Berkeley Succulents&Cactus&Nursery11 Jun 2015 07:37 pm


Cactus Jungle

And a bonus mystery cactus flower!



Cactus23 May 2015 10:09 am

Bloomberg News has.

California’s Drought-Stricken Elite Trade Lawns for Luxury Cactuses


…The designer’s intransigence put the Annenberg garden ahead of the emerging fashion for low-moisture, naturalistic landscaping on luxurious properties. Burnett embraced aloe, a spiky, flowering succulent that’s a favorite of hummingbirds, and he planted barrel cactus by the hundred….

Well that sounds expensive! But we’re here to help you out. We can plant barrel cactus for you by the singles. If you need hundreds we do have hundreds growing, but I suspect there aren’t a lot of you looking to replace your lawn with hundreds of barrel cactus for the drought. (but let us know if you are….)

Cactus&Photography15 May 2015 10:14 am


These gorgeous Echinopsis eyriesii may be hybrids, but the flower colors do vary naturally so it may be a natural variation.

Cactus&Travel11 May 2015 03:59 pm

golden barrel cactus

Rikki is growing Golden Barrel Cactus out in the Santa Maria Valley

echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus grusonii

Santa Maria Valley

And here is the surrounding area in the Valley. Scenic!

Art&Cactus11 May 2015 09:43 am


Now that’s a classic.

Cactus&Photography07 May 2015 09:16 am


That’s a giant Orchid Cactus Flower.

Epiphyllum is a highly hybridized genus. Do we have any idea what the species of this is? No! Someone may choose to identify the variety by the flower, but we prefer to leave it up in the air. So to speak. Epiphytic Plant Joke! Hah!

It’s a species of cactus that comes from Central America generally. And most of the species we call Epiphyllum are more likely actually Disocactus hybrids. Or intergenic hybrids with other plants from the Hylocereeae Cactus Tribe. But this one I am absolutely positively sure is an Epiphyllum. Or not. I don’t know what those Botanists are thinking these days.

That’s a lot of fancy words for a flower this pretty. Enjoy!

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus25 Apr 2015 08:55 am


Berkeley cactus garden, Ferocactus stainesii

Cactus15 Apr 2015 09:52 am


Parodia magnifica
Ball Cactus

Brazil; 6″dia. with many offsets, keep dry in winter

Hardy to 25F

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus14 Apr 2015 12:46 pm


53rd Street, Emeryville

Echinopsis pachanoi

Chevy Truck


Art&Cactus09 Apr 2015 08:20 am

Veronica Richterova, cactus made from plastic bottles

A photo posted by Todd Oldham (@toddoldham) on

If you can’t see the picture, click the link below the picture and it will take you to the Instagrams.

Cactus25 Mar 2015 06:13 pm


The Echinopsis grandiflora hybrids are starting to bloom! This yellow one is called, or we call it, “Buttercup”. Because it’s yellow. Nice!

Cactus27 Feb 2015 10:56 am

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!

Penis Cactus

Enjoy your day!



My google search for “Penis Cactus” pulled up this page:

Trichocereus bridgesii forma mostruosa “inermis”
Clone A (The short joined type)
“The penis cactus”

And there you go!


Cactus&Reader Photos21 Feb 2015 10:44 am


Cactus Jungle Crew I bought a Dragon-fruit Cactus from you. It was in the green house. I wanna share a photo, one of your crew said to send a photo to see it in a happier place.

Dragon Fruit Cactus


Thanks! Lots of nice new growth on it.


Cactus&National Parks05 Feb 2015 03:57 pm


Genn sends a photo from the Arizona desert. And it’s a crested Saguaro!

Cactus30 Jan 2015 09:05 am

Stetsonia coryne

I see the Stetsonia corynes are ready to be potted up, but we like to wait for spring before we subject cactus to the vagaries of the transplant process since they’re dormant in winter. On the other hand it’s a very very very dry winter right now and after 4 years of drought it doesn’t really matter. Pot ‘em up! But soon, one year, anytime now, soon enough, we will be out of this drought and then there will be another wet winter and we will have to relearn how to be careful with the potting of the cactus in the winter months again.


Cactus26 Jan 2015 10:37 am

It’s only a link since the video can’t be embedded. Unembeddable!

Time-Lapse of Two “Cabaret” Cactus Flowers Opening from Greg Krehel on Vimeo.

Cactus08 Jan 2015 08:32 am


I’m back! Someone gave me some cactus candy for Christmas so I’ve been on a sugar rush ever since. Nice!

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus16 Dec 2014 08:08 am


Christmas lights on a cactus garden in Berkeley!

Cactus&News19 Nov 2014 07:14 am

Are you a fan of the cactus? Then you are so fashionable right now that you are practically dripping in irony.

Fashion’s love affair with the humble cactus

Marina London's silky green separates are best accessorised with Pedro the cactus

Marina London’s silky green separates are best accessorised with Pedro the cactus…

The tough, drought-tolerant cactus and its close relation the succulent (the fleshy-leaved, geometric-shaped rockery plant, also known as house leeks or sempervivum), are ”trending” right now.

Expensive clothes, expensive stool, expensive cactus – so why is the pot cheap plastic? You couldn’t spring for terra cotta?

Cactus17 Nov 2014 07:29 am

Fear Not, New England: The Hilltop Cactus Is Here To Stay


The Hilltop Steakhouse sign is “one of the few remaining landmarks on Route 1 in Saugus from the bygone era.”
Boston Globe

The plastic cows may be forever gone from Route 1, but the giant, green neon north star in Saugus is going nowhere fast.

A sign from my youth. And it’s still there? Who knew!?! Classic.

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