Succulent Gardening: The Art of Nature

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  Triple 14 slow release Fertilizer 1 cup $2
When we repot our plants, We add a teaspoon to a 6" pot and about 1/2 teaspoon for 4" pots
5" Plant Labels x 100 $8
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We ship your plants mostly Bare root which means that some of the soil and the pot have been removed from the plant. Succulents are unlike other plants in that there are no issues with a plant out of soil or kept dry for a week or more. This method allows lower freight rates and cleaner shipping.
We take photos of our plants to show you what they look like. We are not selling the plant in the photo. Whether your plant has flowers depends on what time of year you purchase it and whether it is flowering at that time. A pot may be one large plant or more than one plant. Plants grow at different paces and different sizes so if you order 2 plants coming out of the same size pot, they may not be the same size.

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Caudiciforms have a thick stem called a caudex. They are my favorite "succulent family". Caudiciforms generally need less water then other succulents because of their thick caudex. Even dormant plants need water to keep their roots healthy so during their dormant period it is important not to let them dry out completely. Plants with large bulbs partially hidden under the soil or with a swollen caudiciform-base store water and nutrients in these receptacles. Leaves and vines make chlorophyll, and water and food are sent down to be stored in thickened stems and bases. As this happens, the bulb or base grows and enlarges. Plants can take regular watering at this time. When the season changes and weather cools, these plants usually go deciduous (meaning they lose their leaves). In the case of Cissus tuberosa, the "Climbing Oak," or Bowiea, the "Climbing Onion," and several other vining bulbs, the entire vine dies back and the plant is left with the attractive, characteristic bulb or base only. When leafless like this, the plant is only resting. As long as it is still hard and firm to the touch, it is fine. During this "snooze" time, the dormant plant needs very little water. It is subsisting mostly on its stored water and nutrients. When weather and light factors warrant it, the vine and/or foliage sprouts anew and grows out into an even bigger and better specimen of glossy-leafed beauty. This is the time to gradually resume regular watering and feeding. How absolutely fantastic it is to watch these unique plants go through their cyclic changes and offer you a chance to witness the changing pattern of things, as life and growth unfolds anew!

Adenia glauca

Adenias are caudiciforms and have a big woody stem which is called caudex. They come from Africa and Madagascar so they like to be kept over 40 degrees fahrenheit. Their sap is poisonous, and they should be handled with caution, particularly when pruning. click photo for more information. Click on the photo for more information and photo of mature plant. Adenias lose their leaves in winter and begin growing again in spring.

Adenium arabicum 6" pot $25

Adeniums come from eastern Africa and southern Arabia. Adenium like full sun in summer with fertilizer and regular watering. In winter they can grow in lower temperatures. Pink adeniums are always arabicum. Please Click photo for complete information.

Adenium obesum

Adeniums come from eastern Africa and southern Arabia. Adenium like full sun in summer with fertilizer and regular watering. In winter they should be kept above 45°F (7°C) at night with higher day temperature. Adenium obesum forms a thick, bottle-shaped caudex to a foot or more in diameter with multiple branches. Adenium obesum, is sometimes called "Desert Rose" for the profuse flowers that are 2-3" in diameter and occur in bright crimsons, reds or pinks with white centers. Pink adeniums are always arabicum. They lose their leaves in winter and begin growing again in spring.

Adenium socotranum 6" pot $45

Adenium socotranum Origin: Endemic from from the isolated island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean south of the Arabian peninsula and east of the Horn of Africa. For many years Socotra hosted a Soviet naval port and was off limits to most everyone, restricting the availability of plants and seeds. In recent years it is accessible, but the authorities are very protective of the natural resources and it is illegal to collect plant material of any type. They lose their leaves in winter and begin growing again in spring. Click photo for complete information

Adenium somalense

Adenium somalense is a member of the Apocynaceae family, described by Isaac Bayley Balfour. Found in Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. It will grow up to about 38 inches in diameter, and the stems will grow up to to about 15' in height. The flowers are dark pink. They lose their leaves in winter and begin growing again in spring.

Adenium swazicum 6" pot $35

Adenium swazicums are similar to adenium obesums in behavior. Be careful not to give so much water as to rot the roots but water generously and allow to dry out. Fertilize during growing season. If they become leggy, cut the stem at a pleasing height forcing it to branch out. Frost sensitive. They lose their leaves in winter and begin growing again in spring.

