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1 Outdoors only, grows weakly indoors.

2 Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

3 Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

4 Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

5 Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

6 Indoors OK but not for beginners, Outdoors not OK.

7 Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

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Adenia glauca

Passionfruit Lump Plant. Large smooth tapered caudex sends up one or more vines in the summer growing season. Scented cream flowers and orange fruits with poisonous seeds. Indoors only, easy. But withhold water when leafless.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Adenia spinosa

Vining caudiciform with a fantastic globose green caudex to 60cms diameter. Cut back vines when dormant in winter. Water when in active growth. Indoors only in NZ..

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Adenium multiflorum

Impala Lily. Differs from A.obesum: daintier flowers when still leafless in spring. As with obesum, the trunk base becomes a swollen wonder. Delicate plant, avoid cold or waterlogged soil, esp. in winter. Indoors only. Watch for insects.

6.Indoors OK, but not for beginners, Outdoors not OK.

Adromischus leucophyllus

Miniature windowsill plant. Crevice dweller suits a small bonsai presentation in a shallow pot with sandy potting mix. Give brightest light for best leaf colours, but don't cook roots when pot overheats. Keep on the dry side in winter.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Adromischus maculatus

Choice miniature forming eventually a low massive raft bottom. Give brightest light for best red colours in leaf. Needs excellent drainage, and air movement. Remove old flowerstalks to avoid rotting.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Adromischus marianiae 'Bryan Makin'

Miniature windowsill plant. Crevice dweller suits a small bonsai presentation in a shallow pot with sandy potting mix. Give brightest light for best leaf colours, but don't cook roots when pot overheats. Keep on the dry side in winter.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Adromischus marianiae 'herrei' Green

Small dull-green fat textured leaves. Crevice dweller suits a small bonsai presentation in a shallow pot with sandy mix. Give brightest light for best leaf colours, but don't cook roots when pot overheats. Keep on the dry side in winter.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Adromischus marianiae 'herrei' Red

Small red pustuled darling. Crevice dweller suits a small bonsai presentation in a shallow pot with sandy potting mix. Give brightest light for best leaf colours, but don't cook roots when pot overheats. Keep on the dry side in winter.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Adromischus marianiae Van Rhyn's Pass

Miniature windowsill plant. Crevice dweller suits a small bonsai presentation in a shallow pot with sandy potting mix. Give brightest light for best leaf colours, but don't cook roots when pot overheats. Keep on the dry side in winter.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Adromischus schuldtianus

Another miniature plant for fans of army camouflage. Red-spotted leaves in dense rosettes to about 12cm across. Small tubular flowers in summer. Indoors only, in very bright light. Keep dry in winter.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Adromischus umbraticola

Miniature, with spotted leaves on short branches from a broad raft bottom. Tiny red-throated white flowers. Easy indoor plant. Needs excellent drainage, and no water in winter.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Aeonium subplanum hybrid

Vigorous garden shrub to 1m+. Numerous large flat bright green rosettes, rapidly providing filler in the new succulent garden. Cream flowers massed in pyramidal racemes. Easy and fast.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Agave americana medio-picta alba

Rare and beautiful cultivar with a striking white band in the middle of the leaf. Excellent outdoor specimen, grows to only a meter or so across. Very tolerant of salt, wind, poor soil, neglect etc.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Agave americana 'Painted Yellow'

New and unusual colour form! Leaves grey with streaks and stripes of pastel yellow on this cultivar. Easy and fast outdoor specimen, grows to 2 metres or so across. Very tolerant of salt, wind, poor soil, neglect etc.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Agave atrovirens

(At least we THINK it is atrovirens). Colossal rosette to 5m+ diameter. V.fast grower with dark green leaves and power-pole-like peduncle.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Agave bracteosa

Graceful spineless rosettes to 80cm. Offsets with age. Stunning 2 meter inflorescence forms a huge white bottle-brush of flowers. Does not die after flowering. OK outdoors in frost-free, well-drained area.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Agave geminiflora

Mexican fine flexible-leaved rosette to 60 cms diameter. Curling white filaments are a variable visual feast. Easy to grow outdoors in the ground or in a big pot. Tolerant of light frosts. Sun or semi-shade.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Agave guiengola

Scarcely armed white glaucous rosettes to 60cm diameter. OK outdoors but we suspect not frost-hardy. Comes from a very restricted limestone region in Mexico.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Alluaudia procera

