Thursday, March 20, 2014

From Los Angeles to Joshua Tree

We were looking around our backyard at some of the things that grow really well here and wondered if we could transplant some of them to the desert. It looks like our intuition was good, as it is promised that the following plants will survive, and maybe thrive, on our desert property.

Candelabra tree - Euphorbia ingens
Cuban Oregano - Plectranthus amboinicus
African Basil - Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum 'Dark Opal'
Jerusalem Artichokes - Helianthus tuberosus
Prickley pear cactus - opuntia
Century Plant - Agave americana

I'm not certain about Baja Spurge - Euphorbia xanti - but it's worth a try. It could be a great vertical obstruction for off road and all terrain vehicles.

So one weekend we'll have to stay home and pot these for the move.

I'm particularly happy about African Basil as it's an attractive bee forage which also seems to have a pacifying affect on bees.