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  • Agave “Calamar”

    (Solitary Candelabrum Agave)

    A. bracteosa “Calamar”

    Tall arching, curving leaves. This cultivar is generally solitary.

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  • Billbergia “Fantasia Red”

    (Queen's Tears)

    Terrestrial bromeliad with compact base to 10″ high. Upright form. Multicolored blooms. Sharp edges with marginal teeth.

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  • Bulbine aff diphylla

    Grows in rocky soils, lots of sun. Bulbous base, narrow green upright leaves. Yellow flowers. Winter growing.

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  • Aloe suprafoliata

    (Book Aloe)

    Large rosettes, deep scarlet flowers on a silvery bloom stalk. Often solitary. Leaves will recurve as they age.

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  • Senecio tropaeolifolius

    (Nasturtium-leaf Spearhead)

    Large caudex with training stems that drop in winter and blue spear-shaped leaves.

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  • Oxalis polyphylla var. heptaphylla

    (Narrow-leaved Wood Sorrel)

    Bulb that will bloom in the fall followed by winter growing leaves. Pink flowers on tall stalks above the grassy leaves. thin-fingered palmate leaves.

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  • Vriesea “Red Chestnut”


    V. fosteriana “Red Chestnut”

    Glossy green leaves age to a deep chestnut red, with white striping. 24″ across.

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  • Echeveria minima

    (Miniature Echeveria)

    Clumps of small rosettes, blueish with red tips in full sun. Yellow bell-shaped pendant flowers.

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  • Aloe microstigma

    (Speckled Aloe)

    Generally solitary, 1-2ft. Turns coral red in full sun. Large number of bloom spikes, huge arrays of yellow and orange flowers.

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  • Aloe “Safari Sunrise”

    (Porcupine Aloe)

    Grassy aloe forms healthy clumps. Striking bloom stalks rise above from summer thru winter with orange-red flowers that fade to yellow.

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  • Bulbine mesembryanthemoides

    (Window Plant)

    Also Bulbine mesembryanthoides

    Small fat windowed green leaves with translucent tops. Grows in rocky soils. Winter growing. Goes dormant in summer, often down to the ground. Flowers in spring. Easy to grow in fast draining soils.

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  • Mammillaria rekoi ssp. aureispina

    Green stems to 6″, generally solitary. Purple flowers. Thin yellow-brown spines.

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  • Aechmea recurvata

    (Urn Plant, Bromeliad)

    2ft. terrestrial bromeliad will form large clusters. Stiff yellow-green leaves, small marginal teeth, pinkish bloom stalks.

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  • Myrtillocactus geometrizans fa. cristata

    (Crested Whortleberry Cactus)

    Myrtillocactus “Crest”

    Stunning, slow-growing, densely crested cactus. A number of different clones have more or less dense crests. Bluish in full sun. Tends not to bloom or set fruit as much as the non-crested species.

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  • Crassula muscosa “Variegata”

    (Variegated Watchchain)

    Grass-like slender stems to 10″t packed with tiny variegated leaves

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  • Trichodiadema barbatum

    (Pickle Plant)

    Large mats of shrubby stems with bristly tips. A low succulent groundcover with lovely pink flowers. Leaves have soft white bristles. Grows a tuberous base that looks great when elevated in a container.

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  • Parodia magnifica

    (Ball Cactus)

    6″ dia. stems can get over 12″ tall, with many offsets. Stunning yellow flowers. Thin brownish-yellow spines age to grey/white.

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  • Oxalis palmifrons

    (Palm-Leaf Shamrock)

    Winter growing bulb with light pink flowers. Amazing palmate leaves. Will go dormant in the summer heat.

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  • Opuntia polyacantha

    (Plains Prickly Pear)

    Fast growing to 2’h, prominent aureoles with 4 to 5 spines 2 to 4″ long. Variable flowers, yellow, orange and pink. Many cultivars named for the natural flower color variations.

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  • Oxalis namaquana

    (Cape Wood Sorrel)

    Large yellow flowers winter thru spring. Palm-like leaves. Keep dry when dormant.

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  • Dudleya gnoma

    (White Sprite)

    Tightly clumping tiny white rosettes. Sometimes sold as D. “White Sprite”.

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  • Dudleya “White Sprite”

    (White Sprite)

    D. greenei “White Sprite”

    White leaves, clumping rosettes, variable with longer leaves. Sometimes sold as D. gnoma.

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