New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


I hope you and all your friends and family are safe from the fires – we could sure use some rain starting around now… We were all affected a bit from the power outages, and some of our team were part of the evacuations but everyone is fine now and we are all ready to get back to the plants! They needed water, you know.

It’s November so you can still plant most succulents and California native perennials, but it is time to stop planting cactus in the ground outside. Inside? Fine! Set on your windowsill? Great! Potted into a fancy handmade pot? Awesome!

And of course its the time of year when we set out all the

2019 Succulent Wreaths

Available Now for Shipping or In-Store Pickup

Did you pre-order? We are shipping them starting the week of Nov. 4, and it may take us 2 weeks so be patient! They will get to you right away, I am assured by our team. Did you ask to pick them up in store? You can start picking them up this very weekend! Now!~ Hurry!~


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



Agave “Cherry Swizzle” is always the best time of year, after the succulent wreaths season of course. These are gorgreously swizzly, colorfully broad-leafed, and friendly! I bet you didn’t know that! They love you.

On the other hand as we approach winter in the Bay Area we bring out the largest of our crops of Agave “Snow Glow” yet. Is it a sport from Agave “Blue Glow”? Yes it is. You know I love sharing the parentage of the cultivars with you. So for those wondering, how does a perfectly good Blue Glow get those white stripes anyway? Why, it’s a mutation! It’s in the genes. And then they grow them out for a few years and see if it grows true with the new color (sometimes they revert, sad), and if it does then they get to add their own name to it and sell it out to the world of nurseries and plant collectors and doofuses who like those kinds of things too. True story.

Agave potatorum “Ikari Raijin Nishiki” most likely cultivated in Japan where they like variegation in their leaves.

Crassula corymbulosa is nice, red-tipped in full sun but green in shade – flexible is the word!

Echeveria “Hummels Mini Belle” is a fresh succulent with red tips, looks like it might not like a hard freeze so be careful, bring it in, baby it is what I’m saying.

Another giant gibbiflora style Echeveria hybrid, Cleverly named for it’s most distinct feature, “Red Ruffles”. But what about the caruncles? Why isn’t named for it’s caruncles? Echeveria “Red Caruncles” is available in case anyone wants to name their new cultivar. Tell them I sent you.

Mangave hybrids are coming fast and furious from the tissue-culture labs. Here are 2 new ones and they couldn’t be more different. This first one is silver. Mangave “Silver Fox”. Could have been called “Frost” but then that would have caused a ruckus. Anyway it’s more purple than silver. Purple Fox? Silver Perp?

Mangave “Red Wing” what’s with just throwing a color into the name as if we can’t see for ourselves what color it is. And I should talk, most of my descriptions just tell you what the color is, often repeating the very information in the cultivar name right there. It’s right there! In the name!

Echeveria magnifica is a tall stalked rosette with wild pink leaves – there I go again!

Sedeveria “Blue” – Aaaghhh I’m losing it now…!! Colors everywhere! Oh the colors! The Blue Colors! The blues! The . . the blue  the sksk pfft.

I can’t even begin to describe these next two Jovibarbas – “Nouveau Pastel”? “Select Red”? Get a real name! How can I describe them for you when the name has the critical information right in it! Those bastards.

I don’t know, one of the Jovibarbas.

Must be the other one. The red one.

And let’s end the Succulent Section with a rosy named one for a rosy colored one for my mind has been blown, I am done with this section – never again with the succulents! Echeveria “Rosea”, very clever, very descriptive indeed.


Cereus mosntrose “Minima” actually comes in 4 different forms, cultivars even. One of them we have named “Rojo” which is not this one. Hahaha.

Mammillaria compressa. I can’t believe I’ve never featured this cactus before! It’s gorgeous with those wild red spines. Now here you go, featured here and now, for us to savor and treasure. Forever.

Opuntia “Desert Gem” on the other hand is a regular favorite on this monthly email newsletter. Do you get other monthly email newsletters? I wonder…

Opuntia “Aurea” is a much bigger Bunny Ear Cactus than Desert Gem, but it also has the annoying and dangerous glochids everywhere. Don’t blow on it… Don’t touch it… Don’t even get near it…

Myrtillocactus “Elite Crest” crop is out – a few 1 gallon plants, some 3 gallons, maybe a 4″ or two.


Euphorbia cylindrifolia hybrid has twisty bumpy stems and twisty greenbean elongated leaves. Fun to grow because I said so.

