New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area


San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH

It’s mid-summer already and we have had some hot days, some fog, some winds, all the regular summer weather events! And now you should get to watering your cactus and succulents – it’s growth season! If you haven’t fertilized this season then now is also a good time to pick up our Cactus Meal fertilizer, now available for sale online! We have simplified the instructions, simplified purchasing – BUY ONLINE NOW! – and now you have no excuses. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it wisely. Don’t overuse it! That’s just not right.

But in case you just missed that, we are now selling our custom fertilizer and soil online – shipping to you!

Let’s take a look at what’s new…

It’s time for…
Pre-Orders 2019 Succulent Wreath
20% Discount now Thru Aug 31, 2019
Wreaths to Ship November
Pre-Order Online Now

These are Individually Handmade Wreaths. Makes a great gift! An awesome centerpiece. Hangs on a door. Succulents are fully rooted in a moss ring with enough succulents to plant a garden. Each wreath is unique.

 


Cactus Jungle, Berkeley
1509 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 558-8650

Open 7 Days
9:00a – 5:00p Weekdays
10:00a – 5:00p Weekends

 


Cactus Jungle, Marin
130 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 870-9930

Open Tue-Sun, Closed Mondays
Tue-Fri 9:30a – 5:30p
Sat-Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm

 


SUCCULENTS

Mangave “Lavender Lady” is one of those hot plants, one of those Agave x Manfreda hybrids. It’s gorgeous and purple, or gorgeous because it’s purple? And cold hardy and soft-leaved!

Euphorbia pseudocactus – we have a nice mid-sized crop of these wild and crazy cactus-like Euphorbias.

Agave “Frosty Blue” is the very blue, or grey-blue cultivar of the Agave ovatifoloia, the oval-leaved agave. These are a nice crop if you ask me, which you did, inherently, by reading through here to here.

Haworthia attenuata v. radula is the smoother of the attenuata hybrids. Still spotted, because it is a spotted haworthia, which have recently been moved to Haworthiopsis if you follow those things. We prefer to keep all our Haworthias as Haworthias, for now. We did move all our Lobivias to Echinopsis years ago, and the Trichocereus were always ridiculous. But then what about Echinocereus? Anyway, this is a Haworthia.

Aeonium ciliatum. I have nothing to add. I started typing something about soft and fuzzy leaves but thought better of it, so there is nothing here for you to read about this Aeonium. Nothing.

Haworthia coarctata is the parent of most of the hybridized Haworthias that go by many other names, also recently moved to Haworthiopsis if you are keeping score at home which we are not.

Lewisia flowers! Lewisia cotyledon “Elise”. Also known as Bitterroot, the edible roots taste terrible, or bitter as it were.

Echeveria “Ebony” is perennially a favorite of the succulent-favored-crowd. They get pointy and about 12″ across and will have new rosettes pop out from underneath the big one.

Sedum nussbaumerianum is a better orange than you could get with caramel color food coloring.

Sedum “Lime Twister” is variegated, low growing, spreading, with large sprays of pink flowers. It is part of the Sunparkler series of deciduous sedums.

Crassula radicans “Chiquito” is the cutest of the crassula radicans cultivars, which is why we named it Chiquito. Also the small leaves.

Crassula deceptor – I wonder who it thinks it’s deceiving, not me. I see it for what it is, a stacked leaf crassula with large yellow bloom sprayds and red stems.

Echeveria “Arlie Wright” is for those who like their Echeverias with crinkled wavy leaves and deep rose colored leaf edges, but a touch of blue in the center. Thicc.

Cotyledon orbiculata is sometimes called Pig Ears, but this is a Red-flowered cultivar called “Winter Red” by the clever people who named it.

 


CACTUS

Astrophytum myriostigma is a lovely Bishop’s Cap Cactus, very low water, slow growing. These are small right now so you can grow your own. They get very expensive when bigger, so now is the time to get in on your Astrophytum shares.

Rhipsalis oblonga have large leaves with round lobes, practically oblong, but not really, so misnamed if you ask me, I don’t see it.

Mammillaria hahniana has some fuzziness around the spines and areoles. This is one of the cactus that if you get it you will have to name it. I would name mine Greg after my nephew Greg.

Espostoa senilis is so named as one of the Old Man Cactus because it gets tall. No I mean it is called an Old Man Cactus because it has white hair. Now that makes more sense. But it does get tall, too. 20ft? No! Only 10ft tall, but that would be pretty tall for an Old Man.

