New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area


San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH

Wow, Spring is really working it for us. So much new fresh growth. The cactus are out, the perennials are blooming, there’s no stopping nature! It’s the start of Cactus Bloom Season, so you can get the first ones already in bloom for your garden, or choose one with buds that will bloom later – maybe in the summer? Or a mix! Get cacti that will bloom in spring, summer and fall!

I will be listening to REM’s “Out of Time” while putting this whole shebang together. Enjoy along with me!

A Full Schedule of Classes:

Succulent Wall Panel Class Apr 23, 2017 10:00am $65 Only 2 Spots Left!
Mixed Succulents Class May 13, 2017 10:00am $50
Staghorn Mounting Class Jun 11, 2017 10:00am $75
Terrarium Class Jul 23, 2017 10:00am $50
Wall Succulents Class Aug 19, 2017 10:00am $75
Succulent Wall Panel Class Sep 16, 2017 10:00am $65


Cactus Jungle Nursery and Garden
1509 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 558-8650

Open 7 Days
9:00a – 5:00p Weekdays
10:00a – 5:00p Weekends


SUCCULENTS BAY AREA

Agave attenuata “Ray of Light” is soft-leaved with very striking white edged leaves. It will get 3-4ft. across, but is only semi-hardy so we prefer a protected spot.

Euphorbia mauritinica is wiry, tough, will punch back. Oh wait, that was a kick-boxer I was talking about. This one is a plant. WIth sulphur-yellow flowers atop stiff green stems.

Echeveria “Gilva” can’t be faulted it’s wild strewn pink and yellow blooms. The rosette is a darker burgundy and green. Have a close-up of the flowers:

Closeup!

A late-winter-blooming aloe getting ready to bloom, into spring! Aloe “Crosby’s Prolific” is a spiny green rosette with reddish highlights.

Aloe “California” are growing upright, in this picture, but in reality they are trying to find something to lean against, or they may start falling.

Crassula cephalophora is the small-leaved propeller plant that is easy to grow. I wonder if it also has the giant red-orange puffball of flowers that the larger propeller plant (C. falcata) also has? I should check on that for you. Hold on a sec, please….

Echeveria “Grey Red” is the most cleverly named of the greyish-reddish echeverias. There are many! But only one has this incredibly accurate descriptive cultivar name – I wonder if the name is copyrighted?!?

Our crop of Echeveria subrigida in 4″ is gorgeous this year. Sometimes after winter they’re a little more raggedy, but not these. Awesome.

Pachyveria “Scheideckeri” is another of those greyish-reddish echeverias, but as you can see it does not have such an accurately descriptive name. Plus it’s an intergenic hybrid, Pachyphytum x Echeveria.

Oh the yellow! The yellow flowers… I dream of such bright buttery yellow flowers… These ones happen to be attached to an Echeveria pulidonis, a cute-as-a-button succulent, but who can tell what with those yellow flowers!

Peperomia pecuniifolia is a thick-leaved succulent houseplant with lots of fresh new growth. It can be grown in hanging baskets if you should like. (I do. I do like.)

Madagascar Palms for everyone! Pachypodium lamerei is the classic, tall growing, white flowering spiny tree from Madagascar.

Sedum “Sunsparkler Wildfire” – the new Sunsparkler group of sedums that were first introduced last year are nice with a bright pastel pallete.

On the other hand the classic Sedum rupestre here has been given a bit of a red wiggle, hence the name, Sedum “Red Wiggle” of course, did you think anything else?


CACTUS

It’s the Grandifloras in Bloom now too! Cactus flowers for everyone? Did I say that already? This one is Echinopsis “Bright Pink”

And here we see Echinopsis “Buttercup”.

Cleistocactus straussii, Silver Torch Cactus, is the most photographed species at the Jungle. It’s easy to see why.

Echinopsis oxygona is one of those very full and happy cactuses that have stunning summer flowers. It’s called the Easter Lily Cactus and you should check it out.

Stenocereus pruinosis is a large cactus, 15-20ft. tall, from Mexico, with the classic edible fruit Pitaya.

Rebutias have a lot of flowers. Rebutia narvaecense has the pink flowers. You can barely see the cactus under there! They will have many blooms to come, on-and-off, all summer long.  Here, have a close-up!:

Closeup! (Or is it Close-up!)

Ppilosocereus pachycladus  is the bluish cactus. It can get 20ft to over 30ft tall. It’s not really hardy around here – they tend to rot in winter – so we keep them inside in the greenhouse. But they do like a sunny window.

