Cactus and Succulents - Part Shade

Massonia depressa

Large perennial bulb with broad green leaves and Winter grower, dormant in summer. Protect from freezes. Large pale flowers in the center of the paired leaves with prominent erect stamens. In habitat these are pollinated by gerbils.

Matelea cyclophylla

Caudiciform in the Milkweed Family (Asclepiadaceae). Round caudex will get more irregular as it grows. Spreading deciduous vines. Fast growing, easy to grow. Unique dark purple flowers.

Mimosa pudica

Tropical herb to 5ft.; lightly spiny stems, leaves close to touch

Monadenium echinulatum

Euphorbia echinulata

Classic hooded Monadenium flowers. Deciduous. Keep dry when dormant. Will form a small knobby caudex eventually.

Monanthes subcrassicaulis

Mediterranean climate succulent groundcover with small yellow flowers. Tight clumps, rounded leaves, grows in rocky crevices.


Terrestrial bromeliads, frost-tender, bright colors.

Neoregelia ampullacea

Classic small Bromeliad will readily hybridize, with many cultivars available. Rosettes will show varying amounts of striping and spotting

Nolina matapensis

Succulent, 1/2″ wide soft pointed leaves form a large 5ft. dia. head on a slow growing trunk. Fine, creamy blooms on a tall spike.

Operculicarya decaryi

Succulent bonsai tree in the Cashew Family (Anacardiaceae) with thickened roots that can be further exposed as the plant grows. Deciduous. Slow growing, no frost. Small pinnate leaves are a little bit larger and greener in shade; Tiny and deep red in full sun.

Opuntia fragilis

Small stems, elliptical to round, forming mats along the ground, often found in dry grasslands.

Opuntia quitensis

O. macbridei

Low shrub prickly pear from the low Andes, small red/orange blooms

Opuntia santa-rita

Shrubby clumps, 3-4ft. high. Pads turn purple after winter cold temperatures, or in full sun. Variable spines – some have a few long spines, others are mostly glochids.

Opuntia violacea

O. macrocentra v. minor

Purple pads, low spreading, a few long black spines; Populations vary by location.

Orbea lepida

Stapelia lepida

Stems to 6″, starfish shaped carrion flowers to 3″

Orbea variegata

Stapelia variegata

Variable, stems to 12″; speckled carrion flowers to 6″

Othonna capensis

Small thickened oval leaves turn purple in sun. Low-growing groundcover succulent daisy (Asteraceae) with daisy-yellow flowers. Can be used in hanging baskets or rock gardens to trail.

Othonna capensis “Ruby Necklace”

Small thickened oval green leaves with purple trailing stems. Low-growing groundcover succulent daisy (Asteraceae) with daisy-yellow flowers. Can be used in hanging baskets or rock gardens to trail.

Oxalis adenophylla

Alpine, semi-succulent, with pink-tipped white flowers. Prefers full sun, but can handle some light shade.

Oxalis carnosa

Forms 2″ caudex, fleshy erect stems; grows full and bushy