it looks like a string bean

by Sharon
(Chicago)

unidentified succulent

unidentified succulent

This plant looks like string beans and almost like a pencil cactus - what is it?

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Nov 05, 2010
Not a stranger anymore
by: Jacki

Hi Sharon - have a look on this page on Miscellaneous Succulent Plants and look at the picture of Senecio mandraliscae - is this the same plant?

Oct 28, 2012
same plant
by: Teresa

what is the name of this plant and how big does it grow

Teresa, we're still trying to figure it out! If it's Senecio mandraliscae, depending on if you are gardening in a warm climate where it grows outdoors all year it can reach about 2' tall (60 cm) but if it's grown as an indoor plant through the winter, it doesn't mind being pruned to keep it smaller.
Jacki

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unknown succulent please help

by justina
(columbus ohio)


the plant is mostly green with tinges of purple. The leaves are round and thick. its almost 3 inches tall.

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May 24, 2010
It's a Pachyveria!
by: Jacki

Your little plant is on this page - scroll down until you get to Pachyveria glauca 'Little Jewel' and see if you recognize it. From your picture, this looks like it. Also see Echeveria haagai tolimanensis if your plant seems to have fatter and more rounded leaves.

Jun 15, 2010
Question
by: Deb

I have this plant but leaves are dark green with mottling. Need to send a photo when I get a digital camera.

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Mystery Plant





Hi, we got this really unique mystery plant from our local garden nursery (they plant all the pots at our office) however, nobody seems to know what it is or how we ended up with it. Any idea of its name would be great.

It has both bright pink and peach to pale yellow flowers, which open up in full sun, and then close up as shown in the pics when it comes into shade or a cloudy day. It has a trailing ground cover type of growth, with vivid purple pink stems and sage green leaves.

It's an odd plant, but we like it, and want to ensure we are caring for it properly.


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Stephanie, this is Mesembryanthemum, or the Livingstone Daisy. Several plants that are similar go by the same common name, which does cause some confusion. The one I know from childhood has crystal like leaves, with a funny rubbery texture. Yours may be a little different, but they all like the same type of cultivation.

They are desert plants, originating in parts of South Africa, thriving and blooming as long as the sun shines, and they love well drained soil and drought.

Grown as annuals (plants that bloom and set seed and die in one season) in our climate, they make great container plants. You've noted the trait of opening their blooms in the sun and closing up again as evening falls. They are easy to grow from seed, quite often re-seeding themselves if the seed pods are left.

Probably what happened is exactly this, some seeds fell into the planter as it was being planted, and you got a surprise gift.

Enjoy your lovely little daisy blooms while they last.

Jacki

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Succulent with Bell Like Flowers

by Sherrie




Hi,

I have been trying to identify this plant for some months now, but haven't had any luck.

I've had it for three years, but last year was the first time it flowered. It doesn't grow very fast, but is very hardy.

If you could give me any information, I'd be very grateful.

Many thanks,

Sherrie


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Sherrie, what a neat plant! I really don't know what it could be; the leaves with the scalloped edges are similar to some of the Kalanchoe genus, but the flowers are very distinctive little bells. Although many Kalanchoe have bell-like blooms, they are usually in a cluster, not in twos and threes. Sorry I can't help you, but I'll keep looking, or maybe another visitor will be able to help.

Jacki

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May 06, 2011
kalanchoe fedtschenkoi
by: jacquie

kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

May 08, 2011
Thanks Jackie!
by: Sherrie

Hi Jackie,

Thanks so much for solving the mystery for me!

It's great to finally know what my plant is.

Take care,

All the best,

Sherrie


Aug 13, 2012
WOW..
by: Anonymous

I have also had a hard time identifying my kalanchoe fedtschenkoi. Thank you for taking the time to put this up. :)

Feb 05, 2013
succulent ID
by: sheryl

The plant that you have in the pot is a cotyledon. They are extremely diverse in shape and form. If you look up cotyledon on the net you will find what you are looking for.

Feb 06, 2013
Cotyledon info
by: Sherrie

Thanks for the feedback :-)

Wish I'd posted on here earlier!

Best,

Sherrie

Nov 02, 2014
Thanks!
by: Andrea

Many thanks for posting the answer. I just found these growing in a small forrest of the high Andes, Ecuador

Aug 30, 2015
flowers
by: jessie

I believe that is called a blue jean plant i have several of them

Feb 10, 2017
My Advice...
by: Tanya

My daughter brought me a 3" cutting from her plant in New Orleans. I put it in a pot and watered with fertilizer and within a year it grew very large and produced many small bell shaped pink flowers. Feed your plant on a regular basis and it will grow very fast and I used a all purpose plant fertilizer.

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Roadside Greenhouse Succulent


I bought this at a roadside greenhouse in the Hudson Valley. This succulent has bright green leaves, small bright red flowers and a trailing habit. I don't know what it is; I would like to get more!


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Based on the flower type (daisy like) and the leaves without a discernible mid rib, this could be one of the many Mesembryanthemum family that are grown as annuals for hanging baskets and summer displays. Native to South Africa, they are drought resistant, and sun loving, with bright flowers to attract pollinators. The blooms mostly close at night or on cloudy days.

This one looks like Aptenia cordifolia, the heartleaf ice plant or this one Aptenia cordifolia 'Red Apple' .

I'm not sure what your climate zone is where you are, but it looks as though it could be winter hardy even in places that get a really light frost - that would be perfect for getting a head start on your hanging baskets.

Happy Gardening!
Jacki


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Jul 21, 2016
I have the same plant.
by: Lilly of the Valley

I have the same plant, it was the only one in the nursery. It is just georgous!!! and requires little care other than regular watering and a sunny spot.
It is doing so well in our drought like conditions this summer.
I am going to see if it will winter over in my solarium.

Sep 07, 2016
Same plant
by: Mr. Green Jeans

I have the same plant it is winter hardy and a year rounder. I was deployed for 9 months and it struggled it is now full and beautiful again but is not flowering any suggestions?

Sep 07, 2016
Flowering
by: Jacki

Mr. Green Jeans, these plants most likely have a flowering season (if I could pin down exactly what it is I could tell you what that is) but generally, plants will go through a vegetative growth stage (which it sounds like yours is doing) and in the next couple of months, with the right conditions, it will start to flower again.

You don't say where you are, but if it's warm and bright where you grow the plant, that should trigger it. Good luck!

Sep 07, 2016
Flowering
by: Jacki

Mr. Green Jeans, these plants most likely have a flowering season (if I could pin down exactly what the plant is I could tell you what that is) but generally, plants will go through a vegetative growth stage (which it sounds like yours is doing) and in the next couple of months, with the right conditions, it will start to flower again.

You don't say where you are, but if it's warm and bright where you grow the plant, that should trigger it. Good luck!

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What Am I?


I just purchased this succulent from a plant show. There was no information there about it. As you can see from the picture, there are multiple plants in the pot. To me, it looks like a variety of an aloe plant. It's a frosty green leaf with darker green spots.


