Far Out Flora

Sunset Succulent Street


Succulent lawn

On our way home from the unsuccessful quest for sun this weekend, we cruised down the Great Highway frontage road to take some pictures of succulent beach gardens. Growing succulents in the sandy Outer Sunset soil is easy. They love it out here. All of these garden pics were taken within a mile or so of our place.

Next door from the first picture

I thought this was a cute little front patch. Nothing too fancy, but at least they did something.  A lot of the people that do have space out front don’t do anything with it except grow weed patches. I attribute it to the large number of renters.

The Greatest Highway Garden

We did an entire post about this SWEET succulent garden back in March. You gotta love flowering cotyledon.

What the heck?

We were never able to figure out what this purple thing is. It looks like a freaky polka dotted attenuata. If you click on the picture it will let you zoom in for a closer look. There are more pictures of it in our Greatest Highway Garden post too.

Aloe alley

All kinds of aloe growing here. No Outer Sunset garden is complete without some Aeoniums. They grow like weeds. I’ve been known to put them in the compost bin along with Senecio.

Aloe wall


  1. Freaky purple thing = Mangave (Agave x Manfreda), perhaps?

  2. I agree with Mr. Subjunctive, looks like a mangave. Wonderful succulent gardens in SF!

  3. I was going to say Manfreda sp but the spikes confused me. Mangave it is!

  4. Compost bin!!!!!!??? You’re killing me here! I think your mystery plant is indeed a Mangave: ‘Macho Mocha’ to be exact. You need one, they are fabulous!


    • Loree, it’s true… when the aeoniums start freaking out we have WAY too many of them. Want us to send you a box the next time we hack a bunch out? I don’t think the senecio would travel very well.

  5. Thanks everyone for helping us figure out what the heck the mystery plant was! Why don’t I ever see these guys for sale anywhere? I want one, or maybe three.

  6. The Mangave is amazing! It really is love at first sight, isn’t it??? Wowzers! I did find a place to buy one…at Yuccado.com!!! I have no agaves, but this could cause a gal to suddenly want one real bad!!!

    All of these garden shots are just incredible… :)

  7. I’m loving your garden shares – thanks for the shout out so I could find you on Twitter. Looking forward to more of your shares from the garden. That succulent container is my favorite ever!!!!

    Happy Gardening – you truly see the art in the hobby with those images you share!

  8. You COMPOST the aeoniums?!! Oh be still my heart. I love your blog and I love succulents- and the selection in SD is just awful. I miss living in the Bay Area :-) Next time you are tempted to toss them, shoot me an e-mail- I will gladly, gratefully paypal you the shipping and you can send them to me :-)

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