Plants


Photography&Plants14 Jul 2014 05:54 am

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I see the Jewel Orchids are in spectacular little white blooms!

Haemaria discolor – Jewel Orchid

Terrestrial orchid, small white flowers, dark striped leaves and shade-tolerant!

I think they look like they’re made out of sugar. I’ll bet they’re too sweet to eat. Though you might want to try…

Let me know how it goes when you eat one. Send photos.
  

Photography&Plants03 Jul 2014 11:25 am

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Buddleia davidii “Buzz Sky Blue”
Dwarf Butterfly Bush
 
Asian Hybrid
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 2 to 3ft.

Beautiful compact plant only 24″ tall in container. Stunning purplish-blue inflorescence. Great for patios and smaller gardens. Hardy to below 0F.

Photography&Plants17 Jun 2014 08:24 am

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Agave schidigera “Black Widow”

Stemless rosettes to 24″ w/hairy leaf margins

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Plants08 Jun 2014 09:14 am

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Aeonium “Graciosa”

Shrub to 2′, dark purple-edged leaves

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Plants06 Jun 2014 09:54 am

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Aeonium arboreum

Dense, shrubby to 3ft.+; green w/red edges, darker in sun. Hardy to 28F. Native to the Canary Islands. Winter-growing Mediterranean-climate-loving.

Full Sun to Part Shade

Cactus Soil

Low Water

Plants02 Jun 2014 09:55 am

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Sedum sediforme “Turquoise Tails”

Mediterranean

An older variety that has gotten more popular in recent years. Long trailing stems with blue leaves. Pale yellow flowers.

  • Hardy to below 0F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants31 May 2014 10:00 am

senecio_jacobsenii

Senecio jacobsenii is unusual. Such colors not seen since the 60s.

East Africa

Unusual pastel colored leaves in full sun. Low growing, good for hanging naskets or to trail over a mixed succulent pot. Will root along the ground as it trails.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Plants28 May 2014 09:45 am

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Sedum hakonense “Chocolate Ball” is the most unusual color succulent we’ve seen in a while.

Japan

Alpine species. Very colorful stonecrop, deep colors in sun, orange tips. Can be planted between pavers. Low growing groundcover.

  • Hardy to below 0F
  • Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low to Moderate Water
Photography&Plants27 May 2014 09:38 am

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Sedum rubrotinctum “Aurora” – Pink Stonecrop – is the hottest new variety. Very spectacular and colorful and popular.

Mexico

Green jelly-bean leaves turn bright red in sun. Great for rock gardens and hanging baskets. Pale yellow star-shaped flowers.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low to Moderate Water
Carnivorous Plants&Plants26 May 2014 09:33 am

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Sarracenia x readii – Pitcher Plant (S. rubra x S. leucophylla  )

Florida Hybrid
Perennial Carnivore

Sun: Moderate to Full Sun
Water: Bog
Size: 12″ tall

Grows in upright clumps. Large red flower sprays mid-summer. Keep moist with slightly to moderately acidic water.

Cactus&Photography&Plants25 May 2014 09:20 am

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Opuntia basilaris v. caudata – Beavertail Cactus – amazing and beautiful.

Compact variety. Smaller pads than the species, often heart-shaped. Will stay as low as 1 foot tall, but will spread 4 feet wide.

  • Hardy to 0F if very dry
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Cactus&Photography&Plants24 May 2014 09:18 am

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Prickly Pear season starts with Opuntia “Baby Rita”, a santa-rita hybrid with small and spiny pads.

Small pads, will grow 3 feet tall. Very spiny pads turn purple in winter.

  • Hardy to 15F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Plants23 May 2014 09:05 am

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Nicotiana alata “Lime Green” is the limiest green flower I have ever seen. Unbelievable.

Hybrid
Herbaceous

Sun: Full Sun at coast to Bright Shade inland
Water: Low to Moderate
Size: 3ft.

Old style 3ft. tall classic large-flowered and fragrant shrub. Can get covered in a mound of lime green wide open blooms throughout the spring and summer. Cut back hard when done blooming, or grow as a self-seeding annual.

Plants21 May 2014 08:46 am

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Huernia schneideriana is the blood-red Dragon Flower.

Long recumbent stems can reach 20″, small burgundy flowers.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

This Carrion Flower in the Stapeliad Family, which is now Stapeliae, the Stapeliad Tribe in the Milkweed (Asclepiad) Family, which is now Asclepiadoideae, the Asclepiad Subfamily in the Dogbane Family, Apocynaceae.

So to recap, Carrion Flower, Stapeliad, Dragon Flower. But not in the Stapeliad Family as once thought and not in the Asclepiad Family as once thought since Stapeliads were moved as a tribe to Asclepiads which were moved as a subfamily to the Dogbane Family which got a lot bigger, and this recap failed in being a recap and ended being more of a restatement of the facts as they appear.

And what does the rest of the plant look like? Here is a picture of the unflowered stems.

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Plants20 May 2014 08:43 am

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Geranium “Cheryl’s Shadow” is a very nice color for a low water groundcover.

South African Hybrid
Groundcover Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Part Sun
Water: Low
Size: 6″

Small pale pink flowers against a stunning backdrop of dark purple leaves. Hardy to below 0F.

California Native Plants&Photography&Plants18 May 2014 08:58 am

The Dudleyas are always a crowd-pleaser, what with the small chalky leaves and green leaves and long bloom spikes with pale small flowers too.

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Dudleya anomala is our newest member of the California native Sea-Lettuce family. I wonder how it got a strange name like that? This one is pretty reliably green and doesn’t get too red in sun. Where in California is it from? Why its from Baja California.

Tight clusters of green rosettes with slightly red tips in full sun. White flowers on long bloom stalks.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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Dudleya brittonii is the classic Giant Chalk Dudleya, also from Baja California.

18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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Finally we have the very red Dudleya farinosa – Sea Lettuce, our own Northern California coastal succulent.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants16 May 2014 08:09 am

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Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa

East Africa

Caudex develops “pimples,” or fissures, as it ages. In the Cucurbitaceae family, forms wild-growing vines with large lobed green leaves and large yellow-green squash-blossom flowers.

  • Hardy to 35F, Prefers to be warm in winter.
  • Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Plants15 May 2014 10:55 am

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Buddleia davidii “Buzz Ivory” is another one of the dwarf Butterfly Bushes that Berkeley loves so much. Rather than the standard 8 feet tall, these “Buzz” dwarfs top out at 2 feet in a container and 3 feet in the ground. And they have a lot of ivory flowers that sure do look like they will attract them some butterflies. Stunned!

Asian Hybrid
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Low
Size: 2 to 3ft.

Dwarf shrub with compact habit. Clusters of creamy white flowers in summer attract butterflies. Perfect for patio containers and small garden centerpieces. Prune back each year. Hardy to below 0F.

Photography&Plants14 May 2014 08:48 am

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Bombax ellipticum (Pseudobombax ellipticum)

Mexico

Deciduous tree with succulent stems and large green/brown caudex, can form a tree over 10ft. tall. Large green leaves are smaller and red in full sun.

  • Hardy to 25F if dry
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

And here’s another bloom picture. This is actually a different flower than the one above, though they were both open at the same time.

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Photography&Plants13 May 2014 08:42 am

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Billbergia “Hallelujah” – Queen’s Tears

Terrestrial bromeliad to 1 to 2 feet tall with very strongly variegated/spotted leaves. Glossy foliage, upright form, multicolored blooms. Grows quickly if not too wet.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Part Shade
  • Orchid/Jungle Soil
  • Low Water

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