Plant Highlights By Date
By far the best known of the beaucarneas is Beaucarnea recurvata, commonly known as the pony-tail palm, though it is not a true palm.
Ferocactus pottsii is a summer bloomer and comes into flower at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in July and August. The flowers are produced around the center.
Like other nolinas, Nolina matapensis has separate male and female plants, with branched inflorescences bearing many tiny flowers.
The leaves of Yucca thompsoniana are about 7 to 12 inches long (18 – 30 cm) and about ⅔ of an inch wide (1 cm) and are thin and pliable.
One of the species in the Polycephalae which grows very happily at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is Agave chiapensis, named after the state of Chiapas in Mexico.
One kind of Thelocactus which does well at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is Thelocactus tulensis, native to the Mexican states of San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas.
Aloe affinis is native to northeastern South Africa, in an area where the rains come in summer, though it tolerates our winter rains.
Garrya elliptica is a handsome shrub which can attain a height of 10 feet or more. Its leaves are deep green on the top and felted pale green on the bottom.
Cephalophyllum stayneri flowers during the winter months, like most other members of its genus. It blooms with deep pink flowers tinted with orange.
Aloe arborescens is a familiar part of the horticultural landscape in the warmer parts of California, including the Bay Area.