Photography&Plants01 Sep 2015 08:43 am


Hoodia gordonii, now with more photo filters!

Stems to 12″ tall, clumps of many spiny branches. Tan to Burgundy carrion flowers. Stems are eaten as an appetite suppressant by the San people of the Namib. Very low water.

Hardy to 25F if very dry in winter
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Cactus31 Aug 2015 06:02 pm


We Are Happy Plants is a band that posts pictures of happy plants on their Facebook page. Like this photo of a car with cactus. Car…. Cactus…. What could go wrong?!?

Berkeley Succulents&Botanic Gardens&California Native Plants29 Aug 2015 11:28 am


Dudleya “Frank Reinelt”

California Native forming 1 foot mounds. As seen at the UC Botanical Garden.

Cactus28 Aug 2015 07:32 am




Rebutia, Weingartia, Mammilaria

Collect them all!

Botanic Gardens24 Aug 2015 10:54 am


Boophane haemanthoides

That’s an amazing inflorescence on a stunning succulent caudiciform bulb!

At the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.

Plants23 Aug 2015 08:40 am


Echeveria “Black Prince”

Rosettes to 9″; thick dark leaves, bright red bloom sprays late summer

Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

California Native Plants&Plants20 Aug 2015 08:06 am


Dudleya edulis

Clumping rosettes to 12″, green in shade, SoCal native

Hardy to 15F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus18 Aug 2015 08:22 am


Large Opuntia on Derby St, Berkeley

Berkeley Gardens17 Aug 2015 12:15 pm


Huge! Agave Bloom! Derby St., Berkeley

Berkeley Succulents16 Aug 2015 05:34 am


Echinopsis in bloom on Ward St, Berkeley

Berkeley Succulents15 Aug 2015 07:07 am


Euphorbia on Ward St in Berkeley

Whippets14 Aug 2015 07:13 pm


The Whippet Jaxx

Botanic Gardens&Travel14 Aug 2015 01:42 pm

The Frustrated Gardener shows you the heartbreak of the Agave bloom. It may not have actually broken the glass on its way out, but close enough!


A specimen of Agave americana, moved from a nearby properly about 40 years ago, has formed an enormous 30ft tall flower spike which is now blossoming. This has necessitated the removal of a handful of glass panes to allow the enormous stalk through, so as not to damage the rest of the historic structure. The result is quite breathtaking and has been drawing crowds from near and far.

Drawing crowds! From all over the Isles I am sure.

Click through for more pictures and the whole story. It’s a good one!

California Native Plants&Plants14 Aug 2015 12:52 pm


Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Milkweed
Native throughout the US
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Prefers Full Sun, Handles Light Shade
Water: Moderate, drought-tolerant
Size: 2 feet tall

Dies back in winter and re-sprouts from its underground tuber each spring. The brilliant orange or red flower clusters appear in midsummer followed by attractive green pods.

Berkeley Succulents13 Aug 2015 07:44 pm


Euphorbia ammak
Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

California Native Plants&Plants12 Aug 2015 11:02 am


Fouquieria splendens in mid summer bloom!

From the Mojave and Colorado deserts; spiny stems. Hardy to 0F in very fast draining soil.

Plants10 Aug 2015 12:20 pm


Agave pygmaea (Agave seemanniana subs. pygmaea)

Chiapas, Mexico

Small wide-leafed agave with red terminal spines. Grows on limestone outcroppings. 12″ rosettes.

Hardy to 25F


Cactus Soil

Low Water

Photography&Plants08 Aug 2015 10:33 am


Fockea crispa, or more properly called Fockea capensis, has tiny little flowers. Five-lobed! Sweetly-scented!

Caudex to 24″; Dry in winter, sweet smelling flowers late summer. Hardy to 35F.

Whippets07 Aug 2015 09:31 am


California Native Plants07 Aug 2015 09:22 am


Abutilon palmeri – Indian Mallow

California Native/Southwestern US
Evergreen desert shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 3 to 6 feet

Very heat-tolerant. Fuzzy gray leaves, orange poppy flowers. An astounding addition to any drought-tolerant or native-plant garden. Hardy to 25F.

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