December 28, 2012

Euphorbia leucocephala

Kind of Poinsettia like, comes into color with the short days.

Delicate shrub with milky sap and whorled glabrous leaves. Flowering in mid winter, with abundant white inflorescences, the color coming from white bracts.


December 26, 2012

Dyckia's that are Variegated

There is lots of potential to see more Dyckia's that are Variegated.
Just look at Sansevieria's, it was that long ago where variegated Sansevieria were only found in a few Species but now almost all of the species have a variegated form. It's just a matter of time before we see more.

I far as I know  there are only 2 variegated Dyckia's around. That being  Dyckia 'Dakota' and Dyckia velascana 'Suppressed Anger'.

Dyckia 'Dakota'
 Dyckia velascana 'Suppressed Anger'

Some people think Dyckia 'Yellow Glow' is variegated I don't think so because  the variegation can disappear and can reappear if it likes or dislikes the growing conditions. If it was a variegated Dyckia the variegation might not be the best but it would still be visible.


I have seen a variegated Dyckia at Tropiflora a few years ago it had no tag so I don't know what it was or anything more about it. I don't think they have any more, I have not seen it in a long time. If I remember correcting Ray said it rotted. This was the best variegated Dyckia I've seen, so far.

 I have also seen photo's of what some call variegated Dyckia's but I don't see the so called variegation in them, I think it was just hopeful thinking on there part. Sorry guys.
One was a Variegated Dyckia marnier -lapostollei and the other was Dyckia platyphylla x Dyckia 'Charlot' called Dyckia 'Amber Queen'.
With all the people around the world interested in growing Dyckia's from seed all kinds of things can happen.


Constantino in Brazil has plants and photos of
Variegated Dyckia velascana at

and Dyckia hebdingii Variegated  that he found out in the wild that is very nice.
You can see at:



Constantino in Brazil has plants and photos of
Dyckia hebdingii rubra and variegated


December 16, 2012


It's that time of year when Rhipsalis start to flower.

Which one is it? Who cares.


I  have this one seeding of Dyckia Dakota f2. Sorry to say it's not Variegated.

Maybe some where down deep in it genes is a Variegated chromosome (or what ever you call it) that will one day show up in a offset.

Dyckia Dakota f2

Dyckia fosteriana Bronze is not a species but a hybrid.
I can see why who ever called it Bronze but have no idea that person didn't give it nice hybrid name like Bronze what ever.

Dyckia fosteriana Bronze

Dyckia goiana sp. goiana has the best orange (if you can call that orange) colored flowers I've seen in any Dyckia.

Dyckia goiana sp. goiana

Dyckia goiana sp. goiana flowers

Aechmea fosteriana just starting to come in to flower.

Dyckia dawsonii showing its best color at this time of year.


December 6, 2012

Dyckia Black Ice

This is just one more white/silver looking Dyckia Arizona' (F2) like so many.
It's from Michael's Bromeliads. I bought this plant because I love the name. 

I do like dyckia's that are white/silver like this one and all so dyckia's with the dark leafs with white spines.


December 3, 2012

Scilla socialis variegata

Scilla socialis  variegata

Scilla socialis or some times listed as Ledebouria socialis. This plant is the variegated from and is a some what rare plant. One reason it is rare is because the offsets are not always  variegated and the ones that are are not always the best.  As you can see not all of the leafs are variegated.

December 1, 2012

Orthophytum saxicola variegated

I think this is the best looking Orthophytum I have seen and only about 4 inches across. This is a hard to find plant for some reason. It was a easy plant to find 20 or 30 years ago. That was before it had name. If I remember correctly it was call It or ti.