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Aloe microstigma

February 2008

Many species of Aloe come into flower during the winter, and Aloe microstigma is one of these.

Senna artemisioides

January 2008

Among the shrubs providing some winter color at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is  a delightful one named Senna artemisioides (also known as Cassia artemisioides).

Euphorbia milii

December 2007

Euphorbia milii is a woody shrub, and different forms of it vary in size from a foot tall to over 4 feet (30 cm to well over a meter).


December 2007

Euphorbia is a large genus, with about 2,000 species and a bewildering array of forms. 

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.

Brachychiton discolor

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.

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