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Website updated 2/17/18

2/15/18  “Malignant normalcy” is the phrase that has come to describe the past year. We are once again dealing with another unexpected bizarre family crisis this past week. I’ve been able to keep up with orders but I’m a little slow on email response at the moment, so bear with me as I wade as gracefully as I can through this current bout of unwanted drama.  

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!Illustrations 24

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- benkamm@montior.net
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!

2/22/17 
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
Email: sacredsucculents@hushmail.com
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


Sacred Succulents Plant Sale Winter 2017/18

While supplies last the following plants are discounted on sale until March 21, 2018

CACTACEAE

Ariocarpus trigonus Dark green claw-like tubercles yellow flowers. 2–2.5″+ plant 6–7 years old $18.50 Sale Price $15.50

Copiapoa tenuissima Brown-purple globular cactus with wooly center. 2″+ plant 4 years old $8.50 Sale Price $6

Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstrosus cl. B Multi-branched stems like half spined “eggs”. 5–6″ cutting $18.50 Sale Price $15.50

Trichocereus bridgesii KK919 X Trichocereus pachanoi f. monstrosus 4″+ plant 3 years old $14.50 Sale Price $11 or 3 for $29

Trichocereus pachanoi f. monstrosus X Trichocereus sp. SS02 4–6″ plant 3 years old $14.50 Sale Price $11.50 or 3 for $29

Trichocereus pasacana BK151014.1 Robust spiny giant, Jujuy, Argentina. 1–2″+ plant 2+ years old $12.50 Sale Price $10.50

Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Florida’ Peruvian seedlings. 3–6″+ plant 2–3 years old $12.50 Sale Price $9.50 or 3 for $25

Trichocereus sp. BK09509.2 “San Pedro” Chavin de Huantar, Peru. 3–6″ plant 2 years old $16.50 Sale Price $14.50 or 3 for $36

Succulents

Agave parryi “Mescal” Awesome gray rosettes, one of the hardiest. 2–3″+ plant 3 years old $7.50 Sale Price $6.50 or 3 for $15

Agave montana “Mountain Agave” Sculptural beauty, cold hardy. 3–5″+ plant 3 years old $9.50 Sale Price $8 or 3 for $20

Bursera fagaroides “Copal Tree” 8–12″+ plant 2+ years old $14 Sale Price $12 or 2 for $21

Calibanus hookeri Unusual Agave relative. Round caudex, grass-like leaves. Plant 3 years old $7.50 Sale Price $6.50 or 3 for $16

Commiphora simplicifolia “Madgascar Myrrh” Small thorny tree, thick caudiciform trunk. 5–8″ plant $17.50 Sale Price $15

Deuterocohnia longipetala Puya-like rosettes, Peru. 2–3″+ plant 2+ years old $7.50 Sale Price $6 or 3 for $15

Echeveria oreophila Blue-green rosettes, pink flowers, Peru. 2″ plant $12.50 Sale Price $9.50

Hechtia sp. ‘Miahuatlan’ Rosettes of thick dark green leaves. 3–4″ plant 3 years old $7.50 Sale Price $5.50 or 4 for $17

Massonia depressa Lovely and bizarre geophyte, South Africa. Plant/bulb 2-3 years old $9.50 Sale Price $7 or 3 for $17

Nolina durangensis Hardy Yucca-kin, caudex-like trunk, grassy leaves. Plant 3 years old $7.50 Sale Price $5.50 or 4 for $17

Oxalis peduncularis Chubby succulent leaves, Cusco, Peru. Plant 2+ years old $9.50 Sale Price $6.50 or 3 for $16

Peperomia aff. galioides BK09425.1 “Congona” Small succulent medicinal, aromatic oils, Peru. Plant 3 years old $11.50 Sale Price $8

Puya aff. humilis BK10509.18 Gorgeous mounding species, short red flower, Bolivia. 4″+ plant 4 years old $12.50 Sale Price $10 or 3 for $26

Other Medicinals, Edibles, etc.

