Plant haul from Southern California (April 2021)

Writing plant haul posts is fun—almost as much fun as buying plants. So without further ado, here are the goodies that came home with me from Southern California last week.

Most plants are small (in 3- and 4-inch pots), but there are a few larger ones as well:

Aloe karasbergensis is among my favorite aloes. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a diva. I've lost two or three small plants to rot, but I'm ready to try again with this 5-gallon plant. It'll go in full sun, and I'll keep it as dry as I can in the winter.

Agave titanota 'White Ice' from Green Touch Nursery. I wasn't specifically looking for it, but when I saw this one, I grabbed it.

Agave simplex (the solitary Arizona relative of Southern California's Agave deserti). I've never seen one this large in a nursery. It'll go in full sun in a large container next to the sidewalk.

Euphorbia 'Briar Patch', a hybrid between Euphorbia tirucalli and Euphorbia stenoclada. This one is completely new to me. There's very little information online; this is the largest specimen I found a photo of.

Grevillea 'Pink Midget', supposedly only 2×2 ft. at maturity

Arctostaphylos cruzensis, a low-growing manzanita (to 2 ft. tall) native to San Luis Obispo and southern Monterey counties. Needs shade inland, which makes it perfect for our backyard.

Didelta 'Silver Strand'. I spotted this right next to the dudleyas at Plant Depot. At first glance, it's easy to mistake it for another dudleya, but it isn't. It's a succulent subshrub from South African, a hybrid of two species of Didelta, created by German grower Westhoff. It's being marketed as a filler for mixed containers. I'm excited to try it in the ground although I have no idea regarding hardiness.

Salvia cedrosensis 'Baja Blanca', a white form of this rare sage native to Cedros Island off the coast of central Baja California. Introduced by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden from a collection on Cedros Island. I've wanted a pure white salvia for a long time, and this one fits the bill. At a compact 2×2 ft., it doesn't take up as much room as many shrubby salvias.

Here are group shots of the smaller plants. As you can see, there's a lot of variety across the board. Many are small plants meant to be tucked into nooks and crannies.

Left to right, starting in top row: 6-pack of Pachyphytum compactum, 1-gallon Cheiridopsis candidissima (now lumped in with C. denticulata); Trichodiadema bulbosum; flowering cactus simply labeled "Escobaria cactus" (identified as Mammillaria bocasana by an expert friend), two Crassula mesembryanthemoides

Left to right, starting in top row: Agave nizandensis, ×Pachyveria 'Amethorum' (2x); Agave funkiana 'Blue Haze', Delosperma sphalmanthoides, Rosularia platyphylla, Echeveria purpusorum; Agave attenuata 'Variegata', Graptopetalum pachyphyllum (2x)

All the dudleyas I brought home. Left to right, starting in top row: Dudleya caespitosa 'Anacapa' (as labeled; some sources say it's identical to the selection that goes by the cultivar name 'Frank Reinelt'), Dudleya greenei;  Dudleya viscidaDudleya cultrata (2x in the middle row); Dudleya attenuata, Dudleya pulverulentaDudleya lanceolata

Here's a list, mostly for my own reference:

Agave attenuata 'Variegata'Friend [GL][Link]
Agave funkiana 'Blue Haze'Friend [KP][Link]
Agave nizandensis [2x]Friend [GL][Link]
Agave simplexGreen Touch Nursery[Link]
Agave titanota 'White Ice'Green Touch Nursery[Link]
Aloe 'Jacob's Ladder'Friend [DM][Link]
Aloe karasbergensisGreen Touch Nursery[Link]
Arctostaphylos cruzensisTree of Life Nursery[Link]
Cheiridopsis candidissima [denticulata]Plant Depot[Link]
Crassula mesembryanthemoidesPlant Depot[Link]
Delosperma sphalmanthoidesGreen Touch Nursery[Link]
Didelta 'Silver Strand'Plant Depot[Link]
Dudleya attenuataTree of Life Nursery[Link]
Dudleya caespitosa 'Anacapa'Plant Depot[Link]
Dudleya cultrataTree of Life Nursery[Link]
Dudleya greeneiPlant Depot[Link]
Dudleya lanceolataTree of Life Nursery[Link]
Dudleya pulverulentaTree of Life Nursery[Link]
Dudleya viscidaTree of Life Nursery[Link]
Echeveria purpusorumTrader Joe's, Irvine
Echeveria 'Red Ebony'Green Touch Nursery
Escobaria sp.Mammillaria bocasanaPlant Depot
Euphorbia 'Briar Patch'Green Touch Nursery[Link]
Graptopetalum pachyphyllum 'Blue Bean'H&H Nursery[Link]
×Pachyveria 'Amethorum'  [2x]Green Touch Nursery
Grevillea 'Pink Midget'Plant Depot[Link]
Pachyphytum compactum  [6x]Plant Depot[Link]
Rosularia platyphyllaGreen Touch Nursery[Link]
Salvia cedrosensis 'Baja Blanca'Tree of Life Nursery[Link]
Trichodiadema bulbosumPlant Depot[Link]

I can't wait for the weekend to get as many of these new additions in the ground!

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  1. That drive was definitely worth the time and gas! You did well (not that I'm surprised). It was good to see you too.

    1. It was so great to see! I love the fact the daughter #2 goes to school in Southern California!

  2. Quite the haul. You will be busy tucking everything in. The Dudleya's are gorgeous. Love the red tips to their leaves. The Euphoribia is interesting. Look forward to to hearing more about it as it grows.

    1. I've gotten a lot of dudleyas since last year, esp. Southern California and Baja natives. Winter was no problem for them. Summer will be the real test. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  3. Boy, you have your work cut out for you! I love that Salvia cedrosensis 'Baja Blanca' but I don't think it would be too happy in the Sonoran Desert as it originally comes from an island!

    1. I'll post updates on the Salvia cedrosensis. I planted it in the ground, more filtered sun than full sun.

  4. That's quite the haul, did Laura have to ride with a plant on her lap?

    1. It wasn't necessary. We took the minivan and there was plenty of room. Especially since I didn't get any rocks or tumbleweeds this time.

  5. Well if next winter is anything like this last one you won't have much trouble keeping that Aloe dry . I wish you well with all those Dudleyas-I think the berming and soil improvement for dry adapted plants you've done over the last few years should work in your favor. I've killed my share ! You didn't mess arund in the plant shopping dept on this trip--you got some great stuff .

    1. My new karasbergensis is in full sun now, hopefully it's happier there.

  6. You wasted no time getting a lot of good plants. I admire your plant-shopping energy level. Enjoy finding places for them all.

    The Didelta I planted on the front slope is looking very happy--we'll see how it handles tomorrow's 90F temperature.

    1. I was able to get most plants in the grounds already. Good thing, too, considering summer is nipping at our heels.

      I planted my Didelta, too. So far so good. It has a lot of flower buds.


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