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February Succulents

Ripple Jade

Crassula arborescens subsp. undulatifolia is a succulent shrub, up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall, with elliptic, bluish-grey, twisted and erect purple edged leaves. It has very stout succulent branches and a natural bonsai-like aspect with compact rounded heads of whitish star-like flowers.






Donkey "Burros" Tail 


This plant eventually grows to 4′ long which will take around 6 years or so. As it grows it gets very thick with those trailing stems heavily laden with overlapping plump, juicy leaves which form a groovy braided pattern. As you can imagine, a mature plant gets very heavy. This plant is not for a flimsy pot with a flimsy hanger. It’s best grown in a hanging basket, in a large pot like mine, in a pot that hangs against a wall or trailing out of a rock garden.






Anacampseros Sunrise

Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata, sometimes known as 'Sunrise', forms clusters of very succulent rosettes. The intense rose, lime, and emerald green colors of the leaves give the impression of glittering jewels. Leaves are violet pink on undersides. Large pink flowers appear in afternoon in summer.










Black Knight 


Striking succulent forms dark, nearly black rosettes. Salmon-red flowers in autumn and winter attract hummingbirds. Dramatic foliage adds wonderful contrast to succulent plantings and rock gardens. Well-suited to containers, both indoors and out. Evergreen.

This succulent plant produces clumps of short rosettes up to 3 inches wide with thin dark triangular, blackish leaves.  In late fall to early winter appear the dark red flowers on short stalks. Plant in full sun (best color) or light shade in a well-drained soil with occasional irrigation in spring and summer months. Hardy to around 25°F.



Zebra Haworthia

Haworthias are dainty succulent plants which are frequently compared to Aloes, this is hardly surprising since they are both members of the Asphodeloideae family. Haworthias are almost always small and very (very) slow growing plants but tend to look brilliant in unusual containers or interesting soil mixes. As a result they can make fantastic easy care gifts and presents for people, suiting either a home or office desk environment.

January Succulents


x Sedeveria 'Letizia' (Lety's Sedeveria) - A beautiful small succulent branching at the base with a cluster of stems that grow to about 8 inches tall with 2 1/2 inch wide rosettes bearing many tightly arranged 1 inch long green deltoid shaped leaves with fine hairs along the margins. The older rosettes sit atop slender bare stems while younger ones have leaves the length of the stems. The leaves turn red in the sun with colder temperatures in winter but are green in summer or when grown in shade. In spring multiple inflorescences rise from below the top of the rosette and, rising above the rosette, bear flowers in a scorpiod cyme that are white with petal tips barely pink with the stem bristling with fine hairs. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. It is hardy to around 21 °F. 



Echeveria Parva grows in a mat of icy blue rosettes. Bright red spots of color adorn the leaf tips. This is a smaller echeveria variety (in latin, parva means dwarf). For best results plant in full to partial sun. Bicolor bell shaped golden and orange flowers appear in spring and early summer.

Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a good root system. Great variety for containers, windowsills and in rock gardens. Grows well in rocky, unimproved soil.





Jelly Bean

The jelly bean plant, also called pork and beans, is an interesting succulent plant that displays jelly beanlike leaves. In the summertime its leaves change from green to bright red, and it bears yellow flowers in the springtime. This colorful succulent does best in hot, sunny apartment balcony gardens and will look best as a “ground cover” in plant containers underneath tall plants with a small footprint, such as a jade plant pruned to look like a tree. The jelly bean plant will also look stunning in a short, squat container set on a table or in a hanging window frame-like plant container.






Anacampseros Purple Giant

Anacampseros growing subshrub succulent of the genus Anacampseros, Anacampseros perennial evergreen used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics climate or as houseplant.

Leaves color green, purple, red or can be more than on color, shape can be round, linear, wedge or lanceolate, on some species grow hair.

Flower color purple with five petals with yellow stamens, flowers grow on the stems








Echeveria ‘Chroma’ is a hybrid created in California. New Echeveria with great potential due to it’s exciting color and form. Looks best during the winter months. The rosette is up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. The shiny, fleshy leaves are beautiful deep rose to maroon in color.

December Succulents

California Sunset

The Succulent Plant Graptosedum California Sunset. A succulent plant that boasts beautiful coloring resembling the shades of the sky on a perfect California Sunset. What a wonderful way to have your own California Sunset everyday. 








