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Red Yucca

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Once a monthFull sunDeer resistantSpring to summer
  • Vibrant Flower Spikes: The Red Yucca produces tall stalks of tubular red or pink flowers, which bloom from early summer to fall, adding a splash of color to dry landscapes.
  • Drought and Heat Tolerant: Exceptionally hardy in arid conditions, this plant requires minimal watering, making it ideal for xeriscaping and water-wise gardening.
  • Wildlife Attraction: Its flowers are known to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, enhancing the ecological value of the garden.

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The Red Yucca, scientifically known as Hesperaloe parviflora, is a striking and resilient perennial, celebrated for its long, arching, blue-green foliage and vibrant red or pink flower spikes. This drought-tolerant plant is a favorite in xeriscapes and water-wise gardens, adding both texture and color with minimal maintenance. Native to the southwestern United States, the Red Yucca thrives in hot, dry climates and is an excellent choice for adding a touch of desert beauty to landscapes. Its ability to attract hummingbirds and butterflies makes it not only a visual delight but also a boon for local wildlife.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; mature height of 3-4 feet and width of 3-6 feet.

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Pruning: The Red Yucca typically does not require regular pruning. Remove any damaged or dead leaves as needed to maintain the plant's neat appearance. Avoid excessive pruning, as it can hinder the growth of new flower spikes.

Fertilization: Fertilization is not essential for the Red Yucca, as it is a hardy plant that can thrive without frequent feeding. However, applying a balanced slow-release fertilizer in early spring can promote healthier growth and enhance flower production.

Winter Protection: In zones 5-10, where winters can be harsh, providing some winter protection for the Red Yucca is advisable. Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to insulate the roots and protect them from freezing temperatures. If frost is expected, cover the plant with a breathable fabric or bring potted Red Yucca indoors.

Select a location with full sun and well-draining soil. Dig a hole as deep and slightly wider than the root ball. Place the plant in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Ensure the plant is not buried deeper than it was in the container. Water regularly until established, then reduce frequency, especially in cooler climates.

The Red Yucca is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in full sun and requires minimal watering. Its adaptability to drought conditions makes it an ideal choice for water-wise gardens and dry, sunny landscapes.

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Zones 5-10

The Red Yucca is adaptable to a wide range of climates, flourishing in USDA Zones 5-10. It is particularly well-suited to regions with hot, dry summers and cool winters. In these zones, it thrives in well-drained soils and is tolerant of both drought and cold, making it a versatile choice for various landscape designs, from rock gardens to contemporary urban settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Red Yucca is a drought-tolerant plant, and it's important not to overwater it. Watering frequency can vary depending on factors like climate and soil, but as a general guideline:

Water Red Yucca sparingly. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Typically, this means watering every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) and even less frequently in the fall and winter.

It's crucial to avoid waterlogged soil, as Red Yucca is susceptible to root rot in overly wet conditions. Always check the soil's moisture level before watering to ensure it needs moisture.

To plant Red Yucca, follow these steps:

Choose a Location: Select a sunny and well-draining location in your garden. Red Yucca thrives in full sunlight.

Prepare the Soil: Ensure the soil is well-draining, as Red Yucca is susceptible to root rot in soggy soil. You can amend the soil with sand or perlite to improve drainage.

Dig a Hole: Dig a hole that is as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Make sure the plant will sit at the same depth as it was in its nursery container.

Plant the Red Yucca: Carefully remove the plant from its container, gently loosening the roots if they are tightly bound. Place it in the hole and backfill with soil. Tamp down the soil to remove air pockets.

Watering: Water the plant thoroughly after planting to settle the soil and help establish the roots.

Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Maintenance: Red Yucca is relatively low-maintenance. Water sparingly, as mentioned earlier, and remove dead or damaged leaves as needed.

With proper planting and care, Red Yucca can thrive and add beauty to your garden with its striking red flowers.

Red Yucca can be grown in pots, but it's important to consider a few factors:

Pot Size: Choose a sufficiently large pot with good drainage. Red Yucca has a deep root system, so a deep container is ideal.

