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Echinopsis formosa

May 2013

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

April 2013

Euphorbia esculenta is spring-blooming, usually beginning in early April. Its cyathia, are clustered at the ends of the branches.

Aristolochia californica

March 2013

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

February 2013

Haworthia cooperi is a species with a wide distribution in the southeastern part of South Africa, growing mostly in open dry grasslands.

Correa pulchella ‘Pink Eyre’

January 2013

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

December 2012

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

November 2012

Mammillaria geminispina consistently comes into bloom at this time of year at the Ruth Bancroft Garden and goes from September to November.

Washingtonia filifera

October 2012

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.

Lessingia filaginifolia

September 2012

Our plant at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is the cultivar Lessingia filaginifolia ‘Silver Carpet’, a selection from coastal bluffs in Monterey County.

Agave nickelsiae

August 2012

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. 

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