Plant Highlights By Date
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).
Echinopsis formosa is a spring bloomer, flowering at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in late April and May. The large yellow funnel-shaped flowers are up to 9 cm.
Euphorbia esculenta is spring-blooming, usually beginning in early April. Its cyathia, are clustered at the ends of the branches.
One of our state’s floral oddities is the California Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica. The vine is native to North California’s Coast Ranges
Haworthia cooperi is a species with a wide distribution in the southeastern part of South Africa, growing mostly in open dry grasslands.
Of the species in Correa, Correa pulchella is the most commonly grown species in northern California. It has color forms varying from orange to red to pink.
Aloe ramosissima is a shrubby species from South Africa’s arid northwest, and it is also found to the north in the southwest corner of Namibia.