Soil: Use a well-draining cactus or succulent potting mix to prevent waterlogged roots.

Sunlight: Provide ample sunlight. Red Yucca thrives in full sun, so place the pot in a sunny location.

Watering: Be careful not to overwater. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, as Red Yucca is drought-tolerant.

Fertilizing: Fertilize sparingly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, diluted fertilizer.

With the right care and container, Red Yucca can do well in pots and make a lovely addition to your patio or garden.

Yes, Red Yucca is a perennial plant, meaning it comes back every year. It's known for its resilience and ability to survive and thrive in various climates, making it a reliable addition to gardens and landscapes. With proper care, it can continue to grow and produce its stunning red flowers year after year.

Red Yucca is known for its cold hardiness and can generally survive light freezes and cold temperatures. However, it may become damaged if exposed to extended periods of severe cold or heavy frost. To help it withstand freezing conditions:

Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to protect the roots from extreme cold.

Cover: In the event of an expected freeze, covering the plant with a frost cloth or blanket can provide additional protection.

Plant Location: Planting Red Yucca in a sheltered location, such as against a south-facing wall, can offer some protection from cold winds.

While Red Yucca can tolerate freezes to some extent, it's important to monitor weather conditions and take precautions during exceptionally cold periods to help ensure its survival.

Red Yucca is not considered invasive. It is a well-behaved and non-invasive plant. It typically spreads slowly and does not pose a threat to native ecosystems. However, it's essential to check with local authorities and follow any regional guidelines regarding plant species to ensure that it is suitable for your specific area.

You can plant a variety of complementary drought-tolerant and desert-friendly plants around Red Yucca to create an attractive landscape. Some suitable options include:

Agave: Agave species, like Agave americana or Agave parryi, can complement the spiky appearance of Red Yucca.

Succulents: Choose low-growing succulents such as Echeveria, Sedum, or Aloe for a visually appealing mix.

Cacti: Desert cacti like Prickly Pear or Barrel Cactus can provide a unique contrast.

Desert Marigold: These yellow-flowering perennials pair well with Red Yucca.

Desert Sage: This aromatic sage adds fragrance and color to the landscape.

Mexican Feather Grass: Its fine-textured foliage complements Red Yucca's spiky form.

When planning your landscape, consider the mature sizes and care requirements of these plants to create a harmonious and low-maintenance garden around your Red Yucca.

The best time to plant Red Yucca is in the spring or fall. These seasons provide milder temperatures and are less stressful for the plant during its establishment. However, Red Yucca is adaptable and can be planted year-round in regions with mild winters. Just be sure to avoid planting during the hottest months of summer to prevent heat stress on the newly planted yucca.

Red Yucca should be planted about 2 to 3 feet apart from each other. This spacing allows enough room for the mature plants to grow without crowding while creating an attractive and visually appealing landscape.

Several factors can contribute to a Red Yucca not blooming:

Age: Red Yucca may take a few years to mature before it starts producing flowers. Young plants are less likely to bloom.

Sunlight: Ensure that the plant receives sufficient sunlight. Red Yucca thrives in full sun, and inadequate sunlight can inhibit flowering.

Over-Fertilization: Too much nitrogen-rich fertilizer can encourage foliage growth at the expense of flowering. Use a balanced fertilizer sparingly.

Pruning: Avoid excessive pruning of the plant, as this can remove the flower stalks before they bloom. Prune only dead or damaged leaves.

Watering: Overwatering can lead to root rot and reduce flowering. Red Yucca prefers dry conditions, so water sparingly.

Cold Temperatures: Extended periods of cold weather can delay or inhibit flowering. Ensure the plant is in a suitable climate.

Stress: Environmental stressors such as transplanting, extreme heat, or drought can affect blooming. Red Yucca often blooms better when it's not under stress.

By addressing these factors and providing the right conditions, you can encourage your Red Yucca to produce its characteristic tall spikes of red or coral-colored flowers.

Our Process

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!