New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


Wow it’s already November and I’m not ready for winter. So cold all of a sudden! Rain? We have it! Any recommendations for what to do with these radical shifts in season? Anyway….

We are getting all our indoor cactus and succulents lined out and we still have hordes of hardy succulents ready for your perusal. You can still plant winter growing succulents through the winter, like Aloes and Aeoniums. It’s too late for the cactus though, keep them in their pots until spring.

We have a large crop of Yuccas. Some winter growing perennials too, although I didn’t include any of them on this month’s list. I wonder why not?

And then there’s the Succulent Wreaths. It’s that time of year!

Succulent Wreath Class

Succulent Wreath Class Nov 11, 2017 10:00am $75

Schedule of Classes this Fall:

Carey Cherney Ceramics Mix Succulent Class, Dec. 3, 2017 10:00am $60

Succulent Wreath Class Nov 11, 2017 10:00am $75

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

Holiday Hours
Nov. 24 – Dec. 24
Open ’til 5:30pm every day until Christmas


The Succulent Wreaths are almost ready! We’ll have them out at the store Wednesday! And we will start shipping them out by the 13th and thru the end of the year. Buy online now!  Or come on by and pick your own.

Gasteria acinacifolia looks like a standard fan Gasteria, but no – it will spin out and form a moderate sized rosette. Sweet. And they’re big. 2 feet big. That is big!

Haworthia cymbiformis hybrid – so many of our Haworthias are hybrids – sometimes we elide that fact in our naming conventions, but not here! Here we stick that word hybrid right there on that there label! We’re special. But, though, anyway, it’s a nice plant too.

Sansevieria “Laurentii” – I don’t feature the Snake Plants very often, but we sure do sell a lot of them. They are a lucky plant, so please don’t call them by their other common name, Mother-in-Law Tongue. Hardy outside from Santa Barbara south, but not here.

Aloe saponaria hybrid has great color in full sun – not too dark, not too red. A bit of a rusty color is all.

Gasteria bicolor is a smaller gasteria, so there’s that. Otherwise I’m not interested in this plant. It bores me. If I had my way we would never grow Gasterias. Off with their heads!

Aloe “Christmas Carol” is a winter-themed collectible spotted aloe with the bright red coloring.

Echeveria peacockii is a classic rosette succulent, a hens-and-chicks succulent. An almost-bluish grey-leaved succulent. A full-time-participant in any quality succulent garden.

What the heck is this? Echeveria “Blue Dude” is an old-time classic, apparently. I’d never seen one before, but John at San Marcos insists it’s been around for awhile. For evah.

Echeveria agavoides hybrid – this is the best of the agavoides cultivar/hybrids except for “Ebony” of course. Nice color all around. Good figure, good leaf shape. Like I said, a classic. I did say that didn’t I? I meant to.

Echeveria “Curly Blue” is not the biggest or the curliest of the blue echeverias, so there’s more to look forward to!

A nice crop of Aeonium “Schwartzkopf” growing big heads for winter. That’s what they do!

Agave bovicornuta always looks a bit on the yellowish side – as it should! Now that’s a healthy color. These Cow Horn Agaves will get about 2 feet across and more vertical, so 3 to 4 feet tall. And pointy, always with the pointy.

Agave nizandensis is a very low grower. Pancaked on the ground, they will get 2 feet across and send out its spidery fingers along the ground. It is a rare species from Oaxaca. Wa-Ha-Ka to you too.

Agave “J.C. Raulston” is named after famed naturalist Henry Wilberger. These are small, but they will get quite big – it is a parryi after all. There is an arboretum named after this agave in North Carolina, the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at NC State.

Agave potatorum – so these are nice. But how do you feel about them getting 3 to 4 feet? That seems like a big thing in your garden what with those pointy tips.

