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Amazing Beautiful Cacti

Posted by VT Jenny on September 22, 2009

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Euphorbia resinifera – Moroccan Ground Spurge

Posted by VT Jenny on September 22, 2009

Euphorbia resinifera – Moroccan Ground Spurge

Size: small mound of 4-angled stems 3’x3′
Flowers: small yellow along margins of stems
Site: full to part sun, well drained soils
Uses: specimen plant rock garden
Foliage: lime green, short dark spines, white latex sap
Native: N. Africa

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Aloe longistyla

Posted by VT Jenny on September 21, 2009

Aloe longistyla

Cute and tiny but with a stout flower in late winter.

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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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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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Echinopsis are Blooming!

Posted by VT Jenny on April 24, 2009

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Pelecyphora asseliformis

Posted by VT Jenny on April 14, 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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