Cactus and Succulents - Part Shade

Monanthes subcrassicaulis

Mediterranean climate succulent groundcover with small yellow flowers. Tight clumps, rounded leaves, grows in rocky crevices.

Monolena primuliflora

Large-leafed rare tropical epiphyte. Grown as a Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water, high humidity. Occasionally mist the leaves. Will form a caudex, very slow growing. Red begonia-like flowers.


Terrestrial bromeliads, frost-tender, bright colors.

Neoregelia “Adonis”

Large clusters of very bright red 6″ rosettes on this semi-hardy terrestrial bromeliad.

Neoregelia ampullacea

Classic small Bromeliad will readily hybridize, with many cultivars available. Rosettes will show varying amounts of striping and spotting

Nolina matapensis

Succulent, 1/2″ wide soft pointed leaves form a large 5ft. dia. head on a slow growing trunk. Fine, creamy blooms on a tall spike.

Operculicarya decaryi

Succulent bonsai tree in the Cashew Family (Anacardiaceae) with thickened roots that can be further exposed as the plant grows. Deciduous. Slow growing, no frost. Small pinnate leaves are a little bit larger and greener in shade; Tiny and deep red in full sun.

Opuntia fragilis

Small stems, elliptical to round, forming mats along the ground, often found in dry grasslands.

Opuntia microdasys v. rufida

Dotted with minute orange glochids, shrubby to 2ft. Can handle some shade. Keep away from walkways or other places people might brish against it. Glochids release easily with touch or wind.

Opuntia quitensis

O. macbridei

Low shrub prickly pear from the low Andes, small red/orange blooms

Opuntia santa-rita

Shrubby clumps, 3-4ft. high. Pads turn purple after winter cold temperatures, or in full sun. Variable spines – some have a few long spines, others are mostly glochids.

Opuntia violacea

O. macrocentra v. minor

Purple pads, low spreading, a few long black spines; Populations vary by location.

Orbea distincta

Sprawling segmented stems with protruding teeth, many tiny carrion flowers.


Orbea lepida

Stapelia lepida

Stems to 6″, starfish shaped carrion flowers to 3″

Orbea variegata

Stapelia variegata

Variable, stems to 12″; speckled carrion flowers to 6″

Orbeanthus hardyi

Orbea hardyi

Low, creeping with trailing speckled stems. Grayish-green with mottled purple. Starfish-shaped carrion flowers with bowl-shaped center. Protect from frost.

Othonna capensis

Small thickened oval leaves turn purple in sun. Low-growing groundcover succulent daisy (Asteraceae) with daisy-yellow flowers. Can be used in hanging baskets or rock gardens to trail.

Othonna capensis “Ruby Necklace”

Small thickened oval green leaves with purple trailing stems. Low-growing groundcover succulent daisy (Asteraceae) with daisy-yellow flowers. Can be used in hanging baskets or rock gardens to trail.

Oxalis adenophylla

Alpine, semi-succulent, with pink-tipped white flowers. Prefers full sun, but can handle some light shade.

Oxalis carnosa

Forms 2″ caudex, fleshy erect stems; grows full and bushy