Sacred Succulents

      Conservation of Resilient Biodiversity through Propagation, Dissemination and Education

Website updated 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. Lequin’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-
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 pubifloraGomortega keuleDesfontainia spinosaUgni, 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
Please note: We do not have a mobile device and often only check our emails in the morning Monday through Friday,
so if you don’t get an immediate response from us–do not fret! We will get back to you.

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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 Guide

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

GIFT CERTIFICATES are available for any amount, please inquire

Specimen Plant, Book, and Product Sale
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- – 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.
Shipping for Books & Products
To determine shipping costs, add up the number of lbs in parentheses ( ) that is listed with each item
Priority Mail- add $7.50 for the first lb, $2.25 for each additional lb
When ordered with plants just add $2.25 for each lb
Books only sent Media Mail – add $4 for the first lb, $0.75 for each additional lb

Please email us for international shipping costs for books/products;
California residents add 7.25% sales tax. Sonoma county residents 8.25%.


Ariocarpus fissuratus Graft “Hikuli Sunami”
The famous living rock cactus. Flattened stem, grayish to brownish green triangular tubercles with a deeply wrinkled surface and wooly central grooves. Magenta flowers. Southern Texas and northern Mexico. Once utilized by the Tarahumara for its medicinal properties. It was used externally for wound healing and internally to remedy fevers and relieve rheumatic pain. Pieces of tubercles were chewed by long distance runners for their stimulant properties. This beautiful cactus is believed to bring protection and good luck. Sadly, plants are still being illegally collected out of south Texas for the nursery trade.
6+ diameter cluster of 8 heads, each 2–2.5″ diameter on Stenocereus stock $115*A. fissuratus graft

Ariocarpus fissuratus v. lloydii

An incredible rare variety of the living rock cactus with smooth rounded tubercles, sometimes completely lacking a fissure. Tends to grow larger in width and height than the regular species. Very wooly center. Pink-purple flowers. Coahuila and Durango, Mexico. This fat specimen flowers for us every year.
4″+ plant $100 soldSeptember 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 013

 Ariocarpus retusus v. furfuraceus

An A. retusus form from northern Mexico with shorter, more rounded tubercles and larger fuzzy areoles. Large white flowers that turn to pink as they fade.
3.5″+ plant 15 years old $40September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 016

Puna bonnieae

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 4 heads $22 soldPuna bonniae

Tephrocactus articulatus

Segmented clusters of egg-shaped grayish stems. Very cool, large, flattened spines, reddish glochids. Pale pink blossoms. Argentina. Z8 if dry.
7″+ plant $14September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 050

Tephrocactus geometricus

Opuntia relative with mostly spineless gray-purple spherical stems to 3″+, stacked like a pile of diminutive soccer balls. Large pink flowers. Catamarca, Argentina. Said to be one of the most desirable cacti! Z8 if dry.
1.5″ plant, Clone A, nearly spineless with the exception of tiny glochids $22 soldSeptember 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 036


Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstrosus Clone A “Achuma”

Virtually spineless. Smooth blue-green stems with 2–4 indistinct ribs. Occasionally produces large yellow spines up to 3″ long. Plants eventually form candelabra like stands. Individual stems can grow to be remarkably phallic and this clone is referred to as the “penis cactus.”
Rooted plant with two 12–14″+ stems and one 4″ stem $52* soldT. bridgesii monstroset A

Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstrosus Clone B “Achuma”
2–5 ribs initially bearing 3″ yellow spines then becoming smooth and spineless. The stems reach 4–6″+ in length then stop growing and begin to offset. Eventually forms dense stands to 6′ tall made up of hundreds of small multibranched stems.
10″ tall by 12″ diameter plant with over 60 stems 135** soldT. bridgesii monstrosus B #2

Trichocereus aff. pachanoi Hutchison et al 6212 X Trichocereus peruvianus?

Open pollinated seed grown plant. Looks like T. peruvianus was the father. Fat rounded ribs, smallish spines. Z9a
10″+ plant 5 years old $26Tricho 6212 hybrid

Trichocereus peruvianus v. cuzcoensis (=Trichocereus cuzcoensis) “Hawaq’ollay”

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.
***These are 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.

