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Archive for November, 2008

Agave victoriae reginae – Queen Victoria Agave

Posted by VT Jenny on November 30, 2008

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Parkinsonia microphylla – Foothills Palo Verde

Posted by VT Jenny on November 29, 2008

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Parkinsonia florida – Blue Palo Verde

Posted by VT Jenny on November 28, 2008

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Baileya multiradiata – Desert Marigold

Posted by VT Jenny on November 26, 2008

The workhorse of the desert flowers is a perennial best grown from seed sown in the Fall. Native to sandy plains and roadsides from SE California to UT, west TX, southwest AZ and Northern Mexico.

Size: 8-12″ tall x 12″ wide
Flowers: throughout the year it blooms bright yellow, 1.5″ across on long stems.
Foliage: gray-green woolly lobed leaves
Location: Full Sun with well drained soils

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Chihuly – The Sun being installed

Posted by VT Jenny on November 13, 2008

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Chihuly Exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden is going up!

Posted by VT Jenny on November 10, 2008

The Chihuly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens in PHX started installation today! The metal base for the ‘Sun’ and for the ‘Neon Saffron Tower” went in and the glass for the chandelier in the succulent house is being attached.

The Chihuly Exhibit will be at the Desert Botanical Garden from Nov. 22, 2008 to May 31, 2009.

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Ottosen Entry Garden at Desert Botanical Garden

Posted by VT Jenny on November 9, 2008

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Blue Elf Aloe – Aloe sp. ‘Blue Elf’

Posted by VT Jenny on November 9, 2008

Blue Elf Aloe – Aloe sp. ‘Blue Elf’

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Arizona’s Agave

Posted by VT Jenny on November 5, 2008

Agave x arizonica – Arizona’s Agave

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Agave x arizonica is native to only a small area in central Arizona, occurring on open rocky slopes in chaparral or juniper grassland at elevations from 1100 to 2750 m (3600-5800 ft). This species was only discovered and described in the 1960’s.

Plants are small, 20-35 cm high and 30-40 cm broad, and are generally single rosettes which sucker only sparingly.

Only 50-60 clones or plants are known.  It is listed as endangered by the U.S.  Fish & Wildlife Service.

The flower stalk is 2.5-4 meters tall and slender.  The inflorescence is subspicate to narrowly paniculate with 30-40 short lateral branchlets in upper 1/3 of stalk.  Yellow flowers are 25-32 mm long. Flowers appear May to July.

Controlled pollination studies done at the Desert Botanical Garden have shown that this species is of recent hybrid origin involving Agave chrysantha x A. toumeyana var. bella.

Text from Desert Botanical Garden
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Guaiacum angustifolium

Posted by VT Jenny on November 5, 2008

Guaiacum angustifolium (Zygophyllaceae)

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