Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

I recently bought this Tiger Jaw Plant (Faucaria tigrina) at Brentwood Bay Nurseries on impulse. I’m a real sucker for succulents and cacti and this winter the window sills will be packed. While haphazardly perusing the succulent area I stumbled upon this freshly budded specimen and had to have it. Within a week it’s flower opened and I snapped these photos today. Interesting!


Apparently the flowers only last a couple days so I was happy to have noticed when I did.


Another amazing succulent from South Africa. This is quickly becoming a place I must visit. The plant’s strange hooked barbs sometimes look like the snarly face of a jungle cat, thus it’s common name Tiger Jaw.

Another oddity added to the collection…

One Response to It’s Flowering: Faucaria tigrina

  • I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Brentwood Bay Nursery. I’ve lived in Sidney for 32 years!!! On the weekend I bought my first ever winter veggies for my new gardens. Found them at Marigold and Elk Lake. I will be finding and checking out BBN. Thank you for bringing this oversight to my attention! :-)

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
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