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Aloe greatheadii - One of the maculate aloes. Keep dry in winter and place in a well-drained location in sun.  Will recover from underground stems after severe freezes if it does not rot.  Hardy to 15º F.

Aloe maculata - Includes plants formerly known as: Aloe saponaria - This, or its hybrids, is the most common of the maculate aloes cultivated in San Antonio and Austin.  Keep dry in winter and place in a well-drained location in sun.  Will recover from underground stems after severe freezes if it does not rot.  Hardy to 15º F.

Aloe porphyrostachys - The northernmost Aloe in nature.  Seed collected at its high-elevation type locality in Saudi Arabia has been the source of very cold-hardy plants.  Keep dry in winter and place in a well-drained location in sun.  Will recover from underground stems after severe freezes if it does not rot.  Hardy to 22º F.

Aloe striatula - Possibly the cold-hardiest aloe, surviving 10º F.  Native to the Drakensburg (Dragon Mountains) of Lesotho.  It forms a large, multi-stemmed shrub to 6' across and bears spikes of yellow blooms with yellow-orange ends.  Keep dry in winter and place in a well-drained location in sun.  Will recover from underground stems after severe freezes if it does not rot. 

Amyris madrensis 

Amyris texana - Chapotillo 

Anisacanthus insignis (A. linearis) - Pink Hummingbird Bush 

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii (gold) - Gold Hummingbird Bush 

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii (red) - Red Hummingbird Bush 

Asparagus densiflorus - Asparagus Fern 

Bauhinia lunarioides - Also sold as: Bauhinia congesta - Anacacho Orchid Tree 

Berberis swaseyi - Texas Barberry

Berberis trifoliolata - Agarita 

Caesalpinia mexicana - Mexican Bird-of-Paradise

Caesalpinia mexicana 'Mole'- 'Mole' Mexican Bird-of-Paradise - A selection with new leaves emerging the color of Mole Poblano.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima - Pride-of-Barbados 

Calibanus hookeri - Hardy to 15º F.

Calliandra spp. and hybrids 

Carnegiea gigantea - Saguaro - Hardy to 22º F.

Chamaerops humilis var. argentea - Formerly known as Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera - Silver-leaf Mediterranean Fan Palm 

Chrysactinia mexicana - Damianita 

Cordia boissieri - Wild Olive

Dalea greggii

Dasylirion acrotriche - Sotol

Dasylirion berlandieri - Blue Sotol 

Dasylirion berlandieri 'Blue Twister' - 'Blue Twister' Sotol 

Dasylirion berlandieri var. palaciosii - Sotol 

Dasylirion gentryi - Sotol 

Dasylirion leiophyllum - Sotol 

Dasylirion miquihuanensis - Tall Sotol 

Dasylirion quadrangulatum - Previously known as Dasylirion longissimum - Mexican Grass Tree

Dasylirion texanum - Sotol 

Dasylirion wheeleri - Sotol

Dichondra argentea - Silver Dichondra

Dioon edule - Chamal, Mexican Cycad - From the Sierra Madre Oriental of NE Mexico, stems hardy to 15º F. with no protection. Mulch deeply if lower temperatures are expected. 

Dioon edule var. angustifolium - Chamal, Mexican Cycad - From the Sierra Madre Oriental of Nuevo León, stems hardy to 12º F. with no protection. 

Diospyros palmeri - Mexican Persimmon

Diospyros texensis - Texas Persimmon 

Dyckia floribunda ‘La Rioja’- Have withstood 15º F. without damage.

Dyckia velascana - A Pineapple relative from Argentina with spiny, silvery leaves. . Hardy to 15º F. 

Dyckia velascana (giant form) - As cold-hardy as typical D. velascana. 

Dyckia velascana 'Suppressed Anger' - A mildly variegated selection. 

Echinocactus grusonii - Golden Barrel - Hardy to 22º F.

