Of course, “Little Plum” is a hybrid, so who knows.
These blog posts where I farm out the tough work is pretty easy on me. I wonder what any of that info above really means. Well, let’s start with the word “Dicot.”
Dicot: Simply put, the first leaves of a flowering plant that come out of a seed are called cotyledons, and if there are 2 leaves the plant is called a dicot and if there is only one then it is a monocot.
Small whitish barrels with 1″ flowers in vibrant pink, as if I had to tell you. This is the first bloom this year, but you can see more buds there too. They will bloom into the summer, at which time the Rebutia muscula will then take over with its incredible orange blooms, as if I had to tell you.
I’ve brought the Adenium somalense into the photography studio for it’s 2nd bloom flush of the year and taken a portrait of the plant. The problem is I can’t decide which picture I like better. Can you help me decide?
If you click on each photo you get an enlarged closeup of the center flower.
1. This is the plant with the flowers.
2. This is the plant with the flowers with another plant behind with leaves. It’s funny the way they sometimes bloom before they leaf out, but the one in back with the leaves also has buds.
These blooms can take a lot of energy out of the plants, and can cause some of the rosettes to die back, even setting the plant back a couple years. Not as bad as some other Aeoniums, especially the ones with the pyramidal bloom stalks. But they’re pretty.
We had a different plant labeled A. urbicum. But then we decided we were wrong. And that this one must be A. urbicum. What do you think?
Aeoniums are difficult. There aren’t a lot of good pictures from which to ID them. We’re clearly going to have to get the big Aeonium book from Australia. That’ll be fun. Then we’ll change all the names around again.
It’s very confusing, all the different types of aeoniums. For instance, the popular “Schwartzkopf” is a cultivar off a subspecies off a species. So it could be properly called Aeonium arboreum ssp. atropurpureum c.v. “Schwartzkopf”. And then we have our own cultivar off that! very subtle differences.
Here’s our current list starting with A. arboreum.
Today we feature 2 smaller rosette aeoniums, that grow about 3ft. tall and are very branchy.
Now we started with a crop of the holochrysums, and then when those were big, we bought another seedling tray of the same thing. When they were big enough, we potted some and sold the 2nd tray as holochrysums also. But when the rest grew bigger we realized they’re not the same plant. I’ve decided the 2nd plant is balsamiferum. It’s also possible they’re the same species, but different cultivars or subspecies.
But they look different enough to me that I can’t in good conscience call them the same plant.
Also, these are summer photos, when the rosettes are at their smallest. In the winter they’re a lot more full. But interestingly, these 2 shrink up more than a lot of our other aeonium species.
It must be winter-growing-aloe-bloom-season in the Bay Area!
Aloe africana is an African Aloe also known as African Aloe. It’s from South Africa, of course. The Eastern Cape. These are some very orange flowers. The plant itself is a single-stemmed, generally solitary tree aloe to 10ft. tall. The marginal spines are vigorous, though not so large or numerous as to be hazardous.
Calibanus hookeri, a caudiciform member of the Agave family (Agavaceae) which we already said was maybe actually in the Lily family, but let’s not get that started all over again.
Here are the blooms. This is a male plant, as we can tell by the blooms. For some reason all our plants that we see bloom are male, and so that explains why we do not get seed.
As you can clearly see with this super slo-mo closeup, there are stamens there, composed of the little pollen-covered anthers on top of the slender filaments, but no pistils, i.e. the often quite graphic stigma in the center on top of the ovules.
Yes, that is the common name for this member of the cactus family that looks like it should be in the agave family.
Leuchtenbergia principis is from the Chihuahuan desert and unlike the agave it can bloom and bloom again, every year. Though they do not bloom young, so you may have to wait 10 years to see such a vibrant yellow flower.
Those weird papery spine things on the ends of the arm-like thingys are in fact the spines, true cactus spines, coming off the “arms” which are not branches or stems or even leaves, but what is a tubercule. Cactus are soooo interesting!
They need a tall pot, since they have a big and ruddy taproot.
It’s an agave coming into bloom. Agave funkiana. It’s still on the floor at the nursery, but I took the price tag off and moved it out front for display. The bloom is growing fast. Soon it will finish its cycle and die. Oh how we will miss you, funkiana, my friend.