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Plants08 Apr 2013 08:45 am

A couple caudiciform succulents in the Dogbane (Apocynaceae) family.

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From the East Coast of Africa we have Pachypodium saundersii, also known as the Kudu Lily (I wonder if that’s because there are Kudus nearby? Probably.) Shrubby, 3 to 5 feet tall max., and very spiny. But those pretty pretty flowers….


And here we have a gorgeous Desert Rose, Adenium obesum. Ohhhhh….. sooo pretty…… nearly brings me to tears….

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Finally, we have a grafted Thai Hybrid of the Adenium obesums. They really do have a lot of crazy colors in Thailand. I wonder how they get them to do that? Anyway, while interesting, I don’t find these to be as beautiful as the ones above.

Nursery&Photography&Science06 Apr 2013 10:57 am

The Echinocereus grandifloras are in full bloom this weekend, so you know it’s spring out here at the Cactus Jungle.


We call this one “Amber Peach”


Rikki insists this one is “Tropical Pink”


I named this one “White Lightning”

In case you were wondering, these are all hybrids. They are intergenic hybrids between Echinopsis and Echinocereus. You may see these on various websites and at certain nurseries under various and sundry names. Some call them Trichocereus Hybrids or Lobivia Hybrids or Tricho-Lobivia Hybrids, however current taxonomy puts all Trichocereus and Lobivias into Echinopsis.

You may also see in certain quarters where they insist on particular cultivar names. However we have gotten our original parent plants for these hybrids from the original hybridizer and he does not name them himself. So we are free to call them by our own cultivar names. If you have better names for them than we’ve come up with, we’re happy to take suggestions!

Photography&Plants02 Apr 2013 06:51 am


Euphorbia characias “Portuguese Velvet

European hybrid
Evergreen spurge

Sun: Moderate
Water: Drought tolerant
Size: 12″ to 18″ tall w/24″ tall bloom stalks

Thick velvety grey green leaves on full stems. Large bloom sprays of green bracts and mixed brightly-colored blooms. Grow from seed and offsets. Deer-resistant.

California Native Plants01 Apr 2013 07:42 am

Iris PCH1

The Pacific Coast Hybrid Irises are in bloom.

Iris PCH2

So many colors!

Iris PCH3

Iris Pacific Coast Hybrids (PCH)

Hybrid from California natives
Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Shade to Part Shade
Water: Moderate, well-draining
Size: 8″ to 20″
Gorgeous clumps of dark green leaves give way to spectacularly colored blooms from spring through summer. Hardy to 10°.

News30 Mar 2013 06:44 am

Apparently straw flowers are an Aztec tradition.

Years ago I traveled to the nursery district at Xochimilco, the ancient Aztec “place of the flowers” outside Mexico City…


At Xochemilco there’s a big tradition of gift plants, and the Mexican way of potting them up demands big color. Many of these are set amidst moss or day-glo gravels…

Well, sure, I can understand that. Brightly colored gravel can enhance the natural coloring of the cactus. Seems reasonable.

Since the cactus did not have blooms due to youth or season, the small growers used small dried flax flowers with their needle-like stems. These would be attached by sticking the stem into the cactus flesh for anchorage. Though they may sell better with color, it’s not a sound practice. These punctures can become an inroad for fungus and bacteria to enter sterile tissues every time they’re watered.

Oh that’s not good.

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents&Nursery19 Mar 2013 12:31 pm

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4th Street, Berkeley
Delospermas in bloom

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OK, so this isn’t just any Succulent garden in Berkeley, it’s the front bed in front of the store. Our address? It’s on Fourth Street. So there. Prove me wrong!

California Native Plants15 Mar 2013 12:40 pm


Ribes aureum v. gracillimum

Here’s a sweet and edible California native shrub, to 5ft. tall. It’s definitely a coastal plant and doesn’t do well with inland heat.


Bloom season is here!

