Cacti and succulents
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 1–2 ft. high and 2–3 ft. wide, usually as a solitary rosette. Its short, broad, toothed, blue-gray leaves flare outward, giving a ruffled appearance. Each leaf is tipped with a distinctive, often twisted, reddish spine. Best in full sun. Needs regular water in desert, little to moderate water along coast. Fine choice for a large container.
A single large trunk rises 6–10 ft. tall (after 10 years), topped by a single crown of gray-gree...
Grows to 2–5 ft. tall and 2–4 ft. wide. Long stems bear 3-in. flowers with dark blue cente...
Shrub. Grows to 6 ft. tall and nearly as broad. Narrow leaves are dark green on top, silvery beneath; ...