Succulent Wreaths, now at your local friendly Cactus Jungle, Berkeley
Those are some very small, tiny, Crassula perforata flowers. So small that in person they just look like dead flowers. But no, up close they are alive. ALIVE!
Consolea rubescens is the flat cactus known as the Road Kill Cactus
Because it’s flat!
😍 👏 🐝 🦋
Aloe ferox at the Cactus Jungle on a sunny day.
It’s all good.
Common Name: Cape Aloe
Single large toothy rosette on tall stalk, outdoor up to 8ft.
Hardy to 20-25F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Aeonium “Schwartzkopf” is a classic, selling well at the nursery every year, forever. It is beautiful, it is tall and lanky, it is a large rosette this time of year as winter moves in. Nice!
What’s the best succulent for a Saturday morning? Some might say a Euphorbia anoplia is appropriate for a Saturday morning.
Common Name: Dwarf Red Carpet
Origin: South Africa
C. radicans “Chiquito”
Spreading groundcover to 6″ high, small ½” paired leaves turn red in sun; tiny yellow flowers
Common Name: Cardón
Origin: Baja California
Description: Tall and spiny to 40ft. with 2ft. trunk, slow growing. Edible fruit, medicinal stems.
Temperature: Hardy to 25F
We recently delivered a giant 9ft tall Euphorbia “Ammak” down all the way to Los Altos. At least we thought it was giant. It sure looked giant in our store greenhouse!
But as you can see it is the small Euphorbia there! They’ve been growing them for many years and the new one looks tiny! Nice.
Amazing little flower, but look there’s 8 more buds too!
The plant itself is all hanging bare stems. Practically a “stick plant” I’d you ask me.
I got this guy from you a couple months ago. I’m worried it has developed a fungus. What do you think those dots are?
That is Scale, a small hard-shelled insect that sucks the juices out of cactus. We recommend spraying with natural pyrethrins. We sell Don’t Bug Me which will kill them on contact. They have a hard outer shell so you can clean them off with a spray of rubbing alcohol which will break down the shell, and then use a soft brush to wipe them off. Be careful not to scrape the cactus.
Heinz Street, Berkeley
A nicely blooming Yucca in the Aquatic Park Gardens with a beautiful red Leucadendron in front. Sweet!
Aeoniums in a rock planter, as seen in Berkeley
Ariocarpus fissuratus vibrantly blooming in autumn.
Common Name: Star Rock, Chaute
Origin: Big Bend, Texas; Mexico
Description: Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms; keep dry in winter
Hardy to 25F
Extra Chunky Cactus Soil
Ceropegia sandersonii has giant umbrealla, or parachute-like flowers! Very unusual vining Stapeliad.
Common Name: Parachute Plant, Umbrella Flower
Origin: Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland
Description: Vining Stapeliad with massive unusual parachute-like flowers.
Hardy to 45F
Beautiful Ariocarpus retusus flowers!
Common Name: Living Rock Cactus, Seven Stars, Chaute
Description: Highly variable, possibly through hybridizing. Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms. Keep dry in winter
Temperature: Hardy to 15F
People ask if we have Crassula “Buddha’s Temple” available and for a number of years we’ve had to say “no”. Until now. We finally have a real crop ready, to size and on the floor and ready for sale. Nice! Hopefully we will be able to keep these growing on for years to come so that anytime anyone anywhere (Berkeley, Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area) wants one we will have it available. Now and forever.
Miniature square-shaped vertical stems to 8″, drops bottom leaves
Hardy to 25F
Part Sun to Part Shade
More of the Aeoniums of Divisadero St. in San Francisco.
Divisadero St., San Francisco
Tyrone has come to stay for a few years.
Were you wondering what to do next weekend? Are you going to be in Encino next weekend? You are in luck!
If your garden yearns for crazy, colorful, drought-hearty plants, the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society aims to satisfy at its first Fall Sale Sept. 16 in Encino.
I say, “Woot!”
I found this delicious Dragonfruit Sherbet recipe from our local Berkeleyside!
It’s been a very hot weekend (Record heat throughout Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland? Yes!) so it’s what you want. Right now.
Incredibly addictive, this sherbet offers a celebration of refreshing and complementary flavor in every spoonful. The cool dragon fruit is faintly milky, citrusy and herbal with its gentle infusion of lemongrass. Meanwhile, the strawberry layer offers a hint of tartness and a welcome trace of classic berry sweetness.
Dragon Fruit Sherbet with Lemongrass and Strawberry
Makes about a quart
1 1/2 ounces (about 1 1/2 stalks, depending on size) fresh lemongrass
3/4 cup canned light coconut milk (not full-fat)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces fresh ripe strawberries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light, somewhat neutral liquor of your choice, at least 80 proof (think vodka, light rum or a clear fruit brandy)
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds dragon fruit (about 3 medium dragon fruit)
Tiny little pinkish-white flowers appear all along the vines of this epiphitic jungle succulent.
Common Name: Million Hearts
Vining epiphyte; good for hanging baskets, or terrariums.
Hardy to 40F
Jungle Cactus/Orchid Blend
Artemesia tridentata with a moth visitor.
Zebra striped Haworthia and Sedum burrito, plus chickens, in Idaho, near Twin Falls, but not in Twin Falls. Idaho.
That is some delicious looking large red cactus fruit, aka Tunas, Prickly Pears, Sabras, nōchtli and more names! This is on one of our larger Opuntia robusta plants. When they get in the ground they can produced a lot of fruit, just for you if that’s what you want, or for all your neighbors and friends too, if you have neighbors and friends. I always prefer to eat my prickly pears by blending them in with my margaritas. Delicious, and healthy!
Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe
Using Prickly Pear Juice
Restaurant Cocktail Recipe
Preparation time: 3 minutes. Serves 1
2 ounces Tequila
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce prickly pear juice
1/2 ounce Cointreau
Lime slice for garnish
Instructions: Click through for the rest of the instructions!
Note that I always leave off the salt, because that’s just the way I prefer my margaritas, without salt.
Common Name: Weber’s Agave, Maguey Liso
Origin: Mexico, Cultivar From Arizona
Description: 6ft. rosette, striped leaves curve outward
Temperature: Hardy to 15F