Adenium boehmianum
My apology wrong photo

Adenium Boehmianum similar to adenium swazicum in behavior. Be careful not to give so much water as to rot the roots but water generously and allow to dry out during spring summer growing season. Their leaves are wider/larger than swazicum. Fertilize during growing season. If they become leggy, cut the stem at a pleasing height forcing it to branch out. This variety is more cold tolerant. They lose their leaves in winter and begin growing again in spring.

Beaucarnea recurvata

Beaucarnea recurvata is slow-growing. It is native to Mexico; it has a swollen base capable of growing to 6 wide with clusters of long, slender leaves produced on branch tips. The way the leaves fall make one thing of a pony tail swaying. Thus the ponytail palm which is not really a palm. This beaucarnea is over 1 foot wide. Photo is a very mature plant in the ground.

Begonia dregei

Begonias occur in tropical and subtropical areas, with most species in America (2 genera and over 900 species). In southern Africa there is one genus (Begonia) with five species: Begonia dregei, B. homonyma, B. geranioides, B. sonderiana and B. sutherlandii subsp. sutherlandii. Begonia dregei is rare; it occurs in forests, on rocky, mossy cliffs and steep banks, from the coast to 1 219 m altitude inland, from East London to KwaZulu-Natal. Derivation of name and historical aspects: Begonia is named after Michael Begon, 1638–1710, a French governor of San Domingo and a patron of botany. The specific name commemorates J.F. Drège (1794–1881), a German horticulturist and plant collector in southern Africa. Ecology: Begonia dregei is quick-growing and does not like much water in winter as it occurs in a summer rainfall area.

Pseudobombax elipticum
1 gallon pots $15

Also Available in 5 gallon pots
local pickup only.

Bombax elipticum have a very unusual flower blooming May/June. It is actually taller than it appears in this photo. They are dormant in winter and lose their leaves. They begin making new leaves in May.
Brighamia insignis,
Hawaiian Plant
We will sow seeds in spring.

Overgrazing, human development, and competition from invasive weeds have reduced this species to only twenty individuals in four naturally occurring populations. The extinction of its pollinator, a sphingid moth, has made it all but impossible for Brighamia insignis to reproduce. Plant conservationists go to great lengths -rappelling over steep cliff edges - to exchange pollen among plants and to collect seeds that can be grown and stored in botanical gardens and seed banks. Photo is a mature plant with double branches and lots of yellow flowers. Plants for sale are generally branched not as thick but at least 12" tall.

Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa

Cephalopentandra are caudiciforms that form a large caudex. They are in the Cucurbitaceae family. They are found in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and Ethiopia, growing in well-drained soil with lots of water and some sun. The vines don't get that long for a Cucurbitaceae, only one meter, the caudex can get up to 60 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are white to yellow, the fruits orange. They need to be kept warm in winter. When they begin to produce leaves in spring summer give them plenty of water. It is best to water at the cooler time of day. The roots will burn if watered when it is too hot. Photo is a 1 gallon 6 year old plant.

Calibanus hookeri

Propagate by seeds. The Calibanus hookeri has a caudex that can reach over 3 feet in diameter. The long, bluish leaves grow on the caudex. The genus is named for Shakespeare's monster, Caliban. It contains only this species but is closely related to the genus Nolina. As many names with an 'ri' termination, the species epithet is also spelled 'hookerii'.

Cissus tuberosa

Cissus tuberosa is a native of Mexico and a member of Vitaceae. Their leaves are palmate green with tendrils coming from the thickened caudex-like stem. This plant is a "vining" plant; in other words, quickly produces climbing stems with tendrils to twine around anything availble to create support for the plant. In this way, the plant can quickly search for as much light as possible to facilitate photosynthesis. This strategy is especially necessary where plants compete for sunlight from beneath a jungle canopy. Cissus tuberosa is a summer grower, thus losing their leaves in winter. Click photo for more plant info.

Cyphostemma cirrhosa

This member of the Vitaceae family was given this name by Bernard M. Descoings in 1966. It is found in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 30 centimetres in diameter, the vines up to five meters long. The flowers are greenish-yellow.  

