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Beaucarnea recurvata

September 2011

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

August 2011

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.

Nolina matapensis

July 2011

Like other nolinas, Nolina matapensis has separate male and female plants, with branched inflorescences bearing many tiny flowers.

Yucca thompsoniana

June 2011

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.

Agave chiapensis

May 2011

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.

Thelocactus tulensis

April 2011

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

March 2011

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

February 2011

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

January 2011

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

December 2010

Aloe arborescens is a familiar part of the horticultural landscape in the warmer parts of California, including the Bay Area.

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