Spiny columnar lemur ladders to 15m high. Small succulent leaves are vertical on old growth and horizontal on new growth, dropping off in winter. Easy potplant but outdoors only in perfect free-draining location.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe alooides

Spectacular tree aloe from S.Africa with large downcurving leaves and long narrow racemes of dense bright yellow flowers in winter. Slowly to 2m high. Tough outdoors, handles light frosts. Highly recommended.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe angelica

Rare and special tree aloe with curvy leaves atop a tall naked unbranched trunk to 4m. The flowers are just super in mid-winter, red opening to greenish yellow in 10 - 20 short round racemes. Grows outdoors only in mild areas.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe aristata

Pretty leaves, covered both sides in white pointed tubercles, form a rosette to 30cm diameter, larger than its more common hybrid, and slower to offset. Short inflorescence of short racemes of large pink flowers.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe barberae

Formerly known as A.bainesii. The second largest of all succulents, eventually reaching 18m in height. Even small plants soon form statuesque specimens. Tough grower in most areas. Mild frosts only.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe calcairophila

8cm leaves mounted on distichous(fan-shaped) rosettes forming small clusters eventually. Flowers white.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Aloe cameronii

Striking species from East Africa with shiny leaves that turn bright red in winter. Grows well outdoors, forming clumps to half a meter high. Flowers red, on long slender peduncles produced in late winter.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe capitata gneissicola

Gorgeous grey/purple tones in stress, and probably best as a confined pot subject. Lovely yellow flowers in Aug/Sep. Solitary short-stemmed rosette to 50cm. OK outdoors

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe castanea

Tallest of the Bottlebrush Aloes, to 4m, branching basally eventually (apparently). Long thin twisting orange racemes point crazily outward in late winter. Fantastic plant, very happy outdoors, and best in the ground

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe cat dog

Gorgeous green-striped Namibian relative of Aloe striata. Thick leaves on stemless rosette to 50cm diameter. Usually not offsetting. Pink flowers in March. Outdoors needs warm spot.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe cooperi

Largest of the Grass Aloes and this is a giant form of it. Forms dense clumps to 1.5m high. Flowers during much of the year with large orange flowers. Use snail bait as necessary. Easy to grow in sun or part shade.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe descoingsii

Of 580 Aloe species this is the smallest, to about 4 cm diameter, later offsetting prolifically. Another amazing Madagascan! Cute orange bell-shaped flowers. Outdoors only in warm dry position.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Aloe descoingsii augustina

Even cuter than the typical form, its leaves having brighter white spots, and whiter more prominent spikey teeth. Flowers are cylindric not conical, but otherwise shares the same habits and diminutive size.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe dhufarensis

Rare species from the Dhofar region of Oman. Beautiful white rosette to 1 meter, suffused with lavender and pinkish tones. Indoors only in brightest light, keep fairly dry in winter.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Aloe dichotoma

Large sculptural tree to 8m., suits tub culture (or in the ground if sunny, sheltered, frost-free, well drained & fertile). Thick silvery trunk, later a branching crown and yellow flowers.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe divaricata

Tree Aloe to 2-3m. with erect narrow leaves, with oustanding red-brown teeth (frequently bicuspid). Precocious species with lax racemes arranged densely and in great quantity. Worth trying outdoors in good situation.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Aloe 'Doran Black'

Choice recent rauhii hybrid (often mis-spelt as "Dorian"). Heavily rough-textured and spotted leaves on a low tight rosette to 20cms diameter. Easy in bright light, and even possibly OK in a rock garden in mild areas.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Aloe erinacea

Rare and beautiful species from the diamond fields of Namibia. Mostly solitary spectacularly spinaceous rosettes to around 30cm across. Slow growing, indoors only in bright light.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Aloe excelsa

Noble plant from Zimbabwe. Heavy rosette atop a straight trunk to 2 - 6m in time, unbranched. Numerous racemes of brick-red to orange-red flowers in late winter, outer racemes angle out.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe gariepensis

60cm rosette of incurving leaves. From very arid areas near the Orange River, so must keep well-drained and warm. Flowers red, yellow, or bicoloured. Young plants are spotted.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Aloe hardyi

Rare and unusual cliff-dwelling Aloe from South Africa. Attractive upright bright red flowers in early winter. OK outdoors in frost free location, best planted on the edge of a wall so that it can hang.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe haworthioides

