San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH
Welcome back to the Cactus Jungle, I hope you had a Happy Holiday season and and Happy New Year. We’re back from winter break and we have big news coming. How big? We are opening a 2nd store! Still in the Bay Area for those of you who wanted us to open in Phoenix, or Portland, etc.
It’s gonna be in Marin. In San Anselmo! Woot, indeed. Opening mid-February.
In the meantime we are still in Berrkeley and we are still bringing out new plants out here in Berkeley! Come visit us in Berkeley – we’ll still be here too.
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Aeonium “Green Star” is a rich green A. tabuliforme hybrid. These winter growing Aeoniums are growing pretty nicely right now – good stuff.
Aeonium “Kiwi” is another winter growing Aeonium but this one is so full of color that it will make you go squee.
Aloe “Walsmley’s Bronze” is sometimes green and other times bronze in color. Walmsley would be so proud.
Our California native Coreopsis gigantea has deep rich yellow daisy flowers.
Crassula tetragona is the Pine Tree Succulent for some needle-like-leaves reason.
Echeverias can look good or ratty this time of year. Just because a thin-leaved Echeveria might be looking a bit ragged in your garden doesn’t mean you should replace it – it’s hanging in there! Give a good dose of kelp in the spring! Anyway, this one is Echeveria “Morning Beauty” and I don’t take pictures of ratty looking Echeverias anyway.
Echeveria peacockii isn’t a hybrid – it’s a classic Mexican hens-and-chicks just bursting out with leaves and subtle colors too.
And then there’s Echeveria subsessilis, which is the base species for a number of hybrids (hint: hybridizers like the purple color!) We call them the subsessilis group here at the jungle. How about you?
It’s just past midnight on NYE and I have here this luscious Gasteraloe “Midnight” here for you, but only tonight. You can see the bloom stock there, but the flowers are way up there, well above the distance any normal camera would be able to capture. I tried! I did!
Haworthia fasciata is always popular. We grow it all the time, and we run out a lot too. I don’t usually photograph it for these emails since we’ve been growing it forever. Every year! But here you go, a new crop of 4″ little stunners.
Haworthia truncata, like all good Haworthias, are probably hybrids.
The new Mangave varieties we’re growing are nicely spotted. Some have soft leaves, leaning more on the Manfreda source, while others are clearly more Agave and have vigorous pointy leaves. This Mangave “Moonglow” is soft. Soft spots.
Pachyphytum oviferum has some very ovoid leaves indeed. We used to grow these a lot more than we do now. Now it’s an occasional crop.
Pachypodium lamerei in every size. Small, seen here, plus big, plus bigger too. And biggest too. These Madagascar Palms will get big! Some may be confused by my including this in the Succulent Section, when the cactus section is sitting right there, below this one. But no, this spiny plant is not a cactus afterall. And it’s not a palm either. It’s in the Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae) and is a Succulent.
Sedum adolphii is another of the many pure yellow succulent species. How many? So many, too many to count. Well, there’s this one here, and … and …
Gymnocalycium baldianum is known for being a very green plant with short spines. Classic pink flowers. They are the pride of Catamarca.
Gymnocalycium saglionis on the other hand has long curved spines. Delicate! The flowers are pinkish-white with red throats. Also a classic! Of a different sort.
Gymnocalycium schickendantzii comes to us from it’s native habitat of Argentina with boring white flowers. Not classic at all. But those are some pretty classic spines. Yeah! It has spines! Classic cactus there, with spines.
Opuntia c.v. Monstrose are filling out. I think I featured some smaller sizes of these recently. And here is a larger crop.
Rhipsalis cereoides are just getting going – those branches are growing as we speak. Probably grown another inch since I took the picture! These Brazilian cacti are highly pendant, and grow on rocky cliff areas – they’re lithophytic!
Ceraria pygmaea has thick little leaves on thick little stems – practically a bonsai tree.
Euphorbia ambarivatoensis are stunning. I hope our parent plant lives for years to come and produces new offsets all the time. All The Time! Plus they’re native to Madagascar, so keep them inside, you know.
Euphorbia baioensis is a spiny little thing. Don’t grab on too tight, unless you want to. Who am I to stop you? You’re an adult, you can do what you want.
Stapelia gigantea is the largest of the carrion flowers, and is in the same succulent plant family as the Pachypodium, Apocynaceae. And yet people call these Stapeliads! So they added a sub-family, or order, or tribe, or something or other to recognize the carrion flower group of the Dogbane Family, so different than these others. Once it was it’s own family (Stapeliaceae), then it was grouped with the other milkweed plants into that family (Asclepiaceae) . And now it’s Dogbane for all:
Trichodiadema bulbosum form large tuberous roots, practically a large caudex. These are starter plants – grow your own! They’re in the Ice-Plant Family. Who knew?!?
PERENNIALS AND SHRUBS
Eremophila “Blue Bells” really can bloom all year round. This blue-belled Emu Plant comes from the Australian continent. Today’s botanical latin lesson is “Scrophulariaceae” which means that the Emu plants are part of the Figwort Family! Figworts are named for the original plant-based Medieval treatment for abscesses, wounds, and scrofula. And there we come full circle – scrofula is treated with a plant from the Scrophulariaceae Family. Nice symmetry. Also, pretty flowers.
Ribes “Dancing Tassels” in full flowering-currant bloom! California native Chaparral Currant grows in the foothills. Prefers a shady location.
Salvia microphylla is most often seen in hybrids. Small leaves, dry conditions, pretty flowers. This here is the original species, with the reddest of the flowers.