A – one 60″ stem, one 54″ stem and one 36″+ stem. $120*** SOLD

B – four 24–28″ stems. This clone has a larger number of spines per areole giving it a shaggy appearance. $86***

T. peruvianus v. cuzcoensis B

D- one 66″+ stem, leaning a little, small pup halfway, long spines. $64***

T. peruvianus v. cuzcoensis D

E- one 60″ stem, one 38″ stem and one 26″ stem, very long, stout spines $105***

T. peruvianus v. cuzcoensis E

F- 10 gallon pot. One 42″ stem, one 36″ stem, two 28″ stems, one 15″ stem + several pups. More slender clone with yellow spines. $88***

T. peruvianus v. cuzcoensis F

G- one 36″ stem, four 24–26″ stems, two 6–9″ stems. Nice uniform, yellowish spines. $115***

T. peruvianus v. cuzcoensis G

I- 10 gallon pot. One 36″ stem, one 30″ 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 14″ stem and one 16″ stem. $100***
 ***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.

T. knuthianus

Trichocereus totorensis

Large plant to 12’+ tall, 10–12″ diameter stems. Many dark green ribs, densely spined with 1–2″ yellow/orange to white spines. Part of the T. tarijensis complex. Rare, endangered species that grows in remnant Polylepis tomentella ssp. incanoides forests near Totora, Cochabamba, Bolivia. This seed grown plant is a bit spinier than the wild populations we’ve seen. Z8a
12″+ plant 9 years old $32* sold

Trichocereus tulhuayacensis KK337 (B13)

A very spiny upright peruvianoid from Huachac, Peru. A cutting was given to us by a friend who had gotten a small piece from Knize in Lima, Peru for $100! We were pleasantly surprised when the plant finally flowered in 2008, with a bizarre red blossom–very unusual for peruvianus kin. Z8b
13″+ rooted cutting with pup $54* SOLD!

Trichocereus uyupampensis? BBG60.0450

Unique arborescent peruvianoid to 15’+. Olive green stems 3–4″ in diameter and 5–9 ribs. Spines 1–3″ long. White flowers. We got this plant from a Berkeley Botanical Garden sale many years ago but we question the name it came with since it does not fit Backeberg’s description for the species. Z9a
12″+ cutting $24*

Trichocereus uyupampensis

Trichopsis sp.?’

An old hybrid from Ed Gay’s collection-A cross between an unknown Trichocereus and Echinopsis. Dark green, upright clumping stems to 5’+ tall with 16+ ribs, numerous small stout spines. A lovely plant. Z9a
10″ rooted cutting $25*September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 101

Turbinicarpus schwarzii v. rubriflorus Graft

2–3″ gray-green cactus with a flattened-globose stem similar in appearance to Lophophora. This is a rare and highly prized variety with lavender colored flowers and long corky spines. Known from only 2 localities near Cerros Blancos that have been ravaged by thoughtless collecting. Conservation is a must for this cactus!
2.5″ plant grafted on a Stenocereus stock $24 soldSeptember 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 060

Other Succulents and Xerophytes

 Agave cordillerensis NL52409 “Llacay Blanco”

Agavaceae. Clusters of rosettes to 6’+. Gray-blue leaves. Flower stalks to 20’+ with curved or sometimes looped branches, yellow flowers. For decades botanists dismissed this Andean agave as A. americana. G. Pino recently redescribed it as its own species based on its stouter leaves and radically different flower stalks. A beautiful, hardy and versatile species used for its leaf fibers. Widely planted as impenetrable hedgerows to fence in livestock, demarcate fields and act as firebreak. Unknown in cultivation outside the Andes. N. Logan seed collection; Luribay, Bolivia, 8,000′. Z7b–8b?
12″+ plant with 3 pups 6 years old $35* soldSeptember 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 260

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
14″+ plant 7 years old $36* soldSeptember 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 261

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 3+ years old $26September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 109

Bursera morelensis BLM981

Burseraceae. Rare species with reddish peeling park and slender pinnate leaves, A more refined version of B. microphylla. Mostul collection from Guanajuato, Mexico. Highly aromatic, the sap is being studied for its cytotoxic properties. One of our favorites in this wondrous genus. Z10a
18″+ multibranched tree $74 SOLDcopyright B. Kamm 046 copyright B. Kamm 058

Trunk of old specimen

Commiphora africana “Gum Bdellium” “Mothapo”

Deciduous shrub to small tree with gray flaking bark, trifoliate leaves, and small red flowers. An African species, similar to Myrrh, the aromatic resin is used to treat fevers, cramps, snake bite, and as an insecticide. Edible roots. Diamphidia beetle larva live at the roots of the plant and are used by the San to prepare a powerful arrow poison. Z10a
18″+ tree $32*September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 125

