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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.

Euphorbia susannae

November 2015

Euphorbia susannae is a small clustering species which makes dome-like clumps to 4 inches tall (10 cm) and a foot across (30 cm).

Ferocactus robustus

October 2015

Like other types of barrel cactus, Ferocactus robustus has ribs, or ridges, running up its sides. This particular species has 8 ribs

Gasteria excelsa

September 2015

The leaves of the more robust forms of Gasteria excelsa are long and sword-like, and a large plant may attain a diameter of 2 to 2½ feet or more.

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