New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


Is it summer yet? June means finals if you’re a student, and probably also if you’re a parent. So maybe that means summer is right around the corner. Coming right up! In the meantime we had a relapse into winter last week and that was cloudy and rainy and then the fog is starting up for summer so there’s that to contend with. Bay Area weather is fun!

Is it a great time to be planting all your cactus and succulents right there in the ground if you have ground? Right there in a pot if you have pots? Yes.

Is it time to be pulling the last of the spring weeds that came back with the late rain? Yes. Maybe this is the last weed pulling for awhile! hahahaha.

Did you fertilize recently? If not then please do. We can set  you up with our Cactus and Succulent fertilizers, our Flowering Perennials fertilizers, Bamboo, Orchids, and more fertilizers for all your plants that you should be fertilizing because it’s GROWING SEASON! woot.

Let’s take a look at what’s new…

Cactus Jungle, Berkeley
1509 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 558-8650

Open 7 Days
9:00a – 5:00p Weekdays
10:00a – 5:00p Weekends


Cactus Jungle, Marin
130 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 870-9930

Open Tue-Sun, Closed Mondays
Tue-Fri 9:30a – 5:30p
Sat-Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm



These Haworthia coarctata can handle more sun than most and they turn these crazy shades of red. We do have them inside too and they are green. Very flexible of them. Solid.

Pachypodium saundersii is usually listed in the rare plants section, but there are too many plants down there – you’ll see! be patient! – so I brought it up here into the succulents section. Whatever, they’re are very cute in the 1/2 gallon pots. Good form, good size, nice leaves. Like.

Same with the Thai Hybrid Adenium obesums, usually we would have to keep them corraled in the rare plant section, but we are getting wild today! We have many hybrid flower colors to choose from, different ones at each store so you will have to go to both of our stores to see them all. Jus’ sayin’.

Gasteria obtusa “Variegata”. Anyone who has followed these emails for awhile knows I am not a fan of the Gasterias and you can see why here. Others at the store force me to include them. If I had my way, and for years I did, there would be no Gasterias. Teamwork!

Aeonium atropurpureum is the classic dark-colored Aeonium from the Canary Islands that most of the hybrids and cultivars come from. Or to be more precise, this is Aeonium arboreum ssp. atropurpureum, so it would really be the species and not this subspecies that should get all the credit. But this one too.

Echeveria “Green Pearl” is amazing in sun. It will be more green with less sun, but these are just so.

Echeveria agavoides babies! These are a larger rosette Echeveria but we start them off small for you, so you can plant them in your windowbox gardens without destroying the delicate balance of sizes and textures you carefully planned out. We want to help!

Easily one of the best small Aloes for a pot is Aloe humilis hybrid. Do I have to explain why? It’s a tight rosette! It has small marginal spines! It gets red in sun! It’s hardy outside! Do you need more information before you make an informed decision? It’s from South Africa! It has orange flowers! It’s named after the Hummil family from Cologne, Germany, who first collected the seed from the Gariep River in South Africa! I made up the last part!

Nice crops of very colorful Hens and Chicks coming out. Sempervivum “Peggy” is nice.

Sempervivum “Black” is stunning.

Agave leopoldii is just the right amount of spiny and filiferous and it’s a good size too, about 15″ across.

Dudleya lanceolata has lance-like leaves, so much so that they named it after that feature. Clever botanists!

Aeonium “Fiesta” is a party in a pot! A fiesta of color! Some striped leaves on a stem!

It’s the Baja Ocotillo that grows well in the Bay Area, now in smaller pots! 1ga. size Fouquieria macdougalii. I wonder if I spelled that right.

Argyroderma testiculare hahaha where do they come up with these names? What could that possilby mean, testiculare…? I feel that the botanist who named this might have been unwell. These jokes write themselves!


It’s cactus bloom season and we have had massive bloom sprays on all our cactus, especially the Echinopsis grandiflora hybrids. Check out our Instagram feed for all you cactus flower needs. I just checked it out myself and wowza that’s a lot of cactus flowers. Wicked awesome. (Go Bruins).

First up with a flower are the Opuntias. First up with the flower colors is Yellow. And purple pads too? Just enjoy it, the flowers don’t last forever. Opuntia santa-rita “Tubac”.

Next is a cultivar that gets purplish spoltches around the areoles in winter, called Opuntia “Sparkles” oh and it’s blooming too. Cactus flowers often have very dense color saturation making it difficult to distinguish the separate petals, but they are there. I try to photoshop the contrast down to expose all the subtle colors, when there are subtle colors, but sometimes those cactus flowers are trying to attract the bees from far away and they do not do subtle.