Flaunt your color-contrast creativity with the unique coppery-orange-gold foliage of this exciting, EASY to grow succulent. Compact, trailing & ground-covering “Coppertone Stonecrop” grows to only 8” tall, but spreads densely to 2’-3’ across, making it a great choice for a filler or front of bed edger, especially when combined with other colorful trailers like ruby leaved Sedum ‘Voodoo’. Nice in combo containers & hanging baskets, too. Brightest color comes from growing in full sun. Slightly scented white flower clusters appear in Spring. Do provide well-drained soil. You can cut it back anytime to refresh, or limit its size. An annual side-dress of compost keeps it looking perfect for many years. Hardy to 28° F!




Little Jewel

Pachyveria glauca 'Little Jewel' is an intergeneric cross between Pachyphytum and Echeveria, with rolled pointed foliage of the former and forming the tight rosettes of the latter, in a beautiful shade of dusky blue gray, with red and wine tints. Foliage stays under 6" tall.












Echeveria ‘Chroma’ is a hybrid created in California. New Echeveria with great potential due to it’s exciting color and form. Looks best during the winter months. The rosette is up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. The shiny, fleshy leaves are beautiful deep rose to maroon in color.








Tiger Jaw

Tiger's Jaw lives up to its common name. The sharp spines that edge the pairs of speckled leaves look like the teeth of a ferocious tiger. Their low-growing habit and unusual leaves make a spectacular addition to a succulent dish garden.










November Succulents

Lime and Chili Echevaria


Echeveria ‘Lime n Chile’, forms concentric rosettes of chunky lime green, slightly translucent leaves that often are blushed reddish at tips. Offsets prolifically to form attractive clusters. Flowers are larger than some Echeverias, and are a bright tangerine, with darker orange outer petals and much visited by hummingbirds for their nourishing nectar.






Bashful Graptoveria


This succulent has small plump petals that can range in a variety of hues. Most come with green leaves that turn into a pinkish color towards their tip or rim. These are hardy plants that like porous soil with good drainage, and enjoy limited direct sun. I particularly like this Echeveria when it has been stressed and becomes a deep orange color. Graptoveria Bashful will be great in a container or garden setting. Sunset zones 8 and 12 -24. Water when soil is dry.






Painted Lady Echeveria

Echeveria derenbergii (Painted Lady) - This succulent creates small rosettes (3 inches across) of triangular-shaped leaves that are green with red margins. Yellow flowers with red tips bloom on stalks in the spring. It will spread to about 3 feet. It does its best in full sun, with low water requirements. It is hardy to about 15 to 20 degrees F. The genus Echeveria was named to honor Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy in 1828 by the French botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (DeCandolle) who was very impressed with Echeverría's drawings. Echeverría had accompanied the the Sessé and Mociño expedition (led by Martin de Sessé y Lacasta and Mariano Mociño Suárez de Figueroa) while exploring Mexico and northern Central America and had produced thousands of botanical illustrations. The genus Echeveria is a member of the large Crassula family (Crassulaceae), which has about 1,400 species in 33 genera with worldwide distribution. Echeveria, with approximately 180 species, are native to mid to higher elevations in the Americas with the main distribution in Mexico and central America but with one species found from as far north as southern Texas and several species occurring as far south as Bolivia, Peru and possibly Argentina.



Debbie Graptoveria

The name Graptoveria is a combination of Echeveria and Graptopetalum. Due to this mixed parentage they form a diverse genus, but most are low growing, cultivated for their beautiful shapes and colors.

Graptoverias, are beautiful and easy to grow of all the Echeveria-like succulents in cultivation. Generally, they are hardier than Echeverias and certainly fast growing and easy to start from cuttings (leaf or stem)
Caring for Graptoverias is similar to that of Echeveria and Graptopetalum.  Bright light or shaded areas are best.  Take care when placing outside as scarring can develop quickly even in partial sunlight.  Most plants can be brought into the sun if done very gradually

Moonglow Graptoveria


Graptoveria 'Moonglow' forms low rosettes of pale, milky aqua with star-shaped golden flowers complete with burnished amber tips and speckles.








