Cacti and succulents, Perennials
Sculptural succulents with rosettes of fleshy leaves. Impressive, sometimes colorful, flower stalk emerges from the rosette’s center looking something like a giant asparagus; some kinds produce clusters of flowers on side branches, while others have flowers packed along the stalk. After flowering—which may not occur for years—the foliage clump dies, usually leaving behind suckers that make new plants.
These plants shrivel from serious drought but plump up again with watering or rainfall. Provide good drainage. Species listed here are native to Mexico, except as noted.
Grows to 2–3 ft. high and wide, with narrow, dark green, pencil-thin leaves. Yellow flowers, touched with red, are held in pairs along a very tall spike. Tolerates considerable shade. Best in full sun along the coast; needs some shade in the desert.
Graceful and upright, this plant grows to 2–3 ft. tall and wide. Arching blue-green to yellow-gr...
Grows to 2–3 ft. high and wide, with narrow, dark green, pencil-thin leaves. Yellow flowers, tou...
Native to Mexico. Where summers are long and hot, this tuberous-rooted perennial vine grows quickly, c...