San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH
Hello, it’s the latest of our email newsletters. Are you new to the Cactus Jungle, having come to visit our new Marin store? Welcome! And for all those of you who know me from years of reading my emails, welcome!
We’ve been working furiously to bring out new crops while stocking 2 stores. It’s a lot! But we have some fantastic new crops out finally and we are proud to show them off to you, right now. We have a lot of photos to get to this month. Right here. Right away…
Cactus Jungle, Berkeley
1509 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Open 7 Days
9:00a – 5:00p Weekdays
10:00a – 5:00p Weekends
Wed.-Mon., Closed Tuesdays
10:00am – 5:00pm
CLASSES, SAN ANSELMO
Echeveria “Red Ruffles” is the most tightly ruffled hybrid Echeveria. And red. A few random caruncles find there way in, but not too many.
We have a huge new crop of new Sempervivum varieties out right now – we’ve been working the system!
Sempervivum “Peggy” has purple leaves in spring that turn deep red by late summer. Purple right now!
Sempervivum “Limelight” small attractive rosettes of lime green leaves can get pink tips with some winter cool temps.
Sempervivum “Pacific Blue Ice” has a long name to go with it’s stunning subtle shades of pink and blue.
Gasteria bicolor are coming into bloom soon. Such thick leaves.
Sedum spathulifolium “Carnea” is our favorite Northern-California coastal native succulent species that turns purple in the sun. Can be found near Dudleyas on occasion.
Dudleya cymosa grows in rocky soils in the California foothills. It’s called the Canyon Live-forever.
Delosperma “Rosequartz” is the first of the blooming iceplants coming out in full bloom this spring. More to come!
Agave “Monterrey Frost” is a variegated squid agave – soft leaves! Squid-like leaves! Variegated leaves! With 2 “r”s in Monterrey means it comes from Mexico!
Another variegated agave? Agave ferox “Variegata” is a bit more vicious what with all those marginal teeth on those leaves. Thick ferocious leaves.
It’s been a long time since I featured Crassula muscosa, so here’s our latest crop.
Those are some beautiful purple Echeveria subsessilis hanging out there.
Corpuscularia lehmanii is a dense small square-leaf hardy iceplant with yellow flowers.
Kalanchoe macrantha has thin curved serrated-edged leaves that will turn bright red in the sun, but can handle light shade too if you prefer green leaves.
Echeveria “Fabiola” just for fun.
Sedeveria “Blue Elf” for even more fun.
And then we land on the Adromischus maculatus, a very dark and serious plant from South Africa. Round leaves tell the whole backstory of this highly trained little russian spy of a plant.
Aloe brevifolia is another South African plant, this one from the Western Cape. Great garden plant in California, it’s totally endangered and vulnerable in habitat, so make sure you get yours from a reputable nursery and don’t go out in the wild in South Africa and pull them out of the ground. That would be bad.
Monanthes anagensis – what do we know about this one? It’s small but it seems to be forming a little bush! Shrubby. I wonder if you could make a 6″ tall hedge out of this.
Rebutia fabrisii is a small clumping mini-barrel cactus with abundant orange flowers all summer long. Already flowering? You bet. Already clumping? Of course.
Myrtillocactus Crests? The bigger ones are back in stock 🙂 Although the smaller ones are now sold out 🙁
Echinocereus rubispinus has dense recurved purple spines and purple flowers too.
Stenocactus crispatus is always a fan favorite since it has wavy ribs. Everyone loves wavy ribs. You love them, I love them, desert foxes love them, anteaters love them too.
Gymnocalycium schickendantzii is a wild dark stormy cactus. The flowers are creamy yellow, the spination is variable so we are happy to present this wild dark and stormy crop.
Espostoa lanata will get big. This Peruvian Old Man cactus can get over 20ft tall. But don’t hold your breath – it can take a while.
Pereskia grandiflora “Violacea” is a purple flowered cactus with thin spines and broad leaves.
Euphorbia ambarivatoensis grows in the rocky areas of Madagascar. Gorgeous leaves top the spiny branches.
Euphorbia mahafalensis has Wild growing spiny branches. Native to rocky outcrops of Madagascar, endangered in habitat.
Euphorbia squarrosa has deciduous spiny green branches. We’ve brought them out after they’ve lost last years branches and we see the new growth started. Otherwise if we hadn’t waited you would have wondered what was up with that.
Stapelia gigantea of the giant stinky carrion flowers fame.
PERENNIALS PALMS TREES AND SHRUBS
Bismarckia nobilis at our Marin store is a classic silver-leaved fan palm from Madagscar. They are hardy to 28F, but even then a little winter damage won’t stop it from recovering with lots of new spring growth once it starts to warm up.
Lupinus luteus is a stunning little grey-leaved yellow-flowered Mediterranean-climate lupine from Southern Europe.
Blue flower alert! Ixia viridiflorus buds just getting ready to pop open! We have them blooming right now at both stores!
Leucospermum “Veldfire” is the yellow-with-orange-ribbons pincushion flowers. Full sun shrubby plants that get 5ft tall or so and will have a stunning number of flowers every year.
Armeria maritima is California’s own coastal Sea Thrift with the muted pink flowers.
Chrysocephalum “Silver and Gold” is low growing silver leaves with puffball yellow flowers in the Aster family.
Osteospermum “Zion Orange” is yet another of the very hardy and easy to grow Cape Daisies in all colors that we have growing all through the spring and summer to satisfy your daisy-needs. Also in the Aster Family (also known as the Daisy Family.)
We have a lot of new handmade pots out and coming all spring long.
These are some handmade pots from Nicholas Newcombe. He calls them Ombre.