Author Archive: Peter Lipson


We have a lot of very colorful lithops in stock at both stores!

Aeoniums, San Francisco

Aeoniums Schwartzkopf and arboreum, #2744, in the Sunset, near the beach, in San Francisco California!


Leucadendron “Safari Goldstrike” Cedar Street, Berkeley

Echinopsis “Big Bob”

I have no idea if this is just something someone told us this was called, but we’ve been growing a few of these extra fat San Pedros and they are ready for sale. Echinopsis pachanoi “Big Bob”. Is this a real name? Did we just make this up? Don’t know! But since we are not… Read more »

Foxtail Agave

Agave attenuata blooms just starting out. Main Street, San Francisco

Aeoniums, San Francisco

Aeonium arboreum massing in wood planter boxes at the family friendly Spark Social food truck park in Mission Bay. Everything is delicious.

Aloe Safari Rose

This one is Aloe “Safari Rose” which I almost like as much as the other Aloe Safaris. But my new macro lens does a pretty good job up close on those rosy flowers! Thanks, Dad.

Aloe Safari Orange

I want you all to know that just because I write these blog posts in a first-person chatty style doesn’t mean that I’m a chatty AI bot, I’m a real person! I have real feelings and likes and dislikes too. And I like these Safari series Aloes. This one is Aloe “Safari Orange”.


Leuchtenbergia principis really throws that whole artichoke discussion out the window. This one is the Agave Cactus. The Cactus Agave? The Artichoke Agave Cactus? I can’t keep it all straight anymore. These are small right now, but will grow big and fat. Like an articho…  agav… …like a cactus.

Artichoke as Metaphor

Obregonia denegrii looks enough like an artichoke that some people call it the Artichoke Cactus, not to be confused with Agave parryi truncata which is known as the Artichoke Agave. Maybe instead of comparing unrelated plants to artichokes, we should call the delicious and valuable artichoke the Pulque Vegetable.

Rusty Sedums

Sedum “Firecracker” turns rusty red colors in the fall, any day now!

Red Echeveria

Echeveria “Red Baron” was only available at our Marin store. But now it’s in Berkeley too! Buy now for local delivery? Yes!

Crassula “Sunset”

Crassula ovata “Sunset” have had a bit of a rough month with the recent heat, but this one looks good!

Red Succulent Questions

Hello While visiting Santa Barbara Mission I came across this plant. Questions Is it an agave? Is it always red or only because it’s outside and in direct sun ? Or Is it red due to maturity? Inquisitive minds want to know Thanks Emma

We Get Questions

Not sure where this question comes to us from, but the signs outside the window may provide a clue. hey there, i just bought a thin tall cactus that i really wanna take good care of but none of the apps or interent helped me out in identifying it- Any reccomendations would be lovely, thanks… Read more »

Aeoniums San Francisco

Collection of street Aeoniums starting to bloom for summer, 39th St, Outer Richmond, San Francisco

Black Spot on my Cactus

Hi Cactus Jungle, May I ask, do you know why this cactus body is become black spot? I just bought my plant last week. Yesterday I clean the brown patch (dead scale) from the cactus body.. However, the spot that I clean become black spot.. Today I tried to clean that again and scratch &… Read more »

We Get Euphorbia Questions

Good evening I have heard what I think is a Euphorbia ingenes for around three years now and it’s always been a healthy plant with lots of growth however we moved house in October and it has been in my hallway to the right of my glass front door it always has in direct sunlight… Read more »

Agaves and Cruise Ships

It’s the Agave attenuatas and the cruise ship terminal and the cruise ship along the Embarcadero in SF!

We Get Emails from Nederlands

The Euphorbia antisyphilitica photos on your site from the Growing place are nice. But I grow the plant in Holland, without growing place and was looking were he grow.. now I know Texas and Mexico So I came on your site..[The photos you can put in iff you want,] Becose this plants have Male and… Read more »

Heritage Plant Question

Hi, I have a Christmas Cactus, (pink flowering, 18″ long ‘paddle’ leaves), that is said to be from a cutting in Kansas, ca. 1865. Is there a possibility it is a rare, unknown or presumed ‘extinct’ variety!!!??? Do you know of any experts, collectors or breeders that might like a sample to check it’s DNA… Read more »

Uncovered while weeding!

We get emails: Uncovered while weeding! RoseAnn Note: It’s a Cleistocactus straussii poking up, and yes that’s a lot of weeds…  

Repotting a Cactus

Hi there, I don’t know if you can help me, but I need some advice on cactus care so I figured I’d give it a shot. I inherited this big girl (she is about 3.5 feet high) when a friend of mine abruptly left town. I was advised by a plant ID group that this… Read more »

March 2023

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