It’s your Berkeley Corpse Flower alert!
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.
Puya Raimundii at UC Botanical Garden is starting to list, indicating the end is near. The Chronicle/Sam Whiting
The Puya Raimondii that bloomed mysteriously last summer after a 24-year wait at the UC Botanical Garden, is showing signs of fatigue six months later… The blooms that came up last summer were tiny and white on a bud that was 15 feet high.
It was a spectacular show while it lasted. Buh Bye!
Derby St, Berkeley
These have amazing flowers 💐 and giant trunks and amazing thick spines. Nice! And they grow them in Berkeley right along the streets.
They are in the former Bombax family, with other succulent bottle trees, which is now the Bombax subfamily (Bombacoideae) of the mallow family, Malvaceae. Wow! That means it’s a giant tree that is closely related to these delicate and gorgeous California Native perennials. Sweet.