Common name:Parasol Aeonium
Botanical name:Aeonium arboreum
Parasol Aeonium is an upright succulent with rosette leaf clusters. It forms a mound and can be easily propagated by cuttings.
Botanical name:Senecio mandraliscae
This succulent perennial will grow to about 1.5' tall and 2' wide. It has curved, bluish gray leaves that are about 3.5" long and very slender.
Common name:Fox Tail Agave, Velvet Agave
Botanical name:Agave attenuata
This Agave has a dramatic tropical form. Even light frost can damage its succulent leaves. It is great for containers. In the low desert, partial sun will be best. If it becomes top heavy, simply cut and stick in the ground to root. It is not a fast grower and has light green foliage. It will also die after flowering but pups around the mother will survive. Distinctive with its large rosette of leaves perched on a long curving trunk, it is a native from Mexico.
Common name:Pony Tail, Bottle Palm
Botanical name:Beaucarnea recurvata
This palm-like shrub from the Agave family has a single trunk and grows up to 30' tall. It has thin flat leaves that can grow up to 6' long and only 1" wide. The base is large and distinctive; it usually looks swollen. Mature plants may bloom on a 3'-4' tall stalk.
Common name:Golden Barrel Cactus
Botanical name:Echinocactus grusonii
Golden Barrel Cactus has a globe shaped trunk and vertical ribs lined with thick rows of golden spines. It grows slowly to 3' tall. It looks handsome in containers. It can thrive in full sun but prefers some shade in low desert. This cactus prefers well drained soil and rots with poor drainage.
Common name:Cockspur Coral Tree, Ceibo
Botanical name:Erythrina crista-galli
This medium-size tree will grow 15'-25' tall and produces beautiful orange and red blooms. It will do best in wet soil and full sun.
Common name:Violet Pad Opuntia
Botanical name:Opuntia macrocentra 'Tubac'
Opuntia violacea santa-rita is a cacti. Though perfectly hardy in the coldest winters, they need perfect drainage to survive winter freezes and thaws. It does well when grown in raised beds.
General Garden Shots 35
Maintain a two to four inch layer of mulch on the soil surface to reduce weeds, infiltrate rain water, and reduce compaction.
Attract, or buy beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings to control pest outbreaks in your garden.