Berkeley Succulents13 Mar 2013 01:53 pm

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5th Street, Berkeley

Aloe saponaria coming into bloom and Aloe arborescens.

I’ll need to come back in a week or two to check out the full bloom spike when open.

Plants13 Mar 2013 06:58 am


Aeonium “Schwartzopf” in bloom. I’ve never bothered to photograph one of these giant pyramidal bloom stalks before since I don’t like them. In general, these can take so much energy out of the plant that we recommend you cut them off before they get this far or it can kill the plant.

This one is in my front yard and is from our original parent plant from back when we started the nursery. We haven’t taken any cuttings from this one in many years since we had originally over-harvested it, but its back looking good these days. So you would think I would cut this off, but it’s only one branch out of many so I figured we could let it go. This one time. But never again!

California Native Plants&Plants09 Mar 2013 08:42 am

Our first new California Ribes this year, and it’s a white-flowering California Ribes this year to add to our currently blooming pink and red flowering California Ribes.


Ribes “White Icicle”

California Native
Deciduous Shrub
Sun: Sun to Part Shade
Water: Low
Size: to 8ft.

Icy white flower clusters in early spring lead to dark blue hued berries in summer. The flowers attract native bees and butterflies while the berries are a good source of food for other local wildlife including birds. Hardy to 10F.

Misc08 Mar 2013 06:45 am


Cercis occidentalis

Southwestern US/California Native
Evergreen tree

Sun: Full to Partial
Water: Winter rain, summer drought
Size: 20ft.

Careful not to disturb roots when transplanting. Magenta flowers in Spring. From rocky soils at foothills. Bright green kidney-shaped leaves.

Questions&Reader Photos02 Mar 2013 08:35 am

First of all, let me just say that I love your blog. You guys are wonderful. I have gotten so much of my (admittedly limited) knowledge about succulents and cacti from reading it that I just can’t begin to thank you enough.

I have two questions. One I’m a little worried about because I suspect I won’t like the answer. In the second photo here, you can see my new Euphorbia Ammak up close… and there’s some discoloration, both pink and brown. The brown looks like it could be rot; it was just replanted, and it seems (see: right side of photo) perhaps someone at one point cut away some rot, which scabbed over. The brown is just at the bottom there; it does not continue up and is not soft or mildewy.


The plant itself is about 5′ and seems happy otherwise. The odd pink continues up the plant in a few vertical patches but ONLY one one side.

I am hoping you will say that the pink is just sunburn and the brown was rot that has apparently been handled, as the top looks good and has grown several feet past the brown at the base. If you do, I will do a happy dance. I love this baby and don’t want to have to lop it off at the top. But I’m a little worried these patches are something more serious. Boo!

Two, in the first photo (which also shows the euphorbia’s height), I would love your help ID’ing that beautiful purple plant in the hanging basket. I bought it when it was just a few spindly arms and, since repotting it, it’s grown and segmented quite beautifully, with tiny pink blossoms along the length sometimes blooming. However it does seem the segments are a bit thinner and I am wondering if I am not taking proper care of it. It gets some direct morning light and then a good deal of bright shade the rest of the day.


Thank you for any help you can provide. Love you guys! Wish you were closer! (I’m in San Diego!)


The pink does look like sunburn – when it was repotted maybe it got turned around?

The brown does look like some rot as a result of the sunburn, caused probably by a fungus. It should be able to heal. I recommend spraying, out of sun, with an organic fungicide like Neem Oil – though don’t use anything called Rose Defense. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t continue spreading. If it does, it may be prone to a virus which can then spread quickly throughout the plant.

The hanging basket cactus is a Lepismium cruciforme and probably wants less direct sun than it is getting.

Let me know how it goes

Misc28 Feb 2013 07:16 am


Fenestraria aurantiaca is the classic strange succulent in the Mesemb family. Related to the Lithops, these are also very low water plants. We recommend keeping them out of full sun and watering every 3-4 weeks. With more sun and more water they can grow quite big, relatively speaking, but then they are very rot prone and most people will find that a higher water level schedule will kill them. Harsh!

