Bulletproof Plants // Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)


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EXPOSURE:
Full Sun. Part Shade.

HOW TO USE IT:
Most dramatic effect in mass. Great choices for rock gardens, containers, and adjacent to pools. Tolerates reflected heat. Mixes well with fine-textured grasses and other desert-like plants.

CULTIVARS:
Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Perpa’ Brakelights® PP# 21729
Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Desert Flamenco’
Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Yellow’
Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Dark Yellow’
Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Straight Up Red’
Hesperaloe X ‘Perfu’ PP# 218728 Pink Parade

MAINTENANCE:
Remove dead flower stalks each fall. Do not “cut back” healthy leaves (Expect future post regarding this).

SUMMARY:
Since I have a background in horticulture, a large focus of this blog will be on planting design. It is my favorite part of landscape design. It is also an area that a lot of landscape architects/designers struggle with and writing about it helps to keep me fresh.

So what do I mean by “Bulletproof Plants”? These are the “staples”. Your “go-to” tough plants of the landscape. Not actually bulletproof. Yes, I felt it was necessary to clarify that (Mr. Smarty Plants).

I’ll start out with the toughest plant I know. The Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora). I have seen this plant thrive all throughout the Southwest and Texas. I’ve seen it hacked down to within inches of the ground by scissor happy maintenance workers and come back as strong as ever. I’ve used it in landscapes in the New Mexico desert without even temporary irrigation and watched it thrive while other plants withered away. It looks great year-round but spectacular while in-bloom. It loves neglect and requires very little maintenance. It’s popularity has brought to the market many different cultivars and hybrids that fit into almost every landscape setting.  While worthy of another post, I cannot go without mentioning that there are many other plants within the Hesperaloe genus to consider using in your design.