Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Year end yucca and cactus review...and a few other random things.

Had very little growth on the yuccas this season.  last fall we had another warm/cold spell.  This has been what I found kills or damages my yuccas the most.  I did not lose any yuccas, but growth was slow to come out of the damage areas and I did lose one Yucca brevifolia branch, even though it was the warmest winter I have seen here (Shoshone).   

Yucca brevifolia

Yucca torreyi 

Yucca elata

Yucca rostara

Yucca faxoniana 

An amazing hybrid Yucca thompsoniana x elata
Thank you Tim! 

This could be the most awesome yucca ever, only time will tell.
Yucca gloriosa x elata, many thanks Tim.

Yucca torreyi

Echinocereus triglochidiatus "white sands"

Trying this one again, survived one of the coldest winters here, but died during the second warmest.
Echinocereus ledingii 

Yucca elata

Echinocactus polycephalus "love this cactus"

Echinocactus polycephalus I bought this year. 
This is what happens when planted without temporary shade, cactus sunburn easy.
Always plant in the same direction as the were in the ground, or use shade for a couple of weeks.     

Yucca rostrata or thombsoniana

Coryphantha sp.

Agave parryi, central AZ mountains.  Takes cold, but not wet cold. 

Yucca brevifolia, I removed one branch that had cold damage. 

Echinocereus inermis

Yucca elata

Yucca baccata

Yucca faxoniana

Hybrid, Agave utahensis x neomexicana 

Y. flaccida x reverchonii-thompsoniana.  I think? 

Yucca baccata
This is what happens when you remove to many leaves from a yucca.
Desperately needs to be moved.   

Agave palmeri 
Finally starting to grow now that the weather is cooling. 

Yucca brevifolia 

Yucca thompsoniana or maybe rostrata.

Yucca angustissima 

Yucca baccata 

Agave parryi "Flagstaff"

Found in garden, many good people have given me seed over the years that I have broadcast out into the garden, so it could be anything.  But I believe it is a form of Opuntia phaeacantha.   

I should have paid attention when I bought this, forgot what it is?

This is either Y. faxon or Y. austrailis, I got some of them mixed up when I grew them.  This one not as cold hardy as the others, could be austrailis   

E. reichenbachii 

Yucca gloriosa verigata

I believe this is going to be one very interesting yucca when it grows up.
Yucca arkansana "freemanii" x reverchonii-thompsoniana

Yucca neomexicana

Y. gloriosa, I think?  I got it from Tim.

Y. rostrata

Opuntia unknown, Tim was also kind enough to give me this also.

Y. brevifolia

Opuntia spinosibacca, many thanks Judy in Kansas.

Agave havardiana, why not try it again.  Hope you freeze you wimpy plant! Tough love. lol 

OMG, how cool is this yucca from Tim.
I think it is a rostrata cross of something.  

Agave palmeri, not doing well, but alive.

Yucca elata

Yucca brevifolia

Yucca elata

"Big Mama" Y. "filata" grown from seed.  Thanks Tim.  

This handsome guy and his 6 girl friends.  

Greasewood, Sarcobatus 

Yucca brevifolia, side sucker.  Going to try and move it in the spring.

Yucca glauca 


Opuntia basilaris x engelmannii 


  1. Nice update Aaron!! It's great to see the Y ark ssp freemanii X 'reverchonii-thompsoniana' hybrid since all mine died. I just harvested a TON of hybrid Yucca seed. More needs to get out to Idaho!

  2. Thanks Tim, and thank you for all the cool yuccas! I have enjoyed them all, and I don't think I have lost any so far.
    Good to hear from you, I have seen your yucca group and have joined.

  3. Looking good1 Good luck on this winter (we've had two horrible winters here--thins the herd!)

  4. Panayoti, I would like to see another winter like I had last year (warm), but I think that caused some extreme weather for you guys. For the most part, average winters seem to be the best.
    Funny you mentioned about thinning the herd, I was just going over all the herds I have lost in the past. lol

  5. This is so beautiful

    Palms North