Plant Highlights By Date
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.
In most populations of Aloe mutabilis the flowers change color as they mature, with the red buds giving way to yellow (or yellow-tipped) open flowers.
One of the latter is Othonna capensis, a ground-hugging creeper with fat green leaves and small bright-yellow daisy flowers.
Our plant of Veltheimia capensis has remained single, while Veltheimia bracteata has increased to form a good-sized clump.
The blooming time for Colletia cruciata is in the fall, and our plant at the Ruth Bancroft Garden bears white flowers in October and November.
Cleistocactus sepium has red tubular flowers which flare out at the mouth, making a brilliant display. They jut out from the sides of the stems below the apex, coming in flushes during the summer and fall months.
There are many species of Haworthia with windowed leaves, like the Haworthia truncata, so named because its leaves look as though they had been truncated.