Not only are succulents great for landscaping because they’re drought-resistant, they also come in a variety of intriguing shapes, colors, and sizes. To help you find the perfect plants for your landscape, we have put together a list of our favorite nine succulents for landscaping.
Lithops, commonly called living stones, are native to southern Africa. Their coloring and shape look like pebbles or stones which helps them avoid being eaten. Living stones are notable for having nearly no stem. Many of the leaves are often buried beneath the soil with only the leaf window visible.
The torch plant comes in two varieties, the octopus plant and the lace aloe. The octopus plant is recognizable by its red/orange flowers that bloom with wide green and yellow rosettes. The lace aloe is stemless and has dense rosettes that are toothed and dark green.
This cactus draws the eye with bright pink/red flowers that bloom atop of the stemless green body. The white bristles are often referred to as “little brush” and are made up of spine clusters.
Also known as the crassula arborescens, the silver dollar jade plant is characterized by the leaves which resemble the size and shape of a silver dollar. The plant commonly blooms in the winter and can produce white and pink flowers.
The parodia is native to Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay. The ball cactus reflects its name with its round shape. It is also notable for the being spiny and deeply ribbed.
There are currently 200 known species of mammillaria. Mammillaria can also be called the “pincushion cactus” and has many tubercles (small rounded protuberance) from which bristles or wool grow.
The echinocereus is a small to medium sized cactus which grows large flowers and edible fruit. The spines of these cacti are often colorful and the flowers last longer than any other cactus.
The haworthia refers to small succulent plants that look like miniature aloe plants. The hawthoria stand apart from the aloe with the distinctive flower it grows. It is often stemless, but some varieties grow stems up to 20 inches in length.
The easter lily cactus, or echinopsis oxygona, is native to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. The cactus itself is distinct in its round shape while a large tube will often grow with a large white flower that blooms at the end. The easter lily cactus gives off a faint scent.
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