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11/3/17 We are safe from the fires that swept through Sonoma County last month about 2o miles form our home. Our hearts go out to friends and communities that lost their homes. We appreciate all the emails of concern for our well being. We were recovering from a bad flu when the fires began. We suspect due to the smoke exposure we developed a debilitating earache that had us laid up the better part of the last 2 weeks and have fallen behind with email, again. We hope to get back on top of things within the coming week.
With the somewhat absurd number of calamities in our life this past year, loss of loved ones, erratic extreme weather, computer mishaps, and being understaffed it has been a continual challenge for us to keep on top of email in a timely manner. Our ongoing apologies for this, we continue to beg your patience. We are juggling a lot. Keeping our plants propagated and filling orders always takes precedence over sitting at the computer. We will have some extra help soon to mitigate this, but until then please know that we may be slow to respond to email!
4/28/17 Please note:
My friend Rob Montgomery has died. The is the 4th friend to die in the last few months. Rob was the closest thing I’ve had to a mentor. Rob is the one who really introduced me to ethnobotany, gave me my first Trichocereus cactus when I was 18 and encouraged a deep fascination with all plants. Rob founded the seminal nursery …of the jungle and Botanical Preservation Corps. He had a huge impact on the lives of many and will be missed.
News of Rob’s death made us think of this piece from Ursula K. Leguin’s novel, The Other Wind –
“I think that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn’t do. All that I might have been and couldn’t be. All the choices I didn’t make. All the things I lost and spent and wasted. I can give them back to the world. To the lives that haven’t been lived yet. That will be my gift back to the world that gave me the life I did live, the love I loved. The breath I breathed. ”
We are still a bit behind with emails and there is still some bugs in the system. If you don’t get a response from us within 4 or 5 days, please try our personal email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your ongoing patience and support during this unusual time.
2/28/17 My dear uncle, David Callahan, just passed away and dealing with family matters has put me behind with business again. When news of his death came I was admittedly not even fully caught up after several weeks of computer problems in January/February. The past few months have been highly unusual–the death of 2 other friends, a medley of ongoing tech. problems, extreme weather, etc. In nearly 20 years of running SS we’ve never been this behind with orders and email—we’ve also never had this many challenges arrive in such a short time. When it rains it pours–both figuratively and quite literally!
We are doing are very best to get caught up over the next couple weeks (barring further catastrophe’s) and get on track for the blooming of spring. We deeply appreciate all of your continual patience and understanding during this time!
We have (again!) been experiencing some ongoing computer conundrums the past weeks and a good number of emails were lost.
If you have sent an email and not gotten a response (in our usual 1-3+ days response time!) –please email again! The issue appears to be fixed yet it will likely take us a week or two to get totally caught up with correspondence. Our apologies for the hassle. Modernity is not all it is made up to be!
In addition to such obnoxious technical issues we continue to have one of the wettest winters northern California has experienced in over two decades. While the torrential rainfall is a blessing to much of the vegetation the perpetual wet has begun to take its toll on many of the cacti and succulents we grow outside. We are seeing a pretty high incidence of tip damage (possibly exacerbated by numerous hailstorms) and subsequent rot–though seldom fatal, it is a tad unpleasant to deal with the oozing brown snot and means our stock of healthy Trichocereus cuttings will be limited this year. It may also effect this years seed production as well.
Dealing with these computer and weather related problems (not to mention 2 sick kids!) the past few weeks has us a bit behind with orders and weeks behind with the next Rare Plant List. If you are waiting on a shipment, we really appreciate your patience.
Thank you for your understanding and support!
Greetings! A small family run business, Sacred Succulents was founded in 1997, borne from our love of plants and a calling to the sacred duty of their conservation through propagation, dissemination and education. While our initial focus was succulents and xerophytes, our travels and the necessity of species conservation has us propagating a diverse cornucopia of unusual and wonderful beneficial plants from remote and immediate regions of our fecund planet. We strive toward maximizing biodiversity in our gardens and offerings. Widespread dispersal of plants along with propagation on an individual level is one of the most viable means of helping protect wild populations while assuring the evolutionary expansion of these botanical wonders.
We all have the strange grace to live in this time of climatic change and massive biological extinction recognized to be greater than anything the biosphere has experienced in 65 million years. Plant extinctions have been estimated at a loss of nearly 2 species a day. Along with this extinction is the loss of our collective human heritage, as the cultures, languages, dreams and songs that were intimately woven to those species disappear with them. Amongst thousands of known food plants, the world’s food supply relies on a scant dozen. We must do much more than save heirloom varieties and landraces of the major crops. We encourage you to relearn the forgotten indigenous foods and medicines of your region and of your lineage. Where habitat still exists, these are often disappearing from the fields and forests for lack of tending. Each and every one of us are co-creators of our ecosystems. Experiment with strange and rare edible plants, expand your palate. These are the seeds of true health and food security.
Whether you have a bright window in a city apartment, a suburban house with a yard, or access to acres of land, you can take part in the nurturing of endangered plants, propagate them and pass along the seeds, starts, attendant aspirations and ethnobotanical knowledge to friends. Realize the power we each have to assist our vanishing flora, acting as conservationists through a simple and joyful role as gardeners, horticulturalists, admirers of plants. These small endeavors help to put us in resonance with the viridian heartbeat of the biosphere, a reminder of earthly things like soil, weather and mooncycles in a world increasingly adrift in the navel gaze of cyberspace. Attention to seasonal gifts such as Spring flowers can refresh our wonder in the delicate fortitude of life in all its myriad forms. There is so much life and potential to celebrate all around us!
Our coveted paper catalog is beautifully illustrated and full of ethnobotanical and horticultural information including detailed seed germination and propagation techniques. Some of what we offer:
- Cacti– endangered Ariocarpus, Aztekium, Pelecyphora, Turbinicarpus species… we have one of the most diverse selections of Trichocereus species including new hybrids and mutant San Pedros. We are involved with ongoing studies of this genus in South America: mapping distribution, ecology, ethnobotany and taxonomy through genetic analysis to aid preservation.
- Other Succulents & Xerophytes– Aloe, rare and hardy Agave & Yucca, Baobabs & caudiciforms, aromatic Bursera (Copal, Palo Santo), Commiphora (Myrrh, Guggul) & Boswellia species (Frankincense), rare Echeveria, a large selection of Ephedra species, Hoodia gordonii, medicinal Peperomia, uncommon Puya, obscure Rhodiola & Sedum species, Sceletium tortuosum…
- Unusual & Rare Perennial Edible Plants– Gaultheria, Vaccinium, Amelanchier, Lycium, Elaeagnus, Rubus, Ribes, Ugni, Agapetes … Chufa, Capers, Ramps & rare Alliums, Rampion, Breadroot, Vigna subterranea & edible bulbs, tubers, vines, fruit trees and more for adventurous gardeners, permaculturalists, and food forest fanatics.
- Obscure Medicinals– Codonopsis species, Gold Root, Green tea, Honeybush & Rooibos, Maralroot, Mandrake, Sea Buckthorn, heirloom Tobacco, Yaupon, Yerba Mate, Dioscorea, Dan Shen & other Salvia species, Shatavari, Umckaloaba, Silene capensis…
- Rare & Endangered Chilean Endemics– Latua pubiflora, Gomortega keule, Desfontainia spinosa, Ugni, Coriaria, Chilean Macnut, Fabiana, Macqui Berry, Bell Flower, Nothofagus…and from the Juan Fernandez Archipelago- Dendroseris, Ochagavia elegans, Chenopodium sanctae-clarae, Nicotiana cordifolia, and more…
- Andean Ethnobotanicals– From our annual expeditions. Ancient medicinals and species from one of the most imperiled forest ecosystems on the planet- Polylepis, Buddleja, Hesperomeles, Alnus, Escallonia, Erythrina, Anadenanthera, Puya raimondii, Calceolaria, Macleania, Cavendishia, Pernettya, Bomarea, Cypella, Phaedranassa, Stenomesson, etc. Traditional Andean food plants- Caigua, Kaniwa & Quinoa, Tarwi, Aguaymanto, Naranjilla, Tamarillo, Sauco Berries, Ulupica Pepper, Lacayote squash, Congona, Jaltomata, wild Tomatoes, Passiflora and a large selection of heirloom tubers- Ajipa, Oca, Ulluco, Achira, Mashua, Mauka, Arracacha, Yacon, Maca.
