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 well worth acquiring. A good all-round compost consists of 4 parts loam, 1 part each of sharp sand, broken brick, and old mortar rubble. The growing period is in summer, when water can be freely given; in winter, water every 2 or 3 weeks.

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