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Monday - August 22, 2005

From: Austin , TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Smarty Plants on Hesperaloe parviflora
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

On your home website there is an orange flower that is tall and has tall leaves. is it a cactus? Thanks.

ANSWER:

It is Red yucca or Red-flower false yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora), a member of the Family Liliaceae (Lily Family). Be sure to select "Search Images" from the menu at the top of the Red yucca page to see more photographs.
 

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