Plant Highlights By Date
Gasteria bicolor is a spring-flowering species, though it may start in the latter part of the winter. The flower stalk may lack branches, but it has a few.
Echeveria gigantea has leaves up to a foot long pale bluish-green in color with a red edge. The margins are smooth,on occasion they may be somewhat wavy.
Aloe petrophila is winter-flowering, coming into bloom in May or June in its native South Africa, and in November to December here in California.
Pedilanthus bracteatus is a species from western and southern Mexico, occurring from southern Sonora southward along the Sierra Madre Occidental.
Ruschia marianae has trailing stems, but these do not spread widely, and over time it tends to mound and form a small shrublet.
At the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Cleistocactus icosagonus begins flowering in summer and produces multiple flushes of blooms through to early fall.
Mestoklema tuberosum has small finger-like leaves which are rounded-triangular in cross-section and with a minutely bumpy texture like that of a tongue.
Many of the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s various Yucca species come into bloom in the spring, but Yucca schottii is summer-flowering.
Agave parryi is a popular garden subject, prized for its compact artichoke-like rosettes and the way its silvery-gray leaves contrast its black teeth.
Without its flowers, Salvia canescens var. daghestanica is only a few inches tall, and in flower it attains a height of up to 12” or so (30 cm).