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Mission Santa Barbara

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Mission Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Barbara

We hit Southern California over the holiday starting in Santa Barbara.  Wow, amazing how fast the use of succulents changes…can I say Agave attenuata galore.  After getting a tip, we swung by the Old Mission Santa Barbara.

Kalanchoe sp.

Kalanchoe sp.

This isn’t your standard supermarket kalanchoe, but not certain of the species.  The flowers are amazing.  Any thoughts on the species?  We did some poking around and looks like it may be Chandelier Plant (Kalanchoe tubiflora).  A Succulent Life has a nice pic of the K. tubiflora.

Varigated Century Plant - Agave americana var. variegata

Variegated Century Plant - Agave americana var. variegata

There’s a ton of succulents hanging out outside the building.  This Agave americana var veriegata was impressive.

Santa Barbara Mission

Santa Barbara Mission

Aloes (right is Aloe plicatilis)

Aloes (right is Aloe plicatilis)

Flowering aloes.  Love the plicatilis on the right.  How long before our Fan Aloe gets that big…hum.

Aloe sp.

Aloe sp.

Another aloe.  Not familiar with these guys above and below.  Maybe an Aloe ferox below.  Any thought on species?

Aloe ferox?

Aloe ferox?

Mission in Santa Barbara

Mission in Santa Barbara

We decided to skip the inside tour, but looked pretty cool.  So many plants…so little time.  Couple more stops in Santa Barbara then we head further south.

– Far Out Flora

8 Comments

  1. . I lived in this region of Cali for a good long time and could not find anyone calling the agave by its real name? It went by “yucca”. Can you tell me, is there a difference, like are there 2 different plants? The agave growing in my yard looks exactly like the “yucca” growing in my bff’s yard in Ventura.

    Thanks!

  2. Very beautiful! loved the first photo, it reminds me of my country so much, thanks

    And Stacy ~ Yucca is a kind of agave, those with the spear shaped leafs, a bit more pointy and thin than a maguey

  3. It does look like Kalanchoe tubiflora to me. I would say your top Aloe looks like an Aloe striata hybrid. Maybe crossed with A. maculata. For the bottom one I would agree that Aloe ferox is the likeliest suspect.

    I love that Aloe plicatilis. I have a little one in a pot on my balcony.

  4. By the way have you checked out Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria? I can’t remember if you posted about it in the past but it is right by Santa Barbara and worth checking out in the future if you missed it this time. http://www.seaside-gardens.com/index.html It is a nursery but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they have a beautiful little “botanical garden” of large designed beds and areas focusing on different plant and climate types. I stop by every time I am in the area now.

  5. love all the different types of aloe! your timing was perfect!

  6. I’ve seen kalanchoe tubiflora growing like a weed along the coasts of south and central Florida, but beautiful nonetheless. Thanks for sharing these excellent photos! When I was a kid I got to visit Santa Barbara for a wedding in an old mission style church. What a wonderful memory!

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