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Very pretty! It's not an Aloe, based on the bloom sprays and the colour and pattern of the spots. Does it have thorn like projections along the edges of the leaves? This is a typical Aloe characteristic, more in some cases, less in others.

It resembles Ledebouria socialis more than anything, as they have similar markings. If it's got bulb like thickenings on the base of each stem, and is around 10-15cm tall, this could be it. It's also known as Silver Squill (what a cool name!)

Check this picture and Wikipedia entry about Ledebouria socialis and another one here from Daves Garden website.

Hope this helps you identify your beautiful plant - Jacki


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Apr 25, 2016
lily of the valley
by: nlgplants

looks like lily of the valley :)
same as i have growing

Oct 03, 2016
Scilla violacea
by: Melflower

Scilla violacea

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Small pink leaves and tiny elongated pink/red flowers

by Greg Halbeisen
(Fort Mohave, AZ, USA)

Gregs strange succulent plant

Gregs strange succulent plant

I found this plant while hiking and was able to bring it home and plant it and it is flourishing. It has leaves that start out small and pink and then turn green as it matures. It has grown a long stalk with a bunch of tiny, elongated pink/red flowers. I have looked all over the web for anything similar and cannot find it. Any ideas?


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Greg, Thanks for persisting in the attempt to send the picture! There is a size limit, so you need to edit the picture down to less than 100kb to upload it.

Anyway, here it is - what a gem! I can't believe you found it out in the wilderness, because it seems to be some type of Echeveria, judging from the flowers. See the pictures on Echeveria species page. They show the same flower stalk and bell like blooms.

As you found it somewhere out in the boonies, we will never know how it got there, or what the parents are, but you rescued it and gave it a home.
Jacki

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May 02, 2011
Thank You!
by: Greg Halbeisen

Jacki,
I am thrilled that you were able to identify my mystery plant. A little more information for you. It was the only one around that we could find and it was on a high cliff above a small waterfall. We found it in a place called Christmas Tree Pass in Grapevine Canyon just outside Laughlin, Nevada. The canyon walls are coved with petroglyphs and this place holds significant meanings for the Indians in our area. All this just makes it more special. As I said it is doing really well since we transplanted it and I hope it continues to flourish. Thanks again for your help!

Apr 19, 2012
Dudleya
by: Ronaele

This is a Dudleya, can't tell which one by the picture. May be a CITES plant.

Apr 19, 2012
Thanks again!
by: Greg Halbeisen

Thanks Ronaele for posting your note about my mysterious plant. I just spent an hour on line looking up more information and pictures however, the CITES site is way confusing and difficult to use. Anyway, I find it even more interesting now and will continue my research. It is thriving in the pot that I put it in and doubled in size and getting ready to bloom again. Any other information you could share would be appreciated. I will post some better pics of it. Thanks again!

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Unknown succulent - variegated leaves

by Bridgette
(Army base in South Korea)

Unknown succulent - variegated

Unknown succulent - variegated

Unknown succulent - variegated

Variegated leaves, almost perfectly symmetrical pattern. Leaves seem to be shaped to channel water to the base of the plant.








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Apr 30, 2011
Still no idea what it is....
by: Bridgette

Can anyone help with the name of this plant? I still have not found another one like it, and I have not found a picture anywhere to identify it. I'm very interested in finding out exactly what it is.

Update: Since I posted the original pictures, the plant has started "budding" on the edges of the leaves. The buds do not look like flowers, but more like new leaves. Very strange. Any help identifying this plant would be appreciated.

Apr 30, 2011
I know what it is!
by: Jacki

Hi Bridgette, check out this page on spotted leaves with tiny baby plants - do any of these look similar?

Your plant is one of the same type, a Kalanchoe. As far as I know, even though there are several species, this genus is the only one with this characteristic of the baby plants growing on the edges of the leaves.

Sorry about that, the shape of the leaves threw me off, but hopefully you can pin down the correct name now.





Mar 14, 2012
In my area...
by: Samantha

...which is the midwest, we call those Mother of Millions or Mother of Hundreds. They grow everywhere, including in the carpet!

Oct 16, 2014
It's Donkey Ears
by: cindy

This is a large member of the Kalanchoe family, commonly known as "donkey ears" or "mule ears". It will produce offsets on the leaves to make new plants. It's very tough and forgiving.

Mar 22, 2016
re plant id
by: Theresa

several names for this plant. one of them is "mother of a thousand."

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Unlabeled Succulents

by Amanda
(Chatman)





I'm sort of new to succulent plant ownership. I've had a well-established Aloe vera for a few months now that's doing very well, so I wanted to try expanding. However, I'm not entirely sure what I have.

The first image is all four plants. One's around 4' tall and red on the top, I understand that's a grafted cactus. The remaining three are all fuzzy.

Any help would be much appreciated, and thank you!

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Oct 14, 2010
That's how it starts...
by: Jacki

You start with one, then think, oh I like that - it's so easy to grow, and before you know it, your collection numbers in the hundreds. Welcome to our obsession!

Your plants are 1) as you say, a grafted cactus (not my field of expertise, so I can't help there) then going clockwise; b) a Pachyveria; c) Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg' and finally; c) another Echeveria which I'm not certain of the species or variety.

Find out more about how to grow Echeveria here.

Nov 22, 2010
your unlabeled succulents
by: anja

the grafted cactus is known as Gymnocalycium mihanovichii 'Hibotan' or moon cactus - the top cactus is made in Japan and cannot grow because lacks the ability to get nutrients from soil itself. This is the reason why it's grafted to the other cactus which are relatively short lived. I suggest grafting the upper cactus to another cactus that is longer lived. T

he succulent that is counter clock wise to that looks to be to be a Echeveria 'Lola' which is a hybrid of E.lilancina and E. derengerii and the succulent that's clockwise of the 'Hibotan' looks to be a succulent known as Little Jewel. hopes this helps :)

Apr 24, 2017
Laymens Terms
by: jackofalltrades

Not sure about the red one, but the others are usually called "Hens and Chickens". Don't ask me why.

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need a name

by Emma
(California)


Its bright green and has a pink tone at the ends like that of what its planted in. It doesn't look like the donkeys tail.

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Jun 25, 2010
No Name
by: Jacki

Hi Emma,
Your plant looks like some of the Sedeveria, which are a cross between Sedum and Echeveria. The picture is a little fuzzy, so it's hard to tell for sure. If it is one of the Sedeveria group, it is related to the donkey tail, as that is Sedum morganianum.
I would suggest keeping it on the dry side, watering deeply twice a month or so, and drier in the winter. Hopefully, your pink pot has a hole for drainage in the bottom.

Jun 25, 2010
Thanks
by: Emma

Hello Jacki,

Well thank you! It is named Sedeveria; Pat's Pink. I didnt know how to care for it and its beautiful, would have been a shame for it to have died on my hands. And yes my pot does not have a drainage hole in the bottom, i will be repotting it immediately. Thanks again!

