Author Archive: Peter Lipson

Crassula pubescens ssp. rattrayi

Crassula pubescens ssp. rattrayi Common Name: Red Carpet Origin: South Africa Description: Forms a carpet of lightly fuzzy leaves, green in shade and bright red in full sun. Afternoon shade needed in inland locations. Temperature: Hardy to 25F

California Beavertail Cactus 

Opuntia basilaris  Classic blue cactus from the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. Very low water, can handle high heat and winter cold if dry. Pink flowers. Loads of small glochids, very few spines. Will get 2 to 3 feet tall and spread 6 to 8 feet wide over time. Pads were used medicinally. Temperature: Hardy to… Read more »

Knobbly Mesembs

Cute South African succulents in the Mesemb Family, also known as the Iceplant Family, also known as the Living Stone Family. Indeed! To be clear the actual family name is Aizoaceae, Sub-Family Ruschioideae. And yet they’re called Mesembs because at some point in the past the family was called Mesembryanthemaceae. And some will dispute the… Read more »

Ceropegia Flower Just Starting to Open 

Ceropegia serpentina is one of the strangest succulents with a basically bare stem that travels in weird directions. Until it blooms. Here it is just starting to open. And there are more than a dozen more buds still to come!  Stapeliads for everyone! 

Carrion Flowers 

These are among the stinkiest carrion flowers ever!  Orbea lutea ssp vaga 

Rachel Sends Echeveria Flowers

I’m not sure who writes these monthly emails, but you’re awesome. Keep ’em coming! Love the pictures and hilarious descriptions. 🙂 If I didn’t already have too many succulents I’d be over there today buying more <3 -rachel

Closeup Cactus Flower 

Rebutia narvaecense  Origin: Bolivia Description: Generally clumping small 1″ barrels with hordes of blooms in spring Temperature: Hardy to 25F

Vining Caudiciform 

​Ibervillea lindheimeri vining nicely. Buds are coming too!  Common Name: Balsam Gourd, Globeberry Origin: Texas; Mexico Description: Large white caudex, annual vines, dormant in winter. Vines have long tendrils, small yellow flowers and red berries.

Dave Sends a Photo…

…of a giant blooming cactus he got from Cactus Jungle! Thought you would enjoy A picture of a cactus we brought from you two years ago. Dave Nice. That’s one of our Echinopsis grandiflora hybrids.

Snowy Pudding 

This gorgeous Echeveria should be called “Snowy Pudding” But no. It’s called “White Rose”  That’s not right.  😉 

Winter Succulent Damage

Hi cactus jungle A few of my cacti have struggled after the rains. I have attached a photo and I’m wondering if you can tell me what is happening with this plant. Is it a lost cause😞? If not, how can I help it? Thank you Brian Brian, The plant is a Euphorbia, and hopefully… Read more »

Butterfly Mango 

Echinopsis x grandiflora “Butterfly Mango”  Another giant #cactus flower! Sweet. It’s a good spring for cactus flowers. 

Haworthia Questions

Hi Peter Would you be able to tell me the name of the succulent in the attached? And perhaps more importantly, what is happening with the dry, papery bits toward the crown? Can this plant be saved? I am not sure what to do next. It was lovely and plump and then this started happening… Read more »

Greek Strawflower

Helichrysum “Ruby Cluster” Evergreen Perennial Showy clusters of deep pink buds open to white flowers. Large grey leaves. Low growing groundcover.

Cactus Hybrids 

Our newest hybrid grandiflora is Echinopsis “Rocket Pink”.  Nice! 

Cactus ID Is Difficult 

Hello! I recently purchased a cactus to put on my windowsill to brighten up my room a bit, my problem is that I threw away the container right after I repotted it and now I don’t know what it is exactly. Could you help me? The pot it’s in in this picture is four inches… Read more »

Blooming Cactus 

Rebutia heliosa v melanistic Origin: Bolivia Description: “Short Spined” variety Clustering small stems, variable red to magenta flowers, spiraling ribs with prominent tubercles. Elongate areoles. Short, tiny brown spines. Purple-tinged stems in full sun. Characteristics: Full Sun to Part Sun Ultra Soil Blend Low Water Size: Clusters of 1″ stems

We Get Florida Cactus Questions

Hello, I live in Florida & would like to plant some cacti in my front courtyard. Do you know some names of cacti that do not grow too big in size for me to plant in that area? Kathleen Kathleen, Florida is a big state with many different climate zones. Also, if you are interested… Read more »

A Pitcher Plant Correction!

Subject: Re: April New Plants From: Les To: Cactus Jungle Hi. Just an fyi: Sarracinia Bug Bat (?) is best known as Sarracinia Minor. Sent from my iPhone Les, It’s been brought into our collection as a Hybrid. It may have also been a common name for S. minor, but we are referring to: “Sarracenia… Read more »

Cactus ID, Please

Hi Can you help me id this cactus. Found in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. Thanks Ivan Ivan, It is a nice, older specimen of a cresting species, Probably a Cereus peruviuanus fa. cristata. Peter

Medusa Cactus

Ben brought in his gorgeous specimen Astrophytum caput-medusae, although he prefers to go by the name Digitostigma caput-medusae, which is considered a non-recognized name by the science boards that decide these things. Ben says we may have some available to sell at the Cactus Jungle in a year or two. Nice! Thanks, Ben. The horns… Read more »

Urban Farming in Berkeley

Apparently we not only have our local Urban Adamah urban farm, on land, but we now have at least 2 new roof-top urban farms in Berkeley. What?!? From Berkeleyside, Photo: The rooftop farm created by Top Leaf Farms at 2201 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Photo: Alix Wall Whatever challenges a rooftop presents, though, are not… Read more »

Spring Cactus Flowers! 

Rebutia narvaecense  Origin: Bolivia Description: Generally clumping small 1″ barrels with hordes of blooms in spring Temperature: Hardy to 25F

Small Burgundy Carrion Flower

Frerea indica  Common Name: Dragon Breast Origin: India Description: Stapeliad. Small burgundy star-shaped carrion flowers low on the stems. Fleshy green leaves when watered, drops leaves when dry. Reduce watering in winter. Prefers to be outside in a protected location.

Epiphyllum

Our first epi flower  of the year has opened and its red! Cactus flowers for everyone!

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