Plants of the Month

  • Dioscorea mexicana

    (Elephant's Foot)

    D. macrostachya

    Slowly over decades develops a large caudex, covered in woody scales. Produces long deciduous vines, pendant bloom spikes.

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  • Verbena “Lollipop”

    (Dwarf Verbena)

    V. bonariensis “Lollipop”
    Upright Perennial

    Stunning dwarf airy vertical stems topped with purple flowers mid summer work well mixed in with mounding perennials like Salvia, or poking out from a low growing Prickly Pear.

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  • Pachypodium griquense

    Vertical branches above narrow caudex; white/pink blooms

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  • Rebutia kupperiana

    Mini barrels to 3-4″; dark stems, many long spines; red blooms.

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  • Parodia werneri

    Small globose stems, usually solitary, occassional clumps. Pink flowers. Thin spines flattened back along the stems. Chin-like ribs.

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  • Echeveria secunda “Blue Mist’ “

    (Blue Hens and Chicks)

    Pointy blue leaves, forms clumps of 10″ rosettes. Red and yellow flowers.

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  • Aloe perrieri

    Rare grass aloe, tapering leaves with small white spots. Red blooms are pendant on a wide-ranging bloom stalk.

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  • Echeveria “Lipstick”

    E. agavoides “Lipstick”

    Stemless rosettes to 8″; dark green leaves with bright red tips, yellow or red flowers

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  • Echeveria “Pollux”

    Silvery grey rosettes with a hint of purple blush in the sun. Wide leaves.

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  • Osteospermum “Astra Purple Spoon”

    (Spoon Flower)

    Evergreen perennial

    Purple spoon flower daisy blooms are attractive to butterflies. Great for cut flowers. Blooms spring through fall.

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  • Cotyledon orbiculata “Silver Star”

    C. orbiculata “Silver Star”

    Thick stems, elongated round waxy leaves, white with red tips in full sun, green in shadier conditions. Shrubby growth habit.

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  • Ceropegia stapeliiformis ssp. serpentina

    Practically bare stems will vine in all directions. Small leaves at nodes, hordes of stunning burgundy upright hairy flowers.

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  • Echeveria moranii

    Small 6″ rosettes. Thick, cupped leaves edged in red.

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  • Mammillaria geminispina

    (Twin Spined Cactus)

    Large clumps of 3″d. x 7-8″ long stems.

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Million Hearts

Tiny little pinkish-white flowers appear all along the vines of this epiphitic jungle succulent. Dischidia ruscifolia Common Name: Million Hearts Origin: Philippines Vining epiphyte; good for hanging baskets, or terrariums. Hardy to 40F Part Sun Jungle Cactus/Orchid Blend Low Water

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