Reader Cactus Bloom Photos

From Matt in Portland, OR, we have these unnamed cactus in bloom very late in the year.

Coryphantha pallida

A closeup after the break, plus we discover the name of this lovely cactus that looks like a cross between a mammillaria and a parodia.
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Matt in Portland sent along this extremely-bright-pink-flowered Echinopsis photo in July, and I forgot to blog it! Oh the horror. It’s a good thing I found it, because it’s a gray day here in Berkeley and we need a little bit of bright pink this late in the summer.


Anyone know the species?

Another Photo From Matt in Portland

With a story to tell too.


Matt from Portland here. Your recent entry regarding the Myrtillocactus
Geometrizans has me writing you…again. It so happens that the MG was my
first and favorite cactus. Actually the start of my cactus interest. Had
one given to me from a friend who visited Arizona. They brought one back on
the plane to Portland carry on. At the time, 6 or so inches and crested.
Not a huge plant but still a unique looking carry-on item; don’t know if you
can pull that off anymore, this was back quite a few years. Never seeing
one before I was amazed. I kept it in a greenhouse. I had no other cactus
at the time just Jade plants. Anyway this plant turned into maybe 8-10
plants over a number of years. All crested and amazing. Sadly one year,
heavy rain got in the greenhouse and soaked them all. I couldn’t dry them
fast enough; it was a few days before I found them. Brown rot on all but
two. After the mass devastation, one in the greenhouse and one in the
kitchen window were left alive. Those two now are slowly repopulating the
collection. Attached is a happy survivor…


Anyway thanks for the memories. Never had flowers or berries on mine, but
maybe one day soon. How old or how long before one gets berries/flowers?

Sad to hear your larger plants are gone. I have a hard time finding large
healthy, “outrageous” MG plants.


Your crested myrtillo looks very healthy and happy. In general, crested varieties don’t bloom or fruit – you need an unmutated individual. Such are the choices we face in life: crest vs. fruit.

Formerly Known as Lobivia

Matt in Portland sends along some late-blooming echinopsis photos- those plants just can’t be stopped.


Readers Take Over

Hello. Just wanted to share my Clusia orthoneura story with you.

I bought the last one you had a while ago. It was exactly the one that was photographed for your newsletter and Web site.

After keeping it all this time about five feet from an east-facing window, I began wondering if it was plastic. It changed not one bit from the time I got it, and still looked exactly like its photo.

Finally, I decided to move it directly in front of the window and put myself on alert for any signs of sunburn.

It has been a month, and in that time, every branch has sprouted a pair of new leaves, and I even see a flower bud.

I’d say the plant needs very bright light. It now gets direct morning sun and seems to have no complaints.




If you look closely at the enlargement, you’ll see Joe also has a bloom coming!

Reader Photos

Kathy sends along this photo of one of our Echinocereus grandiflora hybrids at the nursery. This is one we call “Tropical Pink”.


Nice shot. That’s a Ferocactus pottsi in back to the left and  a Dudleya attenuata behind to the right. In fact, you really can’t even see the Echinocereus, except a bit at the bottom.

Big Blooms


Muk posted this photo of an Echinocereus grandiflora hybrid in bloom.

You can see more photos on our Facebook page.

British Euphorbia

We have a very nice Euphorbia photo from Geoff in Britain. His dad is in the picture, and we understand he likes to call it a “Cowboy Cactus”. Indeed many people ask us for a cactus like those in the old westerns, and this is what they mean, even though it’s from Africa. Now you know.


Flowery Photos

Matt in Portland sends along echinopsis bloom photos.


Here’s the plant it comes from.



Outsourcing the Photography

Aunt Rachel sends along this shot of a purple prickly pear on the highway to Roosevelt Lake. I wonder what state that’s in? Doesn’t look like Arizona. Maybe Idaho?


Opuntia Santa Rita

Reader Photo

Reader Black Iris sends along this old fashioned photo of an Agave americana marginata from Greenwood in Brooklyn.


