Hybrid Cactus


That’s a beautiful Denmoza x Cleistocactus hybrid! Sweet.

As seen at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.

Succulent Caudiciform Bulb


Boophane haemanthoides

That’s an amazing inflorescence on a stunning succulent caudiciform bulb!

At the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.

The Agave; It Broke Through!

The Frustrated Gardener shows you the heartbreak of the Agave bloom. It may not have actually broken the glass on its way out, but close enough!


A specimen of Agave americana, moved from a nearby properly about 40 years ago, has formed an enormous 30ft tall flower spike which is now blossoming. This has necessitated the removal of a handful of glass panes to allow the enormous stalk through, so as not to damage the rest of the historic structure. The result is quite breathtaking and has been drawing crowds from near and far.

Drawing crowds! From all over the Isles I am sure.

Click through for more pictures and the whole story. It’s a good one!

Berkeley Corpse Flower Alert!

They don’t last long so go and get in line to view the Corpse Flower at the UC Botanic Garden!


Trudy, the corpse flower at UC Botanical Gardens, is blooming.

The Sumatran plant, officially called Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, started to open around 8 p.m. Saturday July 25…

Berkeley photographer Colleen Neff visited the garden Sunday morning and said the flower had revealed a beautiful purple skirt. Trudy should remain in bloom for a few more days.

Titan arum are are nicknamed corpse flowers because they emit a smell like a decaying object as they are blooming….


The Huntington

Rikki drove the 5 hours to go to the Huntington’s Spring Sale and got us some nifty pictures (some plants too…)

photo 1

Looks like an Aloe peglerae in front. Probably not. Never mind.


photo 2

Those are surely Echinocactus grusonii with some agressive Agaves too.

photo 3

Ceiba speciosa! So big, so spiny.

photo 4

Dyckia in front!

Walnut Creek Succulents

Danger Garden visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek and a lot of photos were taken. How many?

I had no idea I took over a hundred photographs that day. The garden is just that inspiring.

Click through for all the sunny succulents in all their sunny glory. As seen by Danger Garden of course. There were Yuccas and Agaves in bloom. If you don’t want to click through to see all the pictures, then get yourself over to the gardens and see them in person.

Botanic Garden Goodness

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden has a rare, unusual, special blooming plant. Visible for all to see!

In case you don’t want to click through the picture to see the larger original and the full writeup on the plant, I’ll let you know right now it’s a Pseudolithos cubiformis. How many of you already knew that?

Carnivorous Pitcher Plants

Carnivorous plants at the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden.

Sarracenia leucophylla. Nice big-throated pitchers. Interesting red veining amid the white coloration.

Big fat Sarracenia purpurea, very dark in the full sun.

Purple Flower

Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus

These are generally solitary, from Mexico, and this one specimen from the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden’s Arid Collection is about the tallest you will ever see them, at about 2″ tall.

Sarracenia Collection

The UC Botanical Garden has a lot of Pitcher Plants in their collection. Here we see an entire display of just Sarracenias.


Large Succulent Bulb

This Boophone haemanthoides is at the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden, and is bloomed out at this time.

Boophone haemanthoides is found mainly in the west coastal areas of the Western Cape of South Africa, but extends to the Bokkeveld Plateau. These are areas with winter rainfall. It grows in sand or dolerite outcrops on coastal flats or upland slopes. Summers are hot and dry. The bulbs are really large and produce flowers in midsummer with leaves in autumn. This species has varied colors in the flowers, mostly pink to a creamy white.

Canary Islands


Aeonium hierrense We sometimes go to the Berkeley Botanical Garden to get some new ideas. Like this lovely Aeonium. I think we should grow it. Now all we need to do is find some starts of it.


Usually I will check the name out before publishing it, since botanical gardens often have older names. But today I will not. Today I await your corrections in the comments.

April 2024

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