- Plants of California – a focus on forgotten feral foods like Brodiaea, Calochortus, Triteleia, Lilium, Yampah, Chia, plus medicinals and endemic rarities.
- A diversity of wild crafted seed from South Africa, China, Himalayas & other remote regions… rock garden & alpine miniatures…and much more!
- Books– Hard to find titles on ecological horticulture and ethnobotany.
Please send $2 ($4 international) to receive our fully illustrated, highly informative catalog and additional supplements.
Seed deliveries anywhere in the world.
Sacred Succulents, PO Box 781, Sebastopol, CA 95473 USA
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Rare Plant and Seed List
Available by subscription. This is where you will find first offerings of exciting new plants that we have in quantities too small to list in our main catalog. One of a kind specimens, rarities and introductions from our travels, and other plants and seeds from the far reaches of our wondrous fertile planet. Something unique for everyone! Cacti including uncommon Trichocereus and Ariocarpus hybrids and specimens. Succulents such as rare Bursera, Commiphora and Boswellia. Obscure medicinal herbs, unusual perennial foodcrops from around the world and selections from our Andean accessions. A fully descriptive list. A must for any serious plant collector, herbal horticulturalist and permaculture enthusiast.
4 issues $5 ($10 outside USA), 8 issues $8 ($16 outside USA)
Grafting of a slower growing species onto a faster growing stock increases plant growth significantly. It is a viable means of quickly producing mature specimens for seed production and vegetative propagation. This illustrated guide covers all aspects of grafting, from week old seedlings to mature specimens. Includes tricks we have learned over the years that help make this valuable conservation technique accessible and practical. Focuses mainly on Cactaceae but coverage is given to Euphorbiaceae, Apocynaceae and other succulent families. $9.00 postage paid USA, add $6 postage foreign
Public Domain Pledge
An important terms of business note to all our customers:
In order to be in line with our mission to support the preservation of botanical biodiversity, following the lead of J.L. Hudson Seeds and in recognition that the biodiversity of the Earth is the common heritage of all life, all of our seed and plant offerings are now Public Domain. This means that all plants and seeds are supplied solely under the following conditions: We expressly prohibit the use of any seeds or plants supplied by us, or their progeny, in any form of genetic engineering, breeding, or research which will result in any form of life patent, variety protection, trademarks, breeder’s rights or any form of intellectual property applied to living things which would compromise the Public Domain status of the seeds, plants, their progeny and any genetic material therein. We expressly prohibit the transfer to any third party of any seeds, plants, their progeny or any portion of their genetic material without these prohibitions in place. Commercial propagation is encouraged, but in the unlikely event that large-scale commercial distribution is achieved, benefit-sharing along the path towards the source, in accordance with the spirit of the International Convention on Biological Diversity, will be undertaken. Thank you for your understanding and support!
We believe the biological diversity of the world is a common inheritance shared by all and the right to having a personal individual relationship with the myriad life forms of the planet is intrinsic to that. It is the very fibers that weave us.
((((((((( Plant seeds. Plant lots of seeds. Plant them without fear. Plant them with love. )))))))))
“We must look for help not so much to the stamen counters as to the plants themselves.” – Luther Burbank
“The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture” – Thomas Jefferson
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Sacred Succulents Discount Plants, Books, etc. Sale Autumn 2017
While supplies last the following are on Sale until December 21, 2017
CACTI & OTHER SUCCULENTS
Agave cordillerensis NL52409 Blue rosettes, rare, Bolivia. 3–4″ plant 3+ years old $10.50 Sale Price $7.75 or 3 for $20
Sceletium subvelutinum Caudex forming psychoactive iceplant. Plant $8.75 Sale Price $7
Trichocereus pachanoi BK14518.4 Seed grown wild San Pedro 5–8″+ plant 3 years old $14 Sale Price $11.50
Trichocereus peruvianus Huancacalorica Peruvian seedlings. 3–6″+ plant 2–3 years old $12.50 Sale Price $9.50 or 3 for $25
Trichocereus peruvianus X T. sp. ‘Juul’s Giant’ hybrid f. monstrosus Fat blue-green mutant stems, 8–16 ribs. 4–6″ cutting $18 Sale Price $15
Turbinicarpus klinkerianus Endangered globose plant with corky spines, Mexico. 1–1.5″+ plant 4–5 years old $7.50 Sale Price $6
Shrubs and Trees, Other Medicinals, Edibles, etc
Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco BK151015.1 Tree from the Trichocereus terscheckii forests of Argentina. 6–8″ treelet $17.50 Sale Price $14.50
Buddleja aff. stachyoides BK151011.5 Shrub 5’+tall, flower spires of dark yellow. 6–12″ plant 2 year old $12.50 Sale Price $10 or 3 for $25
Camellia sinensis v. assamica “English Breakfast Tea” Tea shrub from Assam, India. 6–14″ plant 4 years old $14.50 Sale Price $11.50
Cavendishia capitulata HBG92102 Neotropical blueberry shrub to 3′, showy purple flowers, edible fruit. $22.50 Sale Price $18
Lycium aff. americanum BK151014.11 “Andean Gojiberry”, Jujuy, Argentina. 12″+ plant 2 years old $14.50 Sale Price $11
Mimusops zeyheri Evergreen tree with orange edible fruit, South Africa. 6–8″+ treelet 2–3 years old $8.50 Sale Price $6.50
Mirabilis expansa ‘Seedling’ “Mauka” Rarest Andean tuber crop. Seedlings of ‘Blanca’ varieties. Plant 2 years old $26 Sale Price $16 or 2 for $28
Morus alba BK151016.6 “Mulberry Tree” Large fruits, seed from Argentina. 12–16″+ treelet 2 years old $12.50 Sale Price $10 or 2 for $17
Podocarpus salignus Chilean pine. 14–18″+ treelet (unsexed) 3+ years old $12.50 Sale Price $9.50 or 3 for $26
Rosa roxburghii “Cili Rose” Stout shrub 4–8’ tall. Orange-yellow edible fruit rich in antioxidants 6–12″ plant 3+ years old $14.50 Sale Price $12 Saracha aff. punctata BK08524.5 Gorgeous solanaceous tree, 1″ purple bell flowers, Peru. 8–14″+ plant 2–3 years old $24.50 Sale Price $19.50
Smallanthus sonchifolius ‘Morado’ “Purple Yacon” Andean sunflower relative with tasty purple skinned tubers. Plant $17.50 Sale Price $13.50
Viburnum mullaha CC7127 Attractive shrub with white flowers, red berries, “Little Tibet”. 6–12″+ plant 3 years old $8.50 Sale Price $7 or 3 for $18
Green Inheritance: Saving the Plants of the World by Anthony Huxley foreword by Sir David Attenborough
A beautiful book celebrating the diversity and importance of the botanical world. An introduction and overview of the plant kingdom and ethnobotany detailing our remarkable dependence on our green brethren for food, medicine, fuel, and even clean air. Discusses a broad spectrum of conservation issues. Lavishly illustrated with gorgeous paintings and photos. An excellent book to deepen your understanding of our green inheritance.
Softcover, color illustrations, 192 pages $30 SALE PRICE! $12 (2 lbs)
Medicinal Plants of the World by Ben-Erik van Wyk and Michael Wink
Comprehensive and easy to use reference guide to more than 320 of the most important medicinal plants and their close relatives. Each plant is documented through several striking color photographs along with description, geographical origin, therapeutic category, historical and modern uses, active constituents and pharmacological effects. This excellent book also contains overviews of the various healing cultures of the world, ailments and their treatments, the pharmacology of active compounds, and a quick guide to 900 of the most well known medicinal plants of the world.
