New Cactus and Succulents for the SF Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents


It’s the end of summer, and we are here for all your Fall planting needs. California natives? Yes! Winter growing succulents? You bet! Houseplants that will keep you green all year long? Of course! Colorful pots? New doormat designs because the kids are back at school and trudging in dirt? The latest Tokidoki? All are affirmative. For you! Just you, don’t tell anyone else, please.

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 horrida is a beautiful rich green color with vicious serrated leaf margins – spines everywhere ready to poke you or your dog equally. They will stay under 2ft across, so easy enough to place somewhere safe.

Agave ocahui are astonishing, with a very vigorous terminal spine just hanging out there. That red on the tips is painted on. I used the latest in plant paint technology to individually get right up close to the most dangerous spines around and very delicately hand paint just the spines with no drips at all anywhere. So vibrant! You can wipe that color off if you like, it just takes a little spit polish. Or wait for the rains and the paint is actually made from succulent fertilizer so it will run off into the ground and provide a really great fertilizer for you this coming winter! This is what I do for you. But just this one plant. Not any of the others. If you want this one painted agave ask for it at the store, and hopefully nobody has already bought it. It’s in the back, so you’ll have to ask. I only told Jeremiah and Kel where it is so you’ll have to ask for them. They know.

Next up is this Aloe mudenensis. I should say something about it, but after that epic story above I think I will let this one go without comment. But please do consider it for your collection, it likes you.

Aloe polyphylla – we bring these out in different sizes as our crops grow and then they sell so fast. This is a 1 gallon size so you don’t see the spiraling happening yet, but it will. In the meantime, we may have already sold out by the time you read this. I brought out I think 16 of them between the 2 stores, so that’s pretty good! But it’s never enough for you people.

Jeremiah grew these lovely Aloe “Walmsley’s Blue” and he did just fine with them. Now it’s up to you take them home and treat them right.

Dudleyas are ready now for you to plant before the winter, since they are California natives and do like the winter rains. Try out this Dudleya anomala for size and see how it fits for you. It will get many rosettes on short branches, spreads a bit but not too much.

Dudleya “Frank Reinelt” is a coastal variety of D. caespitosa, so you know it will grow well for you, assuming you are coastal too, since we are the Bay Area, so named after the coastal feature that defines it.

Dudleya hassei is the classic mid-coastal Sea Lettuce that is a fan favorite of the fans. Also found on the cliffs of Catalina. Wouldn’t you like to be found hanging out around the cliffs of Catalina? You can!

I don’t know about those dudleyas there, but this one, this one… Dudleya traskiae. I see you there.

Echeveria “Mauna Loa” has stunning sun-dipped colors and occasional caruncles too.

Euphorbia horrida v. striata specimens are ready. I’ve been watching them grow for the past few months waiting for the right time to bring them out for you and here we go. They’re ready! They’re stunning! Skskskskakfk

Graptoveria “Dusty” are also larger specimens I had been holding back on. Cris wanted me to bring them out this month so here you go. Enjoy!

I’ve never featured this Kalanchoe baharensis on these emails? That seems like an oversight. We’ve featured the “Fang” variety a number of times but never the species. Someone should tell me a thing or two about my priorities. This one is nice too!

On the other hand it’s hard not to feature Kalanchoe daigremontiana since it is the famed Mother of Millions that spreads like a weed and pops up in pots everywhere. Nice form.

Pachyphytum bracteosum has thickened ovoid leaves and new stems will pop up vertical but will start to grow recumbent, sprawling if you let it.

Do you like succulents in the mint family? They smell delicious. Do you like plectranthus? some are succulent and they are in the mint family. We have plectranthus perennials too, but let’s start with the succulent plectranthus for now. Plectranthus tomentosa has fuzzy leaves. Realted to the oreganos, this one is used in cooking too and is called Cuban Oregano.

Plectranthus socotranus is more rare, has smaller leaves, comes from Socotra and is also quite fragrant, as plants in the mint family tend to be. Did you know the mint family is called Lamiaceae? Known as the Mint of Socotra, I would guess they use it in Socotran cooking. I hope to go to Socotra some day to see the stunning giant Dragon Trees. Wow.

Sedum “Aurora” are pastel. That’s it, that’s why they exist. If you like pastels then this is the sedum for you.

