There are always plenty of options for high light & low maintenance. Of course, although they might be the first to come to mind, cactus & succulents aren't the only options, but the colors, textures, and forms they provide are suprisingly limitless! Our selections are constantly changing through out the year, but here, we'll highlight some of our favorites.
Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata'
From Thailand, the flat, ribbed, & twisted "paddles" of this plant are peaked in pink & lined with rigid thorns. Looking somewhat like a dehydrated brain with an attitude, one can't help but marvel at its form & color.
Euphorbia lactea 'Variegata'
Branching with upright triangular spires and ribbed with thorns, each side features a prominent near-white stripe. Like many other "cactus-type" Euphorbia, this one may ocassionally produce small leaves. Just for fun - this one is sometimes called 'Dragon Bones".
Euphorbia milli Fireworks
This stunningly variegated form of "Crown of Thorns" produces gernerously pink barbed thick stems with large deep pink bracts - particularly showy against the leaves boldly flashed in white.
What you see is what you get. This spineless ball will slowly grow up to be a slightly larger spineless ball. Oh - obesas are either male or female, though I'd be hard pressed to tell you which this one is as they're really rather androgynous until they flower.
Like a medieval torture device, this plant is curiously twisted with short but devilishly stiff & sharp thorns clustered along its winding spines. This is a rare selection, but we usually have a few on hand, ncase the need for a "quick interrogation" ever arises.
Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis)
No one can deny this cactus is appropriately named, what wtih all that white hair & all. That "hair" provides two important functions; it shades the plant from the hot sun & conceals it sharp yellow thorns - how cantankerous! It may take 10 to 20 years, but it can bloom yellow, red, or white.
Opuntia monocantha 'Variegated'
Yes - a variegated cactus - without thorns! This is a truly RARE plant of charteuse paddles with mid green stripes radiating from the point where thorns would be - if there were any! And, since its a cactus, few plants are this easy to grow! Provide very bright light, or direct sun. Water sparingly.
Aeonium (hybrid) 'Kiwi'
A real stunner, this plant produces clustered rosettes of pastel green & cream leaves edged in hot pink! Densely branching, this plant is a great selection as a single specimen, or for adding some sizzle to succulent combinations!
Aeonium (hybrid) 'Zwartkop'
The near-black dark ruby tones of this plants leaves form rosettes which glow with light green from within.
Agave geminiflora 'Rasta Man'
This plant produces a dense cluster of rich emerald green spines which radiate from a central core. This is an easy-to-grow textural explosion for succulent collections!
Agave lopantha 'Quadricolor'
Yes - quadricolor! Each of the lime green, dark green, and lemon yellow leaves are edged with translucent red thorns which glow in the sunlight. This ideal container plant is much smaller growing than many agaves, and freely produced pups for the generous gardener. Provide full sun, minimal feeding, and allow the soil to dry completely between waterings for the best performance. Super easy to grow!
Agave 'Joe Hoak'
This agave speaks volumes with its subtly diffused variegation of mint, cream, and pale yellow, all overcast with frosty silver. Truly unusual color for an agave, it can provide the most striking contrast for both deep and vibrant colors in the sunny garden. This also makes for a stunning specimen indoors. Agave should be treated like other succulents & cactus, with the low maintenance of very sparse feeding, and allow the soil to become dry before watering.
Agave paryii 'Truncatum'
The thick, broad, chalk-blue leaves of this Agave are tipped with "killer" spines od the darkest red color. Like other Agave, it likes it sunny & dry, and is perhaps best appreciated from a distance. (I can tell you from stocking these beautiful buggers - close contact can be painful!)
'Agave (hybrid) Blue Glow'
Traditional in shape & form for an Agave, this one boasts a truly translucent red edge backed by a thin yellow line on each stiffly barb-tipped leaf. With just a little bit of back-light, this one lights right up!
Agave (hybrid) 'Kara's Stripe'
The hazy chartreuce leaves of this variety are striped with green. Unusual not only for its stunningly bizzare color, this one has soft leaves, non-threatening to her handlers.
Aloe (hybrid) 'Christmas Carol'
This broad leaved Aloe is dimensionally stippled with white & edged in red. Textue, color, & contrast are all combined harmoniously in this rare, but easy-as-any-aloe-to-grow plant.
