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Countless Cacti

January 27, 2011
California Cactus Center

California Cactus Center

California Cactus Center was on our list of places to check out.  Glad we did.  They have some cool skool specimens hanging out…and for sale.

Crazy amount of Cacti.

Crazy amount of Cacti.

I’d be the first to admit…we really don’t have a lot of cactus in our garden, and wasn’t sure we had any.  But every time we do a big succulent pruning, we keep finding cacti underneath our faster growing plants.  Every time… “For Real?  …how long has that cactus been growing underneath there”.  We’ve all had those moments.

Haworthia linifolia

Haworthia limifolia

Here are some of the younger plants that fit into the ultra awesome category.  We don’t recall a label on this guy, but looks like some sort of variegated Haworthia limifolia.

Copiapoa tenuissima monstrose

Copiapoa tenuissima monstrose

Maybe it’s my sweet tooth talking but Copiapoa tenuissima forma mostruosa looks good enough to eat.  It has a dark purplish-black body with white hairy bits at the ends.  I heard it gets a brilliant yellow flower too when it blooms.

Haworthia cymbiformis 'Variegata'

Haworthia cymbiformis 'Variegata'

You could almost see right through the leave tips of this specimen.  Really, the whole plant was near transparent.  Man, it was like keeping bacon away from the dog not to take this Haworthia cymbiformis ‘Variegata’ home with us.

Lots o Plants.

Lots o Plants.

The CA Cactus Center does pack it in tight.  Below was a new take on the vertical (fill in the plant name) garden.  Great work picking out some rustic frame.

Vertical planter.

Vertical planter.

The sun was setting by the time we got to the nursery.  You can see the rest of the pics on our flickr.

Maleenee Desert Gallery, California Cactus Center - Pasadena, CA

Maleenee Desert Gallery, California Cactus Center - Pasadena, CA

Being only a short 10 minutes away from Huntington Gardens, it was a no brainer to stop here.  BTW, there’s a great (ahhhh…well at least accessible) off-leash dog park in the neighborhood.  Max the border collie was happy to get to stretch his legs.

— Far Out Flora

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kaveh permalink
    January 27, 2011 2:52 pm

    Very cool place. I go there a few times a year.

  2. January 27, 2011 3:28 pm

    Haworthia limifolia… WOW! Such an unreal looking plant. Ditto on the Haworthia cymbiformis ‘Variegata’. I had no idea a plant could look like frosted glass.

  3. January 27, 2011 8:05 pm

    What a fabulous place to visit! It looks amazing. So many cool types!

  4. January 28, 2011 5:54 pm

    I wish the Haworthia is mine^ˇ^
    And, nice meet to you.

  5. January 29, 2011 7:17 pm

    way cool place! amazing plants. the one in the frame was gorgeous! will put on my list of future meccas. (nice to know it’s near the huntington.)

  6. February 3, 2011 7:46 am

    I wanna be your dog! Not in the Iggy Pop way, but just so I can tag along to all these places with you. Though I’d probably have to stay in the car, huh?
    Excited about that “cacti wall.” If the politicians and merchants were truly creative, that’s what they’d do on Haight St. instead of Sit and Lie laws!

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