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Well, It's Blue-green...

by Karen
(NYC)

Sorry, I don't have a camera; I've been combing many online photos to no avail. This little guy is blue-green and each stem ends in a kind of elongated spade (the shovel, not the card suit) with three points, the longest being in the middle with those on the sides having length equal to each other. Any help would be most appreciated and thanks in advance. :)

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Jun 16, 2010
Succulent?
by: Jacki

Hi Karen,
Tell me if the blue green guy is a succulent? I have a hard time without a picture, if you can get one just use the contact page to send it. Much easier to identify with a picture!

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Lost the tags!

by Kim
(UK)



We purchased several succulents last year, but the tags seem to have vanished! In the picture with the one that has the red flowers, I also need help identifying the ones behind and in front of it (though the one in front is kind of hard to see.)

Forgive the condition of my rock bed, we'd just started cleaning up!


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Never apologize for the state of your garden - it's always a work in progress!

The plant with the pink/red flowers looks like Saxifrage arendsii - you can see a picture of one called Purple Robe (which is actually pink) on the groundcovers for xeriscaping page. Does this seem to be the same?

The other little guy with pink stems and pale blue rosettes on the top is some type of Sedum spathufolium. There are several that are pinkish, very silvery white ones, and some that turn dark purple once cold weather arrives.

Hope this helps get you back on track!

Jacki

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Apr 10, 2011
Thank you!
by: Anonymous

Yes, that is what they are and thank you!

Apr 27, 2011
Sedum ID
by: Surroundx

It might be Sedum spathufolium 'Cape Blanco' or 'Cappa Blanco' as it is sometimes known.

Apr 28, 2011
Deadheading
by: Kim

Any advice on deadheading the Saxifrage arendsii? The flowers are fading, so I don't know if I should just let them die off or snip them.

Apr 28, 2011
To Trim, or Not To Trim
by: Jacki

...that is the question.

Depending on how neat and tidy you like your garden, a few senescing flower heads are not a detraction in my eyes. They illustrate the full spectrum of how plants grow, bloom, make seed and die, all in turn.

However, if neatness is important to you, by all means trim off the dead blooms.

Or, wait until they form seed, and collect the seed heads, dry them in a paper bag, and make more plants.


May 06, 2011
grey plant behind red flowers
by: jacquie

sedum sediforme

May 07, 2011
Kim
by: Anonymous

Thank you Jacquie!

I did do some trimming on the Saxifrage a couple weeks ago, and today we decided to move them (have one on either side of the garden) to a bigger space so they can spread a bit better. We also got a couple of the White Pixie variety that I put in the same area, which is at the base of a lilac bush. All things being well, it should look very attractive once all is said and done!


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Looks like a Jade Plant, but has fuzzy leaves

by Debra
(Charlottesville, VA)





This doesn't appear to be any kind of parasite, but rather the natural texture of the leaves. It has the same shaped leaves and general characteristics of a Jade Plant, only the leaves are fuzzy.

I am not sure of the proper care of the plant (I was told it likes the outdoors and fresh air during the summer), and don't want to kill it out of ignorance. My smooth leafed Jade seems quite happy with 'benign neglect', that is watering it lightly about once a week or 10 days, and has more than tripled in size - baby plants appear underneath on a regular basis. Do I care for the fuzzy leafed one the same way? Or is it not a Jade Plant at all? If not, what is it?


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Debra, this looks like some type of Echeveria or other succulent plant (sorry, nothing's leaping out at me for identification), which requires the same kind of care as your Crassula (Jade Plant).

The hairy appearance is typical of some succulents as it is a common drought smart strategy.

Have a look at how to grow Echeveria and succulent care pages.

From the pictures, I wonder if it's getting enough light - the stems seem rather long as though they're stretching to get more light. This is a very important requirement for succulents of all kinds, so a bright window (east or south is best) and as you've already heard, outside in a bright place for the summer.

You should have good success with propagating this succulent, with the added benefit that it will cause more bushier growth to start from below where you cut off pieces to root as cuttings.

Jacki





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May 22, 2012
Fuzzy Jade Plant
by: Dhahabu

Very Interesting. While traveling in Italy, I came upon this jade like plant with fuzzy leaves.
It had been potted very nicely. Never seen one before. I have asked a friend who owns a garden shop about this plant, if she has any in her shop.
I'll post whatever information I get; care, nurishment, etc.
Stay tuned.

Dec 30, 2012
i have the same plant
by: Anonymous

I'd love more information about this plant if anyone has any. My plant is super healthy, but when I shake it lightly, many of the fuzzy leaves fall off. I'm not sure if this is normal for the plant but it's a little disturbing since it seems so healthy. Please advise!

Dec 30, 2012
Update on Fuzzy leafed Jade Plant
by: Debra

I managed to get the longer stems down to the soil and rooted - I then cut away the leggy stems. It stayed on my deck all summer, back up against the house - lots of light, but not direct sun. The plant appears to be thriving. Believe it or not, this and the regular Jade plant seem to LIKE frequent watering during the summertime. Both grew a LOT, and are thick, strong and healthy.

Still don't know WHAT the plant is, but it is turning out to be rather pretty!

Aug 08, 2013
We have the same plant
by: Jenny

We have the same plant in our office and have no idea of how much to water it. Is it once a week? Once every other week?

Aug 08, 2013
Original Poster
by: Debra

I can't figure out how to get back 'in' and post additional photos - moderator??

The plant is going great guns! I posted that last summer it stayed outside and was watered frequently. It might be a succulent, but it likes water. I don't think it would like 'wet feet', but as long as your soil drains well, it would most likely get along well with frequent waterings. I have a lot of vegetables on my deck (the deer, you know) and water them daily. I generally water everything on the deck at the same time. So even my succulents are getting daily waterings. They are growing like crazy. The fuzzy jade plant is growing low to the soil, but is lush and full. I don't know if it will grow 'tall' again as long as it gets plenty of water, but am pretty happy with the way it looks. Wish I could post a picture as it is now. It hardly looks like the same plant!

Hi Debra, thanks for the update! You can just add a new submission with an updated photo, and I'll merge them into one page, to keep them together.

Jacki

Jul 08, 2016
I know this one
by: Peter

This is a panda bear plant, kalanchoe tomentosa. I have one, it gets to looking like that too sometimes. They like full sun. They should grow tighter than that. (I'm not judging, like I said, mine get that way too!)

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unknown flowering succulent

by Victoria
(California)


I got this succulent when a neighbor moved. It flowers frequently and propagates easily.

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Dec 04, 2010
How Pretty!
by: Jacki

What a pretty plant! I'm not sure what that would be, but it's very pretty with the sprays of pink flowers. Maybe another visitor to this site will help us out...

Dec 07, 2010
Crassula Multiflora
by: Victoria

I found someone who was able to identify it for me. It's a Crassula Multiflora.

Dec 07, 2010
Great!
by: Jacki

How good that you could find out - I'll have to see if I can find one for my collection.

May 06, 2011
Crassula multicava
by: jacquie

In South Africa this is the crassula's revenge on the kalanchoe "mother of millions". Once you have got it you can never get rid of it. Tiny leaves drop and grow everywhere smothering other plants. We use it in areas where nothing else will grow.s

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I have no clue what this is or how to care for it.

by Robert
(Minnesota)


The plant measures 13 cm wide and 10cm high, the spines are soft and fine.


