Plants


Plants16 Oct 2014 10:41 am

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Haworthia resendeana
1-1/2″rosettes elongate to 6″l.; pups at base; shade tolerant
 
Hardy to 30F 
Part Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Plants15 Oct 2014 07:45 am

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Crassula capitella

South Africa
 
Mat-forming, branching from base. Bright red in sun.
 
Hardy to 28F 
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Plants13 Oct 2014 10:37 am

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Idria columnaris

Baja California Native. Thick base, dormant in summer; Slow to 50ft. 50ft? Wow. Very slow. So so slow…

Hardy to 20F.

Plants12 Oct 2014 11:36 am

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Euphorbia “Ruby Glow”
 
 
European Hybrid
Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full to Moderate Sun
Water: Drought Tolernat
Size: 18″

Foliage changes color throughout the year: Bright red in spring fading to almost black by late summer. Lime-green bloom sprays spring/summer. Deer-resistant. Hardy to below 0F.

Plants06 Oct 2014 08:14 am

It’s been sunny and hot, so it’s a good time to feature a very dark leafed succulent.

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Aeonium “Voodoo” is a hybrid of A. “Schwartzkopf” and A. undulatum. Nice!

According to Wikipedia,

Voodoo is a syncretic religion practiced chiefly in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. Practitioners are called “vodouists”…

Vodouists believe in a distant and unknowable creator god, Bondye (likely derived from the French language term Bon Dieu, or Good Lord). As Bondye does not intercede in human affairs, vodouists direct their worship toward spirits subservient to Bondye, called loa. Every loa is responsible for a particular aspect of life, with the dynamic and changing personalities of each loa reflecting the many possibilities inherent to the aspects of life over which they preside. In order to navigate daily life, vodouists cultivate personal relationships with the loa through the presentation of offerings, the creation of personal altars and devotional objects, and participation in elaborate ceremonies of music, dance, and spirit possession.

Plants05 Oct 2014 12:34 pm

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Aeonium “Carol” is a large green Aeonium Hybrid that looks like a A. canariense hybrid. It was originally discovered in a garden in Santa Barbra so you know it will do well in the Bay Area.

How do we know it is a hybrid and not a cultivated variety? We don’t. But Aeoniums sure do hybridize readily, so there’s that.

Plants02 Oct 2014 12:29 pm

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Whitesloanea crassa

Indigenous to Somalia, so you are unlikely to see this rare plant in habitat.

Caudiciform stapeliad; dry and warm in winter
  

Plants27 Sep 2014 03:07 pm

This time of year, off season for Aeoniums, the differences in the cultivars is very pronounced. Other times these two look much more similar.

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Aeonium “Garnet”

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Aeonium “Velour”

Plants25 Sep 2014 10:24 am

Now that’s what I like to see. A vicious no-good succulent plant.

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Agave macroacantha “Pablo’s Choice” – Black Spined Agave
 
 Mexico
 
1 to 2ft. blue-grey Agave, compact and low. Large black terminal spines, recurved marginal spines. Full sun at the coast. Will form dense clusters that can spread 3 to 5 feet wide. Cultivar originated near Santa Barbara. Plant in fast-draining soil, grows fast with summer water.
 
Works well in gardens or in containers.
 
Hardy to 25F 
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water
 

Plants24 Sep 2014 11:47 am

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That’s a nice stonecrop. It’s not the same as Blue Spruce – not even the same parent species, though it looks so similar.

Sedum sediforme “Turquoise Tails” – Blue Stonecrop

Mediterranean
 
An older variety that has gotten more popular in recent years. Long trailing stems with blue leaves. Pale yellow flowers.
 
Hardy to below 0F 
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

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?

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Gymnocalycium stenopleurum ssp. friedrichii

Small barrel cactus from Paraguay  gets only 4″ across.

Photography&Plants18 Sep 2014 03:04 pm

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Pelargonium “Old Spice”

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

Photography&Plants15 Sep 2014 11:06 am

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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.

Plants11 Sep 2014 09:09 am

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Sweet jesus that’s a nice specimen in my private collection. Not for sale!

Boweia volubilis
Climbing Onion
 
Bulbs spherical to 10″, long twining vines, sm. greenish blooms

  Hardy to 30F 
  
  Part Shade
 
  Cactus Soil
 
  Low Water

Plants10 Sep 2014 07:07 am

Another picture of the popular Lifesaver plant.

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Huernia zebrina

Lifesaver Plant
 
Clumps of 6″ stems, erect or recumbent; cream-colored blooms with red centers

  Hardy to 25F 
  
  Part Shade
 
  Cactus Soil
 
  Low Water

Plants28 Aug 2014 08:12 am

On the new baby Pachypodium! Sweet!
 

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Pachypodium horombense
(Pachypodium rosulatum v. horombense)
 
 Large varied caudex, irregular, freely branched

  Hardy to 35F if dry
  Sun
  Cactus Soil
  Low Water

Plants21 Aug 2014 05:22 am

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Mangave “Bloodspot”
 
Agave x Manfreda hybrid from Mexico. 15″ across
 
Hardy to 28F 
Full Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

I wonder who came up with the idea of combining a Manfreda name and an Agave name into such a hybrid name as Mangave. Stunning display of horticultural hubris.
 
I like it!

Plants18 Aug 2014 07:40 am

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This one came to us with the name Echeveria “Red Velvet” but it looks identical to E. “pulv-Oliver”. Now what?

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

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

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

Hardy to 25F 
Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Plants15 Aug 2014 01:41 pm

 

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Agave parrasana
 
Dense, clumping rosettes to 24″; Best in full sun.
 
  Hardy to 15F 
  Full Sun to Part Sun
  Cactus Soil
  Low Water

This plant is not actually from Big Bend NP, but is a cultivar called Big Bend. The species is actually from Mexico and is called more commonly called the Cabbage Head Agave. Interesting!

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