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The Red yucca has become one of the most popular flowering accent plants in warm and dry climate regions such as the Inland Empire. It is an evergreen, strap-leaf perennial with stiff arching foliage and dramatic ascending spikes of colorful flowers in spring. It is a clumping plant that grows and divides into numerous plants, reaching 2-3 ft. tall and 3-4 ft. wide. Tubular flowers are commonly coral-red with yellow throats, however many new colors are now available from nurseries.

The Red yucca and its several cultivars are easy to grow throughout the Inland Empire. They are well adapted to sun, heat, cold and summer drought, and grow on many types of soils. They are good plants for containers, on slopes, around boulders and as feature plants in Mediterranean and southwestern style gardens. They have low maintenance needs and periodic deep watering in summer. Cultivars include: H. p. 'Yellow' with yellow flowers, H. p. 'Brakelights' with candy-apple red flowers, and H. p. 'Desert Flamenco' with coral-pink flowers.

Water Needs

Red yuccas are well adapted to sunny microclimate locations in the Inland Empire where they thrive in heat and with normal winter rainfall and low amounts of summer water. They are colorful flowering accent plants for courtyard and southwestern plantings in both commercial and residential settings. Monthly deep watering from spring through fall will enhance its spring flowering cycle and help maintain good foliage character. It should be noted there are several winter months marked by an asterisk (*) when rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water depending upon exposure conditions and size.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Dense, Clumping, Arching
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.
Width: 4 ft. - 5 ft.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Red, Pink
Flower Season: 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


Cut out spent flower clusters where the flowering stem emerges from the leaves. Can be divided and replanted around the garden or potted up and shared with friends every few years (S).



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