Echinocactus texensis - Horse Crippler

Echinocereus poselgeri - Also sold as Wilcoxia poselgeri

Echinocereus reichenbachii - Lace Cactus

Echinocereus stramineus - Strawberry Pitaya 

Echinocereus triglochidiatus - Claret Cup Cactus

Erythrina X bidwillii - Hybrid Coral Bean 

Erythrina crista-galli - Fireman’s Cap

Eschscholzia californica - California Poppy - A cold-season annual to grow in succulent gardens during wet El Niño winters.

Euphorbia antisyphilitica - Candelilla

Euphorbia bracteata (formerly Pedilanthus bracteatus) - Hardy to 22º F.

Euphorbia lomelii (formerly Pedilanthus macrocarpus) - Hardy to 22º F., but a clone survived 14º F. (January, 2010) with very minimal damage, situated 3 feet west of a house, at a location in far northwest San Antonio.

Eysenhardtia texana - Kidneywood 

Ferocctus glaucescens - Blue Barrel - Hardy to 22º F.

Ferocactus pilosus - Red Barrel - Hardy to 15º F. if acclimated

Fouquieria splendens - Ocotillo - Must be placed in intense sun in a raised bed of gravelly materials and irrigated only during prolonged dry spells in summer.

Fraxinus greggii - Desert Ash, Little-leaf Ash

Graptopetalum paraguayense - Ghost Plant 

Guaiacum angustifolium (Guajacum angustifolium, Porliera angustifolia) - Guayacan

Hesperaloe campanulata - Giant Pink Yucca 

Hesperaloe campanulata X funifera - Hybrid Pink Yucca

Hesperaloe campanulata X parviflora - Hybrid Coral Yucca

Hesperaloe funifera - Giant Hesperaloe

Hesperaloe funifera ssp. chiangii - Giant Hesperaloe

Hesperaloe nocturna

Hesperaloe parviflora - Red Yucca 

Hesperaloe parviflora (yellow) - Yellow-flowered Red Yucca 

Jatropha dioica - Leather-Stem 

Justicia fulvicoma

Justicia runyonii

Justicia tweediana

Leucaena greggii - Lead Tree 

Leucophyllum frutescens - Cenizo, Texas Sage

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud' - 'Green Cloud' Texas Sage

Leucophyllum langmanae - Langman's Sage

Leucophyllum pruinosum - Deep Blue Sage

Leucophyllun X ‘Rain Cloud’ - ‘Rain Cloud’ Hybrid Cenizo

Leucophyllum zygophyllum - Dwarf Sage 

Lupinus texensis - Texas Bluebonnet - A cold-season annual to grow in succulent gardens during wet El Niño winters.

Manfreda longiflora

Manfreda maculosa

Manfreda sileri

Manfreda undulata

Manfreda variegata

X Mangave 'Macho Manchado' - A vigorous cross of X Mangave 'Más Macho' and a silvery leafed, Manfreda maculosa X Manfreda sileri, selection.

X Mangave 'Macho Mocha' - A natural hybrid of Manfreda variegata and Agave celsii. It is the most widely grown X Mangave. 

X Mangave 'Macho Verde' - A large and beautiful, spotted-leaved X Mangave from seed collected near Río Verde, in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. 

X Mangave 'Más Macho' - A natural hybrid of Manfreda variegata and Agave celsii. Originally sold as, “Sister of ‘Macho Mocha',” an invalid cultivar name, and also sold under the misnomer, Manfreda variegata 'Suavo-Bravo'.  Since the cultivar name 'Suavo-Bravo' was applied to a Manfreda, a new name had to be selected for this Mangave.  Derived from the same seed source as X Mangave 'Macho Mocha', but forms a larger plant in the landscape without the prominent reddish cast of its better-known sibling. 

X Mangave 'Mocha Latte' - A variegated selection of X Mangave 'Macho Mocha'. 

Nannorrhops ritchieana - Afghan Palm, Mazari Palm 

Neobuxbaumia euphorbioides - Hardy to 15º F. - These grow farther north, and at lower elevations, than N. polylopha and have thinner stems.