Abies pindrow CC6800 Himalayan pine. Treelet 4 years old $8.50 Sale Price $6 or 4 for $20

Agapetes serpens Caudiciform Himalayan huckleberry. Red tubular flowers, sweet purple berries. 6″ plant $9.50 Sale Price $7.75

Arracacia brandegeei BK101106.2 Herbaceous perennial to 4’. Green/purplish leaves. Plant 4 years old $9.50 Sale Price $8

Bomarea aff. ovata BK14513.17 Vine, tubular pink/green flowers. Edible tubers.  “Lost” Incan crop. Plant 3 years old $18.50 Sale Price $15

Eryngium sp. BK10509.14 Apiaceae. Puya-like rosette, Bolivia. Plant 2+ years old $8.50 Sale Price $6 or 3 for $15

Fuchsia boliviana SHL170115.01 Shrub, large red tubular flowers, edible fruit, Peru. 8″+ plant 2 years old $11.50 Sale Price $8.50

Macleania cordifolia Caudiciform neotropical blueberry, red tubular flowers. Plant $16.50 Sale Price $13.50

Nasella? sp. BK08520.1 “Ichu” A beautiful perennial bunch grass to 2′, Peru. Plant 2 years old $9.50 Sale Price $7

Sinopodophyllum emodi Endangered Asian Mayapple. Plant 3 years old $11.50 Sale Price $8.50 or 3 for $22


February Specimen Plant, Rare Book, and Product Offerings

We are going to do our best to update this section monthly- the second week of each month. So check back!

(Orders can be combined with other items and 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- sacredsucculents@hushmail.com or benkamm@monitor.net- please provide your full mailing address in the email.

Shipping and Handling for Specimen Plants
First class priority mail = $8.50 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%.
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Cactaceae

Unless noted otherwise only 1 plant of each listing is available!

 Ariocarpus fissuratus f. intermedius X Ariocarpus trigonus

Beautiful hybrid that is a perfect blend of these 2 species.
1″ plant 5+ years old -$24copyright B Kamm 2017 003

Austrocylindropuntia subulata “Ancukishka”

Shrubby, many branched plant 6–12’ tall. Cylindrical stems with tuberculate ribs and spines to 3″ long. Each areole has cylindrical succulent leaves to 4″ long, falling off with age. Orange-red flowers. Has a wide anthropogenic dispersal throughout the Andes where it is commonly planted as a living fence. The spines were used as needles by the ancient Paracas of Peru. Versatile, ornamental and a good grafting stock. Z8a/b
2 ~ 12″+ cuttings $12.50* each

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*copyright B Kamm 2017 037

Leuchtenbergia principis

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*Leuchtenbergia

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. Study of cave paintings in Baja suggest the plant was used shamanically by extinct tribes. 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**copyright B Kamm 2017 043

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 $24.50copyright B Kamm 2017 057

BK10511.6 Maiheuniopsis sp, Puya habitat near Rodeo, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010 copyright B. Kamm

Plant in habitat

Thelocactus hexaedrophorus SB291

Globular stems to 6″ diameter. Indistinct ribs, rounded tubercles. 3–5 stout red spines per areole, to 1″. Large white-magenta flowers from the center of the plant. A decidedly handsome species much valued by collectors. A Brack seed collection from La Perdita, Mexico. Z9a
2″+ plant 4–5 years old $16.50SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 009

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

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 one here. Will eventually revert to 5 or more ribs.
12″ cut $45*plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 397

Trichocereus bridgesii KK919 “Achuma” “Bolivian San Pedro”

Robust specimen from seed collected by K. Knize, La Paz, Bolivia, 10,000′. Z9a
2 ~ 11–12″+ cuttings $28.50* each

Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstrosus cl. A

Rooted cutting of the venerable and perennially popular penis cactus!
20″ plant with two 7″ pups $66**

Trichocereus bridgesii KK919 X Trichocereus pachanoi f. monstrosus

A great hybrid, mature plants may express mutant growth.
2 ~ 8–9″+ plants 3+ years old $19.50 eachSS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 016

Trichocereus sp. ‘Juul’s Giant’

We have a couple cuttings of this fat pachanoid. Our studies in Peru suggest this is closer to the true “wild” pachanoi than the common horticultural clone…
2 ~ 9–10″ cuttings $26.50* each

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*plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 307

 Trichocereus pachanoi BK14518.5 San Pedro” “Huachuma”

The parent had dark green short columnar stems of molten-wax appearance and fans of cristate growth. Open pollinated. Parque de las Leyendas, Lima, Peru. The progeny has a very high incidence of mutant growth. We offer here selections that are seemingly normal columns but may turn monstrose with age.
9″+ plant 3 years old $24.50* SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 017

