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Products > Hesperaloe parviflora Brakelights ['Perpa'] PP21,729
 
Hesperaloe parviflora Brakelights ['Perpa'] PP21,729 - Mountain States Red Yucca
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Rose
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Hesperaloe yuccaefolia]
Parentage: Hesperaloe Brakelights ['Perpa'] PP21,729
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Hesperaloe parviflora Brakelights ['Perpa'] PP21,729 (Mountain States Red Yucca) - A stemless succulent with rosettes of arching and spreading grass-like foliage to 2 feet tall with vibrant red-colored bell-shaped flowers rising on arching wands to about 3 feet high from early spring until late summer. The leathery long, narrow blue-green leaves have deep grooves and white fraying fibers along the margins with winter temperatures sometimes turning the foliage slightly purple. Like the species, this plant likely will form clumps that spread slowly outwards up to 6 feet wide. This selection has much darker red bell-shaped flowers which have been observed to continue to flower over a longer period than the species, which typically displays its coral-pink tubular flowers in mid-summer. One reason this plant continues to flower is that it appears that it does not set seed so this energy goes into a prolonged flowering period. Plant in full sun or light shade in well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant and does best in a hot spot in the garden but appreciates occasional irrigation in summer to encourage flowering, but use care not to overwater. The species is known to be quite adaptable and, in fact, likes our alkaline soils and has not shown susceptibility to any pests or diseases. It is hardy to well below 0 F and recommended in USDA zones 6 - 10. This is an attractive clean plant for desert and succulent gardens and can be planted in mass, individually or in containers. The flowers, opening from the bottom up, are quite attractive to hummingbirds and also make a good cut flower for the vase. Hesperaloe parviflora is native to the Chihuahuan desert of west Texas east and south into central and south Texas and northeastern Mexico around Coahuila. The name Hesperaloe means western aloe with the combination the Greek word 'hesperis' meaning "of the evening" or "western" with "aloe" in reference to this plant being found in North America (in the west) and superficially looking like plants in the genus Aloe. The specific epithet 'parviflora' is in reference to the sparse way the flowers are scattered along the inflorescence, but this is less noticeable on this selection. Other common names include False Red Yucca, Texas Red Yucca, Samandoque, Coral Yucca Red Flower Yucca and Hummingbird Yucca. This beautiful plant was selected by Ron Gass in 2006 from seedlings from a self-pollinated selection of Hesperaloe parviflora in a controlled breeding program that took place in 2002 at Mountain States Wholesale Nursery in Litchfield Park, Arizona. The program's objective was to develop plants with unique flower coloration. The resulting plant has a more compact habit, dark red bell-shaped flowers instead of the parents' more coral-pink tubular flowers, and has not been noted to set seed thus prolonging the flowering period. Under the cultivar name 'Perpa it received U.S. Plant Patent PP21,729 in February 2011 and was first released by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery in the spring of 2011.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Hesperaloe Brakelights 'Perpa' PP21729 .
 
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