Echter's Home Page                Shop at Echter's Garden Showplace              Contact Us

Echter's Plant Finder

perennial

Brakelights® Red Yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora 'Perpa'

Add To My Wish List

print page
Brakelights® Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora 'Perpa') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Brakelights® Red Yucca in bloom

Brakelights® Red Yucca in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Redflower False Yucca

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

This stately succulent plant has arching grassy looking foliage that is leathery to the touch; sturdy spikes covered with brilliant, brake light red flowers over a long season; a perfect accent plant for waterwise gardens or containers

Ornamental Features

Brakelights® Red Yucca features showy spikes of cherry red bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early fall. Its attractive succulent grassy leaves are bluish-green in color. The foliage often turns coppery-bronze in fall. It produces khaki (brownish-green) capsules in late fall. The red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Brakelights® Red Yucca is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Brakelights® Red Yucca is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Brakelights® Red Yucca will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Echter's Home Page