Brakelights® yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora Brakelights®


Brakelights® yucca is a clumping perennial with upright cylindrical foliage that develops into a dense clumping plant, 2 ft. tall. Leaves are dark olive-green and taper to a point at tips. Long branched flower stalks with colorful tubular flowers grow to 3 ft. tall for several weeks from early spring to late summer.  Flowers are a deep red and are very attractive to hummingbirds.

Brakelights® yucca is a popular cultivar of Hesperaloe parviflora, a native of southern Texas and adjacent areas of northern Mexico where it tolerates heat, sun, seasonal drought and winter temperatures as low as -20°F.  It has become one of the most preferred flowering accent plants for use in intermediate and low desert regions of California, but has proven to adapt easily to warm inland and valley areas in rock gardens and containers with good success. It is very clean, trouble-free and does best in well-drained soils, full sun and with low amounts of supplemental water.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Dense, Clumping, Arching
Growth Rate: Slow
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Rock gardens, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Mass planting, Hummingbird plant, Foundations, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 2 ft. – 3 ft.