Hesperaloe parviflora

(Red Yucca)


Hesperaloe parviflora, Four Points, Austin, Travis Co. 9689


Hesperaloe parviflora, Four Points, Austin, Travis Co. 9654


Hesperaloe parviflora, Four Points, Austin, Travis Co. 9649

Scientific Name Hesperaloe parviflora USDA PLANTS Symbol HEPA8
Common Name Red Yucca, Redflower False Yucca ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 42947
Family Asparagaceae (Asparagus) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Prairies, rocky slopes, and mesquite thickets, up to 2000 ft.; widely cultivated in arid and semiarid regions.
Plant: Yucca-like evergreen perennial succulent with leaves forming basal clumps; 3 to 4 ft. tall spreading to 6 ft. wide.
Leaves: Narrow, arching, sword-like, blue-green leaves 2 to 3 feet long and 1-inch wide crowded together; thread-like marginal hairs.
Inflorescence: Flower stalk rises 5 feet with showy, tubular flowers on arching pink stems; rosy red or salmon-colored tepals, yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: March to July.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Missouri Botanical Garden and SEINet.
Note: The plant is considered by BONAP to be a rare species, found in Travis County and a few others to the west/southwest; it is commonly found in gardens, however, where these images were taken.
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Banner photo of Castilleja indivisa and Lupinus ssp. taken along FM 1323 north of Johnson City, Blanco County

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