Friday, June 17, 2011

Bromiliad, Cactus and Succulent Show in SF

I was happened to be over by SF Botanical Garden when the Bromiliad, Cactus and Succulent Societies were having their plant sale. I've always been into succulents and I'm getting more and more interested in bromiliads so I thought I'd see if I could pick up any good deals.

The display section had some very nice specimens.

cactus and succulent society displays

cactus and succulent society specimens

I don't know why but succulent growers always have the coolest pots!

cool pots

pachypodium baronii windsorii

euphorbia decaryineoporteria senilis

pleiospilos simulanshaworthia viscosa

These warty balls were my favorite though. That is some freaky stuff! And I love that the name of the plant is Mammillaria bocasana 'Fred'. Fred's warty balls. (Tee-hee!) Geesh, I can be so juvenile! And I should really keep in mind that my mom reads this blog.

mammillaria bocasana 'fred'

Anyway, onto the sale part of the show. There were tables and tables of little pots of cuties.

cactus and succlent sale

succulent selection

Here is what I ended up taking home:

my haul

Succulents are (from left to right):

Kalanchoe synsepala dissectum
Aloe hybrid
Aloe hybrid
Gasteria prolifera

Bromiliads are (from top left down ending at bottom right):

Tillandsia fasciculata x ionantha
Tillandsia concolor
(missing tag)
Tillandsia tenuifolia 'Amethyst'
Neoreglia cv.

Oh, and this one - Neoreglia hybrid.


Those Tillandsias I'm going to try growing on some palm trunks I've had in my garden for years and never know what to do with.

palm trunks

I also picked up this book, The History of Succulents by Gordon Douglas Rowley, which looks pretty interesting.

history of succulents book

I was sold as soon as I saw the photo of this guy. Doesn't he look like some cooky neighbor that likes to garden naked, handing out divisions of his succulents to neighbors, whether they want them or not. Actually, he looks like his name could be Fred...

love this guy


  1. Oh my yes! (the author)

    Tomorrow I plan to attend the Oregon Cactus and Succulent society show and sale. After looking at your pics (and your purchases!) I am afraid I am going to be disappointed, ours could never measure up.

  2. How fun. Looks like you got some great plants.

  3. I swear these shows are addicting. There's one coming up at the Huntington in July. And that palm trunk idea sounds really intriguing. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  5. Wonderful post that has me itching. You've shown quite a few plants that I would love to get my hands on, first of which are Fred's warty balls. LOL! Also, I swore to never have euphorbia (long story) but I want that decaryi as well as the neoporteria beside it.


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