 Ephedra rupestris BK08520.8

Leafless ground hugging plant under 1/2 “tall. Jointed stems to 1”. Small red berries. Growing on rocks at over 14,000′, Cusco Dept., Peru. A wonderful dwarf plant. Z6/7?
4″ plant 5 years old $24September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 144

Ephedra rupestris, in habitat, Cusco, Peru copyright B. KammPlant in habitat

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 $34September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 148

Hechtia sp. ‘El Mate’

Bright lime-green to brownish rosettes of recurved leaves with silvery undersides. Flowers not yet seen. Seed from El Mate, Mexico. Z9b/10a?
12″ diameter plant 4+ years old $32September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 153

Jatropha papyrifera BK10510.5 “Yuquilla”

Euphorbiaceae. Caudiciform shrub to 6′ with a gorgeous smooth golden bark that peels in papery sheets like some Bursera. Drought deciduous palmate leaves with a blue-green blush. Cream-orange flowers. Growing with Anadenanthera colubrina along the banks of the Rio Mizque near Mizque City, Cochabamba, Bolivia, 6,600′. A local endemic. First introduction. Rooted cuts from 2 clones. Z10a
#1 – 12″ plant (clone A) $32 sold

September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 155clone A & BBK10510.5 Jatropha papyrifera, Rio Mizque, near Mizque city, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010 copyright B. KammTrunk of plant in habitat

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?
12″ plant 4+ years old $45* SOLD

Ochagavia elegans

Puya herzogii BK10511.5

Bromeliaceae. Clusters of 2–3′ rosettes of grey serrated leaves. Large club like inflorescence to 6–8′ tall, flowering bracts covered in a white and grey fuzz, yellow green flowers with bright orange pollen. The impressive flower stalk makes this one of our favorite species. Growing amongst Puya raimondii, near Rodeo, Cochabamba Dept., Bolivia, 13,300′. Z7/8?
9″+ plant 5+ years old $32*September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 266 BK10511.5 Puya herzogii, Puya raimondii habitat near Rodeo, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010 copyright B. Kamm

Flower in habitat

Sceletium emarcidum “Kanna” “Kougoed”

Aizoaceae. Pairs of pale green succulent leaves on a small creeping groundcover. White flowers. Has the same medicinal/antidepressant use as the more common S. tortuosum. Z9b
8″+ diameter plant 5+ years old  $34September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 186

Sceletium tortuosum “Kougoed” “Kanna”

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 $25Sceleteium tort 1

#2 – 8″+ rooted plant $25Sceleteium tort 2

Andean Ethnobotanicals

Alnus acuminata BK151011.7 “Aliso” “Lambran” “Andean Alder”

Betulaceae. Very attractive tree to 30’+ with ovate leaves and thick sprawling branches–very oak-like in this population. Cloud forest ridge tops with Juglans, Sambucus, Podocarpus, Myrcianthes, etc. Probably the southern extent of its range, San Lorenzo, Salta, Argentina, 5500′. Highly versatile tree, fixes nitrogen in the soil, wood used for construction and leaves as a fertilizer. The leaves and flowers are made into tea considered a good overall tonic, useful for arthritis, colic and for wound healing. Leaves and bark produce a yellow and beige dye. A keystone species that was highly regarded by the Inca who encouraged its planting throughout their empire. Vital for reforestation and an excellent choice for permaculture and agroforestry. Z8b/9a?
14″+ treelet 1-2 year old $18.50Alnus BK15

Anadenanthera colubrina v. cebil? BK151013.8 “Vilca”

Fabaceae. Nitrogen fixing tree 20–40’+ tall. Attractive oak-like bark, develops bizarre knobby protrusions on some older specimens. Feathery pinnate leaves. Cream colored spherical inflorescence. Flat seedpods 5–10″ long, large, round and shiny brown seed. The lowest elevation accession we made, near 2000′, Calilegua, Jujuy, Argentina. Abundant tree in this fairly lush Yungas forest. This population may intergrade with A. colubrina v. colubrina or even A. peregrina. Once one of the most important religious plants throughout the Andes. The earliest evidence of religious plant use in the Americas is 4000 year old Anadenanthera seed found with puma bone pipes in northern Jujuy, Argentina. The seeds are used today in offerings, as an external head wash for headache, and reportedly as an abortificent. The astringent bark is used for the lungs and wound healing. A valued timber tree, the wood is very hard and dense with a beautiful reddish color. A leaf infusion is said to “bring about a period of fervor in cows”…which we’ll leave to your imagination. Sun, well draining soil. Drought tolerant. 10a
11″+ treelet 1 year old $32September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 200

