I have been watching the endeavors of a local gardener with keen interest. Apparently having grown weary of tending a lawn, this gardener removed all grass from a small front yard and is growing tough desert plants. Although markedly different from the typical pseudo-tropical south Florida garden, it shares with such gardens the presence of plants from far-flung regions of the world and a lack of any native plants.
|An Opuntia species with a growth habit similar to the native semaphore cactus (Opuntia corallicola); however, the native semaphore cactus is markedly spiny and tends to have pads of a lighter green color.|
|This aloe is very similar to Aloe arborescens from Africa; however, the rosettes are much smaller than that species. I am guessing that perhaps it is a small-growing hybrid of Aloe arborescens.|
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