Queen Victoria Agave

Or Queen Victoria’s Agave, depending on who you ask.

Pardee Street, Berkeley
Agave victoria-reginae and some Aloe arborescens too.

Berkeley Kangaroo Paws

Mabel Street

It’s a yellow one, and quite prolific, so maybe it’s Anigozanthos Yellow Gem.

Berkeley Spurge

Derby Street

Euphorbia myrsinites, also known as the Donkey-tail Spurge or I suppose the Myrtle Spurge. And a cat.

Berkeley Cactus and Succulent

Derby Street

Very nice large Agave medio-picta with a pretty nice Opuntia ficus-indica that probably has lots of fruit every year. And a bonus California fuchsia (Epilobium) in bloom at the bottom of the photo.

Berkeley Succulents

Mabel Street

Gorgeous large Aeonium “Schwartzkopf” in summer-dormant mode, with a Crassula ovata and some Echeveria too.

Berkeley Succulent


10th Street
Puya berteroniana – It’s the Turquoise Puya! I wonder why they call it that?

Emeryville Succulents

An aloe blooms on Hollis St.

In front of the Novartis campus.

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Aloe striata – Coral Aloe!

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Aloes in Berkeley

Aloe arborescens on Addison Street with a lovely blooming Kniphofia uvaria (Red Hot Poker) also.

These are in bloom all over Berkeley all winter long and this makes them quite popular.


Berkeley Agave


Agave americana v. marginata – the kinder gentler century plant.

Berkeley Aloe


Browning St.

Aloe arborescens. I like this plant when planted up against a structure more than when planted out in the median strip. I like the massing effect.

Here’s the same plant in a planting strip on Page St., and I don’t like the mounding as much.


It’s still pretty. of course, and the blooming is quite impressive. But I have my preferences and there is nothing you can do to make me change my mind.

Berkeley Cactus and Succulents


66th Street

Opuntia “Maverick” and an Aeonium, probably A. subplanum. Plus a crassula and a small Opuntia subulata. The opuntia is a very fast grower, so since this photo was taken years ago, I wonder how big it is now? Hmmm….

Berkeley Aeoniums


62nd Street

Aeonium “Schwartzkopf”

These winter growing succulents are really taking off around here these days. Of course, this photo was taken over 5 years ago, so it must also have been a winter photo. Did you know that this was cultivated from the Aeonium arboreum species?

Berkeley Cactus


8th Street

Opuntia ficus-indica is one of the most delicious of all the delicious cacti.

Berkeley Succulents Revisited

The past 2 days I posted photos of a cereus and an aloe from over 5 years ago.

Today I have the pictures of them as they are today.


7th Street – Aloe arborescens – much bigger and fuller with more bloom stalks.


6th Street – Cereus – dead, behind the no parking sign.

Berkeley Succulents


7th Street

Aloe arborescens

Continuing with  my series of succulent photos from around Berkeley that were taken over 5 years ago, we see the ActivSpace building had some pretty full blooming aloes back then. They’re even bigger and bloomier now. Maybe I should do some comparison photos. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Since that photo was taken, they opened a lovely and delicious french bistro that then closed, reopened under new ownership, closed again, and now a small sandwich shop has taken its place. The best I can say about the current sandwich shop was that the french bistro was delicious.


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