New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


Happy New Year! It’s a little colder and a little wetter but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of Winter-Growing plants that you can plant in your garden. We have lots of winter-growing succulents – Aloe and Aeonium! Crassula and Haworthia! Winter-growing California Natives – Manzanita and Monkey Flower and Dudleyas! We have winter-growing Mediterranean climate plants from around the world – Leucadendrons and Hellebores!

It’s time to get planting your winter-planting plants. When? Now is a good time. But not cactus, don’t be planting cactus now. Please wait until March or so.

We are also discounting our Ornaments and Orchids – 50% Off for a week or two, while supplies last, as long as the store managers want to keep them discounted for you.

And I put a secret discount on the online website sales of the Succulent Wreaths, online only. Click here. What is the secret discount code you may ask? I was too lazy to make it a secret discount code, so no code necessary! But it is online only.

Finally for January we have the latest Tokidoki toy that is was embargoed until January 4.
Jan 4 Update: Tokidoki Year of the Pig, now available at Cactus Jungles the world over!

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

Winter Hours, January
Open Wed-Sun, Closed Mon-Tue
Wed-Fri 9:30a – 5:30p
Sat-Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm



Dudleyas do perk up in winter. These are so fresh and leafy. Dudleya anomala comes to us from Baja California and has white flowers. It’s all budded up so those will be flowering soon enough.

Agave bracteosa is the squid agave and this photo really shows the squiddy arms squidding it up for you.

Gasteraloe “Midnight” has deep burgundy leaves, or green, or something. Someone should have weeded that before I took the picture. Happy New Year!

Gasteria batesiana has huge thick spotted leaves. Many people profess a love of Gasteria and this is why. Myself? Not so much.

Haworthia attenuata is the classic Zebra Plant, stripey and fresh. From South Africa, they have recently been reclassified as Haworthiopsis but I do not bother with that stuff. Haworthias for everyone!

Haworthia attenuata v. glabrata is what I am calling this one. Generally the Haworthias are hybridizing readily and so we never really know what is what when you grow them from seed, and these are seed grown. But this one really is the most glabrous of the Haworthias we have cultivated and so I believe in this name. I am convinced of it. Some may doubt, but they are doubters. Haters even.

Crassula perforata “Variegata” has good color. These are grown from lots of little tip cuttings tossed around and landing in these pots. Fully rooted! Could you take them apart? Yes you could.

Faucaria tuberculosa is the tuberculous Tiger Jaw plant from South Africa in the Iceplant Family. Birds like the fruit.



The great thing about these small Mammillaria sheldonii are the thin hooked spines that are perfect for catching on sweaters, so a perfect winter cactus. It’s sweater weather! So it must be Mammillaria sheldonii weather!

Cochemiea setispina also has those thin hooked sweater-grabbing spines. Nice! These spines are so long they are escaping the confines of the pot the better to reach out to you as you pass by.

Carnegiea gigantea is the classic California and Arizona Saguaro. These are I think 6 years old from seed, big and fat. In another hundred years they will also be tall. Very tall. In between, around 50 years old, they might even bloom!



Huernia kennedyana! Awesome. Purple. Stunning flowers. A really nice crop.

Pachypodium geayi, the less common Madagascar Palm. I wonder how many times over the years I’ve featured these? We have new crops in many sizes all the time, so probably a lot. These are a stunning crop of 4″ plants.

Crassula “Pangolin” are growing along nicely. One of the newer varieties of stacked crassulas.

Crassula “Buddha’s Temple” is the better known, but much slower growing, of the stacked crassulas I am featuring right now, right here, on this page, in this email, and at your local Cactus Jungle stores near you.

I am sneaking this one in here, but we only have 1 and it is at the Berkeley store. Just saying. Euphorbia trichadenia is just starting to leaf out.



Gorgeous blooming Cone Bush from South Africa – winter growing, winter blooming, winter planting. Leucadendron “Wilson’s Wonder”. Hardy to about 25F so it seems like it will do great where you are. Nice! Come on! Sweet!

Arctostaphylos “Sentinel” is a NorCal Manzanita with lovely little winter-blooming flowers. Berries in the spring feed the bears, if you have bears. And unless the government opens again soon those California bears hanging out in the National Parks may be moving into your neghborhoods too. Will tend to grow more vertical than most, but stays around 4-6 ft tall.

Ribes “Christy Ridge” is another winter growing winter blooming California native with edible fruit – California Currant! Edible and ornamental in your garden, plus shade-tolerant. Those are very small flowers, but the draping bloom sprays can be quite large – 6 to 12″ long!

Helleborus “Double Ellen Red” is one of many of the Hellebores, or Christmas Rose, also known as the Lenten Rose, that blooms in mid winter. It is shade-tolerant and likes it dry in the summer. Fantastic.

Euphorbia mellifera is the Honey Spurge so-called because it is honey scented. But don’t eat it, it is not delicious. Euphorbias are poisonous which makes them deer-resistant and even gopher resistant.



Moustranauts and all our Ornaments are 50% off right now.

Orchids too? Yes, orchids too including this Phalaenopsis are 50% off right now.