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Introduction: Mexico house

Oriented toward the south, the Mexico House is dedicated to the succulent and dry-loving plants of the Americas. It’s designed to resemble a rocky canyon, with stony and sandy areas. The rock is Stainz gneiss from Austria. In the distance, the scene is dominated by columnar or candelabra-like cacti, while barrel cacti, cushion plants, agaves and creeping cacti are seen in the foreground. Also here and at edges are other plants from various families that have adapted to life in arid climates.

The Mexico house wasn’t a part of the original Botanic Garden that opened in 1914. It was added in 1958, largely to better display giant cacti. It was completely redesigned in the late 1990s. Both the original Mexico house and the one you see today were made possible by the generous financial help of the Society of Friends of the Munich Botanic Garden, our volunteer sponsors.



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Introduction: Mexico house (MP3, 501 KB)

Audio production and copyright: Soundgarden Audioguidance GmbH
Text: Ehrentraud Bayer, Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg