Friday, September 25, 2009

Defensive Landscaping: Alien Succulents

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 10, 2009. Tiny waxy flowers sprouted fruit. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Admittedly, the photo above was taken in my driveway. However, the plant itself grew from a clipping taken from the large patch of succulent on the slope above the meadow of the Red Car Property (photo below). While it is a non-native euphorbia-type cactus/succulent, it is noteworthy for its fire resistant qualities.

It grows to a height of around 12-feet, in dense patches of thin reed-like branches. It has no thorny spines, but it produces sticky white goo when pieces break off that burns if it gets in your eyes. It makes good defensive landscaping.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 15, 2009. The succulent patch is ultra lime green in the above photo, taken from the Corralitas Drive cul-de-sac, facing Lake View Ave. (Click on photo to enlarge.)