I found a stash of old Berkeley Succulent photos. I don’t know how old they are, but they’re not posted on the blog, so maybe they were posted on my previous blog 5 years ago or more. So they’re new to you. I checked the archives, and they are from before 2005.
Cereus hildmannianus, probably subsp. uruguayanus. Possibly C. repandus.
This particular plant I drive by every day on the way to the nursery, and I can tell you that this photo is a record of the plant at it’s prime. It’s no longer at it’s prime. In fact, it’s now dead. You can still drive by and see the wasted corpse of the plant if you want, but it’s not as pretty as this when it was thriving.
Opuntia subulata (Austrocylindropuntia subulata) is the big centerpiece of this Berkeley apartment building streetfront. But there’s lots of Crassula ovata and an Aloe nobilis and a nice big Aloe arborescens in the background too.
Nice talking with you today about cacti. Here is a photo of the one I mentioned in San Leandro. It really is quite spectacular. If you want to see it in person its right next door to the Starbucks as you come off highway 580 at Dutton Avenue. If you know where to look you can see it from the freeway. Enjoy. If you want a higher resolution image let me know.
Some may ask how can I tell? And in this case, I did a genetic analysis. I compared my results with the results on file at the Smithsonian in Washington, and they confirmed my suspicians. They were even kind enough to overnight the results back to me at no extra charge.
Opuntia ficus-indica. A giant and edible prickly pear. Scrape the spines off the pads and saute and you have a delicious fried green vegetable. On the other hand, the fruit are sweet and tasty and make for a great desert topping or a jam.
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Opuntia ficus-indica, classic fruit producing prickly pear. You can see there are dozens of fruit on this plant, but they’re not ripe yet, so please don’t pick these spiny prickly pears, also known as tunas, yet.
Agave attenuata of course and sprawling over the rock is an Opuntia littoralis, which is a coastal California native. I guess it’s a good thing this plant is near the California coast, then. And it appears to be well-protected, what with the ADT sign.
Aeonium schwartzkopf and Graptoveria x. Plus, of course, a Crassula ovata in the background, but I generally won’t bother taking pictures of Jade since they’re everywhere and I just don’t care to photograph them anymore.
Cornell Ave. Probably one of the Euphorbia characias varieties.
Spurges do well locally. There are some giant ones that we don’t like. Even some tree spurges around town. That’s just ridiculous. We like the low shrubby spurges that get 2 to 3 ft. like this one. Very nice. And deer-resistant too. Plus the butterflies love the blooms.
These mounding aloes will be covered in orange bloom spikes in a few months. They seem to do pretty well right alongside a high traffice area, holding up well to 8 year-olds on bicycles falling into them.
Phyllis sends along her Oscularia deltoides in bloom. I think she’s in Berkeley, maybe Oakland.
It really dominates the garden, no? Lot’s of pretty things, and a giant mass of pink flowers in the center which won’t last long but is astounding nonetheless. I bet the butterflies and bees are going wild.