Hardcover, 800+ color photos, 480 pages $40 SALE PRICE! $23 (3 lbs)
PIHKAL: Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved by Alexander & Ann Shulgin
We have just a few copies of the deluxe hardcover slipcased edition of this monumental work by the late Dr. Shulgin and his wife. Originally printed as only 300 signed copies, these are unsigned copies of which only a handful exist.
Hardcover slipcased edition $65 (3 lbs)
The Remarkable Baobab by Thomas Pakenham
Acclaimed historian and author of Remarkable Trees of the World, devotes an entire volume to one of the most impressive life forms on our planet, the fantastical Baobab tree. 8 years in the making, the author traveled the world in search of the most striking Baobabs, this book is a photographic and literary ode to these gargantuan trees. Covers the ecology, mythology, religious impact, value as food, medicine, and shelter. An informative and entertaining read, packed full of spectacular and bizarre color photographs.
Hardcover, color photographs, 145 pages $20 SALE PRICE! $11 (2 lb)
SACRED AND HEALING HERBAL BEERS by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Master herbalist Stephen Buhner has produced a beautiful and provocative exploration of the healing powers and folklore of ancient fermentations. This is the first fully comprehensive book ever written on the sacred and historical aspects of mead, honey and hive products, psychotropic beers, and beers and ales from medicinal plants. Includes 120 recipes for ancient and indigenous beers and meads from 31 countries and six continents.
Softcover, color illustrations, 534 pages $22 SALE PRICE! $16.50 (2 lbs)
… BOOKS BY JONATHAN OTT …
THE AGE OF ENTHEOGENS & THE ANGELS DICTIONARY
A fantastic read, one of Ott’s most accessible books. “A radical re-examination of the history of our western civilization, exploring the brutal suppression of ecstatic, experiential, natural religions from The Age of Entheogens, by the 1600-year-old Pharmacratic Inquisition, leading up to the contemporary Entheogenic Reformation.” Followed by a dictionary-style lexicon of words pertaining to shamanism and entheobotany; made in response to R. Gordon Wasson’s call for “a vocabulary to describe all the modalities of a Divine Inebriant”.
Softcover, 160 pages $20 SALE PRICE! $16 (1 lb) / Hardcover $40 SALE PRICE! $34 (1 lb)
PHARMACOTHEON: Entheogenic Drugs, Their Plant Sources & History
If you get only one book on the topic of entheogenic plants and compounds, this is it, the most complete reference book, a dense 640 pages covering over 1,000 species with the largest bibliography on the subject ever compiled. Everything you ever wanted to know, and much more. Accurate, definitive, and surprisingly entertaining. Foreword by Albert Hofmann.
Softcover, 640 pages (2nd edition) $40 SALE PRICE! $35 (3 lbs) / Hardcover (1st edition) $70 SALE PRICE! $58 (3 lbs)
PHARMACOPHILIA or The Natural Paradises
An irresistible, even poetic book addressing the spirituality, law, pleasure and science of psychoactives. A must read.
Softcover, 160 pages $20 SALE PRICE! $16 (1 lb) / Hardcover $40 SALE PRICE! $34 (1 lb)
GOLD ROOT Heliopsis longipes
Composite endemic to the mountains of central Mexico up to 8,000’. The fleshy lateral roots produce a very intense tingling sensation in the lips and mouth when chewed, much stronger than Echinacea or Spilanthes which have similar properties. Traditionally used for toothache (very effective!) and oral health. Rich in alkamides with impressive analgesic, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, insecticidal and immune boosting effects. Demand for its insecticidal activity nearly lead to its extinction during World War 2. The pleasant tingling effect from the chewed root can be transferred to other areas of the body and has been used as topical anesthetic and for interesting erotic purposes. Wildcrafted in Mexico.
Packet of dried roots $5 (count as a seed for shipping) / 5 packets of dried root $20 SALE PRICE! $$15 / 1 oz dried root $48 SALE PRICE! $40
MUNA ESSENTIAL OIL Minthostachys andina or setosa
One of the signature scents of the Andes comes from this mint relative. This lovely plant is sometimes used as a flavoring in soups and is a popular digestive aid, nervine, cold remedy and antiparasitical. Also reported as an aphrodisiac. The essential oil is best used externally and is said to help with altitude, skin fungus, sore muscles, repel insects and to “cleanse negativity”. Steam distilled in small batches by a friend in Peru.
1/8 oz bottle $10 SALE PRICE!$7 (1 oz for shipping) / $30/ 1/2 oz bottle SALE PRICE! $24 (4 oz for shipping)
$50/ 1 oz SALE PRICE! $38 (6 oz for shipping) / $78/ 2 oz SALE PRICE! $ 60 (1 lb for shipping)
Specimen Plant, Rare Book, and Product Offerings
(Orders can be combined with other items and auction plants)
USA customers only. Most of these plants are one-of-a-kind and have been in our collection for many years. This is a one time offer for most of these plants–they will not be available again! If you are interested in purchasing a plant please email first to confirm availability- email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org- please provide your full mailing address in the email.
Shipping and Handling for Specimen Plants
First class priority mail = $7.50 for the first plant $2 each additional plant. Express mail = Inquire for current costs
*Plants marked with a single asterisk are large, heavy and have special shipping charges = $15.00 for the first plant $2 each additional plant.
**Plants marked with double asterisk are extra large and/or heavy. We charge you the actual USPS postage cost plus an $6 handling fee on the total order. Please note: Shipping costs for these will be significant for folks in eastern states (for example a 36″ Trichocereus sent to the East Coast would be around $40+ shipping but less than half that for the West Coast). You may inquire the approximate shipping cost by emailing us your zipcode.
***Plants available for pick up-by appointment – at our home in Occidental. Please email to reserve plants and arrange pick up.
For those further away, we will consider shipping, but the plants will need to be cut into smaller sizes- email for shipping quotes.
California residents add 7.25% sales tax. Sonoma county residents 8%.
Unless noted otherwise only 1 plant of each listing is available!
