New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


We’re having a respite from the rain for a day, hopefully there’s more sun coming! Hopefully spring is coming! I have had enough of this rain, especially at the Marin store where we had some issues with the creek behind the store. Don’t get me started!

Of course March means Pottery Sale – New styles, new colors, new sizes – Including our latest true Terrazzo Troughs. And we will be celebrating our Marin Store’s 1-Year Anniversary too! Free coffee and snacks and more!

Pottery Sale
30% Off Outdoor Pots

March 23-31
Special Preview Sale Day is March 22

*Handmade and Indoor Pots excluded

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



Agave “Creme Brulee” so named because with a little bit of a torch on the tips it will form a nice crust. I think. I’ve never tried it. In fact that seems kind of a stupid thing to try now that I think about it. Never mind.

Nice big rosettes will get a lot more soft reddish color in the summer. Aeonium “Velour” in it’s winter coloration, lots of winter growth but not too much color.

Aloe vaombe has lots of color right now, you can count on it. Madagascar. This is a tree aloe with a solitary head that gets to 5meters tall. This one is smaller than that right now.

Agave “Sharkskin” has vigorous black terminal spines, worth not getting poked into your hand when you reach down, I highly recommend getting them to not poke you.

Aloe brevifolia will form a dense matte along the ground, mounding up a bit, not too much, rosettes staying small but spreading readily.

Graptoveria “Dusty” is a very cool succulent that will get large rosettes and a trailing stem that will travel along the ground in snake-like formation shooting off new rosettes every 6 inches or so as it goes.

Senecio serpens is the classic Blue Chalksticks that will spread wide and send up white puffball flowers. Senecio’s are in the Daisy Family, so those puffball flowers are compound flowers like a daisy or sunflower, or Asters since the Family name is actually Asteraceae. The standard common name for non-succulent weedy senecios is groundsel. Hmmm.

Dudleya traskiae is endemic to Santa Barbara Island in the California National Park the Channel Islands. It either has a good view where it’s from or it is part of the view there. I broke 2 leaves in the front of this plant.

Pachyphytum compactum is especially nice when grown in full sun so that the rosettes are really compact and very colorful. Try it! Grows on cliffs in Mexico, can handle some shade too. But then it wouldn’t look like this so I don’t think so.

Sedum hispanicum “Purpurea” is one we have most of the year, but then sometimes it goes away for a few months and then when it comes back we all get so excited and I forget to include it in the email so here it is – it’s back!

Aloe zanzabarica must of course come from Zanzibar. I wonder where Zanzibar is. “Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba Island.” Thanks Wikipedia! Actually, it’s from Kenya, so never mind. And it is probably actually Aloe juvenna. But some do call it Aloe “Zanzibar” so there’s that.

I hate this picture of Aeonium “Kiwi”. Why am I even sharing it with you? Delete delete delete!

Aeonium canariense v. virgineum is another winter growing Canary-Island native succulent in the Crassulaceae Family. Another one for the books, file it away.

Gorgeous large Aloe dawei with bloom stalks coming. These top out at 3 to 4 ft so this is pretty much full size. I love this one. It’s at the Marin store.

Aloe “Hercules” are thick-trunked and will get quite large. Good selection at both stores.

Aeonium “Cyclops” is the tallest of the Aeoniums, getting to around 8ft tall. Beautiful in the rain.



Cereus fa. monstrose “Rojo” is a heavily spined small monster of a cactus with a bit of a reddish hue to the spine tips. Sort of. Sure! Why not! Hap’s dog was named Rojo.

Echinopsis lageniformis fa. monstrose is another monster plant, but this one is almost spineless and very smooth. It has a common name that I can’t use here because this is a family newsletter. You didn’t know this was a family newsletter? It isn’t a family newsletter? OK, the common name is Penis Cactus. Fun! Ask to see one where the new branch is breaking through the main stem – it’s kind of fascinating.

Rhipsalis burchellii is very colorful for a cactus, a jungle cactus, from Brazil. Small cream colored flowers, small pink berries.

I don’t know about this one. I don’t like the plant and I don’t like the name so you are on your own here. Mammillaria longimamma. Ew.


We have a large crop of new Lithops, but this one is special (and by special I mean expensive) – Lithops optica cv. rubra is the bright purple lithops that will haunt your daydreams.

Adromischus marianae fa. herrei – weird lumpy thing. The herrei refers to the reddish color, but all A. marianae’s are lumpy. They grow in the cracks of the granite hills in South Africa.

Titanopsis sp. – Anne says we can’t know the species since the seed tray was probably mixed up, ie hybridizing was the plan. I don’t know, looks like T. hugo-schlecteri to me. We’ll just have to agree to disagree and live to ID plants another day. Cute little Mesemb, we’ll know for sure if it blooms yellow.

Another cute little mesemb, Aloinopsis rosulata, is the smoothest leaves of the Aloinopsis/Titanopsis group of Ice Plants. (Mesemb = Ice Plant = Living Stones). We expect to see striped flowers from this one.

Yet another Mesemb! So many… Cheiridopsis denticulata – you can tell it is the denticulata species because of the little teeth on top. We expect it will have pale pink flowers.

Pilea peperomioides are pretty big and lush. This one is in one of our new Big Minute pots.



Narcissus “Tete a Tete” without the accents on the Tetes. Daffodils! Spring Bulbs! These are hardy here and can also be grown inside as a houseplant for the spring bulb season, which is spring.

Grevillea “Canberra Gem” has rich curly flowers and needle-like leaves. Perfect for winter color. But it’s almost spring! Get yours now before the rest of your garden blooms out all over too!

The Pincushion Flowers are coming into bloom in the Protea Family – Leucospermum “Sunrise” is fine. The shrub will get 5 to 6ft tall, but this one plant is covered with about 15 blooms right now in the pot, so you don’t have to wait for the very showy flowers to make an impression.

Large bulbs – Scilla peruviana is the Giant Squill from Portugal. No idea where it got that peruvian name. Not only is the bulb a fair size but those bloom sprays of Lavender and Purple flowers are too.



A nice brand new crop of Euphorbias including some 3-4ft tall Euphorbia “Ammak” also now being featured at both stores.

More small houseplants every day, 4″, 6″, 8″ you name it we’ve got it. Wait, what, you want me to name those? The first is some sort of fern so I don’t know, could be anything. I see a Satin Pothos, maybe a Philodendron back there – oh yeah and Dracaenas too. And Sansevierias.



Big “Minute” pots are perfect for small houseplants. Those colors really help set off the plants.

Also we now have Big “Liberte” pots that are just right for 4″ plants.