International Flower Bulb Centre
This appealing South African flowering "bulb" is highly variable producing purple, blue, white or yellow flowers: all with very dark anthers. In its natural habitat, this spring bloomer exists on clay-rich scrubland known as renosterveld. It is a hybrid parent to many cultivated baboon flowers and is less commonly sold as a species bulb.
In midwinter, small fans of pleated bright green leaves are produced from deeply buried, globular corms. The sword-shaped leaves remain in a neat rosette....
A charming little "bulb" for Mediterranean- and desert-climate gardens, Babiana tubulosa is grown for its late-winter and early-spring display of starry, long-tubed white flowers. It is native to sandy habitats in the South and West Cape regions of South Africa.
This member of the iris family produces low fans of narrow, hairy, pleated leaves. They arise in late fall or winter from rounded, deeply buried corms with fibrous "tunics." The 2-inch-wide (5-cm), unscented, snow-white to creamy-white...
A showy little "bulb" for Mediterranean- and desert-climate gardens, Babiana villosa is grown for its late-winter and early-spring display of pink or red, unscented blooms. It is native to clay-rich scrublands ("renosterveld") of the West Cape region of South Africa.
This member of the iris family produces low, sparse clumps of hairy, pleated, sword-shaped leaves. They arise in late fall or winter from rounded, deeply buried corms with fibrous "tunics." The 2-inch-wide (5-cm), cup-shaped,...
(Centennial Desert Broom, Desert Broom)
This desert-adapted hardy hybrid is a useful shrub for difficult, hot, dry sites. Its parents are the dwarf coyote brush Baccharis pilularis, a native of California and Oregon, and the little known desert broom, B. sarathroides, native to the southwestern United States. A spreading shrub, ‘Centennial’ produces a lush mound of bright green narrow leaves with serrated edges. This is a valuable color in desert regions where most plants bear leaves of muted color or gray. This shrub...
James H. Schutte
In spite of months without rain on the embankments of Los Angeles freeways, this drought-resistant shrub remains green year round. The plant grows as a spreading mound of small, rounded green leaves with serrated edges. It blooms in spring but the flowers are insignificant. They give way to tufted seed pods which mature in fall but many gardeners consider unsightly.
Also known as Dwarf Coyote Bush, this shrub is native to regions of California and Oregon where plants may go for over six months...
James H. Schutte
(Coyotebrush, Coyotebush, Twin Peaks Coyotebrush)
Counted among the very best of drought-resistant evergreen groundcovers, ‘Twin Peaks’ is a selection of Dwarf Coyote Bush, a native of coastal California and Oregon where plants can go for over six months without rainfall. Though it tolerates drought, ‘Twin Peaks’ can brown and lose leaves in extreme heat. The plants grows as a spreading mound of small, rounded green leaves with serrated edges. Plants bloom in spring but flowers are insignificant and give way to tufted seed pods which mature in fall...
Audrey, Eve and George DeLange
Desert marigold is a tender, perennial wildflower that offers a brilliant show for a short time in spring. It is native to the low deserts of southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. There it’s found in infertile, sandy or gravelly soils. It is visible in large populations for weeks in spring when new plants sprout from seeds. Only in the warmest regions do plants become perennial as they do not stand the slightest frost. Even there most fail to survive extreme summer heat and drought. However, in...
This cheerful golden-flowered perennial is a tough compact mountain dweller. It is native to most western states, and western Canada, where it inhabits forest clearings and sandy outcrops from 1000 feet (304.8 m) up to the timber line. Each plant produces a very large carrot-like root that affords excellent drought resistance where summer rainfall is rare.
The short wide-leaved plants produce individual clumps of emerald green, and put forth many leafless stems topped with golden daisies in...
Mark A. Miller
(Clumping Bamboo, Kanapaha Weaver's Bamboo, Weaver's Bamboo)
Weaver’s bamboo is a clumping tropical bamboo native to southeastern China. This is popular species for furniture and weaving as well as in the landscape. The selection ‘Kanapaha’ is named for the botanical gardens in Gainesville, Florida where it was found. It is a stunning plant with powder-blue culms which are very tall growing.
All bamboos are grasses with woody-type stems called culms which are divided into sections ringed with leaf scars at the nodes. Weaver’s bamboo has tall thin-walled...
Mark A. Miller
(Clumping Bamboo, Outlaw Weaver's Bamboo, Weaver's Bamboo)
Weaver’s bamboo is a clumping tropical bamboo native to southeastern China. This is popular species for furniture and weaving as well as in the landscape.
All bamboos are grasses with woody-type stems called culms which are divided into sections ringed with leaf scars at the nodes. Weaver’s bamboo has tall thin-walled culms which gracefully arch. They are smooth with no teeth or spines and branch on the upper half. The culms often emerge green with a bluish or powdery sheath covering. The...