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Grey Desert Spoon, Sotol
Mission or Tree Cactus, Indian Fig
Grosso Long Stemmed Lavender
Deodar Cedar
Couesii Century Plant
Century Plant, Maguey
Grey Desert Spoon, Sotol

Common name:Grey Desert Spoon, Sotol
Botanical name:Dasylirion wheeleri

Grey desert spoon requires little maintenance and is popular in desert themed gardens. Plants tolerate drought, reflected heat and poor soils. It slowly develops a short, thick trunk while reaching 6' tall and wide. Leaves look like swords, are 3' long gray-green with thorns on the margins. During late spring to summer, an erect stem of white creamy flowers emerge from the center, up to 10' high. This long lived plant needs well draining soil. Do not plant near walkways.

Mission or Tree Cactus, Indian Fig

Common name:Mission or Tree Cactus, Indian Fig
Botanical name:Opuntia ficus-indica

This unusual looking cactus forms a trunk topped with pads (actually the leaves) that have few spines. Flowers are yellow to orange in late spring and early summer, found at the edges of the pads. Green edible fruit follows the bloom period. Fruit turns purple when ripe. This cactus need full sun and well draining soil. It is frost sensitive. The newly formed pads, or nopales of this cactus are used to make a delicious salsa,. The major pest comes from a scale.

Grosso Long Stemmed Lavender

Common name:Grosso Long Stemmed Lavender
Botanical name:Lavandula X intermedia 'Grosso'

Long Stemmed Lavender has beautiful violet colored plumes in the summer. It is very drought tolerant and is a great plant to create that Mediterranean effect.

Deodar Cedar

Common name:Deodar Cedar
Botanical name:Cedrus deodara

This fast-growing, coniferous evergreen is capable of reaching a size of 80' high by 40' wide. Its needles are a light, silvery green color, 2" long. Flowers are inconspicuous. Barrel shaped cones appear in fall and winter. Branches are pendulous and spreadings. Plant in area that has ample room for growth.

Couesii Century Plant

Common name:Couesii Century Plant
Botanical name:Agave parryi v. couesii

This attractive succulent slowly reaches 2' tall and wide. Evergreen leaves are wide, fleshy, and blue gray, almost white in color. This is a hardy plant, preferring full sun and well draining soil. It is drought tolerant once it's established. Leaf margins have small thorns.

Century Plant, Maguey

Common name:Century Plant, Maguey
Botanical name:Agave americana

This plant is fast growing to about 6'-10' tall and 8'-13' wide. Wide gray leaves have stiff terminal spines and recurved teeth on margins. It prefers full sun and well-drained situations. After blooming, which could take several years, it will die but will send up new pups from around the base. Some people are allergic to the sap. Removal is difficult if unwanted.

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Accents of Boulders

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Incorporate compost 6" into your soil to retain water, reduce compaction, feed earthworms, and provide valuable nutrients to your plants.

Integrated Pest Management:

Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.