Cactus Costume Winner 2016

The winner of my custom cactus costume online contest for this year is our very own Conor!


Hand-sewn cactus spines!


Team-building Logo!

Spring Art Show

Have you voted yet at Botanicality? There’s a lot of amazing entries, so you have to scroll all the way down. I especially like the Kid’s Cactus entry.

Voting Today


Toy Obama in a nest says, “Vote.” I’d listen to toy Obama if I were you.

Contest Time

It’s time to review the contest time from Saturday. We have a winner. But before I announce the winner, who do you think was the winner I’m about to announce?

Let’s Vote!

Now I’m going to wait to tally all these votes. When Will I stop tallying the votes and announce the winner? When? Should we have another poll? No!

Contest Continues

We’ll leave the contest below open for another day. Throw out any guesses you have – there are no wrong answers, only a lack of answers. Or something. I guess there are wrong answers too. But I prefer to think that we’re all winners here. Even Keith who is dying to make a guess.

Cactus Exam


Can you name the cactus from the bloom?

How about if I show you the cactus?


The blue stems are the giveaway. So ignore that photo. Pretend you never saw it. Focus on the bloom above.

Is there a prize for getting it right? Yes! And not just the satisfaction of a job well done. There’s also recognition from your peers. And a Lithops, to be shipped anywhere in the US except Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for the restrictions.

Is there a clue, too? Sure! It’s not hardy in Berkeley.

Spanish Cactus

They’re crocheted. The website link is dead so you can’t buy them, so no link just image. On the other hand, maybe by the time you read this they will have paid their internet bill and the website will be back up. You never know on the internets.

Shall we have a contest to name the species? You’ll have to ignore the flowers to be able to guess at a name.

Year End Planning

I’m planning my famous Year-End Best-of 2011 Lists and wanted to open the floor to suggestions.

Which Best-ofs should I do this year?

Was 2011 particularly good for Euphorbias? Crassulas? Bamboos?


Cartoon Cactus

Today there was a rabbit talking to a cactus.

I wonder what the cactus responded with? Caption Contest!

I’ll start it off with,

More sun, please.

I didn’t say they had to be funny.

Variegated Spurge Contest!

Euphorbia “Ascot Rainbow” is one of the Euphorbia x martinii hybrids, and a patented one at that (PP21401).

I don’t know how this one got past Hap since he doesn’t like for us to carry the variegated spurges.

I also don’t know what the name “Ascot Rainbow” means. I don’t see any ascots here, and I don’t see no stinkin’ rainbow.

Personally, I would like to call this one, “Prim Morning” but then I’m an idiot. Sounds like a contest time! Best new name for this patented variegated spurge wins something! If you’re local, a really nice water wand. If you’re not local, how about a box of biodegradeable kitchen bags? Or if you prefer, a Cactus Pup.

More info about it if you care to keep digging before coming up with a better name.

A Succulent Christmas Challenge, With Prizes

JM Succulents has found, or possibly made, a Crassula Christmas Tree. For some reason. And there are flocked berries on top too.

I do not approve. On the other hand, if you make one yourself, send me a photo and I’ll post it here on the blog. And if you can prove you actually made it, out of any succulents, I’ll send along to you a free water wand. Really. I will. I promise. This isn’t even a contest – just a challenge.


Contest? Free Stuff?

So todays contest is simple. Identify the plant in the first picture and win the plant in the second picture. But here’s the little wrinkle. You must come to the store today with the answer! Sorry for all you people who don’t live in the Bay Area (Go Giants).

So please, don’t answer the question in the comments. Come in to the store for the free plant instead!

This is the plant you want to ID in person only at the store to win a free plant.

Nemesia fruticans is the free plant you get. We have 5 left of these reliable drought-tolerant perennials that will bloom for most of the year. Yay!

Contest Winner

And the winner to the Aloe question contest is…


Congrats, and all.

Now, do we think he’s going to pick a birdfeeder or a water wand for his prize?

Contest Deadline

Our contest to help answer the question about a cute little aloe is ending today, so here’s your last chance to be brilliant in public on someone else’s blog!

This may be one of the prizes – you never know!

A 1999 Dodge Caravan!

No, it’s not the prize. But wouldn’t that be exciting!


I figure you all know these plants by now, and have read my answers to similar questions mamamamannnnny times before, so maybe you could handle this one for me? Best answer, that is also complete and accurate, will win one of our discontinued products. You never know what it will be, but it must be good!

Maybe a water wand, maybe a bird feeder. Hmmm…

So here’s the question and the pictures that go with it.

Dear Sirs,

Recently I got a cactus as a present but don’t know what kind it is.

Could you please help me to detect what kind a cactus it is and to see and tell me weather  is it sick (you can see that one leaf Is kind a sick) and what should I do.

Thanks a lot in advance,


Leave your answer for Petar in the comments between now and Tuesday afternoon, and I’ll pick a winner then. Maybe I’ll have arranged for guest judges too! Well, probably not.


The Contest is Over

And Tom J in Denver is the winner.

People found way more errors in that tiny article than even I had imagined. Wow!

And that had come from the BBC, no less.

An Agave Blooms in England

It’s a contest! But first, an article for you to read.

Usually these are just local stories in local papers around the world. But apparently this one made the BBC.

Rare cactus flowers after 50 years

An Agave Victorinae Reginae cactus has flowered in a UK garden after 50 years of growth.

The plant, which belongs to Barbara and John Long, recently grew to more than nine ft… according to the BBC.

I don’t know if the errors are the BBC’s or the local newspaper’s.

Now the CONTEST part:

Shall we catalog? I count 4 major errors in this excerpt alone. Add your guesses to the comments. One lucky winner correctly naming a botanical error, chosen at random, will win a free cactus greeting card from my collection of cactus greeting cards. Cactus Jungle employees not eligible, Keith.


First person to tell me what this is in comments wins a $10 gift card.

CJ Employees not included, Ian.

June 2023

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