New Cactus, Succulents and Houseplants for the SF Bay Area


San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


AUGUST

Welcome! We are still here, still growing plants, still putting out new species all the time. Thanks to Hap and his production team! And here are a few of them for your enjoyment, a few for you and a few for you, over there in the back, raising your hand, you wanted a Dudleya and we have Dudleyas!

Plus more gemstones, and a nice shipment of shells. And the toys! Always with the toys, why does Cactus Jungle sell so many toys? I don’t know, you’re the ones buying them not me…

With the Delta variant, we are back to requiring masks in our stores. Please be patient with us as we all try to keep everyone safe. If you would like an accommodation if you can’t wear a mask, please let us know and we will do everything we can while keeping our stores safe for everyone. You can respond to this email and I will get it. Thanks!

 


LOCAL DELIVERIES
Our online store is here. Delivering throughout the areas near to our 2 stores, and 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.


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

(510) 558-8650

Current Hours: Open Wed-Sun 9:30-5

 


Ross Valley Nursery and
Cactus Jungle, Marin

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

Current Hours: Open Wed-Sun 9:30-5

 

SUCCULENT

Aeonium haworthii is a small Pinwheel succulent with red-edged green rosettes. It’s not the most exciting succulent we have, but it is a parent species for many better known hybrids. So if you want to start hybridizing Aeoniums yourself, I suggest starting with this one here. Hard to believe!

Aeonium leucoblepharum is much more exciting, look at it’s wind-swept aspect! the quality! the fierce pose! But don’t ask me to pronounce that name, I always go luko-ble-ble-phl-phlh so if I have trouble with it you know there’s a problem. Go ahead, I’ll wait here while you try…. See, I told you, blh-ble-phle-ple is the best we can hope for.

Agave “Blue Flame” is a new crop of large 10g sized specimens. It’s large and blue, blue-agave-like even. I wonder if you can make tequila from it? No! You cannot! You do not live in the Tequila region of Mexico so it’s not allowed. Regional appellations and all. I thought since you’re from the Bay Area, near Napa etc, that you already knew this! But you can have the plant. And if you do roast and distill the heart you can have something or other alcoholic from it, just not tequila.

Aloe africana is a beautiful tree aloe with yellow flowers, grows to about 12ft tall, generally solitary. Great in the Bay Area! Or even elsewhere in California in case you do not live here but want to take one to another part of the state. California is a good state to be growing low-water drought-tolerant winter-growing tree aloes. Now you know! Those who live outside of California are out of luck.

Beaucarnia guatamalensis comes to us from Guatemala and is a giant caudex-forming 12ft tall tree. But unfortunately just before posting this email to you someone bought most of our plants out from under you. There are only a few scrabbly ones left, you don’t want those. But the picture is nice! You can’t have that one either, it sold.

Crassula nudicaulis, which is a pretty variable species. This is known as Devil’s Horns. Common names are weird.

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Dudleya lanceolata has the very pointy white leaves, thick at the base, pointy at the tips. White all around. From coastal California as far north as Año Nuevo.

On the other hand, Dudleya traskiae is limited to Santa Barbara Island, known as the Santa Barbara Island Liveforever. Try typing Santa Barbara Island out three times fast, it involves lots of backspace deleting to get there from here. But the Dudleya is beautiful, well worth the effort.

Dyckia “Grape Jelly” – should I discuss that jelly name here in this space, or that I am including Bromeliads in among the succulents? Jellies… Broms… Let’s go with Bromeliads! I never know where to include these, they’re not succulents, not leafy perennials, and many are hardy outside so they’re not tropical houseplants, though they do grow well indoor. It’s not just these emails, look at the encyclopedia part of our website, they’re under Succulents there too! My life is hard. Maybe I could have discussed the dark burgundy color instead. No, I think I made the right choice.

Echeveria “pulv-Oliver” is normally more a burnt-orange edged fuzzy leaf, but these are much more red than burnt-orange. See I get to talk about leaf color here! I love leaf color! But they do have orange flowers, so you have that to look forward to.

Tiger Jaws – it’s a new variety for us, smoother leaves, fewer marginal teeth, it’s Faucaria bosscheana! Also from South Africa like the other Faucarias, and the whole mesemb family really.

I don’t know, maybe we should start calling these by the currently recognized genus Haworthiopsis, but I will always think of them as Haworthia fasciata. You can go with Zebra Plant if you prefer.

Kalanchoe orgyalis – shall we talk names here, or shall we talk leaf colors…. “Orgy”-named…. or Stunning-Copper-Leaves…. I know, let’s talk about the suede feel to the leaves! What’s that about?

