Plant Highlights By Date
Thelocactus is not a large genus and is native to Mexico. The largest species of all is Thelocactus rinconensis, which is found in Nueva Leon and Coahuila.
Echeverias, commonly called “hens and chicks”, are widely appreciated by California gardeners, both as potted plants and as bedding plants. Many of them have neat flower-like rosettes of leaves, and this is certainly true of Echeveria colorata, from the vicinity of Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Encephalartos horridus is a slow-growing plant which can live for centuries and it is much prized in horticulture for its stunning blue leaves. The leaves of Encephalartos horridus are several feet long and arch outward from the growing point. Each one has a cylindrical mid-rib, with spiky leaflets jutting out to either side.
Like other members of the Daisy Family, they have small flowers grouped in a cup-like structure called a capitulum. Around the outside of the group are female flowers called “ray florets”, each with a single long yellow lobe, giving the flower cluster its classic “daisy” appearance
Within its genus, Lachenalia viridiflora stands out due to the extraordinary blue-green color of its flowers and it’s smooth strap-like leaves.
Crassula tecta is a dwarf, stemless clump-forming subspecies of the Stonecrop Family, with tightly-packed chubby oval leaves up to an inch long.
The Ice Plant Family Aizoaceae, is full of oddities that have strange names like the genus Pleiospilos-simulans, which has been given the name “split rock.”
Peniocereus serpentinus belongs to a group of Peniocereus which were formerly put in the genus Nyctocereus so it can also be called Nyctocereus serpentinus.
There are many species of Salvia in horticulture, and they vary tremendously in their drought tolerance and one such plant is Salvia pachyphylla.
Hesperaloe nocturna forms a clump of gray-green narrow grass-like leaves that curve outward, with fine thread-like fibers curling from the edges. The clump is about 4 to 5 feet tall, and a little more than this in diameter because of the way the leaves arch out.