Plant Highlights By Date
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.
Mammillaria geminispina consistently comes into bloom at this time of year at the Ruth Bancroft Garden and goes from September to November.
Among the palms planted at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is a trio of Washingtonia filifera, the California Fan Palm. This is the only palm native to California.
Our plant at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is the cultivar Lessingia filaginifolia ‘Silver Carpet’, a selection from coastal bluffs in Monterey County.
Agave nickelsiae grows slowly, our plant took 20 years to reach maturity. It dies after flowering, but it produces offspring allowing it to still be seen.
Parkinsonia aculeata has bean-like pods which encase seeds. The pods are 2 to 4 inches long, with constrictions between the seeds and pointed at the end.
Gasteria polita was first discovered growing as an under-story plant in a forest, the first species in the genus to be found growing under such conditions.
Echeveria agavoides flowers in spring, April and May are the main flowering months in our area. The flower stalks are slender and from one to two feet tall.
Though it is one of the largest families of flowering plants, the Daisy Family (Asteraceae) does not contain a great number of succulents.