Plants


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!

Photography&Plants09 Aug 2014 08:36 am

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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.

Plants24 Jul 2014 08:19 am

We’ve got a bunch of new fancy mixed succulent planters at the nursery, but of these 3 below, only one of them so far has been popular. Can you guess which one?

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Fenestraria in a Flip and Tumble pod planter.

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Sedum in a Gleena Ceramics cup.

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Mixed Succulents in a Hasami Porcelain bowl.

Photography&Plants14 Jul 2014 05:54 am

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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.
  

Photography&Plants03 Jul 2014 11:25 am

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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

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Agave schidigera “Black Widow”

Stemless rosettes to 24″ w/hairy leaf margins

  • Hardy to 20F
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Plants08 Jun 2014 09:14 am

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Aeonium “Graciosa”

Shrub to 2′, dark purple-edged leaves

  • Hardy to 25F
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low Water
Plants06 Jun 2014 09:54 am

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Aeonium arboreum

Dense, shrubby to 3ft.+; green w/red edges, darker in sun. Hardy to 28F. Native to the Canary Islands. Winter-growing Mediterranean-climate-loving.

Full Sun to Part Shade

Cactus Soil

Low Water

Plants02 Jun 2014 09:55 am

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Sedum sediforme “Turquoise Tails”

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
Photography&Plants31 May 2014 10:00 am

senecio_jacobsenii

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
Plants28 May 2014 09:45 am

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Sedum hakonense “Chocolate Ball” is the most unusual color succulent we’ve seen in a while.

Japan

Alpine species. Very colorful stonecrop, deep colors in sun, orange tips. Can be planted between pavers. Low growing groundcover.

  • Hardy to below 0F
  • Sun to Part Shade
  • Cactus Soil
  • Low to Moderate Water

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