October Succulents

Senecio Haworthii Cocoon Plant

Senecio haworthii (Woolly Senecio) A perennial succulent dwarf shrub to under 1 foot tall with stunningly attractive upright cylindrical succulent leaves that are pure white due to the fine white hairs covering all surfaces of the leaves. This plant is known to produce bright yellow flowers on a short terminal inflorescence but we have never seen this species flower in cultivation. Plant in full sun in an open airy location with well-drained soil and water sparingly, allowing soil to dry between watering - it is an easy plant to rot if given too much water or shade. Best not wet the foliage and to be kept drier in winter months. Cold hardy to at least 22 F. Probably one of the most beautiful of the succulent Senecio that can be grown in a well-drained soil or mounded planting or as a very attractive container plant - great in a terra cotta pot as this shows the foliage well and allows soil to dry. This plant is known from only a few localities in the rugged Little Karoo desert of South Africa between 3000-4000 feet in elevation, where it is considered to be threatened. Though discovered and circulating unnamed at least as early as 1795, this plant was originally described by Adrian Hardy Haworth (for whom the genus Haworthia is named) in his Miscellanea Naturalia: Sive Dissertattiones Variae Ad Historiam Naturalem Spectantes in 1803 from a plant he had received from his friend Benjamin Robertson who had a private botanic garden at Stockwell in south west London, England. Haworth placed this plant in the genus Cacalia (Latin for "plant" or "colt's foot") and gave it the specific epithet "tomentosa" for the white hairy leaves. When this plant was merged into Senecio by the German physician and botanist Carl Heinrich 'Bipontinus' Schultz in 1845 (the name Bipontinus being a Latinized reference to his birthplace to distinguish him from another German botanist of the same name) Schultz changed the specific epithet to "haworthii" in honor of Haworth. The name Senecio comes from the Latin word 'senex' meaning "old" or "old man" in reference to its downy head of seeds. This plant is also sometimes called the Cocoon Plant as the shape and color of the leaves resembles a moth's cocoon. 

Kalanchoe tomentosa "panda ear"

This native to Madagascar species from the kalanchoe genus makes a nice addition to any succulent plant collection, grown indoors.

The panda plant being a succulent type species grows thick leaves for water storage purposes, which means watering less often for the grower. These leaves are covered in tiny hairs that give the plant a velvety look and feel.

How it looks: The kalanchoe tomentosa grows up to approximately 1.5 ft with a thick stem that produces branches and many groups of leaves, once it matures. When they're pruned well they have a kind of tree or bush look about them and can produce branches growing below pot level (now suitable for growing in a hanging basket).

The furry leaves I mentioned are grayish green in color that have brown spotted tips. These leaves are mainly oval shaped, although your likely to see a few leaves randomly grow in whatever shape and form they want to.

Flowering: Although this plant can flower within it's natural habitat - it's rare to see flowers bloom indoors, so it's grown for primarily it's foliage within homes or offices. I have never seen one of these flower, but if your lucky enough then you will see lovely small tubular shaped flowers bloom at the tips of the branches.

Displaying: Once the panda plant matures they look fantastic placed within a hanging basket or sitting with a conservatory. A conservatory is ideal because they do like their bright light and some sun. Whilst they're still small and growing, then near windows and on shelves which receive enough sunlight are good spots for displaying them.

Last thing! Be careful with this one if you have pets or children. All parts of this succulent are poisonous if ingested! Otherwise, enjoy your fuzzy little Panda Plant in all of its fuzziness!

Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier'

Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' (Chocolate Soldier Panda Plant) - An interesting and attractive small slow growing succulent subshrub that grows to about 2 feet tall with narrow slightly concave and elliptical succulent pale brownish green leaves that are covered in tiny hairs, giving the plant a velvety look and feel. Along the upper leaf margin and tip is a raised slightly toothed rim that is reddish on new leaves and matures to a rusty brown color, giving this plant a very unusual two toned appearance. In summer can appear, clustered atop 18 in stall stalks, the yellow green flowers with dark brown petal tips, but flowering is not that common. Plant in a well-draining soil in full sun to part shade (requires protection from full sun in inland desert areas) and water only occasionally to very little. Cold hardy to around 25 °F. A great smaller plant in the garden as an accent or small groundcover plant and very popular as a container specimen or even a houseplant. The 'Chocolate Soldier' cultivar is a leaf color variant of the species reportedly collected by Werner Rauh in habitat in Madagascar. It has narrower leaves and a more more uniform and thicker dark chocolate brown margins while the species (which is quite variable) typically has broader gray-green leaves and spots or lines of brown along the leaf margins. Other common names for the species include Pussy Ears and Panda Plant. Bernard Descoings in Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Crassualaceae notes that in Madagascar it is a popular belief that this plant flowering for someone is an indication of richness and prosperity for their household. The name Kalanchoe is somewhat of a mystery - there is some thought that it comes from a phonetic transcription of the Chinese words 'Kalan Chauhuy' meaning "that which falls and grows", likely in reference to the plantlets that drop from many of the species but others believe it from the ancient Indian words 'kalanka' meaning "spot" or "rust" and 'chaya' meaning "glossy" in reference to the reddish glossy leaves of the Indian species K. laciniata. The specific epithet is in reference to the fuzzy hairs covering the leaves.  This description is based on our research and on the our observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery and landscape plantings in our own nursery garden and other gardens that we visit. We also will incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Kalanchoe toment. 'Chocolate Soldier'

