June 2012

Misc30 Jun 2012 10:31 am

Look what great stuff I’ve found on the internet machine for you today. It’s Awesome!

Vintage Saguaro Postcard from the Arizona Desert Museum Collection of 1955. Plus or minus.

I wish you all a happy cactus postcard vintage weekend!


California Native Plants30 Jun 2012 07:08 am

Lewisia Cotyledon

This is a really nice color bloom. It’s one of the Sunset colors. People often ask if we have any orange Lewisias, and so I expect this one to get grabbed up pretty quickly today.

Misc29 Jun 2012 03:02 pm


It’s my friend.

Nursery&Recipes29 Jun 2012 11:34 am

So now we’ve hit the true test of our ability to run a retail plant nursery. We are now making our own cactus products. Or product – in this case soap. Cactus Soap!

That’s Olive Oil soap – no glycerin or other fillers – from locally sourced organic certified olives. Plus real prickly pear fruit, and three different scents: Peppermint with Mint Leaves; Grapefruit, Lemongrass with Oatmeal; and Clove and Apricot Kernel, in a thick 5.3oz bar.

See the thing is, there are lots of fancy glycerin soaps out there, but it’s tough to find a top quality pure soap, hand or facial. So we made it ourselves.

Now someone else can post on their blog all about the silly cactus soap they found at the Cactus Jungle. Hah!

(For reference, see my now-ironic posts about cactus soap and cactus costume (on a hedgehog!) and Cactus Glasses and Cactus Candy).

I suck!

Whippets29 Jun 2012 07:07 am



Berkeley Succulents28 Jun 2012 04:18 pm


Aeonium subplanum
9th Street

And a bonus Asclepias!

Plants27 Jun 2012 09:16 am


Tagetes lemmonnii “Compacta” is a compact Mexican Marigold. Unlike the standard, which gets 5 or 6 feet tall, this tops out at 3ft. And we’ve never had it revert. Excellent!

Plants26 Jun 2012 08:43 am

Kniphofia “Alcazar” is one of the nicest Torch Lilies we’ve seen in a while. The flowers range from a very vivid red to the deep orange you see here. Relatively small, they will top out between 3 and 4ft. tall.

Hardy, reliable bloomers, they should send out new bloom stalks throughout the summer.

Blogs25 Jun 2012 04:47 pm

In New Mexico, CactGuy shares a picture of a wall.

A restaurant’s cactus mosaic wall.


Questions25 Jun 2012 10:45 am

Hi Cactus Jungle:
Can you identify this plant? It is a cutting taken directly from a small tree-like woody trunk about 1-foot tall. It was up-right, no droop or dangle.

Leaves (?) very thin and stiff. Also please let me know if I can start plant from this piece.
Thanks much,

Do you have your guess ready for Rosa?

Check it out after the break… (more…)

Photography25 Jun 2012 07:21 am

Ipomoea jaegeri

A succulent Morning Glory! How nice. Once these get to blooming in the summer they keep it up for months. Every day there will be another 4 or 5 blooms open.

Plants24 Jun 2012 07:42 am

I posted a french lithograph of this plant last week, and now we have an official Science! Botanical Illustration of the same plant from the Smithsonian. The other one is available for purchase. This one is not.

Selenicereus grandiflorus (Cactaceae)

From the Catalog of Botanical Illustrations, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution

Plate Number: 247
Publication: The Cactaceae Vol. 2 Pl 33, Fig 1,2 and 3
Client: Britton, N.L. and Rose, J.N. – Size: 11×14

Collection: C.F. Baker, Cuba; flowering branch, fruit.
Artist: Eaton, Mary Emily – Date unknown – watercolor

© Smithsonian Institution


Questions23 Jun 2012 12:54 pm

Hi Hap,

I spoke to you this morning about the below sick plant.

I’ve sprayed the Neem Oil mixture ( 2 caps Neem, 1 cap each of rubbing alcohol,dish soap & seaweed) and kept it out of the sun 2-3 times and this is what she looks like this morning. She is getting worse, not better & it hurst my heart to see her in this condition. Any suggestions??



Here’s a closeup, too:


That is quite the infestation! It does look like most of them are dead, but I see several types of aphids and a few mealie bugs as well that look like they may be alive. Since a good number of them seem to be dead and just still stuck on the plant, I recommend spraying the leaves with a firm (but not too aggressive) jet of water from a hose end spray head and knock them off. The jet of water will get rid of the corpses as well as squish a lot of the soft bodied aphids. Then let the plant dry and respray with Neem, making sure to coat the undersides as well as the tops of the leaves, make sure to coat the caudex and soil as well to get any still crawling around. Reapply the Neem in a week to get any that you missed or hatching eggs that survived. If they come back quickly after that you may need to use something more toxic than Neem. But let’s cross that bridge only if you need to, Neem is usually effective and relativity considered nontoxic to people and pets (it is used in toothpaste and cosmetics…) which is why we use it as our primary pesticide.

Take care,


Questions23 Jun 2012 07:09 am

This question is all about the nature of cultivars. At least, that’s what I took the real question to be about.

I just bought an agave parrasana at your nursery today. I am just double checking to make sure it is the true agave parrasana, as sometimes confederate rose agaves are labeled as parrasana, and that is not what I was looking for.

Thank you,


I am not familiar with Agave “Confederate Rose” but as far as I understand it is a dwarf cultivar of A. parrasana. We do grow some other dwarf cultivars of A. parrasana as well. The nature of cultivars is that they are the species and not hybrids, however someone has found a smaller individual A. parrasana because individuals naturally vary and decided to grow it on and give it a cultivar name. This does not mean it isn’t true A. parrasana. As for what we carry, we’ve never grown any cultivars called “Confederate Rose”, so I assume the A. parrasana you got from us is the variety of A. parrasana you were looking for.


Whippets22 Jun 2012 12:55 pm

Misc22 Jun 2012 08:00 am

It’s a french lithograph of a Selenicereus grandiflorus, also one of the many known as Queen of the Night.

Apparently this picture can be yours for only 35 euros.

Plants22 Jun 2012 06:54 am

Echinopsis huascha from Argentina is a low clumping mounding cactus with lots of bright red flowers. Interestingly, as with so many other plants in the plant world, the colors vary naturally from one individual to another. Possibly because these were from seeds that were collected in different parts of Argentina, and possibly because they’re just naturally variable. In fact if we want we could keep these two separate, pull apart all those stems, and call these by cultivar names. Shall we try E. huascha “Red Devil” and E. huascha “Blood Feud”? Does that capture the fullness of the different red colors? Maybe not.

Misc21 Jun 2012 12:56 pm

Cereanee cactus in flower, engraved by Jean Miermont (1915-1973), and issued by Monaco on June 1, 1960

This is kind of a beautiful drawing of a cactus. I really like this.

Nursery20 Jun 2012 04:09 pm

A mom brought in some girls with party hats and took a few pictures with cactus as the background. Here’s my picture of their pictures in the making.


Blogs20 Jun 2012 03:35 pm

from Nicholas Buffon # via Kactaceae

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