Ariocarpus retusus v. furfuraceus
Ariocarpus trigonus “Chaute”
Bizarre species with dark green claw-like tubercles which curve towards the center of the plant. Bright yellow flowers. Occurs along the eastern edge of the Sierra Madre Oriental and on into some of the nearby valleys. Natural hybrids with A. retusus are known to occur. Z10a
3″+ plant 13+ years old $46
Borzicactus leonensis? NL042108a
Shrubby columnar cactus with deep green stems to 5’+. Nicely sculptured tuberculate ribs and red-black spines turn gray with age. Red tubular flowers, edible fruit. Seed collected by ethnobotanist N. Logan near Cuenca, Ecuador. A really beautiful species. Z9b
26″+ plant 7 years old
$38** SOLD We have a few smaller plants, inquire
Borzicactus plagiostoma (=B. samnensis or Cleistocactus plagiostoma, Trichocereus peruvianus v. trujilloensis)
Shrubby columnar cactus to 5’+. Diamond shaped tuberculate ribs with dark green skin. 1″ grey spines. Bright pink tubular flowers and 2″ yellow fruit with a sweet white edible pulp. Native to northern Peru. The seed came from …otj back in 1993 as Trichocereus peruvianus v. trujilloensis! A really gorgeous species. Z9a/b
14″+ rooted cutting with 5″ pup at the base $32*
Haageocereus pseudoversicolor? NL051008c
Rare and beautiful clumping columnar cactus to about 3’+. Dense red-brown spines fading to gray. Very large oblong fruits with a tasty white pulp. Collected by N. Logan on the eroded hills above the ruins of Tucume, northern Peru. Z10a
11″+ plant 6+ years old $20*
Unique cactus to 2′ high. Blue green tubercles, triangular and up to 5″ long tipped with papery twisted spines to 4″. Large yellow flowers. Native to the Chihuahuan desert, northern and central Mexico. Related to the genus Ferocactus. A slow grower. Z9a
7″ plant 16+ years old $35*
Pachycereus pringlei “Cardon” “Sahueso”
Gigantic columnar cactus that forms huge candelabra like stands to 60′ tall. Individual stems can grow as wide as 1 meter and have 10–16 gray-green ribs covered in 1″+ stout white spines. Oddly, the upper growth of tall stems is often completely spineless. 3–4″ white nocturnal flowers that are pollinated by bats. Golf ball size spiny yellow fruits. A Mexican species that grows throughout Baja and from Sonora to Nayarit near the coast. Natives consider this cactus a sacred living spirit and utilize it for many purposes. Fruits and seeds were once an important food source. Fruit pulp was eaten fresh, cooked or made into preserves and the nutritious seeds were toasted and made into a pinole called “haixa” by the Seri. The now extinct Baja Indians and to a lesser extent the Seri of Sonora practiced extensive recycling of the seeds known as “second harvest.” After eating great quantities of Cardon fruit the Indians would defecate on large flat rocks and let the matter completely dry out in the hot summer sun. They would then retrieve the seeds and thoroughly clean, cook and eat them. The inner wood of the Cardon was also used extensively for constructing homes, fences, spears, canes and other tools. The Seri were known to bury the placenta of a newborn at the base of these giants. Fruit preserves were used for dysentery and slabs of Cardon flesh for treating aches and wounds. The flesh is also rumored to have inebriating properties. Study of cave paintings in Baja suggest the plant was used shamanically by extinct tribes. Easily grown. Germinate like other cacti, but press the large seeds directly into the soil mix. Bright strong light and regular succulent culture is needed. Protect from frost when young. We have found plants over a foot tall to be cold hardy down to at least Z9b.
3–4″ diameter 20″+ tall plant 11 years old $42**
Small geophytic cactus, clusters of gray-green round stems to 1″ arising from tuberous roots. Tiny red brown spines hug the body of the plant. Large pink flowers. This charming opuntiod, which resembles a cluster of miniature soccer balls, was first discovered in 1990 above 6,000′ near Loro Huasi, Tinogasta, Catamarca, Argentina. Well draining soil and seems to be frost tolerant if kept moderately dry. Quite rare in captivity. Z8b/9a
1.5″+ plant with 8 heads $26
Maihueniopsis sp. BK10511.6
Low growing clusters of rounded 1″ stems to 18″ across. A few flattened spines per areole. Less spiny and more diminutive than Maihueniopsis boliviana we’ve observed around La Paz. No flowers present which may have helped an identification. Possibly Cumulopuntia. Growing on open slopes below Puya raimondii populations, Cordillera de Vacas, Cochabamba, Bolivia, 13,100′. Z7?
2″+ plant with 8+ stems 4+ years old $24.50
Plant in habitat
Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Reynolds’ “Achuma”
Spiny blue heirloom clone collected by the late cactus enthusiast D. Reynolds in the 1960s when he was just 12 years old! He found it growing in front of a motel along El Camino Real, then a small road, in Mountian View, CA. Dave had a massive candelabra of this plant growing at his house when we met him, sadly after his passing his family had the plant cut and taken to the dump. Thankfully Dave gave us cuttings and we offer them here in his memory.
2 ~ 12–14″ cuttings $26* each
Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Cuatro Vientos’
They are many myths in the Andes about the “cactus of the 4 winds”, a special 4 ribbed plant. T. bridgesii is one of the few species that occasionally produces stems with just 4 ribs. We regularly get requests for such cuts and offer a lovely one here. Will eventually revert to 5 or more ribs.
12″ cut $45*
Trichocereus bridgesii f. cristata-monstrosus Clone B
A few years ago an unusual growth of crested tissue appeared on a specimen of this already monstrose plant. Mostly spineless blue-green tissue in thin or rounded ridges, sometimes resembling a cresting wave. Very slow growing. Each cutting turns out unique.
#1 – 10″ tall plant with 6.5″ fan crest $125*
Trichocereus chiloensis X Trichocereus bridgesii
Trichocereus giganteus KK1094 “San Pedro” “Achuma”
Upright pachanoid with medium spines and dark green stems. Knize collection from Otavi, Bolivia, 10,600′. Not a valid name, Knize named many new plants during his extensive travels but then never bothered to publish. A very rare, unique and interesting cactus, whatever it may be. Z9a
9″+ rooted cutting $28*
Trichocereus macrogonus KK923
This is Karel Knize’s macrogonus originally collected near 10,000′, Cieneguillas, Bolivia. Look like a fat T. taquimbalensis or close kin to us. Oh, the strange winds that ruffle the taxonomical mind!
10″+ rooted cutting $32*
Trichocereus macrogonus ‘True?’
Upright bluish green stems. Spines to 1″+. Cutting from European stock, this is believed to be the original true T. macrogonus clone from which the species was described. Distinct from T. peruvianus which some have recently renamed as T. macrogonus as the ever inspiring charade of taxonomical buffoonery around the genus Trichocereus continues. Z9a
9″+ rooted cutting $24
Trichocereus peruvianus v. cuzcoensis (=Trichocereus cuzcoensis) “Hawaq’ollay” “San Pedro Macho”
An underappreciated spiny peruvianoid with glaucus-blue upright stems to 15′ + and gorgeous spines to 2.5″+. Inter-Andean valleys of Cusco Dept., Peru. Considered a “San Pedro” and utilized as medicine since antiquity. Sections of de-spined stems can still be found for sale at the outdoor Cusco market for use as a famous shampoo said to treat baldness, as a contraceptive and remedy for burns, headaches, fevers, swellings, flu. Specimens listed below. Z8a–9a
All of the following are flowering size specimens in 5 gallon pots unless noted otherwise.
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A – one 60″ stem, one 54″ stem and one 36″+ stem.
