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When do cactus bloom? During the 3rd week of June cacti are usually blooming! See the pictures above and below of cactus blooms in a xeriscape garden.
Yearly blooms is implied when using the term ANNUALS, desert annuals are more accurately referred to as ephemerals.
Many ephermerals can complete an entire life cycle in a matter of months and some can do it in a matter of weeks! Check out Cactus Category for more information and photos…
The picture below is taken at Saguaro National Park. This Sonoran Desert treasure is a place people visit often.
We enjoy writing about Saguaro National Park and sharing the beauty with you.
What is an American Agave ? Have you ever heard mention of a Century Plant? Agave americana, (American Agave), and Century Plant are one in the same. This plant is Monocarpic which means it dies after flowering.
Typically it can take 50 or more years for the Century Plant to bloom. Agave species are not related to cactus but more related to ALOE. This Century Agave looks very healthy with the bottom dead leaves & branches trimmed down. The Agave Sap is toxic and can cause a severe rash. It is worth it to have a professional prune your Agave or remove it if necessary.
The popular BLUE AGAVE species is the base ingredient for Tequila. Read more about this in the Agave Categories…
Several years ago, Lantana species – New Gold was singled out of a research trial by Texas A & M University. New Gold Lantana was selected as superior to other species tested because of its long and profuse bloom period, seedless nature, compact growth form, and relative cold-hardiness.
Studies revealed that New Gold produced seeds only when planted in combination with other lantana species. This drought tolerant flowering plant has deep green leaves and blooms with bright gold flowers through the warm months. When mature, plants can be 18-24 inches tall by 3 feet wide. To keep it thriving, plant New Gold lantana in full sun and reflected heat locations.
It works well on streetscapes even in the hottest climates, like here in Southern Arizona. If plants are frost-damaged in the winter, just cut them back in early spring and they should recover quickly. Like other lantanas, New Gold is susceptible to whiteflies, and may require pesticide applications to control infestations.
Below is a photo of a gorgeous lantana mound overflowing with New Gold, Purple Trailing, and Yellow lantana in the back.
See more free lantana pictures and information in the flowers categories…