Berkeley Succulents21 Nov 2014 05:35 am


San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Agave attenuata and an Aloe ciliaris in bloom.

News20 Nov 2014 07:03 am

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted one of these local news stories where an Agave blooms and everyone comes from miles around to see the enormous sight. And then the local newspaper gets involved and publishes a picture and that picture zooms around the world on the wings of the web to my desk and from my desk to your eyes.

Enjoy! Local news at its finest.

Mystery cactus springs more than 6m in Bentleigh garden


…(LORNA Smith) and her husband, John, have lived at the Bentleigh house since 1956 and the huge cactus is a first.

“It’s gone straight up like a rocket, it’s taller than my garage now,” Mrs Smith said.

“I just can’t believe it, nothing like this has happened before.”

The commenters have correctly identified it as an Agave americana.

Questions19 Nov 2014 10:35 am


If I remove the thorns from my cactus plant will the plant die, re-grow the thorns or continue to live without them?

Thank you


It should do just fine and continue to live without them.

Question? yes. Answer? yes.


Cactus&News19 Nov 2014 07:14 am

Are you a fan of the cactus? Then you are so fashionable right now that you are practically dripping in irony.

Fashion’s love affair with the humble cactus

Marina London's silky green separates are best accessorised with Pedro the cactus

Marina London’s silky green separates are best accessorised with Pedro the cactus…

The tough, drought-tolerant cactus and its close relation the succulent (the fleshy-leaved, geometric-shaped rockery plant, also known as house leeks or sempervivum), are ”trending” right now.

Expensive clothes, expensive stool, expensive cactus – so why is the pot cheap plastic? You couldn’t spring for terra cotta?

Cactus17 Nov 2014 07:29 am

Fear Not, New England: The Hilltop Cactus Is Here To Stay


The Hilltop Steakhouse sign is “one of the few remaining landmarks on Route 1 in Saugus from the bygone era.”
Boston Globe

The plastic cows may be forever gone from Route 1, but the giant, green neon north star in Saugus is going nowhere fast.

A sign from my youth. And it’s still there? Who knew!?! Classic.

Travel16 Nov 2014 10:41 am

Hanging out in La Jolla on a beautiful November weekend? How about checking out Nicole’s beautiful succulents at the farmers market?


Nice! I see she’s come up with the coffee cup carrier concept for small pots. Also nice!

Any other Cactus Jungle alum selling succulents on a Sunday today?

California Native Plants15 Nov 2014 11:06 am


Dudleya farinosa is normally a pretty green California native succulent, coastal northern California the  best more interesting about it. But the Noyo River form is white white white. This is also northern California Coastal, but almost all the way to Fort Bragg.

Nursery&Photography14 Nov 2014 01:51 pm


We’re potting up terrariums and mixed succulent pots and filling hypertufa pots with lots of very colorful Sempervivums like this one! It must be almost a holiday type if season coming up.


Misc14 Nov 2014 04:28 am


Misc13 Nov 2014 04:31 pm


Rare stapeliad were growing. Not ready yet! But already blooming, so here’s you preview photo. Oh yeah, it’s a Caralluma baldrati. Nice flower!

Questions&Reader Photos10 Nov 2014 11:21 am

Hello Peter
Are you abel to tell me the names of these three succulents? Much tnaks!

The pictures and the IDs are below! Scroll down! Scrolling….


Your plants are:

Anacampseros rufescens

1. Anacampseros rufescens


2. Aloe, possibly Aloe barbadensis, or Aloe Vera, but maybe a hybrid.

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg

3. Echeveria “Perle von Nurnberg”



Misc09 Nov 2014 12:46 pm


Lola on 9th St in Berkeley has little succulent pots hanging out at the side door.

Orchids08 Nov 2014 11:39 am


Otaara “Hsu Shin”

Whippets07 Nov 2014 07:58 am


Plants06 Nov 2014 12:41 pm


Agave colorata

4 to 6 feet, very few pups. Broad and toothy. Hardy to 20F.

Berkeley Succulents04 Nov 2014 08:43 am

It’s November already? It must be time for Mixed Succulents, Terrariums, Hanging Wall Panels, and Succulent Wreaths. Yes it is.


And here we see the start of the November season with a fancy mixed pot. How fancy? I count 3 lovely little succulents in one locally made hypertufa pot. Is that a Sedum? yes it is! and there’s a Sedeveria and a Crassula too. So that’s good.

Carnivorous Plants03 Nov 2014 02:24 pm


These are the blooms on one of our Nepenthes sanguinea, and it appears we have a female! Seeds, too?

Photography&Plants03 Nov 2014 08:32 am

First up we have an Aloe

A single tubular aloe bloom. How nice!


Aloe plicatilis
Fan Aloe

12ft (5ft. in Bay Area) large thick trunk, broad canopy

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

And this little pretty is from a hybrid Echeveria. You can’t really tell from the flower what the plant is in the case of these Echeveria Hybrids but this one is…


Echeveria “Baron Bold”

Click the link for pictures of the rosettes.

Broad, open, solitary rosette. Rust-red in full sun.

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

Misc02 Nov 2014 11:08 am


It begins. Succulent Wreath Season.

Misc31 Oct 2014 10:55 am


Rainy day

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