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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.

Agave flexispina

August 2015

A. flexispina does not get very big, measuring about a foot to a foot and a half across. It typically makes a few ofsets but some remain single.

Euphorbia resinifera

July 2015

Euphorbia resinifera forms a mound of chubby columnar stems which expands over time, with the tallest central stems reaching a height of 2 to 2½ feet.

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.

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