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Succulents of all kinds are easy to use in crafts and projects; find the latest weird and wonderful ways to plant these tough yet beautiful plants in odd and unusual displays.

Growing them in containers or in gardens doesn't mean you'll be glued to the garden hose; they don't need lots of water.

Low maintenance doesn't mean dull; you'll see lots of fun ideas and ways to use drought tolerant plants in your garden.

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Aug 19, 2017

Wife ran across these in N. California

Some have long stems, smooth tip with some reddish tinge.

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Aug 18, 2017

succulent with orange tipped fingers

orange tipped fingers

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Aug 18, 2017

Moss and Lichen - moss gardening

Moss and Lichen are the most used shady ground covers in Japanese gardens; find out some other uses too...

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Aug 16, 2017

Unknown succulents

Hi! So a couple days ago, i bought some succulents from Home Depot. I have identified most of them, but there are three that I don't know about. The first

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Aug 16, 2017

I bought it because it reminded me of Beetlejuice

I bought it in a farmers market and it didn't have a tag/name. It has lily-like leaves that extend on long stems from a bulb-like base that is covered

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Aug 16, 2017

Stem with Small Thorns

One thick stalk with little thorns on little bumps/ridges with roughly 10 leaves sprouting from the bumps/ridges near the top. About 4 inches tall.

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Aug 16, 2017


Hi Jacki, thanks for helping with my previous post. I have some succs that mabe you can help me with. Living in South Africa and not sure what these cuties

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Aug 16, 2017

Deadly Nightshade?

I´ve found several suspect plants apparently camouflaging themselves among my tomato plants. Since the blossoms are similar, I assume that, like tomatoes

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Aug 15, 2017

Help identify my succulent plant please

Hi, living in South Africa and have a few succulents im not sure of what they are. They outside on the patio and get sunlight from morning till 1pm afternoon

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Aug 14, 2017

Pink green leafy succulent

It has pink and green leaves with a pinkish brown and green fleshy stem. It was the last one at the store so I don't know if this is a healthy one. It's

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Aug 12, 2017

What is this??

So I have some clippings from my boss and she doesn't know what it is! It's a succulent but it looks like a dead weeping willow. It never produces any

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Aug 12, 2017

Flat round leaves

Can anyone help identify this? Has developed long green spikes recently..

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Aug 12, 2017

Tiny succulent with whitish flowers

I have a small plant that is only about an inch wide. I've had it for about 10 years, it sends shooters out to spread and has tiny hairs on the leaves.

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Aug 12, 2017

Large long stemmed plant

This plant is 1-2 feet in diameter, with long stems radiating from the center. Groups of three leaves cling to the stem at about 1 intervals. The leaves

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Aug 11, 2017

Blue Succulents - a favorite color

Is your favorite color blue? Then you'll like these Blue Succulents...

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Aug 11, 2017

Sedum, the versatile and reliable Stonecrop

Sedum is one of the most versatile and reliable of all hardy succulents, and one of the most beautiful garden plants...

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Aug 10, 2017

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - successful succulent plant survival

Learn all about how to successfully overwinter your succulent plants with the Winterizing Succulents E-Course...

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Aug 10, 2017

x Pachyveria - interesting intergeneric hybrid

Another interesting intergeneric hybrid succulent - a cross between Pachyphytum and Echeveria...

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Aug 09, 2017

Succulent ID App - find your succulent here

Succulent ID App - the handy little application for any device...

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Aug 06, 2017

Xeric Garden Style - blend your personal style, and the way you live...

Your Xeric Garden Style reflects your own personal style, as well as your life style; harmonize them all...

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Aug 06, 2017

Succulent Soil - good drainage, happy succulent plants

The right Succulent Soil is the most important part of growing succulent plants; if they don't have good drainage they won't be happy; most succulent plants like a lean soil...

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Aug 05, 2017

What is your mystery Succulent? Succulent Plant Identification

The correct Succulent Plant Identification will help you to look after your plants and make them thrive; ask here what on earth your succulents are...

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Aug 05, 2017

Blue in the Garden - my favorite color

Blue in the Garden - using my favorite color...

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Aug 05, 2017

Tender Sedum - frost free stonecrop

Frost Free Sedum - tender stonecrop...

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Aug 05, 2017

I haven't any idea as to what this is, please help . . .

