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Photography&Plants01 Sep 2015 08:43 am

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Hoodia gordonii, now with more photo filters!

Namibia
Stems to 12″ tall, clumps of many spiny branches. Tan to Burgundy carrion flowers. Stems are eaten as an appetite suppressant by the San people of the Namib. Very low water.

Hardy to 25F if very dry in winter
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Plants23 Aug 2015 08:40 am

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Echeveria “Black Prince”

Rosettes to 9″; thick dark leaves, bright red bloom sprays late summer

Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

California Native Plants&Plants20 Aug 2015 08:06 am

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Dudleya edulis
Fingertips

Clumping rosettes to 12″, green in shade, SoCal native

Hardy to 15F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

California Native Plants&Plants14 Aug 2015 12:52 pm

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Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Milkweed
Native throughout the US
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Prefers Full Sun, Handles Light Shade
Water: Moderate, drought-tolerant
Size: 2 feet tall

Dies back in winter and re-sprouts from its underground tuber each spring. The brilliant orange or red flower clusters appear in midsummer followed by attractive green pods.

California Native Plants&Plants12 Aug 2015 11:02 am

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Fouquieria splendens in mid summer bloom!

From the Mojave and Colorado deserts; spiny stems. Hardy to 0F in very fast draining soil.

Plants10 Aug 2015 12:20 pm

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Agave pygmaea (Agave seemanniana subs. pygmaea)

Chiapas, Mexico

Small wide-leafed agave with red terminal spines. Grows on limestone outcroppings. 12″ rosettes.

Hardy to 25F

Sun

Cactus Soil

Low Water

Photography&Plants08 Aug 2015 10:33 am

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Fockea crispa, or more properly called Fockea capensis, has tiny little flowers. Five-lobed! Sweetly-scented!

Caudex to 24″; Dry in winter, sweet smelling flowers late summer. Hardy to 35F.

Cactus&Plants04 Aug 2015 08:00 am

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Gymnocalycium eurypleurum

Paraguay

Flattened globose to 5″ diameter. White flowers with a pinkish tint.

Hardy to 30F if dry in winter
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Photography&Plants22 Jul 2015 08:24 am

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Echeveria albicans isn’t a real showy succulent but if you look closely you’ll see it has nicely sculpted leaf edges.

😁

Cactus&Plants19 Jul 2015 08:26 am

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Well now that’s an unusual cactus 🌵
Cumulopuntia boliviana

From Bolivia ☀
Opuntiodeae tribe of the Cactaceae family 🌋 which means it has glochids, so please be careful when handling it! 📌

Nice! 🎉

Plants15 Jul 2015 08:01 am

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Corpuscularia lehmanii

S. African

Trailing succulent. 10″ stems with 1″ leaves and pale yellow flowers at the tips.

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

Cactus&Photography&Plants13 Jul 2015 07:56 am

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It’s a baby Saguaro! So big and full!

Carnegia gigantea
Arizona, California

Classic giant cactus from the American Southwest. Slow growing. Will grow their first arm around 75-100 years old and can live 150-200 years. Some populations hardy to 15F if dry in winter.

Hardy to 15-20F 
Full Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Plants10 Jul 2015 07:50 am

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Aloe striata
Coral Aloe

Large clumping rosettes, shade tolerant, brighter in sun

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

Cactus&Plants06 Jul 2015 08:06 am

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Tunilla erectoclada
Argentina

Mini prickly pear, pads 1-2″ groundcover

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

Plants27 Jun 2015 06:15 am

Do individual plants vary? They do! For instance…

Hi Peter,

I’m the one who came to your store today looking for Echeveria ‘Blue Bird’. Attached is the picture (of the plant) I bought from you last August. It looks different from what you showed me today.

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Regards,
Fred

Fred,

I agree it looks a little different, but it’s the same plant. Plants are individuals and there is natural variation, plus your growing conditions and ours may be different.

But it is the same species.

Peter

Here is the Echeveria “Bluebird” that Fred saw at the store this week:

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Very similar? Not the same? It’s the same species after all!

Plants26 Jun 2015 08:00 am

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Euphorbia leucodendron

Pencil-like vertical stems; tiny leaves/blooms; red seed pods

Hardy to 25F 
Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Drought&Plants11 Jun 2015 09:02 am

It’s now time to talk about the drought. Mandatory reductions in water use are being implemented across the state, and are hitting hard in many communities in the Bay Area.

So here’s the thing – it’s time to reduce watering your plants, and the best way to do that is to replace your moderate and water-intensive plantings with drought-tolerant plants. Of course, pretty much everything we carry at Cactus Jungle is drought-tolerant, so we like to think we are a good resource for reducing your water use. But I want to be clear – you do have to water your cactus and succulents and natives and other drought tolerant perennials. Even if planted in the ground! Drought-tolerant, sure, but this is a record breaking drought! There is no residual moisture hanging out in your soils for the plants this summer. Please, a little water. Not too much, not too often, but once per week in the first year for new plantings and every 2-4 weeks for older plantings! When we get back to our regular wet winters, someday (it will happen!) then you can leave your succulents alone for months.

So what water should you be using? We’re using the bucket method at home – a bucket to hold the water in the shower as it’s heating up.

Here are some resources:

 

Plants10 Jun 2015 08:12 am

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Yucca rostrata
Big Bend Yucca
Tree to 12ft+, multiple heads, flexible leaves. Texas. Hardy to below 0F.

Plants28 May 2015 08:56 am

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Adenia glauca

South Africa

Large stem caudex with taproot; viney w/broad leaves.
 
Hardy to 40F 
Full Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Plants24 May 2015 01:54 pm

So many hardy alpine varieties!

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Sempervivum “Rita Jane”

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Sempervivum arachnoideum

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Sempervivum “Green Wheels” seen through a red filter.

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