Misc13 Feb 2014 02:26 pm


It’s my own tree cholla from South America. Opuntia subulata, or more precisely Austrocylindropuntia subulata.

And by mine, I mean Cactus Jungle’s.

Misc09 Feb 2014 01:02 pm

Common names vary. And yet some just stand out.

Plants are also given names that are sometimes derogatory. Who names them? We don’t know but they become popular! Sansevieria is known as Mother-in-law’s tongue because the tip of its succulent leaf is so prickly…. The pink flowers of Pseudobombax ellipticum resemble a shaving brush and it’s called the Shaving brush flower… Then, there is Crocodile bark, Elephant apple, Monkey’s earpod, Fried egg plant, Bullet wood, Bleeding heart, Bottle brush, Sandpaper, Devil’s tree… it’s a growing list.

Good to know.

Misc31 Jan 2014 11:17 am

whippet dog


Misc20 Jan 2014 09:22 am

Apparently renowned Skeptic Michael Shermer photographs lizrds on his off time, and this time that lizard was found to be eating a cactus. A cholla, even. A very spiny cholla. I hope it didn’t hurt it’s tongue.


Misc13 Jan 2014 03:45 pm

Bubble bursting on cactus at 18000 fps

Bubble Bursting on a Cactus by nllinux already has over 1/2 million views. How many views of this video have you added to that total?

Misc12 Nov 2013 12:27 pm

Denise shares a recipe.

I have made frosting by mixing a few tablespoons of fresh-squeezed prickly pear juice into confectioner’s sugar. It makes a nice magenta-colored glaze when dribbled over oatmeal or sugar cookies and has that subtle flavor.

Sounds easy and delicious.

Misc12 Nov 2013 11:14 am


I see the famed Studio Swine has a standing lamp that is somewhat cactus-like but is not called a cactus lamp.

cactus table

However the same collection, the Sao Paolo Collection, does in fact include a cactus table that is called the “Cactus Table” so you know they had cacti on the mind when they designed the cactus lamp that is not a “Cactus Lamp.”

In case you were wondering those table bases are Cereus.

Thanks to Carole for passing this along to her favorite Cactus Blog.

Misc01 Nov 2013 07:56 am

Halloween was won yesterday by none other than… (more…)

Misc24 Oct 2013 01:24 pm

More Cactus Costumes from the internets! I don’t own these! Not the costumes and not the pictures! I don’t sell them either! Enjoy!

cactus costume4

Holy Cow it’s the same costume as yesterday, but in Adult size! And this time we have a link to a website that sells them and has it in stock. For a very reasonable $90. Well, maybe reasonable is a relative term.

I think we could get that one for Keith to wear at the store on a regular basis. At least on the weekends.

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Burda Style’s cactus costume comes with a story.

When I asked my son what he wanted to be for Halloween, he said, “a saguaro cactus.” ?? Sure, no problem ;) lol! It took a whole lot of fiberfill to stuff the channels. A big hit though, he loved it! Only one person asked him if he was Larry the Pickle from Veggie Tales.

Good Job!

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Finally we have another little kid in a cactus costume. A baby! And the costume is available for sale on ebay. Quality!

Every year I see the quality of the top cactus costumes in the country gets better, so if you want to be featured in next years post, or maybe in a November followup, send along your photos ASAP!

Misc21 Oct 2013 02:09 pm

Did you wonder where a George H.W. Bush might have gotten cactus socks from yesterday’s post? I don’t know. But here are more cactus socks for your perusal and these are for sale online too. Not from us so I can’t vouch for them.

cactus socks

Special extra Lizard Socks after the break… (more…)

Misc31 Aug 2013 08:19 am


How about this one? Can you. ID this one?

I’ll give you a hint. The cultivar name is “Tubac”


Misc21 Aug 2013 07:48 am


Heterotheca villosa
California Native
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 1ft

Low growing native perennial with grey-green leaves and hairy stems. Bright yellow flowers in summer. Makes a great groundcover for dry areas! Hardy to below 0F.

Misc09 Aug 2013 11:34 am

The Whippet Benjamin

Misc09 Aug 2013 06:24 am

Here are a couple of Kalanchoe flowers that were hard to photograph. I did the best I could and I think I captured their tiny little petals fairly well. However the chartreuse colors below were particularly difficult.


Kalanchoe eriophylla has soft grey fuzzy leaves.


Kalanchoe orgyalis has leathery brown leaves.

Misc01 Jun 2013 04:58 pm

Do we carry cactus mugs? No. We do not. But here, I’ve found one anyway.


They come in sets of 6.

I would buy them for myself but I don’t like raised designs on my drinking implements.

Misc28 May 2013 07:10 am

Hi Peter

As we discussed on the phone, may I ask you to help identify the attached
species .. perhaps an Echeveria …I appreciate the help.



Your plant is a Kalanchoe marmorata. Nice!

Misc21 Apr 2013 04:21 pm

Mixed Succulents

I took this photo off my instagram feed. Fun!

Misc21 Apr 2013 01:20 pm



robot cake

Robot Cake

The first was made by my brother and the second was made in Australia in honor of the robot.

Misc20 Apr 2013 11:51 am

Yesterday I featured some Cactus Stamps on this here Cactus Blog, and they were postable!

Today I’m featuring Cactus Stamps that are rubbery. And there are three of them for me to feature! All are handmade, or hand-carved as the case may be, and available on the Etsy. Three is a good number, you should buy them all.




Misc19 Apr 2013 12:47 pm

Apparently Tara on Etsy will post these older stamps along with some others on a handmade postcard and send it off to you.


Sweet deal!

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