Cacti and succulents, Perennials
Native to California, Arizona, coastal Oregon, Baja California. About 40 species are known, some common on California’s coastal cliffs or inland hills.
The best known species in cultivation is this Baja California native, with 1 1/2-ft.-wide leaf rosettes on stems that gradually lengthen into 1–2-ft. trunks; these lean or become prostrate as the plant ages. Fleshy leaves are covered with a heavy coat of chalky powder that can be rubbed off. When plants flourish, they produce reddish stalks with little yellow flowers in spring. Striking plant when well grown; needs bright light and shelter from rain, hail, and frost. Best under glass or plastic roof to keep powder from being washed off.
‘Doubledecker’ (‘Doppelganger’), another 2-footer, has something extra: a seco...
Native to eastern North America; for ornamental species, see
California native. Satiny, lavender-pink flowers on 1–2-ft. stems in late spring. Spreads freely...