Opuntia engelmanii has variable flowers, but these are the best. Make sure your engelmanii have apricot flowers or send it back.

Gymnocalycium saglionis are what we in the cactus business call, “flattened globose”. Fancy technical terms for everyone! Those flowers look like they have a lot of depth, enough to keep a bee busy.

Parodia mammulosa, with and without bee. First we have full bloom, but no bee. Not yet.

Now we have bee! Look at those pollen-covered legs. We assume. We can only see one. It looks happy.

Ahhhh more cactus flowers! Cactus in bloom everywhere! Ahhhh.

This one too. Oh I forgot the last one was Echinopsis “Paulina” and this one is Echinopsis “Rose Quartz”. Similar, yes, but not the same. They do look more different in person than in all their photographed and photoshopped glory online. Or on your phone. How do you read these emails? Just wondering.

Finally, a cactus not in bloom. It’s got buds that are about to pop, so by the time you read this it’s probably in bloom too. But not now, not yet. Not here. Gymnocalycium baldianum.

Obregonia denegrii. This photo is a good representation of this cactus. Your plant will look exactly like this. Accept no substitutes. Anyway, this is known as the artichoke cactus because it has an articho… oh you get it, you know the drill, you are a savvy reader of my emails. Thanks for reading! It also has ethnobotanical properties which I know nothing about.


Gerrardanthus macrorhiza has big leaves, if I were to describe the photo we are both looking at right now. Big leaves seems to be the most important part of this plant with a small caudex. But it is known as Big Foot, so maybe I have this backwards. Maybe it gets a big caudex and then those leaves don’t look quite so big after all. Who’s the fool now!? The caudex can get over 3ft across! In the Cucurbit family so you know it’s a collectible.

Echidnopsis cereiformis sure looks like a lumpy Stapeliad. And there’s tiny weird stapaliad-like flowers. Let me look it up for you. Yes! Stapeliad! It’s from NE Africa, and the name means cactus-like. Though it’s not spiny, I guess someone thought this looked like a little Cereus. I don’t see it.

Here’s its flower. A tiny flower. Beautiful.

Sarcocaulon vanderietiae. Bushman’s Candle. Wow that’s a lot of rare plants this month. This is a spiny, shrubby plant related to the geraniums. And by related I mean it is a geranium, insofar as it is in the geranium family, aka Geranaceae. Pink flowers, tricky to grow. Full sun is best in the spring but then filtered sun in the hottest parts of the summer.

Cyphostemma juttae is the peeling bark that you love, the tiny fruit that are cute, and the big crinkly leaves that you cannot get enough of.

More rare plants? It’s enough already! Oh, well, for these easy-to-grow caudiciforms I can make an exception. Please, continue. Raphionacme flanaganii is a good starter rare plant. Deciduous vines though, so you should know that a lost vine does not mean a dead plant, Aaron. I told you.

Azadirachta indica is the Neem Tree from India and now you can grow it in your own home. Not outside though, it’s not hardy. It is a tropical tree after all and we are not tropical. Brrrr, summer in SF.



Proteas are back! They’re not blooming right now, but we have them in stock, so there’s that. Everyone loves the giant protea flowers that you can’t see here right now because they’re not in bloom right now, as I think I mentioned. Nice foliage. This one is Protea “Sylvia”.

Gauras are also known as Bee Blossoms. These “Siskiyou Pink” are so so pink. They have wands covered top to bottom with flowers.

Sages come in many colors, and many styles. Some are higher water, so those we do not carry. These are the low water hybrids. For instance this Salvia “Glimmer” with a bit of sparkle on the petals.

Osteospermum Margarita “Blue Sunrise”. I do not know how the Sunrise got Blue. Usually a plant with sun in the name has some yellow. More importantly, the name Blue Sunrise sounds more like a cocktail. I’m taking entries for a recipe contest we’re having, create the new Cactus Jungle cocktail of the day, name to be Blue Sunrise, and win a prize!

Correa pulchella is Australian for Pink Australian Fuchsia.


String of Dolphins! Everyone loves it, everyone wants it, we have it. At least if you are on Instagram you want it, because that’s how people learn about these things these days. You kids. Senecio peregrinus.


We are really going to inundate you with specialty indoor pots. Twice as many as last year, we need more shelves! No, really, I mean we are adding more shelves.

We have glass balls at the Marin store! Many colors and sizes. We think they are more the Marin style than the Berkeley style, but you coulod prove me wrong – arrange a bus trip from the East Bay and I’ll be convinced.

Cactus glasses from the Oldham-Harper confab! Collab?? What’s the difference between one abbreviated word and another anyway?


Hi Cris!