One of the smallest of Aloes, for the windowsill, the rockery, or the exposed Central Madagascan outcrop. Hairs and cilia distinguish this lovely miniature, which has orange-red flowers.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Aloe helenae

Non-branching tree Aloe with long hanging leaves, from dry SW Madagascar. Eventually to 4m. Flowers yellow with red tips, in short broad racemes on numerous simple inflorescences. Easy in the garden in mild areas.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe humilis

Small South African Aloe with rosettes to 15cm diameter, offsetting to form clusters. OK outdoors in sunny well-drained area. Bright orange flowers on unbranched inflorescence in early spring.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe jucunda

A small prolifically offsetting Aloe well suited to outdoor gardens or container culture. The rose-pink flowers are produced throughout much of the year. Rosettes reach only about 12cm across. Best in shade.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe karasbergensis

Gorgeous green-striped Namibian relative of Aloe striata. Thick leaves on stemless rosette to 50cm diameter. Usually not offsetting. Pink flowers in March. Outdoors needs warm spot.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe krapohliana

Slowly attains the look of a miniature tree aloe to 20cm diameter and height. In mid-winter bears several relatively large racemes of red flowers. Best in a bonsai dish or small pot of attractive proportions.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Aloe laeta

Dentally distinguished blue-grey 30cm rosette featuring unusual close sawtoothery, sometimes pink-tinged. Cold-hardy if dry. Best appreciated when grown immaculately & brightly in a pot.

6.Indoors OK, but not for beginners, Outdoors not OK.

Aloe marlothii

Spiny leafed tree Aloe slowly to 4m. Unbranching and massive rosette has large inflorescences of yellow flowers in outward pointing (45 degrees) racemes in mid-winter. Good in the garden.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe mawii

An excellent tree Aloe, these are the superb Zomba Plateau form. Grows to 2 m high, thick & branching. Stunning racemes are horizontal with dense bright red flowers in winter. Outdoors in well drained position.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe mitriformis

Rosette to 20cm diameter eventually on slow growing stems to 60cm. Flowers are in capitate racemes in this form, and the leaves become glaucous in bright light. OK outdoors.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe 'Mt Tiger'

Miniature, a super form of millotii or its hybrid perhaps, the narrow leaves brightly marked with long white stripes and white edge teeth, frequently conjoined. Easy and fast to multiple into a compact dense mound of interwoven leaves.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe ortholopha

BBBroad thick grey leaves form a stemless rosette to 1m. across. Stunning winter inflorescences of horizontally disposed scarlet extravagance. Prefers sheltered garden position or large patio pot.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe parvula

Endangered dwarf aloe from rock cracks in the Itremo Mts Madagascar. Unusually bristly leaves colour up violet-blue in full light. Also pinkly floriferous. OK in pot or rockery in mild areas.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Aloe peglerae

Solitary, blue rosette to 40cm across. Flowers in winter on a short, dense, unbranched inflorescence. Buds red opening to whitish flowers. Sunny position essential. Probably not frost tolerant.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe petricola

South African stemless Aloe to 60cm diameter, smooth grey leaves and few thorns. Dense racemes of flowers are beautifully two-toned, being red in bud and open to greenish white. OK outdoors.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe pictifolia

Fine rosette to 30 cm, with pretty white-spotted leaves and red/green flowers on a simple inflorescence. From Cape Province (S. Africa) and described as recently as1976.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe plicatilis

The Fan Aloe. Grows slowly into a multi-fanned bush to 2m x 2m. Perfect shape and easy in either pot or garden. Stands frost (snow in S. Africa.) Bright red flowers in winter attract tui, bellbird, waxeye.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe pluridens

A tall, thin, often branched tree Aloe to 4m topped with an elegantly swirling rosette with orange-red midwinter flowers. Good garden subject, but also suits a patio pot, being not wide.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe polyphylla

The Spiral Aloe. Solitary stemless rosette to 1m diameter. Ideal for garden or very large pot. Frost hardy, and likes lots of water on roots in summer. Showy orange flowers in early summer.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe pretoriensis

Fine-leafed rosette to 60cm diameter on a very short trunk. Known for its remarkably tall inflorescence (to 3m!!!) of bright red flowers in late autumn. From S.Africa & Zimbabwe. Frost tender.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe 'Purple Puzzle'