Aloe (hybrid) 'Pink Blush'
Super generously colored and textured, this one always draws "wows" from the crowds. Beyond all that, we've found this variety to be partcularly willing to bloom, even at a young age!
Aloe (hybrid) 'Silver Ridge'
Similar to the the varieties above, this one has distinctly more subtle coloration, and is slightly faster growing than its compatriots.
Aloe plicatilis (Fan Aloe)
Splotched and edged in white, the flat paddle-shaped leaves of this plant unfold like a fan. Adaptable to a broad range of light conditions, it will tolerate very bright, moderate, or even bright indirect light, but is less forgiving on water. Soil for the Fan Aloe should be kept in a range between evenly moist to lightly dry, avoiding extremes.
This is the quintessential succulent housplant prized for its ease to grow, and medicinal qualities. These slow growing plants are long-lived, and can get quite large given time. Mature plants may produce a brief but stunning winter bloom; clustered yellow tubes held on a tall stalk high above the basal leaves.
NEW for 2011! If you've been looking for a hot pink succulent - here it is! Provide plenty of light and keep the soil dry for the non-stop blast of color this RARE, no-maintenance plant provides! Ideal for succulent arrangements, dry sunny containers, and miniature gardens where long lasting color can be much in need.
Burro's Tail (See: Sedum morganianum)
Crassula coccinea 'Campfire'
The "sizzling" color of this Jade relative must be seen to be believed! These librally branching plants are boldly tipped in translucent shades of red & orange. The more light they have - the more "fire" they exude!
Crassula mucosa pseudolycopodiodes
Ok, yes, the name is a mouthful. If it's easier, just refer to it by the common name "Princess Pine". Another jade relative, this one is composed of myriads of finely textured bright green spires provide a valuable softness to any succulent combination.
Crassula ovata 'Gollum'
Simple: a red-tipped, hobbit-eared jade plant.
Crassula ovata 'Variegata'
This Jade plant is more variegated than not. While slower growing, the green, mint, cream & pink tones combine for a veritable explosion of variegation in an oh-so-easy-to-grow succulent!
Dyckia 'Cherry Cola'
Take caution handling this stiffly barbed, strappy succulent! Rigid recurving leaves are glossy, in a deep, glowing shade of mahogany. An outstanding selection for containers with unmatched color, this plant is a collectors item, and very RARE. We also offer the (more affordable) 'Burgundy Ice' for those on a budget - most people can't tell the difference! Both varieties like high light or full sun and well drained soil.
Echeveria rudolfhii 'Metalica'
A true rarity amongst plant colorations, this well-behaved plant has bluish-purplish leaves which are literally flecked with metalic silver! - REALLY!
Echeveria subrigida 'Fire and Ice'
Rosettes of super-broad leaves seem to glow with their chalky-white pubescence. Not stopping there, each leaf is edged in translucent red for a succulent symphony of one.
Echeveria (hybrid) 'Blue Sovreign'
Tasteful & well-behaved, this variety offers the subdued contrast for succulent combinations which makes everything else "pop".
Echeveria (hybrid) 'Topsy Turvy'
Rosettes of chalk-blue leaves which recurve upon themselves make for a veritable celebration of shape & form. Once or twice a year, they may elect to bloom with stunning pink & yellow flowers held high above the basal crown on wiry stems.
This diminutive white=striped gem looks like a sort of miniature prehistoric Aloe. Ideal for small pots and windowsills, Haworthia, unlike most succulents, appretiates some protection from hot afternoon sun. They tolerate moderate light conditions well. Water only when the soil is dry. Plants may bloom from mid-winter to early spring.
The flattened rosettes of tender, succulent leaves of this plant are striped in subtle shades of green. Mutica grows best in bright but indirect, or moderate light. They are slow growing, and while not wanting to be excessively wet, they will be equally unhappy if the soil is kept dry for long periods.
Jade Plant (See: Crassula ovata)
Thick, fleshy leaves are covered with silver fuzz & edged in rust. Undersides of the leaves, also fuzzy develop soft but firm, pointed outcroppings that look like they want to be incisors. The pant has a pre-historic look, and given a large enough pot, can reach several feet in just a few years.
