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It is a species of the mostly tropical genus Justicia. This is a low bush which grows in dry, hot regions in the sand or rocky terrain of the desert floor. For a short time it bears succulent leaves. It loses its leaves and then produces plentiful tubular flowers, usually in shades of bright to deep red, or sometimes yellow. Each long flower has a wide lower lip that falls open to reveal the inside of the blossom. Hummingbirds visit the bush to feed on the nectar. Other birds eat the sugar-rich flower centers. This plant is sometimes cultivated as a landscape ornamental in desert regions for its bright flowers and to attract birds. Justicia californica
 
 
With Blizzard Geraniums window boxes and planters sparkle with color. These geraniums are considered self-cleaning and virtually maintenance-free flowers that can take the heat and sun. They also grow vigorously. Pelargonium 'Lavender Blizzard'
 
 

Clumping, tree like plant growing up to 30 foot tall with dramatic foliage similar to banana leaves. Flowers resemble a crested bird head in tones of white, purplish gray and navy blue. Can withstand temperatures to 28* F. Needs heat to thrive and bloom well intermittently throughout the year.

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Strelitzia nicholi (Giant Bird of Paradise)
 
 

Echeveria 'Blue Curls' is a mostly solitary succulent plant. It produces rosettes growing to 10 in. wide. The edges are curly blue-green and they assume pink hues in during spring and fall. Echeveria 'Blue Curls' produceS reddish-pink flowers on long stalks durting the summer. Stem development is slow. Echeveria 'Blue Curls' prefers to be planted in full sun or light shade in well drained soil. The colors are more pronounced when grown in full sun.

Echeveria Blue Curls
 
 

White flowers tinged with pink. Excellent color or accent plant, Sun

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Aloe vera is one of about 250 species of Aloes. The Aloes are members of the Lily family (Liliaceae) and, therefore, are relatives of such common plants as tulips, Easter lilies, and asparagus. Aloe vera is believed to be native to the Mediterranean. 

Aloe vera is a leafy succulent that grows in a rosette fashion in hot, well-drained soils. The leaves are spotted when young but take on a uniform light green color with age. They can reach 2 feet in length and are edged with soft spines.

Interest in the sap of this species extends back over 2000 years. It is bitter, slimy, and can be collected as an exudate from cut leaves or squeezed from the pulp of leaves. Leaves from all aloes have long been credited with healing properties, but the especially succulent Aloe vera is valued most.

In the past, leaves were sliced and laid on the skin to relieve itching and to heal burns. Today it is claimed to work effectively on sunburns, minor burns, wrinkles, insect bites, skin irritations, cuts and scratches. A “tea” made from the dried sap of this species is said to make a good wash for wounds and the eyes. 

Aloe vera makes a sturdy, long-lived houseplant as long as it is given plenty of sunlight and is not over-watered. Many home gardeners grow it on a windowsill so the sap is readily available.

 Prefers sun to partial shade, moderate to little water when established, tender to frost.

Aloe vera (Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe)
 
 
Jasminum nitidum is an attractive shrub like plant that grows by spreading vine-like or is used as a groundcover. It displays an abundance of large, fragrant flowers that are white with purple undersides. It makes an excellent choice for cascading container garden displays and is evergreen. Jasminum nitidum is a plant that is part shrub and part vine. It is not a vigorous climber but it can drape itself up and around hanging plant supports and cascade with foliage and flowers over low walls or containers. Jasminum nitidum can serve as a groundcover in beds around living spaces where its fragrance is wonderful. Jasminum nitidum
 
 
Ficus m. nitida 'Green Gem' has the thickest, darkest leaves of all the ficus nitida. Otherwise its growing and maintenance characteristics are very similar to ficus m. nitida column. Ficus m. nitida 'Green Gem' Column
 
 

Prunus cerasifera Thundercloud is an attractive deciduous specimen tree bearing deep purple foliage. It grows in a somewhat rounded shape but in an upright form. Thundercloud prefers full sun but has only average drought tolerance.  Compacted or heavy clay-like soils should be avoided.

Prunus c. Thundercloud bears solitary, pink, bowl-shaped flowers about 1 inch long in early spring. Some trees produce small plum-like fruit but it is most often grown as a decorative tree and can be used just about anywhere you would want of showy specimen tree in your landscape.  Thundercloud grows 20 feet high and wide.

Prunus c. Thundercloud
 
 
Ceratonia siliqua is an evergreen tree growing to 50 ft. It is hardy to zone 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf in January and flowers from August to October. The flowers are hermaphroditic (having both male and female characteristics). Prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and requires well-drained soil. It can grow in nutritionally poor soil and very alkaline soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It can tolerate strong winds but not ocean exposure. Ceratonia siliqua (Carob Tree, St. John's Bread)
 
 
Evergreen shrub that is low and spreading making a 5'-6' mound, it can spread as far as 7' in five years. It has glossy reddish black bark with bright green leaves, in spring it has white to pink flowers in an upside down urn shape followed by berry like fruit that can attract birds. Prefers full sun to light shade and moderate to little water when established. Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
 
 
Narrow, columnar form to 50', Fall colors: yellow, peach, pink, orange & red. LIQUIDAMBAR S. FESTIVAL (Festival American Sweet Gum)
 
 
Large, double clear yellow flowers, Sun to part shade Hibiscus 'Butterball' (Butterball Hibiscus)
 
 

2-4' tall and wide with glossy-green leaves. Blooms spring-fall. Drought tolerant. Cherry-red flowers.

Salvia greggii 'Maraschino' (Maraschino Red Autumn Sage)
 
 

Crassula 'Campfire' is a branching succulent with fleshy leaves that mature from light green to bright red. It grows low, forming mats of succulent foliage about 6 inches tall to 2 to 3 feet tall wide. Crassula 'Campfire' produces clusters of white flowers on the leaves in summer. 'Campfire' does best in part sun but requires shade in hotter inland climates. It considered drought tolerant coastal areas but requires regular irrigation inland. It will be damaged in temperatures below 30 degrees F°. It makes a nice groundcover in coastal areas of California. The color is brightest in winter responding to shorter cool nights with bright sunlight during the day.

Crassula 'Campfire'
 
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