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  • Agave
    • vivipara var. marginata   CAG02018
      Height1.2m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Agave vivipara var. marginata
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A quick growing variety, small enough for a large pot but large enough to make a statement, with a stiff almost harsh demeanour, useful for stark architectural style or high contrast with softer forms, especially so in groups.

      Sparse, slightly taller than spherical rosettes of very rigid, long, tapering, glaucous green leaves, generously edged with cream variegation, short, dark, marginal teeth and terminating in a short black spine.

      Spreads moderately by underground stolons and such colonies are particularly attractive but need appropriate space.

      Individual rosettes produce after many (10+) years a spectacular tree like inflorescence, the remains of which are often used in floral art, bearing thousands of erect, yellow green, tubular flowers, in tight clusters, which are much loved by nectar feeding birds and insects, and then rapidly decline and die to be succeeded by younger offsets or bulbils.

  • Euphorbia
    • characias subsp. wulfenii   CAG00819
      Height1.2m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A drought hardy evergreen, shrub-like perennial. The stout reddish stems, clothed in glaucous grey green leaves, arise from a central rootstock. In their second year large heads of chartreuse flower-like bracts are produced above dense whorls of foliage.

      Cut back spent stems to base as they do not flower again.
      As seen on TV and in books, magazines....... Extremely tough and highly ornamental both in foliage and flower.
      Loves coastal conditions and easily grown in any reasonably drained sunny site elsewhere.

      Differs from ordinary E. characias in that the small flower in the centre of the bracts are yellow instead of red.

      Seedlings from select forms in the nursery, expect some variability, especially in size, but the standard should be high, reject those dull of flower or palsy of leaf. I would clone them but I have yet to see a cutting grown plant perform well, typically just flowering themselves into oblivion with little tolerance for dryness, anticipate ~15 good years out of a seedling.

    • corallioides   CAG01564
      Height30cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Euphorbia corallioides
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Loose mounds of slender stems bear alternating, cupped, elliptic, glaucous green leaves with a prominent pale midrib and terminate in remarkably regular, flat, pentagonal heads of triplicately paired, pairs of pairs of tiny, yellow-green flowers presented between pairs of bright chartreuse bracts and are followed by plump seed capsules further enhancing the symmetrical bouquet.

      From southern Italy and perfectly drought hardy though fond of a little summer water. The annual flower stems are best cut to ground level each year and if done early enough can prevent prodigious self seeding though a few seedlings should always be encouraged as although perennial it is relatively short lived, seedlings also will not flower till the following year leaving plenty of time to contemplate how many to leave where for best effect.

      Particular stunning with rich purples, an entirely self sowing garden with just Verbena bonariensis and Geranium incanum could hardly be bettered, maybe throw in a dash of shocking white Oenothera speciosa ‘Alba’ and a dollop or two of Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’) for a little chutzpah, for best results serve on alkaline coastal sand.
      Flowering time follows on from E. dendroides and E. characias subsp. wulfenii if continuing a theme.

    • dendroides   CAG01595

      (Tree spurge)
      Height2.5m
      Width2.5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Euphorbia dendroides
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Undoubtedly one of the greatest and hardiest of the genus. The dome like crown of branches atop the central trunk becomes denser and more magnificent with time. During spring each branch bears a cluster of small green flowers, each held in showy, bright chartreuse bracts, then with rising summer temperature the narrow, soft green, glaucous leaves flare yellow, orange and red before being shed to conserve moisture over summer when its structural form can be most admired.

      At home in limestone soil around the Mediterranean Sea it will happily tolerate all but poor drainage and heavy shade though lean soil, drought and exposure yield the finest form and colour.

      Prune not. It is properly shrubby with persistent branches, unlike herbaceous types (e.g. E. wulfenii).

  • Pinellia
    • tripartita   CAG00546
      Height40cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightL. Sh. - Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A tuberous, clumping perennial, hailing from central China. The large, tropical looking, 3 segmented leaves, held on long stalks, arise from round, hairy tubers and die back in winter.
      An incredibly tough plant surviving both dark shade and short periods of extreme dryness. It loves the heat, the leaves growing up to 10cm a day in hot weather (30c +).

      I find best growth is achieved in a pot, possibly due to the warmer conditions. Feed well for ultimate luxuriance.

  • Ruta
  • Agave
    • potatorum   CAG02362
      Height50cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Agave potatorum
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A mid sized species forming a sphere of stiff, very blue, glaucous leaves, short and broad with prominent, red-black, sharks teeth around the margin and a wavy terminal spine.

      Its globular form is a stunning counterpoint to modern architecture and coupled with an ironclad constitution and impressive armament it is an ideal candidate for municipal and commercial gardens, rooftops or in a pot on the deck. Otherwise plant a few in a sea of gravel with Freesia in your choice of colours for a cheap and stunning, irrigation free, permanent lawn substitute.
      Doesn't run, pups are borne clustered around the base and if left attached form attractive clumps. I would expect it to be cold hardy in 99% of Australian gardens.

      Flowers are reputedly lime green, in clusters on a giant asparagus like stalk, but I have yet to see them so at least 10+ years to maturity.

  • Euphorbia
    • characias ‘Portuguese Velvet’   CAG02300
      Height60cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An evergreen shrub forming a low mound of dark blue-green, velvety in appearance and feel, lance shaped leaves in whorls around succulent red stems. Acid green bracts containing tiny red flowers form compact heads which nod above the foliage in spring. Each branch flowers only once, so when spent remove them just above the point of new growth to keep the plant looking fresh and prime, or wait till after the seed has dropped for a healthy crop of seedlings.

      Needs little if any additional water over summer and is quite happy in some shade, great for hiding the feet of a gawky rose.

      A friendlier feeling plant than typical E. characias being lower, softer and considerably smaller in all it's parts.

    • lambii   CAG02356
      Height3m
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Euphorbia lambii
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A sculptural tree like shrub from the Canary Islands forming a domed crown of blue-green, bluntly lance shaped leaves held in moppy rosettes atop smooth bare branches. In spring the rounded heads of long lasting lime green bracts contrast and further defy convention.

      Appreciating a little shade its unique character can be used as a feature silhouetted against a wall or the trunk of a large Eucalypt, else plant it by a path to be walked under and admired in maturity. Under plant with low growing, dry loving plants of choice, maybe Cyclamen or even other Euphorbia for a study in green or for a larger scale a few clumps of Agave attenuata mirroring its rosetted foliage.

      Easily grown in any reasonably well drained soil.

      As with any plant grown for tree like form, trunk or caudex, starting with a young seed raised plant is essential. Cutting grown plants make very nice rounded shrubs but will never develop the desired characteristic.

    • myrsinites   CAG01916
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

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