Erect green quadrangular stems, burgundy carrion flowers, 3″ across, cup-shaped.
S. paniculata subs. scitula
Soft upright stems to 3″; small variable flowers, cream-colored to deep red.
Orbea variegata hybrid
Erect green quadrangular stems, variable burgundy carrion flowers.
Stapeliad with small, deep, creamy-yellow and red-spotted flowers. Splotchy stems to 4″.
S. crispatus “Palmillas”
Small cactus with wavy ribs.
4″ solitary barrel, undulating ribs, variable spines
Tree-like, many branched to 15ft. White flowers, edible fruit.
Tree-like, branched to 25ft, 8″strems. Red flowers, red fruit.
Round caudex to 12″. Vining with erect stems and round flat green leaves. Water well when leafed out.
Deciduous; variable caudex to 12″, vining to 30ft.
Water well when leafed out.
Moderate sized caudiciform, 10-15″ across, with broad green leafy vines and blood red sap. Small orange flower sprays. Donut-shaped seeds are called Moon Seeds. Low water, but rich soils.
Tall columnar to 26ft.; branchy with long spines; night blooms
Showy apricot/red trumpet blooms. Large leaves, fast-growing vine.
Very dramatic colors in an arching 3 ft. clump grass. Clay-tolerant, drought-tolerant.
Ornamental grass with great orange-brown fall color! Tall maroon bloom spikes in summer. Vigorous grower. Tolerates clay soil, great in pots or as a focal point in the garden.
Very dramatic when used where afternoon sun back-lights the golden cloud of blooms. Can reseed.
Semi-Deciduous Meadow Grass
Classic grasslands plant throughout California. Turns deep golden when dormant in summer. Masses well. Deer resistant.
Pairs of elongate leaves; yellow flowers
Striking narrow-leaved version of the classic Bird of Paradise. Forms large upright clumps filled in Spring and Summer with large orange bird like flowers. Very low water once established.
Large leaves, stretching vertically and tree-like, spreading out in a fan. Giant white flowers. Leaves will show damage with high winds, easy to prune. Can grow indoor, but won’t flower.
Clumps of wide, large leaves, stretching vertically and tree-like, spreading out in a fan. Large orange and blue flowers. Leaves will show damage with high winds, easy to prune.
Dense evergreen shrub with very attractive paired fuzzy leaves, age to a silvery-gray.
Shrub to 10ft, thick variegated leaves; poison milky-white sap
Charming Opuntia relative with small oblong pads that are spineless and edible. Variable flowers of red and orange in spring.
Medium prickly pear, sprawls to 3ft, long white soft spines
Flat 4″ to 6″ rosettes, slowly clumping;
Compact perennial bush w/ evergreen foliage, fragrant when crushed. Flowers late summer through fall with bright yellow flowers. Butterflies.
Feathery grey leaves form a dense groundcover. Small yellow flowers pop up 6-12″ above the foliage in spring. Ideal for coastal gardens – can’t take heat.
Pairs of small pudgy leaves, mostly solitary; vibrant yellow flowers. Low water.
low-spine, branches to 12″, easily break-off for propagation