Cyphostemma juttae
Starting to have leaves again

Cyphostemma juttae, native to Namibia, forms an interesting caudiciform shape with a thick, conical caudex. Trunk has peeling bark and is topped with gray-green succulent leaves that are very serrated along the margins. This plant, is known as "Basterkobas" in its native habitat, and is in the Grape Family, Vitaceae. Forms red, non-edible "grapes" after flowering. Can grow to 5' or more in time. Grows faster if planted directly in the ground. Excellent in the landscape or as a patio plant. Also can create a very desireable bonsai with the proper pruning. Can tolerate intense light and some frost. Porous soil with excellent drainage. Bright light to full sun. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost to prevent possible scarring.

Dendrosicyos socratana $75
The plants are about 2' tall.
The plant in photo is very mature.

Dendrosicyos socratana has a bulbous trunk and a small crown. It was first described by "Isaac Bayley Balfour" in 1882. A recent molecular phylogenetic analysis of the family Cucurbitaceae found that the Dendrosicyos lineage is about twice as old as the island, and thus seems to be an island relict of a progenitor lineage that went extinct on the mainland. The leaves are nearly round, covered with fine bristles, and slightly toothed. The yellow flowers (3 cm), males and females are present on the same plant for cross pollination. It reproduces only by seed. Fruits (3 x 5 cm) are green, turning brick-red when ripe. Leafless in winter. Please click photo for more information.

Dioscorea elephantipes
Only 1", $11 plants available
at this time

Dioscorea elephantipes lose their leaves in summer so that it can conserve energy. The stems are climbers and the leaves are heart shaped. They flower in May/June, a pale green/yellow flower. They are found on the Western Cape. The caudex can grow to 9 feet. Dioscorea elephantipes can live for 70 years in cultivation. Lightly water in summer months because Dioscorea elephantipes needs to rest. In their natural environment Click photo for more information.


Dioscorea sylvatica
1" - 2" caudex $28
some caudex look like mushrooms,
others are more brown

Cultivation and Propagation: Dioscorea sylvatica responds well to cultivation and makes an easy and wonderfully unusual houseplant. Plants even five to ten years old are extremely nice. Vigorous, annual climbing stems can grow to as much as 4 or 5 meters in a season, however these can be trained quite comfortably around a wire hoop set in a pot when grown indoors. Exposure: It prefers light shade, but keep the caudex in the shade. Waterings: It needs moderate to regular water. Slow down or withheld water when the tuber is dormant in summer (after shedding its leaves). It will start growing again in Autumn. Watering can recommence once the plant has shown signs of producing a fresh shoot. Please click photo for MORE info!

Dorstenia foetida

Dorstenia are members of the Moraceae family. Most succulent species come from Africa, thus they require warmth. Their minimum average temperature should be 55°FThey are Endemic to Socotra island. They grow up to 8 feet tall (2.5 m), trunk up to 2 feet in diameter (60 cm) or more. Keep dry when they have no leaves. Propagation is best by seeds, because it is difficult from cuttings. Two plants are needed to produce seeds because the Dorstenia are not self-fertile. The ripe seeds are ejected with force from the flower structures, so the inflorescences should be bagged after they are pollinated.

Dorstenia hildebrandtii 6" pot $12

Dorstenia hildebrandtii are in the Moraceae family. They were described by Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler in 1894. It is found in Kenya, Uganda, Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Mozambique and Tanzania, growing in a well-drained soil, with quite some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to about 1 1/2" inches in diameter, the stems reach for about 26" tall. The flowers are green/brown, and it can be reproduced by cuttings as well.

Gerrardanthus machrorrizus
No 3" plus @ $40 at this time

Gerrardanthus machrorrizus is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family and look similar to a grape ivy. They come from southern Africa and were first described by Benth &Hooker, and then by William Henry Harvey in 1867. Use fast draining rich soil with some. Partial shade/partial sun.The caudex can grow up to 1,5 meter, and the vines more than 10 meters. Latin name from Greek: Big Foot!

Gonolobus cyclophyllus

Leaves begin to grow
when it gets warmer
Click photo for flower pictures

Gonolobus are in the Asclepiadaceae Family. They come from Mexico, from Jalisco to Oaxaca. The Gonolobus cyclophylla is cultivated mostly for its corky caudex. The flowers are 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm) brown and, as many other asclepiads that use flies as pollinators, smelling like carrion. They come in summer. If they are pollinated they produced a seed pod. Take limited frost for a short period of time. Sun Exposure: They require Light shade. Dormant in winter.