Echeveria rundelli is also known as Echeveria setosa v. deminuta, and we have those too because we think they’re different! Don’t tell the botanists…

Crassula conjuncta has some good points to it. It works well in small mixed pots, providing a bit of height.l It also works well in the ground where if it’s given the space it will spread and form an 8″ tall carpet of square ended stems.

Echeveria ciliata x nodulosa. I’ve run out of things to say about the succulents. You can figure this one out for yourself anyway.


Consolea rubescens is flat. Flatter than flat. Flatty von flatterstein. It’s actual common name is Road Kill Cactus, (really? yes, really). But I prefer Señor Flatty.

Opuntia ellisiana has edible spineless pads and edible bright red fruits. From Texas.

Stenocereus thurberi – are they hardy? Well, maybe, sort of. Get them well rooted in the ground next summer and they should make it through most winters around here just fine.

Fuzzy! Austrocylindropuntia vestita from Bolivia. What you are seeing there behind the tubular leaves are the numerous small hairy aureoles along the pericarpels. Science!

And now for another Austrocylindropuntia, it’s the A. subulata fa. monstrose! Just in time for decorating. Also with tubular green leaves. Oh those South American chollas.


Cystorchis variegata is a indubitably cuter-than-sense Jewel Orchid from the Western Pacific Islands. And that’s not the only tiny jewel orchid we have going – there are more!

Pseudolithos cubiformis – seed grown little cuties! So hard to grow, if you try them you will probably kill one or two before getting the hang of it. But those flowers…. The trick is to water on a schedule, and not pay attention to the plant otherwise at all. Every week in summer and every 2 weeks in winter. When do you transition? That’s the tricky part! Ben knows more – ask Ben for help!

Euphorbia unispina sounds like it would have single spines. And yet… and yet… look at those sweeping leaves and the small round caudex – who cares how many spines there are! The common name is Candle Plant, because it looks like a giant candle, and I do mean giant, when grown. 12 feet tall is not unheard of. Do not overwater!

Euphorbia lactea fa. cristata, aka Euphorbia “Crest” – it’s our favorite winter introduction, after the jewel orchids and the succulent wreaths. Sweeping fans grafted onto stumpy rootstock.

Euphorbia squarrosa is another randomly fascinating caudiciform spurge with spiny branches reaching out to grab onto your sweater and go traveling. That’s why we keep them behind the counter.

We still have some more Crassula “Buddha’s Temple” ready. They are going fast, so I would expect to be out of them before Christmas. We do have a good group of parent stock growing nicely too, so we should have another crop next year too! With any luck we’ll have them every year. Forever.

Dorstenia gigas – some smaller specimens – but wow are they expensive! Who priced those? They are pretty special…

Euphorbia globosa – our crop isn’t really ready – we’ll have more next spring, but I brought out 2. Just 2. For now. Little round globose stems popping off a little round globose base. They will pile up those round globose stems on top and underneath and over to the side too.


Lachenalia viridiflora has stunning turquoise flowers that are unbelievable. You won’t believe the color. I ain’t making this up! Check it out! In the meantime there are those spotted leaves too. Those are smart.

If you think those blue flowers are crazy just wait til you get a peak at the flowers for this Massonia depressa. Oooah. That’s what we have here? Stunning.



Sweet little handmade planters or tumblers or juice cups if you prefer, from Davis Studios.

We have rocks – more rocks, minerals and gemstones this year than ever before! In case you were wondering the blue stones in the middle are Blue Calcite.

Tokidoki is our favorite blind-box toy, and we have all the latest Unicornos and Mermicornos and Frenzies, but now we also have Sushi Cars. Yes, those are Sushi Cars. And that is Donutella sitting in that particular car. Indeed.

Curio Wolf Zips and Coinpouches, made locally in San Jose – they are very fine. Is San Jose local? I think so.

Sophie Allport fine porcelain mugs, made in England and imported to the colonies by Cactus Jungle!

What! More Sophie Allport mugs?!? Why, I think you could plant right into them if you wanted to.