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Dancing Saguaro

Posted by VT Jenny on September 21, 2009

The ever amazing Saguaro – Carnegiea gigantea, growing in every direction almost looking like it’s dancing.

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Echinopsis are Blooming!

Posted by VT Jenny on April 24, 2009

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Echinocereus triglochidiatus – Claret Cup Hedgehog

Posted by VT Jenny on March 27, 2009

Echinocereus triglochidiatus – Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus

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Ferocactus latispinus

Posted by VT Jenny on January 11, 2009

Ferocactus latispinus – Horse-Crippler Cactus
Southern US to Central Mexico
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Euphorbia blossoms

Posted by VT Jenny on January 8, 2009

The species Euphorbia has a wide variety of plant shapes, sizes and flowers. Most of their flowers are not showy, they are the reproductive parts and not much more. However if you take the time to really look at the Euphorbia blossoms they are uniquely beautiful and interesting. Often they look like they have water in each flower, but that is actually nectar. Look closely at these photos and you can see the liquid in each one.

Euphorbia milii v. splendens – pink, Euphorbia nesemanii, Euphorbia cooperi calidicola, Euphorbia weberbaueri, Euphorbia richardsiae

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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
Photos by Jenny

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