San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH
May and the winters rains are past and we’ve even already had us a good heat wave! Except I hear we’re getting more rain this weekend. So there’s that. But it’s good after the heat last week!
If you haven’t fertilized for spring yet, now’s your timely reminder to fertilize for spring! Cactus and Succulents we use our Cactus Meal organic fertilizer once per year. Perennials and shrubs and such – even in the ground – especially in the ground in the Bay Area! – also need some good organic nutrients. We carry some nice granular and liquid fertilizers that are easy to use for your entire garden.
Orchids! And just in time for Mother’s Day. (It was planned that way…) We got in a gorgeous shipment of tropical Orchids straight from the farm in Hawaii. And they are Sweet!
A Full Schedule of Classes:
Mixed Succulents for Mother’s Day? Try our Mixed Succulents Class next Saturday!
Perfect timing – you can even sign your mom up too!
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9:00a – 5:00p Weekdays
10:00a – 5:00p Weekends
SUCCULENTS BAY AREA
Aloe “Viper” is one of our great selection of collectible spotted aloes. This one is, presumably, quite dangerous, since someone named it after a poisonous snake you know. Or did they name it after a sports car? Hmmm….
Yet another in our long series of colorful Hens and Chicks – this one is called Sempervivum “Raspberry Delight”. Someone should really have set up a board to reject terrible cultivar names, because that name stinks.
Agave parryi v. truncata is a classic blue Mezcal Agave. Have you tried it? It has bright red terminal spines.
Euphorbia “Twinkle Twirl” is another one of those inappropriately named cultivars that should have been seized by a proper botanical board and called something different like Euphorbia “I have the Yips” instead.
Euphorbia ferox, on the other hand, seems perfectly named.
Euphorbia horrida too. It’s vicious looking.
Euphorbia anoplia is smaller, less spiny, more decorative. Fresh looking, even.
Wow we have a lot of Euphorbias this month. Who planned that out? More! Here’s a Crown of Thorns with small red flowers. Euphorbia milii. I may even have snuck another Euphorbia in down below under Rare plants….
Crassula namaquensis is a small blade-leafed succulent with wildly spreading bloom stalks. Those tiny flowers will open white.
Sempervivum rubrum is redder than most of the red-named cultivars. Reddest of the red leafed reddish reddy red hens and chicks.
Easy to enjoy some Aeonium “Schwartkopf” in your garden.
Wow there’s a lot of succulents in the world. Like this small Crassula obvallata. Is it cute? Is it handsome? Is it useful, productive, wonderful, interesting? Yes, to all those, I suppose, because there sure are a lot of succulent in the world!
Portulcaria afra “Variegata” is always more popular than the plain green-leafed species. Did you know they call these Elephant Bush? Also Spekboom. Fascinating.
Echeveria “Pollux” is a late model variety. I would describe this as broad grey leaves with a hint of purple. I should write the book!
Haworthia reinwardtii is always a local Bay Area favorite. Stripey. Did you know that pretty much all Haworthia species names are suspect since there has been so much hybridization – natural and otherwise.
Echeveria “Lipstick” has bright red tips indeed. Those E. agavoides cultivars sure are sweet.
More Fan Aloes at the store! Finally a new crop of 4″ plants! Aloe plicatilis.
Cotyledon “Silver Star” has round white leaves with red edges. Descriptions can be easy – just describe what you can see with your own 2 eyes! Sometimes you have to have years of experience, like do you know how big this one will get? After years of experience with many succulents I can often tell you just how big one of them will get. But not this one, since it’s new to us, and I haven’t seen it grow big yet. I could look it up. Or I could estimate based on other similar plants, that it will get 2 to 2 1/2 ft high. Guessing works too!
Echeveria moranii… So many succulents… especially when you count all those little 2″ plants…. soo so many…
Echeveria secunda “Blue Mist” is nice too. I’ll pause here to let you think of a description for this plant, just from the picture, just from what you can see yourself. Good. Now you can start your own book of succulents!
Echeveria “Ramillette” is a hybrid with apple-green rosettes. Do you agree with this description? I pulled it off someone else’s website. I could look at the plant and come up with my own description, but do you think I would have called it apple-green?
Sometimes the littlest of the cactus flowers can just blow you away. Like these incredible red Rebutia kupperiana flowers. Spiny!
Parodia werneri are very unusual colors in combination. Their natural habitat is the Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil.
Prickly Pear season has begun. We see buds, so we should be getting flowers soon. And then come the edible fruit – the most delicious prickly pears, the juiciest sabras, the best indian figs. And yes those are all some of the common names for these delicious desert fruits. Also nōchtli, and tunas, too.
Echinopsis “White Lightning” is today’s wide open Echinopsis grandiflora hybrid bloom to photograph. Come back tomorrow and maybe I’ll have another variety open. Pictures for everyone!
