Plant Highlights By Date
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).
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