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Parkinsonia aculeata

July 2012

Parkinsonia aculeata has bean-like pods which encase seeds. The pods are 2 to 4 inches long, with constrictions between the seeds and pointed at the end.

Gasteria polita

June 2012

Gasteria polita was first discovered growing as an under-story plant in a forest, the first species in the genus to be found growing under such conditions.

Echeveria agavoides

May 2012

Echeveria agavoides flowers in spring, April and May are the main flowering months in our area. The flower stalks are slender and from one to two feet tall.

Senecio fulgens

April 2012

Though it is one of the largest families of flowering plants, the Daisy Family (Asteraceae) does not contain a great number of succulents.

Stenocactus ochoterenanus

March 2012

Stenocactus species generally flower in late winter to spring, and at The Ruth Bancroft Garden S. ochoterenanus is the first to begin, commencing in late February.

Eucalyptus polyanthemos

February 2012

Eucalyptus polyanthemos comes from Australia and flowers there in spring to summer but our trees at The Ruth Bancroft Garden consistently flower in winter.

Crassula sarcocaulis

January 2012

Many sources list Crassula sarcocaulis as summer-flowering, but our plant at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is flowering in winter.

Agave geminiflora

December 2011

Many Agave species flower in summer, but Agave geminiflora blooms in the fall, with its stalk rising to a height of 12 to 18 feet (up to nearly 6 m).

Glottiphyllum linguiforme

November 2011

Glottiphyllum is a genus in the Ice Plant Family (Aizoaceae), with all the species coming from the southern part of South Africa.

Ochagavia litoralis

October 2011

Ochagavia litoralis is a clump-forming stemless species, with rosettes of leaves which arch outward and are smooth and gray-green.

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