Trichocereus pachanoi Kimnach et al. 2876D “San Pedro” “Huachuma”

Wild San Pedro, fat rounded ribs and 1/4–1″+ spines, white flowers. Collected along the Cajamarca to Namora road, Cajamarca Dept., north Peru. Z9a
10″ rooted cutting $26.50* SOLD

Trichocereus pachanoi f. cristata cl A “Mutant San Pedro”

Thick fans of cristate growth. Occasionally reverts to normal or monstrose columns that have the look of molten wax.
7″+ wide by 10″ tall rooted cutting $54*

Trichocereus pachanoi f. monstrosus cl A “Mutant San Pedro”

Monstrose columns that have the look of molten wax.
24″ tall rooted cutting with 5 small branches at tip, 1–6″ long $50**

Trichocereus pachanoi f. monstrosus BK08611.4 Clone A “Mutant San Pedro”

We had a number of mutants show up amongst these Peruvian seedlings. This is the first clone we’ve propagated. Small columns with normal to “melted” ribs. Often branches and will eventually form wavy fans of cristate growth as well. Rooted cut. Z9a
7″+ plant with 2 ‘normal’ stems branched at the base $28.50*

Trichocereus pachanoi X Trichocereus sp. ‘Juul’s Giant’

One of our early and much loved hybrids. Cutting from a clone with 1/2″+ spines.
16″ cutting $$32*

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.
***These are available for pick up-by appointment – at our home in Occidental. Please email to reserve plants and arrange pick up.  sacredsucculents@hushmail.com or benkamm@monitor.net
For those further away, we will consider shipping, but the plants will need to be cut into smaller sizes- email for shipping quotes.

A- SOLD
B – four 25–30″ 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 40″ stem and one 28″ stem, very long, stout spines $105***

T. peruvianus v. cuzcoensis E

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 SOLD

G- one 36″+ stem, four 25–28″ stems, two 7–10″ stems. Nice uniform, yellowish spines. $115***

T. peruvianus v. cuzcoensis G

Trichocereus sp. ‘Luther Burbank’ “Quisco”

Upright columns to 10’+. Gray-green stems to 6″ diameter with 7–9 ribs and yellow-gray spines up to 2.5″ long. White flowers. Another plant in the T. peruvianus complex. A large stand grew for many years at the California home and gardens of horticultural mystic Luther Burbank, but was removed during a renovation years back. In his writings it was referenced as the Quisco cactus, of Chilean origin. Z9a
14″ fat rooted cutting $40*

Trichocereus sp. ‘Serra Canyon’

A bridgesioid with very fat blue stems to 7″+ diameter, spines 2″+, white flowers. Rarely offered.
8″ cutting $24.50 SOLD

Trichocereus sp. SS02 X Trichocereus pachanoi

One of our early hybrids that is a favorite. Blue green stems with rounded ribs and small to medium spines.
30″+ cutting with some superficial scarring $54**

Trichocereus sp. SS02 X Trichocereus sp. ‘Kimura’s Spiny Giant’

Bridgesioid SS02 mated with ‘Kimura’s Spiny Giant’ which has 6–7″ thick stems, abundant spines up to 2″, possibly a T. peruvianus/T. terscheckii hybrid. The progeny grow to be handsome and fat spiny plants.
14″+ plant 8 years old $35*SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 021

‘Trichopsis pachaniesii?’

A truly gorgeous hybrid between T. pachanoi and an unkown Echinopsis, possibly E. eyriesii. Upright clustering stems to 6’+ tall and 6″ diameter with 15+ ribs, small stout spines and slender white flowers with a touch of pink. Z9a
9″ rooted cutting $22.50

Turbinicarpus hoferi

Small globular stems to 2″+. Gray-blue skin, little conical tubercles and stiff white spines. White-yellow flowers. This seldom seen rare Mexican species somewhat resembles a Strombocactus. Grafted on a scarred Trichocereus pachanoi stock. Z10a
1.5″+ graft $22.50SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 006

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. Z10a
2.25″+ graft $22.50plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 325

Turbinicarpus klinkerianus ‘La Negrita’

Distinct handsome globular form, La Negrita. Grafted on a Stenocereus stock. Z10a
2.5″+ graft with small pup $25plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 328

Other Succulents and Xerophytes
Unless noted otherwise only 1 plant of each listing is available!