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Robert, what an odd looking little creature you have.

When you see the flattened type of growth on this plant, it's caused by cells that are mutating, due to a genetic anomaly or some type of damage early on in the growth cycle.

As you can see, some of this type of growth is not really stable, meaning it can revert back to normal growth at any time, or normal seeming growth can have new 'fasciated' shoots coming off it.

Care of these is the same as for any normal cacti or succulent, with extra care not to get water on the top growth due to the convoluted folds.

If too much moisture gets into the crevices, it can cause rot.

See the page on succulent care for more detailed growing instructions.

Good luck with your oddity!
Jacki

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Fuzzy Succulent

by Winnie
(San Bruno, California)




It's fuzzy! Please identify.

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Jul 15, 2010
It certainly is fuzzy
by: Jacki

What a great texture - this fuzzy succulent plant looks similar to Echeveria 'Green Velvet' except somewhat stretched out.

Is it in bright light, or just regular room brightness?




Jul 15, 2010
Fuzzy succulent
by: Anonymous

It looks like the chocolate soldier.

Jul 15, 2010
Don't eat it!
by: Jacki

Do you know what the botanical name is? I'm not familiar with this common name - time to do some more research!

Jul 16, 2010
No do not eat it
by: Anonymous

Its family is called Crassulaceae the genus is Kalanchoe. The only reason why I don't think it's the chocolate soldier is because its missing the brown on the edges.

Jul 16, 2010
No News is not good News
by: Jacki

Hi Winnie,
It looks like we're all stumped, but you have a few clues to go on, and please let us know if you figure out what your fuzzy guy is.


Sep 03, 2010
Think I found it
by: Mary Ellen

Winnie, I think it's Kalanchoe tomentosa. Tomentosa means fuzzy, appropriately enough. The "Chocolate Soldier" variety does have delicate brown edges or dots on the leaf edges. I found a good article on Kalanchoes here - take a look! I was googling for info on how to propagate the little leafy branch ends that fell off an old one I've had for several years.

May 06, 2011
echeveria
by: jacquie

There are a number of stemmed echeveria similar to these, and the growth pattern is correct.I think it is pubescens, but look also at pulvinata frosty, harmsii and set-oliver,

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Unknown Wavy Tipped Succulent

I recently bought a small succulent, potted in a roughly 4" by 3" wide pot. The pot contains two small plants that sprout trumpet shaped leaves, flatten, fat, and ending in 5 wavy "toes." It's green and very soft, and the leaves will droop slightly when it hasn't been watered for a week, and they perk up when watered. the stalks have very fine reddish/brown hairs. When one of the leaves is broken open, it looks more like aloe. there also appears to be a small stalk growing that looks like it will flower - the small bud at the tip is finer than a pencil lead and looks orange/yellow.
Any help identifying this would be helpful!


Drought Smart Plants reply:

From your description this could be a Kalanchoe, which there are many different ones. Is it possible that it's the panda plant, which has soft hairy leaves, with darker edges?

Please send a picture if possible - your description is great, but a picture will jog my memory better.

If it is a Kalanchoe or similar, water thoroughly then allow to dry between waterings. Bright light is a must, and never allow them to sit in a saucer of water, and also make sure the pot has a drainage hole. Well drained soil, and a pebble mulch will help keep your succulent plant happy.

Happy Succulent Growing!
Jacki

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Jul 02, 2010
I think I found it!
by: Christine

I do think I found the plant - I found a much larger version called a 'Crinkle-Leaf' Plant that grows in South Africa. Mine is a lighter green and seems to be a dwarf version, but they look just alike. I still could not find a good way to care for it, so any information on caring for it indoors would be appreciated!
Environment: indirect sunlight, office desk


Andromiscus cristatus - Crinkle-Leaf Plant - Crassulaceae

Jul 02, 2010
Care of Andromiscus
by: Jacki

Hi Christine - so glad you could identify your plant. All of the Andromiscus species require bright light - see if you can get a small fluorescent fixture specifically for specimen plants in low light conditions.

They also need good drainage, so make sure the potting soil that your plant came in has enough small gravel / large sand (no dust) and holes in the bottom of the pot.

Don't over water and don't allow it to sit in any water that drains out of the pot. Water thoroughly, than allow to dry out.

Fertilize once a year with a small amount of worm castings, or use a water soluble fertilizer. Err on the side of too little fertilizer, rather than too much as all succulent plants prefer a lean soil.

Good luck with your cute little guy, and please post a picture if it blooms!


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straplike waxy leaves on long vine-type growth.

by S Palazzolo
(Hendersonville, NC USA)




I was given a plant with large strap-like waxy leaves and the plant has a long vine-type growth last fall and overwintered it in a garage located under living spaces.

It is around 5 ft tall with long leaves that are succulent like.

This spring I moved it outdoors and it is doing well, aside from getting round spots on the leaves.

The person that gave it to me doesn't know the name, but said it will bloom. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Drought Smart Plants reply:

That's an awesome plant - I'd like to see what the blooms look like, as they most likely will be quite distinctive and I'll be able to identify it. As it is, I have no idea what this might be, sorry.

The spots on the leaves look to be caused by something in its environment, possibly when it was overwintered. I would cut those off if you feel strongly about it, otherwise, they are still doing their job. Until the spots get bigger, or the leaf dies the green part is photosynthesizing, and helping the plant live.

If your plant blooms for you send me a picture of the flowers, maybe that will make it more identifiable.

Jacki

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Jul 19, 2011
Eureka!!! I've found it!!!
by: S. Palazzolo

After more research, I've discovered that this is a "Queen of the night" cactus. its beautiful and aromatic flower blooms only for 1 night. I am looking forward to seeing it in bloom. I feel fortunate to own such an amazing specimen. I'll take very good care of it. Check out this site for more info..

Queen of the Night

Jul 27, 2011
Orchid Cactus
by: Tonya

I read your description & saw the pictures: I have the same plant, and a similar story--got clipping from a friend...

after hours of searching on the internet & various books, I believe it is an orchid cactus.

My friend's plant grew very tall, like the ones in your picture.

They will bloom, just not sure what color.

Good luck!

May 23, 2016
Correct : It is not Queen of the night
by: Barb

Queen of the night without blooms look almost like dead sticks. "The night-blooming cereus has sparse, angular, lead-gray, twiggy stems about 1/2 inch in diameter. Extremely small spines grow along the 4 to 6 ribs of these woody stems, which can easily break. It can be erect or sprawling, reaching a length of up to 8 feet, but is usually half that length."

There are no leaves especially fleshy or flat shiny green leaves.

Yes it is an epiphyllum but its name has been recently changed to Disocactus ackermannii.


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Small, light green & fuzzy

by Rachel
(Santa Monica, CA)




My succulent is about 3.75" tall on one stalk with 3 short branches. On some of the branches, there are small, roundish fuzzy nubs. The leaves have a ripply edge and are no more than a half inch long. There are about a cluster of 8 leaves on each flower-like cluster of leaves. The plant was given to me by a friend and he said it was lamb's year, but when I googled it online, none of the photos of lambs ear look like it.