Mangave “Mission to Mars” is a stunning dark burgundy with green spots soft-leaf hybrid, though Hap says some are saying Manfreda is no longer a proper genus and they are all Agaves in which case we would have to rename this Agave “Mission to Mars.” Good luck with that, Hap.

On the other hand, Mangave “Black Magic” is a stunning dark purple with green spots and soft leaves. Very different. Your choice is clear!

Sedum “Angelina” is the chartreuse stonecrop that will completely cover your ground. By that I mean it’s a groundcover succulent. Plant about 1ft apart to expedite the ground-covering aspects of this plant. Also works well in pots where it will grow over the edge, spilling waterfall-like to great effect.

For Hens and Chicks fans, we have Sempervivum “Bronco”, one of the more colorful alpine succulents in our collection.

Sinningia tubiflora is a flowering gloxinia with the longest tubular flowers around. Hummingbirds can’t get enough. Plus they form underground caudexes! Succulent flowering gloxinias? Is it possible? Is it true? Ask an expert: the Pacific Bulb Society! They’ll know. For collectors, they’re known as Gesneriads. If you’re a collector you probably already have one since this is one of the more common Gesneriad Succulent Flowering Gloxinias. Not shown: the blooms.

Blue Chalksticks. Here is where I would normally put the species name, but I will leave you guessing on this one. What will it be? Will it be a Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae), a succulent Daisy (Asteraceae), a member of the Pea family (Fabaceae)? Can it be a Rhododendron? No, it can’t be a rhododendron. OK, it’s a succulent daisy (Asteraceae). There, are you happy?


CACTUS

Cereus “Ming Thing” is the lumpiest of the monstrose night-blooming cereuses. And this one in the picture is the lumpiest one we have. Probably the lumpiest in the world, at least right now. Nobody can prove otherwise. Don’t make me call your mom!

Pachycereus marginatus, Mexican Fencepost, tall specimen caught all in one shot with a full black background. I’ve been waiting for years to achieve this! Normally I have to take pictures of pieces and parts of this cactus, or not in my studio and not with the black background. But look, I got the shot! I think I may be a little too excited here…


RARE PLANTS

Adenium obesum “Picotee” are small seedlings, but they pack a stunning and surprising flower, white with hot pink fringe. This is an amazing new hybrid because it is not grown from cuttings, it is grown from seed and those flowers will grow true! Grown from seed means it will get the classic huge Desert Rose caudex. The best of all worlds! I don’t have any flower pics yet since these are too small still to flower. But I’m sure you can google it. I prefer duckduckgo myself.

Peniocereus greggii ssp transmontanus is native to New Mexico. We know the subspecies because these are grown from seed, because you would never know from the stems as they look the same as the species. Only the flowers are slightly different. And they are hard to get to bloom if you are not living in a hot desert. But when they do, they earn their name Queen of the Night. Beautiful. Available for purchase at our Berkeley store. And our Marin store too. Everywhere you can find your friendly local Cactus Jungle!

Plectranthus ernstii has soft fragrant green leaves. It’s a natural bonsai, cute enough, known as Bonsai Mint because it’s a mint with these adorable and cute bonsai-like natural features. If this was a Manga, it would be this character. Cute!


HOUSEPLANTS

Our crops of houseplants are coming along. These are still small, but then it is a dwarf Alocasia “Bambino” so who can tell if the plants are small right now? They look fine! Just like they’re supposed to! Keep them indoor! Tropical Houseplants for Everyone™. Please note that I added a lot of black negative space in the photo to help you visualize just how small these are. Now close your eyes and visualize the blackness, the deep blackne…

Did you complete your visualization exercise from the last plant yet? OK. Onward! To the Calatheas! Calathea sanguinea is a very handsome houseplant, one of the easier calatheas, but still would like a little extra misting from time to time.

Monolena primuliflora is not just a houseplant, it will form a caudex below those big leafy greens because it’s an Ant Plant! Tropical epiphyte! Oh this is fun. Looks like a big leafy houseplant, turns out its a caudiciform ant plant. Either way, a little more water than most houseplant please. You do not have to have ants, it will survive without them.

Callisia repens is more commonly known as the Inch Plant and used to be considered part of the Tradescantia group, ie one of the Wandering Jew houseplants. But no more. It has been moved to a new Genus! I love that about it. So classy. Also it’s a nice plant and buy one.

Carnivorous Plants are the hot plant right now. I would feature Pinguiculas but we cannot keep them in stock. We do have a few. But anyway, this here Venus Flytrap is Dionaea “B-52” so named for the giant size of the traps. Or for the B-52’s Wild Planet song, Wild Plants. Also, they’re red.

Sarracenia “Judith Hindle” is another very red carnivorous plant. Also known to munch on flies, and other insects of Diptera (also known as the Fly Genus. Flies! Get away! Oy!)

