Coryphantha Rungonii

My coryphantha rungonii always surprises me when it blooms, and it did again just the other day. I googled coryphantha to find out more about this particular cactus and looked at some of the images of coryphanthas and really couldn’t find one that looked much like...

Chamaelobivia Blooms are a Stunning Color

This little cactus bloomed yesterday and reopened today, so I thought it deserved some recognition. Chamaelobivia is a hybrid of chamaecereus (peanut cactus) and lobivia, which happen to both now be classified in the echinopsis family. Chamaelobivia rose quartz...

I Wish I Had More Blue Barrel Cactus

I was given permission to collect cactus at a ranch in the Marfa, Texas, area a few years ago and was delighted to find these chubby little blue barrels that I thought were just a fatter version of the horse cripplers I had gathered in Muleshoe and in the Texas Hill...

A Succulent Garden for Kelly

I had the pleasure of working with my son AJ last week designing and planting a succulent garden. A client, Kelly McKinney who lives in Buda, Texas, wanted him to turn a forgotten vegetable garden into a succulent garden. When she mentioned succulents, he told her he...

Agave Isthmensis

Last time I told you about one of the two new plants I brought home from the TACSS meeting in San Antonio, the turbinicarpus lophoroides on the right. Let me tell you about the other one, an agave isthmensis. This picture was taken right after I brought them home in...

Turbinicarpus Lophoroides

Last October I attended the fall seminar of the Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies (“TACSS) in San Antonio (TACSS Fall Seminar in San Antonio,” October 21, 2016) and came home with two new plants I really didn’t need but couldn’t resist. This happens...

Mammillarias and Their Halos

Mammillaria is one of the largest genus in the cactus family; over 200 identified so far. Most are native to Mexico, but they can also be found in the southwest United States, the Caribbean, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, and Honduras. They get their name from the...

Echinocereus Pentalophus; An Overlooked Beauty

Walked into the greenhouse last week and was greeted by this great big pink flower. So of course I gathered it up and took it outside for a better picture. Echinocereus pentalophus is, like all cactus,  native to the Americas and found in  northeastern...

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Does it Again

I know I have shared these colorful plants with you before, but they just outdid themselves this year, so I had no choice-had to sing their praises again. Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is native to Madagascar and is what’s known as a glabrous succulent; that is, it has a...

Rhipsalis or Hatiora?

When I first came across this little plant, it was labeled a rhipsalis; later the name hatiora came up. I have finally settled on rhipsalis hatiora salicornioides. By either name, this is an epiphytic cactus, which means that it grows on other plants, but not as a...