The popularity of succulent plants has exploded in recent years, due not only to the low-care requirements of these sun lovers but also because of the diversity of these fascinating plants. Special anatomical adaptations and colors make some succulents look like they belong more on another planet than on your windowsill.
1. Mexican Hens And Chicks
The Echeveria genus of succulents, also known as Mexican hens and chicks, encompasses hundreds of rosette-forming plants native to Mexico, Central America, and South America. The squared-off leaf tips of Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’ give it a sea urchin appearance and look handsome when planted in groups or combined with other succulents in a dish garden.
2. Plover Eggs
Sometimes called plover eggs plant, Adromischus cooperi sports pudgy little leaves dotted with purplish-grey speckles. The plants are especially sensitive to frost and must not be exposed to temperatures lower than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The speckles on plover egg plants will become more pronounced in bright sunlight.
3. Crinkle Leaf Plant
A South African relative of the kalanchoe, crinkle leaf plants (Adromischus cristatus) feature triangular leaves with lightly ruffled tips. Crinkle leaf plants tolerate a light frost, but grow best in a cool sunny spot with infrequent waterings.
4. Pebbled Tiger Jaws
Faucaria felina is the kind of plant that both attracts and repels the temptation to touch the strangely serrated leaves. In addition to the fascinating leaf form of pebbled tiger jaws, the plants may produce golden yellow flowers that nearly obscure the plant in fall and winter.
5. Baseball Plant
Euphorbia obesa is just the plump character to beef up your indoor container garden. Its spherical shape adds heft and textural interest to plantings, but don’t bear the spines one would expect on a round succulent. Weekly watering is pleasing to the baseball plant and will help it to live a long life in your home.
Graptopetalums such as ‘Topsy Debbie’ form rosettes of leaves that spread by offsets, which easily form new plants for your propagating pleasure. Plants must grow in full sun for best health and vigor.