Most interesting plant is a Agave attenuate ( Fox-tail agave.) I love the very unusual blooms od this plant. It is native to this region and it is very popular as an ornamental plant in the gardens. This agave is not dangerous to gardeners, Its leaves are soft and pliable about 4 to 5 feet tall and wide .
And its the bloom , 10 feet vertical flower stalk that reflexes back towards the ground. It is said to take years to flower and after doing so it dies.
Petrea volubilis is really a vine but here is growning as standard. Here they are growing it as a standart in the shape of 1/3 of moon.
Detail of Petrea. This cluster was about a foot long.
This species of aloe …Aloe arborescens … was popular in local gardens.
Opuntia or Prickly pear cactus.
In Mexico the “paddles” of this cactus are very popular as a food. You can see them at street markets and also in Wal-mart in vegetable section. They call them nopales, from the Nahuatl word nōpalli for the pads. The fruit of prickly pears, commonly called cactus fig is also edible.
2 ladies cleaning a Oputina at the market for customers and nopales on the shelf at Walmart
Front of the house with blue agave and Prickly pear cactus
Small patch of Russelia equisetiformis is snug in the space between walkway and stone wall. They are native to Mexico and can grow to 5 feet tall . I found this fast growing (evergreen) plant with free spirit character very attractive
Next picture is of Yellow-blooming-aloe-vera Medicinal plant.
Aloe vera is best known for treatment of burns, sunburn, eczema and skin conditions but it also contains polysaccharides that help boost the immune system, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agents that help fight off disease, and antioxidant vitamins C, B12 and E, which are all vital to bodily health. It also contains amino acids and various other minerals .
…display in front of the popular B&B
I believe that “real” aloe Vera is blooming yellow (as the one in the picture above) and this is a bloom of Aloe Vera hybrid.
Flower Detail , Strelitzia reginae
Pachypodium lamerei or sometimes called Madagascar palm even if this is not palm at all. Plant that is actually a succulent and can grow up to 15 feet in Mexico. It has a grey trunk and long spines. These two plants look very healthy, I usually do not see these plants so bushy.
We grow Poinsettias in small in the pots on the Island …in Mexico they grow tree like as a street plant.
This tree caught my eye when walking to Town. I believe it is a Caesalpinia gaumeri
Zoomed in on this tree gave me better picture of it’s flower and leaves
We have some nice memories of Mexican wildlife and flowers and will revisit again and again.
Such is life