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Plants14 Sep 2013 10:43 am

Rhytidocaulon macrolobum ssp macrolobum

Rhytidocaulon macrolobum ssp. macrolobum flower buds are covering this plant. Very small. We have been growing this now for 3 years and the first crop of cuttings are looking good. So maybe they will be ready by spring? I can’t wait!

In the Stapeliad family. This used to be it’s own family, but then it got moved into the Milkweed Family (Asclepiaceae) but now it’s in the Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae) and the Milkweeds are a Subfamily (Asclepiadoideae) of the Dogbanes and the Stapeliads are a Tribe (Stapeliae) of the Milkweeds. That means that the Pachypodiums and the Hoyas are in the same Family? That can’t be right.

Anyway, the Rhytidocaulon has soft stems, rich dark green color with 1/2″ green striped blooms. Keep warm and dry.

Photography&Plants12 Sep 2013 07:25 am


Agave shawii is a coastal California native, Southern Cal. and Baja, but still coastal so you know it will do well in Berkeley and nearby. While the rosettes will get 2 to 3 feet across, taller than wide, they will also form large clusters so the agave can take over an area easily 10 feet across if you let it. And with those gorgeous red spines on the new leaves glowing in the California sunshine why wouldn’t you let it? Once they’ve formed a large enough cluster it would be difficult to remove, so make sure you have it in a place you want it.

Full sun at the coast, it could do with afternoon shade further inland.

Should not bloom until 15 to 20 years old, and then the bloom stalk could be particularly impressive for such a smaller species – up to 40 feet tall? Harsh!


Photography10 Sep 2013 07:37 am

Nicole took home this adorable little caterpillar but not before I got a photo and edited it on my phone with cute editing software. And the plant underneath of course is aButterfly Milkweed.


Asclepias “Silky Gold”

Native to South America
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 3 to 4 ft tall

Brilliant gold-yellow blooms atop each stem in fall. Green leafy stems. Hardy to 15F. Can be grown as an annual; collected seeds can be planted in spring. Attracts Monarch butterflies.

Plants07 Sep 2013 09:36 am

The Salvias are blooming and the colors are quite vibrant. These are the non-california Sages, since the california sages are not currently blooming.

But get a load of these non-native sages.

salvia chamaedryoides

Salvia chamaedryoides
Blue Chichuahuan Sage
Native to Mexico
Evergreen perennial

Sun: Sun/Shade
Water: Low
Size: 2 ft. to 3 ft.

Low mounding sage with soft green leaves and year-round tall blue bloom spikes. Hardy to 20° F

salvia bezerkeley

Salvia “Berzerkeley”
Baby Sage
Evergreen perennial/shrub

Sun: Full to Part Sun
Water: Low
Size: 18″ to 24″

Cultivar originally found at Monterey Bay Nursery. Dense and compact with deep pink flowers. Will bloom through fall into winter. Best with good sun, except in hotter areas. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Hardy to 20F.


Salvia “Royal Blue”
Blue Gentian Sage
Native to Mexico
Evergreen perennial

Sun: Sun to Part Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 1 to 2 ft.

Large dark green leaves topped with lots of royal blue flowers all summer long and into the fall. Needs some summer irrigation. Hardy to 10F.

Photography&Plants05 Sep 2013 11:20 am

euphorbia mammillaris variegata

Portrait of a Euphorbia mammillaris variegata coming into bloom with all the pretty colors.

It is from the Little Karoo region of South Africa. It will grow maybe a foot tall and will sprawl outwards with many new branches growing along the older branches. (more…)

Plants04 Sep 2013 11:01 am


Ornithogalum saundersiae is a succulent bulb in the Hyacinth family. The bloom stalks will get 5 feet tall and the white flowers have these unusual black centers. Usually it is a late-winter bloomer but we have one blooming…. Right Now!!!! Hardy to 10F.

Ornithogalum saundersiae

Another look at the flowers. You can see the bulb below if you look carefully.


And here’s the bulb below, in a Portrait-style picture. Cute!

