Native to South Africa
Sun: Full Sun
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.
Helleborus “Love Bug”
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.
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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!
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.
Subshrub to 2ft. with 5″ red- and green- leafed rosettes
Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Shade
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
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.
It’s Gaura lindheimeri on the streets of Sydney. Australia!
Gaura lindheimeri – Appleblossom Grass
Native to California
Sun: Full Sun
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.
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?
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.
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!
Enjoy your day!
My google search for “Penis Cactus” pulled up this page:
And there you go!
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!
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.