Mammillaria gracilis is tiny, and cute, as a button, as it is called the Tiny Button Cactus, or at least i would think that is what you would call it. We have a large crop of these tiny plants this year, so you won’t lose out!

Echinocereus pentalophus is another one that is mostly hardy outside, sort of, if you want to risk it. Giant purple flowers.

Finally this year’s crop of 4″ Myrtillocactus crests are ready and they are going fast – it’s a small crop, roughly speaking, compared to what we know is the demand. We do our best to keep up with demand!

Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa is a beautiful jungle cactus that does well in hanging pots. Those are some nice colors. Small flowers. Want to see? Here you go:

Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa flower picture.


RARE PLANTS

Holy crap that’s a really nice funky little weird little unusual plant in full bloom, so to speak. Euphorbia moratii.

The cucurbits are vining! Ibervillea lindheimeri grows a pretty big caudex there, with long green vines and small yellow flowers, followed by little fruits.

Euphorbia graniticola will be a decent sized plant in your collection if you keep it in a smallish pot, otherwise it will get very branchy and up to 6ft. So spiny. It’s from Mozambique!

One of our favorite succulent geraniums is Pelargonium ferulaceum. We do grow them inside, but they are hardy outside here too. Just so you know, but preferably not in full sun.

Woah woah woah… That is a stunning inflorescence at the top of that Euphorbia alfredii. How does that lumpy stem have such simple delicate flowers?

Bursera microphylla has the tiniest of leaves. Well, maybe there are smaller leaves out there, but on a swollen succulent caudiciform trunk with fragrant sap? I think not.

Cyrtanthus flavus may not look like much now, but that little underground bulb is going to shoot up a stunning bloom stalk with pendant orange and yellow tubular flowers in large quantities.

Mestoklema arboriforme is Conor’s favorite plant here so I took a picture of this specimen for you.


CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

Sarracenia flava Hybrid is a very tall pitcher plant. That’s enormous. I wonder what the throat of the pitcher looks like? Have a close-up!:

Close-up! That is a wide-open throat.

Sarracenia “Bug Bat” has a tighter mouth there. Spotted.

The Drosera binatas are back in spring growth! This one is D. “Marsten Dragon”. Fork-leaved Sundews are nice. And they can be quite prolific in case you wanted to take care of a prolific outbreak of flies anywhere.


HOUSEPLANTS

Platycerium “Netherlands” is not just a gorgeous mounted Staghorn Fern, it’s Hap’s example of what we’ll be doing in the Staghorn Mounting Class, New! Jun 11, 2017 10:00am $75

Low-water Houseplants have been so popular that we’re now increasing the number we grow ourselves here at the Cactus Jungle, and this is our first crop of 4″ Ficus. This one is Ficus elastica “Burgundy”. A nice addition to our rotation.

Here’s a larger Ficus plant, quite big in that pot. Ficus “Sylvie” has really nice variegation. Still low-water and low-light indoors.


PERENNIALS AND SHRUBS

Leucadendron ‘Cloudbank Ginny’ is a dense shrub, well branched, to 5ft. From Australia? Let me check….

Leucadendron “Pisa” is an airy, open shrub, to 4ft. Also from Australia? No! From South Africa. Sweet.

Ceanothus “Emily Brown” is a California Lilac with bright lilac flowers and hard edged leaves that make this completely deer-resistant.

Eriophyllum confertiflorum is a low growing California Native Yellow Sage. It ranges from the Bay Area coast all the way down into Baja California.

We always have a lot of success with these low water perennial daisies, the Cape Daisies, and this one is Osteospermum “Margarita Pink”. We have other colors too.

California Native little flowers! Nemophila “Baby Blue Eyes” with N. “Penny Black” in the background! So many local choices.

Leptinella gruveri is Miniature Brass Buttons and it is a small one! A great little groundcover that can take some foot traffic. It wants a bit more water than most of our plants, but you can let it go completely dormant in our summer drought if you want and it will come back!


SECRET PREVIEW PLANT

Ben shared with us this stunning cactus we’ll be propagating for you for future specimens. It’s called Astrophytum caput-medusae, or as it’s more commonly, but incorrectly, called, Digitostigma caput-medusae. Nice!


NEW POTTERY, NEW GIFTS, AND MORE!

New Liam Planters are perfect for small succulents, or as tumblers! Plus we have a mug. A Liam Mug.

Local, handmade Lumerine Pots! Everyone loves local artists.

Travel sized Simply Vintage Candles. A great range of new scents, easy to carry with you anywhere.