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Cape Aloe


Aloe ferox starting to bloom!

Origin: South Africa

Description: Single large toothy rosette on tall stalk, outdoor up to 8ft.

Temperature: Hardy to 20-25F

Full Sun to Part Sun

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In the Greenhouse


Cactus Jungle Berkeley and the greenhouse is nice and cozy! The sun is playing hide and seek today, but we have #dracaena and #bromeliads and #gemstones and #airplants and #houseplants and #rareplants all hanging out in the cozy greenhouse.

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Golden Barrel Cactus


That is one supreme Echinocactus grusonii clump. It’s one plant! Practically a whole planet’s worth, I think. 🌏 🌐 🌍

Echinocactus grusonii

Come see our planet shaking Cactus at our Marin store now!

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Aloe


It’s not a starfish, not at all. It’s an aloe! Aloe castilloniae (can someone check my spelling, please?)

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Aeonium Questions


I’m wondering why the succulents on this plant have gotten so small in size…the pant used to produce very large “blooms”….

Any idea?
Thank you
Brian

Brian,

What you have on the ends of each branch is a rosette, not a bloom – if they bloom they will form giant pyramids of small yellow flowers. It’s kind of surprising when it happens.

Anyway, the rosettes shrink up in summer because the Aeoniums are winter-growers from the Mediterranean with a climate very similar to ours – all winter rains. They should start getting bigger again in October.

Peter

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Agave ocahui


Agave ocahui are astonishing, with a very vigorous terminal spine just
hanging out there. That red on the tips is painted on. I used the latest
in plant paint technology to individually get right up close to the
most dangerous spines around and very delicately hand paint just the
spines with no drips at all anywhere. So vibrant! You can wipe that
color off if you like, it just takes a little spit polish. Or wait for
the rains and the paint is actually made from succulent fertilizer so it
will run off into the ground and provide a really great fertilizer for
you this coming winter! This is what I do for you.

But just this one
plant. Not any of the others. If you want this one painted agave ask for
it at the store, and hopefully nobody has already bought it. It’s in
the back, so you’ll have to ask. I only told Jeremiah and Kel where it
is so you’ll have to ask for them. They know.

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It’s a List Of Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats


I think this is the list of plants to avoid if your pets are plant-eaters.

Browse Rover’s list of poisonous plants below to learn which plants are toxic to dogs, cats, or both, along with whether they’re commonly found in the wild, in gardens, or in homes as houseplants. Pet Poison Helpline provided common symptoms to watch out for should your pet encounter one of these poisonous plants.

But wait! That’s not all! They have a short list of some fun plants that are safe!

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New Cactus Garden, Marin


We planted a new planter bed with a lot of really big cactus in Marin – we do have a store there now! I see a spectacular San Pedro and some gorgeous blooming grandiflora hybrids too. Nice!

And here is Cris!

And here the team is wearing Tyvek suits to prune the prickly pear. Glochids! They come prepared.

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String of Dolphins


Also known as Dolphins Necklace. It’s a cute little trailing succulent that is all the rage all of a sudden. First it was hot in Japan and now it is hot in the US too. I blame Instagram. We’ve posted it on instagram too, of course, because of course.

Senecio peregrinus
String of Dolphins
SW Africa

Fascinating little diving dolphin-shaped thick ovoid leaves leaping all over the long trailing stems. Rot-prone, keep dry. Bluish hue with more sun.
Characteristics:

Temperature: Hardy to 45F
Part Sun to Part Shade
Low Water

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Monkey Hand Tree


X Chiranthofremontia

Common Name: Monkey Hand Tree

Origin: California

Hybrid: Chiranthodendron pentadactylon X Fremontodendron “Pacific Sunset”

Large, broad, showy intergenic hybrid. If provided space in a garden, this centerpiece plant will be covered in golden flowers in spring. No water once established.
Characteristics:

Temperature: Hardy to 25°F

Sun: Full Sun

Water: Low; Summer Drought

Size: 15ft. to 20ft.

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