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Click here to go to part one of this post: agave species A—L.
Native to: Central Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla)
Hardy to: 25°FRead more »
The Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, Arizona has one of the most diverse public collections of cacti and agaves anywhere in the world. In May 2010, its Cactacaea and Agavacea collections received formal recognition from the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) as National Collections. The Cactacaea collection at the DBG has...
It’s no secret that I love plants from the southern hemisphere—from Australia and New Zealand to Chile and Argentina to South Africa. In fact, one of my favorite plant groups are the Proteaceae. This family includes everything from proteas, banksias and grevilleas to leucospermums and leucadendrons.
California has many different wine-growing regions. Napa Valley may be the most famous, but depending on your personal preferences, there are regions that make better wine than Napa. I happen to love zinfandel, and Dry Creek Valley in western Sonoma County makes some of the best.
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to check up on the aloes at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley (UCBG). While it doesn’t have a particularly large aloe collection—certainly nothing that gets close to the Huntington—it’s a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but particularly this...