AZ Arboretums

Hesperaloe funifera

Giant hesperaloe

Common: Giant Hesperaloe, Red Yucca
Family: Agavaceae
Origin/Range: Chihuahuan desert: Texas, northeastern Mexico
Light: Full sun, tolerates reflected heat
Hardy to 0°F (-18°C)
Water:  Drought tolerant, grows better with supplemental irrigation in summer

low growing evergreen clumping stemless rosettes, 6 feet tall, 6 feet wide (1.8 m); stiff bright green leaves, up to 3 feet long (90 cm) with white fibers along the edges.

Has a 12 to 15 feet tall (3.6-4.5 m) spike, with creamy white flowers in summer.

Striking form. The largest of the Hesperaloes, a genus closely related to Yucca. Still somewhat uncommon in cultivation.