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Dec 31, 2010
Another Kalanchoe
by: Jacki

This looks to me a lot like some of Kalanchoe tribe with the rippled edges and thick fuzzy leaves.

Daves Garden plant guides show several that have similar leaves, so that's a place to start your search.

Dec 08, 2015
Vick's Plant
by: Mark

Vick's Plant, Plectranthus tomentosa.

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Please identify my spaghetti head succulent

by Linda
(Weeki Wachee, FL)



I have this plant as a houseplant. It is green with spaghetti-like foliage.

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Jan 11, 2011
Aporocactus
by: Jacki

Hi Linda, is it possible that your plant could be some kind of Aporocactus, the rat tail cactus?

This is the only one I've found in my research that has similar growth, although the most common form of Aporocactus, the species flagelliformis, tends to be quite a bit larger, both in the leaves themselves, and the ultimate size of the plant.

However, there are many hybrids of the various species commonly grown, and this could be one of them. Sorry I can't help more than that, as my specialty is more the succulents than cacti. This may give you a place to start; if you do happen to find out more, please post back.

Jan 11, 2011
My Spaghetti head succulent
by: Linda from Weeki Wachee

Thanks so much for your input. At least you have given me a place to start looking. I'll let you know if I find it.
Thanks for your site. It's nice to know one can get advise from people in the know and who have similar interests.

Eight years ago I retired to Fl and people here said "no one" has house plants around here...too much trouble..you will just end up getting rid of them once you live here a while. Obviously, "they" don't have a love for plants....how could ANYONE live without plants????

Jan 28, 2012
A Few More Options
by: Jacki

There are few more plants that this resembles, if you haven't found it yet:

Crassula pseudolycopoides looks similar in texture.

Crassula mucosa also looks similar, and then there are always some of the Euphorbia, or Medusa Head.

This is a link to Euphorbia flanaganii on Daves Garden.

Nov 10, 2012
Rhipsalis
by: Carol

I started looking online to identify my plant, that looks similar to yours, just not as big. I found a picture of a Rhipsalis that looked like mine. I found it at this website.

Carol

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What kind of plant is this?

by Debra
(New York, NY)


I have had this plant for 4 years and have had to move it several times because I often switched offices. Unfortunately the light was very different in each office and I think the plant was affected by this. Can someone tell me what plant this is and if there is anything I can do to help it out? It just keeps growing taller and taller and I am needing to put a stake in it now.

(the pic does not show the bottom section of the plant which has very few leaves)


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Hi Debra, boy that thing really went to town. It's hard to say for sure, but I think this is some type of Aloe, which require really bright light to stay compact. If it has little thorns on the edges of the leaves, then this most likely is some type of Aloe.

The best solution to your issue of needing to stake it is to simply untwist the top rosette and replant it as a new plant. It's not difficult - pretend it's a light bulb, and twist in one direction until the top comes off. It will most likely have some little white bumps on the side of the stem where it detaches, and these are known as 'adventitious roots'; they're just waiting for their chance to grow.

For more information, see the page on Succulent Plant Propagation, or buy the Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book.

For more on Aloe for comparison see the Old Curving Aloe Plant, and Identify Me.


Best of luck with your plant,
Jacki

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Unknown Succulent cutting

by Zoe L
(Oxfordshire, UK)

Length View about 3 inches long

Length View about 3 inches long

Length View about 3 inches long
'Rosette' View

This little guy came from a large full plant of which I took a cutting out of interest as all it said was 'Succulent'.

He grows from a stem which is red/brown and smooth which produces large, round, smooth leaves and then has extra stems of which form the 'rosettes'.

The rosettes have very small red pigments in the leaves on the youngest ones. The grow almost lop sided, with more larger leaves growing out of one side.

The larger plant grew almost flat as though it was a ground covering plant.

Small roots are growing out from the nodes.


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Hi Zoe, it's difficult to completely 100% identify some succulent plants until they start growing in some characteristic way, so I'm very tentative about the identity of this great little plant. It looks rather like some of the Aeonium tribe, and based on your description could possibly be Aeonium tabulaeforme or something similar. Without seeing the plant you took the cutting from, and seeing its growth habit, I really can't be certain.

Alternatively, it also reminds me a bit of some of the Peperomia, with the thick fleshy leaves.

These options will give you a place to start, and if you check on Dave's Garden plant files, you may find out more:


Aeonium tabulaeforme

Peperomia obtusifolia


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May 09, 2011
Hmm.. not so sure
by: Zoe L

Thank you for the reply but I don't think this plant is either of the ones you mentioned.

The parent plant was exactley the same as this cutting, even the size of leaves, there was just much more of it

May 09, 2011
So Sorry!
by: Jacki

Hi Zoe,
I'm sorry I couldn't id your plant - it's got me puzzled so I'll keep looking. There are other visitors that seem to have much more experience with some plants, so maybe they'll be able to help.


Apr 29, 2017
I have this plant too!
by: CajunSucculent

I do not know the name either. It was bought at a flower gallery in Morro Bay, Ca. I saw it growing on the streets by the farmers market. They look like tight waxy rosette with little rosettes. I'm having trouble after a year to keep it going here I'm humid southern Louisiana.

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Tall, thin, palm-like, prehistoric looking succulent to ID please

by Eric Gregoire
(Cincinnati, Ohio)

Front view of the plant

Front view of the plant

Front view of the plant
up close view of the stalk texture
close up view of the leaves

I bought this plant and it was only a few inches tall. I didn't really know what I was doing it when I planted it in my terrarium. It has grown wildly this year in particular. I want to learn more about the plant because it is too large for the terrarium and it should be repotted - I also want to learn about if it is normal for it to lean the way that it has. Should it be propped up, is it possible to propagate the plant into others? I haven't been able to find this plant online or at any other stores since then...
Thanks!

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Aug 17, 2010
I'm stumped
by: Jacki

Hi Eric,
I'm hoping someone else will recognize your plant - the stem texture is pretty memorable, so with luck you will get an answer soon.

Aug 18, 2010
WoW!!!
by: Countrymouse

WAY cool! I don't know what it is either, but it's really neat looking.
It's probably leaning because the weight of the top growth is pulling it in that direction. Are you turning the pot/terrarium 1/4 turn daily to ensure the plant isn't "leaning" toward it's light source?
You might try "staking" it like a tomato but I'd suggest doing so gently and using a "tie" that is soft and won't damage the stem of the plant.
Sometimes too, when you repot them you can sort or rearrange the rootball in the pot to eliminate the lean.
Great plant, hope we all learn what it is.

May 06, 2011
euphorbia
by: jacquie

unfortunately can't give you it's second name, but if you look at the very succulent euphorbias of southern africa like wooddii or caput-medusae you will see the stem pattern. To check prick your stem and see if the milky latex comes out,but then wash your hands!It is a severe irritant to eyes and skin causing urticaria and temporary blindness. Your plant needs a lot more sun!

Apr 19, 2012
monadenium
by: ronaele

Could be an etoilated Monadenium.

Apr 20, 2012
ritchiei
by: jacquie

Yes, this is monadenium ritchiei, also described as euphorbia ritchiei by bruyns(2006)
Not enough sunlight so scraggly.
see Cactus Art's page.

