Fascinating succulents

Fascinating succulents

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The so-called "succulent" plants can be a real source of amazement. Offering the most varied forms and showing extreme resistance - including cold for some! -, they confuse the amateur gardener who can then fall in love with them to the point of becoming a collector. The perfect opportunity to observe in detail their cutting, their flowering and even the change in color of their leaves for some. The succulents owe their name to the juice they contain, a mucilage very rich in water which serves as a reserve. Being so full of liquid allows them to withstand extreme conditions, as they exist in their regions of origin (mainly southern Africa). This water is stored in all or part of the plant (stems and / or leaves). A survival reflex for these desert plants which ask for nothing better than to flourish in our interiors or even in our gardens for the most rustic!

Echeveria pearl of Nuremberg

J-F. Mahé This succulent comes from Mexico. It also comes in the form of rosettes which develop until they can form a veritable carpet of plants. Its petals are of a beautiful purple color. When it blooms and is adorned with orange-red flowers, the spectacle is all the more beautiful!

Crassula corymbulosa

J-F. Mahé This crassula has an original shape due to its leaves which are arranged in a pyramid around the stem. In the sun, it can take on warm colors up to dark brown. Colors worthy of the Indian summer!

Crassula ovata gollum

J-F. Mahé This succulent stands out for its upright habit and its particularly fleshy leaves. It can go so far as to form real shrubs that will cover themselves with fine white flowers during the cold season. A safe bet!

Aptenia cordifolia variegata

J-F. Mahé Aptenia cordifolia variegata is a small perennial succulent with a very compact habit. It has a fragile appearance, which is confirmed by its easily brittle stems. Its rapid growth and its ability to crawl make it interesting in ground cover or in a rock garden. In a warm and sunny climate, it will be brightened with red-pink or purple flowers, similar to daisies.

Aloe peglerae

J-F. Mahé What a formidable kiss that that of Aloe peglerae! Better to keep your distance with this beautiful with sharp teeth. The shape of its gray-green leaves evokes that of the artichoke.

Portulacaria afra mediopicta

J-F. Mahé This crassula is native to southern Africa. Its shrub shape combined with its small size gives it the appearance of bonsai. The bark is a pretty reddish brown and the leaves are fleshy and shiny.

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

J-F. Mahé Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a very decorative variety because of its particularly large leaves, growing in pairs, a soft greyish green highlighted with red at the ends. It flowers in the fall, emitting a large pole decorated with yellow flowers.

Two-colored Gasteria

J-F. Mahé The two-tone Gasteria is a succulent native to southern Africa. As it grows, it will produce several rosettes of leaves marked with lighter, grainy spots.

Aichryson ortuosum

J-F. Mahé Very original, the Aichryson comes in the form of a very branched bush. We could even compare it to a dwarf tree! The foliage is fleshy and composed of small, slightly fluffy leaves forming rosettes.


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