Photography&Plants26 Aug 2013 08:29 am

Aloe africana 2

Aloe africana

Single stemmed to 12ft., solitary rosette with marginal spines. Hardy to 25F.

Aloe africana 1

The common name in South Africa for this lovely tree aloe is Uitenhagse-aalwyn. The bloom stalks on top of these 10-12ft. trees will get an additional 8 feet taller. Impressive! They’re found in a small part of the Gamtoos River Valley east to Port Alfred, particularly the Uitenhage District, hence the common name. Lowland, it grows coastally.

The Gamtoos River Valley is… so peaceful, so serene, so close to nature,  its hard to believe that Port Elizabeth`s Green Acres Shopping Centre is only 55km away!

Plants20 Aug 2013 06:54 am


Urginea maritima has giant summer bloom stalks. The leaves won’t come ’til fall, but for now you can enjoy a 3 to 4 ft. bloom stalk that I can’t fit in the picture with the bulb. Here’s a closeup of the blooms way up high above the bulb.


News11 Aug 2013 09:07 am

They were practically rioting in Montana yesterday for the cactus.

A night-blooming cactus causes quite a buzz Friday morning in the Floriculture Building at the Western Montana Fair after two large blossoms appeared on the plant overnight.

Wow! Click through for the picture. There are 2 blooms on this particular cactus, so you know it was twice the excitement.

Plants04 Aug 2013 08:55 am


Eccremocarpus scaber “Cherry Red”
Chilean Glory Vine

Native to Chile
Semi-deciduous Vine

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Moderate, don’t overwater
Size: Vining 10 to 15ft.

Beautiful fast-growing vine will climb quickly to over 15ft., can cover a 6 ft. wide trellis in one summer. Blooms summer thru fall.

Questions26 Jul 2013 11:45 am

Hi there.
I live in England, and I have been growing some cacti for about four years now, but I don’t know what they are. They have never flowered, and I was wondering if you could identify them?
I know that the one on the far left is Astophytum ornatum, and that the one one in from the right is Opuntia subulata. I have only had these for about two months.

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Also, could you please give me some tips as to how to make them all flower?
Thanks very much.

The Opuntia subulata looks likes it’s probably a O. subulata monstrose, which means it won’t get as tall, which is probably a good thing. The one on the far right could be a Cereus, but I wouldn’t be sure of the species until it blooms, which could be many years depending on the species – they often won’t bloom until they’re 6 ft. tall or more! The one on the left looks like it’s not getting enough sun, so it’s hard to tell for sure what it is, but either a Mammillaria or a Rebutia.

As for flowering, the Astrophytum looks large enough to flower, as well as the Mammillaria/Rebutia. However the other two wouldn’t bloom for many years. To help the first two along in blooming I recommend a lot of sun and a bloom food – Bone Meal, and we prefer Fish Bone Meal, works well.

Depending on where you live in England the sun could be a problem, in which case you might want to try a full-spectrum UV light.


Photography&Plants25 Jul 2013 08:42 am


Echeveria cante is a rare Mexican species that we’ve been growing for a few years now. They’re very popular. Like this one we’ve always only put them out for sale when they were big enough that we were certain they would be hardy enough to survive. This year we tried a crop of smaller plants, but not a lot of success. It looks like we will have to wait for them to grow bigger. Anyone have any ideas on how to keep these looking great when young?

Here, have a bloom photo.


Photography22 Jul 2013 02:21 pm

Do you like pictures of cactus flowers? Do you like it when I use fancy hoity toity filters on the pictures to make them all fancy? Like this one?

Echinopsis subdenudata

Echinopsis subdenudata

If you would like to see more of these crazy filtered cactus bloom photos then come join me on the Instagrams.

And just so you know most of the pictures I post there are not filtered to the edge of respectability like this one. This one was special.

Questions22 Jul 2013 01:08 pm

Dear blog master. I enjoy the cactus jungle blog; a visit to your store is on my bucket list.

