Yucca Flowering and Nature

Yucca plants flower more than once in their lifetime, while Agave (century plants) flower once and then die.  But do yucca flower every year?  Plantsman extrodinaire Jan Emming is the author of this post on yucca flowers. (edited slightly.) Yucca Flower Cycles “Most yuccas skip anywhere from 2 to 4 years in between flowerings on individual heads. This is because yucca die just a little when they flower. Technically, the terminal growth points of yuccas die during the process of blooming.  Thus they need to develop new side shoots in […]

Awesome Aloe for the Southwest

Many landscapes in the Southwest have aloes plunked around in them.  But instead of just plunking something in there – why not have a beautiful flowering aloe to attract hummingbirds?!  Wendy Proud, a representative for Rancho Soledad Nursery, shares one of her favorites in this guest post. Tangerine Aloe One of the first to spike (produce a spike of flowers) is the tangerine aloe (Aloe x Tangerine).  This cross between Aloe ferox and Aloe arborescens was shared by the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino California over 25 yrs ago.  […]