New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


September and we got through the chilly August months. Brrrr. I had chills. But now it’s getting hot again so now is the best last time to:

  • Repot your cactus to a larger pot this year!
  • Fertilize your cactus and succulents
  • Take a beach day. The kids are all back at school so it will be quieter out there you know.

And we now bring you some exciting news this month, it’s our first Art Show and Opening at our Marin store! Come on by and see the spectacular PodArt by Natalia Szidon featuring “seeds and nuts, twigs and feathers, lichen and moss, beads and glass.” Sounds fun!

September 14, 3:30p – 7:00p
Cactus Jungle, Marin
130 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo

September 14 – October 30

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

(510) 558-8650

Open 7 Days
9:00a – 5:00p Weekdays
10:00a – 5:00p Weekends

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

Open Tuesday-Sunday, Closed Mondays
Tue-Fri 9:30a – 5:30p
Sat-Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm



Aeonium undulatum is a big-headed wavy-leaved winter-growing succulent from the Mediterranean. These are easy to grow in our own California Mediterranean climate, so get them planted soon before winter and you will see a lot of spectacular growth.

Echeveria “Blue Ruffles” is another big-headed wavy-leaved succulent, this one is from Mexico and grows all summer long. Plus it’s a hybrid, so there’s that too. Probably hybridized in California like so many Echeverias before it.

Echeveria “Crinoline Ruffles” is not only ruffled along the edges, but it is deeply colored too. And has giant thick leaves making up those spectacular rosettes. What more are you waiting for?

Glottiphyllum longum is strange to photograph. Practically flat on the ground, and yet quite thick leaves, gummy-like. They should call this a gummy-candy-plant, but they do not. They call it the Gumby Plant. Go figure. It does look like one of those arms is trying to reach over the edge, push the plant up and over, climb out and take over the world. Look out.

Sedum makinoi “Ogon” is one of our more popular succulents in Marin since it is so shade tolerant for a low-water succulent. Every now and then I add a photo of a standard succulent that we usually have that isn’t really a new introduction because I think it is helpful to have photos of even the most common of plants. Was that insulting to this fantastic sedum? I hope not. The leaves in the photo are not life-size – they are smaller.

Echeveria “Perle von Nurnberg” just came out along with a crop called Echeveria “Purple Pearl” and I can’t tell them apart. I think a grower liked “Perle” and decided to create their own identical cultivar so they could sell it. And it works! We have both! You can choose for yourself if you think they’re the same or not. If they’re different then can you tell me how you chose one over the other?

Graptopetalum paraguayense is pinkish-purplish and contrary to it’s name it’s not from Paraguay, it’s from, no wait it is from Paraguay. No it’s not! It’s from Mexico! Ghost Plant.

Kalanchoe daigremontiana is a very popular succulent weed. It’s called Mother of Millions for a reason. Actually the definition of weed is a plant you do not want where it is, so this is not a weed if you plant it there.

Echeveria pulv-Oliver is the best of the fuzzies. This Echeveria will grow taller tham many others, up to 18″! Bright orange flowers are a bonus.

Pachyphytum compactum is a very dense thick succulent from Mexico. Fat leaves leave an impression. They’ll poke an eye out if you’re not careful.

These next two agaves were selling out pretty fast and so they are probably already out of stock – go figure! But this one is Agave “Blue Ember” and the next one is Agave “Royal Spine”. Hopefully we’ll have even more soon too. Let’s wait and see.



Cleistocactus straussii, the beautiful South American “Silver Torch Cactus” showing off it’s silvery torch in the hot September sun. Great crop of large multi-branched plants.

We have some amazing large Myrtillocactus geometrizans, as well as smaller sizes too, but these are so big and wild that I couldn’t fit them in the photo. You get a close-up instead. Bonus! Edible fruit, little berries, called whortleberries. Look it up! I always love trying to pronounce the “whortle”.

Opuntia sulphurea can grow 5 to 6 ft tall, all the while maintaining those weird wiggly spines, although it is just as often a sprawler, growing down along the ground forming a massive spread platform for those wiggly spines, always with the wiggly spines. It comes to us from Argentina and Bolivia.

Mammillaria hahniana is being featured twice in 2 months for a very specific reason that I can’t remember. Why would I do that? It makes no sense. We really do have a lot of other great small cactus that are new this month. What is going on? Have I lost my mind? Or have I been doing these emails now for almost 15 years and the pressure to be new every single month has gotten to me. I can’t be new every month! I can’t./..


Euphorbia pachypodioides are the Pachypodium-like Euphorbia, hence the name. Great colors, subtle variations on pastel shades. Fancy leaves. This one even has little branches off to both sides.

Euphorbia neohumbertii has stronger colors, more prominent leaf-scars after the leaves fall off eventually, thicker leaves, redder spines, stronger backing from the botany-industrial-complex. Buy one now!

Pachypodium densiflorum – we’ve never had a such a beautiful crop. Nothing is better. There is nothing to compare them to! Sweet. Thick caudex, fat branches, strappy leaves. In habitat in Madagascar they grow low and very wide with dense short branches and gorgeous sulphur-yellow flowers.

So now we are to last month’s featured plant that we had such a great crop of that we still have a few more left and I thought I should share it with you a 2nd time for good luck. What is it? Why it’s Dorstenia crispa v. lancifolia. It may be native to Northern Africa so I’m told but I’ve never been to Northern Africa so I can’t confirm or deny this report. Clearly this has crispy leaves.

Aloe bakeri is in bloom. Care for a closeup?

Closeup of an Aloe bakeri in bloom. Is it the same individual featured above? Only my camera lens knows for sure and it’s not talking. They look a bit like sherbet. Maybe delicious? Certainly to the hummingbirds it is.

Dioscorea mexicana is a fat plant, a caudiciform, an underground tuberous vining succulent from Mexico. Distinctive leaves!


Leucadendron salignum “Blush” is so delicate and pretty – how can that be a vertical bush – they can’t possibly hold themselves upright like that can they? Oh you bet they can. And do. We’ve really gone to town for you with the Protea Family plants for you this year. We’ve never had such a large selection! Leucadendrons, Leucospermums, Banksias, Hakeas, and more! You’re killing me here.


Houseplants seem popular. Here is one of our many Dracaenas we prefer to keep indoors. Thyis one is a cut stump with new leafy growth popping out all over, called Dracaena stedneri “Sol”.

We’re working on new types of centerpiece planters. Like this one! With a centerpiece Dracaena “Tricolor” in the center of the centerpiece.


We got a shipment of rocks in at both stores – more rocks and gemstones for everyone! This one is Red Jasper. We also now have Opal for the first time! And Onyx too? That’s a lot of new rocks.

Amethyst crystal chunks too? Woah. (Oco Geodes in back there, what a photo!)