Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift'
I didn't buy it only because it was cool (though it is); I have an empty dry spot up on the slope just the size for this plant, and the Adenanthos was 30% off. It's not an indulgence, it's destiny!
I once had another Adenanthos, Adenanthos sericeus, which I killed it some years ago. I still feel bad about that because it was a gorgeous plant, looking rather like a shrubby conifer fashioned from silvery greeny silk. My guess: not enough water. at that time, my definition of "low water needs" was decidedly more extreme than the acceptable definition of "low water needs". Adenanthos sericeus is a plant endemic to dry areas of Australia, but to coastal areas. Meaning it undoubtedly needed more water than I ever gave it, which was none. My bad.
There was, at least a few years ago, a spectacular Adenanthos seiceus planted at the Long Beach aquarium, outdoors on the way to the sea lion tank. Now that I consider it, that location--right off the ocean--must have been ideal for the Adenanthos. No wonder it was thriving there. That specimen prompted me to buy my own, which I then let die of thirst. (I pause for a moment to cringe.)
While meeting my 30% off destiny, my chance at reconciliation with the genus Adenanthos, I once again had to ogle this Agave I cannot identify, which has grown rapidly in the mild luxury of Roger's Corona del Mar location. Another silvery beauty.
Now, to plant the Adenanthos. This one, I will water.