I was extra happy to find these guys (in Phoenix) with a tag on them ‘cause I had seen this same compact agave recently during a bike ride in Palm Springs. I wanted to pedal straight to a nursery and buy it, but I didn’t know the name. Now I do. Agave macroacantha
Do you think those cats at cactusjungle sell it? Hmmm?
Faucarias, commonly known as Tiger Jaws, are delightful little clumping mesembs from South Africa. Though they do not come from the winter-rainfall part of the country, they will tolerate our winter rain as long as they have excellent drainage. The yellow flowers are a treat in the fall and on into the winter. Though we have some which are named species, others (like the 4 pictured here) were received simply as “Faucaria sp.”
Here is Haworthia truncata planted out at the Ruth Bancroft Garden, looking much like it does in nature. It usually flowers in the latter part of the summer here,