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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.

Blogs06 Feb 2013 03:17 pm

The Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society took a visit to the African section at the UC Davis Botanical garden, and Bamboo and More was there to take all the blooming African Aloe pictures. It does appear to have been a sunny day, too.

Misc06 Feb 2013 08:00 am


Pseudobombax ellipticum, or as we prefer to call it, Bombax ellipticum. I’ve never seen one this size bloom, and just the one flower.


Photography05 Feb 2013 06:50 am

3 Adeniums and 1 Pachypodium.

First up we have three hybridized Adenium obesum flowers with very different colors. How do they get so many colors?

Adenium obesum bloom1

1. A fairly standard, but very saturated, solid pink.

Adenium obesum bloom2

2. A crazy bi-color. Most 2-color Adenium flowers are center/edge colored, not striped like this.

Adenium obesum bloom3

3. This one is closest to the true species. And you can see the 2-colored with the petals being white towards the center and pink along the edges.

And then we have a very lovely solid yellow colored Pachypodium rosulatum flower.

Pachypodium rosulatum bloom

Photography&Plants04 Feb 2013 08:53 am


Crassula perforata have the tiniest of blooms. They don’t really look like much. They crowd together at the tips of a growing stem which will then benefit when you cut the spent blooms off. It’s hard to tell without a magnifier when they’re spent or still in bloom. I would guess the tiny flowers are only 2mm across, but then I don’t know the metric system at all so I could be wrong. Here’s a life-size metric ruler, so they say, that shows what 2mm is.

The macro photo is not so clear. But it’s the best I’ve been able to get. It almost looks like a watercolor. Here is the same photo with a watercolor filter applied.



Plants02 Feb 2013 08:47 am


Grevillea “Magic Lantern”

Native to Australia
Evergreen Shrub

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Low, in well-draining soil
Size: 3ft tall x 4-6ft. wide
Mounding low shrub that often stays below 1ft. tall, but can grow up a bit with encouragement. Grey foliage and showy red flower clusters. Do not cut back in summer before blooming. Do not fertilize, do not overwater. Hardy to 28F.

Grevillea have their own subfamily, Grevilleoideae, in the Protea Family, Proteaceae. It was named in honour of Charles Francis Greville.

Photography01 Feb 2013 09:28 am

It must be winter-growing-aloe-bloom-season in the Bay Area!

aloe africana

Aloe africana is an African Aloe also known as African Aloe. It’s from South Africa, of course. The Eastern Cape. These are some very orange flowers. The plant itself is a single-stemmed, generally solitary tree aloe to 10ft. tall. The marginal spines are vigorous, though not so large or numerous as to be hazardous.

Nursery&Photography&Plants31 Jan 2013 07:26 am

aloe speciosa blooms

The Aloe speciosa’s blooms are coming along nicely. This particular bloom spike should last a couple more weeks.

Plants30 Jan 2013 12:23 pm

euphorbia myrsinites

Euphorbia myrsinites

Native to S. Europe, Italy to Turkey
Evergreen herbaceous perennial

Sun: Moderate to Full Sun
Water: Drought tolerant
Size: 12″ tall x 12″ wide

Grey-green leaves, topped with sulphur yellow bloom sprays. Low-growing, creeping spurge. Deer-resistant. Hardy to 0F.

Airplants25 Jan 2013 07:40 am

I declare today to be the first day of a three day holiday to be known henceforth as Tillandsia Weekend. Come celebrate with me.

Tillandsia tenuifolia blue

First up is a bloomer. Tillandsia tenuifolia “Blue”. This is an easy one to grow and easy to get to bloom and its inexpensive too, so this would qualify as a starter Airplant. On the other hand the plant isn’t as pretty or unusual as some others. So that’s the choice you have to make.

Photography&Plants24 Jan 2013 09:33 am

cleistocactus straussii blooms

Cleistocactus straussii is the first cactus I have blogged around here in ages. It’s been so long I practically forgot what a cactus even looks like. It looks like this.

They are summer bloomers, but there’s often stragglers on and off throughout the year.

I wonder what they look like at the tip of the plant, against a sky blue backdrop?

cleistocactus straussii2

From the high altitude plains of the Himalayan mountains. I mean the Andes, sorry about that.

Hummingbirds love them. I do too. Am I a hummingbird? No, I am not. I am your faithful blogger, a person. And I have never been to South America.

Plants23 Jan 2013 09:07 am

It’s been more than a week of blogging about non-native shrubs and native shrubs and trees too and even blooming California native perennials. Now we see the real reason you come to my blog – for the pictures of the succulents. What, no cacti? Not yet. Be patient.

The blooms have finally started opening! Aren’t they stunning!

aloe speciosa

Here’s where I last blogged them about to open.

And here’s a closeup, because you want to really get right in there and see them that close up.

aloe speciosa closeup

Click to embiggen.