B – four 25–30″ stems. This clone has a larger number of spines per areole giving it a shaggy appearance. $86***
D- one 66″+ stem, leaning a little, small pup halfway, long spines. $64***
E- one 60″+ stem, one 40″ stem and one 28″ stem, very long, stout spines $105***
F- 10 gallon pot. One 44″ stem, one 36″ stem, two 30″ stems, one 16″ stem + several pups. More slender clone with yellow spines. $88***
G- one 36″+ stem, four 25–28″ stems, two 7–10″ stems. Nice uniform, yellowish spines. $115***
I- 10 gallon pot. One 38″ stem, one 32″ stem, two 12–16″ stumps with several pups, some scarring on stems. $45***
Trichocereus knuthianus (=Trichocereus peruvianus v. knuthianus, SS03 )
Graceful upright columns to 16′ or more. Dark green stems up to 6″ in diameter. Spines to 2″ long. White nocturnal flowers, edible fruit. A desirable rare and beautiful plant from northern Peru that is closely allied with T. peruvianus . Z9a
10 gallon pot, 18″ branched stump with one 36″ stem, another 36″ stem with 3 terminal pups, one 15″ stem and one 18″ stem. $100***
Trichocereus riomizquensis BK10508.7 “Achuma”
First offering of seedlings–short to long spined. The mother formed upright stands to 8’+ tall. 2–5″ diameter stems with blue-green to yellow-green epidermis. Spines to 3″ long. Planted around the town of Totora, Cochabamba Dept., Bolivia, 9,000′. Local women call it “achuma” and use it externally to treat fever. No one knew where it grew wild. We searched where Ritter first described the plant at Chujllas, and along the Rio Mizque, adjacent valleys and slopes, but never found a single wild plant, only herds of feral goats. Z9a
12″+ plant 5 years old $32*
Upright stands to 15′ tall. Dark green stems with 5–8 ribs and tiny spines. White night blooming flowers, edible fruit. A rare species that is similar to T. bridgesii and T. pachanoi. Endemic to the rocky dry forests of Tarija, Bolivia. Z9a
12″ cutting $26*
4–6″ thick dark-green stems to at least 10′ in height. 7–9 ribs with large felty areoles and numerous thick dark spines to 3″. White, night blooming flowers. An impressive cactus, very similar to T. taquimbalensis. Grows at 10,000’, Tacaquira, Chuquisaca, Bolivia. Z9a
5″+ rooted cutting $18
Upright columns with gray-green stems up to 8″+ in diameter. Thick robust spines up to 3″+ long. Seed from the Villazon-Escayachi area of southern Bolivia. Seed of this slow growing plant came to us as T. taquimbalensis but we have grown out T. werdermannianus seed that appears to be the same plant ass well as something labeled T. boliviensis! Whatever name you choose to call it by the unique form and beauty cannot be denied. Z9a
20″+ tall by 7″+ diameter plant 20 years old $135**
Trichocereus sp. SS02 (=Trichocereus bridgesii)
Dense candelabra stands to 16′ tall. Blue-gray/green frosted stems up to 5″ in diameter with 5–7 ribs. Each areole bears 2–4 central spines up to 1.5″ long. White nocturnal flowers. The new growth on old stems is often spineless. A distinct form of Trichocereus bridgesii. Z9a
12″ cutting $28*
Trichocereus sp. ‘Luther Burbank’ X Trichocereus sp. SS02
Awesome hybrid with attractive spiny stems
6″+ plant 5+ years old
Turbinicarpus klinkerianus L1065
Dark green flattened globose stem up to 3″ in diameter. Ribs divided into low and broad conical tubercles tipped with short incurving corky spines. White to creamy yellow flowers. Endemic to a few scattered rocky hillsides near central San Luis Potosi, Mexico. A. Lau seed collection. Sadly, like other Turbinicarpus, whole populations of wild plants have been destroyed by over collection. Grafted on a Trichocereus pachanoi stock.
2.25″+ graft $22
Turbinicarpus klinkerianus ‘La Negrita’
Other Succulents and Xerophytes
Unless noted otherwise only 1 plant of each listing is available!
A recently described species that is totally unique within the genus. Solitary porcupine rosettes to 1′ high and 20″ across. Slender recurved green leaves. Mature plants develop a fringe of white hairs surrounding the black spine at the tip of each leaf. Endemic to Huasteca Canyon, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 3000–4500′. Grows in a humid locale on very steep canyons walls that only get a few hours of direct sun each day. Well draining substrate, regular water, and some shade will encourage it to thrive. Exceedingly rare. Z7b?
2 ~ 2–3″+ plants 3+ years old $28 each
Agave ovatifolia “Noga” “Whale’s Tongue Agave”
A recently described and highly desirable species. Dense, rounded, solitary rosette 3–6′ across and 2–5′ tall with short, broad, lightly cupped leaves, an amazing glaucus silver-blue color. Inflorescence up to 14’ tall with green-yellow flowers. Endemic to a small area of mountains in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, between 3,700–7,000′. One of the most beautiful of all Agave! Tolerant of both drought and cold. Well suited to temperate climates. Z7b
12″+ plant 6 years old $28*
Barbaceniopsis vargasiana BK14513.4
Velloziaceae. Dense clusters of slender, stiff, leaves to 3″, forming mats to several feet across. Leaves are dark green with moisture but turn a dark red to purple- grey in the dry season. Star-shaped pale pink flowers held on slender stems above the plant. Dry rocky slopes above the Apurimac River, Peru, near 6000′. Should be extremely drought hardy when established. Will do well in any succulent collection. Z9b?
3″+ plant 3+ years old $24
Dormant plant in habitat
Beaucarnea sanctomariana “Santa Maria Ponytail Palm”
Agavaceae. Branching caudiciform tree 12–24′ tall. The conical swollen trunk can reach 5′ across and has thick brown-gray bark with a rectangular to polyhedral pattern. The elongated slender branches are crowned with spherical rosettes of recurved, bright green, grass like leaves to 2.5′ long. Branched inflorescence to 3′ with many small cream-yellow flowers. This newly described endangered species is a microendemic of rocky outcrops in the deciduous dry forest of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. Z10a
12″+ plant with 2.5″+ caudex 4 years old $26*
Bursera glabrifolia BLM1306 “Copalillo”
Burseraceae. Small aromatic tree with smooth golden to grey bark and slightly fuzzy pinnate leaves. Sierra San Pedro, Oaxaca, Mexico. Mountain species found in the zone between oak forest and tropical dry forest. A common source of Copal incense and linaloe oil used in perfumery. The soft wood is also favored by artisan woodcarvers in Oaxaca, which has sadly lead to a decimation of the trees in the wild once the carvings became popular internationally. Still rare in cultivation, propagation is encouraged. Specimen sized plant Z9b
24″+ multibranched plant $76*
Bursera microphylla “Copal Oro” “Torote Blanco” “Xoop”
Shrub or low branched tree with thick contorted trunks. Young branches are red-brown, bark of older limbs turns whitish yellow, peeling in papery flakes. Thin pinnate leaves. Intoxicatingly aromatic sap, known to squirt from the branches when handled during hot weather. Many medicinal uses, twig tea being a particularly effective disinfectant. Specimen size plants available, rooted cuts. Z9b
1 ~ 30″+ tall multibranched plant with 1/4″ trunk $44*
1 ~ 36″+ tall multibranched plant with 1/2″ trunk
Commiphora mollis “Mugumbati” “Myrrh”
Tree to 25′. Grey to dark green bark and deciduous velvety compound leaves. Small reddish flowers. Southern African species from hot, dry areas. The roots are eaten by people, elephants and warthogs. Poles from the tree are used in ceremonies and the wood is carved for ornaments and utensils. Z10a
5″+ bonsaid treelet with 1/2″ trunk 6+ years old $28
Commiphora schimperi “Seroka” “Osilalei” “Myrrh”
Deciduous bush to small tree. Green bark that peels in yellow flakes. Densely arranged clusters of small trifoliate leaves adorn the spined branches. Small red flowers. Aromatic sap an official source for Myrrh resin. Native to dry areas of east Africa, from north to south. Elephant food. Used by the Maasai in antimalaria preparations, the young roots eaten for their sweet flavor. Sticks are considered excellent firestarters. rooted cuts. Z10a.
24″ thin treelet $30*
Echeveria decumbens v. urubambensis BK10427.1 “Loraypo”
Crassulaceae. Small clusters of a few succulent rosettes to very large mounding clusters to 24″ diameter. Individual rosettes 1–3″ diameter. Glabrous, pale blue-green oblanceolate to obovate leaves. Plants in the sun take on reddish hues, plants in the shade have slightly incurved leaves. Decumbent flower stalk to 3″ long with orange-red and yellow flowers. In 2010 we “discovered” this new variety of E. decumbens in the lush and cool upper Patacancha watershed near 12,500′, Cusco, Peru. This impressive population was growing in the crevices of rock outcrops and cliffs along with Tillandsia species, a shrubby form of Oxalis peduncularis, and a Dendropanax shrub. Possibly the hardiest of the Cusco species, we have only offered this a few times. Z8b/9a?
2″+ plant 3–4 years old $20
Echeveria sp. RM270
Awesome undescribed species from San Juan, Cajamarca, Peru. One of the largest, stems to 18″+ tall, blue-green rosettes to 12″+ across. 12–18″+ tall spires of gorgeous reddish flowers. Z9b?
