Author Archive: Peter Lipson

Sedum or Senecio?

Hi there- I found myself on your website when doing a Google search for the plant in the attached photo. I am a landscape designer in San Diego and a fellow designer suggested that it might be Sedum rupestre ‘Silver’; I’m not so sure because the plant height is more than 1′ high. Can any… Read more »

Friday Whippet Blogging

Is this a whippet blog? It is! This is a Jason whippet blog. Jason agrees that we should abolish the police.

Cactus Jungle’s Response to the Coronavirus

Cactus Jungle will try to stay open for as many hours as possible, with the cooperation of our staff and customers, as an Essential Service because we sell fertilizers, soils, tools, vegetable starts and amendments for food crop production. Store Rules and Standards Nobody is required to come in. Customers: 6ft separation for us all…. Read more »

New Shop online for Local Delivery!

Cactus Jungle is now offering local delivery of select goods and plants to our local areas. We are offering only non-contact deliveries at this time. All deliveries will be on Mondays and Tuesdays, dropped at the door, and we will call/text to let you know. Our employees are following the strictest and latest requirements from… Read more »

Cactus Jungle Closure

Cactus Jungle’s Berkeley and Marin stores are currently closed for our Counties’ Shelter-in-Place orders, currently scheduled to last through April 7th. We will return as soon as we are able. If you would like to support us at this time may I suggest a digital gift card from our online shop? These will be good… Read more »

Grass-leaf Hakea

Crazy Australian flowers. So pink! Hakea francisiana Australia Evergreen Shrub Upright shrub with slender green leaves and pink-red blooms winter through spring. Needs very good drainage. Do not fertilize, except trace minerals. Temperature: Hardy to 18F Sun: Full Sun Water: Low Size: 8-15ft.

Snake Head

Aloe peglerae snake head bloom stalk starting to make its way up!

Rose Mink

It’s Protea blooming season, so that’s a very good time of year. Right now! Blooming! Protea “Rose Mink” Common Name: Greyleaf SugarbushOrigin: South Africa P. laurifolia “Rose Mink”Evergreen Shrub Large pink flowers appear in mid-winter, with fine black and white hairs. grey-green leaves. Do not fertilize. Temperature: Hardy to 25°F Sun: Full Sun

Cape Aloe

Aloe ferox starting to bloom! Origin: South Africa Description: Single large toothy rosette on tall stalk, outdoor up to 8ft. Temperature: Hardy to 20-25F Full Sun to Part Sun

In the Greenhouse

Cactus Jungle Berkeley and the greenhouse is nice and cozy! The sun is playing hide and seek today, but we have #dracaena and #bromeliads and #gemstones and #airplants and #houseplants and #rareplants all hanging out in the cozy greenhouse.

Golden Barrel Cactus

That is one supreme Echinocactus grusonii clump. It’s one plant! Practically a whole planet’s worth, I think. 🌏 🌐 🌍 Echinocactus grusonii Come see our planet shaking Cactus at our Marin store now!

Oxalis palmifrons

Origin: South Africa Winter growing bulb with light pink flowers. Amazing palmate leaves. Will go dormant in the summer heat. Temperature: Hardy to 15F Full Sun to Part Sun

Tree Aloe

Mariposa St., San Francisco That’s a nice Aloe marlothii hanging out in the Dogpatch. Nice? Just nice? No no sorry no, I meant awesome. Gorgeous. Fancy.

Street Aloe, Berkeley

Aloe arborescens on 5th st in Berkeley has a nice big winter bloom stalk going for it.

Sunny Day Succulents

It’s a sunny day so it’s an Aeonium “Sunburst” but unfortunately it’s in the shade. Could I have moved out to the sun for the picture? You would think so…. 🤔 😉


It’s not a starfish, not at all. It’s an aloe! Aloe castilloniae (can someone check my spelling, please?)

Tiny Globules

Tiny globular leaves and then, surprise! tiny pink flowers! Tylecodon schaeferianus

Cactus San Francisco

It’s San Francisco’s latest Cactus garden up in the air at the Salesforce Park and that’s a San Pedro cactus and there’s an agave, oh and a yucca…. Nice!

California Native Succulents

Dudleya “Frank Reinelt” is a coastal variety of D. caespitosa, so you know it will grow well for you, assuming you are coastal too, since we are the Bay Area, so named after the coastal feature that defines it.

Tightly Stacked Succulent Leaves

Crassula columella Common Name: Silinderplakkie Origin: South Africa; Namibia Description: Miniature square-shaped vertical stems to 6″. Grows in quartz outcroppings along hillsides. Temperature : Hardy to 28F

Peperomia prostrata

Peperomia prostrata in production! Coming soon! That’s the parent plant in bloom… I love peperomia bloom spikes!

Aeonium Questions

I’m wondering why the succulents on this plant have gotten so small in size…the pant used to produce very large “blooms”…. Any idea? Thank you Brian Brian, What you have on the ends of each branch is a rosette, not a bloom – if they bloom they will form giant pyramids of small yellow flowers…. Read more »

Agave ocahui

Agave ocahui are astonishing, with a very vigorous terminal spine just hanging out there. That red on the tips is painted on. I used the latest in plant paint technology to individually get right up close to the most dangerous spines around and very delicately hand paint just the spines with no drips at all… Read more »

It’s a List Of Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats

I think this is the list of plants to avoid if your pets are plant-eaters. Browse Rover’s list of poisonous plants below to learn which plants are toxic to dogs, cats, or both, along with whether they’re commonly found in the wild, in gardens, or in homes as houseplants. Pet Poison Helpline provided common symptoms… Read more »


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