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Heliconia Rostrata »

Heliconia Rostrata (Lobster claw, False-bird-of-paradise) is an herbaceous perennial native to Ecuador and Peru. It is related to the Bird of Paradise and the banana. An aggressive botanical, it will spread rapidly, given favorable conditions. Other Heliconias grow in the upright position (Heliconia caribaea), their cup-shaped flowers storing water for birds and insects. This plant, however, has downward-facing flowers, and provides a source of nectar to birds

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Blue rose »

Blue roses represent the unattainable, a characteristic that has attracted botanists and collectors to for centuries. Blue roses were traditionally created by dyeing white roses, since roses lack a gene to produce delphinidin, the primary plant pigment that produces true, blue flowers. Current methods for obtaining blue roses include dying, hybridizing, and genetic engineering.


Lotus »

Lotus (from Lotos, the old Greek name given by 
Theophrastus and Dioscorides to some leguminous plants). 
Bird's-foot Trefoil. Including Pedrosia and Tetragonolobus. A large genus (about 100 
species have been described, although not more than fifty 
have any claim to specific rank) of greenhouse or hardy 
herbs or sub-shrubs, widely dispersed over the temperate 
regions of the Northern hemisphere in the Old World, 
the mountains of tropical Asia, and extra-tropical South 


Ocotillo »

The first time I encountered the ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), it was in a grouping of specimens, three rows of six each. The horticulturists at the University of Nevada Las Vegas had planted them in a rectangular section adjoining the walkway that lead to my office spaces. The specimens were part of the extensive xeriscaping used at the University. Each specimen had four or five “canes,” or elongated stems, that reached upwards to eight or ten feet.


Dendrobium »

Dendrobium (from dendron, a tree, and bios, life; 
the species are epiphytal in their native habitats). SYN. 
Pedilonum. A large and elegant genus 
of greenhouse orchids. A few species are very 
fragrant; but the scent of some is objectionable. Lip 
more or less contracted at base into a claw, lying upon, 
or adnate to, the foot of the column ; pollinia four. "The 
genus," says Dr. Lindley, " varies extremely in the habit 
of its species, some being little larger than the mosses 
among which they grow, while others are surpassed in 
stature by few of their order .....


Agave »

Agave (from agauos, admirable; referring to the 
stately form in which some of them flower). Flower-scape tall, proceeding from the centre of the 
rosette of leaves; perianth funnel-shaped, six-parted. Leaves 
large, fleshy, tufted. A. Sartorii, and a few others are exceptional, and go on flowering year after year.
 It is certainly fallacious to suppose it takes them a hundred 
years to flower. Agaves succeed well potted in good 
loam and river sand, to which may be added a little peat and 
leaf mould for some of the smaller-growing kinds.


Dentaria »

Dentaria (from dens, a tooth; referring to the fanged roots). Toothwort. A genus of very ornamental hardy herbaceous perennials. Radical leaves none or few, on long stalks; cauline ones stalked, placed on the middle of the stem, alternate or in whorls, palmately or pinnately cut. Stem erect, bearing the raceme at the top; pedicels filiform, bractless. Rootstocks creeping, scaly.


Cunninghamia »

Cunninghamia (named after J. and A. Cunningham, two celebrated botanical collectors, the former being 
the discoverer of this Conifer). This is a broad-leaved China Fir. An evergreen tree, not hardy except in 
very favoured spots. It is too large to be allowed space 
in the greenhouse, and, when grown in the open, it is 
almost invariably disfigured by the violence of winds and 


Dudleya »

Dudleya is a large genus of succulent plant, one with about 80 species, which are native to the western parts of the United States and Mexico. They have rosettes of white-powdered leaves, but some vary in colour from pale green to grey-green. The flowers are white, pale yellow, yellowish-pink, and red. Dudleya species are widespread in their range, typically found in rock outcroppings, cliff faces, or road cuts, where their leaves help them store water in a setting too dry for most types of plants. Most are small and inconspicuous when not in bloom.

Cactus and Succulents of the Mojave Desert »

Mojave Desert

Cactus and succulents of the Mojave Desert are bizarre and wonderful plants. The collection of Mojave cactus and succulents at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas is the most comprehensive of any public garden and winner of Horticulture Magazine's 2012 Garden of Excellence. The award is presented as part of the APGA annual meeting. Tracy Omar, Science and Gardens Supervisor for the Springs Preserve, summarized the honor:

"...Las Vegas is a young and transient city and almost everyone came here from somewhere else, bringing their lifestyle with them. Teaching them that living in the desert requires a wholesale change of that lifestyle is an ongoing battle. This award is recognition that the battle is worth fighting. Thank you."

Succulents »


Succulents are very cellular and juicy. Amongst these are included numerous genera of plants which are extremely varied in habit, but mostly all have leaves of a soft, succulent nature. , Very few are hardy subjects compared with those which need glass protection : still, a large number require but little artificial warmth. The natural order Cacteae includes a large proportion of Succulent Plants, many being exceedingly curious, and others very beautiful.


Heliconia Rostrata · Dentaria


Blue rose




Tulipa batalinii


Dendropanax · Dendromecon

Desert Flora

Ocotillo · Cylindropuntia bigelovii · Yucca · Cylindropuntia echinocarpa · Opuntia · Cylindropuntia ramosissima · Mammillaria · Ferocactus · Cylindropuntia whipplei · Echinomastus · Dudleya lanceolata · Echinocereus · Dudleya pulverulenta · Opuntia basilaris · Echinocactus · Dudleya · Opuntia polyacantha · Cylindropuntia · Agave

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