Winter Succulents

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We’re potting up terrariums and mixed succulent pots and filling hypertufa pots with lots of very colorful Sempervivums like this one! It must be almost a holiday type if season coming up.

Indeed.

Succulent Blooms Close Up

First up we have an Aloe

A single tubular aloe bloom. How nice!

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Aloe plicatilis
Fan Aloe

12ft (5ft. in Bay Area) large thick trunk, broad canopy

Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

And this little pretty is from a hybrid Echeveria. You can’t really tell from the flower what the plant is in the case of these Echeveria Hybrids but this one is…

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Echeveria “Baron Bold”

Click the link for pictures of the rosettes.

Broad, open, solitary rosette. Rust-red in full sun.

Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Giant Chalk Dudleya

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Dudleya brittonii
Baja California
 
18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.
 
Hardy to 20F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Portrait

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Pachypodium namaquanum

Tiny little baby spiny succulent plants are the best.

Pictures of Cactus Flower

People like pictures. Pretty pictures of pink flowers are even better!

Cactus flowers on a cactus blog are just so the absolute best.

And what do we have here?

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Gymnocalycium stenopleurum ssp. friedrichii

Small barrel cactus from Paraguay  gets only 4″ across.

Baseball Plant

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Euphorbia obesa

Small, round and solitary; very low water in winter.

Hardy to 30F if protected from rain. But we just keep them indoors year round anyway. It’s easier that way.

Pachypodium-like Spurges

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Euphorbia clandestina in bloom is interesting. I don’t know that much about it since it is new to us. I could do some research before I post this lovely picture but I’m on my phone and having a cocktail too so there’s not going to be much research going on right now. Not much at all. I hope you can forgive me. Maybe tomorrow I’ll come back and update this post with more information. Probably not.

Late Blooming Barrel Cactus

I see we have some late blooming barrel cactus at the store. Nice!

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Ferocactus glaucescens

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Ferocactus pottsi

For some reason, people always like the 2nd flower better. Weird!

A Couple of Pretty Succulents

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Echeveria “Perle von Nurnberg”
 
6″ rosettes w/cupped purple leaves
 
Hardy to 25F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

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Echeveria “Afterglow”
 
Rosettes to 24″, powdery Lavender leaves best in full sun.

Hardy to 25F 
Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Artichoke Agave

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Agave parryi v truncata is also one of the mezcal agaves, a true blue Agave. But it’s perfect tight round spiny shape allows for its Artichoke Agave fame and fortune. Very attractive!

It will get 3 feet across, and almost as tall, before spreading rapidly in a giant clump of rosettes.

Echeveria Hybrids

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I see we’re growing some very colorful Echeveria Hybrids this time of year.

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While it’s true they are very colorful, they’re not really this colorful. There may have been some filtering going on with these photos too.

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But so nice…

Jewel Orchid

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I see the Jewel Orchids are in spectacular little white blooms!

Haemaria discolor – Jewel Orchid

Terrestrial orchid, small white flowers, dark striped leaves and shade-tolerant!

I think they look like they’re made out of sugar. I’ll bet they’re too sweet to eat. Though you might want to try…

Let me know how it goes when you eat one. Send photos.
  

Rosy Ghost

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Echeveria “Rosy Ghost”
 
Hybrid
 
We found this growing in a flat of E. subsessilis, and believe it is a new hybrid. Should grow to 6″ rosettes. Rosy edges in full sun, bluish-white leaves.
 
Hardy to 25F? 
  
Full Sun
 
Cactus Soil
 
Low Water

Dwarf Butterfly Bush

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Buddleia davidii “Buzz Sky Blue”
Dwarf Butterfly Bush
 
Asian Hybrid
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 2 to 3ft.

Beautiful compact plant only 24″ tall in container. Stunning purplish-blue inflorescence. Great for patios and smaller gardens. Hardy to below 0F.

Trailing Jade

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Senecio jacobsenii is unusual. Such colors not seen since the 60s.

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Unusual pastel colored leaves in full sun. Low growing, good for hanging naskets or to trail over a mixed succulent pot. Will root along the ground as it trails.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

Pink Jelly Beans

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Sedum rubrotinctum “Aurora” – Pink Stonecrop – is the hottest new variety. Very spectacular and colorful and popular.

