Plant Identification for Novices Like Me

What Is This Succulent?

How many times do you see a succulent plant and want to know its name?

Someone is always asking for help identifying a succulent or sedum. I am rarely any help even if I may have seen a plant so many times, but I cannot remember the name…if I ever even knew it in the first place. And I know a scientific name in a few instances, if at all.

tray of cuttings-hypertufa-gardenerI think that my pages should include  photos  of some of my  plant varieties that I have planted and that you may want to plant too.  So I will plan on including the names if known.

But to be fair, you may need to see a lot more plants than my little garden collection has. So here are some links that I have found which  can be used to identify succulents:

http://www.worldofsucculents.com

http://www.succulent-plant.com

http://www.succulentguide.com

You will find so many plants that you will love!

Each year I say  that  I am not getting any tender succulents that I have to bring inside. It’s just too hard for me to keep them healthy until the following  spring.

But what do I do? Get a pretty plant which I know will possibly need to come inside. I tell myself I will just enjoy it for the summer, but no! Each time, in the fall, I end up setting up shelves and lights in the basement.

Basement garden

I try to keep all of them alive and healthy so that I can put them back outside the following year. But they never do as well inside and it is discouraging. But you can increase your collection by propagating your existing plants and get a head start on the new year.

These cuttings of donkey tail sedum  (sedum morganianum) are so easy to propagate. Each of the little “beans” that fall off can be stuck into a gritty soil mix and will quickly take root and give you a new plant.

 I don’t have a lot of luck with aloes. I had one bloom late last fall but it must have been its last attempt to survive. I know there is something more that I should have done, but it eludes me and I will just have to keep reading and studying to figure that out.  Meanwhile I just have to stay away from them until I learn more.

But I will just keep at it because it is just what I do.  How are all your plants coming along this year?

Let’s go get more!

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Kim, The Hypertufa Gardener

Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.

Of course, I have some recipes and some random family concerns which I hope interest you too! Please page through the Magazine and find what you like! and Subscribe!

I also have a YouTube channel called Kim’s Gardens where you can see my hypertufa as I make them. ( See My About Page)

 

One thought on “What Is This Succulent?

  • February 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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    I think this may be the name? 'Calico Kitten' - Crassula marginatas cv. rubra 'variegata' . I found a picture of it. Mine has been inside all winter, but had a pink edge to its leaves which is only slightly noticeable. Reply

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