Southwestern US/California Native
Sun: Full to Partial
Water: Winter rain, summer drought
Careful not to disturb roots when transplanting. Magenta flowers in Spring. From rocky soils at foothills. Bright green kidney-shaped leaves.
Now through the 10th.
Our plants are at the Chive booth. We love Chive and sell all their products, and now they are selling our products too! At the Chive booth! in Philadelphia! PA!
Fenestraria aurantiaca is the classic strange succulent in the Mesemb family. Related to the Lithops, these are also very low water plants. We recommend keeping them out of full sun and watering every 3-4 weeks. With more sun and more water they can grow quite big, relatively speaking, but then they are very rot prone and most people will find that a higher water level schedule will kill them. Harsh!
The Fenestraria genus includes only two species: Fenestraria rhopalophylla (with white flowers) and Fenestraria aurantiaca (with yellow flowers), which in time have gained various hybrids, with very beautiful flowers (red and orange).
It also appears that F. aurantiaca is no longer considered a separate species, but is a subspecies of F. rhopalophylla. So I guess I better get all my tags updated.
Actually its a succulent and its at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. But the postcard comes from Michigan.
Desert Botanical Gardens, Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona. The Boojum Tree, or Cirio, is a native of Baja California, resembles an inverted carrot, with very small branches. This tree is a member of the Candlewood family, which also includes the Ocotillo.
It’s a Good Luck Beaver, by local artist Jeff Pidgeon, visiting our Happy Succulents.
Pseudobombax ellipticum, or as we prefer to call it, Bombax ellipticum. I’ve never seen one this size bloom, and just the one flower.
This is apparently from an episode of the Power Rangers called Ep. 20: The Toxic Flower Cactus of Death.
Apparently this plant has the common name of Churee. I don’t know anything about how it got that name.
The plant itself is from the Himalayan regions of India. It has stunning leaves which we find always drop off on us.
Here’s a closeup of the blooms with a new leaf started right behind.
Euphorbia royleana will grow tree like to maybe 8ft. tall, slowly. The branches all tend to grow fairly vertically, around 3″ diameter.
Moderately poisonous like most Euphorbias, mostly its milky white sap is a bad irritant. But don’t ingest, please.
These are hardy to about 28F, however we find they cannot handle our normal winter rains so we keep them under cover in Berkeley. They make a great potted houseplant since they can handle fairly low light levels and very low water levels, without eventually growing as tall as some of the other columnar euphorbias around that will hit the ceiling of your home.