Cactus25 Mar 2015 06:13 pm


The Echinopsis grandiflora hybrids are starting to bloom! This yellow one is called, or we call it, “Buttercup”. Because it’s yellow. Nice!

Plants24 Mar 2015 08:12 am


Leucadendron salignum “Jester”
Sunshine Conebush

Native to South Africa
Evergreen Shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 4 to 5ft.

Dense, vigorous growing shrub with strongly, brightly, visibly variegated leaves. Red bracts are great for arrangements. Good for coastal gardens. Hardy to 25°F.

Plants23 Mar 2015 08:15 am


Helleborus “Love Bug”
Lenten Rose
Eurasian Hybrid
Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Part to Full Shade
Water: Moderate, drought tolerant
Size: 8″ to 12″

Dry shade. Pink buds and flowers in spring that age to a deep pink. Silvery green foliage. Hardy to below 0F.

Whippets22 Mar 2015 08:57 am


Jason was enjoying a quiet whippet sunday on the blogs. Facebook! Friday Whippet Blogging! Instagram! Twitter! Tumblr! Everyone joins in on Jason’s private Sundays.

Photography21 Mar 2015 08:53 am


Euphorbia ambovombensis

Nursery19 Mar 2015 07:02 am

Spring Terra Cotta Pottery Sale – March 21-31

30% off ALL Terra Cotta Pottery

Special Preview Sale
Friday March 20 9am – 5pm.

Cactus Jungle Nursery and Garden
1509 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 558-8650

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

Special Dwarf Drosera as seen on our recent Australia trip. We hunted them down! They were near Sydney, in La Pelouse. Right here on the map. Nice!

Upcoming Classes:

Sat March 28, Terrarium Class

Sun April 19, Succulent Wall Panel Class

Sun May 17, Succulents Class


Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents19 Mar 2015 05:33 am


This yellow Delosperma is on 4th Street in Berkeley.

OK, so it’s in front of the store. Which store you ask? How can you ask that?!? It’s Cactus Jungle!

If you follow me on the instagrams you might see this same picture, but filtered. Very filtered.

Plants18 Mar 2015 08:22 am


Echeveria nodulosa

Subshrub to 2ft. with 5″ red- and green- leafed rosettes
Hardy to 25F 
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Plants17 Mar 2015 08:48 am


Dudleya traskiae – Santa Barbara Island Liveforever
Endangered. Endemic to Santa Barbara Island   of the Channel Islands NP. Protected under the Endangered Species Act. Flat chalky blue-green leaves. Small rosettes to 8″. Will form small tight clumps.
Hardy to 25F 
Sun, Light shade away from coast
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Misc13 Mar 2015 05:37 pm


Page Street, Berkeley

That’s a lot of Anigozanthos in that front yard alongside a blue Agave. They sure do bloom a lot. Ironically I just got back from Australia and didn’t see any in bloom there. Just here in Berkeley.


Misc10 Mar 2015 11:43 pm

I’ve been out of touch but here you go with some nice South African Ice Plants.


Delosperma “Moonstone” has the pretty white flowers. Like a Moonstone! I don’t really know what a Moonstone is so I don’t really know. But sure!


Delosperma nubigenum is pretty even when it’s not in bloom! But those blooms…. When you see them….

And more… Many more.


Delosperma “Peridot”


Delosperma “Rosequartz”


Delosperma “Ruby”

Travel05 Mar 2015 08:35 pm


Gorgeous giant plumeria tree (frangipani!) on the streets of Sydney, Australia!


Close up bloom photo. Flowers! It must be summer.

Misc04 Mar 2015 03:32 pm


I saw some very classy Cactus Pajamas on sale here in Sydney, Australia. Nice! #notnice

California Native Plants&Travel03 Mar 2015 09:23 pm


It’s Gaura lindheimeri on the streets of Sydney. Australia!

Gaura lindheimeri – Appleblossom Grass
Native to California

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 2-3 feet

Wispy, upright perennial. The stalkless leaves and flowers grow directly on the stems. White flowers with a hint of pink bloom in the spring through fall. Cut back flower stalks for repeat bloom.

Carnivorous Plants02 Mar 2015 04:13 pm


Drosera dichrosepala enodes

Tiny carnivorous babies! The Pygmy Sundews might be big enough to sell by July! I just can’t wait. We can thank Anne for these exciting new species we’ll be carrying all thus year!

Questions01 Mar 2015 10:43 am

Hello Peter,

I’ve got a challenge for you with this Crown of Thorns plant. The plant is obviously not as healthy as it was when it was attached to the roots. I cut off the top because it had these weird growths on it. If I had to guess, I would call them galls. What do you think?

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Uggh! It looks like a virus that is mutating the tissue. It should be disposed of right away. Sorry about that! The bottom parts of the plant may or may not be infected, so give it a chance, but if the stuff shows up then dispose.


Cactus27 Feb 2015 10:56 am

Wow you are good! Thanks so much!

Here is a picture of some cactus I bought at the nursery. It’s labeled as “Penis Cactus” but it doesn’t look any of the pictures I found online!

Penis Cactus

Enjoy your day!



My google search for “Penis Cactus” pulled up this page:

Trichocereus bridgesii forma mostruosa “inermis”
Clone A (The short joined type)
“The penis cactus”

And there you go!


Whippets27 Feb 2015 07:02 am

Jason whippet dog

Questions&Reader Photos26 Feb 2015 10:52 am

Bought plant year ago and you repotted. Plant is on balcony in Mission Bay SF. Watered 4-6 cups every 2 1/2 weeks; fertilized in Sept.


Lower leaves of plant gets soft and shrivels so I cut off. However, as plant grows, the lower leaves continue to get soft and shrivel; is this normal? Also, some of the leaves get these brown spots as you can see in the lower leaves in the photo. What is this? From water? In strong rain and wind over a number of days, I cover plant with a plastic bag; is this necessary?
Thank you for your help!


Your Dudleya is looking great! All succulents lose bottom leaves, and Dudleyas are no exception. They do get the brown spots and if its on a bottom leaf that will be falling off soon then there’s nothing to worry about. On upper leaves the problem is that Dudleyas prefer not to have water sitting on them, so in the ground it is often best to plant them at an angle so the winter rains roll off. Not as possible in a pot, but generally a little water on top won’t hurt the plant more than the occasional spots. Or bring it under cover when we get those too-rare rains these days!


Questions&Reader Photos25 Feb 2015 09:57 am

Here is another round of mystery cactus and succulents. My sister went to Ojai and went to a nursery there and brought back these wonderful plants for me.


Thanks so much Peter.



The plants are…

Top row: Adromischus, probably a Crassula, and Ruschia

Bottom row: Sempervivum “Oddity”, crested Sempervivum and Austrocylindropuntia.



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