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Pictures of Cacti and Succulents(1/2)

Miss Chen
07-08

01Portulaca Picture

Plus Agave, Yucca

Cacti and succulents come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the tiny ones are best-suited to miniature garden arrangements, while giants such as the saguaro would be too big to be displayed suitably in some front yards! I use the terminology "cacti and succulents" here merely out of deference to popular convention. All cacti are, in fact, considered to be succulents (but not all succulents are cacti). View my pictures of cacti and succulents for some examples.

I include photos of the succulents known as agave and yucca in this gallery. Although often thought of in connection with cacti, agave and yucca belong to a group of plants distinct from cacti.

Succulents are known for their fleshy foliage. But other plants, as well, bear such "leathery" leaves, including:

Montauk daisy
Bitterroot
Portulaca plants (also commonly called "moss rose") are annuals....

However, these succulents reseed readily. Portulacas are a good choice for areas with poor soils, and they can stand up to a pounding sun all day long. They are also popular in hanging baskets, their prostrate growth habit allowing them to cascade down the side of a container. The different colors they come in look wonderful mixed together.

The edible weed named "purslane" is another type of portulaca.

02Pictures of Cacti and Succulents: Hen and Chicks

Mat-forming succulents, hen and chicks produces clusters of rosettes....

The parent rosettes are the "hens," and the smaller rosettes that spring from them are the "chicks." This low-growing (4") perennial will quickly spread to 2' or more in width. Although grown for its leaves, hen and chicks plant does flower, occasionally.

03Autumn Joy Stonecrop

Unlike the succulent in the prior picture, Autumn Joy stonecrop is very much grown for its flowers....

Sedum 'Autumn Joy wants full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil. A popular plant for xeriscaping, Autumn Joy is a good candidate for rock gardens.

04Frosty Morn Sedum

Some sedums bear variegated leaves....

The name of this sedum cultivar, 'Frosty Morn,' refers to the white tinges on its otherwise green leaves. 'Frosty Morn' is grown primarily for its foliage.

05Angelina Sedum Photo

The gold flowers that emerge in spring on Angelina sedum can be a nice bonus added to the appeal of its chartreuse foliage, as long as you don't mind the rather gangly stems they bloom on....

But for me, it's the chartreuse foliage of these succulents that is the main draw for growing them. I like both its color and its feel. Angelina sedum will spread over time, so if you make it a point to avoid growing plants that fail to receive the highest marks for being well-behaved, you may not wish to grow it.

Mass Angelina sedum plants together for use as a groundcover or short perennial border.
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