I have a question. I have a hedgehog cactus set (aka “the Crip”) and a silver torch cactus (aka “Queen Frostine”). Both have been in a constant environment for more than two years – a greenhouse which is the home of many successfully flowering succulents, many of which are cacti. After flowering well in 2012, neither flowered this year but they are both growing very well. Do you have any thoughts?

Sent from my iPad so please excuse brevity and lack of editing.

Memphis, TN

If they’re getting good sun and other plants nearby are blooming then it’s probably a matter of nutrients. I would recommend feeding with a good organic bloom food in late winter next year.

Plants&Science21 Jul 2013 12:17 pm

Here’s a couple of recently blooming Hoyas for you. Enjoy!

Hoya kerrii2

Hoya kerrii has the heart-shaped leaves so fondly remembered from Valentine’s Day.

Hoya Mathilde

Hoya “Mathilde” is new to us and we haven’t had any ready for sale yet, but here you get a preview of the flowers.


Hoya australis I featured a few months ago, but I thought I would add it to this entry anyway. I must be in Summer Repeats!

Let me tell you something more about the Hoyas. Hoyas are in the Milkweed Family, Asclepiadaceae is the former name of the former plant family now treated as a subfamily, Asclepiadoideae, of the Dogbane Family, Apocynaceae, which also includes such famous succulents as the Pachypodiums and Adeniums! (Science!)

Or let me quote a couple o’ the books in print..

“These tropical, vining plants have rigid, glossy leaves and bowl-shaped clusters of star-shaped flowers so stiff and shiny they seem to be made of wax. Provide rich soil, regular water, warm temperatures, and sun protection. Plants thrive in bright shade and humid hothouses, blooming best when pot-bound… Water minimally during winter dormancy.”
Debra Lee Baldwin, Designing with Succulents, p.196.

“Hoya and the closely related Dischidia comprise vining plants that barely fit the definition of a succulent…. Hoya and Dischidia species are native from India through New Guinea, northern Australia, and even Southern China. Most Hoyas grow more-or-less wholly as epiphytes. As a result, even though they are from tropical regions with heavy rainfall, they have to be able to withstand considerable dryness, and so have evolved thick, succulent leaves.”
Fred Dortort, The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World, also p.196!

California Native Plants&Oakland17 Jul 2013 11:53 am


Dudleya brittonii surrounded by a sea of Othonna capensis in bloom.

California Native Plants&Photography&Plants15 Jul 2013 04:07 pm

We seem to be selling a bunch of perennial daisies around here at the cactus store this year.

And I’m not even mentioning all the Cape Daisies. Here too. Even more Cape Daisies!

How did a cactus store come to sell so many daisies, you may ask? I tells you there’s a reason for it. It may have to do with the fact that they are often low water and easy to grow here in Berkeley and perennial so they come back every year and rebloom – no need to plant new flowers every spring. Or it may have to do with the fact that cactus flowers only last a few days and people like longer lasting flowers to fit between their occasional ly flowering cactuses too.

Or maybe they just like them.

Did I mention they’re all in the Asteraceae (Aster) Family? Also known as the Sunflower Family? And they all have disk flowers?

asteriscus maritimus

Asteriscus maritimus is a Canary Islands native known as the Gold Coin Daisy.

Aster frikartii Monch

Aster frikartii “Monch” is a hardy Aster hybrid. Lovely colors.


Erigeron glaucus is the classic favorite California Coastal Seaside Daisy.


Erigeron glaucus “W.R.” is a smaller more lavender cultivar. That disk has a lot of colors in it right now.

leucanthemum aglaia

Leucanthemum “Aglaia” is a frilled Shasta Daisy. Large flowers on tall stalks.

So now you know why a cactus nursery has daisy flowers.

Oakland10 Jul 2013 10:54 am


Grand Ave., Oakland
Saguaro cactus in bloom

Nice technique!

Berkeley Succulents08 Jul 2013 02:32 pm

10th street succulents berkeley

10th Street, Berkeley

Cotyledon in bloom, and an Aeonium

Photography04 Jul 2013 06:57 am


Epiphyllum in bloom just in time for the July Fourth holiday. It’s doing its own fireworks display!