Photography21 Mar 2015 08:53 am


Euphorbia ambovombensis

Nursery&Photography14 Nov 2014 01:51 pm


We’re potting up terrariums and mixed succulent pots and filling hypertufa pots with lots of very colorful Sempervivums like this one! It must be almost a holiday type if season coming up.


Photography&Plants03 Nov 2014 08:32 am

First up we have an Aloe

A single tubular aloe bloom. How nice!


Aloe plicatilis
Fan Aloe

12ft (5ft. in Bay Area) large thick trunk, broad canopy

Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

And this little pretty is from a hybrid Echeveria. You can’t really tell from the flower what the plant is in the case of these Echeveria Hybrids but this one is…


Echeveria “Baron Bold”

Click the link for pictures of the rosettes.

Broad, open, solitary rosette. Rust-red in full sun.

Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Berkeley Succulents&California Native Plants&Photography17 Oct 2014 08:40 am


Dudleya brittonii
Baja California
18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.
Hardy to 20F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Photography25 Sep 2014 05:43 pm


Pachypodium namaquanum

Tiny little baby spiny succulent plants are the best.

Cactus&Photography&Plants19 Sep 2014 08:19 am

People like pictures. Pretty pictures of pink flowers are even better!

Cactus flowers on a cactus blog are just so the absolute best.

And what do we have here?


Gymnocalycium stenopleurum ssp. friedrichii

Small barrel cactus from Paraguay  gets only 4″ across.

Photography&Plants18 Sep 2014 03:04 pm


Pelargonium “Old Spice”

S. African, large mounds, white flowers, scented leaves
Hardy to 10F

Photography&Plants15 Sep 2014 11:06 am


Euphorbia obesa

Small, round and solitary; very low water in winter.

Hardy to 30F if protected from rain. But we just keep them indoors year round anyway. It’s easier that way.

Photography09 Sep 2014 05:07 pm


Euphorbia clandestina in bloom is interesting. I don’t know that much about it since it is new to us. I could do some research before I post this lovely picture but I’m on my phone and having a cocktail too so there’s not going to be much research going on right now. Not much at all. I hope you can forgive me. Maybe tomorrow I’ll come back and update this post with more information. Probably not.

Cactus&Photography08 Sep 2014 01:01 pm

I see we have some late blooming barrel cactus at the store. Nice!


Ferocactus glaucescens


Ferocactus pottsi

For some reason, people always like the 2nd flower better. Weird!

Berkeley Succulents&Photography&Plants17 Aug 2014 08:21 am


Echeveria “Perle von Nurnberg”
6″ rosettes w/cupped purple leaves
Hardy to 25F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water


Echeveria “Afterglow”
Rosettes to 24″, powdery Lavender leaves best in full sun.

Hardy to 25F 
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Photography&Plants09 Aug 2014 08:36 am


Agave parryi v truncata is also one of the mezcal agaves, a true blue Agave. But it’s perfect tight round spiny shape allows for its Artichoke Agave fame and fortune. Very attractive!

It will get 3 feet across, and almost as tall, before spreading rapidly in a giant clump of rosettes.

Berkeley Succulents&Photography22 Jul 2014 03:56 pm


I see we’re growing some very colorful Echeveria Hybrids this time of year.


While it’s true they are very colorful, they’re not really this colorful. There may have been some filtering going on with these photos too.


But so nice…

Photography&Plants14 Jul 2014 05:54 am


I see the Jewel Orchids are in spectacular little white blooms!

Haemaria discolor – Jewel Orchid

Terrestrial orchid, small white flowers, dark striped leaves and shade-tolerant!

I think they look like they’re made out of sugar. I’ll bet they’re too sweet to eat. Though you might want to try…

Let me know how it goes when you eat one. Send photos.

Photography10 Jul 2014 10:28 am


Echeveria “Rosy Ghost”
We found this growing in a flat of E. subsessilis, and believe it is a new hybrid. Should grow to 6″ rosettes. Rosy edges in full sun, bluish-white leaves.
Hardy to 25F? 
Full Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Photography&Plants03 Jul 2014 11:25 am


Buddleia davidii “Buzz Sky Blue”
Dwarf Butterfly Bush
Asian Hybrid
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 2 to 3ft.

Beautiful compact plant only 24″ tall in container. Stunning purplish-blue inflorescence. Great for patios and smaller gardens. Hardy to below 0F.

Photography&Plants17 Jun 2014 08:24 am


Agave schidigera “Black Widow”

Stemless rosettes to 24″ w/hairy leaf margins

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants31 May 2014 10:00 am


Senecio jacobsenii is unusual. Such colors not seen since the 60s.

East Africa

Unusual pastel colored leaves in full sun. Low growing, good for hanging naskets or to trail over a mixed succulent pot. Will root along the ground as it trails.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Photography&Plants27 May 2014 09:38 am


Sedum rubrotinctum “Aurora” – Pink Stonecrop – is the hottest new variety. Very spectacular and colorful and popular.


Green jelly-bean leaves turn bright red in sun. Great for rock gardens and hanging baskets. Pale yellow star-shaped flowers.

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low to Moderate Water
Cactus&Photography26 May 2014 10:38 am


It’s a Monday holiday miracle! The largest, most colorful Epi bloom I have ever captured on digital film.

Epiphyllums are often called Orchid Cactus, and sometimes called Night Blooming Cereus, but that last one would be wrong. Although some epi’s are night bloomers, most are not and none of the Epiphyllums are Cereuses. Cereus are Cereuses. And some true night blooming Cereus are almost as spectacular as this day blooming Epiphyllum. But then you’d have to wake up in the middle of the night for those, but not for these.

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