Jun 15, 2012
I have that plant!
by: Catfish

I have the exact same plant!! :D
Only mine is much shorter, thicker in the stem, and the formation is slightly different, but that's the same plant.

I picked up my plant from an Art Festival from one of the vendors selling various succulents, but none had names attached. I picked out my plant among others, it was the only one of its kind, and it was weird looking, so I decided to buy it.

After trying really hard to search for a picture of this plant, I finally found it today with some of those other peoples help. It is indeed a Monadenium, but is specifically a Monadenium guentheri! Found it on here:
Monadenium guentheri, it's the 28th plant picture from the top! :)

It's not a common plant, so we got lucky! Hope I was able to help! :D

Jul 18, 2015
cactus
by: hippy

a master gardener gave me this same cactus and he said he got it in panama, and called it a snake cactus.

i looked up snake cactus and never found it either. it does look good in a hanging basket, as it has a drooping growth habit. as it grows, it loses its lower leaves and grows new ones.

it also has cute little babies that you can pull off and lay on top of the soil to grow separately.

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Tree Succulent

by Michael
(Madison, Wi)




I bought this succulent today and was wondering if you could help me identify what kind it is. It has several broad leaves at the base of the plant that are striped with red and green. Growing out the center of it is a thin tree like structure. It looks like there are buds at the ends of the "branches" and would really like to know if these eventually bloom?


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Hi Michael,
What a fantastic looking plant! I have no idea what it is, hopefully another visitor will recognize it.

Based on the type of growth habit, I would say that the 'tree' part will bloom, but it's anybody's guess what they will look like.

I'll be interested to know what it looks like when in bloom; if possible, contact me and send me another picture!

Best of luck with your unusual plant!
Jacki

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Aug 02, 2011
Possible ID
by: Anonymous

Your plant seems to be Kalanchoe humilis ‘Desert Surprise.' You can either remove the stalk or leave it to flower as you like, and any resulting seeds can be grown.

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Pleiospilos nelii


I purchased a split rock plant in a 2" last month.
it is now in bloom and just wonderful except I noticed that the outer 'stones' are shriveling up; is this normal?
Do I transplant to a size larger pot after bloom?


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I'm not 100% familiar with these plants, but as far as I know they're very similar to Lithops in their requirements. The outer stones do shrivel, as the plant reclaims them of their moisture and nutrients to form the flower. Once they bloom, they usually undergo a dormant period, when you should refrain from watering, or disturbing it. I would repot in the early spring, before they start into the blooming cycle.

See the page on how to grow Lithops, and see this guide on Split Rocks on Daves Garden.

Happy Gardening with these fascinating plants.

Jacki

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It has a thick stem, leaves that are not thick, leaves are a bit fuzzy....

by Sara Rivka Dahan
(Galil Israel)

My unknown succulent

My unknown succulent

Would love to know what this is, can't seem to find a photo of it anywhere, thanks so very much! It has rosette like growth seen in other types of succulents, but has thin leaves.


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Hi Sara; This one has me puzzled, I'll admit. The powdery coating and the shape are very much like an Echeveria, but as you say the foliage is thin.

It will probably be one of those that as soon as it blooms you'll say, oh, of course! I would be interested to see what the flowers are like, as I have no idea what it is.

Jacki

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Aug 07, 2011
plant ID?
by: Labour of Love

Growth habit is like some of the Euphorbias.

Aug 07, 2011
Thin leaves
by: Marsha

Look up Calendrinia on the web. The flowers of this plant are very distinctive.

Aug 08, 2011
mystery succulent
by: Sara Dahan

Thanks so much Marsha, will do!

Jun 30, 2016
possible ID
by: K

(a few years too late, but) this looks an awful lot like Senecio cephalophorus. has real tell-tale red pompom blooms on stalks.

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red and green water bubbles plant?

by Alicia Osmundson
(Berkeley CA)



I found this plant in Baja in the cacti forests. It's quite small, the bud being about the size of a nickel and firm to the touch although if you pressed down the bubbles would pop...I've been wondering for a while what it is. Any help?


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Alicia - what a cool plant! Honestly, I have no clue what it is. You would have to find an expert in the flora of that part of the world, such as a botanist at a university in California. They would know what it is, due to its unusual appearance...or possibly, an expert in alien life forms...

Good luck
Jacki

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Aug 05, 2011
An ID
by: June

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Aug 02, 2013
Wish I knew as well!!!
by: Josue Madrid

I stumbled upon this same plant and I thought it was the most wonderful thing I'd seen in the deserts of California. It's been eating me not knowing what it is called and I would love to find out everything about this plant.

May 28, 2014
Bubble plant
by: Carolyn

I found is plant growing in Big Sur Calif in may different places along the coast line. I thought is was one of the most beautiful plants I have seen.

Jun 17, 2016
also found across the Atlantic...
by: Ari

I've just come across this plant growing wild in Lanzarote (Canary islands)

Jun 26, 2017
Answer
by: Antonio

It is called Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. It is beautiful!

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String beans on thin draping stem

by Becky
(Media, PA)




Hi, I found this plant on the shelf of bathtowels at Kmart and it was in severe need of some water and a decent home. Because it was in such bad shape the store let me buy it for 2.99

I repotted it at home and it looked gorgeous and happy for about a month and then it started to look sad and die off. I would like it to be happy again, but can't figure out what it needs because I don't know what it is. Can you help?

Thanks


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Wow, Becky - I can see why you wanted to rescue this plant! It is really cool.

A couple of things to check: When you repotted it, what kind of soil was it in, and what did you use for new soil? Also, did you remove soil from the roots? Sometimes if you use the wrong kind of soil (too much fertilizer, or too much lime in the soil) this will affect the plant. If the new soil holds too much water, and the plant needs good drainage, it could be rotting the roots.

Does the pot have a drainage hole? This is very important for all plants, and particularly for succulents.

I'm sorry I can't tell you what your plant is, I've never seen this one before.

Jacki


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Jun 18, 2011
Sometimes called string of beans but called String of Bananas
by: Emma

It's called the String of Bananas (asteraceae Senecio radicans). It is related to the String of Pearls and Necklace plant (or tear drop plant). It's hardy to zones 10 and 11 and needs light shade. It's poisonous just like the spring of pearls. It will bloom in late winter and early spring a near white or white flower which they say smells like cinnammon. They like moist soil but don't over water it or it will drown. Fertilize it every once in a while (once a month or once every two weeks depending on how your plants prefers best). I would say put it in a window facing north so it gets plenty of light but not direct sun, or a west facing window. If it's touching the window it might be getting frost burn. I don't know if it's still cold where you are. Anything you would like to add Jacki?

Jun 18, 2011
Thanks, Emma!
by: Jacki

Wow, glad you could find out so much information - this is similar to Senecio rowleyanus which is at the bottom of the page on Succulent Plants Miscellaneous.

Apr 08, 2012
Senecio radicans
by: Lorraine

In South Africa we call this plant baboon toes! It grows best in full sun, with very little water and in well drained sandy soil. With the correct growing conditions it makes a tight, fast growing ground cover and grows well in a hanging basket as long as it does not get too much water.

