Reader Photos22 Sep 2014 02:55 pm


Dorena sends along this photo of a gorgeous desert cholla. I don’t know where she took the picture so I can’t be sure of the species, but I have my suspicions…

Reader Photos19 Sep 2014 11:15 am


I visited Cactus Jungle more than 2 years ago, and I picked up two plants: Orbea (Stapelia) variegata and Faucaria felina (I also picked up a bonus snail that has lived with O. variegata). The F. felina had a little accident a year ago (or rather, when I was in a 4-car collision on a highway while toting a few flats of plants to my new apartment, most of the plant’s growths were severed and it’s been languishing ever since), but the O. variegata is doing well. It isn’t as vibrantly colored as when I purchased it, but I also cannot give it the light it needs on a regular basis, so it makes do with what it can get. And that seems to be enough here in the swamp that is DC! These are the first blooms on this plant. Yeah, they stink, and I love them.

I just wanted to share this photo with you!

The Homestead Hobbyist

Click to embiggen!

Cactus&Photography&Plants19 Sep 2014 08:19 am

People like pictures. Pretty pictures of pink flowers are even better!

Cactus flowers on a cactus blog are just so the absolute best.

And what do we have here?


Gymnocalycium stenopleurum ssp. friedrichii

Small barrel cactus from Paraguay  gets only 4″ across.

Photography&Plants18 Sep 2014 03:04 pm


Pelargonium “Old Spice”

S. African, large mounds, white flowers, scented leaves
Hardy to 10F

Photography&Plants15 Sep 2014 11:06 am


Euphorbia obesa

Small, round and solitary; very low water in winter.

Hardy to 30F if protected from rain. But we just keep them indoors year round anyway. It’s easier that way.

Berkeley Succulents12 Sep 2014 01:51 pm


Hap has been very busy. Here’s his big Basket. He potted it up recently. So many succulents!


Whippets12 Sep 2014 11:11 am


The Whippet Benjamin


The Whippet Benjamin with more color.

Plants11 Sep 2014 09:09 am


Sweet jesus that’s a nice specimen in my private collection. Not for sale!

Boweia volubilis
Climbing Onion
Bulbs spherical to 10″, long twining vines, sm. greenish blooms

  Hardy to 30F 
  Part Shade
  Cactus Soil
  Low Water

Questions&Reader Photos10 Sep 2014 09:52 am

Hi Peter,

Are you able to offer advice on Haworthias? I have a Haworthia chocolate pictured below that is losing leaves one by one. Not sure if it is going to stop or not, and if this is normal for a healthy C. chocolate. The dying leaves will turn a bright red color while losing their firmness, then became a pale red, and even more soft before drying up completely. Any thoughts?

photo 1

Attached here is a picture of the specimen with leaves showing this activity.

I’ve searched the internet for information, but haven’t been able to find much about it.

Thank you for all of your help and time here.



Given the natural brown coloration it’s difficult to tell for sure, but I think that it is just losing bottom leaves, which is normal for succulents. Maybe it’s been a bit more water than it wants? Hard to say from the photo. In moderate direct sunlight you should water every 1 1/2 weeks through the summer and in lower light less than that.


Plants10 Sep 2014 07:07 am

Another picture of the popular Lifesaver plant.


Huernia zebrina

Lifesaver Plant
Clumps of 6″ stems, erect or recumbent; cream-colored blooms with red centers

  Hardy to 25F 
  Part Shade
  Cactus Soil
  Low Water

Photography09 Sep 2014 05:07 pm


Euphorbia clandestina in bloom is interesting. I don’t know that much about it since it is new to us. I could do some research before I post this lovely picture but I’m on my phone and having a cocktail too so there’s not going to be much research going on right now. Not much at all. I hope you can forgive me. Maybe tomorrow I’ll come back and update this post with more information. Probably not.

Cactus&Photography08 Sep 2014 01:01 pm

I see we have some late blooming barrel cactus at the store. Nice!


Ferocactus glaucescens


Ferocactus pottsi

For some reason, people always like the 2nd flower better. Weird!

Berkeley Succulents07 Sep 2014 01:18 pm


Aeonium lindleyi

Small selection of close in photos.



Cactus06 Sep 2014 01:16 pm


Opuntia microdasys “Aurea”

Dotted with tiny glochids, mounding small pads to 3ft.
Hardy to 20F

Cactus&Reader Photos06 Sep 2014 07:01 am

Hey there, guys…
Sorry to bother you, but does the tagged specimen look like a positive id for Eriosyce occulta? The tag says that but it looks like more a copiapoa to me.


The untagged one looks like an eriosyce, too, perhaps?


Any help would be appreciated. Thanks again!


It’s not a Copiapoa. It’s probably an Eriosyce that has been greenhouse grown. The spines at top are black, and you can look for a taproot when you replant it. Or wait until it flowers for a final ID. There are others it could be like a Coryphantha, but it would be a rare Coryphantha with black spines, so it is most likely the Eriosyce.

I don’t know the untagged one, but I don’t think it is E. occulta. I’ll post it to the blog, but you may have to wait until it flowers – send us a picture when it does!


Whippets05 Sep 2014 12:48 pm


Benjamin begs for food from Keith and gets a chip.

Nursery04 Sep 2014 01:54 pm


The new giant Palo Verdes, they’re the spineless “Desert Museum” variety, take over at the nursery. You can’t see the store anymore!

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus01 Sep 2014 06:49 am


Opuntia “Maverick” on 10th St in Berkeley.

Carnivorous Plants31 Aug 2014 02:31 pm


Sarracenia leucophylla “Tarnok”
Native to U.S. Gulf Coast
Perennial Carnivore
Sun: Moderate to Full Sun
Water: Bog
Size: 2 to 3 ft. tall
White hood with green and red veins is pointed and covers most of the opening. Grows in upright clumps. Large red flower sprays spring/summer.

Nursery29 Aug 2014 03:47 pm


New terrarium glass arrived today! This case seems a little smooshed. I wonder if it all got broke? Uh oh.

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