Hybrid species, to 3’h.; blue-green skin
Vertical rosette to 3’h.; long rigid leaves w/strong teeth
Small, jewel-like mesemb with the smoothest leaves of the Titanopsis group of the Ruschieae tribe of the Iceplants (Aizoaceae). Winter growing. Yellow flowers with red-striped petals. Will grow a thickened taproot. Prefers very rocky soils.
Small, jewel-like mesemb with angular bumpy leaves. Yellow flowers in winter. Leaves turn purplish in full sun.
Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms; keep dry in winter
Slow-growing to 10″; smoother than A. fissuratus. ep dry in winter
Highly variable, possibly through hybridizing. Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms. Keep dry in winter
Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms. Keep dry in winter
Possibly A. retusus ssp. trigonus
Rare, endangered, slow to 12″; Incurved tubercles. Mexico/Texas border.
Large branchy cactus to 40’h.; long needle-like spines with white tips
Small solitary globular species, to 4″d.; yellow flowers; spineless areoles.
4″d. to 8″h. with long and twisted spines, many yellow/red blooms
Solitary globular species, variable, to 10″d.; spineless areoles; Flowers yellow/red
Small, slow-grower, deeply grooved
Dark green, red in sun; can grow columnar to 4ft.
Stout short spines. Stems are speckled white.
Shrubby 5-8ft. tall, will grow wide; small red blooms
Small S. American cholla, to 24″h.
Andean tree cholla gets 12 feet tall in habitat but can reach 25 feet in Bay Area, tubular leaves, long spines. Creates a very effective living fence. The fruit often drop and root in place.
Monstrose cholla to 3ft.; dense branches, small spines from A. subulata
Shrubby to 12″; purple in full sun; small red blooms
Shrubby, branches grow vertically. Tubular leaves are persistent. Hairy stems, red flowers. Slender stems 2-3ft tall.
SoCal coastal native. Rare, yellow flowers, shrubby stems to 3ft
Bonsai tree, large caudex w/fragrant sap and peeling bark
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.”
Very slow growing shrub to 6’h. with tiny ovoid green leaves
Natural bonsai shrub succulent, to 8″h., with small thick green leaves. Stems can get 4″ thick.
C. hildmannianus ssp. uruguayanus fa. monstrose “Fairy Castles”
C. peruvianus fa. monstrose
Large clusters of tightly spaced stems, to 2ft tall.