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Purple Leaf Prickly Pear

Purple Prickly Pear is native to the Southwest regions of North America. Being a desert type plant, they grow well in hot arid environments and are relatively cold hardy. It requires little water once established and is a low maintenance plant. In the spring, it grows yellow flowers with red centers that produce purple fruit. The large leaf pads develop a purple tinge and are covered with large tan spines.

Manfreda Macho Mocha

Looking for a beautiful plant to display in the landscape this spring? Look no further than Creekside’s Manfreda ‘Macho Mocha’! This succulent has thick, rubbery green leaves that are covered in red spots. At maturity, it has a three foot clump of foliage that is topped by 8 foot tall white flower spikes in the late spring. Macho Mocha is drought tolerant and is suitable for xeriscaping. It does best in full sun and is attractive to bees, birds and butterflies. Hardy from Zones 8-10, it originated in Mexico and is a bigeneric hybrid that is a cross between Manfreda variegate and Agave celsii. It is a very cold hardy plant.

Titanota Agave

Native to the limestone cliffs of Oaxaca, Mexico, Titanota Agave is a medium sized robust looking agave. It has ghostly white colored leaves arranged in a wide, open crown rosette of few leaves. The leaves can reach up to 50 cm long and 12 cm wide. Titanota is quite cold hardy especially in dry climates. However, it would be best to avoid exposure to extreme freezing temperatures for an extended amount of time. Titanota is very heat tolerant as well. These striking plants are wonderful when used to provide year round foliage color, as a patio plant. It is also a great plant for rock gardens. Here at Creekside, we currently have Titanota Agave available for sale in a 5 gallon size!

Dyckia

Native to South America, this unique and interesting plant was introduced in Europe in the 19th century. It is named after Prince Von Salm-Dyck, who was an early expert on succulents. However, Dyckias are not true succulents because they do not store their water internally like true succulents. They respond to stress by simply going dormant. This means that they are extremely drought tolerant. They are also one of the most cold hardy of the bromeliad genera. Dyckias have stiff pointy leaves with spiny margins, and typically have small compact flowers. They are great for rock or cactus gardens and are attractive in contemporary garden designs as they display a plethora of beautiful colors.

Kalanchoe 'Desert Rose'

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora 'Desert Rose' is a striking succulent also known as the Paddle Plant. It's round growth habit and dramatic foliage appears to give the allure of an underwater coral bed with colors transitioning from blue-green at the base to red on the rounded tips. The vibrant colors intensify in full sun and once the plant has matured will bloom a spike with clusters of yellow tubular flowers in spring. What a great addition of color into a rock garden. Cold hardy in Zones 9-11, and will tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees. Grows best in partial to full sun and only requires occasional watering once it is established.