Intensely coloured purple or bluish rosettes elegantly atop short stems to 60 cm height, eventually multi-trunked. Easy in pot, patio tub, or garden in mild areas. Needs bright light.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe 'ramochotoma'

Name coined for these plants seemingly intermediate between ramo' and dicho'. First branches occur at 60-200 cms ht, are erect and frequently don't rebranch for some distance. Bright indoor or outdoors in mild areas, and needing excellent drainage.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe ramosissima

Wonderful branching medium size tree Aloe from South Africa and Namibia. To 2m+, suits a classy presentation in a quality pot. Bright indoor area or outdoors in warm, sheltered position with excellent drainage.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe reitzii

Choice usually solitary blue-grey rosette to 80cm diameter, without trunk. Long dense racemes of flowers are a showy pinky-red opening to yellow. OK outdoors, & in garden.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe rupestris

Handsome straight unbranched tree aloe to 8m tall. Profuse flowers in late winter, many racemes. Protruding stamens have an almost fluorescent bright orange-red effect. Moderately frost-hardy.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe speciosa

Distinctive tilted head and leaves on a single-stemmed tree Aloe to 4m. Flowers go from red to whitish as they open, giving a very showy effect. Moderately frost-tolerant. Bright light if indoors.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe succotrina

Many white-spotted white-toothed leaves form a big red-flowered rosette on a stout trunk, eventually branched and outliving its 1st owner by 100 years or more. Easy and handsome in gardens or pots. Won't worry with winter wet.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe swynnertonii

Zimbabwean species which can have a stemless rosette to 1.5 metres diameter, later offsetting. Racemes held very tall in early winter.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe 'Teethy Schmeethy'

A Coro Cacti hybrid with interesting multi-cuspid teeth on the translucent edges of remarkably rough-textured leaves. Leaves vary in roughness, redness, and glaucousness. Every one is different, it is best to own a full set.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe vaombe

Large single-headed Madagascan tree Aloe, eventually to 3m. Long leaves with white teeth. Flowers in midwinter with spectacular inflorescences holding (up to) hundreds of bright racemes of red flowers. Easy in pot or garden.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe vaotsanda

Perhaps the most handsome Aloe, with its outspread recurved green leaves atop a stout trunk clad with persistent dead leaves (if not removed). Orangish flowers. Slowgrowing. Needs best warm and well-drained position, or pot.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Aloe variegata

Partridge Breast Aloe. Three ranks of thick triangular leaves distinguish this classic plant. Pink flowers in spring. OK outdoors if roots are very well-aerated. Offsets readily to form a tight group.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Aloe vera

One of 580 different Aloes, this is the famous medicinal one. Stately rosette to 80cm diameter with bold yellow flowers quite unlike the spotty hybrid sold under this name. OK outdoors in well drained airy position.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Aloe viguieri

Rarely offered species from Madagascar. Forms attractive light green rosettes to 50cm or more in diameter which will offset around the base to form a group. Flowers bright red throughout spring/summer.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Ariocarpus retusus

Highly sought-after slow-growing cactus from Mexico with unusual spineless, flattened tubercles. White 5cm flowers in summer. Indoors only in warm bright position in well drained potting mix.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Astroloba foliolosa

Sharp leaved slow growing columnar miniature. Forms many upright spiralling leaf-clad stems from an offsetting base. Flowers tiny & insignificant. Easy indoors & possibly OK in rockery.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Astroloba spiralis

Pale hard leaves in a spiralling extended column rosette, later offsetting at the base. Flower is the prettiest of Astrolobas, white and grooved. Suits a bowl in medium light.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Astrophytum capricorne niveum

Aristocratic slow growing Mexican cactus which develops tangled, flexible straw-like spines. Eventually forms short columns to 30cm. Flowers yellow with a red centre. Indoors only in brightest light.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Astrophytum capricorne senile

A confused nomenclature exists within capricorne and it is barely worth losing sleep over the many names. Suffice to say there are many variations of spottedness from naked (no flock) to very flocking spotted, and spines golden, white, or black, thick or thin, and curly, straight or tangled. Keep dry when cold in winter.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Astrophytum myriostigma

