Misc11 Oct 2014 03:30 pm


Cactus in a cinder block planter
Grayson St, Berkeley


Cotyledon garden
Grayson St, Berkeley

And a bonus Daisy photo!


Osteospermum, Cape Daisies

Whippets10 Oct 2014 09:40 am


Misc08 Oct 2014 04:37 pm


Echeveria setosa v oteroi

Reader Photos07 Oct 2014 07:18 am


Kindly little Leuchtenbergia principis waiting until my day off to bloom!


Nice! A very nice yellow on that one – I’ve seen a number where the yellow is much more pale.

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.


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


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.

Whippets03 Oct 2014 08:26 am


Jason is waiting to go to the vet for his shots. Does he look worried?

Carnivorous Plants03 Oct 2014 08:11 am


Drosera spathulata, Fraser Island Form.

Native to Australia
Perennial Carnivore
Sun: Partial to Full Sun
Water: Bog
Size: Low-growing, 2″ across
Round spoon-shaped leaves are covered with sticky hairs which capture and digest insects. Thrives in hot and humid conditions, but can be grown outside.


Pinguicula primulaflora


Native to SE U.S.
Evergreen Carnivore
Sun: Moderate to Full Sun
Water: Bog
Size: Rosettes to 5″
Attractive rosettes. Sticky leaves trap bugs like flypaper. Pale purple trumpet-shaped flowers. Stays green in winter, indoor or outdoor. Do not water over the leaves.

Plants02 Oct 2014 12:29 pm


Whitesloanea crassa

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

Caudiciform stapeliad; dry and warm in winter

Berkeley Gardens01 Oct 2014 04:30 pm


Cowper Street, Berkeley

It’s an elephant shrine!

Cactus01 Oct 2014 08:35 am

Yesterday I posted a YouTube video of an Electric Cactus and promised that it would be very exciting and amazing, and then I clicked the video and it was no such thing. It was kind of dull. Well today I revisit the concept of the electric cactus.

Jeff Kolega’s Desert Wind Sonata for Cactus and other Stuff.


National Parks&San Francisco30 Sep 2014 04:30 pm


Aeoniums in Golden Gate Park

Cactus30 Sep 2014 08:34 am

Did you ever wonder what an electronically amplified cactus sounded like? Now you can find out. All you have to do is click the play button on the YouTube video below and prepare to be amazed.

OK, so maybe that wasn’t so amazing.

Cactus28 Sep 2014 10:16 am

So apparently this is now a thing.


David Penela

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.


Aeonium “Garnet”


Aeonium “Velour”

Whippets25 Sep 2014 05:44 pm


Photography25 Sep 2014 05:43 pm


Pachypodium namaquanum

Tiny little baby spiny succulent plants are the best.

Plants25 Sep 2014 10:24 am

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


Agave macroacantha “Pablo’s Choice” – Black Spined Agave
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


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

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

Questions&Reader Photos23 Sep 2014 11:07 am


I’ve spent hours looking at pics online and can’t identify these cacti/succulents I recently acquired. Can you possibly identify them? Also, does the large brown swath on the prostrate plant indicate damage or a slow demise of some sort?

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Thanks for any help you can give.

Newbie Leigh

The plants look like they need more sun, so it’s hard to ID them for sure. The one that is laying over is probably an Opuntia or less likely a Quiabentia. The brown is past damage and looks like it is fully healed.

The tall green one is maybe an Echeveria, like Echeveria setosa, but stretched vertically because of not enough sun.

The blue one is a Senecio, probably Senecio mandraliscae.


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