Plant Highlights By Date
Aloe arborescens is a familiar part of the horticultural landscape in the warmer parts of California, including the Bay Area.
Opuntia macrocentra is one of the prickly pears native to the U.S., where it grows in Texas, Arizona, and across the border in northern Mexico as well.
In recent years many of them have been included in the genus Cleistocactus. One of these is a plant named Cleistocactus sepium.
Brahea armata puts out long inflorescences in summer, and these arch outward and then hang downward, bearing tresses of creamy flowers.
Among the echeverias which flower in the summer is a beautiful species named Echeveria cante, from the central Mexican state of Zacatecas.
Parodia warasii, like other members of the genus, is a summer grower. Plants should be watered periodically through the warm season.
Some kinds develop fat trunks, and are sometimes referred to as “bottle trees” or “Australian Bottle Trees”. One of these is Brachychiton populneus.
Lampranthus spectabilis makes a brilliant display in spring, covering itself in flowers which are about 2 inches (5 cm) across.
Eucalyptus preissiana is a spring bloomer and will come into full bloom at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in late March to April.
Like most species of Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus caesia comes from Australia, where it grows on granite outcrops in the southwest part of the country.