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Aeonium smithii

June 2015

Though various kinds of Aeonium are frequently seen in California gardens, Aeonium smith is one of the exceptions and has remained uncommon.

Cleistocactus hyalacanthus

May 2015

Cleistocactus hyalacanthus branches at the base to form a cluster of stems densely clad in yellowish-white needle-like spines.

Pachyphytum fittkaui

April 2015

One of the largest-growing species of Pachyphytum is Pachyphytum fittkaui, native to northern Guanajuato State and southern San Luis Potosí in Mexico.

Grevillea petrophiloides

March 2015

Grevillea petrophiloides is a very distinctive species native to Western Australia. It forms a bush which can eventually reach a height of 5 feet or so.

Aloe mudenensis

February 2015

Aloe mudenensis may be single-headed, or it may put out a few offsets to form a small clump. Rosettes grow to a diameter of 1½ to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm).

Cheiridopsis umdausensis

January 2015

Cheiridopsis is a genus of highly succulent plants in the Ice Plant Family (Aizoaceae), native to southern Africa’s winter rainfall region.

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Frosty’

December 2014

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Frosty’ has spoon-shaped leaves with pointed tips arranged in small rosettes about 3 inches across (7.5 cm).

Agave schidigera

November 2014

Some species of Agave are very localized. One of the latter is Agave schidigera, native to a large part of western and central Mexico.

Alyogyne ‘Ruth Bancroft’

October 2014

Alyogyne ‘Ruth Bancroft’ is a hybrid between Alyogyne huegelii and A. hakeifolia, two related species from southern and southwestern Australia.

Cotyledon tomentosa

September 2014

Cotyledon tomentosa attains a height of up to 20 inches, but it is often shorter than this. The thick roundish green leaves are up to 1.4 inches long

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