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
Papery-spines w/glochids. Globular stems, readily propagate by popping off at the joint and rolling away, root easily.
Tephrocactus alexanderi ssp. geometricus
Stunning globular stems stacked up, will break off and roll with few recumbent spines. Ivory white flowers. Very arid, can handle extreme desert and blazing hot direct sun.
Stunning globular stems stacked up, will break off and roll with few recumbent spines. Ivory white flowers. very arid, can handle extreme desert.
Long spineless stems do have small glochids. Upright to 2 feet.
Shrubby, with many stems/branches. Very spiny, some flexible. Orange flowers.
Bright green foliage makes this small mounding shrub stand out in the garden. Blooms pink flowers summer through fall. Attractive as a groundcover or border plant.
This Mediterranean evergreen shrub grows well in the Bay Area. Silvery gray foliage. Deep blue flowers cover the plant most of the year – spring thru fall.
Evergreen Feather-Reed Restio
The sparse branched bloom stalks rise like a fountain out of a mass of dense upright dark-green stems. Female and male flowers on separate plants, with silver bracts on female flowers. Protect from frost to maintain full look.
Usually solitary, stems can get 15″ high x 6″ around. Magenta flowers fade to white towards the center, and then get very dark below.
Generally solitary, occasionally forms clusters of 4-5″ stems, densely covered in white spines, 2 central tan-colored spines on conical tubercles. Magenta flowers.
Small hedgehog cactus, generally solitary. 5″h x 3″ w.