Saturday, July 21, 2012

Red yucca ...

I often find things to celebrate in my garden, but this year a Red Yucca plant that I raised from seed blossomed for the very first time. I feel like a proud parent showing baby pictures!

Image of young Red Yucca via Alamodeus.

I started three seeds in small plastic pots with good potting soil about three years ago. Once the seedlings were about 4-5" above the soil, I transplanted them - two in the ground and one in a large clay pot.

Image of young Red Yucca flowers via Alamodeus.

A close up of the mid-summer blooms along the long, arching stems.

Image of established Red Yucca.

Cultivating a Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) is a breeze. First of all, they grow everywhere in Texas and the southwestern US. Gardeners love them because these plants thrive in the heat and are drought and cold tolerant. Despite their name, these plants are not yuccas at all. They are members of the Agave family.

Image via Bennielover on Flickr.

Red yucca has abundant tubular flowers that bloom in spring and extend well into summer. Along with the flowers, seed pods form, that once dried can be harvested for planting.

Image via F. Valdes on Flickr.

And, that's exactly what I did. I acquired a pod and selected the best looking, half circle shaped seeds for my plantings.

Image of young Red Yucca via Alamodeus.

Now, my first Red Yucca has bloomed among its garden mates of Asparagus Fern. I'd be passing the cigars to celebrate, if only I had some to share!

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