|Echeveria Subrigida 'Fire and Ice'|
Here's Fire and Ice --- it can grow to twice this size . This one is about 15". Both these hybrids were grown by Native Sons ( nativeson.com/plants.htm) whose website is an education in itself. Anything you see on the site it can be ordered through a local nursery on the Central Coast.
Hhere is the latest blooming hybrid agapantha to date- Winterdwarf (about the same size as Peter Pan) --- but with even later blooms.. Anything to extend the agapantha season!. Not only is Winterdwarf beautiful, unthirsty, easy care (to no care) but the butterflies love it. Sulphurs, White and Skippers are feeding on it now.
Update on sempervivums. Don't be fooled into thinking these guys are as undemanding in our climate as most succulents. Though used in roof gardens all over N. Europe, in So Cal they need at least weekly water, otherwise they start reproducing and dying off.
Update on aloe polyphlla (Orb Cactus, Spiral Cactus,).This aloe takes the cake for temperamental. I've seen it grown to 14" across in the nurseries, and from the looks of the leaves they are growing it under shade cloth??......but caring for it at home is a real challenge. Let it dry out completely between waterings, don't water the crown, and keep your fingers crossed.After a year, mine is alive but sulky. Haven't tried it yet under shade cloth. Just moved it.Spiral Aloes can spiral either left or right. The maddened collector naturally needs both.
This site has beautiful Spiral Aloes http://www.ecotree.net/contact.php with great photographs. I'd be in heaven if I could get my waif to look like these pictures! The site also suggests watering aloe polypylla about as much as you would a cymbidium then gives authoritative directions for the potting mix. Might try re-potting with orchid bark in the mix. Stay tuned.