Slow growing but one of the most attractive cacti from Mexico. Scented yellow flowers spring to autumn. Indoors only in bright light; water infrequently (once every 2-3 weeks, less in winter) to prevent root rot.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Astrophytum myriostigma quadricostatum

Square four-sided variant of this slow growing but attractive Mexican cactus.Scented yellow flowers spring to autumn. Indoors only in bright light; water infrequently (every 2-3 weeks, less in winter) to prevent root rot.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Astrophytum 'Onzuka'

4 or 5-sided works of art, originally bred in Japan from A.myriostigma. All are different, solitary, to 10cm diameter and heavily flocked. Flocking fantastic! Indoors only, require nice pot for best growth. Water seldom in winter.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Astrophytum ornatum

Armed but ornate with its fine white-dotted stem and strong yellow spines. From Mexico, it grows slowly to around 2 m high (may take a few hundred years!). Large scented yellow flowers in summer. Indoors only, in bright light.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Astrophytum 'Super Kabuto'

Cultivars of Astrophytum asterias with improved flocking: more of it and arranged in interesting symmetrical patterns.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Azureocereus hertlingianus

Superb blue cereoid from the central Peruvian highlands. Grows slowly to 8m high with long vertical branches, making a stunning shape! OK outdoors in sheltered frost-free area with good drainage.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Beaucarnea recurvata

Ponytail Palm, so-named by a blind moron. Graceful swirling green leaves atop a small branched tree which develops a fantastic swollen base and lower trunk. OK outdoors and in the ground in mild areas.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Calibanus hookeri

Bizarre boulder-shaped caudex with tufts of grey 'grass' all over. In rare localities in Mexico the caudex can grow to the size of a Volkswagen. Easy to grow, in pot or garden.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Cereus 'Blue Wing'

This scalloped-edged sculptural sonata soon becomes a vertical symphony in blue. Fast-growing, with large white flowers, If indoors needs bright light to keep wide diameter at top. Easy to grow outdoors, to 5m+,

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Ceropegia stapeliiformis Crest

Rare crested form. Produces unusual, gnarly, flattened growth as well as its usual vining form. Flowers unusual whitish and brownish purple. Easy to grow, best in a sunny spot indoors.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Cleistocactus straussii

So-called 'Silver Torch'. A long time favourite, this species produces tall narrow densely spined white columns with many tubular red flowers over the summer months. Grows well outdoors if given good drainage and full sun.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Conophytum bilobum Komaggas

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum bilobum 'noisabisense'

C. bilobum in its various forms is easy to grow and can even be encouraged to grow through the summer months, especially if older leaves are removed. Yellow flowers. Best in bright light. For pot only.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum ficiforme Worcester

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Conophytum flavum 'percrassum' Umdaus

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum herreanthus

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum igniflorum

Fiery orange flowers in autumn set this apart from other bilobed Conophytums. Withhold water from early to mid summer, water lightly otherwise. Not difficult to keep it alive even when ignoring this cycle. Indoors only, most likely.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum minimum 'scitulum'

One of the easier Conophytums to grow, but like most, it will split and crack if overwatered (unsightly but usually not fatal). Scented nocturnal flowers. Keep dry spring to mid-summer. Best in light shade.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum minimum 'wittebergense'

Previously known as C. wittebergense, this tiny plant is one of the most beautifully patterned. Small white flowers are nocturnal and highly scented. Indoors only in bright light. Keep dry summer to mid-autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum minutum nudum

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum obcordellum 'declinatum'

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum obcordellum 'multicolor'

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum obcordellum Snorkfontein

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum obcordellum 'ursprungianum'

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum pearsonii braunsii

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum pellucidum neohallii Silverfontein

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum pellucidum neohallii Windhoek

One of the more attractively patterned forms of C. pellucidum. Markings particularly bold at start of growing period. White tubular flowers in late summer/autumn. Indoors only in bright light.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum regale SB 793

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum tantillum inexpectatum

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Conophytum truncatum

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum uviforme RA 107

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Conophytum wettsteinii

Conophytums are from sandy crevices in extremely hot regions, full sun to shade. Withhold water from spring to mid-summer, water sparingly the rest of the year. Flowers in late summer/autumn.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Copiapoa hypogaea FR 261

(sy. C.barguitensis hypogaea) This is the wild species from which 'Lizard Skin' is a selection, and in fact, closely resembles. Copiapoa are slow-growing & from a v. harsh climate where they receive almost no rainfall. Brightest light needed for good spination, shape, and any chalky texture which can be very attractive.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Copiapoa hypogaea 'Lizard Skin'