Echeveria Doris Taylor

Every summer in my garden, the Echeveria cristata 'Woolly Rose' (a.k.a. Echeveria 'Doris Taylor') sends out colorful flowers that look like candies.  The rosette foliage of this plant is covered evenly with a thick mat of trichomes that gives it a velvety appearance - thus the name Woolly Rose.   Not only the plant is beautiful but it is also a source of nectar for the hummingbirds (Fig. 2).  Whenever my plants bloom, I move the ones that are in pots to a place where we can enjoy the view from the kitchen window.

1.  Soil.  Plant Woolly Rose in the garden where the soil is well drained.  Improve drainage of clay soils by adding sand or pumice in planting area.  In containers, use cactus mix for good drainage and weight.  Adding good amount of Perlite and sand to regular potting soil works as well.  

2.  Sunlight.  Woolly Rose is adaptable to a wide range of environments but the plant will look its best in the right place.  In the summer (Zone 9), position Woolly Rose where it will get a few hours of morning sun or a short period of afternoon sun.  Too much exposure to sunlight will result in washed out yellowish color of the leaves while too little sunlight gives relatively greener foliage and longer internodes.  The right amount of sunlight will give the plant a bluish green color and compact rosette foliage.  Contrary to popular belief, succulents thrive best in partly shaded environment.

3.  Water.  The plant can tolerate periods of dry conditions but they grow faster and look better if they get adequate water.  Adjust watering based on the weather.  Watering is needed more frequently in summer and spring time, when the soil dries up faster, than in the cooler months of fall and winter.  The size of container is also a factor to consider when it comes to watering.  Plants in smaller containers require more frequent watering than those in larger containers/

adromischcus  key lime

The leaves are fuzzy, wedge-shaped and plump, with lovely crinkles at the end. The crinkled edges turn slightly red when it's getting enough light. A. cristatus grows bright red, adventitious roots along the stems. 

It likes bright light, but too much sun and heat will cause it to bleach and wrinkle in a very sad manner. It needs to be watered when the soil dries out, and should be planted in standard succulent/cactus soil with excellent drainage. You can grow new ones from leaf cuttings. 


September Succulents

Gollum Jade

Unique among jade plants, 'Gollum' has tubular green leaves that become tinted red along their concave tips when weather becomes cooler. Small starry white or pinkish flowers provide additional ornament from spring to fall. Mature specimens are very compact, so this is a good choice for smaller containers and garden spaces.

Almost everyone knows the ever-popular jade plant. This South African succulent is a rubbery-stemmed evergreen shrub with fleshy bright green leaves that look outstanding year round. In late-winter or spring it produces a wealth of tiny, starry white or pinkish flowers borne in small clusters. It is best known as a popular house plant, which can reach substantial proportions over the years, but also makes an outstanding landscape specimen in arid regions where winters are very mild.

Jade plant is succulent through and through. It has tree-like branching and smooth, glossy, oval leaves that are thick and succulent. Leaf color ranges from bright green to dark green and turns more of an olive green to reddish color in the chill of winter. As it ages, the grayish trunk and stems become massive and thick. Leaves and stems that break off or reach to the ground easily root to become new plants.



Description: Slow growing pretty hybrid up to 15 cm tall, good as ground cover or in hanging basket.
Stem: Stiff, but the plant will fall down due to the weight.
Leaves: Light greyish-green to dark green appearing a nice bright green overall, opposite, thick, elliptic no larger than a thumb nail. The keel or bottom of the leaf is rough at the tip, which is pointed.
Flowers: Forms dense clusters (up to 5cm wide) of scented, starry pale pink flowers with red center with a bright pink overall, that that contrast nicely with the small, dense, mounded silver foliage
Blooming season: The primary flowering time is winter to early spring. However, this hybrid flowers, though less profusely, much of the year, or at least throughout much of winter, all spring, and most of the summer. Plants will flower at a small size and should flower each year.

Cultivation: Of easy cultivation, they are great plant for pots or landscaping, young plants will quadruple in size in one year only.  Requires a free draining compost and good light (full sun to light shade) to keep the plants compact and encourage leaf colour and flowering, is best to avoid to expose our plant to direct sun in summer. Morning sun only .Needs regular water in the growing season, but reduce watering during winter month , fairly drought tolerant elsewhere. It will start to show buds at the end of each stem early in the year but does not need watering until Easter time. 