Neobuxbaumia polylopha - Hardy to 8º F.

Nolina lindheimeriana - Bear Grass

Nolina 'La Siberica' - Similar to N. nelsonii, but with wider leaves. 

Nolina nelsonii - Nelson's Tree Nolina - An arborescent species from high elevations in the Sierra Madre of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.  It needs good soils and adequate watering.  Will decline and die in shallow rocky soils. 

Nolina texana - Bear Grass 

Opuntia englemannii - Native Prickly Pear

Opuntia engelmannii v. lindheimeri forma linguiformis - Cow-Tongue Prickly Pear

Opuntia engelmannii v. lindheimeri X macrorhiza - Hybrid Prickly Pear

Opuntia imbricata - Cholla

Opuntia kleiniae

Opuntia leptocaulis (Cylindropuntia leptocaulis) - Tasajillo

Opuntia macrorhiza - Plain’s Prickly Pear

Opuntia aff. pailana ‘Mariposas Monstrose’ - Propagated from a plant I found over 30 years ago near the top of a very high, wind-swept mountain between Monterrey and Saltillo in northeastern Mexico, where it grew with Mammillaria plumosa. The pads are covered with short spines. 

Opuntia ‘Maxima’ - Also sold as, Opuntia 'Old Mexico' 

Opuntia microdasys - Cow-Blinder Prickly Pear - This one is best left in the wild, since its glochids (tiny, barbed spines) are vicious.

Opuntia X subarmata (O. ficus-indica X O. engelmannii var. lindheimeri) - Hybrid Prickly Pear

Opuntia violacea - Purple Prickly Pear

Papaver somniferum - Opium Poppy, Poppy-Seed Poppy - A cold-season annual to grow in succulent gardens during wet El Niño winters.

Pistacia texana - Texas Pistache

Portulaca sp. - Purslane - The annual forms, often found on gravelley or sandy sites, work very well.

Sabal uresana - Mexican Blue Palmetto 

Selenicereus  spinulosus - Night-Blooming Cereus - Hardy to 22º F.

Silphium albiflorum - White Compass Plant 

Sophora gypsophila – Silver-Leaf Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora - Mescal Bean, Texas Mountain Laurel 

Sprekelia formosissima - Aztec Lily - Plant deep (6" to 8") and place a rock to its west.

Stenocereus pruinosus / victoriensis - Hardy to 15º F.

Tagetes palmeri 'Copper Canyon Daisy' - Copper Canyon Daisy

Tecoma stans var. angustata - Esperanza 

Tecoma stans var. stans - Esperanza 

Tecoma hybrids - Hybrid Esperanza

Thelocactus setispinus (Ferocactus setispinus, Hamatocactus setispinus)

Tradescantia brachyphylla - Miniature Wandering Jew 

Tradescantia pallida - Purple Wandering Jew 

Tradescantia sillamontana - Velvety Wandering Jew

Trichocereus terscheckii - Argentine Cactus Tree - Hardy to 12º F.

Vernonia lindheimeri - Lindheimer's Ironweed 

Yucca aloifolia - Spanish Bayonet 

Yucca aloifolia 'Variegata' - Variegated Spanish Bayonet 

Yucca arkansana

Yucca carnerosana - Western Spanish Dagger

Yucca constricta

Yucca decipiens 

Yucca linearifolia - Previously known as Yucca rostrata var. linearis

Yucca necopina

Yucca pallida

Yucca rostrata - Beaked Yucca

Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies'

Yucca rupicola - Twist-Leaf Yucca

Yucca rupicola X pallida - Hybrid Twist-Leaf Yucca 

Yucca treculeana - Spanish Dagger

Yucca treculeana forma canaliculata - Giant Spanish Dagger

Zephyranthes crociflora - Saltillo Rain Lily

Zephyranthes erubescens 'Palmillas' - Desert Rain Lily

Zephyranthes longiflora - Hardy Rain Lily


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