Wow these are nice. Myrtillocactus geometrizans grows tall and wide but these small ones are quite club-like. Vicious. Edible berries.

 


RARE PLANTS

Our Desert Roses, Adenium obesum, have been blooming for months, different ones with different colors opening at different times so every week there’s something going on.

Gibbaeum dispar are cute as a button, a button if you like round tall buttons that is, not those flat kinds that help to fasten your clothing. No, these are nothing like those buttons.

Crassula columella are the tightest stacked leaves of any of the stacked leaf crassulas, the temple crassulas. We had them years ago and then we lost our parent plants. Hopefully now we have enough growing to keep them in stock for years to come. But they are slow growing so don’t expect to see too many or too often. Call ahead first, is what I’m saying.

Tylecodon schaeferianus is a sub shrub, really a mini bonsai shrub, with round leaves. It can fit a lot of round leaves in a small space.

The Boweia volubilis are back! Looks like an onion with a giant vine but that’s not it at all! It’s a Lily, so it turns out. Dies back in winter to the bulb. Fun!

Jatropha mahafalensis has amazing shaped leaves, as all the Jatrophas do. Thick stripey succulent stems.

Wait here’s another! Jatropha capensis with the fun lobed leaves. You know what I mean. Succulent stems.

Haworthia “White Ghost” is a very white ghostly haworthia from South Africa where they collect all the different hybrids and cultivars, and there are a lot, and then they sell to the international plant trade and then we get them from them and we grow them on like some others do too and then we pot them and sell them too, just this one that is, this Haworthia “White Ghost” that is, not every plant, not every type. For you.

 


PERENNIALS

Parkinsonia “Desert Museum” at the Marin store are gorgeous, fully leafed, and still some blooms! These Palo Verde trees do well in the Bay Area, and are thornless! Evceryone loves those tiny leaves and those yellow flowers and the amazing smooth trunks too. If you don’t also love these then I have nothing to add to your life.

We havce a lot of Kangaroo Paws right now. This yellow one is Anigozanthos “Bush Dawn” but we also have red and green and orange and pink flowered Kangaroo Paws too.

Asclepias “Wildfire” are huge and in bloom right now. How big? Bigger than a Monarch butterfly that is migrating south and sitting waiting in your garden for you to plant some food for it so it can continue on its way to Mexico and reproduce. Butterflies….!

Salvia “Hot Lips” have bi-colored flowers, usually red on top and white below but sometimes the colors reverse and you end up with this very interesting specimen of a tiny Sage flower.

Leucadendron “Ebony” is slow growing because of those dark dark leaves, practically ebony, almost black, with hints of purple. Nice vertical shrub too.


HOUSEPLANTS

We have had a run on the Alocasias recently. These tropical Aroids are native to Asia to Eastern Australia. Sometimes they get called ELephant Ears but then so do many other giant-leaved plants. This one is Alocasia “Portora”.

While we are busy keeping up with the indoor gardening craze, getting you the best selection of low-water tropicals, we have to decide wether to feature variegated leaves or not. Sometimes we do, Dieffenbachia “Tropic Snow”, but mostly we do not.

 


SPECIALTY POTS AND GIFTS

Merci, by Serax – small and medium bowls that are awesome for the kitchen but we prefer to plant into them because that’s who we are, we are gardeners (and cooks too, we also cook, so we like them for the kitchen too.)

Handmade pots by Rachael Pots, who does also make kitchen ware too, including plates, which we also have, but these are definitely pots since they have a drainage hole. Now in 2 sizes!

Nicholas Newcomb’s handmade porcelain Ombre Pots, also now in 2 sizes, are art. They are amazing. But reasonably priced! Don’t think we would expect you to pay art prices for pottery – we expect you to pay pottery prices for art. Nice!

Tokidoki keeps coming out with the best toys, we love these “Little Terrors”, especially the one, not shown, with flocked slippers. On the other hand this one is wearing flippers… Flippers? Flippers! I am shocked.

“Cactus Bunnies” for everyone! Tokidoki pioneered the cactus toy market, including a reissue of the classic Sandy cactus friend out now too. This model is a Ninja Bunny, including a deadly Ninja Star.

 


CACTUS AND SUCCULENT FERTILIZERS AND SOILS