Kalanchoe pumila ‘Silver Grey’

Kalanchoe pumila ‘Silver Grey’ Also known as the ‘flower dust plant’, Kalanchoe pumila is native to the rocky soils in the mountains of Madagascar. It may be pronounced Ka-Lan-KO-EE, or Ka-Lan-CHO-EE. This plant is also in the Crassulacea family that many of our other succulents also belong to. Kalanchoe pumila ‘Silver Grey’ is a dwarf succulent shrub, growing in a mounding/trailing pattern 12 in high, and 1-2 feet wide. In the winter and spring, it sends up lovely bright pink bell shaped flowers to brighten up its somewhat muted silvery foliage of scalloped succulent grey/blue leaves. The leaves are covered in a fine white hair, giving it a frosted mystical appearance. It is a very intere

Sedum ‘Desert Gem’

Sedum ‘Desert Gem’ Thank you for joining as we continue to follow the bloom in our succulent series of blogs with a more delicate Sedum in the Crassulacea family, Sedum ‘Desert Gem’. As it blooms, it commands attention, standing out among its fellow succulent mates, with its bright yellow star-shaped flowers blanketing its small, bright foliage. As we determined before, Sedums are also named Stonecrop, as they are found all over the world perched atop of rocks and ledges, walls and stumps. Sedum in the Latin literally translates ‘to sit’. This delicate sedum grows 2-6 inches high, with its rounded leaves stacked atop its thin green-to-red stems, and tumbling over the sides of containers

Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Peak’

Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Peak’ You will notice that many of our Succulent varieties come from the Crassulaceae Family of plants originating in Africa. This is the stonecrop family, which grows hearty, upright plants that are very drought and heat resistant, and come in many different shapes and sizes. Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Peak’ is one of our more stately specimens, growing up to 20 inches high, with its fleshy grey/green paddle shaped leaves often margined in a beautiful rust color. During bloom, 1-2 foot tall flower stalks bear coral colored bell shaped blossoms. It can be planted in well drained soil in a sunny or mostly sunny part of your garden, and contrasts well with b

Salvia mellifera ‘Black Sage’

Salvia mellifera ‘Black Sage’ Most of us locals have trekked to the top of the aptly named ‘Black Hill’ in Morro Bay to watch a sunset, enveloped on all sides by the fragrant shrub Salvia mellifera. Black Hill is aptly named for the Black Sage that proliferates on its sides, along with a few other native chaparral plants that thrive on our coastal ranges, such as Mimulus aurantiacus, Artemisia californica, and Laurel Sumac. In the springtime after a rainy winter, the flowers of Salvia mellifera tinge the entire hill with a pale blue glow. Found from San Jose down to Baja, Salvia mellifera is also called ‘Honey sage’, because a mild, uniquely spicy, berry/vanilla flavored honey is made from

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