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The Amazing Succulent
Just as some animals have adapted to living in dry, arid climates by ‘saving’ water internally, so have succulents!
These hardy plants have thicker, fleshy leaves and/or stems designed to absorb and hold water so they can survive for long periods of drought and high temperatures.
What does all this mean for you? These plants look great and live a long time with very little attention!
There are over 6000 species of succulents and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Some people might even be surprised to learn that cacti are a type of succulent!
What Makes Succulents Special?
Succulents have grown in popularity over the years as a great addition to gardens (or the subject of whole gardens themselves) because they are low maintenance and come in many different, striking varieties. From flowers and bushes to ground cover and even air plants, succulents serve as a showcase of adaptation and diversity.
Some of the most common and popular succulents are aloe and sedum, however there are many, many more. And because of the hardiness and versatility of these great plants, they can be used creatively in ways that most plants cannot. From wreaths to wall plaques to boutonnieres, the options are only limited by your imagination.
Succulents are also easy to propogate from cuttings so you can share them with friends and family or just spread them throughout your pots and flower beds! And since they are tougher than most plants, they can be an effective “training garden” plant for kids.