Southampton and District Branch
Plant Gallery

Ferocactus comes from the USA and Mexico. The plants have fierce spines and are amongst the most heavily armed of all cacti. The new spines are bright red and this colour is especially intense if the plant has been watered or misted.

This is a gasteria, and it originates from South Africa. The plant is related to aloe and will form hybrids with it. The fleshy leaves are hard to the touch and the plants are extremely hardy, and amongst the toughest of the African succulents.

Astrophytums come from Mexico and all the species make fine plants. The plants bear yellow flowers once they are a few years old. Individual plants tend to vary so it's worth watching out for forms with good markings or better spination. The seeds tend to germinate quickly - usually within a week.

This is a selected clone of Astrophytum asterias, with pronounced white body markings almost obscuring the dark green body. Japanese growers have been hybridizing these plants for years and they have produced some amazing varieties.

This selection of plants (Notocactus, Parodia and Gymnocalycium) all originate from South America. These three genera are well worth growing and provide a nice show in the summer with flower colours ranging from white, yellow, orange, red through to magenta. Some growers specialise and grow plants just from one of these genera.

Hoya carnosa is a trailing plant which produces umbels (clusters) of fragrant flowers. A mature plant can form several clusters and mine even flower twice a year. The flowers form on spurs which should be left on the plant since next year's flowers will form on the same spur. The plant can easily be propogated from cuttings.

This is a collection of six sempervivums showing a nice variety of colours and forms. Sempervivums are hardy in England and can be grown outdoors in rockeries or alpine gardens. The rosette dies after flowering but by then it should have formed several baby offsets which can be grown on.


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