San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH
We are ready for an early spring here. How early? I think we’ve already missed it and gone straight to summer. Hmmmm. We have so many new plants, lots of cactus coming, lots of flowering perennials, and in Marin only we’ve added Veggies, late winter veggie starts, and Trees to our Marin store selection. Yes, Trees. in Marin!
Given the weather I think you can start transplanting your cactus already. You can start fertilizing not just your spring blooming perennials, but even your succulents and bamboos now. I would hold off the cactus fertilizing for another month. Early spring! Early summer! Enjoy the weather.
But first up is our bestest and most annual sale we’ve ever put to paper and sketched out for you:
IT’S OUR ANNUAL
Special Preview Friday, March 20
At both stores – Berkeley AND Marin
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Aloe “White Fox” can get a blush of pink color, so it’s not just a “White” fox, it’s also a “Pink-edged” fox too. With green spots. Who thought to call this plant a Fox?
Sempervivum “Pacific Blue Ice” is the most pastel-colored of the Hens and Chicks except for the variety called “Nouveau Pastel” which this is not, but we do also have in stock.
Echeveria “Blue Curls” is one of the E. gibbiflora hybrids that get large and wrinkly leaves, hybridized over many decades of diligent work by hybridizers mostly in California. Ruffled edges? Check. Blue centers and Pink edges? Check. Caruncles on the leaves? No. Not on this one, no caruncles for you.
Echeveria “Black Prince” is a hybrid that has been around for a very long time. We’ve been growing it and selling it for 2 decades. That’s a lot of time! It’s a bit frost sensitive so this would have been a good winter to have it outside since it was MILD!!!!!
Mangave “Snow Leopard” is wild. So many colors, and yet it is hardy and yet it has soft leaves too. This one will get to 18″ wide. Hardy to at least 25F, maybe lower. You could test it out for us if you live in the cooler climates north of the Bay and then let us know how it goes. Does it survive down to 20? Or does it start to fail at 23? Everyone else waits for your answer.
Mangave “Pineapple Express” kind of looks like a pineapple top, if you squint and don’t look too closely. In case you were wondering, Pineapples come from a type of Bromeliad that you can grow as a houseplant – easy! And we have them. Both Pineapple Bromeliads and Pineapple Mangaves.
It must be Mangave season because the Mangave “Silver Fox” is out in all its spring finery. Not very silver, but very very foxy.
Euphorbia resinifera is filled with a milky white resin that will bleed on your hands if you cut it, so don’t cut it, unless you are propagating this plant, and then wear gloves. Native to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and when dried the latex is called Euphorbium and has been used as a topical analgesic since at least from the time of Roman Emperor Augustus.
Crassula “Springtime” certainly likes our early spring.
Sedum palmeri is a fun plant, I guess, but I got a good picture of the very yellow flowers so I thought I would share.
Sedum lucidum is not the Jelly Bean Sedum, that would be S. rubrotinctum.
Sedeveria “Blue” is more grey in winter, more blue in summer, but now it is in between. You know, it’s primary season and California votes on Tuesday, so everyone should take a side, and I choose Elizabeth Warren. #votewarren
We have a lot of Aeoniums and this is an unnamed hybrid, but it has good form, classic.
Agave “Desert Diamond” is a small and colorful Butterfly Agave with wavy red terminal spines. The vivid variegsation distinguishes it from it’s parent variety, “Kichiokan”. They should grow to about 12″ across.
Senecio barbertonicus is a very green very narrow leafed finger-like succulent. We have some blue species too, not this one, not this picture. Come on in and we can show you. But in the meantime if you look closely you can see some small orange flowers toward the back left of the photo. Fun fact: Senecios are in the Sunflower family (Asteraceae).
Crassula “Hobbit” is a scoop-leafed succulent in the Jade group. This crop has pretty big trunks for its size.
Cylindropuntia kleinia is a pretty low-spine cactus for a cholla. A small pencil like cholla without a lot of spines? Who knew! Not nearly as dangerous as other chollas.