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large wavy fleshy leaves

by mackenzie
(mass)





I am assuming this is a succulent. It's leaves are thick and fleshy. Long thin stalks have grown from the one leaf I was give (2ft tall)I'm assuming these will strengthen and tiny leaves have started to form. No sign of flowers. I was told it could be an orchid, upon some research I disagree, but I am no botanist

I was given this plant as one leaf, he told me if I put it in dirt it would grow, and it has. I have named him Stick until I get an official confirmation of species.


Drought Smart Plants reply:
I've revisited this one, and I think what this could be is Cereus, the Queen of the Night. That would be where the suggestion that it's an Orchid came from, as these quite often are called Orchid Cactus.

This particular one will bloom very rarely, and only at night, so if you see a bud starting, you'll have to check it during the night to actually see it bloom. The scent is supposed to be spectacular too, so this will certainly be an event to remember.

For some other closely related plants, see Epiphyllum here.

Jacki

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May 22, 2011
Zygo relative?
by: Anonymous

Those leaves reminded me of Zygo cactus (Christmas cactus) with the notches along the edges. Can't find anything on them here. I'll have to share this with my pal who is in Australia to see if she knows.

May 22, 2011
my plant
by: mackenzie

Yes the leaves do look like Christmas cactus, but just one huge segment of, there are no spikes, or indications the leaf shape will fragment, just large wavy long leaves.

Those large stalks have started to grow small leaves less than a centimeter.

After searching the net for the last couple hours
I think I have foud a real name for stick!
he's a night blooming Cereus! This is what he looks like, now I know what to expect for flowers etc. So cool!

Epiphyllum


You Tube video

May 28, 2011
Orchid Cactus
by: Anonymous

I believe it is an Orchid Cactus. A friend of mine in Australia mentioned she thought it was and I looked at photos and sure enough, that's it. Here's the Wikipedia link that has images and info.

Epiphyllum

Happy Gardening!

Jun 30, 2011
Wax plant?
by: Anonymous

I have no idea what the name is, but, my daughter gave me a start of the plant and it has bloomed. Mine had small white flowers that look like they are made of wax. The flowers are thick and last a long time.

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White leaves with green stripes

by Eric
(Wartburg, TN)


I picked up a plant at a grocery store that was only labeled as a succulent. It has a jade tree, along with this other plant which I can't find any information on. It is about 1" tall and has leaves appr. 2" long. The leaves are an off white and have green stripes running up the middle along their width. I would like any info that you could give me about this plant. Thanks.


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Hi Eric, just off the top of my head, I think you have an Agave, but what a beauty! There are many different kinds, more every year as people see them and get the bug to collect them and display them on patios and decks. Many of them stay quite small, and some grow into huge tree like structures once they go into flowering mode, anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

Once they bloom, the rosette will die, but in most cases, they form many baby pups around the base to take over.

If you look closely at the tips of the leaves, it's pretty evident that the grower has cut off the incredibly sharp thorn that grows out of the tip of each leaf. You'll realize once the plant grows a bit more why they do this, as they're wickedly sharp.

See the page on succulent care for more details about how to look after this lovely (but dangerous!) plant.

Jacki

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Apr 19, 2012
Cryptanthus
by: Ronaele

This little gem is a Cryptanthus, commonly called star plant.

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please help identify my succulent


my girlfriend and i just bought this plant at our local nursery, and nobody working that day knew the name any way you could help? thanks!


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You have found one of the cutest little plants. Andromischus cristata, sometimes called Baby Toes (you can see why) is an easy to grow, slow growing and low maintenance addition to your succulent addiction (ahem, I mean, collection). Care is really easy, follow the guidelines on the succulent care page.

To propagate, simply remove a bit of stem with several of the 'toes' attached, and it will root easily after callousing. See the succulent plant propagation page for more details.

Congratulations on your new addition!

Jacki




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Apr 10, 2017
Common Name
by: Taylor

The common name for this guy is 'Key Lime Pie' i dont know the genus name. Sorry but i know for sure it is not baby toes.

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indoors...outside houseplant



This succulent plant has about 1 inch cylindrical parts branching off each other with tiny hairs. It's now hanging down out of the pot and it has gotten rounder at ends with increasing white hairs at the ends as well. A few weeks ago it appeared to grow leaves in middle of pot that are green and furry feeling and that part is about to flower a purplish looking flower. I don't see how another plant could have gotten in the pot. I feel it's because it has never been outside. I live in Tennessee and it has been HOT! Any help identifying would be greatly appreciated!


Drought Smart Plants reply;

This is two different plants in the same pot - the new one probably was dormant as a seed in the potting soil, and the conditions are just now right for it to grow. From what I can see, this looks like a Petunia! You'll be able to tell when it opens, as the bloom is like a trumpet shape.

As for the other little succulent, I can't tell from the picture what it is - it's similar to some of the Christmas Cactus based on your description.

See this page for more on Schlumbergera.

Good luck with your strange companions!
Jacki

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Jul 23, 2011
ID
by: Kate Butler

I think it could be one of the Rhipsalis - really difficult to tell from the photo.

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Small Yellow Flowers with 4 Petals...

by Cheyenne
(Michigan)



My mother bought me a plant for my birthday that bloomed heartily in February-April in lower Michigan when it got full sun and lots of water.

The leaves are large and about 3 millimeters thick, and very waxy. They are medium green and don't grow in any certain pattern. The leaves tend to be a teardrop shape with wavy edges (sort of like if you cut them with craft scissors). The leaves have been able to grow larger than my fist.

I moved back to upper Michigan, and it isn't getting as much light. I'm worried for my plant, but my mom doesn't know what it is called, and it didn't come with a stick to tell me what it needed.


Hi Cheyenne, that certainly is a pretty plant - I'm sorry I can't identify it for you off the top of my head. As it's succulent, from the look of the leaves I would assume that it probably needs similar care to most other succulent plants. Bright light is the most crucial aspect of caring for succulents. They don't necessarily need full sun, but good curtain filtered light in a south or east window, or if that's not possible, a grow light.

See the page on Succulent Care for more information.

Jacki

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Red to green leaves

It grows from the top only. The leaves begin red and turn green. I was suggested that I water it by putting water in the leaves. Is this a succulent?
I don't have a picture.

(Drought Smart Plants reply:

A picture would be very helpful - from your description of the plant, I don't know what this plant could be, but if someone told you to put water in the leaves, the only plant I know of that you do this to is the Bromeliad. These form a tube which should remain full of water, and it attracts small insects which fall in, and become the fertilizer for the plant. Another strange and unusual plant.

They are a long lived and well behaved plant as long as their tube stays filled with water. I suggest using warmed water as they are jungle plants.

Jacki

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Hanging vine-like succulent

by Joseph
(San Francisco, CA,, USA)

detail of vine

detail of vine

This is a hanging vine-like plant that I believe to be a succulent. The vines are about 4 feet long with small (1 inch) cigar shaped "leaves".

