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Hakea verrucosa

December 2018

The flowers of Hakea species are held in clusters along the stems, and they resemble those of the relatives in the genus Grevillea. Hakea is a large genus of shrubs and small trees in the Protea Family (Proteaceae), with 150 species listed in Wikipedia.

Senecio decaryi

November 2018

Senecio is a large genus of about 1500 species in the Asteraceae, or Daisy Family, and it includes both succulent and non-succulent plants. The flowering time for Senecio decaryi is generally during the summer and fall months, and plants may go through more than one bout of flowering in a year.

Plectranthus argentatus

October 2018

Though it is native to a summer-rainfall area, Plectranthus argentatus grows quite well in The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Mediterranean climate, needing only an occasional watering during the summer months to keep it happy.

Huernia thuretii var. primulina

September 2018

Stapeliads are succulent relatives of the milkweeds with striking 5-pointed flowers. Their flowers are beautiful, but in most cases they emit foul odors to attract pollinators.

Calibanus hookeri

August 2018

Calibanus hookeri is summer-flowering. The branched inflorescences are shorter than the leaves, and they arch to one side. The tiny off-white flowers, sometimes with a reddish or purplish tinge, are borne in small clusters along the main stalk and the side branches.

Cyrtanthus obliquus

July 2018

Cyrtanthus obliquus has teardrop-shaped bulbs to 4 inches in diameter (10 cm), and it typically produces a few offsets to form a small clump, though plants may sometimes be solitary. The top third of the bulb is normally visible above ground level.

Agave montana

June 2018

The floral branches and buds of Agave montana are a dark purplish-red color, but when the flowers open they show off their yellow interiors and stamens and pistils.

Doryanthes palmeri

May 2018

This Australian native begins life as a single large rosette, but when it comes into flower the growing tip elongates into a flower stalk, much like an Agave does.

Echeveria derenbergii

April 2018

Many species of Echeveria are notable for their highly ornamental tight rosettes of succulent leaves, and most of these come from Mexico.

Protea scolymocephala

March 2018

The Protea Family, Proteaceae, is primarily a Southern Hemisphere group, with most of the species found in Australia and South Africa.

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