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Archive for August, 2009

Mammillaria grahamii – Graham’s Pincushion Cactus aka ‘Mammy Grammy’

Posted by VT Jenny on August 29, 2009

Mammillaria grahamii Graham’s Pincushion Cactus aka ‘Mammy Grammy’

Size: 3-8″ tall, single or basally branching clumps.
Flowers: Pink to lavender, 1″ in diameter borne in a ring around the crown
Site: Well drained soils in rocks and under shrubs.
Uses: Rock gardens, in combination with other desert plants, specimen in small areas.
Foliage: Central spine brown & hooked; radials white to light brown
Native: SW US, Sonora, Sinaloa & Chihuahua.

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Blackfoot Daisy – Melampodium leucanthum

Posted by VT Jenny on August 29, 2009

Melampodium leucanthum

Size: 8″ high, 18″ wide perennial
Flowers: White with yellow center, blooms throughout year.
Site: Full sun, well drained soil, low water use
Uses: ground-cover, mixed with other perennials, used to soften accent plants, for scented garden, butterfly garden, post & planters.
Foliage: Oblong, long sender
Native: Rocky slopes and flat soils, AZ to TX, southern plain states, Northern Mexico
Note: stems are brittle be careful transporting and planting

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Caesalpinia mexicana- Mexican Bird of Paradise

Posted by VT Jenny on August 28, 2009

Caesalpinia mexicana– Mexican Bird of Paradise

Size: 10′ tall x 8′ wide
Flowers: Spring to Fall. Yellow spikes
Foliage: semi-evergreen fine texture green
Location: Full Sun

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Beautiful in front of the blue of the American Agave.

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