Distribution and habitat: Kalanchoe tomentosa is a succulent sub-shrub native of Madagascar. It is found on granite rocks, growing up to 45cm (1.5 feet) tall. The dense covering of hairs performs a vital function for the plant as water conservation adaptation.
Surprisingly cold hardy, Sempervivums need little maintenance once established, like many cacti and succulents, and will survive near total neglect! Excellent for dry stony places, Sempervivums are great in cracks in dry stone walls, at the front of beds and borders, or as a small area groundcover.
Favorite heirloom succulents with odd but familiar common names and somewhat recognizable Latin names include wax plant (Hoya), mother-in-law tongue (Sansevieria), jade (Crassula), crown of thorns (Euphorbia), hens and chicks (Sempervivum), century plant (Agave), prickly pear (Opuntia), burn plant (Aloe), stonecrop (Sedum), zebra plant (Haworthia), and many more.
The definition of succulent plants is similar: plants that store water in leaves, stems, or both. There are many different types, species, and cultivars of them all, in a fascinating assortment of shapes, sizes, colors, and unique features ranging from frills to spines and beautiful flowers.
Wrinkling leaves on a Haworthia are normally caused by either no water for a prolonged period, or too frequent watering. If you look back on how the plant has been watered over the last few months you should be able to judge which is the cause and adjust.
A cousin to the Jade plant, flowering Kalanchoe is a fairly low-maintenance succulent house plant. Flower heads on kalanchoe blossom in bright oranges, pinks, yellow, red, and white on a compact, upright plant about 6-12 inches tall. The flowers last several months, and the green plants are pretty year-round.
Lace Aloe, Guinea-fowl Aloe, Torch Plant, Bearded Aloe, Hardy Aloe, Bristle-tip, Torch Aloe. Scientific Binomial Name. Aloe aristata. Description of Lace Aloe, Aloe aristata. The Lace Aloe is a wonderful stemless succulent with soft lanceolate leaves growing in rosette patterns.
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family) Scientific name: Mammillaria zeilmanniana. First description by Boedeker, Monatsschr. Deutsche Kakt.-Ges. 3: 227 (1931) Common Names include: Rose Pincushion Cactus Origin: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato state, central Mexico.
Native to southern Europe and western Asia, Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks or Houseleek) is a mat-forming succulent, that produces irresistible, evergreen rosettes of thick, fleshy leaves. Cute but tough, their beauty resides largely in their infinite variations.
Succulents are known for being super easy to care for. These plants are great for beginners because all they really require is a good amount of light. You only need to water them every once in a while, allowing the soil to dry completely in between.