Mammillaria pringlei is a small round cactus, more properly known as Mammillaria rhodantha ssp. pringlei, from Jalisco, Guanajuato and Queretaro, Mexico. It has a lovely common name of Rainbow Pincushion.
Cereus peruvianus produces the delicious Cactus Apple fruit. We only have a very small group of these at this size right now. Are those flower buds I see coming? They are! This is the classic Night-Blooming Cereus, with large white flowers that open only at night, to be pollinated by bats.
Some of our recent crop of San Pedros are exhibiting the possibility of some monstrose activity along the ribs. I wonder if it will continue through as it grows to a larger and branchier plant? We’ll see!
Our crops of the Cleistocactus straussii are growing bigger…. bigger….!
Mammillaria geminispina is nice.
Pencil cactus! and not one of those fake ones that’s really a Euphorbia. This one is a tried and true Pencil Cholla ranging from Arizona to Texas and Oklahoma. Cylindropuntia leptocaulis.
Nice small Cleistocactus winteri.
Pachypodium griquense has the most beautiful delicate flowers in the Dogbane Family. Did you know that the Pachypodiums were in the Dogbane Family, Apocynaceae? Indeed, they are related to the Plumerias, the Milkweeds (Asclepias), the Stapeliads, and more!
Aloe perrieri is this months rare aloe species. Nice. Native to Madagascar, so we keep it indoors.
The Cyphostemma juttae are coming out of dormancy so we’re bringing them out too. Such fresh new leaves. Such sweet small caudexes.
Everyone asks for our Dioscoreas and our first crop this year is ready. Nice small caudexes, small vines started. Some nice but delicate roots holding them down into the soil. This is Dioscorea mexicana, which we used to call D. macrostachya, so they are the same plant – now you know! Also known as Elephant’s Foot. Our crop is beautiful, but limited – come in soon!
Even more limited is our Jensenobotrya lossowiana – good luck saying that out loud. In the Mesemb family, i.e. related to the Lithops. Unusual!
Euphorbia meloformis is a dwarf succulent known as the Melon Spurge. It’s kinda melon-like, I suppose. It comes from South Africa near the Zwartkops River, north-west of Port Elizabeth.
It’s Anne’s favorite section of the monthly email! Carnivorous plants are her thing, you know, along with chickens too. You can come talk to her about carnivorous plants at Cactus Jungle, or come to one of the Carnivorous Plant Society meetings! Their show and sale is coming up June 3rd.
Sarracenia oreophila with fresh new pitchers, and a bloom! This rare Green Pitcher Plant comes from the SE USA, even as far as into Tennessee!
Sarracenia purpurea is lower, redder, even more purple. This Purple Pitcher Plant is the most widely spread carnivorous plant, both east coast and west coast.
Dionaea “Red Dragon” is just starting to show it’s incredible red traps. Juicy red traps. Very attractive red traps, especially attractive to flies, as it so happens.
We brought in a new display for our Airplants, and it’s huge! It fits way more airplants than we thought it would, so we’ve been stocking up to fill it up. And I think we did a good job there. More airplants than you can shake a stick at! But please, don’t be shaking sticks around in the greenhouse.
PERENNIALS AND SHRUBS
California Native Meadow plants are the best. Achillea “Apricot Delight”. Now it’s true that the yarrows are native to wide ranges, including European varieties. And I don’t really know what the source species of this particular yarrow is. But let’s just say it will do well in your garden here in California.
Have you seen such a high-contrast colorful Bee Blossom? Gaura “Rosy Jane” is a very tough plant. A little more water when in full bloom, sure, but otherwise just a totally tough and hardy plant.
Verbena “Lollipop” has those great tiny purple Vervain flowers, but it’s a short growing variety! None of the 6 to 8 ft tall rangy stuff. This one is a compact 2ft tall bloom spike.
We have Cape Daisies all spring and summer long. And fall too. But this is sure prime season for them. Osteospermum “Ostica Blue Eye”, so named because of the deep blue eye at the center of that gorgeous white flower. Another great plant for local gardens – tough as nails – they’re also called Freeway Daisies ’cause they can survive nicely in the harshest of conditions.
Did I mention we have some great colorful Orchids?
NEW POTTERY, NEW GIFTS, AND MORE!
New handmade coir doormats. Colorful!
Chicken Scratch Mugs. Handmade! Local Artist! How local? Berkeley local! See below for more….
Margaret Norman Pottery – we’ve got a beautiful selection of plantable pots with drainage from our newest artist addition. You can also see her handmade cups and mugs at Alchemy Coffee on Alcatraz. No drainage holes in those, I presume.
Amethyst standing cluster specimen. We got in a new shipment of gemstones, so you know there’s something new and cool. Like this next one…
Tiger’s Eye! Small, but so brightly colorful that they burn.