Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens&Cactus07 Jan 2016 02:44 pm


That’s a beautiful Denmoza x Cleistocactus hybrid! Sweet.

As seen at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.

Berkeley Succulents&Botanic Gardens&California Native Plants29 Aug 2015 11:28 am


Dudleya “Frank Reinelt”

California Native forming 1 foot mounds. As seen at the UC Botanical Garden.

Botanic Gardens24 Aug 2015 10:54 am


Boophane haemanthoides

That’s an amazing inflorescence on a stunning succulent caudiciform bulb!

At the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.

Botanic Gardens&Travel14 Aug 2015 01:42 pm

The Frustrated Gardener shows you the heartbreak of the Agave bloom. It may not have actually broken the glass on its way out, but close enough!


A specimen of Agave americana, moved from a nearby properly about 40 years ago, has formed an enormous 30ft tall flower spike which is now blossoming. This has necessitated the removal of a handful of glass panes to allow the enormous stalk through, so as not to damage the rest of the historic structure. The result is quite breathtaking and has been drawing crowds from near and far.

Drawing crowds! From all over the Isles I am sure.

Click through for more pictures and the whole story. It’s a good one!

Botanic Gardens27 Jul 2015 07:25 am

They don’t last long so go and get in line to view the Corpse Flower at the UC Botanic Garden!


Trudy, the corpse flower at UC Botanical Gardens, is blooming.

The Sumatran plant, officially called Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, started to open around 8 p.m. Saturday July 25…

Berkeley photographer Colleen Neff visited the garden Sunday morning and said the flower had revealed a beautiful purple skirt. Trudy should remain in bloom for a few more days.

Titan arum are are nicknamed corpse flowers because they emit a smell like a decaying object as they are blooming….


Berkeley Gardens&Botanic Gardens17 Jul 2015 05:45 pm

It’s your Berkeley Corpse Flower alert!

Titan arum opening soon at the UC Botanic Garden!

Botanic Gardens&Cactus30 Apr 2014 10:42 am

Rikki drove the 5 hours to go to the Huntington’s Spring Sale and got us some nifty pictures (some plants too…)

photo 1

Looks like an Aloe peglerae in front. Probably not. Never mind.


photo 2

Those are surely Echinocactus grusonii with some agressive Agaves too.

photo 3

Ceiba speciosa! So big, so spiny.

photo 4

Dyckia in front!

Blogs&Botanic Gardens&Travel01 Feb 2014 02:43 pm

Danger Garden visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek and a lot of photos were taken. How many?

I had no idea I took over a hundred photographs that day. The garden is just that inspiring.

Click through for all the sunny succulents in all their sunny glory. As seen by Danger Garden of course. There were Yuccas and Agaves in bloom. If you don’t want to click through to see all the pictures, then get yourself over to the gardens and see them in person.

Botanic Gardens08 Jul 2013 08:51 am

From National Geographic’s Vintage National Geographic Tumblr

vintage agave bloom

Giant century plant in Southern California

National Geographic | February 1958

That thing is huge!!!

Botanic Gardens27 Nov 2012 11:23 am

This picture is from the UC Botanical Gardens.

Ladybugs are still swarming in several locations. This abundant swarm was photographed in an Agave by Ben Anderson yesterday. It’s in the Mesoamerican Area.

I don’t understand. How is this happening up the street from us? And why are they swarming the Agaves?

Botanic Gardens06 Sep 2012 07:23 am

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden has a rare, unusual, special blooming plant. Visible for all to see!

In case you don’t want to click through the picture to see the larger original and the full writeup on the plant, I’ll let you know right now it’s a Pseudolithos cubiformis. How many of you already knew that?

Botanic Gardens&Carnivorous Plants03 Sep 2012 07:52 am

Carnivorous plants at the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden.

Sarracenia leucophylla. Nice big-throated pitchers. Interesting red veining amid the white coloration.

Big fat Sarracenia purpurea, very dark in the full sun.

Botanic Gardens29 Aug 2012 06:54 am

Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus

These are generally solitary, from Mexico, and this one specimen from the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden’s Arid Collection is about the tallest you will ever see them, at about 2″ tall.

Botanic Gardens&California Native Plants26 Aug 2012 12:00 pm

Botanic Gardens&Carnivorous Plants26 Aug 2012 10:07 am

The UC Botanical Garden has a lot of Pitcher Plants in their collection. Here we see an entire display of just Sarracenias.


Botanic Gardens23 Aug 2012 10:03 am

This Boophone haemanthoides is at the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden, and is bloomed out at this time.

Boophone haemanthoides is found mainly in the west coastal areas of the Western Cape of South Africa, but extends to the Bokkeveld Plateau. These are areas with winter rainfall. It grows in sand or dolerite outcrops on coastal flats or upland slopes. Summers are hot and dry. The bulbs are really large and produce flowers in midsummer with leaves in autumn. This species has varied colors in the flowers, mostly pink to a creamy white.

Botanic Gardens17 Aug 2012 07:20 am


Aeonium hierrense We sometimes go to the Berkeley Botanical Garden to get some new ideas. Like this lovely Aeonium. I think we should grow it. Now all we need to do is find some starts of it.


Usually I will check the name out before publishing it, since botanical gardens often have older names. But today I will not. Today I await your corrections in the comments.

Botanic Gardens15 Aug 2012 09:06 am

Anigozanthos “Big Red”

At least I’m guessing it’s “Big Red”, or at least one of the various large A. flavidus hybrids. Do you have a better guess?

Photo taken at theĀ University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. That’s the proper name.