Cactus and Succulents

Echeveria

Echeverias are a large group of succulents found over a wide area from Mexico and Central America through to northern parts of South America. It is Mexico that gives us a huge range, over 150 species and mainly from higher…

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Creeping Sedum

With ground-cover plants being so much in demand, the creeping sedums are beginning to gain popularity. The ‘Green Roof’ industry has been a big promoter of these plants, however we want to bring them back to earth as low care…

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Crassula

When we think of Crassula varieties we often think of the plants we commonly called Jade Plants, however there is much more to the genus than tis group. The plant that we commonly call the ‘Jade Tree’ or ‘Money Tree’…

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Calabanus hookeri

A member of the Agave Family. Calabanus hookeri is from the Chihuahuan Desert on the U.S. Mexico border. Tufts of grass like leaves from a single caudex. Very rare in cultivation, however it does make an attractive specimen in a…

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Aporophyllum

Aporophyllum hybrids or ‘Rat Tail Cactus’ (aporocactus flagelliformis) prefer a warm climate and grow well in hanging baskets. Aporocactus (Aporophyllum hybrids) and Disocactus species have a trailing habit with long ‘rat tail’ like stems and large flowers on the stems…

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Aloinopsis

Aloinopsis schooneesii

Aloinopsis plants and species are originally from South Africa and are a low growing succulent that produce wonderful ‘daisy’ like flowers in winter. Aloinopsis schooneesii is perhaps one of the most sought after species. Aloinopsis Care and Growing Conditions Species…

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Aloe

Aloe are a popular garden plant USA , many species and lots of cultivars, in fact a list of species and varieties will astound you. Some of the plants in this genus are more garden worthy than others. with a…

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Agave

Agave are a diverse group of plants, they vary in foliage form, size and growing requirements, many make great container plants. Used widely for the bold architectural foliage the larger growing varieties are difficult to top in this respect. All…

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Agave geminiflora

With its attractive symmetrical habit Agave geminiflora is one of the best small growing agaves for use in containers or the garden. Also known as the ‘Twin Flowered’ agave as the flower stems have twin tubular flowers. Grown mainly for…

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Agave Americana

The ‘Century Plant’ Agave Americana or ‘Century Plant’ is originally from Mexico. With its large rosette of thick brightly colored leaves Agave Americana is a very popular landscaping plant. A number of varieties are available with different growth habits, the…

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Disocactus phyllanthoides

Disocactus phyllanthoides

syn. Nopalxochia phyllanthoides) One of the most attractive epiphytic cactus is Disocactus phyllanthoides is originally from South America and Mexico and is is an epiphytic cactus. However it is the hybrids that are sought after, larger flowers being the main…

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Dudleya

Some of the unsung gems of California and Mexico are the Dudleya species. They are related to echeverias, however we think they more than deserve a little attention. With around 45 species discovered they are a fleshy leafed succulent, mostly…

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Dudleya edulis

Dudleya edulis

Not often seen outside of collectors nurseries, Dudleya edulis is a succulent plant native to Southern California and Mexico. Sometimes called ‘Fingertips Cactus’. An attractive low growing succulent plant Dudleya edulis is also the ‘Mission Lettuce’. So why the Mission…

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Dudleya anthonyi

Dudleya anthonyi

Dudleya anthonyi is an easy to care for succulent with attractive grey foliage. A long living succulent, the species is named after A.W Anthony and is sometimes referred to as Anthony’s ‘Live Forever’. This species, although related to others is…

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Dudleya brittonii

Dudleya brittonii - Green Form

Another attractive succulent from California and surrounding areas Dudleya brittonii is well suited to growing in the rock garden or in pots and containers. Two forms of this one with the silver foliage form (silver dollar plant) and the green…

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Euphorbia

Nearly every gardener has heard of Euphorbias and many have grown them. Understanding what a diverse and fascinating group of plants is another issue. From the well known commercial garden plants such as Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ and Euphorbia milii commonly…

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Euphorbia amygdaloides

Wood Spurge Euphorbia amygdaloides or ‘Wood spurge’ is an evergreen plant that is at home in both sun and shade. Masses of flowers from spring to summer you do need to wear gloves as the sap is an irritant. Perhaps…

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Euphorbia characias

A varied group of succulents from the Mediterranean, Euphorbia characias have also been highly used in hybridisation with many useful garden plants resulting. They thrive in dry sunny positions and are a useful addition to the perennial border or rock…

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Euphorbia milii

The ‘Crown of Thorns’ Although Euphorbia millii is better known as the ‘Crown of Thorns’ those that we see in cultivation are mainly hybrids. These are a succulent plant however they do require a little more water than most. With…

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Euphorbia tirucalli

Euphorbia tirucalli or ‘Firestick plant’ is a leafless succulent that forma a small shrub over time. Species and cultivars include: Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Rosea’ (Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Firesticks’) which is a sun loving drought tolerant euphorbia well suited to growing in rock…

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Cactus and Succulents

With so many types of cactus plants and succulent plants available for sale online it is easy to characterise many forms as generally drought tolerant. However individual species need to be closely examined to see which varieties make an interesting…

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Graptopetalum paraguayense

Crassulaceae Graptopetalum paraguayense is known as the ‘Mother of Pearl Plant’ or ‘Ghost Plant’. A native of Mexico, is a small (to 0.2m) perennial succulent with dense rosettes of grey leaves on fleshy stems with a pinkish/reddish tinge and a…

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Aeonium haworthii

Aeonium haworthii or Pinwheel Aeonium is a succulent that is native to the Canary Islands. This a low growing species reaching only 2 ft in height. It will spread to over 3 ft and makes an interesting ground cover. Haworth’s…

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Haworthia attenuata

Haworthia attenuata is an excellent species for beginners, it is easier to grow than most and is reasonably small. Also known as the ‘Zebra Plant’ because of the striped foliage it is easy to propagate and looks great when grown…

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Aeonium

Aeonium arboreum 'Velour'

Aeonium sometimes called the ‘Tree Houseleek’ are originally from the Canary Islands and nearby areas. A succulent plant that is easy care and does well in pots and can make a great feature plant. This group of succulents include :…

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Haworthia limifolia

This is one of the easier species to grow, large rosettes that will fairly quickly form offsets or pups. The attractive lime green foliage is ribbed like a file which give a great textural look to the plant. These ribs…

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Agave attenuata

Seen by many as one of the most attractive of all of the Agaves, Agave attenuata does indeed have great shape and form. Characteristics that make it a popular plant for growing in containers and pots. A perennial succulent with large rosettes…

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Agave gypsophila

Agave gypsophila or ‘Century Plant’ is originally from Mexico and is an Agave that does well in semi shade. The foliage color is a blue grey in full sun, however tending to green in shade. The long aching foliage is…

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