Reader Bloom Photos

Matt sends along these photos from Portland, OR.

Should we try to identify them?


That looks like an Echinopsis to me, possibly even formerly a Lobivia. A very dense red color.


And this is a Mammillaria. So many flowers still to come.

I’m too lazy to ID the species, maybe you’d like to give it a try.

Big Berkeley Cactus

Oy, that’s big.

Hi Peter,

Nice talking with you today about cacti. Here is a photo of the one I mentioned in San Leandro. It really is quite spectacular. If you want to see it in person its right next door to the Starbucks as you come off highway 580 at Dutton Avenue. If you know where to look you can see it from the freeway. Enjoy. If you want a higher resolution image let me know.




Another Cactus

It’s a gray and rainy day here in California. Here’s another sunny cactus photo sent to us from Kris, also taken at Punta Pescadero, wherever that is.


Looks saguaro-esque.


Kris sends along this cactus photo from Punta Pescadero, wherever that is.


I could ID this cactus for you, but then that would be too much information, and you’d be unhappy with my humble blog.

Succulents in the City

Kirran sends in this photo of succulents with a San Francisco view. She says they’re all very happy.


Here’s a Sedum commixtum they picked up this past weekend for the office.


Lucky plant has a very nice view.

Ruth's Garden

Tara sent along this very interesting Echeveria photo from the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek.



Pam sends along this photo of an a agave at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy.


It lokos kind of ratty, actually. Maybe they should fertilize it on occasion.


The Arizona Daily Star has stolen our idea of publishing reader photos of cactus! I’m absolutely sure that I came up with the idea first, I mean who else? Just because they’ve been publishing for 75 years and just because they have reader photos in the archives from as far back as the 1970s doesn’t mean I didn’t come up with the idea first.


Tucson, Arizona
Lois Manowitz submitted this photo of a cactus wren perched on a heart-shaped cactus.

Felinus cacticius

Michele sends along a cactus photo.


Photo of our  backyard feral kitty named Whitey, who guards the neighbor’s prickly pear. Whitey is King of our Backyard in El Cerrito.

Tree Aloe

Tara sends along these photos of a giant tree aloe at her parent’s place in Santa Barbara. They grow orchids.


Single head, orange/yellow flowers – could be A. ferox, but that looks 30ft. tall! No way, man. (By the way, that’s Tara at the bottom of the photo.)

Any guesses as to what the species is?

Join me after the break for another shot. All you have to do is click through…. Read More…

Joshua Tree

Auntie R is still 4-wheeling it through the desert and sent along this photo.


We think she should clean her lens, but it is a spectacular Yucca. We’ve tried to grow them in Berkeley, and people keep asking for them at the nursery, but no such luck.

Happy New Year

Reader Jaromír Dohnalík has sent along this New Years greeting.


Someone Sends Us a Photo of Our Own Plant

Pretty, isn’t it?

And it comes with a question, too:

I was wondering if the plant you have in your (store) was Brighamia insignis or the cultivar Brighamia insignis ‘Kirsten’.

Thanks again

Our Brighamia insignis are seed grown, so are the true species, not a named cultivar – which I think is sort of odd thing to do when all of them in cultivation come from only 14 remaining wild plants…) However the two named cultivars I am aware of are all tissue culture clones and not grown from seed.


It's Almost a Flower!

It’s still a bud, but look at those spectacular colors starting to come through. (Or as we like to say in the horticultural trade; Nice sepals)

Grant and Paula sent us this bud shot from this Epiphyllum plant.

Nice plant! Notice how deeply green the branches are. That’s because it’s protected behind a screen from too much sun. Of course, I have no idea if there is a roof over it or not, so I could be totally off base, but I like it anyway, so there.

Cactus Sign

Aunt Rachel visits Vicksburg, AZ and doesn’t run into favorite son John McCain, but does stop long enough to take this picture:

I don’t know if that’s for a restaurant or a nursery or a carriage shop, but I like it.


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