Pleiospilos “Royal Flush” is our favorite purple living stone from South Africa. It has spots. This is one of the easier to grow living stones, a bit more forgiving of water than its cousins. But not too much. Don’t get me wrong, you will probably kill it the first time you try. But it’s worth it!

Gianluca brought us these Avonia herreana and we have kept them alive and growing for a full season so now we bring them out to you and see what you can do with them. Fun to see a plant with scales, like a Pangolin. Aaarghhhh so cute!

Caralluma socotrana is our first crop of this white-green plant. It has small starfish burgundy flowers, carrion flowers, pollinated by beetles, presumably. And with that name I can only guess it comes from Socotra. Well, I could do more than guess… But then what’s the fun in providing all the links for you today? You can google it too! Socotra! Island! Lots of plants! Go! Oops, I linked again.

Dorstenia hildebrandtii is a small succulent in the Mulberry Family, Moraceae, which is also the Rubber Tree Family – Ficus! Figs! Mulberries! It comes from Africa, which is a big continent. This is a picture of the flower in case you were wondering what that was. It’s a flower, get over yourself.

Euphorbia stenoclada. But first I’ve been told that I need to apologize for that last comment. I am sorry, truly sorry, if anyone was offended that I told them to get over themselves.

Jatropha berlanieri is my favorite caudiciform succulent. It has classic Jatropha red flowers, and that very round very softball sized caudex. So sweet. When it goes dormant in January or February, it will lose the vine, and we recommend you stop watering completely until you see some new green vine start sprouting. It can take a few months! Keep them inside. Closeup of the flowers.


Always with the Kangaroo Paws, More and more and more every day. This one is Anigozanthos “Bush Tango” and it’s pretty much the most orange of the paws, as if Kangaroos have orange paws…. Hmmm, I wonder if they do…  …Turns out if you click through this link, which I am posting appropriately on Halloween, they are not orange. Perfect.

Such small flowers that pack so much fresh punch, and they keep blooming all summer and into the fall! Coreopsis “Limerick Passion” is a great little Tickseed.

Gazania “Nahui” is in the daisy family, I mean of course, it’s a giant daisy flower. very dense color. Saturated is the word I am looking for. You’re looking for the Gazanias. Over there in the 4″ perennial section.

Erigeron glaucus “Cape Sebastian” is a California Native coastal fleabane and the flowers are popping up all over this time of year. Go visit Cape Sebastian and see for yourself. I think. I wonder where Cape Sebastian is?  … Oregon?!@!? What the



We are bringing out more houseplants for winter. Don’t want to garden outside even though it’s California and warm and sunny all winter long anyway? No worries, we have you covered with lots of new plants for indoor gardening. In California? Really? Sure, here’s an Alocasia “African Mask” for your home. Indoor it is!

How about something smaller? How about Pilea cadierei “Pan Am” even though Pan Am is an airline that went out of business about 30 years ago? How about that. Feels tropical.

Or this one, Pilea cadierei “Ellen”. Did you know these Pileas are known as Aluminum Plant. In England they say Aluminium Plant.

Peperomias are great, I love me some Peperomias. They are not related to Peppers (Capsicum) but they are related to Pepper (Piperaceae). They come from Central and South America. Peperomia “Frost” is another plant that is ready for winter, indoor since it’s tropical, but that leaf color is making me cold just pondering it. I ponder with my mind. I think of tropical seas and then I come back to the frost and I ponder it all, the world, all of it.

And one of the Watermelon Peperomias, “Emerald Ripple”.


Our newest Japanese Porcelain planters are here and they are Kinto! I feel like I should add a ® there but then they don’t so I don’t think I’m obligated to. What we were doing? Oh yeah, I was introducing these really amazing special new pots, saucer included and a great price too! Everyone who works here loves them. I can’t say for sure if you will, but you will. I don’t know your taste, but I do.

Chive Mouse Pots. Do I need to add any other descriptive phrasing to this? Is there anything more to say? Mouse Pots. by Chive.


More doormats! It’s doormat season and we bring out more, as if we know what you want and it is our job to give you what you want. Wait, what? It is my job to know what you want and to give you what you want? What a life.

Tokidoki toys – new series, new toys! We might still have a few of the halloween Unicornos left, they are good. But here we have the long awaited Unicorno Series 8. This is destined to be very popular this holiday season.

And what about Gudetama? Tokidoki x Gudetama in eggs are here for all those who know what that is. It’s a thing! It’s everywhere!







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.