in S. Watson, Botany (Fortieth Parallel), 497. 1871.

Etymology: Greek hesperos, western, and aloe, a kind of plant
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 441. Mentioned on page 413, 414, 424.

Plants perennial, cespitose, acaulescent, semisucculent, primarily short- to long-rhizomatous. Leaves in basal rosettes; blade linear, thick and striate-ridged abaxially, margins with threadlike, detaching filaments, apex frayed or with hard spine. Inflorescences paniculate [racemose], loose, 3–8-branched. Flowers bisexual; perianth narrowly tubular to broadly campanulate; tepals 6; stamens 6, inserted on receptacle or at tepal bases, included; filaments glabrous; anthers sagittate, with septal nectaries; receptacle fleshy; ovary superior; style slender, barely exceeding tepals. Fruits capsular, ovoid, dehiscence septicidal. Seeds many, black, flattened. x = 30.


Arid regions of Tex. and Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Sonora).


Species 5 (2 in the flora).

Hesperaloe parviflora, and to a much lesser extent H. funifera, are cultivated in the semiarid and arid Southwest. The original distribution of H. parviflora is likely much obscured because of a long history of roadside and ornamental plantings throughout the area.


1 Flowers green, tinged with purple, broadly campanulate; leaf blade yellowish green, 1–2 m × 2–5 cm. Hesperaloe funifera
1 Flowers rosy red to salmon, narrowly tubular; leaf blade dark green, 1–1.25 m × 2.5 cm. Hesperaloe parviflora
... more about "Hesperaloe"
R. Laurie Robbins +
Engelmann +
Arid regions of Tex. and Mexico (Coahuila +, Nuevo León +, San Luis Potosí +  and Sonora). +
Greek hesperos, western, and aloe, a kind of plant +
in S. Watson, Botany (Fortieth Parallel), +
engard1980a +, g1995a +  and starr1997a +
Hesperaloe +
Agavaceae +