Monday, November 7, 2011

Hairy scary plants in the garden

Purusing the beautiful plant stock at Vivero Growers Nursery two weeks ago, I was struck by this yucca covered in what look like curling hairs.

They're not, of course, but they are common to yuccas.

One of the main differences between yuccas and agaves is these white fibers. About half of all yucca species have these threadlike hairs.

Sadly, I tossed the pot it came out of before writing down which variety this is -- perhaps my friends at Vivero will help me with a reminder?!

In any case, I loved the idea of this stark, spiny, rugged-looking yucca paired with the delicate, flowing clump of black foot daisies.

This is the kind of contrast I find so beautiful in the drought-tolerant native and adapted plants that are home to Central Texas. Do you have some pairings like this in your garden?

18 comments:

Caroline said...

That's beautiful! Meredith and I saw some similar yuccas at Tait Moring's place during Gardens on Tour, but no one there seemed to know what they were. I thought they might have been Giant Hesperaloe (H. funifera) or the even larger H. changii. Let us know if you find out what it is!

Lancashire rose said...

I remember you buying that and it looks perfect with the blackfoot daisy. You're as bad as I am. I never make a note of plant names. I'm much worse with bulbs.
Life slowing down a little? We joked about the TGIF you wrote on facebook. After retirement all the days are the same. It also reminded me of Downton Abbey, when the heir apparent said he would be doing estate work on weekends. The Dowager looked puzzled and asked quite innocently "What's a weekend" Still makes me smile.

getgrounded said...

Gorgeous, Diana. Great combo, I love how the white hairs pickup the white on the BF Daisy. I could imagine a large area planted in this combo - like along my curb?

kacky said...

Diana- I love it! It looks fantastic together!! It is the changii.
Katherine

Linda/patchwork said...

That is a beautiful combination.
I'm putting this one on my 'have to have' list. More yuccas and agaves here...less water used.

Tina said...

You're right about the Blackfoot Daisy/Yucca combo--it's a winner.

Diana said...

Caroline - Ok - Katherine says it's a changii. So glad to know so I can write it down. Haven't recorded plants in my notebook for months-aack!

Lancashire Rose-I AM going to write this one down! And it will be on the blog to look up when I'm wondering about again years from now!

GetGrounded - It would look great along your curb and with your black foots. It's quite pokie, though - why I have it in a pot so I can steer quite clear of it!

Kacky -- Thanks! I'm loving it, but it looks so nice that the old pot looks kinda dingy - might have to think about painting or replacing it to be worthy of the changii!

Linda/Patchwork - Yes, more agaves and yuccas in my landscape, too. And grasses. Grasses will be my article in the Austin American Statesman this month - things we can do to keep gardening with less frustration!

Tina - Thanks. I like the combo with the hard lines and the soft daisies flowing down the pot.

Daphne Richards said...

Very nice combo!

short sale in chicago said...

Awesome Post...Cactus come in both flowering and non-flowering varieties, and all shapes and sizes. Some are pretty and some look downright scary. They are the easiest of all plants to take care of since they require so little water. If you get a lot of sunlight, anything in the cactus family is great. Be careful if you have kids or pets.

Diana said...

Daphne -- I started looking for something like wine cup to pair it with but I'm really happy with the black foot daisy.

Diana said...

short sale in Chicago - You do have to be careful handling them, that's for sure! But it's actually not a cactus - just spiny like one!

Gail said...

very cool how yuccas do that~ gail

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I like that Yucca too, fun curls. I don't know many varieties of yucca...though that one is a winner in my book.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I love it too. I'm finally getting around to fave blogs and reading. I didn't know that about yuccas and agaves, but then, I don't know much about them at all.~~Dee

Cathy said...

Diana, how is the Hesperaloe Changii coming along? I did see it @Vivero recently didn't get it yet but can not find any growing instructions for this plant anywhere on the internet!

Tobin Clark said...

What does the Hesperaloe Changii look like when it gets big and how big does it get?

Tobin Clark said...

What does the Hesperaloe Changii look like when it gets big and how big does it get?

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