Author Archive: Peter Lipson

Road Kill Cactus

Consolea rubescens is the flat cactus known as the Road Kill Cactus … Because it’s flat! 😍 👏 🐝 🦋

Interesting Framing

Aloe ferox at the Cactus Jungle on a sunny day. It’s all good. Common Name: Cape Aloe Single large toothy rosette on tall stalk, outdoor up to 8ft. Hardy to 20-25F Full Sun to Part Sun

Black Rose

Aeonium “Schwartzkopf” is a classic, selling well at the nursery every year, forever. It is beautiful, it is tall and lanky, it is a large rosette this time of year as winter moves in. Nice!

Saturday Morning Succulents

What’s the best succulent for a Saturday morning? Some might say a Euphorbia anoplia is appropriate for a Saturday morning.

Small Succulent

Crassula “Chiquito” Common Name: Dwarf Red Carpet Origin: South Africa Description: C. radicans “Chiquito” Spreading groundcover to 6″ high, small ½” paired leaves turn red in sun; tiny yellow flowers


Pachycereus pringlei Common Name: Cardón Origin: Baja California Description: Tall and spiny to 40ft. with 2ft. trunk, slow growing. Edible fruit, medicinal stems. Temperature: Hardy to 25F

Los Altos Euphorbias

We recently delivered a giant 9ft tall Euphorbia “Ammak” down all the way to Los Altos. At least we thought it was giant. It sure looked giant in our store greenhouse! But as you can see it is the small Euphorbia there! They’ve been growing them for many years and the new one looks tiny!… Read more »

Gorgeous Tiny Stapeliad Flowers

Cynanchum marnierianum Amazing little flower, but look there’s 8 more buds too! The plant itself is all hanging bare stems. Practically a “stick plant” I’d you ask me.

Prickly Pear Pests

Hi- I got this guy from you a couple months ago. I’m worried it has developed a fungus. What do you think those dots are? Thanks! Stephanie Stephanie, That is Scale, a small hard-shelled insect that sucks the juices out of cactus. We recommend spraying with natural pyrethrins. We sell Don’t Bug Me which will… Read more »

Berkeley Yucca Garden

Heinz Street, Berkeley A nicely blooming Yucca in the Aquatic Park Gardens with a beautiful red Leucadendron in front. Sweet!

Star Cactus

Ariocarpus fissuratus vibrantly blooming in autumn. Common Name: Star Rock, Chaute Origin: Big Bend, Texas; Mexico Description: Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms; keep dry in winter Hardy to 25F Full Sun Extra Chunky Cactus Soil Low Water

Umbrella Flower

Ceropegia sandersonii has giant umbrealla, or parachute-like flowers! Very unusual vining Stapeliad. Common Name: Parachute Plant, Umbrella Flower Origin: Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland Description: Vining Stapeliad with massive unusual parachute-like flowers. Characteristics: Hardy to 45F Part Sun Low Water

Blooming Cactus Flowers

Beautiful Ariocarpus retusus flowers! Ariocarpus retusus Common Name: Living Rock Cactus, Seven Stars, Chaute Origin: Mexico Description: Highly variable, possibly through hybridizing. Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms. Keep dry in winter Temperature: Hardy to 15F

Crassula “Buddha’s Temple”

People ask if we have Crassula “Buddha’s Temple” available and for a number of years we’ve had to say “no”. Until now. We finally have a real crop ready, to size and on the floor and ready for sale. Nice! Hopefully we will be able to keep these growing on for years to come so… Read more »

Los Angeles Area Cactus Show 

Were you wondering what to do next weekend? Are you going to be in Encino next weekend? You are in luck! If your garden yearns for crazy, colorful, drought-hearty plants, the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society aims to satisfy at its first Fall Sale Sept. 16 in Encino. A variety of cacti and succulents are… Read more »

Dragonfruit Recipe

I found this delicious Dragonfruit Sherbet recipe from our local Berkeleyside! It’s been a very hot weekend (Record heat throughout Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland? Yes!) so it’s what you want. Right now. Incredibly addictive, this sherbet offers a celebration of refreshing and complementary flavor in every spoonful. The cool dragon fruit is faintly milky,… Read more »

Million Hearts

Tiny little pinkish-white flowers appear all along the vines of this epiphitic jungle succulent. Dischidia ruscifolia Common Name: Million Hearts Origin: Philippines Vining epiphyte; good for hanging baskets, or terrariums. Hardy to 40F Part Sun Jungle Cactus/Orchid Blend Low Water


Artemesia tridentata with a moth visitor.

Chickens and Succulents

Zebra striped Haworthia and Sedum burrito, plus chickens, in Idaho, near Twin Falls, but not in Twin Falls. Idaho.

Delicious Prickly Pear Fruit

That is some delicious looking large red cactus fruit, aka Tunas, Prickly Pears, Sabras, nōchtli and more names! This is on one of our larger Opuntia robusta plants. When they get in the ground they can produced a lot of fruit, just for you if that’s what you want, or for all your neighbors and friends… Read more »

Arizona Star 

Agave weberi “Arizona Star” Common Name: Weber’s Agave, Maguey Liso Origin: Mexico, Cultivar From Arizona Description: 6ft. rosette, striped leaves curve outward Temperature: Hardy to 15F

Cactus ID for Everyone!

Subject: cactus photo sent you a message asking for your help finding out what kind of cactus this is thanks for all your help Mr Leslie Paulson Your cactus is a Cereus c.v. Monstrose! Peter

It’s an Echeveria

this was a gift but i don’t know what it is….could you possibly id it? Greatly appreciated …mike Mike, Sure! It’s an Echeveria, possibly Echeveria “Gilva”. Peter

Echinopsis Flower

Echinopsis x grandiflora hybrid “Butterfly Mango” showing off.


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