plant crushes

New plant crushes developed since visiting the Huntington Botanical Gardens on Saturday.

For frost-free zones 10-11, from Mexico, South America, Jatropha multifida. Easy from seed, fast growing, drought tolerant shrub or small tree. Spectacular coral flowers give it the common name Coral Tree. Like two others in the Euphorbiaceae, Euphorbia cotinifolia and the manihots, it might be worth trying even where tender as a summer tropical. Furcraea as a backdrop is a nice touch too. I saw this large specimen in the Desert Garden greenhouse after I’d already passed up a small rooted cutting on the sale tables at the CCSA plant sale at the Huntington over the weekend.

jatropha multifida

Also in the Desert Garden greenhouse was this mesmerizing, Medusa’s-head of a tillandsia, maybe T. xerographica.


Agave ‘Snow Glow,’ white-margined, variegated form of Agave ‘Blue Glow,’ the wildly successful hybrid of Agave attenuata and Agave ocahui.
A little over my budget though. Gratifying in a perverse way to see jacaranda bloom debris trapped on many of the spines and leaves of the plants for sale. Just like home.


I was surprised and thrilled to find so many cool pelargoniums at the show, like this caffrum hybrid ‘Diana,’ whose flowers remind me of a lewisia.


For stunning photos of a mature plant in bloom, go here.

Not too sure how I feel about this variegated opuntia, and so far I haven’t met a variegated plant yet I didn’t like.

variegated opuntia

Temps weren’t probably much over 90 degrees at the Huntington on Saturday, but by noon I was wilting, dissolving.


Sending out heartfelt sympathy to those suffering through the recent heat wave and power outages in the Eastern U.S.


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7 Responses to plant crushes

  1. ks says:

    I murdered my P. Caffrum purchased from Robin Parers booth this year..she gave me a stern warning about overwatering, but I believe I went too far..the little tuber shriveled up and expired.

  2. Deanne says:

    Wonderful pics as always Denise, that tillisandia is to die for.

  3. Denise says:

    Kathy, I must have missed this one at Robin’s booth. Also found ‘Crocodile’ — remember Michelle’s photos of this one?
    Deanne, aren’t those dips and swirls something? Like plant calligraphy!

  4. A. ‘Snow Glow’!! drool…

  5. Hoov says:

    Plant crushes! Ha, ha! Yes, that is what they are. The Tillandsia is glorious. ‘Snow Glow’ I have, and it should be called ‘So Slow’. Slowest growing Agave ever.

  6. Anja says:

    My ‘Diana’ is blooming now. It’s one of my Pelargonium favorites!/Anja

  7. Ouaitetown says:

    I’m a little bit late but I would say it is tillandsia duratii

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