(Echeveria, Painted Lady)
Providing year-round interest with its bold rosettes of colorful evergreen leaves, this beautiful succulent perennial is native to dry limestone cliffs in central Mexico. The rather loose rosettes of fleshy, oval, gray-green, maroon-striped leaves are borne atop short stems. Plants develop into architectural mult-stemmed clumps.
In summer and early fall, each rosette may produce a knee-high flower spike bearing small red-flushed pale yellow blooms.
This cold-tender, sun-loving perennial needs...
James H. Schutte
Spreading relatively rapidly to form clumps of large silvery ground-hugging rosettes, this Mexican native is one of the most commonly grown echeverias. Comprising 20 or more spirally arranged, blue-green, silver-dusted leaves, each rosette can grow as wide as a dinner plate. The spade-shaped leaves terminate in a small bristle. A compact stem topped with a branching cluster of orange, bell-shaped flowers arises from the center of each rosette in late summer or early fall, attracting hummingbirds....
(Echeveria, Topsy Turvy Echeveria)
Literally a new twist on the Mexican native Echeveria runyonii, 'Topsy Turvy' has leaves that are curiously curled and folded. It spreads relatively rapidly to form clumps of large ground-hugging rosettes, each comprising 20 or more spirally arranged, blue-green, silver-dusted leaves. Each rosette can grow as wide as a dinner plate. The up-curled leaves are folded lengthwise, appearing chevron-shaped in cross section. A compact stem topped with a branching cluster of orange, bell-shaped...
(Golden Ball, Golden Barrel Cactus)
A widely cultivated cactus from central Mexico, golden barrel cactus is valued for its striking bold, spherical habit and showy spines. It forms a broad, flattened, round barrel whose 20 or more vertical ribs are densely lined with golden yellow spines. Older plants are more cylindrical and younger more elongated.
The barrel has a round, spineless, woolly spot at its top, which in summer gives rise to yellow flowers with numerous narrow, brown-tipped petals. The flowers are often produced in rings....
James H. Schutte
(Blue Barrel, Devil's Head Cactus, Melon Cactus)
Small in stature but large in flower, this cactus is often the brightest spot in an impossibly dry landscape. It is native to deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The species also ranges well into Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert where they are most often found on steep rocky hillsides, often clinging to nearly vertical inclines where drainage is assured. This is a solitary cactus but may produce clumps with great age. The single stem is a small barrel with about 8 ribs bearing very dense rounded...
James H. Schutte
(Biznaga de Dulce , Giant Barrel)
In the wild this cactus can grow as tall as a man and twice as wide in diameter. Such proportions make it the largest of all barrel cactus on Earth, giving credence to a common name of "giant barrel." Very old specimens in habitat are a destination of every dedicated cactus enthusiast and admirer. The species is native to a huge range of northern and central Mexico on moderately sloping sandy or gravelly soils. In youth this is a globe-shaped, bright green barrel. Eventually it will bear from five...