Dracaena “Malaika” is a very colorful cultivar of the Dragon Trees. Yes, this will in theory form a large 30ft tall tree. I don’t know that you can get these little variegated ones to do that, but let me know if you try – we’ll help you keep a yearly record of its growth. I’ll set up a whole webpage for you and everything! Everyone can follow along! I’m so excited!

Ficus umbellata has large heart-shaped leaves. Makes for a great houseplant, but wants more than average sun – if it’s losing leaves it’s probably not enough sun. Will form a 2ft swollen caudex base like all the best Fig Trees.

Humata tyermannii is a highly sought-after White Rabbit’s Foot fern. See what I did there? White Rabbit’s Foot, people want them, for the feet, but not a real rabbit’s foot, that would be bad, unfortunate, cruel, so instead you can seek a fern, also known by the same name, the White Rabbit’s Foot name. It’s a game!

Now I bring you the Peperomias. Peperomia argyreia is the classic and highly-desired Watermelon Peperomia. very nice.

Now we bring you the gorgeous and highly desired Peperomia “Piccolo Banda”. So sweet! I am very fond of this one. But then I have always loved me a good Peperomia.

Finally we have the Red Log Peperomia, Peperomia verticillata. You won’t find these just anywhere, but you will find them here, in this email. Today! And tomorrow if you don’t delete.

Platycerium bifurcatum “Netherlands” is a large growing Staghorn fern, this one is also known as the Elkhorn fern. But it is a fern in the fern family with fern-like characteristics, like shade-loving, and spore-throwing…

Mini Monsteras are back in stock. Deeply cut leaves make the Rhaphidophora tetrasperma a case study in mid-century modern stylistic melanges. We’re having discussion in house whether to convert all houseplant tags to latin names, or keep some of the common names that people are more familiar with. What do you think? Do you prefer Mini Monstera or Rhaphidophora tetrasperma? It’s a tough choice. Also, most people call these Philodendrons anyway, so that’s probably why we try to stick to latin names when we can.


PERENNIALS AND SHRUBS

Achillea “Moonshine” is the original hybrid yarrow with the very tall bloom stalks topped with large yellow flower sprays. So nice. Mostly we sell smaller varieties, but this is a classic.

We finally have a good bunch of Spurges back in stock! Supplies have been tight for the last 14 months or so. But now we have enough spurges to satisfy even the pickiest spurge-collector. Euphorbia “Ascot Rainbow”

I think that’s enough about our problems with supply chains, instead I’m going to talk about Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii like I was a regular plant information source,
“Common Name: Mediterranean Spurge
Origin: Mediterranean
Description: Evergreen Herbaceous Perennial
Early summer large, dome-shaped, lime-yellow flowers tower above lush green foliage. Deer-resistant.”

Phew, that took a lot out of me being more serious for you. I hope you enjoyed that little bit of botanical information. Come back next week for my TedTalk about Herbaceous Perennials from the Anatolia region; it’s sure to include a detailed discussion of Verbascum and it’s pests.


POTS GIFTS AND MORE

We got in some spectacular shells last week, and these green Turbos are Jade with Pearl Banding. We also got a large number of  Urchin shells, pink, purple and so on. I think we have enough stock of shells now to last until 2023. That’s a lot of shells!

Some classic indoor cachepots are back in stock – supply chain issues resolved! This is our 6 inch Fluorite cachepot with the little stubby feet, but only 3 stubby feet so stable but not too stable. Cute!

And this cactus-themed 7 inch ceramic cachepot is a very solid addition to your home decor, if your home is 70s modern, maybe back into the 60s? Does anyone have a modern style guide from the 50s thru 80s to cover our bases and can we have a definitive ruling on this one please? BTW, not to be presumptuous with our younger Gen Z audience, I do mean the 1960s-70s of course. You can OK Boomer me back, if you like.

Our stock of Gemstones is solid. Jasper Brown Zebra Tumbled is one of the more unusual ones we have in stock, not your typical amethyst or crystals, something new for your chakra. Don’t @ mean, please.

A lovely little gemstone called Moss Agate Tumbled. We do also have Moss Agate chips. We also have Agate slices. We are good to go with our Agate collection at the moment.

I know you were wondering if we had any new toys, and we do! We have a lot. And we have pre-ordered more that are not even out yet. Coming soon! (I’m contractually prohibited from telling you what’s coming soon. They could ban us, they could blacklist us, they could also not see these emails and not know I told you. But I am not willing to risk it! For you – you are the reason we care so much!) These are the newest of the Tokidoki Blind Box toys. But we have a pretty good toy dragon selection too. But mostly people want to know what Blind Boxes we’re carrying, and we have them all. In case you were wondering, yes that is Spongebob x Tokidoki there.