Anadenanthera colubrina? BK151013.9 “Vilca”

Another Calilegua accession from near 2200′. These were very tall trees to 35’+ and seemed closest to A. colubrina v. colubrina or A. peregrina. Z10a
16″+ treelet 1 year old $36*September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 201


Colletia ulicina “Kunko Rojo” “Wayun”

Rhamnaceae. Very unusual and amazingly cool shrub to 10′ tall. Nearly leafless branches covered in many small, multibranched, photosynthetic green spines. Tubular red flowers are borne in mass along the branch ends. Endemic to central Chile. Arguably the most interesting and showy species of this South American genus. Can be planted as a living fence. Drought hardy. Z8a
Seed packet $3.50Colletia ulicina

Colletia ulicina flowers Colletia ulicina bloom

Mature plant in blossom

Desfontainia spinosa “Taique” “Borrachero”

Desfontainiaceae. Highly ornamental evergreen shrub. Holly-like leaves, 1″ tubular red flowers with yellow tips, yellow-green fruits. Rare throughout its range from the Columbian Andes south to Chile. Considered a monotypic species with a family all its own. Used as an ethnomedicinal inebrient, possibly a delirient entheogen. The chemistry is poorly understood. Easy to grow, in full sun it stays a bush to 6′, in part shade it can reach 15′ or more. Well drained rich acid soil. Drought tolerant once established, but prefers ample water. Here we offer a lovely flowering size specimen plant of a Chilean clone. Z8b
48″+ multibranched specimen plant $78** Desfontainia

Macleania glabra X Macleania coccoloboides

Very first offering of this exciting hybrid! M. glabra has a large caudex to 3′, arching stems, magenta flowers. M. coccoloboides has a woody caudex, upright stems to 15′, clusters of red flowers, dark purplish fruit. Z9a/b
5″+ plant with 1/3″+ caudex, 1-2 year old $40Macleania cocc. x glabra

Macleania insignis? DH96317

D. Hannon’s collection of this adored caudiciform species, Cerro Pittier, Costa Rica. Larger, darker green leaves than other clones, new growth is olive-bronze. Rose-red tubular flowers in great profusion. Large edible purple berries. May infact be a different species entirely. Rooted cutting. Z9b
12″+ branched plant wityh 1″+ caudex $48* SOLDMacleania insignis DH

Macleania insignis ‘Seedling’

Forms a woody caudex to 2’+. Arching branches, new growth is bronze to bright red. Showy clusters of bright orange-red tubular flowers with yellowish tips and edible berries. Cloudforests of Central America. Z9b
14″+ plant with 2″+ caudex, 4-5 years old $42copyright B. Kamm 004 copyright B. Kamm 002


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 cuttings. Z9b/10a
14″+ plant $38.50MAcleania pentaptera flower


Myrteola sp. BK10428.11

Myrtaceae. Attractive shrub to 2′. Small glossy leaves densely arranged along the stems. White flowers, a small spray of stamens. Abundant pea-sized hot-pink fruit, edible with a delicious aromatic flavor like Ugni. Growing above the river near Lares Hotsprings, Cusco, Peru, 11,200′. Before flowering for us, it had us fooled that it was blueberry kin, an exact Disterigma look alike. Well draining soil, sun or part shade. Z8b/9a
22″+ plant 6 years old SOLDMyrteola BK10 Myrteola fruit BK10

Polylepis australis “Kewina”

Rosaceae. Gorgeous small tree to 15’+ with peeling reddish bark and often gnarled twisted trunks. Pinnate leaves with 5–7 blue-green leaflets. The southernmost species of this Andean genus, occuring all the way into the Cordoba mountains of central Argentina. A keystone species of the high Andean forests which are the most endangered forest ecosystem in the world. This particular species is threatened in habitat by a pathogenic fungus, climate change and lots of cows. Polylepis are used medicinally for lung issues. They are quite adaptable to low elevation cultivation and are truly beautiful trees of unrealized horticultural merit. Z6/7a?
24″+ plant 4–5 years old $42*Polylepis australis

Polylepis tomentella ssp. incanoides BK10509.20 “Kewiña”