The Fenestraria genus includes only two species: Fenestraria rhopalophylla (with white flowers) and Fenestraria aurantiaca (with yellow flowers), which in time have gained various hybrids, with very beautiful flowers (red and orange).

It also appears that F. aurantiaca is no longer considered a separate species, but is a subspecies of F. rhopalophylla. So I guess I better get all my tags updated.

Photography&Plants20 Feb 2013 07:54 am


Dendrobium kingianum is hardy down to around freezing around here, and works well both inside or out. It blooms late winter, as you can see, through spring.

We grow them in orchid bark, or as we prefer coconut husk chunks. I think we will be watering weekly indoor, and every 2 weeks if they’re in a shady spot outdoor. Fertilize every month. Easy!


California Native Plants&Photography18 Feb 2013 06:59 am

Ribes Barrie Coate

Ribes “Barrie Coate” is coming into full bloom. I see that it has probably the most saturated color of the flowering currants, all native to California, that I am aware of.

I like it!

Ribes malvaceum “Barrie Coate”
Chaparral Currant

California Native
Deciduous shrub

Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Occasional
Size: 6 ft.

Winter blooming hummingbird plant. Very dark pink flower clusters February-March. Woody branches have peeling red bark as they age. Hardy to 25F.

Plants17 Feb 2013 07:41 am


Crassula perforata var. variegata

These are vertically oriented strings of triangular leaves with yellow and green coloring. The pink edges come with full sun, but they can handle a lot less than full sun too. They will grow to almost 2 feet tall, and then start to dip over.

Hardy to about 22F, we find with a hard freeze you can see some tip damage which will then cause the plant to start branching vigorously, so it’s all good.

South African.

Tiny yellow blooms are not particularly interesting, unless you get in really close with your macro lens. Fascinating!

Plants15 Feb 2013 04:27 pm

Sinningia cardinalis

Sinningia cardinalis is a caudiciform Gesneriad (Gesneriaceae).

It’s pretty easy to grow and has beautiful round flattened caudexes with these very very red Cardinal Red even, tubular flowers.

We don’t have them available at the nursery right now. We have them growing and they should be leafing out in a couple months time. They should be ready and rooted by then. Even if not yet blooming.

Photography&Science11 Feb 2013 08:19 am

Some people think that our cute little blooming Delospermas are Ice Plants, just like along the highways and coastlines of California.

But they’re not! I mean, sure, they’re related and all, and the leaves are similar enough and the fruits are also edible enough so that maybe you could call them Ice Plants if you really wanted to, but the biggest difference is that these are not invasive. So I choose not to call them Ice Plants.

Here are some in bloom right now at the nursery. Look at all the pretty flower colors!

Magenta Delosperma

Would you call that Magenta? I would. Maybe some would say it veers toward fuschia. I would not.

Yellow Delosperma

Yellow is easy to ID. Plus it is particularly popular with the native bees. They like yellow! There must be lots of native yellow flowers, like the Mimuluses. I would like to name this color, Rapeseed Yellow.

Pink Delosperma

Pink is a varied color. Is there a shade of pink that would match this? It kind of matches MAC Eyeshadow’s “Swish” Swatch.

Red Delosperma

Red! Finally! Actually kind of a crimson red, so you know its good.

Orange Delosperma

…and Orange.

By the way, the most popular Delosperma flower color on my Instagram feed is…

Wait for it…



California Native Plants&Photography10 Feb 2013 10:26 am


Ribes sanguineum

The California native currants are in full bloom now, with fresh new green leaves popping up everywhere too. We have 3 or 4 varieties right now, so you know they must be gorgeous too.

Berkeley Succulents08 Feb 2013 08:25 am


San Pablo Ave.
Aloe ciliaris in bloom.