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Green jelly-bean leaves turn bright red in sun. Great for rock gardens and hanging baskets. Pale yellow star-shaped flowers.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low to Moderate Water

Giant and Colorful Epiphyllum

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It’s a Monday holiday miracle! The largest, most colorful Epi bloom I have ever captured on digital film.

Epiphyllums are often called Orchid Cactus, and sometimes called Night Blooming Cereus, but that last one would be wrong. Although some epi’s are night bloomers, most are not and none of the Epiphyllums are Cereuses. Cereus are Cereuses. And some true night blooming Cereus are almost as spectacular as this day blooming Epiphyllum. But then you’d have to wake up in the middle of the night for those, but not for these.

Beavertail Cactus

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Opuntia basilaris v. caudata – Beavertail Cactus – amazing and beautiful.

Compact variety. Smaller pads than the species, often heart-shaped. Will stay as low as 1 foot tall, but will spread 4 feet wide.

  • Hardy to 0F if very dry
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

Purple Prickly Pears

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Prickly Pear season starts with Opuntia “Baby Rita”, a santa-rita hybrid with small and spiny pads.

Small pads, will grow 3 feet tall. Very spiny pads turn purple in winter.

  • Hardy to 15F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

Blue Succulents

The blue varieties of the popular succulents are popular with the kids these days. Blue agaves are also popular with the oldsters these days. But here we have blue Echeverias. For you!

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Echeveria “Blue Cloud” – moderately blue, some pink.

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Echeveria “Blue Bird” – So blue….

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Echeveria “Giant Blue Curls” – not so blue…

California Succulents

The Dudleyas are always a crowd-pleaser, what with the small chalky leaves and green leaves and long bloom spikes with pale small flowers too.

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Dudleya anomala is our newest member of the California native Sea-Lettuce family. I wonder how it got a strange name like that? This one is pretty reliably green and doesn’t get too red in sun. Where in California is it from? Why its from Baja California.

Tight clusters of green rosettes with slightly red tips in full sun. White flowers on long bloom stalks.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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Dudleya brittonii is the classic Giant Chalk Dudleya, also from Baja California.

18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

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Finally we have the very red Dudleya farinosa – Sea Lettuce, our own Northern California coastal succulent.

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

New Sundews

We have 2 new Sundews at the nursery. The classic Forked Sundew and a new White Sundew. Nice!

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Drosera binata – Forked Sundew

Native to Australia and New Zealand
Deciduous Carnivore (Evergreen if Grown Indoors)

Sun: Partial to Full Sun
Water: Daily, Distilled Water Best
Size: Draping, 12- 18″ leaves

Dew covered multi-forked leaves turning bright red in the sun. Sticky dew captures insects. It forms a large insect-catching bush. Best grown in 50/50 peat moss and sand. Also grows well in standing water. Hardy to 25F.

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Drosera capensis “Alba” – White Sundew

Native to South Africa
Perennial Carnivore

Sun: Partial to Full Sun
Water: Bog
Size: Low-growing, 6″ across

White leaves are covered with sticky hairs, will move like tentacles to capture and digest insects. Thrives in hot and humid conditions, but can be grown outside.

East African Cucumber Vine

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Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa

East Africa

Caudex develops “pimples,” or fissures, as it ages. In the Cucurbitaceae family, forms wild-growing vines with large lobed green leaves and large yellow-green squash-blossom flowers.

  • Hardy to 35F, Prefers to be warm in winter.
  • Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

Shaving Brush Tree

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Bombax ellipticum (Pseudobombax ellipticum)

Mexico

Deciduous tree with succulent stems and large green/brown caudex, can form a tree over 10ft. tall. Large green leaves are smaller and red in full sun.

  • Hardy to 25F if dry
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water

And here’s another bloom picture. This is actually a different flower than the one above, though they were both open at the same time.

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Colorful Bromeliads

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Billbergia “Hallelujah” – Queen’s Tears

Terrestrial bromeliad to 1 to 2 feet tall with very strongly variegated/spotted leaves. Glossy foliage, upright form, multicolored blooms. Grows quickly if not too wet.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Part Shade
  • Orchid/Jungle Soil
  • Low Water

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