Upright multi-branching trees 15–30’+. Contorted trunks, dark-red peeling bark, deep green leaves, dangling clusters of yellow-green flowers. This beautiful subspecies is endemic to central and southern Bolivia, favoring a slightly warmer/dryer climate than other species. Seed collected between Monte Puncu and Totora, Cochabamba, Bolivia, 9,500′. Growing with Berberis, Baccharis, bunchgrasses, Trichocereus totorensis and Cleistocactus. Restricted to arroyos primarily due to agricultural activity and overgrazing. Though there were a good number of large trees and bird diversity was quite high, these forests felt in transition, the mark of man and his beasts heavy. An Andean genus of 26 species, Polylepis forests once covered over 20% of the Andes up to 17,000’+. These forests were slowly cleared over millennia, massacred over the last 500 years and are now reduced to almost nothing. Polylepis are amongst the most enchanting trees we have ever encountered, their contorted trunks and peeling bark, not to mention their rebellious nature; this is a tree that actually dares to grow above the treeline. Extremely hard wood excellent for construction and firewood, used medicinally for lung issues, bark chewed for oral health. Source of beige, pale pink and green dyes. Polylepis were sacred during Incan times and associated with the ancestors, forests were venerated and protected. Propagation and reforestation is essential for sustainable development in the Andes. Polylepis forests are known to harbor the highest biodiversity of any ecosystem in the high Andes. These trees are readily adaptable to lowland cultivation. Z7 or 8?
22″+ plant 6 years old $64*Polylepis tomentellaPolylepis tomentella ssp. incanoides BK10509.20, near Totora, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010 copyright B. Kamm

Trunk of plant in habitat

 Sphyrospermum cf. buxifolium

Terrestrial to epiphytic shrublet with slender ascendent or pendent branches 1–5’+ long. Rounded, semi-succulent, pale green leaves clothe the slender stems. New growth reddish to pink. Yellow-pink bell-shaped flowers and red edible berries. May be a new species. Andean cloudforests. Acid soil, filtered light. Truly lovely in hanging baskets. Rooted cutting. Z9b?
18″+ branched plant $25Sphyro. buxifolium

Edibles, Medicinals, etc.

Agapetes scortechinii (=Paphia scortechinii)

Semi-epiphyte with arching branches 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 cut. Z9a/b?
7″+ plant with 2 stems $28Agapetes scortechinii in bloom

mature plant in bloom

Ceratonia oreothauma DH07041 “Oman Carob” “Tiyu”

Fabaceae. Dioecious tree 15–25’+. Thick gray-brown fissured bark. Paripinnate leaves with smaller leaflets than C. siliqua. Yellowish flowers with reddish anthers/stigmas. 2–4″ long pods. Dylan Hannon seed collection, Jabal/Buni Habir, Oman, 5300′. Endemic to the eastern Al Hajar Mountains of Oman. Pods and foliage are used as goat fodder. Thought to be the wild ancestor of carob and may prove useful for breeding with standard Carob tree. Z10a?
12″+ treelet with 2 stems 3 years old $32September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 132

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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) – $68September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 277

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)endruign seeds


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) soldcopyright B. Kamm 002

PERMACULTURE: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability

by David Holmgren
This significant work by the co-originator of the Permaculture concept is essential reading for students of conservation biology, ethnobotany and anyone interested in the preservation and evolution of sustainable human culture. Holmgren shows how permaculture is much more than a system of gardening and provides refreshing and controversial perspectives on a range of environmental and social issues, drawing a correlation between every aspect of how we organize our lives, communities and landscapes and our ability to creatively adapt to the ecological realities that shape human future. Our last brand new copy. Retails at $30.
Softcover, black & white illustrations (2 lbs) soldcopyright B. Kamm 004

AYAHUASCA ANALOGUES: Pangaean Entheogens

by Jonathan Ott
Classic work on the history, botany, and chemistry of the famed Amazonian potion. Long out of print. A brand new copy.
Softcover, 128 pages $78 (1 lb) (Only one copy available!!)AA book

PHARMACOPHILIA or The Natural Paradises

by Jonathan Ott
An irresistible, even poetic book addressing the spirituality, law, pleasure and science of psychoactives. Special Signed & Numbered (this is #43 (of 100)) Slipcased Limited Edition Hardcover, brand new copy!
Slipcased Limited Edition Hardcover,192 pages $350 (2 lbs) (Only one copy available!!)September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 280 September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 281


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)Eros and magic

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.

1/4 lb Copal Blanco pieces $18
1/2 lb Copal Blanco pieces $30September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 290


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) – $36September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 284

#2 – Red chuspas 6″ x 7″ (not including tassels) shoulder strap 24″ (1/2 lb) – $36September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 286

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. Normally only available in very tiny amounts, here is your chance to stock up!copyright B. Kamm 006
1 oz Wildcrafted Mexican Gold Root -$48

1/4 lb Wildcrafted Mexican Gold Root – $138

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