Abromeitiella lotteae

Bromeliaceae. Little 1–2″ rosettes of small triangular leaves, green with silver-gray flecking. Will eventually form large dense mounds to several feet across. Small tubular wine-red flowers with green tips. This rare red flowered species from southern Bolivia is exceedingly scarce in cultivation. The recent popular trend in genetic studies is to lump Abromeitiella into the genus Deuterocohnia, but there is plenty of valid reason to keep this unique genus intact. Z9b?
3″ cluster 3+ years old $24.50SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 049

Agave albopilosa

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. Very rare. Z7b?
2  ~  2–3″+ plants 3+ years old $28.50 eachcopyright B Kamm 2017 011

Agave cordillerensis BK09508.9 “Llacay Blanco”

Clusters of rosettes to 6–8’+. Leaves grey-blue with toothed margins. Flower stalks to 15’+ with curved or somtimes looped branches, yellow flowers. A heavily offsetting clone. Growing with Trichocereus sp., near the ancient archaeological site of Chavin de Huantar, Ancash Dept., Peru. Z7b–8b?
15″+ plant $28.50*

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 $28.50*September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 261

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

Peru, copyright B. Kamm May, 2014 1328Plant in habitatPeru, copyright B. Kamm May, 2014 1304

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 $28*September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 109

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*plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 359

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 $20plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 350BK10427.1 Echeveria decumbens, Huilloc, Cusco, Peru 2010 copyright B. Kamm

BK10427.1 Echeveria decumbens, Huilloc, Cusco, Peru 2010 copyright B. Kamm (2)Plants in habitat

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 $24plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 352

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 $24.50September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 146

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

Lachenalia kliprandensis

Hyacinthaceae. Unusual beautiful bulb that produces 2 flattened ovate leaves with brown-purple or dark green pustules on the surface. Erect inflorescence to 6″ clothed in white and magenta flowers. Rare species from Kliprand, South Africa. Winter grower that needs a dry summer rest. Does well in garden borders or pots. Z8a
2 ~ Plants 3+ years old $11.50 each

Peperomia hartwegiana BK08521.6 “Jalcacongona”

Piperaceae. Jewel like succulent. Whorled orbicular leaves with a windowed upper surface. 2–6″ tall, grows creeping along rocks and cliffs. A very attractive population with red leaves and purple/red flower spikes, Ollantaytambo, Cusco Dept., Peru, 9300’. Used for eye/ear infections, a tea for lung and kidneys issues. Curanderos of northern Peru consider the plant protective. Reportedly utilized during mesada ceremonies for ‘floricimiento’– “to cleanse and flower the subtle energies of the body/spirit so a patients dormant potentials can blossom like the nocturnal flowers of the San Pedro cactus”. Z9b
5″ clustering plant 5 years old $26.50

Peperomia hartwegiana BK08521.6, Copyright B. KammPlant in habitat

Peperomia strawii X Peperomia?

Small succulent stems with whorls of attractive densely arranged slender deep green leaves with a windowed upper surface. Unique open pollinated hybrid. The father is probably one of the forms of P. dolabriformis or possibly naviculaefolia. Z9b/10a
3″ cluster 3 years old $18.50SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 044

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  ~  6-8″+ plants 5 years old $20 each

193 BK10509.18 Puya aff. humilis, towards Monte Puncu, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010 copyright B. KammPlant in habitat

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

Andean Ethnobotanicals
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 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 $24.50Blechnum

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
Plant $24.50

copyright B Kamm 2017 027New growth
For flower photos see- http://sweetgum.nybg.org/science/projects/ericaceae/taxon-details/?irn=111670

Disterigma rimbachii HBG95935

Ericaceae. Beautiful multibranched shrub to 1–2’. Small, spirally arranged, oval leaves clothe the stems. New growth is deep red. Rose-pink tubular flowers borne along the stems. Light indigo-purple berries, sweet and juicy. Blueberry kin endemic to the low mountain forests and cloudforests of Ecuador from 2500–10,700’. Filtered light, well draining, moist, acidic soil. Rooted cutting. Z9b?
12″ branched plant $38.50Disterigma

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

Peru, copyright B. Kamm May, 2014 2210Plant in habitat with caudex

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 $38copyright B Kamm 2017 017

