Category Archives: Cacti and Succulents


The genus consists of plants which are hardy in England, though native to the European Alps. The species form clumps and are often seen growing in rock gardens, but when planted in pans they make interesting additions to the succulent plant collection. Species hybridize easily and there are many forms. The number of distinct speciesContinue Reading


In this sub-family, the most important a mteresting plants are to be found in the ger Sedum. SEDUM. There are approximat 5oo species, endemic to the European Alps, A; Japan, Africa, and the Americas, and varying frĀ« compact to shrubby forms. Many are hardy Britain. It is the non-hardy plants, however, that usually grown inContinue Reading


The members of this sub-family are all magnificent plants, both in the form and colour of their leaves and in the richness of their flowers. Botanists have separated several groups of species to form new genera like Dudleya and Urbinia and these, as well as the genus Pachyphytum and the genus Echeveria, comprise plants wellContinue Reading


The genus is a large one of about 80 species, which are native to the western parts of the United States and Mexico. They have rosettes of white-powdered leaves, but some vary in colour from pale green to grey-green. The flowers are white, pale yellow, yellowish-pink, and red. Dudleya farinosa. Mexico. Has narrow leaves, 2JContinue Reading


A small genus of Mexican plants. Urbinia agavoides. Forms a compact rosette with a short thick stem. The leaves are about 2 inches in length, very fleshy, pale green with brown tips. The flowers bright orange, tipped with yellow. There is a monstrous variety, U. agavoides cristata. Urbinia purpusii. Forms a small rosette of darkContinue Reading


The genus consists of about 9 species. All make handsome and attractive plants by reason of their perfect shape and delicate colouring. All species originate from Mexico. They are easily propagated from cuttings taken in spring and summer. Pachyphytum bracteosum. The stems may reach a height of about 12 inches, with leaves in loose rosettesContinue Reading


The greatest number are natives of Mexico. They form rosettes of varying sizes. Some are low-growing, stemless plants often making clusters. Others form heavy stems with one single large rosette of leaves. Echeveria carnicolor. Rosettes producing many offsets. The leaves are very fleshy, glaucous, tinted with red. Red flowers, in spikes of 15 to 25,Continue Reading


This consists of a large group of plants, with three divisions, Bryophyllum, Kalanchoe, and Kitchingia, all having tubular flowers in four parts with the petals united, except at the tips. KALANCHOE. These plants form shrubs, and grow erect. They are natives of Asia, Africa, and America. Some species are suitable for growing in rooms. AllContinue Reading


This comprises three principal genera: namely, Adromischus, Cotyledon, and Umbilicus, and can be identified by the fact that it has the number of stamens equal to twice that of the petals. ADROMISCHUS. There are about 20 species which are fairly common in collections, for they are easy to grow. Although the flowers are not asContinue Reading


This group includes the genera Aeomutn, Green-ovia, Sempervivum, Aichryson, and Monanthes. AEONIUM. Natives of the Canary Islands, Madeira, and N. Africa, these plants form rosettes of leaves at the ends of stems of branches There are about 36 species and many hybrid forms They are easy to grow, very suitable or cuItiva ion in living-rooms,Continue Reading