San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH
August means it’s time for a cooling morning fog throughout the Bay. But I see the weather is calling for more heat in the next couple weeks. Fog/Heat and Plants! In case you haven’t been watering your cactus in the ground since we had such heavy rains this past winter, now would be a good time to water them. Get some water on them! And it’s your last chance to fertilize them if you haven’t yet. Get some slow-release organic nutrients around them!
New Tokidoki toys are coming August 3! I can’t show you them here early because Tokidoki told me so, but we have them and they are gorgeous. Mermicorno Series 2! And the brand new Sea Punk Frenzies. Oh, the humanity – how do we wait!?!
But really August means it’s time for our annual Pre-Order Succulent Wreath 20% Off Discount Special! Pre-Order your Succulent Wreath in the month of August and Pick up your finished custom made wreath Nov. 1 thru Dec. 25!
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SUCCULENTS BAY AREA
Aeonium “Velour” is one of the best colored of the Aeoniums that have been hybridized or cultivated from the original A. arboreum, which also has great color! But the red on this one is particularly vibrant.
Agave “Lemon Lime” is a narrow-leafed variegated agave with a very prominent center stripe. People like their agaves when they’re variegated. This one doesn’t hold back – it’s a crowd pleaser! But I should warn you it’s better in person.
Here’s another one of those variegated agaves for your crowd-pleasing-pleasure. Agave weberi “Arizona Star” for the win!
We always have a lot of Crassulas, this year so many Crassulas! Mostly mixed in with the small succulents. Like this adorbs little 2″ Crassula “Pagoda Village” which is an apt name. It’s kind of a high-rise pagoda village. Tiny pagoda people coming out from between those leaves. Driving tiny little pagoda cars up and down those red stems.
Dudleya anomala is looking fantastic this summer – a lot of character! We have 6 or 7 species of these California native Dudleyas right now so stock up! This one is found in habitat in Baja California. Close to the water.
Echeveria “Blue Cloud” is back in stock! These are some of the mostly colorful, subtly colorful, rosettes.
But what do we have here? It’s the compact red-tipped Echeveria chihuahuaensis, from Chihuahua in Mexico! Lovely.
Oh no it’s a competition among the Echeverias! Up next we have the latest entry from Echeveria globulosa – tightly compact round rosettes in full sun, is that a hint of purple on those leaves?
Aaaaah it’s Echeveria magnifica! So big! So fancy! Who can pick among these Echeverias! It’s not possible.
Oooof, Echeveria rubromarginata has the red-marginated leaves. That’s special. They glow! Summer really is the best time to find the best Echeverias.
Euphorbia anoplia is a compact hardy succulent Euphorbia from Tanzania where they call it the Zipper Plant. I don’t know.
Haworthia cooperi – tender leaves! We grow them indoor since they are very sensitive to the sun, but they are hardy outside too if you have a location with light shade. Not heavy shade, but, you know, good light, you know, not too much sun, but light!
Kalanchoe synsepala has sharply outlined red edged leaves. But it’s a succulent, too? Well I did include it here under succulents so I’m guessing it must be. It doesn’t look very succulent. Maybe it’s semi-succulent? Are those colors for real or did I photoshop them? My secret.
Mangave “Lavender Lady” is a new cultivar with stunning color. I wonder about all those spots. Hint: I may have used photoshop on this one. Hmm.
Othonna capensis with it’s yellow daisy flowers! It’s a succulent in the daisy family (Asteraceae) so you know it’s pretty.
Did you know we have 2 different versions of this Othonna – this one is the Big Pickles, and we have the Little Pickles one too!
The Semps are very colorful at this time of the summer. Like this Sempervivum “Black”
And what is this one? Sempervivum “Utopia” is an appropriate name if you are looking to start a new idealized community of like-thinking people and want to control everything they do and make them plant some beautiful plants all around that will form large areas of hens-and-chicks with stunning color. I’m just saying that if you are planning on leaving the country to found you own personal Utopia for your extended family and need a plant for it this one will do just fine.
Cylindropuntia fulgida fa. monstrose is from the California native Chain-Fruit Cholla, which we also carry! But look at that monstrose and that cresting! So much going on in this one little cactus.
Myrtillocactus “Elite Crest” is ready in both 1g and 4″ as well as our 2ga. specimens. We’ve been busy calling everyone on the list who was waiting for the latest crops of these smaller plants. Hopefully you got your call and we’ve got your plant set aside! For the rest of you, these do go fast. As far as I know we’re the only nursery growing them in 4″. Pretty little things.
Opuntia santa-rita “Tubac” is a purple padded prickly pear California native cactus.
Tephrocactus turpinii are back in stock and they are the craziest looking Pine-Cone Cactus. They will sprawl! Although these look like they’re growing a bit taller. Who knew!
Agave albipilosa is very unusual – look at those leaf tip spines – they’re puffy white! (ageing to brown and still puffy…) And hence the name – Albi- means white and -pilosa means shaggy, so those are some shaggy white spine tips. Wait, what?
Ariocarpus fissuratus in full bloom – what a flower! The Star Rock Cactus is lithophytic! And those flowers…. ohhh…. If you want to find them in habitat, we recommend looking for them in the Big Bend region of Texas. Even if you don’t find the cactus there, it’s a nice place to visit.
Pachypodium bispinosum is one of the fattest rare Pachycauls we ever have! There’s only one, so don’t fight over it. The spines come out of those vining-like branches sprouting out of the caudex. I suppose you want to know where this is native? South Africa.
Sansevieria ehrenbergii is the most beautiful specimen in the Sansevieria family I have ever witnessed. I love it. You love it. Your Mama loves it too. Sweet!
AIRPLANTS AND BROMELIADS
Cryptanthus “Thriller” – we’ve been growing more bromeliads recently – I’ve even added a whole shelf in the houseplant section for them! This one was named by a fan of Michael Jackson so you know it’s good.
We always have dozens, even hundreds of airplants. But I like to feature only one or two per month. Like this one. Tillandsia flexuosa v. vivipera. It’s a nice plant and it is rootless and doesn’t need none of your soils or anything but some water and food.
PERENNIALS AND SHRUBS
Thymus “Pink Chintz” is the nicest groundcover ornamental Thyme that is fragrant and pink-flowered and can even handle light-traffic! That’s a good plant. It looks like a home for tiny fairies. Very tiny.
Anigozanthos “Pink Chintz” – wait, isn’t that the 2nd chintz in pink we have this month? OK, sure, but names are just names, what about the plant? Do you like this plant? We do have other colors of the Kangaroo Paws too if you prefer. Orange? Sure! But maybe you want more Pink! We have Pink!
It’s blooming Lavender season, Spanish lavenders are our favorites, so this one is Lavandula “Silver Anouk”. Silver leaves, dark pink flowers.
And amazingly this one is called Lavandula “Tiara”. So there’s something going on on top. But it’s more subtle.
Phlomis fruticosa is a big fuzzy Sage, known as Jerusalem Sage. It’s shrubby and it’s in the Mint Family, so I wonder if you could make a tea out of it? I don’t know – does anyone out there know? Have you tried? This one is a very popular garden plant in England.
NEW GIFTS, AND MORE!
New Cactus Candles, and many more new candles in stock – always new scents, always new gifts.
Look, here’s another new candle – local scent, local company – fantastic!