Sempervivum “Ruby Heart” is also kind of in the pastel ranges.

Ever wanted one of the giant Yucca rostratas we have but can’t spend that much and wanted a smaller one instead? Now we have smaller ones instead. Too. Beautiful.


Echinopsis “Glorious” is a late-summer blooming hybrid with beautiful rosy flowers. While easy to appreciate, did you know that they also have spines on the stems? Look past the flower, and there’s that green cactus stem, and look closer still, and what is that? Why it is covered in spines! Dangerous!

Haageocereus pseudomelanostele looks a lot like a bunch of other cactus, so it’s not very distinguished. But it’s nice. It’s a column. It’s well-spined. Attractive in the afternoon sun, back-lit is best.

Mammillaria bombycina has tiny hooked spines and likes to catch on and go travelling with you, so this is your warning not to wear puffy sweaters. Not just around this cactus of course, I mean I am giving you fair warning against puffy sweaters under all circumstances. That’s my fashion advice for the month. Come back next month and see what I have to say about matching scarves and pocket squares!

Parodia leninghausii is the classic yellow spined parodia with the classic parodia-yellow flowers. It’s a nice selection for your cactus garden if you like flowers.


Adenia volkensii is a rare succulent from East Africa that forms a large caudex but also has twisty swollen roots – so when you repot you lift it up a bit and expose those root structures for show. It’s in the Passion Flower family (Passifloraceae). It has beautiful serrated leaves when mature and small pink and white flowers. Very nice addition to our collection of rare plants. And now you get to start small with these too.

Crassula “Buddha’s Temple” are looking good and tight. A new crop is always a pleasure.

We recently brought out some small Crassula columellas and now we bring out the big guns – branched and tightly stacked. So many possibilities! Is that a new branch started up the column on the right? Why yes it is, thank you for asking. Cute!

Crassula plegmatoides is another new tightly stacked pagoda plant from South Africa. This one is the one that is white. LLifle says they come from the, “southern end of the Namib coastal desert between Port Nolloth in Namaqualand in South Africa and Alexander Bay and northwards into the Buchu Mountains (Bocgoeberge) in south-western Namibia.” Geographic descriptions are fun!

Monadenium ritchei are always fun, what with those fat stems and regular leaves. It’s a darling little plant worthy of accolades. I give it 4 stars. (out of 4). Or 5 stars if it is out of 5 stars. They have wonderful little scoop shaped flowers. Easy to grow indoor, don’t even think of bringing them outside in the Bay Area in winter.

Pseudolithos are rare. This is we think a hybrid between P. cubiformis and P. migiurtinus. We only have 2 ready right now, and one sold yesterday, so that’s one. More coming soon we hope! But they are hard to grow, and so I brought out 2 while 4 to 6 more are still growing…

Senecio praecox is a crazy succulent tree in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It’s hard to photograph, so come see it in person and be astounded. Or not, it can be boring if you don’t appreciate such wildness. It can be overlooked if you are not the connoisseur you think you are.


I’m not really featuring the perennials this month – I wasn’t inspired while shooting the pictures, so not much to put here in the email. Just this one fairly standard, not very interesting Spurge. Not so fun after all. Euphorbia “Ruby Hybrid”. But we do have many spurges in stock right now, all are deer resistant. And do you need Proteas? Kangaroo Paws? Native Fescues? We have them too. Just not pictured here. Maybe next month I’ll feel more inspired by the perennials and will give you more pictures of them. I can’t guarantee it.


You don’t have to like the giant elephant-ear houseplants that are all the rage, but you do have to love this one, this Alocasia “Regal Shield” if you want me to respect you. Such deep rich color! How much light does it need? Not a lot! How much water? Not a lot! It’s perfect.

Monstera deliciosa has edible fruit, did you know? They’re delicious when ripe, but caustic if unripe, so please take care. They are hardy outside if you plant them in the ground they will grow giant to 20ft tall and such, but indoor in a pot they are a great tropical houseplant with large serrated leaves and they stay low!


Chive “Balter pots.

Chive “Big Minute” pots.

Danica and Now Designs with new doormat designs, for fall!

On the other hand the newest Danica Jacquard tea towels are for all seasons. They’re classy.

More Tokidoki? Always. Mermicorno Series 4 is out now. Collect them all…., etc…. Holiday gifts…, etc…






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.