5″+ tall plants with 4″+ rosette $24
Ephedra aff. pulvinaris JJH0709113
Miniature species, Halda says it is the tiniest, bluish creeping cushions, orange-red fruit. 15,500′ alpine moraines, East Pamir, Kirghizia, Tadjikistan. Z5a
7″+ diameter cushion plant 7 years old $24.50
Fockea edulis “Bergkambroo”
Asclepiadaceae. Develops a large warty caudex/tuber up to a foot in diameter and several feet long. A mass of twining stems arise from the top of the caudex. Small unusual star like flowers. This oddity has a long history as an important food and water source for the tribal people of South Africa and has contributed over the ages to human survival in the Kalahari desert. The caudex is eaten fresh, baked like sweet potato and made into a chunky jam. Easily grown and a favorite among caudiciphiles. Tolerant of mild frost if well mulched. Z9b
Plant with 1.75″+ wide, 4″+ tall caudex 6+ years old $35*
Hechtia sp. ‘Colima’
Bromeliaceae. Dark green to purple-brown rosettes of recurved leaves with silver flecking. Yellow marginal thorns. Flowers not yet seen. Seed from Colima, Mexico. Z9b/10a?
12″ diameter plant 4+ years old $34
Hechtia sp. ‘El Mate’
Jatropha vernicosa “Lomboy Colorado” “Sangre de Drago”
Euphorbiaceae. Multibranched pachycaul shrub 5 to 15′ tall. Thick succulent stems with gray to red-brown bark. Shiny dark green leaves, drought deciduous. Small reddish flowers and rounded seed pods. Endemic to the Cape Mountains of southern Baja where it is a key species of the unique dry forest ecosystem. Related to the famed Amazonian “Sangre de Drago” (Croton lechleri), the free flowing liquid sap of the plant is a panacea, used for all manner of topical wound healing, internal ulcers, sore throats, etc. Very drought hardy and easily grown. This species is mildly cold tolerant. Z9b
24″+ plant 6 years old $48
Ochagavia elegans “Ajo Dulcie”
Bromeliaceae. Handsome small rosettes of green to silvery pointed leaves. Compact cluster of dark pink flowers in the center of the rosette followed by sweet edible fruit that looks like a garlic bulb, hence the local name “ajo dulcie”. This pineapple relative is endemic solely to Robinson Crusoe Island. Here it forms large dense colonies on rocks and sheer cliff faces. New to cultivation. An awesome rarity that will make a unique edible ornamental for the adventurous grower. Z8b/9a?
8″+ plant 4–5 years old $36
Puya aff. humilis BK10509.18
Mounds to 6–8′ across, 3–4′ high. Individual rosettes to about 2′ wide with slender, serrated, grey leaves. Inflorescence 10–16″ tall with reddish bracts, actual flowers unseen but likely deep blue or green. Looks like P. humilis, yet was larger than that species is reported. Open north facing rocky slopes between Inkallajta and Monte Puncu, Cochabamba, Bolivia, 10,000′. Z8a/b
2 ~ 6″+ plants 5 years old $20 each
Sceletium subvelutinum “Kougoed” “Kanna”
Aizoaceae. Low growing succulent shrub with flattened and elongated gray-green leaves. Thick tuberous caudex forming roots and large flowers, yellow to pale orange in color. A rare and unusual species with a unique chemical composition. Z9b
6″+ multibranched plant with 2″+ caudex 12 years old $26
Small sprawling shrub with flat, pale green leaves. Shiny white flowers. The San and Khoi people of South Africa have a long history of using the plant as a hunger and thirst suppressant, analgesic, treatment for colic, and most importantly as a highly esteemed inebrient. The traditional manner of preparation is as follows: The whole plant is crushed between rocks, then placed in a bag and put in the sun to sweat. After a week of “fermenting” the “Kougoed” is removed from the bag and spread out to dry completely. Sceletium is known to contain potentially harmful amounts of oxalic acids which the preparation process is thought to reduce. The prepared dried material is chewed, smoked or occasionally taken as a tea or snuff. The effects are reported as quite pleasant and relaxing, decreasing anxiety, stress and tension. No severe adverse effects have been reported, even from chronic use of the plant. In fact, indigenous healers are known to use “Kougoed” to successfully treat alcoholism. Recent pharmacological research has shown Sceletium to be highly complex chemically, with as many as 9 alkaloids that are found to fluctuate seasonally. Modern science is looking at the anxiolytic and antidepressant properties of Sceletium alkaloids as well as their potential anti-cancer activity. Sceletium is now being marketed as a highly effective and safe natural supplement to elevate and regulate mood. Plant gatherers have observed that wild populations of S. tortuosum are becoming increasingly scarce, likely due to over collection. Protection through cultivation is encouraged. Z9a
#1 – 8″+ rooted plant $25
Senecio aff. bombycophole
Asteraceae. Small pachycaul tree with swollen silver-grey trunks. Branches tipped with maple-like leaves covered in a silver-white fuzz. Clusters of yellow flowers. Drought deciduous. Seed from near Huitzeltipec, Puebla, Mexico. A beautiful plant, grow alongside and similar to Bursera. Z9b/10a
6″+ plant $17.50
Unless noted otherwise only 1 plant of each listing is available!
Aristotelia chilensis “Macqui”
Elaeocarpaceae. Dioecious shrub to 15′. Small white flowers, dark purple-black seedy fruits with a taste similar to tart blueberries. A pioneer plant found mostly in cleared forests and lower mountain hillsides of Chile. The edible fruit are used for brewing wine and chicha, the leaves for sore throats, wound healing, intestinal tumours, and as an analgesic. Recent studies show that the berries have a very high antioxidant value and they are now being promoted as a superfood in the US from “pristine Patagonia”. We put the berries in the blender with a little water, strain the seeds and use the deep purple juice. Easy to grow, prefers rich soil. A good food forest plant, fast growing. Part shade to sun. Fresh seed harvest. Z8a
2 ~ 22-28″+ plants (unsexed) 3+ years old $22.50* each
Blechnum cycadifolium “Juan Fernandez Tree Fern”
Blechnaceae. A gorgeous tree fern with a thick erect trunk to 6’+. Crowned with a rosette of stiff cycad-like leaves. Endemic to Robinson Crusoe and Alejandro Selkirk Islands where it can form dense, otherworldly forests. Needs a moist, rich, well draining soil. Larger plants than we usually offer. Z9a?
Treelet 5 years old ready for a 3 gallon pot $44.50
Blechnum sp. BK10512.10
Unusual and distinct fern with a rosette of thick compound leaves on a small trunk to about 12″ tall, like a miniature cycad. New growth is a magenta to pink-bronze color. Polylepis lanata forest understory and edges. Above Rio Lope Mendoza, Cochabamba Dept., Bolivia. This beautiful fern has been slow growing from spores, we finally have a few up to size that we can offer for the first time. Z8/9?
6″+ plant 4 years old $24.50
Ceratostema alatum “Joyapa”
Ericaceae. Shrub to 3’+ that may eventually form a caudiciform lignotuber. Glossy elliptic leaves, new growth is bronze to bright red. Clusters of pendulous tubular flowers with reflexed tips, a startling deep crimson color. Reddish edible berries. Another amazing Andean blueberry relative native to the cloud forests of Columbia and Ecuador. A decoction of the plant is drunk for the nerves. Rooted cuttings. Z9a/b
For flower photos see- http://sweetgum.nybg.org/science/projects/ericaceae/taxon-details/?irn=111670
Disterigma? sp. BK14514.13
Shrub 2–3′. Small rounded coriaceous leaves hug the slender upright stems. New growth is pink-bronze. Forms potato size lignotubers/caudex. Flowers not yet seen. Growing amongst Hesperomeles, Elaphoglossum and Baccharis species, cloudforest above Choquequirao, Cusco, Peru, 10,500′. Rooted cuttings. First introduction of this beautiful new blueberry. Z8/9?
6″ Plant $36.50
Escallonia cordobensis BK151018.13
Saxifragaceae or Escalloniaceae. A lovely shrub/small tree to 15’+. Narrow leaves. Clusters of relatively large showy white flowers, sweetly scented. Los Gigantes, Sierras Grandes, Cordoba, Argentina, 6400′. Very rare Cordoba endemic threatened by cows. The only large plants we saw were restricted to nearly inaccessible cliffs. Once a key forest species with Polylepis australis and Maytenus boaria. Conservation propagation is vital. New to cultivation, first introduction!Rooted cut. Z7b?