Echinopsis spacahiana grows 5 to 6ft tall and has large white flowers, well-loved by the bees. These are not that big and not flowering yet so not yet bekloved by the bees. They will leave you alone long enough for you to plant this and fertilize it with bloom food and then stand back and watch the show develop.
Another new rare Oxalis for you to enjoy and grow. They do have underground bulbs of course, and they have gorgeous flowers, this species the flower color can vary. What species? I forgot to tell you it is Oxalis flava. We also just brought out Oxalis fabaefolia.
Peperomia columella is a tight little column of transluscent leaves. Those little lozenge shaped things? They’re leaves.
Euphorbia cap-saintemariensis has crinkly leaves, as you can clearly see right there in front of you. But can you see that the stems are knobbly? No, I had to point that out to you didn’t I. But now you can see it, a bit there, behind those crinkly leaves.
Sanevieria “Boncel” is one of the very tight cylindrica varieties of snake plant. These are so nice I had to raise the price, I wasn’t willing to sell them to just anyone. You have to really really want one. Tell them Peter sent you.
Boophone haemanthoides is a swashbuckler. Can’t be finer. Nice caudex. Also known as Boophane, if they try to ring you up and it isn’t going through, let them know that it’s also known as Boophane, then they’ll be able to find it in the POS. Swash. Buckler.
It’s been a few years since we’ve had some of these more rare cactus, but this one, this Eriosyce cachytayensis is new to us. It’s a small black barrel cactus with lovely black spines.
Parodia chrysacanthion has yellow flowers coming soon, early blooming flower for an early spring. Parodia-yellow flowers for a Parodia cactus.
Parodia concinna ssp. agnetae is the Sun Cup Cactus from Uruguay. This is a much spinier specimen than we are used to from these. I wonder if it’s actually a different subspecies or even a hybrid????
Matucana madisoniorum is collected for its ethnobotanical properties, not that I know what those are. I like the wild spines and the tubular orange-red flowers.
Gymnocalycium anisitsii used to be one of our most popular small cacti because of the flowers, but then it went out of fashion I suppose. Now it’s “rare” so our crops are smaller and we sell fewer and it costs more than it used to. Interesting how that works.
PERENNIALS AND FLOWERS
Osteospermum “Astra Purple Spoon” is one of our most popular spoon flower or African Cape Daisies. Easy to grow, very hardy, many flowers. And those colors are nice too.
Osteospermum “Bright Lights White” is a new variety just out this year. I assume it will never catch on and be as ppopular as the Astra Purple Spoon. But that’s just my opinion, and who am I? Just your local nursery grower.
Penstemon “Peptalk Purple” is another new flower, brand new for 2020. You wonder if it matters that it’s new? It does, people want new, you want new, everyone thinks the latest is the greatest, and I could try to talk you out of it, but that would be futile. Maybe I can talk you into voting for Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday instead?
Armeria “Sweet Dreams” is from the new for 2020 flowering “Dreameria”® series, based on the Sea Thrifts. They mound, they attract butterflies, they’re good near the ocean and can handle sea spray. And they’re hardy below 0F!
We are creating a whole new tree section at the San Anselmo store, so check it out. We still have some trees in Berkeley too, of course, plus Tree Aloes and Yuccas.
Hakea laurina is an Australian tree in the Protea family with funny cone flowers. It has a weeping habit. It will get 15ft tall and has pink and white pincushion cone flowers.
Acacia covenyi is a gorgeous full acacia with blue leaves and sulfur-yellow flowers. Beautiful trunk there. It’s fun.
Acacia cognata is a fully weeping wattle tree. With green bean like leaves. And it’s gorgeous. Come see!
Plus, while it’s still early, being not yet spring except for the weather and all, we will also be getting in fruit trees for the Marin store, soon!
Boxes of 12, 20, or 36 – 2 inch Succulents now available for shipping.
Get a great selection of the latest and best 2 inch succulents shipped straight from California.
At least 12 different species per box.