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.
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.
Native to Australia
Sun: Partial to Full Sun
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.
Native to SE U.S.
Sun: Moderate to Full Sun
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.
Indigenous to Somalia, so you are unlikely to see this rare plant in habitat.
Caudiciform stapeliad; dry and warm in winter
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.
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.
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
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
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?
Thanks for any help you can give.
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.