18″ multistemmed treelet $38
Escallonia resinosa BK10509.4 “Chachacomo”
Tree to 20’+, forms a thickened gnarled trunk with age. Smaller leaves than E. resinosa we’ve seen in Peru. Spires of sweetly scented white flowers adorn the branch ends. Growing near the ruins of Inkallajata, Cochabamba Dept., Bolivia, 10,000′. A decoction of the plant is used as a cerebral tonic and carminative. A cataplasm of the wood is used to alleviate arthritis and rheumatism. The hardwood is used in construction and in Cusco the young shoots are woven into baskets for storing potatoes. The leaves produce a reddish to purple dye. In southern Peru this tree is the host plant for the butterfly Metardaris cosinga whose chrysalis (known as “huaytampu” ) is considered a delectable food. Chachacomo is another keystone species of the mostly extinct high Andean forests, occurs up to 13,000’+. This wonderful tree should be widely planted. Z8a?
2 ~ 24″+ trees 4+ years old $28.50* each
Jaborosa integrifolia “Flor de Sapo”
Solanaceae. Rhizomatic groundcover vaguely mandrake-like. Annual simple leaves. Large tubular white flowers, sweetly scented and pollinated by sphinx moths. Seed from Diamantes, Parana, Argentina. Fresh leaves crushed as healing poultice and used for toothache. Dried leaves smoked for asthma. Said to be mildly narcotic. Contains novel withanolides that show potential as a feeding deterent in caterpillars. Sun, well drained soil. Z8a?
2 ~ Plants $17.50 each
Macleania pentaptera “Hualicon”
Woody caudiciform with upright branches 3–7’+. Shiny dark green ovate leaves, densely arranged along the stems and deeply cordate. Clusters of red-orange, pentagonal tubular flowers with green and white tips. Clear whitish berries, very sweet and tasty. Endemic to the forests of Pinchicha, Los Rios and Cotopaxi, Ecuador between 500–7000′. A gorgeous plant, one of the more tropical species. Rooted cutting. Z9b/10a
12″+ plant $38.50
Methysticodendron amesianum “Culebra Borrachero”
Solanaceae. Large bush or tree to 20′ tall. Dark green linear leaves up to 1.5′ long. Large, hanging, trumpet like white flowers with a split corolla and intoxicating fragrance. This extremely rare plant, endemic to the Sibundoy Valley of Columbia, is thought to likely be a unique Brugmansia mutation. Used as a medicine and dangerous hallucinogen by the Igano and Kamsa Indians. Likes rich moist soil and regular feedings. Z9b/10a
6″+ rooted cutting $26.50
Nicotiana benavidesii BK14516.9
Solanaceae. Bizarre perennial tobacco species to 5’+. Thick, upright to arching stems crowned with bright green heart shaped cordate leaves. Pale yellow-green tubular flowers to 1.5″. Young plants develop a distinct pachycaul stem. Eriotheca dry forest on steep rocky slopes overlooking the Apurimac, near 7600′. Should tolerate hot, dry conditions well. New to cultivation, this is our first offering of plants. Z10a?
8″+ plant 2+ years old $18
Peumus boldus “Boldo”
Monimiaceae. Monotypic genus. Attractive evergeen tree 20–50′. Ovate dark green aromatic leaves. Scented white flowers, tasty edible green fruit. Endemic to the sclerophyllous forests of central Chile. The camphor scented leaves are used in cooking and as a tea for digestion, liver and gallbladder health. Considered something of a panacea. Chewed leaves found at the Monte Verde site in Chile (dated around 13,000 years ago) show the extreme antiquity of its medicinal use. Always in high demand and short supply. Drought and cold hardy to at least Z8a.
2 ~ Plants $28.50 each
Polylepis incarum BK08601.4 “Kewiña”
Rosaceae. Small gnarled tree to 20′ tall. Grayish-green furry leaflets. Beautiful flaking bronze-red bark. These trees have a very distinct presence. A species endemic to the Lake Titicaca region of Bolivia. Seed collected from old trees growing on sandstone hills, north side of Isla del Sol, 12,500′. One of the most sacred trees of the Andes, used medicinally for tuberculosis, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Grows very well for us in northern California. Rooted cut of clone A. Highly endangered, should be planted far and wide. Z7?
24″ branched treelet $56*
Polymnia? sp. BK14513.24 “Giant Yacon”
Asteraceae. Shrub/small tree 12–20’+ tall. Large sagittate leaves 1.5–2.5’+ long with slightly serrated margins, covered in a light fuzz. Inflorescence with dozens of miniature yellow “sunflowers” to 1/2″+. Exposed margins of cloud forest near Sunchupata, 9700′. From a distance the plant look like Nicotiana tomentosa, up close it resembles a gargantuan Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) of which it is a close relative. The fastest growing plant we have tended, it grew over 12′ this summer alone! We have yet to dig up the roots of this behemoth to see if they form tubers like Yacon, regardless it could be useful for future breeding. An awesome addition to any garden. First introduction. Rooted cut. Z9b?
15″+ plant $34
Saracha aff. punctata BK08524.5
Solanaceae. A staggeringly gorgeous plant and one of our most appealing seed collections in 2008. Tree 20–40+’ with oval leaves and festooned in hundreds of 1″ bell flowers, pale lavender to dark purple with cream colored veination. 1/2″ round black fruit. Looks strangely like an arborescent belladonna! Planted at rural homesteads in the village of Huacahuasi, 12,500′, Cusco Dept., Peru, where it is grown as an ornamental. Since our initial collection we have also seen it planted above 13,000′ at Patacancha village and observed a few wild specimens growing in remnant forest along the Rio Trapiche above Lares. We are excited to offer it into cultivation for the very first time so it can take a place in the garden next to its other exotic arborescent solanaceous kin such as Brugmansia, Iochroma, Cestrum, etc. Easy to grow. Young plants only tolerate mild frost, mature specimens should be hardy below Z8b
24″+ plant 4 years old
20″ plant 4 years old $29.50
Zizyphus mistol BK151015.7 “Sacha Mistol” “Andean Jujube”
Rhamnaceae. Small xerophytic tree 15–30′ tall. Thick contorted trunks of dense hard wood and smooth to rough green-brown bark. Zigzagging branches with small thorns and simple leaves, drought deciduous. Clusters of little yellow flowers that exhale a very sweet perfume. Date-like red-brown edible fruit. Dry forest of southern Salta, Argentina, 4500′. In antiquity it was one of the most important food plants of the southern Andean dry forests along with Algarrobo (Prosopis spp.) and Chanar (Geoffroa decorticans). All parts of the tree have many medicinal uses. A fine soap is made from the inner bark and dyes made from the bark and leaves. Should be very drought hardy. Totally new to cultivation. Rooted cuttings from 2 clones. Z9b/10a?
Plant (clone B) $38
Edibles, Medicinals, etc.
Unless noted otherwise only 1 plant of each listing is available!
Agapetes meiniana (=Paphia meiniana) “Misty Bells” “Oz Huckleberry”
Ericaceae. Semi-epiphytic shrub 3–6’+. Glossy green lanceolate leaves. New growth has an attractive pinkish tinge. Red tubular flowers and edible purple berries. Rare blueberry cousin native of the high altitudes of North Queensland, Australia. Grow like other Agapetes. Rooted cuttings. Z9a/b
2 ~ Plants $18.50 each
Agapetes scortechinii (=Paphia scortechinii) “Malaysian Huckleberry”
Semi-epiphyte with arching stems 2–4′ long, rounded shiny leaves with reddish mid-vein. Clusters of thick, waxy, rose colored tubular flowers, edible berries. Cloud forests of the Malay Peninsula up to 7000′. Very rare, enigmatic species sometimes included in Paphia, it has also been suggested that it deserves its own genus. Rooted cuts. Z9a/b?