Crassula perforata ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Necklace Vine) – This is a relatively fast growing “stacked” Crassula from South and Eastern Cape Province of South Africa north to Natal. It is somewhat shrubby and sprawling plant to 18 inches tall with secondary branches nearly rising vertically bearing short broad ovate opposing leaves that are congested at the leaf tips and inconspicuous pale yellow flowers in spring. This form has leaf margins that often have reddish tinges and is quite showy. Plant in a well drained soil in full coastal sun to light shade – needs some protection from midday heat in hot locals but the brighter light brings out the red tones and plants will flower more. Irrigate only occasionally to regularly. Hardy to around 20-25 F. This plant is called Necklace Vine because the leaves can be rotated around on the stem like a bead or String of Buttons because the opposing pairs of lower cordate leaves appear threaded onto the stems and also Pagoda plant because of the regular arrangement of the leaves at the branch tip.


Tom Thumb

Crassula 'Tom Thumb' is a charming miniature plant with tiny triangular leaves in opposing ranks on stems. The tiny mint green leaves have colorful reddish edges especially in bright light. It is topped by clusters of tiny white flowers in spring. Similar to Crassula perforata, ‘Tom Thumb’ is thought to be a hybrid cross as described in the Lexicon of Succulent Plants by Hermann Jacobsen as a cross between Crassula rupestris ssp. rupestris and Crassula rupestris ssp. marnieriana. Crassula "Jade Necklace" is considered a hybrid between Crassula falcata ("Propeller Plant") and Crassula marnieriana. Forms shrubby stems with short, ovate grayish-green triangular leaves. Leaves are very fleshy and margined with rose-red in bright light. Leaves are arranged along the stem in opposing pairs, with some resemblance to portions of a necklace. Crassulas require very porous soil with excellent drainage. In habitat, usually grow in rocky quartz fields. Bright, filtered light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods. Summer dormant. Protect from frost to prevent scarring.


Compact Jade

Leaves appear approximately as a   Green-yellow and   Radical Red

Compact mini jade grows as a perennial and is a flowering houseplant / succulent. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Compact mini jade normally grows to a mature height of 1.51 metres (that's 4.92 feet imperial).

South Africa is believed to be where Compact mini jade originates from.

Compact mini jade is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!




August Succlents

Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' - A beautiful rosette-forming succulent that has interestingly colored acuminate leaves that are a pale grayish brown with pink highlights and have a white powdery dusting, sometimes referred to as pruinose.

The leaves overlap nicely in 5 to 6 inch wide solitary rosettes that eventually grow up on a slender stem. The flowers, which appear in summer on 1 foot long reddish-stemmed inflorescences, are a corral pink color on the exterior with a yellow interior.

Plant in a location that has good drainage or in a container in full sun, shade or a bright location indoors (pink colors in leaf are enhanced by bright light) and irrigate occasionally to often. 



Echeveria 'Black Prince' - (Black Hens and Chicks) - This succulent plant produces clumps of short rosettes up to 3 inches wide with thin dark triangular, blackish leaves.

These leaves first emerge greenish but darken to a deep lavender brown and with age the lower leaves widen out to as much as 1 inch at the base with an acuminate tip that has fine yellow edges. In late fall to early winter appear the dark red flowers on short stalks.

Plant in full sun (best color) or light shade in a well-drained soil with occasional irrigation in spring and summer months. 







Echeveria 'Ramillete' is a hybrid Echeveria that forms rosettes of fleshy frosty green leaves with red tips and tangerine bell-shaped flowers. This succulent adds a bright, cheery appearance to the floral bouquet.

Excellent for dish gardens and in rock gardens. In habitat, many Echeverias grow on rocky outcroppings at higher altitudes.









Echeveria pulidonis - This slow growing succulent has stemless rosettes to 4 to 5 inches wide of many (25 or more) fleshy incurved red-edged pale bluish-green leaves that are flat to slightly concave on the upper surface and rounded below with a distinct red tip.

Though often seen as solitary, it will offset to form a good size clump over time. In spring the bright yellow flowers tip multiple unbranched reddish stems that bend over with the weight of the flowers.

Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun to light shade - bright light enhances red edges.





Lola is a variety of Echeveria Leisel which is a member of the Echeveria family. Its botanical name is Echeveria 'Lola'. An evergreen, so it will retain its leaves throughout the year. Lola is known for growing to a height of approximately 5.85 inches.

It is a succulent / ornamental that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

This variety tends to bloom in early spring.

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