Medium stemless aloe with 2 ft. rosette. Will grow moderately spiny. From rocky, open grasslands of Northern South Africa. Blooms on an abundance of very tall racemes start off orange and open to yellow.
Cactus and Succulents - Part Sun
12ft in habitat (5ft. in Bay Area) with fan shaped leaf rosettes, a large thick stout trunk, and broad canopy.
Member of the Asphodelaceae
Restricted to mountainous regions in the Western Cape, South Africa, from northern Elandskloof to Southern Franschhoek. Grows in the winter rainfall region and is relatively coastal.
These plants can do well in pots when small, but do best in the landscape where they can grow in to a beautiful focal point of any xeric garden. They should be planted in well draining soil, and appreciate winter water during their active growing season. These plants require much less water in the summer, when dormant, and a well-established plant may survive without summer irrigation. This makes them an ideal plant for our dry Mediterranean climate.
Stemless rosette to 3ft; Bright salmon bloomstalks
6ft. branchy tree, upright, full sun, slow growing
Large upright tree aloe with large rosette and huge upright branched bloom sprays in winter covered in orange tubular flowers.
A. arborescens x ferox hybrid
Can get 8ft. tall; branching inflorescence, red blooms.
Aloe somaliensis var. marmorata
15-18″ rosettes, spotted green leaves.
Single head tree to 12-15ft.; blue-green red-edged leaves.
Large rosettes, deep scarlet flowers on a silvery bloom stalk. Often solitary. Leaves will recurve as they age.
Stemless elongated rosettes to 8″h., dark leaves w/bands of white spots
Grows into small clumps of thick open green leaves with small tubercles at margins. Produces orange flowers in spring.
Found growing on shale slopes in the Northern Cape of South Africa
These plants are from a winter rainfall area and therefore do well outdoors in our Mediterranean climate if grown in a highly inorganic well draining media such as pumice, and exposed to full sun for at least part of the day. Tends to be rot prone if grown in organic material. These plants can be used in rock gardens or landscapes if the soil is mounted and well draining (amending with 75% lava sand, or high-quality decomposed granite, can accomplish this). Reduce watering in summer.
Small dense clumps of speckled blue-green leaves sit on large tuberous roots, which can be esposed over time to form an unusual bonsai. Yellow flowers in spring.
Small clumper, thick open leaves, winter-growing, keep dry in summer
Tropical terrestrial bromeliad in the Pineapple family; evergreen to 4’t.
Purple flowers on the branch tips. Forms dense mounds, grows in limestone outcrops.
Low-growing groundcover mesemb, great for hanging pots.
2″ rosettes grow to 12″h.; pups at base; light-shade, protect from frost
Small solitary globular species, to 4″d.; yellow flowers; spineless areoles.
4″d. to 8″h. with long and twisted spines, many yellow/red blooms. Highly varied patterning of white spots.
Rare, endangered. Short round stem with supersized horn-like spotted green tubercles. Yellow flowers. Grows in shaded spots among scrub plants. Fast grower. Growth season is March thru August. Can lose tubercles if too dry in summer.
Solitary globular species, variable, to 10″d.; spineless areoles; Flowers yellow/red.
Astrophytum myriostigma v. nudum
Solitary globular species, smooth green skin, to 10″d.; spineless areoles; Flowers yellow/red.
Astrophytum myriostigma v. nudum f. variegatum
Rare form – smooth variegated skin with shades of green, yellow, or orange.
Small, slow-grower, deeply grooved
Dark green, red in sun; can grow columnar to 4ft.
Shrubby 5-8ft. tall, will grow wide; small red blooms
Small South American cholla, to 24″h.
Austrocylindropuntia subulata fa. monstrose
Monstrose cholla to 3ft.; dense branches, small spines from A. subulata
Shrubby to 12″; purple in full sun; small red blooms. Many low-growing wide-spreading green stems with purple leaves on new growth. Will form large clumps.
Thin papery scales over tiny leaves; 2″l. stems; white flowers; dry, fast-draining soil