Gerald L. Klingaman
(Old Man Cactus)
Old man cactus is a slender, columnar succulent native to the rocky regions of central Mexico. It is densely covered with long, bristly, grayish white hairs that resemble those on the head of an elderly gentleman. It slowly grows to very tall heights in the wild but remains much shorter in cultivation. Underneath the hairs are sharp, yellow spines. In mid-spring to summer it produces large, pink, night-blooming flowers with a pleasing fragrance. These are pollinated by moths and bats and followed...
(Ice Plant, Red Spike Ice Plant)
This little-known genus of succulent perennials contains 60 species of what is commonly called iceplant. It is a coastal species found along the southern tip of Africa both east and west of the Cape of Good Hope. The plants are ground hugging dense mats of thick leaves that dwell in the sandy dune lands and rocky outcrops found in the maritime climate areas.
Cephalophyllum species are creeping plants that produce thick blue green leaves with a curiously half rounded tips. Leaves...
Mark A. Miller
A low, petite, flowering succulent groundcover, this iceplant spreads by creeping stems, but it is not an invasive weed. Tolerant of limited light frosts, this evergreen perennial is native to South Africa.
The tiny leaves are finger-like and a bright green, although blush slightly purple or red when growing in intense sunlight. In mid- to late winter, deep rosy-pink, daisy-like flowers appear just above the carpet of succulent leaves. Individually, a blossom may have subtle hints of pink-orange...
Snow-in-Summer is an easy-care, mat-forming perennial that flowers so profusely in sproing that it resembles a drift of snow. This is a rampantly-spreading plant with small, wooly silver leaves that can persist through a mild winter. In spring, a carpet of clear white, star-shaped flowers with button centers rise above the leave on short stems and cover the plant into summer.
Grow Snow-in-Summer in full sun and average well-drained soil, A native of Italy and Sicily, it tolerates hot, dry conditions....
Tough and hardy, snow-in-summer is a vigorous, mat-forming perennial native to Italy. Its low-growing, fine, wooly, silver-gray leaves often persist through winter. In late spring to early summer, it blooms showily with five-petalled, star-like white flowers on stalks, covering the plant so densely that it resembles a mound of snow. This selection, ‘Columnae,’ lifts the flowers slightly higher than the parent species. The flowers draw many pollinators.
Give ‘Columnae’ full sun and average to poor...
James H. Schutte
(Silver Carpet Snow-in-Summer, Snow-in-Summer)
Tough and hardy, snow-in-summer is a vigorous, mat-forming perennial native to Italy. Its low-growing, fine, wooly, silver-gray leaves often persist through winter. In late spring to early summer, it blooms showily with five-petalled, star-like white flowers on stalks, covering the plant so densely that it resembles a mound of snow. This selection, ‘Silver Carpet,’ lifts the flowers slightly higher than the parent species. The flowers draw many pollinators.
Give ‘Silver Carpet’ full sun and average...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Bell Flower Cherry)
Filling its branches with dense clusters of pink to deep pink-red flowers in late winter, the Taiwan cherry is a fantastic tree for warm winter regions where traditional flowering cherry trees grow poorly. A deciduous cherry tree that has an oval but spreading canopy, it is native to the mid-elevations of southern China, Taiwan, southern Japan and Vietnam.
In late winter to early spring while the branches are still leafless, they fill with flowers. Each flower hangs downward and resembles a bell...
Forest & Kim Starr
(St. John's Bread)
The carob tree offers deep shade for warm, dry climates. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean where winters are mild and wet and succeeded by a very long, dry season. Adapted to poor, rocky ground that is well drained, it solves a landscaping challenge in the sandy-gravelly soils of desert gardens. This is a medium-sized evergreen tree with dense branching and large, glossy, leathery leaves.
The Carob tree blooms in spring with small flowers that release a pungent scent. They are followed...