2 ~ Plants $18.50 each
Agapetes sp. SEH27016 “Asian Huckleberry”
Fat woody caudex with arching branches to several feet. Stems are covered in bristly brown hairs, relatively large lanceolate leaves. Cream colored tubular flowers with greenish rims, shiny red edible berries. A unique new Asian huckleberry species. Rooted cuts. 8b/Z9a?
Agapetes sp. SEH25078 “Asian Huckleberry”
Pendulous branches from rounded lignotubers. Small dark green ovate leaves with pale undersides. New growth is pink to bright red. Bristly brown hairs along the stems. Rose-red tubular flowers with green tips, edible berries. Another unidentified species new to cultivation. Rooted cuts. 8b/Z9a?
Euclea divinorum “Magic Guarri”
Ebenaceae. South African shrub or small tree to 25′. Smooth gray bark and green leathery leaves. Tiny white flowers in dense heads, small round edible fruits. The root bark has a variety of uses: to treat headache and epilepsy, an important source for brown dye, pieces are chewed for dental care and made into an effective mouthwash. Euclea are known to be burned and the smoke inhaled for divinatory purposes. A good bonsai subject. Z9a–b
46″+ multistemmed tree 11 years old $50**
Heliopsis longipes “Chilcuague” “Gold Root”
Asteraceae. Spreading groundcover to 10–18″+ tall. 1″ conical yellow flowers. Endemic to the mountains of central Mexico up to 8,000′. The fleshy lateral roots produce a very intense tingling sensation in the lips and mouth when chewed, much stronger than Echinacea or Spilanthes which have similar properties. Traditionally used for toothache (very effective!) and oral health. Rich in alkamides with impressive analgesic, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, insecticidal and immune boosting effects. Demand for its insecticidal activity nearly lead to its extinction during World War 2. The pleasant tingling effect from the chewed root can be transferred to other areas of the body and has been used as topical anesthetic and for interesting erotic purposes. We had been seeking seed of this plant for many years and were very excited and honored when a few came to us. Easy to grow. Z9b?
12″+ plant 4 years old $40
Ilex vomitoria SHL091023.1 “Yaupon”
Aquifoliaceae. Evergreen shrub or small tree to 20’+. Divaricate stems, whitish flowers and ornamental red-orange berries. Native to the south eastern US and north eastern Mexico. Another underappreciated stimulating holly. Related to Yerba Mate and Guayusa, the leaves are a rich source of caffeine alkaloids. Once a primary sacred plant of the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole and other tribes. The top choice for North American caffeine production in your back yard, brews a delicious tea. Seed collected by S. Lipe & S. Cody from wild populations at Buxton Woods, Outer Banks, North Carolina. Easy to grow, tolerant of alkaline and salty soils, sun to partial shade. Seed is very slow to germinate, this plant took nearly 5 years to sprout! Z6a
22″+ plant 4 years old $26*
Macleania aff. insignis DH96317
Ericaceae. D. Hannon’s collection of this adored caudiciform species, in fact we suspect that this may even be a new species! Cerro Pittier, Costa Rica. Quickly grows a fat caudex/lignotuber. Much larger, darker green leaves than other M. insignis, new growth is olive-bronze. Rose-red tubular flowers with white tips, dark purple grape size delicious berries. Rooted cuttings. Z9b
2 ~ Plants $22.50 each
Vaccinium stapfianum v. minus “Borneo Huckleberry”
Ericaceae. Creeping species to 6″+ high. Small glossy leaves, new growth deep red. White-pink bell flowers and tasty black fruit. Lovely rare blueberry from Mt. Kinabalu, Panar Laban, north Borneo near 11,000′. Rooted cuttings. Z8/9a?
2 ~ Plants $15.50 each
BOOKS & PRODUCTS
Only 1 available of each of the following
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The Genus TURBINICARPUS in San Luis Potosi
by Grupo San Luis
Awesome, heavily illustrated, full color book on one of our favorite Mexican cactus genera! A must for the cactus enthusiast. This book is exceedingly hard to find and we ended up with an extra copy. Book in new condition.
Oversize softcover, color photos, 147 pages (2 lbs)
$70 Our Price $58
ENDURING SEEDS: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation
by Gary Paul Nabhan
Collection of richly written essays by this popular ethnobotanical activist. A must read regarding the loss of plant diversity and the essential role of indigenous agriculture in the Americas. Foreword by Wendell Berry. Book in new condition.
Softcover, 225 pages $18 (1 lb) (retail price $22)
IMPERFECT BALANCE: Landscape Transformations in the Precolumbian Americas
edited by David L. Lentz
An amazing collaborative effort detailing the extensive interactions and modifications of the vegetation and land by the precolumbian peoples of the Americas. An interdisciplinary work from experts in botany, paleoclimatology, ecology, and conservation management, that reveals the secret of how indigenous people heavily modified North and Central America, the Andes and Amazonia. Thoughtfully arranged with an overview of each regions botanical richness, coupled with case studies of human alterations to the vegetation, fauna, soil, hydrology, microclimate and land surface itself. Vital information on how we may be able to avoid the ecological mistakes of past cultures and begin to learn from their remarkably innovative relations to the land! Highly recommended. Out of print, this is our last as new copy. Retailed at $42!
Softcover, black & white photographs, 547 pages (3 lbs) SOLD
EROS AND MAGIC IN THE RENAISSANCE
by Ioan P. Couliano
Outstanding and fascinating book by this Romanian professor who was assassinated at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1991!
“Renaissance magic, according to Ioan Couliano, was a scientifically plausible attempt to manipulate individuals and groups based on a knowledge of motivations, particularly erotic motivations. Its key principle was that everyone (and in a sense everything) could be influenced by appeal to sexual desire. In addition, the magician relied on a profound knowledge of the art of memory to manipulate the imaginations of his subjects. In these respects, Couliano suggests, magic is the precursor of the modern psychological and sociological sciences, and the magician is the distant ancestor of the psychoanalyst and the advertising and publicity agent.
In the course of his study, Couliano examines in detail the ideas of such writers as Giordano Bruno, Marsilio Ficino, and Pico della Mirandola and illuminates many aspects of Renaissance culture, including heresy, medicine, astrology, alchemy, courtly love, the influence of classical mythology, and even the role of fashion in clothing.
Just as science gives the present age its ruling myth, so magic gave a ruling myth to the Renaissance. Because magic relied upon the use of images, and images were repressed and banned in the Reformation and subsequent history, magic was replaced by exact science and modern technology and eventually forgotten. Couliano’s remarkable scholarship helps us to recover much of its original significance.”
Foreword by Mircea Eliade. Used book in good condition, retails at $32.
Softcover, b&w illustrations, 264 pages $16 (1 lb)
We have several rare/signed books of fiction available by authors such as John Crowley, Charles DeLint, Sheri Tepper, etc. If you are interested in such titles email us and we’ll send you a list!
Traditional woven wool bags for coca leaf. Made on backstrap looms by friends in Cusco, Peru, with color-fast dyes from local vegetal and insect substances. Quechua weavings contain a mythical encoding, a nonverbal visual expression of information through the use of an elaborate lexicon of symbols. Through traditional weavings the meaningful relationships and worldview of Andean culture have been maintained from generation to generation.
#1 – Brown chuspas 6″ x 7″ (not including tassels) shoulder strap 22″ (1/2 lb) – $36
COPAL BLANCO Bursera sp.
These light colored dried chunks of this wildcrafted sap from central Mexico are one of the most highly valued Copals. This “Food of the Gods” can be burned as a delightfully sweet incense, for purification or as a holy offering. Strongly antiseptic. This is the highest quality Copal Blanco, not to be confused with the “White Copal” from Indonesia.
1/2 lb Copal Blanco pieces $30
COPAL NEGRO Bursera sp.
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