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  • Sarracenia × swaniana

    (Pitcher Plant)

    Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa x minor var. minor

    Perennial Carnivore

    Deep red rounded hood opens up and out, small mouth to the pitcher. Fragrant flowers.

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  • Leucadendron “Jester”

    (Sunshine Conebush)

    L. salignum “Jester”
    Evergreen Shrub

    Dense, vigorous growing shrub with strongly, brightly, visibly variegated leaves. Red bracts are great for arrangements. Good for coastal gardens.

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  • Seyrigia marnieri

    Climbing succulent in the Cucurbitaceae family. Slender round stems, small flowers. Fleshy ovate fruit.

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  • Delosperma echinatum

    Low, shrubby, trailing, great for rock gardens and groundcovers. Hardy mesemb w/pale yellow flowers throughout the summer. Ovate green stems with small spiny hairs.

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  • Echeveria “Blue Curls”

    Medium pink-edged blue rosettes, curly-leafed. Rose-pink flowers.

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  • Cereus forbesii

    C. hankeanus
    C. validus

    Tree-like. Blue stems will grow wide and branchy. Long spines, come in red fade to gray. Large pink flowers with burgundy-red sepals.

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  • Haworthia “Korizato”

    (Brown Sugar Star Window Plant)

    Small star-shaped rosettes, tiny hairs on leaf edges of triangular shaped outward-curving windowed leaves. They prefer very bright light, a little direct sun. Forms tight clusters.

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  • Cissus tuberosa

    Caudex-forming vine in the grape family; aerial roots, small fruit

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  • Fouquieria columnaris

    (Boojum tree)

    Idria columnaris

    Thick base, spiny branches covered in small green leaves. Dormant in summer; Slow grower to 50ft.

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  • Cyphostemma juttae

    (Tree Grape)

    Giant caudex to 6ft w/thick branches at top, peeling bark. Small berries on tall stems rise above the leaves. Deciduous in winter.

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  • Dischidia astephana

    Rare tropical climbing succulent. Paired leaves. Can be grown mounted or in a terrarium, keep in warm and humid environment, not too hot.

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  • Kalanchoe tomentosa

    (Panda Plant)

    Small clumps of fuzzy silver-green leaves with chocolate markings on the margins. Eventually develops into a short shrub.

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  • Orbeanthus hardyi

    (Carrion Flower)

    Orbea hardyi

    Low, creeping with trailing speckled stems. Grayish-green with mottled purple. Starfish-shaped carrion flowers with bowl-shaped center. Protect from frost.

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  • Jatropha podagrica

    (Buddha's Belly)

    Large irregular caudex, stems to 24″; broad leaves, small red blooms

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  • Darlingtonia californica

    (Cobra Lily, California Pitcher Plant)

    Temperate Carnivore

    Native Californian carnivore that grows best outdoors with cool roots and night time temperatures. Keep pots sheltered from hot afternoon sun. Grow in Carnivorous Plant Blend or long fibered sphagnum.

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  • Haworthia glauca v. herrei

    Haworthiopsis glauca var. herrei

    Mini rosettes with a bluish-green hue, 1/2″ diameter and elongate to 6″. Will vigorously form clumps, branching at the base.

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  • Bursera fagaroides

    (Mexican Frankincense, Copal, Elephant Tree)

    Bonsai tree, large caudex w/fragrant sap and peeling bark. Can grow 5ft tall and lots of wild branches. Deciduous in winter.

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  • Alocasia “Silver Dragon”

    (Dwarf Dragon Scale Plant)

    A. baginda “Silver Dragon”

    Large heart-shaped leaves, dark silvery green with prominent black veins. Likes warm and humid. Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water, some humidity.

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  • Monadenium magnificum

    Euphorbia magnifica

    Thick green stems, large succulent green leaves, all topped with bright red inflorescence. Leaves come and go. Will form small caudex over time. Very low water.

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  • Ctenanthe “Compact Star”

    (Fishbone Prayer Plant)

    C. setosa “Compact Star”

    Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate (distilled) water but prefers not to sit in water. Occasionally mist the leaves.

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