Euphorbia tirucalli rosea 'Sticks on Fire'
Tangled branching of cylindrical spires are vibrantly colored in varying shades of green, yellow, orange, & red; hence the name. Plants occasionally produce minute leaves, like full sun & prefer to be kept dry. Over the years this plant can grow 4 - 6'. This plant is toxic.
Mother In Law's Tounge (See: Sansevieria)
Lampranthus blandus 'Pink Vygie'
Curiously three-sided ghost-blue leaves are produced in profusion amidst densely branching pink stems. This plant has great texture & color for adding dimension to any succulent combination.
Sansevieria 'Bantel's Sensation'
I don't know who Bantel is, but this plant is truely sensational! Most people don't at first believe this is a Sanevieria (even plant people!) With all the characteristics & care-free tastes of other Snake Plants, this one has narrow, very upright blades vertically stiped with the most unusual shades of white, mint & gray-green. With stunning potential not only as a near maintenance free home or office plant, there is limitless potention for combination plantings as a super spike alternative!
Sansevieria cylindrica 'Skyline'
As easy to grow as any, this "Snake Plant" variety makes a choice designer's architectural statement forming a colony of vertical dark green spires. These tend to bloom more readily from a young age than other varieties (a winter bloomer), with delicate white flowers which are lightly fragrant.
Here's a new twist on an old favorite. Mint green leaves are generously striped with dark green zig-zags, completely edged in lemon yellow. Each leaf on this compact "birds-nest" type spirals gleefully from a central rosette. Like it's relatives, it could not be easier to grow. Thriving on neglect, it takes anything from the highest to the lowest of light. Watering once or twice a month is generally sufficient, less in winter. Too much water is probably about the only thing that could go wrong!
Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls)
Cascades of pearl-like psuedo-leaves hang gracefully on long, string-like stems from pots, baskets & planters with this popular, easy to grow succulent.
Sedeveria (hybrid) 'Hummel'
Chalk-blue succulent leaflets are densly packed on anxiously branching plants. Leaf tips may show varying shades of red, pinks & peach throught the year.
Sedeveria (hybrid) 'Jet Beads'
Densly packed succulent leaflets if ruby/chocolate brown offer a color & texture rarely offered by other succulents. Super-easy to grow, they can eventually develop a nice trailing habit perfect for the edge of a pot.
Sedum (hybrid) 'Fine Gold Leaf'
This one looks like a dense mat of tiny lemon-yellow bubbles. Ideal for use as a groundcover in succulent containers, this enigmatic texture is sure to be prized!
Sedum indicum v. yunnanense 'Crested Form'
This curious gray-green pin-cushion of a plant forms a crested bun ideal for tiny pots, or filling small spaced in succulent comination plantings.
Sedum morganianum (Burrow's Tail)
Long pendant stems densly clustered with densly layered succulent leaves. Strands can reach two feet in length, and may even produce red blooms at the terminal ends, though this is rare. Plants are fragile, & leaves drop readily in profussion when messed with. They are easily propagated from cuttings, or "messed with" leaves left laying on the soil.
Whoever said succulents aren't colorful hasn't met this one! Whorls of succulent yellow-green leaves tinge with a radiant spectral display of orange and red in full sun. Generously branching, pendant stems lend themselves well to pot or hanging baskets.
Sedum rupestre 'Blue Spruce'
Soft spired of succulent blue "needles" are densly packed on this freely branching plant. The semi-trailing habit lends itself well to the edge of succulent combination planters, while the texture adds depth, lightness, & contrast.
Sedum rupestre 'Lemon Coral'
Similar to the more common 'Angelina', this one is lighter in color with a distinctly lemon-chiffon tone & the same great texture, habit, & fall color when exposed to cooler temperatures.
Snake Plant - See: Sansevieria
String of Pearls (See: Senecio rowleyanus)
Variegated Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora 'Fantastic')
Wow! - This may be the most colorful succulent we've seen! The rosette of fleshy silver-green leaves is variegated yellow, the edges genrously suffused with vibrant red! Even better - unlike other paddle plants, this one does not rely on sun & temperature for its show-stopping color, and thrives on neglect.