Idria columnaris
please check availability
before ordering the 6" pots

Idria columnaris, native to Arizona, Mexico and Baja California, is commonly known as the "Boojum" tree. In habitat, this bizarre xerophyte grows to 40' or more in height. Often forms forests, and grows alongside Yuccas, Pachycereus pringlei ("Cardon") and Ocotillo. As this plant grows skyward, it forms a single, tapering trunk with short pencil-like, spiny branches with deciduous leaves. As the plant grows older, sometimes the single trunks split near the top and form undulating, whiplike bizarre forms, especially in silhouette. Click photo for more information.

Ipomoea albivenia 6" pot $20
Plants will have a caudex.
This is an older and more mature plant
The Wild Cotton is a vigorous, perennial, deciduous climber up to 10m long belonging to the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae). Its botanical name (Ipomoea albivenia) is derived from the Greek ips (a worm) and homoios (meaning like / same) referring to the trailing / creeping habit of the plant. The species name, albivenia, is Latin meaning "white-veined" and refers to the leaves which are large, velvety and heart-shaped with distinctive white hairs on the veins. The leaves are velvety white when young.  Wild Cotton grows naturally on rocky outcrops and in open woodland from KwaZulu Natal through Mpumalanga and the Northern Province into Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 

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Ipomoea platensis 6" pot $15

This member of the Convolvulaceae family was first described by John Bellenden Ker Gawler in 1818. It is from Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. Give it a well-drained soil, keep it moist and keep it out of the full sun. The caudex will grow to more than half a meter, the vines reach for more than 4 meters. The bell-shaped flowers are pink, and it can easy be reproduced by cuttings as well.

Mestoklema arboriforme or tuberosa
Depends on availability
1 gallon pot $20

May require additional freight
Mestoklema arboriforme is a shrubby mesemb growing to 18-24 inches tall from the arid northern Cape of South Africa and into Namibia. Develops a miniature tree-like habit with a gnarled caudex that has smooth red bark; makes a very showy container plant, especially once the tuberous roots develop. Grow with tuberous roots in soil to develop size, then lift plant and replant with roots exposed. Keep twiggy stems trimmed for best look. The small yellow-orange flowers appear in spring. Very dry growing. Plant is full sun or bright shade. Is cold tolerant to at least the low 20s° F. Click the photo for complete information.
Mestoklema tuberosa
Mestoklema tuberosa is a member of the Aizoaceae family. It was given this name by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1981. It is found on the Eastern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa, growing in grit or other well drained soil with little water and lots of sun. The swollen roots, each four centimetres in diameter will form clusters up to 20 centimetres in diameter. The plant can grow to 60 centimetres in height. The flowers are reddish, pink or salmon, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.
Myrmecodia tuberosa 4" pot $25
Myrmecodia tuberosa are unusual caudex producing tropical plants. Myrmecodia tuberosa are Ant plants that are epiphytes in nature, but can also be grown in a pot in sphagnum moss fiber or orchid bark mix. It likes bright light, high humidity, and average water. It is a tropical plant, avoid freezing temperatures. The plant forms an interesting hollow caudex or swollen base which is a perfect nest for ants. The plants use the ant's waste as food and in return the ants get a nice shelter and sap. This species develops a spiny texture on the base and forms interesting shapes as it ages. They do not come with ants.
Plectranthus ernestii
6" pot $15
Plectranthus ernstii (Bonsai Mint) - A small sub-shrub that grows to about 18 inches tall with very swollen jointed gray stems, small slightly felty aromatic green leaves and light lilac-colored flowers that appear mid spring to late fall. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil. Water regularly. Hardy only to a light frost - this plant is best put under protection when temperatures drop much below freezing. The quite distinctive caudex makes this plant an great addition to a container succulent garden or as an interesting bonsai plant. This plant comes from rocky slopes from the summer rainfall, near frost-free regions of northern Eastern Cape to the Southern KwaZulu-Natal provinces of South Africa. Please click photo for complete information. info from
Petopentia natalensis
formerly Fockea tugalensis


The underside of the leaves are purple when exposed to the sun. This plant is extraordinarily beautiful with it's leaves and caudex which gets larger and more exciting as it grows. Spring/summer grower.