Ever since I moved it to another room with less light it hasn't been doing well, and I would like to know what type of plant it is so I can research how to best care for it.


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Joseph, your plant seems to be really similar to this String Beans on thin Draping Stem - could it be the same plant?

In any event, if it was happy in the first place you had it, maybe you can try and copy the conditions. Light levels are usually the most important factor, but you can have problems with dry air, cold air from an air conditioner, or the type of water you use to water it.

Hopefully, you can tell if it is the same plant, as there is a lot of information there from another visitor to the site.

Happy Gardening!
Jacki

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Aug 21, 2011
Thanks
by: Joseph

I think that's the plant! That really helps. My hunch is that it's not getting enough sun. And I should probably give it a hair cut.

Thanks!

Oct 16, 2011
String of bananas
by: Anonymous

looks similar to the one i just bought. Mine was called string of bananas. hope this helps!

Apr 11, 2012
String of Bananas
by: Haley

That looks very much like a String of Bananas plant that I had a while back. I loved it. It almost exactly like a String of Pearls with the thin window on each leaf. It is toxic to animals so, if you have any, I would keep it out of their reach.

Sep 11, 2013
Fish hooks
by: Laurie

The string of bananas are small which I do have, your looks like the hanging "Fish hooks" which I also have.

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small leaves, ground cover type plant

by doug gardner
(grand blanc, mi. usa)


Not sure if it is a sedum variety or not. planted in full sun, about 10 inches in circumference and only seems to flower on the ends. very low to the ground with very little height. was planted at a cemetery so it is sold commercially.


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Doug, what you have is Portulaca, or the Sun Rose. What a perfect little easy care plant for cemeteries, as it happily endures drought and poor soil, and requires very little in the way of care.

See also these posts about a Basket of Unknown Beauty, Jade Like Vines with Bright Yellow and Pink Flowers and Two Succulents Flowering for more.

Jacki

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Very tall jade

by Andrew S.
(Ithaca, NY, U.S.)




When I first bought this jade, it had two tall pieces. As you can see from one of the pictures, I tried to trim (and propagate) the one stem, it was growing sideways (as is the only remaining one now). The piece that I tried to propagate just shriveled up and died. I've tried to use leaves and stem pieces, nothing.

I don't know what type of jade this is, since it's leaves are very different from my other jade.

I was just wondering what is a good way to try and trim this piece and propagate this type of jade?


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Andrew, I think part of the problem is that your plant is not really a 'Jade', or more correctly known as Crassula argentea, but is most likely Portulacaria, or Elephants Food. These are sometimes sold as 'miniature Jade' but they are in fact quite different.

Although succulent, the leaves are very much finer in texture than Crassula argentea, so this could be part of the problem with propagating it. It's possible that the leaves are drying out before making roots. My tried and true method of propagating most succulents is to leave the cutting to callous at least overnight, sometimes longer, which encourages it to root, and not rot.

In many cases, simply cutting back the overgrown part of the plant will encourage it to break more buds from lower down, eventually making a much more uniform and stable plant. This is what I would try, and hopefully some of the pieces you cut off will root to form more plants.

Happy Propagating!
Jacki






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Gasteria of some kind

by Mark
(Cleveland, OH)


@ 3" tall, dark green tall narrow fleshy leaves with pale green spots. Doesn't seem to like full sun, or lots of water.

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Jun 23, 2010
Not Sanseveria
by: Jacki

Hi Mark,
You have a Gasteria, I'm not sure of the exact one, but at least that's a starting point for you.
For care, bright light, but not full sun, and thorough watering, but wait until it dries out between, and much less water if at all in winter. Good luck with it, it's a beautiful plant!

This page has a picture of the one I have, which is slow growing, but is now about 7" tall, and equally as wide. They seem to grow in a fan shape, not like a rosette.

Aug 08, 2010
It has similarities to Aloe variegata
by: Horsense

The shape of, & patterns on, the leaves remind me of:

Aloe variegata / Partridge Breast Aloe / Tiger Aloe.
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I've never seen an entire Tiger Aloe plant shaped like that, though.

Apr 10, 2016
Plant id
by: Lavender lady

The lovely plant you have is a snake plant, also called mother-in-laws tongue. It has several names but it's one of the best air purifier plants you can have. It will thrive in most indirect even poor lighting, and prefers to get a bit dry between waterings. It needs less water over winter, and it's truly one of my favorite plants!

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Small round whiskery plant

by Kayla
(South Pasadena, CA)





Small( about 2 1/2 inches), roundish, light green, "hairy" with long off white whiskers. Bought @ an OSH 2 days ago and noticing holes appearing on it's flesh. I really love it, but I realize I have no clue what it is or how I can properly keep it alive and thriving. HELP! WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?!


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Hi Kayla, what you have is the ultimate desert plant - a cactus. This looks to be one of the Rebutia, which are some of the most commonly grown.

If there are holes appearing in it, there is a possibility that it's rotting, in which case, there is no chance of saving it. Plants bought at box stores and places where they may not receive the correct care (bright light, not much water) then they won't be very happy.

Cactus grow in some of the most challenging climates on earth, and have adapted strategies to help them deal with this, by evolving spines, or hair to protect them from animals that might want to eat them, and the ability to store water for long periods of drought.

Their roots are specially adapted to seek out moisture, but that doesn't meant they want more. They have very specific needs for water in certain amounts at certain times of the year.

Hopefully, your cactus will recover with care - like completely ignoring it for at least a month. They thrive best on benign neglect.

Good luck,
Jacki

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Succulent Plant Pictures Attached


Just bought yesterday in Orange county, california. Looks like little green balls. 2 pink blooms. the pot is a 3 inch.


Drought Smart Plants reply:

Oh, that is the sweetest little succulent plant! And I have no idea what it is - when I first saw it I thought it resembled Senecio rowleyana, but that grows in a vine type growth. Your little succulent looks like it has thicker stems. And those flowers - very cute.

Sorry I can't identify your little plant, maybe another visitor will recognize it.

Jacki


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Dec 11, 2013
Tylecodon schaeferianus
by: Leandra

I believe it's Tylecodon schaeferianus- I have it in my yard :)

Leandra

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The twenty cent succulent plant

by anja
(mn)



I rescued this plant from where I work (a large box store) and gave it a new home.

The stem of this succulent plant is lime green with a bundle of stems at the base not a bulb.

The plant right now is about 4-5 inches tall and has leaves that curve inwards somewhat. The leaves are smooth not furry.

I have another one of this same succulent plant which had grown three large offshoots which I removed. Unfortunately, one died but the other two are doing well.

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Nov 12, 2010
This is how it starts...
by: Jacki

Hi Anja,
You're well on your way to being a collector. Starting a succulent plant collection is very addictive - pretty soon you'll have lots of these lovely plants filling every window.

The biggest issue with growing succulents is that they need a lot of light, sometimes requiring a boost from a fluorescent light to get enough to stay healthy.

Noticing your plant has a tendency to droop is an indication that it lacks light, a common problem when they've been kept too long in low light conditions such as a box store, not the best situation.

I'm sorry I can't accurately identify your plant as the picture is a little dark.

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