Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time you’d probably agree with me when I say I shouldn’t collect anymore plants this season. As it stands I have over 130+ potted plants indoors, 50+ large tropical specimens at the  greenhouse, and a garden that is so over filled it’s bordering on insane. Still when I was invited to view a local cacti collector’s private stash I couldn’t resist myself. Her collection was impressive and a real treat for a sun starved plant geek in November. With the potential of moving leering overhead she wanted to thin out her collection a bit and was willing to pass along some obscurities.  We ended up chatting for a couple hours, touring her various growing areas, and I left with some really great specimens.


Left to right: Sinningia leucotricha, Gasteria NOID ,Hemanthus albiflos, Echinops NOID, Rubutia muscula,
Astrophytum NOID and a Monadenium ritchiei


Sinningia leucotricha is an interesting velvet leafed plant from Brazil that forms a caudex-like woody tuber.  After this photo I replanted it in a nice new terracotta pot and exposed the tuber. It looks great, and I look forward to watching it do it thing further. More info to follow


Quite an interesting Gasteria specimen, it’s leaves textures remind me of snowflake obsidan.  Anyone know it’s species name?


A large flowering sized Haemanthus albiflos.


A small Echinops (white / pink flowers)


Rubutia muscula. What awesome little fuzzy orbs.


Monadenium ritchiei Another euphorbia oddity to the collection.


While I already have a small specimen of this, I couldn’t resist. This is one of largest Disocactus flagelliformis I’ve ever seen. Hoping to take some cuttings and do a small run of these next spring. Simply amazing!


Selenicereus grandiflorus otherwise known as a Queen of the Night Cactus.

What fun! I’ve jigsawed them into the collection and they look great. I’m looking forward to seeing them thrive come spring and summer.

Thank You Linda !

6 Responses to Plant Hoarding: Cacti on a Tuesday, yes please!

  • hb says:

    Oh my did you get some gems. Lucky guy! The Gasteria and Haemanthus are particularly gorgeous, and you could grow that Rubutia into an awesome specimen given time.

  • Marta says:

    Ciao! did your Selenicereus ever bloom? My Selenicereus only grows, but it doesn’t flower. Excuse me for my terrible English. Marta

  • Tom says:

    That Selenicereus is the oddest looking thing ever. I love the Sinningia, I’ve got one as well. It’s been shockingly easy for me, though not at all fast growing. I’m glad to see someone else growing it!

  • Jason Sarine says:

    I love the Haemanthus! You cant go wrong with any South African bulbous plant as far as I am concerned. If you lik albiflos then try the other evergreen species, deformis and paucifolious.

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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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