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  • Furcraea
  • Gasteria
  • Graptopetalum
  • Kalanchoe
    • pumila   CAG02703
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonWi - Sp
      WaterL - M
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Kalanchoe pumila
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A delicate looking Madagascan plant, often nurtured to its detriment. It is in reality quite hardy, tolerant of heat and frost and preferring to dry out completely between infrequent watering. The trailing stems bear scalloped, rosy pink leaves, covered in a silvery white powder which reflects intense heat and light and is easily removed by handling or heavy handed watering. In late winter small clusters of rosy pink flowers, each with four reflexed petals, are borne on slender stems and perfectly compliment the foliage for a unique and beguiling effect.

      Its cultural preferences and trailing habit make it arguably the most suitable plant for hanging baskets in a mediterranean climate, though it is at equally at home in pots or in the garden if you are lucky enough to have very well drained soil. A delightful foil around the base of larger succulents or even roses and far more heat and drought tolerant than the oft used ground covering Sedum varieties (which are in reality alpines).

      If it has one failing it is in being quite brittle but this is of little concern as each leaf will happily grow into a new plant.

  • Nolina
    • longifolia   CAG02825

      (Mexican grass tree)
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Essentially a blueish leaved more drought loving version of the familiar Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) with a less rotund trunk, fissured of bark and with much longer very pendant, almost linear leaves. A robust yet graceful feature specimen and probably a good subject for the largest of pots, surround with other succulents, chaparral type shrubs or tropicalesque foliage as desired.
      Large upright panicles of creamy white flowers add to the spectacle in maturity.
      br />From central Mexico but at least somewhat frost and drought tolerant. Expect it to be easily grown in any well drained sunny soil with occasional water through summer. Heat tolerance should be exceptional.

      Watching these become more silvery I suspect they may actually be N. nelsonii.

  • Pelargonium
    • gibbosum   CAG02781

      (Gouty Pelargonium)
      Height20cm
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A scrambling species from the south west coast of Africa with grey stems swollen at the joints, which it retreats to during its summer dormancy, and pinnate, very glaucous, ruffled leaves. Clusters of strange, murky, yellow-green five petalled flowers are borne in the spring.

      Hardy and vigorous it can be quite the feature spilling from a retained garden bed, urn or hanging basket, or as added interest rambling through a mix of mediterranean shrubs (perfect compliment for Lavandula ‘Ploughman's Blue’). Its brittle nature does mean you have to set it away from passing traffic and being a coastal species heavy soils are not its friend unless you can keep it dry enough.

  • Portulacaria
    • afra ‘Aurea’   CAG03031

      (Jade, Porkbush)
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Sp
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      The golden leaved form of the oft encountered Jade. A lax shrub with succulent red stems that become increasingly swollen with age, developing a peeling papery bark, and bearing fat, rounded, lime coloured leaves, acid yellow in full summer sun, with older specimens bearing attractive clusters of pale pink flowers in late winter.

      Maybe a little slower than the commonest green forms but still excels as a succulent, drought tolerant hedge and can make a stunning eternal groundcover given consistent force. With its foliage colour subtly changing with light exposure a billowing mass becomes a multi-toned sculpture suitable for even the largest plantings and thriving in concrete urban environs. Alternatively severely restrict resources for autonomous bonsai between 10cm and 2m depending on container size or just poke it in anywhere to create juicy colour combos.

      Indestructible in any reasonable drained soil, some summer irrigation is appreciated to replicate its summer rainfall home in south eastern Africa but it will survive without after a few years. Tolerant of light frost.

  • Puya
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