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Hesperaloe funifera - (K.Koch.)Trel.

Common Name New Mexico false yucca
Family Agavaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky slopes and open plains in arid and semiarid regions at elevations of 500 - 1000, occasionally to 2100 metres[270].
Range Southern N. America - Texas and north-eastern Mexico.
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hesperaloe funifera is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1.8 m (6ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf all year, in flower from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Fibre.

The plant produces strong fibres that can be used in making cordage products[269]. The fibres produce a paper with exceptional tensile and tear strength. Such fibres could be used either in speciality papers with high-strength requirements, such as currency papers, bible papers, tea bags, and filters, or they could be blended with other fibres to increase the strength and improve the texture of a variety of paper products, including writing papers, tissue and towel products, and papers manufactured using secondary (recycled) fibre[269].

Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Fiber;  Management: Standard;  Under Development.

Requires a warm, sheltered sunny position in a well-drained soil[200]. Plants do not like wet conditions, especially in the winter[200]. Plants grow for several years before flowering but, unlike the related agaves and yuccas, the plants do not die after flowering.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Pre-soaking the seed for 24 hours in warm water may reduce the germination time. It usually germinates within 1 - 12 months if kept at a temperature of 20°c. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first two winters. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer and consider giving them some winter protection for at least their first winter outdoors - a simple pane of glass is usually sufficient[K].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Cherylene Stephens   Sat Aug 16 2008

maharishi amrit kalash many asian remedies (ayurvedic medicine)

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