Yucca rossa – Hesperaloe parviflora – Hesperaloe parviflora – Fatty plants – Yucca rossa – Hesperaloe parviflora – Succulent

Juicy, evergreen shrub, native to Central and South America. Without stem, it has long cylindrical, arched leaves, which give rise to large rounded bushes, which reach 90-100 cm in height. The leaves of the hesperaloe are thin, fleshy and pointed, green-grey in colour; on the edge of the leaves there are characteristic “curls” made of a material with a paper consistency.

From spring until the cold autumn from the center of the bush develops an erect stem, up to 150-180 cm high, rigid, on which bloom numerous bell-shaped flowers, red or pink.

This succulent can be grown in pots, but it is also suitable as an exotic specimen in Mediterranean-style gardens, or even as a low hedge.

Exposure: the hesperaloe prefer sunny or even semi-shady positions; they can bear temperatures of less than zero degrees Celsius, but in the winter they need to be placed in well-sunny places, possibly sheltered from the cold wind.

Watering: from March to October, water only in case of very long dry periods; during the cold months, avoid watering.

These succulents can easily withstand drought, and usually settle for rain.

In the spring, spread a small amount of slow release granular fertilizer around the plant, specifically for flowering plants or succulents.

Soil: they are cultivated in soil not too fertile, sandy or even stony, very well drained; these shrubs are very suitable for creating gardens with low maintenance.

Multiplication: by seed, in spring, in a seedbed protected from the cold.

Parasites and diseases: usually they are not affected by parasites or diseases; occasionally the cochineal can nest under the foliage.

Excessive watering or a very humid climate can favour the development of radical rottenness.

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