Very Seedy

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott

Originally posted at Alisha’s Blog on 7/17/2013.

This afternoon, I noticed that the drought-tolerant red yucca plant (Hesperaloe parviflora) – with its long blue-green leaves and rose-pink flowers that attract hummingbirds  – was filled with green pods.  The pods were about an inch wide by an inch and a half long.  Some of the pods were bright green, and others were showing brown with summer sun and age.  Were these pods filled with budding flowers?  Or, were they seed pods?

I know nothing about the red yucca plant.  (And, the interwebs was not nearby.)  So, there was really only one way to find out: I gently twisted a more-browned pod off of its stem, and had to use firm pressure to crack it along its seams.  Inside, there were two rows of brilliant black-colored seeds in half-moon shapes.  The seeds smelled awesome, and felt dry and smooth to the touch.

Since learning more about red yucca online, I now know that the lovely flowers bloom in mid-summer.  The more I enjoy them, the more the seeds are daring me to plant them.  I like knowing that these matte black beauties are capable of such rose-pink and green fanfare.

Black seeds from a nearby red yucca plant © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott

Black seeds from a nearby red yucca plant © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott

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