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Effective: Fall 2012

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify cacti and succulents presented by botanical and common names.
  • Compare and contrast cacti and succulent features and cultural need.
Description -
Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of plants grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of cacti and succulents with significant design features and landscape uses. Plants are observed in lab, on campus, and at off-site locations.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. recall the botanical and common names, appearance, culture, adaptation, and use of a wide variety of cacti and succulents.
  2. identify all cacti and succulents presented by name or application.
  3. compare and contrast cacti and succulents features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
  4. recognize horticultural and botanical terms and use them to describe cacti and succulents characteristics and cultural needs.
  5. demonstrate, by examination and/or project, knowledge of the use of cacti and succulents presented in class.
  6. recognize the variety of ways cacti and succulent plants are utilized by different cultures around the world.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory with multi-media projection system; related horticultural facilities. Students provide sample and identification collection materials (photography equipment, sample bags, shears, labeling supplies).

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Review of botanical and horticultural terms, principles, and approved practices
  2. Detailed description of cacti and succulents from around the U.S. and world, including identification of the following characteristics:
    1. Stem
    2. Fruit
    3. Exterior appearance
    4. Form
    5. Growth habit
  3. Field trips to see mature plant materials in landscape settings and to gather plant samples for identification purposes, including visits to:
    1. College campuses.
    2. Stanford Arizona garden.
    3. Private and public collections.
  4. Cultural practices related to successful plant growth
    1. Planting
    2. Disease and insect pest control
    3. Propagation
  5. Site analysis for horticulturally correct plant selection
    1. Sun/shade
    2. Soil type
    3. Moisture requirements
  6. Relationship of plants covered in the course to landscape design practices including:
    1. Color
    2. Form
    3. Texture
  7. Characteristics of plants
    1. Edible
    2. Functional concerns
    3. Esthetic uses
    4. Shelter
    5. Environmental uses
    6. Wildlife value
    7. Poisonous
  8. State common and botanical name
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Field test on cacti & succulents (identification, growth habits, etc.).
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of cacti & succulents and their uses.
Representative Text(s) -
Sunset, Sunset Western Garden Book, Menlo Park, CA, Sunset Publishing Company, 2010.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
  1. Field observation of plants.
  2. Lectures on plant characteristics.
  3. Discussions regarding use and care of plants.
  4. Assigned reading activities.
  5. Self-guided research.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments include researching up to 15 plant species per week (approximately 20 pages of reading) in representative texts.