New Cactus, Succulents and Houseplants for the SF Bay Area


San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


MAY

Beautiful weather seems here for good for the season. Spring! However with this we find out Berkeley and Oakland have instituted mandatory water restrictions, so we will be removing our veggie section early this year since they are our highest water plants.

I’ve been out riding my bike more often, along the bay, and in Marin too. I use Bike Rte 20 to the store in San Anselmo.

Supply chain problems are hitting our soils and pottery sections hardest, even the little plastic pots we use for plants are harder to get. Most prices are stable, but some have had to be raised recently.

Lots going on in the world, around the world and right here at home. As usual we have lots of new plants and photos of everything. Maybe instead of reading this, please donate to an abortion fund. That’s more important than anything I have to say here.

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LOCAL DELIVERIES

Our online store is here. Delivering to areas near to our 2 stores, and to SF.

Deliveries are usually in 1-3 days but may take up to 1 week, Monday thru Friday. We will call to let you know when we will be by before we come.

List of the communities in the Bay Area we deliver to is here.

Pickup in store
Our online shop also has a way when you are checking out to click Pickup in Store, and then you can pick it up in store, especially useful for everyone who are outside our local delivery zones but still want to shop online and come in to our store, or if you just prefer to avoid people that works too.


Cactus Jungle, Berkeley
1509 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 558-8650

Open Tue-Sun 9:30-5
Closed Mondays

 


Ross Valley Nursery and
Cactus Jungle, Marin

130 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 870-9930

Open Wed-Sun 9:30-5
Closed Mon-Tue

 


SUCCULENTS

Aloe “Safari Sunset” aren’t in bloom so this is just a green grassy aloe right now. Nonetheless, I took a proper portrait of it. The sun was just right!

Gasteria marmorata “Variegata” is thick and drippy.

Aloe hemmingii is known as the Mosaic Aloe due to the mathematical symbols painted on the undersides of its leaves (not shown).

Greenovia aurea are large and starting to show their classic cupping form.

I dunno, sometimes you want pictures of generic ratty succulents like this Sedum “Blue Spruce” which I have for you. Did I work too hard to make this one look classy?

OK, so this one is better, Sempervivum “Hopewell” they tell us on the tags it came with but I’m not believing it. Anyway you look at it, these are some very nice hens and chicks. Classy, for sure. You didn’t need my unbiased photography to know that.

Sedeveria “Emerald” is kind of douchy. Can I say that? Oh, F’it. I’m in a mood and that’s how I feel about this little green plant with the aggressively erect bloom stalks and the small head of blooms at the tips. Prove me wrong.

Crassula ovata “ET” is named because the tubular leaves look like ET’s fingers. I can’t make this one up, it’s too unreal to be unreal. Compare and contrast.

Adromischus cristatus has some of the most prolific aerial roots at the base of each leaf which makes for a very easy propagation season. Each leaf is a plant!

Echeveria “Berkeley” has large curly blueish red-edged leaves. Not from Berkeley. Except for the ones we grow, those are from Berkeley. But not the hybrid, it was not hybridized in Berkeley.

Oscularia deltoides is always cute and then it flowers and the whole thing disappears beneath a sea of purple. Then you have to get out the snips and dead-head all those spent blooms that still hang out covering the plant. Then in the winter it grows out and looks fantastic again and the cycle starts over.

Pachyveria “Cornus” is yet another new succulent we are featuring this month in this my monthly email. Are we ready to move on to the cactus yet?

No? You want more succulents before we move on? OK. Here, have a Mangave “Moonglow” because they look so good right now. That should hold you.


CACTUS

Opuntia polyacantha, Plains Prickly Pear, range from Texas to the Rocky Mountain states and the Great Plains, and north into Alberta and Saskatchewan. Widely distributed! They have variable flower colors, but ours are all Peachy! We could add a cultivar name, “Peach”, and maybe we do.

Opuntia basilaris v. caudata is a small-padded cultivar of the classic blue beavertail cactus.

Gymnocalycium anisitsii is our favorite small round ball cactus with giant pink flowers. This years crop is bound to go fast. I expect we will sell the last one on June 5th this year – pick your date and join our pool!

Echinopsis leucomalla will have huge flowers very soon, those buds are popping! That’s what we like about cactus and what we like about spring and how those two things go together so nicely. On the other hand none of this crop had yet busted out any flowers in time for the photos, the bastards. So close, though.