It looks to be a trailing succulent. At each leaf node there are three leaves in a whorled pattern. Most of what I have seen have two leaves opposite each

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Aug 03, 2017

This little succulent needs a name.

It has thin brown branches and very soft green leaves. The stems start out as fragile light yellow-green and age into the slightly sturdier brown trunks.

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Aug 03, 2017

Sprouty Succulent

It looks blue/green with quite a lot of stems. very sprouty, i have named him Sir Sprout but i need to know more about Sir Sprout

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Aug 02, 2017

x Graptoveria - lovely generic hybrids

Lovely generic hybrids - x Graptoveria...

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Aug 02, 2017

Aeonium haworthia 'Kiwi'

Pink, Peach, Banana and Mango Leaves

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Aug 02, 2017

Graptopetalum - the Ghost Plant of Mexico

Graptopetalum are known as the Ghost Plant of Mexico, due to the pale appearance of the leaves, which is actually caused by a waxy dust called pruinose or bloom...

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Aug 01, 2017

What does it mean - Definition of Succulent

Definition of Succulent - what does it mean?

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Aug 01, 2017


This plant has rose coloured leaves with stripes running along the length of the leaves. The edges are wavy and have very short spikes. The plant is

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Aug 01, 2017

Queries about rosemary seedlings

I have several queries about the 3 rosemary seedlings which I´ve had since early spring, 2 in one small pot and 2 together. They´re growing well but

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Jul 31, 2017

Bright pink flowers with yellow centers and green to reddish leaves

This plant was sold in a group of succulents. It overwintered on an enclosed porch in NM and is currently blooming. Is it a succulent? If so, any ideas

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Jul 31, 2017

Help! I need to ID these two plants for the county fair

There are four plants in the container total, but I only need help with two. The first one I believe is some kind of Echeveria but I'm not certain. The

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Jul 31, 2017

Succulents - tough, reliable and adaptable plants

Succulents; welcome to my obsession, glad to have you along in my journey to find out everything about these great plants, and how to grow more of them...

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Jul 31, 2017

Informing and Interesting Succulent Articles

Read About Succulents - Succulent Articles...

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Jul 31, 2017

Small (I think) succulent

Leaves are slightly fuzzy and relatively thin. Green throughout. Found in Pennsylvania. I think it is a succulent, but I have no idea what kind.

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Jul 31, 2017

Possibly some form of Haworthia

Green fleshy leaves with small light spikes over each leaves. Lots of smaller ones growing around base. Large stem protruding currently but it looks a

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Jul 30, 2017

Succulent Crafts E-Course - find out how to make unique succulent crafts

Enroll now in the Succulent Crafts E-Course - 10 installments of unique and unusual crafts, full tutorials

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Jul 30, 2017

New house - What is the plant

It has long stems about 3 or 4 cms in diameter. It looks dry at the bottom. Heads are between 4 or 6 inches in diameter. Don't really know what to

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Jul 30, 2017

Do you have an Aeonium plant in your succulent collection?

You need an Aeonium Plant or two in your succulent collection...

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Jul 28, 2017

spear shaped leaves

About four inches tall with a greenish purple stem and one and a half inch long spear shaped leaves. The plant was free but it didn't have a name. In

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Jul 28, 2017

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

Download the Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book and learn the Horticulturists secrets...

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Jul 27, 2017

Getting Started - see these pages about succulents first

Overwhelmed and baffled at all the information about succulents? See these pages first; Getting Started doesn't have to be difficult...

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Jul 25, 2017

Peperomia - classic favorites for terrarium plantings

Peperomia are a genus of a wide variation of interesting, textured and easy going succulent house plants

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Jul 25, 2017

Shrubs for Xeriscaping - very best hardy shrubs for the dry garden

Shrubs for Xeriscaping are commonly grown in your garden; do you recognize them? Choose from a wide palette of sizes and shapes, textures and colors...

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Jul 22, 2017

Wildflower Identification; what is that gorgeous native plant?

Wildflower Identification is a fascinating journey into native plant gardening; learning what that gorgeous flower is can be the start of a fascinating hobby...

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Jul 21, 2017

Echeveria pulidonis - pink pin stripes on a pretty green species

Echeveria pulidonis is an odd succulent plant; don't let those pretty pink pin stripes fool you; this is one tough cookie...

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