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Hesperaloe parviflora (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Hesperaloe parviflora (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Hesperaloe

Agavaceae
Perennials

Rosettes of stiff, narrow, evergreen leaves give these plants the look of a coarse grass or yucca. Each leaf is edged with a threadlike fringe. Foliage clumps give rise to tall, branching inflorescences set with many tubular flowers. Established plants can get by with little summer water, but they look and bloom better with a deep soaking every 2 weeks or so during warm weather. Quite heat-tolerant. Remove spent flower clusters to neaten appearance.

Hesperaloe parviflora (photo courtesy of Monrovia)
Hesperaloe parviflora (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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Hesperaloe parviflora

From Texas and New Mexico. Leaf clumps 3–4 ft. tall and at least as wide produce 5-ft. stalks carrying many rose-red to salmon-pink flowers from late spring through midsummer, sometimes into early fall. Good cut flowers. Especially heat-tolerant; can take reflected heat. Excellent container plant. Long-blooming ‘Brakelight’ is compact at 2 ft. high and wide, with bright red blooms. There is a yellow-flowered form.

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