Selected form of C.hypogaea. Copiapoa are slow-growing & from a v. harsh climate where they receive almost no rainfall. Brightest light needed for good spination, shape, and any chalky texture which can be very attractive.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Copiapoa laui

Copiapoa are slow-growing & from a v. harsh climate where they receive almost no rainfall. Brightest light needed for good spination, shape, and any chalky texture which can be very attractive.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Coryphantha elephantidens

Small globular cactus, extremely white woolly and eventually offsetting.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Crassula barklyi

"Bandaged Finger". Short fingerlike stems to 9cm, later with white perfumed flowers at their ends. Does not die after flowering and generally remains more compact than most, even when flowering. Use stone mulch, moderate water.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Crassula 'Buddha's Temple'

One of the best Crassula hybrids. Symmetrical columns of densely stacked leaves to 15cm high. Flowers pinkish in dense clusters at stem tip. Indoors only in bright indirect light.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Crassula 'Cherry Blossom'

Pink-flowered cultivar of Jade Tree. Flowers profusely in early winter, in a pot or planted out in the garden. Bright sun & potbound for yellower leaves.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Crassula 'Fawlty Towers'

Hybrid, released 2008, kinda looks like C. 'Morgans Pink' on steroids. Forms a tower to 30cm high and 10cm diameter! Scented flowers are pink in large corymbs in spring. Easy to grow, indoors anyway. Try in sheltered rockery.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Crassula 'Morgan's Pink'

Highly recommended hybrid miniature. Papillose leaves and gorgeously scented showy pink flowers in late winter. Brightest light needed for tight form. Outdoors in best position perhaps???

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Crassula portulacea

Jade Tree. Feng-shui has one at the front door to keep the good luck in. Try one at each window too, to keep the hort industry strong. Bright sun & potbound for yellower leaves.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Crassula socialis

Dense low mat-forming species from shaded rock faces in South Africa’s eastern Cape. Untried outdoors but probably OK in a rock garden or similar. Small heads of tiny white flowers in spring.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Cyphostemma juttae

An archetypical pachycaul from the Grape Family, this classically fat nubile Namibian will peel off its bark for you at regular intervals. Huge summer leaves, ghostly torso in winter. Withhold water when leafless. Indoors only.

6.Indoors OK, but not for beginners, Outdoors not OK.

Decarya madagascariensis

Mad' Zigzag Plant. Interesting crazy-shaped bush or small tree from very dry southern Madagascar. Water in summer (has small leaves then) but keep dry in winter. Probably indoors only in New Zealand, but worth trying in rockery.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Desmidorchis speciosa

Upright pale green stems to 5cm diam. form a many branched, sculptural and stately bush. Later crowned with 12cm balls of black-red and yellow flowers. Bright light, extra winter warmth, extra drainage & very little water.

6.Indoors OK, but not for beginners, Outdoors not OK.

Didierea madagascariensis

Remarkable tree from the spiny dry forest of southern Madagascar, to 6 metres in height. Columnar at first, later branching. Keep mostly dry during its long dormancy in winter but needs water when leafy and growing.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Dinteranthus vanzylii

Yellow flowered mesem from South Africa. Globose leaves mimic pebbles in very dry stony deserts, so it needs VERY little water at all times, and bright light. Only water when wrinkles appear. A cool pot helps to keep roots alive.

6.Indoors OK, but not for beginners, Outdoors not OK.

Dinteranthus wilmotianus

Blue spots on a chalky skin set this naughty little pebble-mimicker apart. Bright light lover. Water sparingly and with restraint and really quite a small amount, and only if skin wrinkles but not before. Needs little water, not much at all at all.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Dioscorea elephantipes

(syn. Testudinaria) Tortoise Plant. Annual vines from a caudex which is woody-looking but succulent within. Withhold water as vines die down, but otherwise likes water. Caudex in shade, vine in medium light.

7.Winter grower. Needs water in winter, not summer.

