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Aloe vacillans

November 2007

At the Ruth Bancroft Garden, we grow a number of Aloe species which come from the Arabian Peninsula, and one of these is the fall-blooming Aloe vacillans, which occurs mostly in Yemen …

Agave potatorum

October 2007

Agave potatorum is an attractive small to medium-size species from southern Mexico.

Tradescantia pallida

September 2007

For rich purple foliage, few plant selections can equal Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’, which also goes by the name of Setcreasea purpurea.


August 2007

Brachychiton is a genus of Australian trees, several of which are featured in the plantings at the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Nolina interrata

July 2007

Nolina interrata is in a sense a compromise, since it has a woody stem, but usually this is buried in the ground.

Romneya coulteri

June 2007

Romneya coulteri is one of the giants of the family, typically growing to 5 – 8 feet tall and spreading vigorously by suckers from the base.

Aloe brevifolia

May 2007

One species of aloe which performs very well in California gardens is Aloe brevifolia.

Euphorbia caput-medusae

April 2007

Euphorbia caput-medusae comes from near Cape Town on South Africa’s west coast. 

Asphodelus aestivus

March 2007

Asphodelus aestivus occurs from the Canary Islands eastward through the Mediterranean basin.

Correa ‘Ivory Bells’

February 2007

Correa is an Australian genus in the Rutaceae, or Rue Family.

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