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Peniocereus serpentinus

September 2016

Peniocereus serpentinus belongs to a group of Peniocereus which were formerly put in the genus Nyctocereus so it can also be called Nyctocereus serpentinus.

Salvia pachyphylla

August 2016

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

July 2016

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.

Neoporteria crispa

June 2016

Neoporteria crispa is normally a solitary plant about 2 to 4 inches (5 – 10 cm) in diameter, with 10 to 16 lumpy ribs and numerous curving spines.

Agave gentryi

May 2016

Agave gentryi is a large species originating in the mountains of northeastern Mexico. Agave gentryi is among the few species that flower in two stages.

Yucca rigida

April 2016

Yucca rigida is spring-flowering, typically blooming in April and May at the Ruth Bancroft Garden with hundreds of creamy-white waxy flowers.

Aloe capitata var. quartziticola

March 2016

The branched flower stalk of Aloe capitata var. quartziticola emerges in the latter half of winter (typically in February at the Ruth Bancroft Garden)

Titanopsis calcarea

February 2016

The Family Aizoaceae is full of botanical marvels like the Titanopsis calcarea with its bumpy leaves that make it look almost reptilian.

Haworthia truncata var. maughanii

January 2016

Both Haworthia truncata var. truncata and Haworthia truncata var. maughanii are from South Africa’s Little Karoo region, near the towns of Calitzdorp.

Astridia alba

December 2015

Astridia is a small genus of shrubby plants in the Ice Plant Family (Aizoaceae), native to the northwestern corner of South Africa and adjacent southwestern Namibia.

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