Plants23 Aug 2015 08:40 am


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


Dudleya edulis

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

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

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus18 Aug 2015 08:22 am


Large Opuntia on Derby St, Berkeley

Berkeley Gardens17 Aug 2015 12:15 pm


Huge! Agave Bloom! Derby St., Berkeley

Berkeley Succulents16 Aug 2015 05:34 am


Echinopsis in bloom on Ward St, Berkeley

Berkeley Succulents15 Aug 2015 07:07 am


Euphorbia on Ward St in Berkeley

Whippets14 Aug 2015 07:13 pm


The Whippet Jaxx

Botanic Gardens&Travel14 Aug 2015 01:42 pm

The Frustrated Gardener shows you the heartbreak of the Agave bloom. It may not have actually broken the glass on its way out, but close enough!


A specimen of Agave americana, moved from a nearby properly about 40 years ago, has formed an enormous 30ft tall flower spike which is now blossoming. This has necessitated the removal of a handful of glass panes to allow the enormous stalk through, so as not to damage the rest of the historic structure. The result is quite breathtaking and has been drawing crowds from near and far.

Drawing crowds! From all over the Isles I am sure.

Click through for more pictures and the whole story. It’s a good one!

California Native Plants&Plants14 Aug 2015 12:52 pm


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.

Berkeley Succulents13 Aug 2015 07:44 pm


Euphorbia ammak
Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

California Native Plants&Plants12 Aug 2015 11:02 am


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


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


Cactus Soil

Low Water

Photography&Plants08 Aug 2015 10:33 am


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.

Whippets07 Aug 2015 09:31 am


California Native Plants07 Aug 2015 09:22 am


Abutilon palmeri – Indian Mallow

California Native/Southwestern US
Evergreen desert shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low
Size: 3 to 6 feet

Very heat-tolerant. Fuzzy gray leaves, orange poppy flowers. An astounding addition to any drought-tolerant or native-plant garden. Hardy to 25F.

Cactus&Plants04 Aug 2015 08:00 am


Gymnocalycium eurypleurum


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

Reader Photos&Travel30 Jul 2015 09:54 am

Dorena sends along these photos of the cactus and succulents of the mission at San Juan Capistrano.


Echinopsis cluster with some late blooms


Giant Agave americana and a well-balanced Myrtillocactus behind.


Giant white Echinopsis flower. Up close!


Pachycereus line the street.


Cactus29 Jul 2015 07:36 am


Mammilaria gracilis

Small, very branchy to 6″; yellow flowers.

Hardy to 20F

Cactus&Questions28 Jul 2015 10:22 am

Is there any way to grow cactus faster then what they usually grow?


They will grow faster with more heat, more direct sunshine and more water. But if they grow too fast then they are not growing strong and they won’t live very long.

Hope that helps!

Botanic Gardens27 Jul 2015 07:25 am

They don’t last long so go and get in line to view the Corpse Flower at the UC Botanic Garden!


Trudy, the corpse flower at UC Botanical Gardens, is blooming.

The Sumatran plant, officially called Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, started to open around 8 p.m. Saturday July 25…

Berkeley photographer Colleen Neff visited the garden Sunday morning and said the flower had revealed a beautiful purple skirt. Trudy should remain in bloom for a few more days.

Titan arum are are nicknamed corpse flowers because they emit a smell like a decaying object as they are blooming….


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