Bromeliads are a type of Succulent.

Graptopetalum paraguayensis , or the “ghost plant”, is a great, trailing, wandering, ground cover. We love the colors that this plant brings out in a design, complementing the blues, pinks, and purples that so many of the gorgeous succulents have to offer. Each plant has its own unique coloring and shades to offer. It’s extreme hardiness and coloring make it an incredibly versatile plant. We’ve seen it used as a sprawling ground cover, mounding up and filling in entire planters, or for spot color in the smallest of arrangements. Something overlooked, or sometimes unknown about succulents, is that stress brings out their best color. It’s often a combination of factors that causes the stress and each succulents vibrance, but colder temperatures, less water, and more sun, are the big three factors that come into play. Most succulents, in full sun, in the winter, receiving just the right amount of water, will have the best color here in Southern California. With that being said, there is no “one size fits all” answer to bringing out the best color in each plant. Experiment, tweak, and enjoy playing with your succulents.

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Agave Gypsophila

The Fan Aloe, or Aloe Plicatilis, is an extremely branching, highly variable, and thus exceedingly unique plant. Growing as a multi branched shrub, or even a small tree, with specimens reaching 10’-15’ tall! Each stem has its own cluster of individual leaves that run...
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Desert Rose

Adenium obesum is a succulent member of the Oleander family. It originates in East Africa, from regions where it rains frequently in the summer, but is very dry in winter. It blooms in the early spring, and again in the fall. The Desert Rose needs a nice dry soil mix,...
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Century Plant Agave Americana

The Century Plant, Blue Agave, or Agave Americana, are some of the largest in the agave family and are recognizable anywhere. Comically named the century plant, it truly only lives 10 - 30 years. The large sword shaped, gray-green leaves spread open in a rosette up to...
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Aloe Hybrid Sunset at sunset

As promised, a photo of the Aloe Hybrid Sunset at Sunset. There are well over 500 cultivars of aloe, many of which are recent hybrids, and more often than not, we the growers, can’t tell them apart. But this aloe, Hybrid Sunset, is a remarkable hybrid. Kelly Griffin,...
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Elephant Bush Flowers

Nearly all plants flower. Trees, shrubs, vines, and even weeds produce flowers. However, in many cases, it takes many years for a plant to reach a flowering maturity and can be an uncommon sight. The flowers on the portulacaria afra, or “Elephants Food” (because in...
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Euphorbia Tirucalli ‘Pencil Cactus’

While the Euphorbia Tirucalli can be a very rewarding plant, we must be very careful in where we plant them and in propagation. The milky white latex found in the plant can be dangerous to the skin and most definitely will cause serious damage if swallowed, or if any...
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Kalanchoe Orgyalis Copper Spoons

The golden bronze leaves on this Kalanchoe give it the same finish as a new copper penny. Branching, succulent shrub that if given the proper conditions can reach up to 6’ tall. They way this plant gets its name is almost as interesting as the plant itself. Kalanchoe...
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Echeveria Afterglow

Have you ever taken a close look at the leaves on your succulents? They can tell you a lot about themselves. While all succulents tend to have a more “plump” appearance, some do more than others. A good, general, guideline with succulents is to water them based on the...
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Plants that store water

What are succulents? Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves, stems, and even roots. It also gives them a more swollen, or fleshy appearance. In fact, the term succulence is specifically given to these plants for this ability. We can also typically...
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Agave Lophantha – Quadricolor

We love the versatility of this agave. Quadricolor has the ability to be paired and contrasted with so many different colors. Each green leaf has an exterior yellow variegation and a lime green center, giving the leaf itself three distinct colors. The green allows it...
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