Rare form – smooth variegated skin with shades of green, yellow, or orange.
Small, slow-grower, deeply grooved
Dark green, red in sun; can grow columnar to 4ft.
Thin papery scales over tiny leaves; 2″l. stems; white flowers; dry, fast-draining soil
Tiny caudiciform, many branches covered practically solid in white “leaves”. Rare and hard to grow. Light roots, water lightly. Small yellow flowers. Keep dry in winter.
Branches 1 1/2″ across, 2-3″ h. with hairy rosettes
Small caudex with finger-like branches, white blooms on tips
Grows in rocky soils, lots of sun. Bulbous base, narrow green upright leaves. Yellow flowers. Winter growing.
Green narrow leaves. Yellow flowers. Winter growing.
Will form a small underground caudex. Yellow flowers. We grow them outside in the Bay Area year round, hardy if in very fast draining soil, though we don’t know how cold hardy.
Also Bulbine mesembryanthoides
Small fat windowed green leaves with translucent tops. Grows in rocky soils. Winter growing. Goes dormant in summer, often down to the ground. Flowers in spring. Easy to grow in fast draining soils.
Bonsai tree, large caudex w/fragrant sap and peeling bark. Can grow 5ft tall and lots of wild branches. Deciduous in winter.
Freely branching shrub, natural bonsai; papery white bark, small leaflet pairs
Freely branching small tree; peeling bark, small leaflet pairs
Classic giant cactus from the American Southwest. Slow growing. Will grow their first arm around 75-100 years old and can live 150-200 years. Some populations hardy to 15F if dry in winter.
“It can take 10 years for a saguaro cactus to reach 1 inch in height. By 70 years of age, a saguaro cactus can reach 6 and a half feet tall, and will finally start to produce their first flowers. By 95-100 years in age, a saguaro cactus can reach a height of 15-16 feet, and could start to produce its first arm.”
Dwarf shrublet with paired leaves in the Iceplant family. Tiny little teeth-like protrusions on the tips of the leaves. Variable flower colors from pale-peach to bright yellow. May also be the same species as Cheiridopsis candidissima.
Dwarf shrublet with paired leaves in the Iceplant family. Variable flower colors – Yellow, magenta, red, orange and lilac.
Small clumps 12″ x 18″; bright red tubular blooms
Thin golden spines, stems grow vertical to 4ft tall. Keep dry in winter. Roots can die back easily, take care when transplanting. Lateral cephalium with small yellow flowers when mature.
Small and variable
Very small round paired leaves.
Grows along the cliff edges of the Atacama desert in Northern Chile. Small, rotund, with prominent tubercules. Variable flowers, white to yellow, grow from the woolly cephalium. Slow growing, generally solitary, to 10″.
Small round barrel will eventually grow to about 4″, sometimes clumps. New stems are dark purple, age to a greenish tan. Yellow flowers from the woolly area on top.
Small round solitary barrel will eventually grow vertical to 5″ tall. Very slow growing. Yellow flowers in summer.
Small greyish columns of stacked rounded leaves with an almost felt-like soft appearance. Winter-growing, very low water.
Mojave and Sonora Deserts. Classic golden-spined Jumping Cholla. Slow growing.
A branched monstrose cholla that will often form crests. The new growth is bronze and fades to grey-green as it ages. It uncommonly produces magenta flowers. Prone to rot if wet and cold. Prone to rot if wet and cold.
South Africa; Mesemb Family, very low water, yellow flowers
Tropical vine w/slow-developing caudex; winter-dormant