Dorstenia foetida

Stumpy little pachycaul succulent from tropical Africa. To 20cm high. Flowers ultra-tiny within a bizarre and so cool star-shaped hypanthodium. Indoors only in bright light. Keep dry in winter if leaves drop.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Duvalia parviflora

One Potato Two Potato. Charming miniature mat-forming stapeliad from the western Cape. Often bears small ('parvi') cream flowers without any nasty smell. Suits shallow pot, in part shade.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Echeveria agavoides

Lipstick Plant. 20cm rosette, OK in pot or garden. Best red-edged colouring in bright light. Most Echeverias are easy rosettes which cluster and have red to yellow fl's on drooping flowerstalks.

2.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK, easy to grow.

Echeveria 'Blue Waves'

A Frank Reinelt hybrid which forms slightly blue, crinkly-leaved rosettes to about 25cm diameter with few offsets. Easy to grow, suits bright well drained frost-free location.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Echeveria 'Culibra'

Rumpled Foreskin Plant. Fascinating carunculations force the leaves into their bizarre tubular shape. Grow in bright light, and refrain from fingering the foreskins as they will mark easily.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Echeveria 'Frilly Maid'

Popular and beautiful cultivar with pink-edged delicately crinkled leaves.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Echeveria gilva 'Red'

Form or cultivar of Echeveria gilva. Compact rosettes to 15cm across suffused with red tones. Flowers orange, small, insignificant. Best in bright light with good drainage. OK outdoors.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Echeveria minima

Tiny blue-grey rosettes with blunt leaves, red-tipped in bright light position. Slowly forms into a small tight mound. Yellow flowers on arching raceme. Mound forming. OK outdoors and in rockery.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Echeveria 'Paul Bunyan'

Marvellously carunculated (means like a warty old scrotum) leaves of a rich blue-purple colour form a heavy rosette atop a stout stem to 50cm. Needs brightest light for best colours and shape.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Echeveria 'Silveron Red'

Large growing rosette, a bit like Echeveria 'Ruby Lips'.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Echeveria tolimanensis

Thick almost cylindrical leaves form a whitey-grey rosette to about 20cms diameter (on a wellgrown older one). Indoor plant for pot. Needs bright light.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Echeveria 'Waterlily'

An attractive red-toned form of E.agavoides. Easy to grow.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Echinocactus grusonii

Golden Barrel Cactus. A classic in the genre, grows slowly to 1m diameter. Water once a month but not at all in the cold of winter. Needs bright light for good spination. If outdoors give warmest position, best drainage etc.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Echinocactus grusonii 'Alba'

White Barrel Cactus. A variant of the Golden Barrel, grows slowly to 1m diameter. Water once a month but not at all in the cold of winter. Needs bright light for good spination. If outdoors give warmest position, best drainage etc.

3.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK in warm, well-drained position in mild areas.

Echinocactus ingens

Largest of all globular cacti; to about 1 tonne in time (lots of time). More ribs arrive at the shoulder every year, up to 55 ribs later, for your grandkids to count. Keep in bright light and dry in winter and water sparingly otherwise.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Echinocereus brandegeei

Branches have fiercesome flat straw-like spines to 8cm long. Flowers pink, to 10cm diameter. Plant to 60cm diameter, freely branching from the base. It can handle cold winters if completely dry.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Echinocereus rigidissimus rubispinus

Lau 88, the attractive red to pink spined cactus from Mexico, grows slowly to about 30 cm high, usually without offsets. Large bright pink flowers in spring. Grow indoors in a bright sunny position.

6.Indoors OK, but not for beginners, Outdoors not OK.

Epithelantha micromeris

Very slow growing Mexican miniature needing restrained watering and high light levels. Spination merits close inspection. Bright red fruit are a bonus also. Indoors only.

5.Indoors OK, Outdoors not OK.

Eriosyce occulta

Black, slowgrowing sometimes spineless miniature from the harsh Copiapo Desert of Chile. Turnip root anchors it, and apparently it sees the light through the transparency of the sand grains above. Indoors only, water sparingly.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Eriosyce senilis

Formerly Neoporteria multicolor, this form (of a polymorphic Chilean species) has a birdsnest-like tangle of straw-yellow curving spines and brilliant large dayglow pink flowers in spring. Coldhardy if kept dry in winter.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

Espostoa nana

Stunning white hairy columns soon basally branching and reaching slowly to 1 metre plus. Light yellow wool marks the arrival of the flowering cephalium. Not a difficult plant but probably not keen on cold wet soil in winter.

4.Indoors OK, Outdoors OK only if protected from winter rain.

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