San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH
Welcome to our mid-summer classic email full of hot weather summer plants for you and all your loved ones! Have a Happy July 4th while it lasts! Haven’t started replacing those spring water-intensive plants with our summer low-water plants? Now is the time – well, it’s always a good time to plant Bay Area appropriate plants in the Bay Area.
With heat comes some summer watering – if your plants are in pots please don’t forget to water. Plants in pots always need water – even cactus? Yes, even cactus. How about if they’re in the ground? Well, it’s not a drought year so if they have established roots they might have enough moisture down in the ground to survive without much additional water. But if they’re new – then water them in for at least a year! And the rest will appreciate water monthly too.
How much water? We recommend a deep watering – get the water down into the ground so that the roots grow deep. It will make for a healthier plant, cactus and succulents included!
But what if you’ve planted underneath a California Oak? Well that was a mistake – you can’t water under an Oak in the summer but the other plants need water…. Now what?!?
Cactus Jungle, Berkeley
1509 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Open 7 Days
9:00a – 5:00p Weekdays
10:00a – 5:00p Weekends
Closed July 4
Mon-Sun, Closed Tuesdays
10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed July 4
CLASSES, SAN ANSELMO
Aeonium pseudotabuliforme has a large flat rosette with rounded leaves. Lightly fuzzy too. Did you know this was a subspecies of Aeonium undulatum? Good to know!
Agave leopoldii not only has dangerous terminal spines, it has marginal hairs on the leaves too! Fancy. And a bit of white variegation? No!!! Stop it, that’s too much.
Aloe aculeata is a spiny aloe with solitary rosettes and many tall bloom spikes covered in tubular orange blooms. From South Africa!
Aloe peglerae in seedling size! These are amazing and we usually only carry a few large specimens – very pricy! But now we have a whole crop of babies and we’re letting them go at seedling prices! Don’t expect we’ll have this again, so you know what to do.
Peperomia axillaris is a great green houseplant worthy of it’s axillary status. (Look it up!)
A big crop of Agave parryi v. truncata are in and very symmetrical. Classic red-spined blue artichoke agaves. Also good for Mezcal.
Sedum “Little Missy” is a small groundcover with red tips and even tinier red flowers. Maybe white? No, red.
Haworthia attenuata is our most popular Haworthia, after H. fasciata. And H. retusa too. Maybe H. coarctata and associated hybrids. But most popular after those. Except for the hybrid Gasworthias. Those are more popular.
Dudleya cymosa “Mt. Baldy” is a very attractive California native, and we are now getting in our Dudleyas with location information!
Echeveria lilacina is the purplest hued rosette. But mostly chalky white.
Echeveria colorata has the brightest red tips. Tiny dots of red everywhere!
Euphorbia polygona is fresh. And I mean that in the technical botanical sense of that term. Look it up!
Delosperma “Fire Spinner” has small vibrant flowers and small green groundcover leaves. Succulents can be fun!®™
Echeveria “Orion” is a small plant. But then it grows big! Fun for everyone!
Weberbauerocereus rauhii looks like a Cleistocactus, until it blooms! Big orange flowers with pointy petals.
Matucana polzii is a rare cactus, and yet I included it up here with the cacti rather thandown there with the rare plants. If you know why, let me know too, please.
Echinopsis pachanoi fa. monstrose is a lumpy San Pedro cactus for our times.
Opuntia ellisiana is large and low-spine, but the yellow flowers are blinding. A fast growing prickly-pear, it’s known in Texas as Tiger Tongue.
Mammillaria bocasana are small and woolly and have darling little pink flowers. And I mean “darling” only in the most technical botanical sense of the word! Look it up!
Echinopsis chamacereus is a highly varied plant, grown for the many different shades of orange and red flowers. We have a number of named cultivars, but here we see that the flower color variation is natural and normal anyway. Names? Who needs them! This is a particularly rosy red shade for this plant. Maybe we should pull it aside and give it a cultivar name ourselves. How about “Rose Peanut”.
Echinopsis hybrid “Peach” although Anne is trying to find the hybridizations that formed this, I think it is a E. eyriesii hybrid, which would make it an Easter Lily Cactus hybrid, so there’s that too. But that peach color is not species.
Euphorbia capmanambatoensis. You’ll need to come in to the store ask one of us to pronounce it for you. Good luck!
Fouquieria purpusii is my favorite of the Ocotillos. It’s a stunning specimen, stays small in a pot, best indoor in a very sunny window.
Agave “Snow Glow” is the most colorful “Blue Grow” variegated hybrid. We have 1 large one currently available, but we are growing more!
PERENNIALS TREES AND SHRUBS
Osteospermum “Astra Purple Spoon” is a daisy flower from South Africa that everyone can get behind. Very hardy. Very low water.
Leucadendron “Safari Sunset” is very red this time of year. Upright shrub, cone flowers, drought-tolerant, Australia native.
Salvia “Golden Girl” is a small, and small-leaved, sage with buttery flowers. Smells good. Can handle lots of sun. Easy!
Baileya multiradiata is a desert marigold from California to the Texas border, north to Utah and south into Mexico. Silver leaves make it very drought-tolerant and sun-tolerant.
It’s our California native large manzanita, Arctostaphylos “Dr. Hurd”. A lovely tree.
CARNIVOROUS PLANTS, HOUSEPLANTS AND MORE
Drosera “Dork’s Pink” is a very productive Pygmy Sundew. It will eat all your gnats. Try it out!
Billbergia “Teng Ee” is the brightest red I have ever seen. Don’t worry, it won’t explode. It’s not the center of a red-hot star. Dad Joke!!
Billbergia “Darth Vader” has the name of a superhero in another universe where it’s the “darkest timeline“. Oh wait….
Rhodonite varies it turns out with stones that are mixed, but here we have some solid premium rhodonite. Very desirable, so I am told, by people. Energymuse.com says it will infuse your soul with pure love.