While the deep freeze of winter continues here, I thought I’d share a few more snapshots from my Desert Botanical Garden visit. Featured is Echinocactus grusonii (Golden barrel), endangered in its native habitat of central Mexico.
A part of the Desert Botanical Garden’s living collections of plants in the cactus and agave families. Agave bovicornuta (Cow’s horn agave) is recognizable by its prominent, red spines along the leaves.
Agave x ‘Blue Glow’ (Blue Glow agave) is a cross between Agave ocahui x Agave attenuata and looks nothing like either of its parents. It forms a solitary symmetrical rosette, rather than clusters of many smaller ones.
A closer look at the red-outlined leaves of Agave x ‘Blue Glow’. A real stunner!
Agave macroacantha (Black-spined agave) has greyish-green leaves that end in sharp, black spines.
Agave parryi (Parry’s agave or mescal) is a slow-growing agave native to Arizona, with blue-grey to grey-green leaves. Rosettes mature to 60 cm x 90 cm (2′ x 3′), eventually producing spectacular flowering spikes reaching up to 7 m (20′).
The term monstrous easily describes Agave salmiana (Pulque agave or giant agave). This plant produces a very large evergreen rosette growing quickly to 2.5 m to 3.5 m (8′ to 10′) tall and just as wide!
Close up, Agave salmiana is quite imposing. It is native to northern and central Mexico and grows extensively throughout warmer world regions.
Agave victoriae-reginae (Royal agave or Queen Victoria century plant). This slow-growing, evergreen perennial forms a rosette of thick, white-trimmed green leaves reaching 30 cm long. Considered to be one of the most beautiful and desirable species, it is endangered in its native habitat, yet common in cultivation.
Aloe striata ssp. karasbergensis (Coral aloe) is native to South Africa. The pale blue-green leaves have a reddish striation, and in full sun take on a pink cast—I love it!
I think this plant is particularly interesting. I don’t recall seeing it on any previous visits. Cochemiea maritima (I could not find a common name in any search), native to Baja, Calif. and Mexico, is a clumping cactus forming irregular clusters of stems, either ascending or prostrate (shown here).
Looking forward to bright blue skies. Pachycereus pringlei (Cardon), the world’s largest cactus, reaches upward.