific bloom over an extended season.
Hesperaloe parviflora Desert FlamencoTM
Soil and Water Requirements
This tough native succulent thrives in a wide variety of soil types in full sun. Part shade may be acceptable with excellent drainage. Reflected heat is tolerated well, making it a desirable choice for transforming hell strips into attractive streetscapes.
Watering needs are little to none. After getting established their first year, plantings can be removed from the irrigation water cycle completely, but will continue to proliferate.
The occasional trimming of dead leaves and spent flower stalks is all that’s needed to keep this dramatic beauty looking its best.
Hesperaloe Parviflora Features and Uses
Red yucca can be grown to suit every landscape and looks equally at home as an accent planting, in a container (be sure to use a 3 gallon or larger pot), or when planted en masse for an eye-catching show.
- Low water
- Showy flowers
- Attracts hummingbirds
- Companion plants: agastache and penstemon
We carry multiple Hesperaloe parviflora varieties and would love to assist you in choosing the plants that are right for your garden. Visit the nursery for personal guidance, or use the Plant Finder to browse our selection before you arrive.