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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 current family name anyway, and insist these all belong under Ficoidaceae instead. Don’t get me started!

Aloinopsis schooneesii

Small dense clumps of speckled blue-green leaves sit on large tuberous roots, which can be esposed over time to form an unusual bonsai. Yellow flowers in spring.

Titanopsis calcarea

Small clumper forms dense mats of thick open leaves. Winter-growing, keep dry in summer. Grows in limestone strewn areas.

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 

Butterfly Mango 

Echinopsis x grandiflora “Butterfly Mango” 

Another giant #cactus flower! Sweet. It’s a good spring for cactus flowers. 

Whitesloanea crassa

My mature Whitesloanea crassa has gone nuts just before winter sets in. Blooms all around.

Origin: Somalia

Description: Rare caudiciform stapeliad; dry and warm in winter. Can grow to 10″ tall. We grow them with weekly water during the hot part of the year and monthly or less in the winter.

Hardy to 32F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Low Water

Bear Paw

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Nice Bear Paw Succulent with cute little orange flowers.

Cotyledon tomentosa

Succulent Caudiciform Trees!

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Operculicarya decaryi

Madagscar

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.

Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Hoodia

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Hoodia gordonii, now with more photo filters!

Namibia
Stems to 12″ tall, clumps of many spiny branches. Tan to Burgundy carrion flowers. Stems are eaten as an appetite suppressant by the San people of the Namib. Very low water.

Hardy to 25F if very dry in winter
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

South African Fockea

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Fockea crispa, or more properly called Fockea capensis, has tiny little flowers. Five-lobed! Sweetly-scented!

Caudex to 24″; Dry in winter, sweet smelling flowers late summer. Hardy to 35F.

Small Echeveria

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Echeveria albicans isn’t a real showy succulent but if you look closely you’ll see it has nicely sculpted leaf edges.

😁

Saguaro

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It’s a baby Saguaro! So big and full!

Carnegia gigantea
Arizona, California

Classic giant cactus from the American Southwest. Slow growing. Will grow their first arm around 75-100 years old and can live 150-200 years. Some populations hardy to 15F if dry in winter.

Hardy to 15-20F 
Full Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Dancing Shadows

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There have been a lot of new hybrid Salvias recently. The Desert series and the Dancing series, S. greggii and S. microphylla hybrids are nice.

This one is Salvia “Dancing Shadows”.

New Small Succulents

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Echeveria lilacina

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Echeveria setosa v deminuta

Now appearing at Cactus Jungle!

Easter Lily Cactus

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These gorgeous Echinopsis eyriesii may be hybrids, but the flower colors do vary naturally so it may be a natural variation.

Epiphyllum Cactus Flower

Epiphyllum

That’s a giant Orchid Cactus Flower.

Epiphyllum is a highly hybridized genus. Do we have any idea what the species of this is? No! Someone may choose to identify the variety by the flower, but we prefer to leave it up in the air. So to speak. Epiphytic Plant Joke! Hah!

It’s a species of cactus that comes from Central America generally. And most of the species we call Epiphyllum are more likely actually Disocactus hybrids. Or intergenic hybrids with other plants from the Hylocereeae Cactus Tribe. But this one I am absolutely positively sure is an Epiphyllum. Or not. I don’t know what those Botanists are thinking these days.

That’s a lot of fancy words for a flower this pretty. Enjoy!

Winter Succulents

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We’re potting up terrariums and mixed succulent pots and filling hypertufa pots with lots of very colorful Sempervivums like this one! It must be almost a holiday type if season coming up.

Indeed.

Succulent Blooms Close Up

First up we have an Aloe

A single tubular aloe bloom. How nice!

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Aloe plicatilis
Fan Aloe

12ft (5ft. in Bay Area) large thick trunk, broad canopy

Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

And this little pretty is from a hybrid Echeveria. You can’t really tell from the flower what the plant is in the case of these Echeveria Hybrids but this one is…

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Echeveria “Baron Bold”

Click the link for pictures of the rosettes.

Broad, open, solitary rosette. Rust-red in full sun.

Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Giant Chalk Dudleya

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Dudleya brittonii
Baja California
 
18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.
 
Hardy to 20F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Portrait

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Pachypodium namaquanum

Tiny little baby spiny succulent plants are the best.

Pictures of Cactus Flower

People like pictures. Pretty pictures of pink flowers are even better!

Cactus flowers on a cactus blog are just so the absolute best.

And what do we have here?

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Gymnocalycium stenopleurum ssp. friedrichii

Small barrel cactus from Paraguay  gets only 4″ across.

Scented Geranium Flowers

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Pelargonium “Old Spice”

S. African, large mounds, white flowers, scented leaves
Hardy to 10F

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