Horticulture in the Desert

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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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Carnegiea gigantea – Saguaro

Posted by VT Jenny on March 13, 2009

Carnegiea gigantea – Saguaro

Size: columnar up to 50′; branching after ~50 years
Flowers: open day and night, with bell-shaped in late spring, edible fruit follow
Site: Full sun, well drained soils
Uses: Specimen or focal point
Foliage: numerous areoles, spines in dense clusters gray to blackish, tissue grayish green
Native: areas of Sonoran desert in AZ, S. CA just west of the Colorado River and into Sonora

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Ferocactus cylindraceus – Compass Barrel

Posted by VT Jenny on March 13, 2009

Ferocactus cylindraceus – Compass Barrel

Size: 2-10′ barrel shaped usually single
Flowers: Funnel shaped, yellow sometimes tipped with red.
Site: Full sun, well drained
Uses: Specimen, native design, goes well with boulders
Foliage: Central spines flattened, curved or hooked, reddish radials hair like to stout, spine color variable from white-red-yellow to brown.
Native: SW US, Somora, Baja

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Calliandra eriophylla – Pink Fairy Duster

Posted by VT Jenny on March 13, 2009

Calliandra eriophylla – Pink Fairy Duster

Size: 3-4′ tall and wide
Flowers: Light pink to rosy pink puff-ball-like abundant flowers late winter through spring and with summer rains
Site: Full Sun, withstands reflected heat and sun, well drained soils, root hardy to 0*F
Uses: naturalistic planting, informal hedges, erosion control, hummingbird & butterfly gardens
Foliage: small bipinnately compound leaves green to green-gray, can be winter and summer deciduous
Native: washes and gravelly slopes at elevations of 1,00 to 5,000 ft from SE CA through AZ, NM, West TX and from Sonora to Coahulia and Jalisco, Puebla and Baja CA, Mexico.

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Castilleja exserta – Purple Owl’s Clover

Posted by VT Jenny on February 21, 2009

Castilleja exserta – Purple Owl’s Clover

Size: 4-18″ tall annual
Flowers: Pink-purple blooms Deb – May
Site: Full sun, well drained soil
Uses: Mixed with other perennials, seasonal color
Foliage: Thread-like lobes
Native: Open areas CA to S. AZ, NW Mexico

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Penstemon parryi – Parry’s Penstemon

Posted by VT Jenny on February 19, 2009

Penstemon parryi – Parry’s Penstemon

Size: 1-4′ tall w/ flowering stalk and 1′ wide perennial
Flowers: hot pink blooms late Feb to April
Site: Full Sun to partial shade, well drained soil
Uses: mixed with other perennials, seasonal color, hummingbird garden.
Foliage: Smooth, bluish green, lance shaped broader at tip.
Native: Slopes and canyons in Southern AZ and Sonora, Mexico

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Penstemon eatonii – Firecracker Penstemon

Posted by VT Jenny on February 19, 2009

Penstemon eatonii – Firecracker Penstemon

Size: 1-4′ tall and 1′ wide perennial
Flowers: brilliant red blooms Feb – April and again in Fall
Site: Full sun to partial shade well drained soil
Uses: Mixed with other perennials, seasonal color, hummingbird garden
Foliage: Dark green, shiny lance shaped to ovate
Native: Rocky slopes eastern CA, southern UT, SW CO, NE NM, Arizona.

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Melocactus

Posted by VT Jenny on February 18, 2009

Melocactus matanzanus

Melocactus matanzanus - after flower before fruit

Melocactus matanzanus

Melocactus matanzans

Melocactus curvispinus

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Melocactus pachyacanthus
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Melocactus conoideus

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Cool Caudices (plural for Caudex)

Posted by VT Jenny on January 15, 2009

Dioscorea elephantipes

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Bombox ellypticum

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Calibanus hookeri

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