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

5 our group with Chacacomo tree (Escallonia resinosa), Pumamarca, Cusco, Peru 2010 copyright B. Kamm_SnapseedPlant in habitat

Heterothalamus alienus BK151018.2 “Romerillo”

Asteraceae. Very attractive rounded shrub 2–6’+. Small coriaceus slender leaves densely arranged along the stems. 1/4″ yellow button flowers. The entire plant is pleasantly aromatic. Exposed rocky slopes, Los Gigantes, Sierras Grandes, Cordoba, Argentina, near 7000’. One of the few plants that the cows don’t eat in this senescent Polylepis australis habitat. Used in folk medicine as a stimulant, tonic, for fever and kidneys. Rich in essential oils, diterpene glycosides, peroxides, etc. Has antiviral, antifungal and insecticidal action. Shown effective in treating a variety of honeybee pests. Z7a/b?
2 ~ 12–14″ plants 3 years old $23.50* 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?
Plant $17.50

Macleania insignis ‘Seedling’

Ericaceae. Rarely offered seed grown plant of this popular neotropical blueberry. Seed grown plants show interesting variability including soem leaf variegation and quickly develop a fat caudex. Flowers of various shades of red to red-orange, large edible translucent white-pink berries. Grow like other neotropical blueberries. Z9b
12″ plant with 2″+ caudex 6+ years old $56*SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 055

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 $38.50MAcleania pentaptera flower

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

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.
Plant $28.50

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*plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 383

Polylepis incarumPlant in habitat

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*

Polymnia sp, Peru, copyright B. Kamm May, 2014 1409Plant in habitat

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 $32.50*

BK08524.5 Saracha sp. Huacahuasi, Peru May 2008 copyright B. KammSaracha plant in habitat

Schinus polygamus “Chilean Pepper Tree” “Huingan”

Anacardaceae. Shrub to small tree, 5–18’+. Grayish fissured bark. Obovate to oblong leaves, pleasantly aromatic when handled or crushed. Sweet scented white flowers a magnet for bees. Violet berries. Many medicinal and insecticidal uses. The leaves are used in regional cooking and the fruits brewed into a uniquely potent chicha beer and aguardiente. Seed from central Chile. Drought hardy once established. Z8a?
48″+ plant 10 years old $44**SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 069

Ugni poeppigii “Chilean Guava”

Myrtaceae. Evergreen shrub to 4–6’. Burgundy colored stems and narrow pointed leaves, dark green to bronze-green. Dark pink bell flowers and red edible berries. Probably a distinct phenotype of U. molinae rather than a true species. The delicious fruit are produced in great abundance. Rooted cuts. Z8a?
16″+ plant $24.50*SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 064

Werneria pygmaea

Asteraceae. Forms 1/2″ high mats of 1″ wide rosettes with numerous slender leaves. 1″ white “daisy” flowers with yellow centers. High Andes of northern Chile. Sun, gritty mineral soil, regular moisture. A charming miniature, perfect for the rock garden. Z6/7?
4″ plant 4+ years old $18.50SS specimens Jan. 18, copyright B. Kamm 2018 059

Edibles, Medicinals, etc.
Unless noted otherwise only 1 plant of each listing is available!

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?
Plant $18.50copyright B Kamm 2017 024

Chenopodium oahuense BK10930.3 “Aheahea”

Chenopodiaceae. The woodiest Chenopodium in the world, to over 15’ tall! Fleshy leaves and clusters of tiny yellowish flowers. Endemic to the dry habitats of the Hawaiian Islands, from the coast to subalpine. The plant was used to treat thrush and the leaves can be cooked and eaten like spinach. Seed collected near 9,000’. Drought hardy. Z9a/b
2 ~ 10–12″ plants 1 year old $14.50 each

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 $40plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 438

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*plant fotos 2017, copyright B. Kamm 2017 403

BOOKS & PRODUCTS
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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! The only book on this genus. 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 $58September 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

 

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!

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 $20September 2016 Copyright B. Kamm 290

COPAL NEGRO Bursera sp.

These dark colored dried chunks of this wildcrafted sap from central Mexico are one of the rarest Copals and highly sought after for the incomparable scent.
1/4 lb Copal Negro pieces $22
1/2 lb Copal Negro pieces $36
Fotos 12 17, copyright B. Kamm 2017 007

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