Mexico – spring 2013- plants

This is a continuation of the previous post on trees and vines of Mexican highlands (at 5000 ft)

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 .

Agave attenuata1

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.


Agave attenuata bloom

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.

Petrea volubilis-a

Detail of Petrea. This cluster was about a foot long.

blue shrub

 This species of aloe …Aloe arborescens … was  popular in local gardens.

Aloe arborescens1

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.

  cacrus

2 ladies cleaning a Oputina at the market for customers and nopales on the shelf at Walmart

nopales combo

Front of the house with blue agave and Prickly pear cactus

 plantings1-blue agave

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

Russelia equisetiformis

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

yellow blooming aloe vera

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.

aloe flower1a

 Strelitzia reginae  otherwise known as Birds of paradise . Handsome plants that hummingbirds love.birds of paradise

Flower Detail , Strelitzia reginaedouble bird of paradise-small

I love these crotons as they show their color against the grass. Crotons are very popular as patio plants growing in pots.croton hedge-small

Some plants are enormous such as this magnificent cactuscactus1

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.madaskar palm

Calliandra haematocephala is evergreen shrub with silky leaflets which are glossy and copper when newCalliandra haematocephala

flower of Calliandra haematocephala  -close-upmimosa

Interesting planting of Sansevieria trifasciataSansevieria trifasciata

 We grow Poinsettias in small in the pots on the Island …in Mexico they grow tree like as a street plant.

 

poinsettia

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This tree caught my eye when walking to Town. I believe it is a Caesalpinia gaumeri

Caesalpinia gaumeri

Zoomed in on this tree gave me better picture of it’s flower and leaves

Caesalpinia gaumeri1

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Hummingbirds are plentiful in this part of the world and they prefer real flowers to our feeders.hummingbird-paradise3

Herron landing danceegret

We  have some nice memories of Mexican wildlife and flowers and will revisit again and again.

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Such is life

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