Desert Garden Succulents & Cacti
Discover thirteen varieties of cacti and succulents growing at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California and get advice for using them in your own landscape.
Read on for thirteen more succulent and cacti varieties grown at the Huntington.
 ALOE ‘HENRY HUNTINGTON’ close up reveals a dramatic golden-yellow inflorescence up to 6 feet tall. And it’s a repeat bloomer. Developed by the Huntington, the plant forms a showy single-headed accent 8 to 12 feet tall.
 MATUCANA INTERTEXTA is a small globular cactus from Peru, with starry red flowers in spring. Grown outdoors at the Huntington, but is best as a pot plant. It does better in a coastal environment with cooler summers.
 LAMPRANTHUS AURANTIACUS, a popular ground cover in Southern California, is also useful as an accent or even a potted specimen. Sheets of golden-yellow flowers appear in late winter and early spring.
 ECHEVERIA X IMBRICATA, introduced in the 1890s, is a sculptural heritage succulent with soft, pastel pinkish-blue leaves. Thrives in Zones 9 and 10 as a rockery plant in semishade. Becomes mound forming and can be propagated by offsets. Water when leaves become soft.
 AGAVE VICTORIAE-REGINAE, Queen Victoria agave, forms a solitary ornately decorated rosette that grows up to 24 inches in diameter. Grow it as a rockery showpiece or a pot plant in Zones 8-10.Wait 35 to 45 years for it to flower.
 ALOE ‘SOPHIE’ is named for my daughter—both delightful and unpredictable! ‘Sophie’ the aloe is a repeat bloomer, a feature rare in aloes, and produces showy canary-yellow blossoms. Performs well in full sun and semishade. Takes temperatures in the high 20s.
 MAMMILLARIA HAAGEANA, a Mexican pincushion cactus, has tiny star-like pink flowers as early as February.