May 2012

Nursery30 May 2012 04:29 pm

Mostly succulents, but not limited.




And now for a small one.



Plants30 May 2012 11:41 am

We have a few scented geranium things and some other pelargoniums too and they’re OK. But then there’s this one.

Pelargonium “Vancouver Centennial”

This one just blows me away. We first had it 2 years ago and then last year we couldn’t get many at all! So this year when it was available we’ve bought them out. This means you shouldn’t be able to find them anywhere but at the Cactus Jungle. Hahaha. Just kidding. But next year we’re going to grow them ourselves just to be sure we can have them in stock for you.

So what is it that I like? Why it’s the foliage, young man. The flowers aren’t too big and grotesque like some of the zonal geraniums. But those leaves! And I try to find other cultivars that are just as nice, but none of them match up. How did they do that with those leaves, wihtout also have other cultivars that are just as stunning? It’s a mystery.

California Native Plants29 May 2012 04:09 pm

Romneya coulteri in the Napa Valley. Is that where we are? It is!

Whippet too.

Berkeley Succulents29 May 2012 11:24 am


Just off San Pablo Ave. Aeonium atropurpureum and Aloe ciliaris, together in one tidy planter. At least until the Aloe starts climbing 4 or 5 feet up the window.

Misc29 May 2012 08:20 am

It seems to be a military pin.

Borrowed without permission. If Keith asks me to take this down, what will we do?

And an explanation is here.

Misc28 May 2012 10:32 am

Have you ever looked closely at the Mexican flag? The crest in the center has a cactus, with an eagle and snake or something sitting on it.

Judging by the flowers and the shape of the pads, I’m guessing the cactus is Opuntia cochenillifera.

Check out the picture here, and more here, to really see how closely that illustration matches this cactus.

Photography28 May 2012 08:23 am

Numerous barrel cacti bloom around this time of year. For instance, take as an example, this here one:

Echinocactus grusonii

and this one here too

Ferocactus glaucescens

but mostly I recommend you take into account this example.

Ferocactus pottsi


Reader Photos28 May 2012 07:27 am


Tom sends this from New Orleans. 

Blogs27 May 2012 02:50 pm

From bloglet. And don’t miss the cactus from the San Diego Zoo that also needs to be weeded. I always see the weeds poking out between the spines on those golden barrels.

Airplants&Misc27 May 2012 08:05 am

So here we have the perfect example of our own sheer madness. It’s a Polar Bear Salt Shaker SnoGlobe from Gamago that we’ve gone ahead and turned into a Terrarium.

That’s nuts. I do not approve. Someone should take the store away from us before we do real harm.

By the way, that’s a Tillandsia neglecta in there, should you have taken an interest in the stuff that we do.

In case that wasn’t enough to turn your stomach, here’s the Polar Bear Pepper Shaker SnoGlobe Terrarium version for your edificationary substantive productional edutainment. The airplant in that there one is a Tillandsia ionantha “Peach”.

Please don’t tell my mom.

Weekend26 May 2012 05:32 pm


My favorite internet radio station and a cactus in one slick instagrammed photo. It’s a random tumblr photo of the day! And no I don’t know who that is.

Blogs26 May 2012 03:44 pm

From sitting-looking, who took the picture from a Harpers from 1897. That’s awhile ago.

I see prickly pear cactus and bicycles, a standard combination for men with guns back in the 19th century.

Plants&Science26 May 2012 11:42 am

Echinocereus purpureus, although the recently out-of-print The Cactus Family (Anderson) says its more recently changed to the corrected E. reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachii, but we also grow E. reichenbachii and then there’s E. baileyi which they say is more properly known as E. reichenbachii ssp. baileyi and E. armatus which Anderson insists is really E. reichenbachii ssp. armatus, so that’s all just too confusing and I prefer to go with the E. purpureus for this one.

Now that’s what Botany and Botanical Latin and the whole Horticulture trade is all about – getting the proper names right.


(The Merry Widow Cactus common name above is real, although Anderson also has listed the less distinctive Purple Candle Cactus.)

California Native Plants&Nursery26 May 2012 10:05 am

Not only do we have lots of mixed color Monkeyflowers, but we also have mixed Yarrows.

This red is probably Achillea “Paprika”.

These are all in the California Native section of the nursery although that’s an iffy designation for these hybrids and cultivars, but close enough.

Plants26 May 2012 07:33 am

You can find pictures of blooming Tanacetum densums all over the interwebs, in landscapes showing what a great groundcover it is with the little yellow ball flowers.

Not here. Here you get this odd photo of a potted T. densum with blooms. That’s my Memorial Day Weekend gift to you.

Did you know this plant is in the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)? That means it has compound flowers just like a sunflower. Except these are tiny little dots of a thing.

It’s very cold hardy. Below 0F? Piece of cake.We find you should plant them no further than 12″ apart, and 6″ apart is really ideal if you want to get that feathery silvery groundcovery look going.

Misc25 May 2012 03:32 pm

The latest from the fine folks at Gamago – we’re now carrying their LED Light in the shape of a Crane. An origami crane! I know how to make that out of paper! Gum-wrappers! Anything. But an LED light? Those folks are geniuses.

Misc25 May 2012 02:07 pm

Today on our Cactus Shopping Channel, brought to you by Hasbro! we have a lovely charm from Thomas Sabo, perfect for your silver pendant with the Cowboy Boots Charm already on it!

Now this charm is yours for the low low price… but wait! don’t order yet, let me tell you what else you’ve won behind curtain number 17. Why, it’s an elephant! Wa-Waah.

No really. Actually the Cactus charm is a bargain, if you check out the cowboy boot and elephant prices too. Would I steer you wrong?

It’s Friday afternoon and now I feel like dancing. (Oddly enough the dancing cactus is also by Sabo. Maybe a different Sabo, but I don’t know for sure.)

Whippets25 May 2012 11:58 am

One last photo from Dave taken when it was a bit chillier in April.

You can find him at Dave’s Photos.

Plants25 May 2012 11:15 am


Mestoklema tuberosum is a caudiciform mesemb with adorable orange flowers and spider-web-covered leaves right now. What’s not to like? I know it’s expensive but it’s totally worth it. Of course I would say that, but that’s why you read this blog – I say exactly what you expect me to say. I’m safe and predictable. Boring, even. Although sometimes a little bit meta. Which I’m sure you expected too. Science!

Blogs24 May 2012 02:15 pm

Wow, those are some beautiful lithops at Lithops Stories.

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