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Tucson, AZ(Zone 8a)

Hi All....
My partner and I have recently moved from San Francisco, CA to Tucson, AZ. I collect mostly succulent plants from East/South africa, Madagascar, and a few from South America and North America Most of my plants are Old world. So I don't have a lot of Cactus, but there are a few. The Primary criteria for me is how effectively can a plant protect itself....through spines, thorns, caustic/poisonous sap, or perhaps a caudex structure. How deadly is the plant? For example, Adeniums have wonderful flowers but the sap is neuro-toxic. Very odd qualities is another criteria for my group Stepaliads often have flowers that mimic rotting meat and use flies for pollinators. Any way I am happy to be in Tucson, my plants are all thrilled at being here....and so a new chapter begins, So, I am looking for several plants. Some maybe even native to The southwest. If you grow any of these or have seed, and are willing to sell, this 70 year old gardener is ready, willing and able to buy. Her's what I a seeking:

Solanum rostratum
Solanum hindsianum
Solanum tridynamum
Solanum elaeagnifolium
Cnidoscolus spinosus

I look forward to being a part of the group.

Tucson AZ

Phoenix, AZ

Hi Ed! Welcome to the southwest forum :) I don't have anything your looking for. Being in Phoenix with stifling temps of course I go for tropical lol. Hopefully someone comes along that can help you. Have any pictures? We love pictures!

Maricopa, AZ(Zone 9b)

Hello Ed,

Your question might be better asked over at the Daves garden cactus and succulent forum;

Also fortunately for you , having settled in Tucson you now reside in what is likely the cactus and succulent store capital in the world. If you look at cactus mall;

There are directories of merchants ;

Even down to geographic areas;

More specifically just Arizona , note well over half this list is located in Tucson;

There are a number of other good C&S nurseries here that are not on that list . Some you will find at sites such as Arizona Native Plant Society;


Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (Which has excellent speakers at thier monthly meetings)

Have fun !

Gilbert, AZ

Welcome Ed!

Mesa, AZ

Welcome to the wonderful family here on Dave's Garden. A little goofy, but more than a little wonderful!!


Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Ed, I am not a member of this forum and don't know anything about your question. But it reminded me of a few articles...
Geoff has written I think dozens of articles about succulents.
that one's not terribly helpful but it's the first thing I thought of.

Gilbert, AZ

Yeh, we're way more than a little wonderful!

Tucson, AZ(Zone 9a)

Hi, Ed- and welcome!

Crossville, TN

Hi Ed....You might want to check into our Member List......SW Group Member List....I don't know why that didn't make a link....Oh well....when you get to know me better you'll see that I don't do many things well except grow 3 nice children and some Purple Robe....LOL

Welcome to Tucson...I am South East of you. Jo

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Tucson, AZ(Zone 9b)

I know trade is the way to go, but seeing that you didn't get a lot bites on tangible trade opportunities I wanted to throw Tohono Chul Park out there as a possible source. I don't have much browsing time so I appreciate everyones replies with resource suggestions - I'll be checking those out.
Welcome to Tucson it's a great place to be...especially in December! Cheers

Cave Creek, AZ

Welcome to Tucson.There are some wonderful cactus growers in Tuscon. You need to get a hold of Dete who live there and he should be able to give you some great leads to get what you are looking for. Also try [email protected] Dete is on that forum and Dan works at the PHX Botanical garden.

Tempe, AZ(Zone 9b)

Ed - the AZ sonoran museum has a fall plant sale that you will want to attend:

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