Mammillaria hahniana looks like the owl-eye pincushion, but no, it is the Old Lady Cactus. I… I, .. ,Wait what?

Rebutia marsoneri usually have flowers that lean towards the orange but our crop this year is red. Vermillion, practically.

Echinocereus armatus is very showy right now. Photogenic even. The rest of the year it’s cute, don’t get me wrong. Adorbs and all. But right now I’m getting all kinds of feels for it. Speaking of which, did you catch Heartstopper on Netflix yet?

Do you ever wonder how many pictures I take to get you these emails with 40-50 new plants every month? This month I took 215 pictures, one of which was this yellow-spined glochid-covered Opuntia microdasys “Aurea”.

Polaskia chichipe from the mountains of northern Oaxaca produces edible fruit called chichituna. Tuna is a generic term for cactus fruit, like prickly pears are called tunas. So these tunas are the chichitunas.


RARE PLANTS

Haworthia emelyae v. major is a stunning star-shaped window-leaf purple-hued haworthia from South Africa with a bad case of bumplets along the surface. These can handle amazingly low amounts of water what with our drought and all, but they already are sprouting new pups so you may want to water them a but through the summer to let them maximize their personal potentiality.

So beautiful! Gymnocalycium bodenbenderianum has a long name and purple-sepia flowers, but I would die for those adorable recurved little spines!

Cotyledon pendens will in fact hang down and be pendant. That’s where the name came from. Or from the Pendências, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Either explanation works for me.

Pachypodium horombense is highly sought out by the Apocynaceae of Madagascar collectors. Very nice. Sometimes you must wonder if I’m making up words here. Random groupings of letters sound like words, could be words. Who knows!

Our newest crop of Albuca spiralis are looking hot and tight. These are what they should look like. Last year we didn’t produce our own crop so we had to buy some in, and they were not as classic and tight as these. So try them again this year, please, they are our own crop again.


HOUSEPLANTS

Athyrium niponicum v. pictum – It’s the ferns! This may or may not be the Godzilla fern. If it is, it will get 4ft! If not, it is the Japanese Painted Fern and only gets 2ft. Hmmm. Very cold hardy either way, but we like the delicately painted fronds for indoor.

Peperomia “Piccolo Banda” has giant bloom stalks propped up above some stunning low growing painted leaves. In case you were wondering, get out your microscope because those are the fully open blooms all along those bloom stalks. What I’m saying is that the flowers are small, very small.

Alocasia “Polly” is probably the easiest of the large-leafed elephant-ear houseplants, so start here with this one, it’s a classic. Misting is good.


PERENNIALS

Abutilon palmeri have fuzzy grey-green leaves, orange Indian Mallow flowers and are “local to eastern slopes of the Peninsular Range and the Western Sonora Desert, and in San Bernardino County in the low foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains (330-1,110 m).” Calscape.org

Grevillea “Penola” come to us from Australia, specifically the Grampians of Western Victoria. The plant is nice, but the park is nicer if you ever get the chance to visit in person.

Leucospermum “High Gold” is among the last blooming of our Pincushion Flowers this winter, most of which have sold through, so get them while they’re hot and heavily laden with flowers.

Coreopsis “Early Sunrise” are cute little daisy yellow flowers. Also known as Tickseed because the seeds are the size of ticks, or maybe because they ward off ticks?

People love them some little puffball-like flowers. Like this Chrysocephalum “Desert Flame”.

On the other hand, The Gaillardias are showy and large, often bicolor, daisy-flowers. Here we see the classic rings of color of Gaillardia “Granada”.

Baby Blue Eyes! The blooms have popped. Nemophila menziesii. California native annuals, they self seed so you get more flowers next year too, and the year after that.

Drimiopsis maculata is a bulb, so maybe it would make more sense among the succulents? Well, it’s in the perennials section at the store. Hmmm.


POTS and GIFTS

Kinto Porcelain Pots are some very fine Japanese porcelain at unbelievably reasonable prices. Prices haven’t gone up in 4 years, so we hope that stays that way.

Our latest in handmade pots, these matte-finished soft-colored slightly-tilted pots feature a drainage hole and come to us from Homa Studios out of their New Jersey Studio “using clay that we excavated from Toney’s Brook right in our backyards”. Pretty specific!

If you were wondering why we do not carry food or food-related products it’s because our indoor space is a greenhouse. And yet, here we go! Nicolas Vahe Salt and Pepper. Hah! If this works out, no telling what new products we’ll add!