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
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.
Click on the picture of each plant to find out more about it...
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The Horticulturist is back and ready to answer your questions about your succulent plants. Please feel free to post your pictures, and if you have time, scroll through the archives to check there.
Ask here for help identifying any mystery succulent plant in your collection. Please upload up to four pictures so I can clearly see what your succulent plant looks like.
Note: it's impossible to identify a plant from a description; send pictures!
Click on the question marks beside each item for clear instructions and tips.
...other visitors may have already asked about your plant.
Delicate white-outlined green leaves in a star pattern, multiple branches
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.
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 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 …
Bilbergia Queens Tears
Pink large blossom. Long and green plant leaves. Hi Lou, this is an incredibly beautiful plant with those weird dangly blooms. These are Bilbergia …
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 4
I have a picture... Drought Smart Plants says; and a gorgeous picture it is! That's quite a plant. It doesn't look familiar to me, so maybe someone …
Succulent Identification Archive 5
Small plant about 18 inches across with long dark green spikey leaves like a bromeliad producing spectacular pendulous red flowers Drought Smart …
Succulent Identification Archive 1
Hello Jacki, I received a ton of succulents from a recent swap. Most of them came labeled but these 3 didn't. I hope you can help me. The first …
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 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 …