Polls04 Dec 2012 07:04 am

The local Oakland-based author of this children’s book thinks we might do well carrying her book: Dangerously Ever After. I open it to you all – does this look like the kind of book you would buy from a cactus nursery?

Polls14 Mar 2012 02:18 pm

Blogs&Polls02 Mar 2012 12:07 pm

The results of our poll are in, and the verdict is nearly unanimous. 95.5% of you want me to add CactGuy to the blog roll.

And it is done!

Blogs&Polls29 Feb 2012 07:49 am

CactGuy from Dallas has sent along a link to his tumblr blog and asked that I blogroll him. Well, that’s a privilege that many seek, but few receive.


No really, I recommend you start with CactGuy’s Haworthia post here.

And then before I add this to the blogroll, a poll! Shall I add this to the blogroll? Yes or No? Please visit his blog first and then state your reasons for why this new tumblr blog should be added to my blogroll in the comments.

Contests&Polls20 Feb 2012 06:53 am

It’s time to review the contest time from Saturday. We have a winner. But before I announce the winner, who do you think was the winner I’m about to announce?

Let’s Vote!

Now I’m going to wait to tally all these votes. When Will I stop tallying the votes and announce the winner? When? Should we have another poll? No!

Polls17 Nov 2011 09:20 am

It’s Christmas Cactus season at Plants are the Strangest People, so I thought you might like a poll.


Polls10 Jan 2011 07:02 am

Who shall be crowned the Queen? Yesterday’s battle royale was quite the exciting time here on the Cactus Blog. Today we have the queenly entries, and we are right out the gate disqualifying any actual cactus, since there are many species that are known as the Queen, like this beautiful Queen of the Night.


And the contenders, please…

Queen Cactus – She’s a pedigreed cow? Queen Cactus was a royal cow from the House of Windsor back in the 1890s, but she was famous in her time I’m sure.

Cactus Queen – now this is the most delicious of the cactus queens, I’m sure, being a beer. Cactus Queen IPA from the Yellow Rose Brewing Company in Texas.

So once again, you know what to do, click on the one you think is most deserving of the title of Queen of the Cactus.

Polls09 Jan 2011 08:01 am

King Cactus or Cactus King?


Let the Sunday morning battle begin, for the crowning of the royal cactus.

King Cactus is a cover band in Australia. Do you want to know what they cover? I didn’t think so.

[photo would go here]

Cactus King is a cactus nursery in Houston and they have a big green flaming cactus out front, thus appropriating for themselves the coveted honorific of Cactus King.

Now, you get to decide.

Misc&Polls08 Nov 2010 08:19 am

Well that’s interesting! Or not. Let’s add a poll!

Polls28 Oct 2010 09:17 am

Contests&Polls27 Oct 2010 07:31 am

So todays contest is simple. Identify the plant in the first picture and win the plant in the second picture. But here’s the little wrinkle. You must come to the store today with the answer! Sorry for all you people who don’t live in the Bay Area (Go Giants).

So please, don’t answer the question in the comments. Come in to the store for the free plant instead!

This is the plant you want to ID in person only at the store to win a free plant.

Nemesia fruticans is the free plant you get. We have 5 left of these reliable drought-tolerant perennials that will bloom for most of the year. Yay!

National Parks&Polls20 Mar 2010 11:27 am


From Tripadvisor, we find this mystery rock formation that looks a lot like this crazy little succulent:


Pleiospilos bolussi

Coincidence? I think not.

Photography&Polls03 Sep 2009 11:51 am


Pachypodium saudersii

Shrubby, spiny, caudex-forming – what’s not to like? White flowers with pink edges? Red buds? You like it all, I can tell.

Misc&Polls02 May 2009 07:16 am

Any ideas what to do if you live in an urban area of Michigan? The Detroit News says you should, “Perk up your outdoor space.” I agree.

Trick it up with accents…. Start with easy-to-maintain plantings like succulents.

That is an easy place to start. But don’t stop there…

Add some:

Misc&Polls04 Feb 2009 08:26 am


The coolest, quirkiest, must-have piece of art at Mesa’s (AZ) Pita Jungle is a wall mirror framed by cactus skeletons. It’s got a great organic quality that speaks to our desert heritage without screaming, “Get yer Scottsdale kitsch here!”

I vote for kitsch.

Polls24 Dec 2008 12:08 pm

Photography&Polls04 Nov 2008 08:11 am

Edithcolea grandis

Election Day! Carrion Flower! Go vote or else!

Polls&Quotes21 Oct 2008 06:57 pm

50-47 Obama, with 325 Electoral votes. You heard it here first. I should be a pundit. 

Photography&Polls30 Jul 2008 10:43 am

Ferocactus hamatacanthus

These large barrels have thin hooked spines, yellow blooms and greenish fruit.

I can’t decide between the bud photo with bloom in the background or the bloom photo with the buds nearby:

Such choices will have to be made.

In the meantime, I’m posting a video later today that includes this very plant a couple days later in full bloom. Look for it!

Misc&Polls18 Jul 2008 01:57 pm

Here’s something that’s listed as a “Knitty Cactus” for only $24. Truly a bargain. But is it a cactus?

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