Kalanchoe Luciae (Thrysiflora)

The Flap Jack Kalanchoe has been misidentified for many years, and still often is, as Thrysiflora, but this vibrant, red edged cultivar is actually Luciae. First described in 1908 and while they both carry the signiture paddle shapped leaves, Luciae stands out from the all green Thrysiflora with its deep red edging, that in the cooler months, can take over the entire plant. The clam shapped leaves can reach 5″-6″ ovals and will show more color with higher light and cooler temperatures. It’s an easy to use succulent, coloring up gardens and gardens equally. Keep an eye out for the 2’+ bloom mature plants receive in the spring.

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Alluadia Procera (Madagascan Ocotillo)

Rarely caring leaves, this intriguing succulent tree is full of character. Long, wandering, round stems are covered in vicious grey spines. When it carries leafs, during the spring, the branches are laced with alternating spines and vibrant green, round, sprouts....

Sempervivum Arachnoideum “Cobweb Buttons”

A unique, densely carpeting groundcover with fine white cotton like threads between the leaves tips that form a cobweb appearance. Aptly called “Cobweb Buttons” this plant is one of the many sempervivums in cultivar today. The green leaves can change colors with the...

Why Succulents are the Key to Water Conservation in California

Water conservation is a hot topic these days, and Californians are searching for innovative ways to cut back on water consumption. For gardeners, this can be a tricky workaround. How do you grow a garden without frequently watering it? As it turns out, the solution is...

The Spineless Agave (Agave Attenuata)

A mature Agave Attenuata will send up a 5’-10’ curved flower arching upwards and backwards, similar to that of a fox’s tail. It’s no wonder how the attenuata received it’s common name. This was the first truly spineless agave. Many variegated sports and cultivars have...

Echeveria Afterglow

The Afterglow is a unique and striking plant, growing very well in full sun. The short, pink, rosette forming leaves will gain a soft powdery coating adding to their 'glowing' appearance. A relatively quick grower in the spring and summer, but very slow through the...

Euphorbia Dwarf Milii

The Euphorbia Milii is thought to have been introduced to the Middle East in the ancient times, and is rumored to be associated with the crown of thorns worn by Jesus. We don't know anything about that, but we do know that these plants are very hardy, easy to grow,...

Anacampseros Sunrise

The love plant, or Anacampseros Telephiastrum Variegata ‘Sunrise’, is a marvelous plant for containers. Pair easily with the Echeveria ‘Lola’ for similar slow growing, compact, container design, or use it to brighten up a Bromeliad container. These smaller succulents...

Echeveria (Ech-e-ver-ia)

Echeveria is a rather large genius of succulents, with a wide spectrum of colors and sizes that all have showy rosettes. Because of the rosette forming nature of these plants they were first classified as Sempervivum, but in 1828 the genus was named after Antanasio...

Succulent Leaves

Have you ever taken a close look at the leaves on your succulents? They can tell you a lot about themselves. While all succulents tend to have a more “plump” appearance, some do more than others. A good, general, guideline with succulents is to water them based on the...

Hybrid Aloes

A little bit about Aloes and their hybrids. The vast majority of aloes, over 125 species, come from South Africa, the remaining from Southwest Asia and Madagascar. Currently, there are almost 500 different species, with many over the last few years being hybrids. Only...

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