Far Out Flora

Sweet Succulents In Our Garden


Echeveria love

Way back in the day we only had one Echeveria gibbiflora. Now we have at least three decent sized ruffle heads. We’ve had quite a few sunny days recently, so I took a bunch of pictures of our succulents out back.

Dunce caps are starting to happen

How adorable is this Orostachys iwarenge from Annie’s Annuals? I can’t wait for the cool flowers.


Sexy Kalanchoe sexangularis

We have a lot of random things jammed in all over the place. I’m not so sure this guy is really sexy, but I like it.


Santa Barbara Liveforever - Dudleya traskiae

I’m pretty sure this is a Dudleya traskiae from Annie’s. It’s been around for awhile.


A bunch of stuff

I hacked the sad looking tops off the Senecio vitalis recently. Ever since I let the evil parasite dodder attack it, it’s never been the same. I thought it was a bizarre orange part of the plant, but it turned out to be choking the life out of the Senecio. It took me hours to peel it off.  The Crassula falcata is looking a little tough, but it has a bunch of buds.


Aeonium spathulatum var. cruentum

I love this cute little guy. Another one from rock star Annie’s Annuals. We usually head straight for the succulent section.



  1. Sexy indeed! You are so lucky being able to grow those beauties in the ground. But then I guess you know that having come from the land of cold. Don’t you just get giddy sometimes when you realize how amazing your garden has become?

  2. Your plants are stunning and I also love the playful ways you’ve grouped them together. Your combinations of colors, shapes and textures really allow each plant to shine!

  3. So reassuring to find you also unsure about succulent names sometimes. I didn’t know I had Kalanchoe sexangularis!

  4. I am sooooo jealous! I love succulents. Your garden is so gorgeous.

    You should visit Dave’s Garden at davesgarden.com. You can join for free and have access to lots of neat stuff and become a member and access even more.

    Not to sound like a commercial…I have ulterior motives here…you can manage a tradelist of “haves” and “wants” by visiting the PlantFiles, browse around, find cool stuff you want, and we trade! All you are out are cuttings or seeds and postage, and you get a cool package of stuff in return! I’ve only done two trades so far, but I got a nice bunch of Stepelia gigantia (Carrion Flower), Queens Tears, and Cuban Oregano in a trade just recently. It’s a pretty cool and cheap way to obtain plants!

    You can also share information and get all kinds of questions answered, for free, on this site.

    If you join, I’d drool over your have list…and might even have a couple of stuff for trade as well! I’m RxAngel on there…hint hint!

    I’ve really enjoyed watching your garden this summer. Thanks so much for sharing!


  5. I thought I’d lost my Annies Orostachys over the winter . and how happy I am that it lived through our very cold sub 30′s winter. It is so cute ! It’s futile to resist at Annies.

  6. Loree: I’m blown away with what we’ve done in three short years. I enjoyed gardening in Wisconsin, but it’s a whole new awesome world of plants here in SF. There’s no way I could go back to the sconnie plant palette.

    Mark: Can’t wait to see pics of your garden soon! I use the “grab and shove” technique for arranging a lot of my succulents :)

    Denise: I don’t even know where we got the sexy kalanchoe. I’ve been calling it, “random crassula” since I put it in. It’s so hard to keep track of all the names.

    Angie: Dave’s Garden is great! Next time we do a big succulent pull I’ll definitely keep it in mind. I sometimes forget that succulents that grow like mad in our yard aren’t so easy to find in other parts of the country.

    Kathy: Nice!!! It has to be one of the cutest succulents ever. Good to know it can deal with colder winters. Annie’s is the best!!!!

  7. “Ever since I let the evil parasite daughter attack it, it’s never been the same. I thought it was a bizarre orange part of the plant”

    “daughter”? Do you mean “dodder” (possibly Cuscuta californica)?

    Lovely succulents!

    • That’s it!!!! People thought I was crazy when I would describe it to them, and finally someone said they thought it might be “daughter”. Thanks so much for the botanical name. Going to update our post right now. The UC-IPM site has great info about it.

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