Plant Category: Succulent

Aeonium

Genus: Aeonium

Succulents grown for distinctive rosette forms topping spikes that range in height. There is also a wide variety of foliage colors available including vibrant yellow-green shades, muted gray-greens, deep blackish purples and some are green in center with red edges. Aeonium are related to and at times mistaken for echeverias. Aeonium do well in partial and full sun but can suffer from foliage burn under harshest condition. The plants are only moderately drought and frost tolerant. New plants can be easily propagated from cuttings.

Agave

Genus: Agavae

This succulent shrub features a tight rosette of fleshy leaves. Many agave varieties are available with differences in leaf color some of which can be variegated. There are also significant size differences between varieties. Agaves do well in very low water situations. Agaves feature stunning leaf arrangements and dramatic forms that can lend a modern minimalist feel to a gardenscape.

Aloe

Genus: Aloe

Aloe are varied succulents that take on both rosette and branching forms. Some varieties have leaves with serrated edges while others are smooth. Most feature spring blooms on tall stalks. Some take on very symmetrical forms that make them striking focal points.

Calandrinia

Genus: Calandrinia Spectabilis

These lovely succulents feature gray green foliage that spreads horizontally in low rosette shaped mounds. The spring flowers appear at the top of slender two foot stems. Each stem produces multiple flowers for a long blooming season. The flowers are an eye-catching electric pink. The plants can take full sun in most gardens. Calandrinia are very hardy once established. New plants can be propagated from cuttings.

Echiveria

Genus: Echiveria

This low growing succulant is noted by it’s rosette form. The name itself “hen and chicks” comes from the formation on new rosettes at the base of the plant. In this way the plants can spread over a significant area. It is also a nice complement to succulant groupings and rock gardens. Some caution should be paid to avoiding areas with invasive grasses to reduce the need for weed removal. Attractive small flowers appear seasonally on the top of long stems.

Fire Sticks

Genus: Euphorbia Tirucalli

This succulent grows to approximately two feet with an appearance that resembles coral. Coloration ranges from green to an orange-red. The red versions offer very high ornamental impact. Propagation can be achieved through cuttings. The plant should be handled cautiously as the milky sap in the plant is extremely toxic but it stays compact and does not need to be pruned. New plants take some time to get going but they are hardy following this.

Sedum

Genus: Sedum

This succulent comes in many varieties and performs well as ground cover. Coloration, size, flowers and hardiness vary. Some forms appear to have small flat leaves. Others like those known by names such as “pork and beans” and “jelly beans” have a very distinctive appearance as succulents. Sedums do well interplanted with other succulents, used as ground cover, in borders and in rock gardens.

Trailing Ice Plant

Genus: Delosperma Cooperi

This compact ice plant is also called Cooper’s Ice Plant and Hardy Ice Plant. The profuse bright pink summer blooms carpet the plant. The foliage on the trailing ice plant is also attractive when it is not in bloom. New plants can be propagated with relative ease from cuttings and the plant fills in within a season. In successive years, planted areas can be trimmed back after blooming to prevent a rangy look. Growth that ventures too far is easy to pull out.