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Thursday, May 19, 2016

EPCOT's Cactus Road Rally

I just realized I never did get around to sharing my pictures of the Cactus Road Rally Garden at EPCOT, from our trip there last month. This display garden from the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival impressed me with its fabulous specimen plants -- not all cactus, but many succulents as well as some pretty trippy Euphorbias (which are South Africa's ecological equivalent of our American Southwest's cactuses). The big difference -- and it's a big one -- is that true cactus are edible and filled with water, but Euphorbia is poisonous, and filled with a caustic latex-like sap.

Chaotic mix of Aloes, Agaves and Yuccas

Loved those enormous variegated cactus

Opuntia monacantha variegata/Joseph's Coat cactus

Another of the same, in a huge pot

Loved this combo of Agave attenuata with Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' and mother-in-law's tongue

Agave attenuata with bright pink Dianthus and a sea of lime green Sedum

That same sedum with Graptoveria(?)

Fabulously large and thick Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire'

That same lime green Sedum with metallic Dyckia 'Nickel Silver'

Variegated cactus, more mother-in-law's tongue, and Yucca elephantipes (which will one day be really huge and tree-like)

Bunny Ear Cactus/Opuntia microdasys

Eve's Needle cactus/Austrocylindropuntia subulata

Bulbine, Kalanchoe and Yucca

A pretty succulent patchwork

Pachypodiums which may or may not be alive
Flame of Jamaica/Euphorbia punicea

Silver Thicket/Euphorbia stenoclada

Cow's Horn Euphorbia/Euphorbia grandicornis

With that, I'm finally finished posting the photos from my trip. I hope you enjoyed them!


  1. I love their plantings. I don't think there was anything like this when we were there a few years ago. It was more the traditional Florida landscape. Maybe they, too, are learning a lesson about conserving water.That variegated prickly pear is really interesting and nice they have identified the plants. They probably got lots of questions.

  2. I ought to get myself some variegated Euphorbia or Opuntia soon...

  3. Lots of great combinations well worth translating to my own garden. Verbena bonariensis with variegated opuntia I like a lot.

  4. They certainly do believe that more is more don't they? Love the huge variegated Opuntia, wish I could plant mine outside.

  5. They did a nice job! I like all the frothy acid-green Sedum ('Lemon Ball' if I were to venture a guess) used as a groundcover - unfortunately, it tends to die back here. I really like that silver thicket Euphorbia.

  6. Only a few clues that you were in Disney territory...some seriously quirky plants to enjoy.

  7. Beautiful! Is that the normal landscaping, or was it special for a show?

  8. Such cool plants, very exotic for northwesterners like me.

  9. Oh, to grow Sansevieria outside...

  10. Purty! I've really enjoyed all of your posts from this visit. The Agave attenuata with Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' and mother-in-law's tongue combo is glorious. Of course Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' goes with so many colors really well!

  11. Alison, what an amazing variety of plants exist that I know nothing about. I guess that's the price I pay for staying in the snow belt. You always take me along on the best adventures!

  12. Yucca, Agave, and Aloe with New Guinea Impatiens. Only in Florida!

  13. Wonderful photos, Alison. They make good use of common [at least here] plants like Sedum and Setcreasea in uncommon ways.

  14. Love the Bunny Ear Cactus. Great name, great look.


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