Misc31 Oct 2014 10:55 am


Rainy day

Cactus31 Oct 2014 09:58 am

It’s my latest of an annual roundup of cactus costumes just in time for Halloween. Not in time for you to get any of these copied or bought to use yourself, though. It’s too late for that.

So enjoy!


Dancing Cactus with Backup Dancers

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It’s a Cactus costume that doubles as a fancy top hat for the rest of the year. Nice!


Katy Perry Cowboy Birthday Party

Robyn, Katy Perry, and Jeremy Scott at Katy’s Wild West Ho Down Throwdown birthday party.
Photo: The Cobrasnake


Cactus Man Halloween Costume

And the clear winner is this one. It looks like it took a lot of work. No slipping a plastic costume on here.

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents29 Oct 2014 03:35 pm


Jones Street Berkeley
Aeonium clump, low growing, click to enlarge so you can really see the whole thing.

Reader Photos27 Oct 2014 11:02 am

Berkeley Succulents27 Oct 2014 08:39 am


Seventh Street, Berkeley
Aloe arborescens in bloom

Misc26 Oct 2014 11:37 am


Parker Street, Berkeley
Mixed Succulents in a Barrel

The Rare Barrel brews beers, especially sour beers, which seems to be the latest craze. But here we see they put some succulents in a barrel instead. Delicious!

Cactus25 Oct 2014 08:19 am

Do we have some Opuntias for you! Today we feature Beavertails and Prickly Pears..


Opuntia “Baby Rita”


Opuntia basilaris v caudata


Opuntia “Burbank Spineless”

That’s done delicious looking fruit!

Misc24 Oct 2014 08:03 am


Mammillaria parkinsonii
Owl’s eye pincushion

Slow branching; to 6″ cylindrical; woolly between spines. Hardy to 25F

Whippets24 Oct 2014 05:09 am


Berkeley Succulents21 Oct 2014 08:11 am


8th Street Berkeley

Aloe plicatilis, Kalanchoe thyrsifolia and Oscularia deltoides. Nice!

Questions20 Oct 2014 04:30 pm


Any idea what this might be ….?

None of the owners seems to know; it’s been a pass-along plant among neighbors. Sadly, I’m not a neighbor or I’d snag one.



We don’t know the species but we think it’s some type of Kalanchoe.


Misc20 Oct 2014 08:13 am


9th Street Berkeley
Graptoveria “Dusty”

Berkeley Succulents19 Oct 2014 02:47 pm


Grayson Street, Berkeley

Agave Attenuata, showing a little bit of damage from the recent heat wave. Drought!

Berkeley Succulents&California Native Plants&Photography17 Oct 2014 08:40 am


Dudleya brittonii
Baja California
18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.
Hardy to 20F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Whippets17 Oct 2014 08:24 am


Plants16 Oct 2014 10:41 am


Haworthia resendeana
1-1/2″rosettes elongate to 6″l.; pups at base; shade tolerant
Hardy to 30F 
Part Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Plants15 Oct 2014 07:45 am


Crassula capitella

South Africa
Mat-forming, branching from base. Bright red in sun.
Hardy to 28F 
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Berkeley Gardens14 Oct 2014 05:13 pm


Buddleia davidii “Buzz Purple”
Dwarf Butterfly Bush
Asian Hybrid
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 2 to 3ft.

Beautiful compact plant only 24″ tall in container. Stunning purple inflorescence. Great for patios and smaller gardens. Hardy to below 0F.


Plants13 Oct 2014 10:37 am


Idria columnaris

Baja California Native. Thick base, dormant in summer; Slow to 50ft. 50ft? Wow. Very slow. So so slow…

Hardy to 20F.

Plants12 Oct 2014 11:36 am


Euphorbia “Ruby Glow”
European Hybrid
Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full to Moderate Sun
Water: Drought Tolernat
Size: 18″

Foliage changes color throughout the year: Bright red in spring fading to almost black by late summer. Lime-green bloom sprays spring/summer. Deer-resistant. Hardy to below 0F.

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