So, what's in the word "succulent"?

All this chatter about succulents!

Living in Southern California has its advantages when it comes to being a succulent lover. With more and more people becoming water-wise and re-landscaping with drought-resistant plants, it is almost like living in a botanical garden.

So, what is a succulent? Otherwise referred to as a fat plant, a succulent is a plant that has larger (thicker) or more “swollen” than normal leaves, stems or root systems that it uses as basically a water-storing organ so it can survive in arid conditions. Succulent comes from the Latin word Sucus, which means juice or sap. Most fat plants thrive in areas with higher temperatures and little rainfall. Read more about succulent identification in our blog.

Succulents are ornamental plants and known for their unusual appearance, shapes, and bright colors. You are probably familiar with a handful of the 60 or so plant families that encase succulents. The most popular is the Crassulaceae family.

Common names for fat plants include Sedum, Sempervivum or Echeveria. These are all part of the Crassulaceae family. Other popular fat plants are Aloe, Agave and Haworthii. Most people group succulents with cacti but did you know that almost all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti? We will get into further conversation on this topic in the future.

There are thousands of succulent species, enough to confuse even the avid gardener. This site will focus on what we have growing in our gardens, our opinions, observations and research we have done over the years. We will leave all the science up to true botany. Make sure to take a look at what we feel are the best succulent reference books. That is, only if you want a deeper look into some of natures most dazzling creations.

 

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