Plant Highlights By Date
Cyrtanthus obliquus has teardrop-shaped bulbs to 4 inches in diameter (10 cm), and it typically produces a few offsets to form a small clump, though plants may sometimes be solitary. The top third of the bulb is normally visible above ground level.
The floral branches and buds of Agave montana are a dark purplish-red color, but when the flowers open they show off their yellow interiors and stamens and pistils.
This Australian native begins life as a single large rosette, but when it comes into flower the growing tip elongates into a flower stalk, much like an Agave does.
Many species of Echeveria are notable for their highly ornamental tight rosettes of succulent leaves, and most of these come from Mexico.
The Protea Family, Proteaceae, is primarily a Southern Hemisphere group, with most of the species found in Australia and South Africa.
South Africa has quite a few single-headed species of Aloe which develop a trunk and make dramatic focal points in the garden.
This clump-forming succulent belongs to the Ice Plant Family and features showy yellow flowers.
At maturity, the center of a rosette elongates and shoots upward to form a flower stalk, and this is about 6½to 8 feet tall (2 – 2.5 m). The stalk is dark purple, as are the flower buds arrayed along it, with the flowers opening in sequence from bottom to top over the course of about a month.
Although its native habitat is not in the winter-rainfall area, F. candida can be grown outdoors in our part of California provided it is given sharp drainage and occasional water during the summer months.
Depending on the clone and the growing conditions, plants may be green, red, purple, or almost black, and the leaves can vary from short and almost round to lemon-shaped or more elongated.