Pterodiscus aurantiacus

This member of the Pedaliaceae family was given this name by Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch in 1869. It is found in Angola, Botswana and Namibia, growing in a well drained but sometimes clay rich soil with some water and some sun. The stem can grow to 1 1/4" wide by 11" high. The flowers are bright orange, and can have a darker centre.

Pterodiscus makatini unavailable

Pterodiscus ngamicus is perennial herbaceous plant with a short, perennial caudex . At the top of the caudex year shoots are formed in each growing season. These can be up to 50 cm long. The stalked leaves are slightly succulent and very different shapes in the leaf blade. They can be trained to linear or lanceolate wide oblong or elliptical. The edge of the leaves is either entire, sinuate, dentate, fiederteilig or pinnatisect. Click photo for complete information.

Pyrenacantha malvifolia 4" pot $25

The flowers are unisexual (plants di- or monoecious) or bisexual. Bisexual flowers are usual found at the base of male flowers, the female in tiny clusters along the stems. With both sexes, the plant can self fertilize. I got seeds on a two year old cutting, which do form a perfect caudex. Click photo for complete information.

Raphionacme flanagani 4" pot $8

Raphionacme flanaganii are originally from Africa. Raphionacme flanaganii are the fastest growing and most common of the Raphionacme family. In summer their vines can grow to 1 yard long. They form large roots quickly and produce vines annually with tiny flowers that will tolerate a hot and bright exposure but the roots should be shaded if possible. Keep fairly dry in winter.

Sinningia bullata 3 1/2" pot $10
Sinningia bullata are in the Gesneriaceae family. They have Bright orange flowers dotted red produced throughout the year. Small bright green leaves with interesting bubbly texture, wooly white underneath. Tuber forming. Easy to grow. Native to Santa Catarina area of Brazil. Native to Santa Catarina region of Brazil.
Sinningia leucotricha
Temporarily unavailable

Reichsteinaria (Sinningia) leucotricha, native to Brazil, forms a beautiful specimen with obovate leaves densely covered with shimmery silvery hairs. Slowly grows to form large "caudex", making it a highly desirable collector's specimen. Beautiful delicate apricot tubular flowers. In habitat, is found growing on cliffs near waterfalls. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright, filtered light with ample airflow. Drench thoroughly when soil is dry. If possible, it is preferable to not allow the soil mass to dry out completely. Protect from frost. Member of the Gesneriaceae family. Please click photo for more information.

Trichodiadema bulbosum

The genus Trichodiadema is part of Aizoaceae family synonymous with Mesembryanthemaceae, which also includes the various forms of plants known as Ice Plants and those known as Mimicry Plants. Trichodiadema bulbosum, native to South Africa, forms very succulent shrublets with deep emerald leaves that have a "crystalline" texture and tufty bristles at the the tips. The stems branch heavily to produce a small shrub with roots that thicken in time to form caudex-like tubers. CLICK photo for more information.

Uncarina stellulifera


Uncarina stellulifera is a genus of plant in family Pedaliaceae found in Madagascar. I have grown them in my greenhouse in the winter and I put them outside spring into the fall. In November, I will likely bring them into the greenhouse. Most of the plants have a LAVENDER flower while others were yellow with purple centers. I can guarantee that the plant will look like this. If perhaps, I am naming it incorrectly, please let me know.

Uncarina peltata

Full sun to light shade, Origin: Madagascan caudiciform with seed pods with spines. They get stuck to your fingers. Better not to pick up. Uncarina peltata is of the Pedaliaceae family. They come from northern to western Madagascar. they grow in a rich and well drained soil. they require water and some sun. The swollen stem can grow to fifteen centimetres in diameter and reach for one to three metres when grown in ground in similar climate. The plants I put in the ground in San Diego about 7 years ago are probably 6 feet wide, 4' feet hight with a caudex of about 20". The flowers are yellow with deep purple inside.

Uncarina roeoesliana

Uncarina Roesliana are from Madagascar, they grow and flower well in full sun, water abundantly but allow to dry out between watering. Uncarina Roesliana flower during warmer months, yet this year they were growing and flowering into late December. Uncarina have a very interesting seed pod. DON'T TOUCH the SEED PODS. The seed pods will stick to your fingers. Just take my word for it.

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