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Succulent Plant Identification

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Many box stores and chain stores carry unidentified succulent plants which just seem to leap into your shopping cart and beg for a new home.


I can't resist them!

Getting them home and finding a new spot in your garden display or houseplant collection is the easy part - after a quarantine period in case of pests.

Finding their name and any information on them is almost impossible.

Succulent swaps are another way you may get new and unusual plants, or you may even have a 'legacy plant' which is handed down through your family.

Three of the most popular legacy or 'friendship plants' are

  • Hoya, which goes by the common name of Wax Flower,because that's what the flowers look like they're made of.
Succulent Identification - important?  Oh yeah!

Many people start with just a couple of the little plants commonly sold in supermarkets or corner stores, then have so much success with them, pretty soon they're picking them up all over.

The more you have, the more you want - in a good way, and luckily, these plants are easily propagated so you can feel confident that you can root your own succulents when someone offers you a cutting off their plant.

Identifying your mystery succulent plants will aid in finding out how to care for them and provide their preferred conditions.

Check in the right column to see if you can find a similar one there, or check on the Succulent Identification Chart.

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Chubby, sleek, prickly, speckled, spotted, drought tolerant, fascinating and beautiful...

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Thick and Fleshy Bright green Plant 
I's bright green almost Florescent, very beautiful plant, almost looks fake because of it's color and I found it at Walmart and I had to buy it. I do not …

Unknown Succulent? 
Bought for me at a flea market with no tags. It's currently 2-3 inches tall, with a straight stalk. It's bright green, with fleshy leaves. New leaves have …

Succulent/Cactus with thin pads growing off of a central stalk 
This plant is about 3' tall and looks like it will get taller still. The stalk is round and about 1" in diameter. New growth is green, older …

Need help identifying three succulents for determination of safety around pets 
Hello, I received this beautiful pot of succulents as a gift and have no experience with them. The plants have done great outside all spring and summer. …

Unknown (probably) succulent! 
This green plant has long, thin stems with flat, smooth-edged leaves attached. There appears to be thin, tan stringy hairs coming from the plant, also. …

A little star shaped Pod 
We recently bought a bunch of succulents but this little star shaped pod was a last minute buy and we forgot to ask what it was called! It was grown in …

Small purple Aloe (?) found in Kenya, what's its name?  
I think this is a Aloe species, but which one? They are small, purple, hairy and thick leaves, growing on woody stalks, near to the ground in quite big …

Like a plumaria stalk, but with succulent like leaves... 
left by some neighbors in july, it was dormant but soon after watering sprouted the "leaves". thank you for your help!

Unidentified Cactus.. (I think it is a cactus..) 
Tubular thick body with several "stems" out of same base, fleshy leaves, dark green, multiple apical buds growing simultaneously from tip. Spines on base …

Succulent growing wild?  
This plant is growing wild around my house. In rocks and everywhere. It's not too warm here so I'm not sure if it's a succulent. But the leaves are …

Grows like crazy, easy to split and replant 
It is a tall plant, upwards of a foot and a half. Greyish green in color, leaves shaped just like string beans. Grows straight up.

Unknown Succulent 
It has fleshy, somewhat pointed leaves. Light, bright green.

A tiny plant growing from a dry rocky trail  
I found this plant at the side of a bone-dry, rock-hard hiking trail on a ridge here in the Easy Bay hill near San Francisco. The individual leaves are …

Succulent Identification Archive 1 
I'm not sure if these plants here are echeveria or agave or something else. They don't need much water - maybe once a week - and they are in the shade …

Succulent Identification Archive 3 
All the tag said was "Rainbow Pack 2.5 inches". I really just want to know the name of this little plant (if it has one) and if it's toxic to pets and …

Tibetan Succulent 
Flat leaves, diamond shape, layered Unique "flowers" that look like mini green houses Hi Rita, someone else asked me about these same plants - and …

Succulent Identification Archive 2 
I live on the 11th floor south west facing in a suburb of Vancouver. Do I leave this succulent planter out on my deck for the winter? Or do I take …

Succulents from Egypt 
THIS is the star beauty of the group...very unique leaves...like its a water plant leaves....and also the flower is completely different colored(yellow) …

Succulent Identification Archive 4 
It is about 2 feet high it looks to grow from a bulb and the plants/green vines grow up with at each end a beautiful green leaves that to me looks like …

Succulent Identification Archive 5 
I got this as a gift and it was beautiful, brown-purple dark leaves that curled so it formed a circular shape. It used to be 3 times the size but Its been …

Succulent Identification Archive 6 
It has thick spikes and a flower that opens into a star like shape. The edges of the stalks have round bumps on the edges. Drought Smart Plants …

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