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Luminous jelly beans: Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’

Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ is an especially pink cultivar of the stonecrop succulent known as pork and beans or jelly bean plant. This attractive ground-cover form should stay to about 6 inches high but it can spread to about 3 feet, in part because it roots easily from stems and leaves. 

Look for Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ on our retail shop or wholesale shop

 

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Add zest, spice with Echeveria ‘Lime n’ Chile’

Echeveria ‘Lime n’ Chile’ is an Altman Plants original hybrid that forms rosettes of chunky lime-green leaves and produces a veritable bouquet of tangerine/gold flowers.

Look for Echeveria ‘Lime n’ Chile’ on our retail shop or wholesale shop

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Caught in the grip of succulent jaws

Faucaria tigrina (tiger jaws), a native of South Africa, is a clump-forming succulent with thick, fleshy, triangular green leaves that are lined with soft, recurved teeth. Watch our tiger jaws whisperer Tom get up-close and personal with this striking plant.

Look for Faucaria tigrina at our retail shop or wholesale shop. Read our blog post about Faucaria tigrina here.

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A pet zebra for your home

Zebra plant was one of the species that turned our succulent guru Tom Jesch onto succulents. This haworthia can tolerate low light better than can most succulents, making it a fabulous choice for a spot indoors.

Look for Haworthia fasciata, or zebra plant, at our retail shop or wholesale shop.

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Get to know this jewel of a succulent hybrid

Our succulent guru Tom Jesch gets a little goofy while talking about a gem of a Pachyphytum x Echeveria hybrid commonly known as little jewel.

Look for Pachyveria ‘Glauca’, or little jewel, at our retail shop and wholesale shop.

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The heir to the succulent throne: Echeveria ‘Black Prince’

Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ is unusual for an echeveria in that its leaves can appear nearly black in color. Red flowers appear in fall to winter.

Look for Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ at our retail shop and wholesale shop.

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Hanging around with string of bananas

Senecio radicans is commonly known as string of bananas because its cascading stems resemble strings and strings and strings of green bananas. Those pendant “strings,” which can hang to 5 feet unless trimmed, make this succulent a perfect fit for a hanging basket. It also excels in arrangements as a contrasting element to flashier specimens such as echeverias and aeoniums.

Look for Senecio radicans, or string of bananas, at our retail shop and wholesale shop.

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Old man Andes has a point: The purposeful hairiness of Oreocereus celsianus

This old man dwells far above the sea, although you won’t encounter “him” unless you’re exploring the mountains of Argentina, Bolivia, or Peru. It is in those high-up places that old man of the Andes cacti stand like snowy sentinels, eventually reaching up to 10 feet tall. 

We recommend planting a specimen with porous cactus soil that allows for adequate or better drainage. Try to avoid watering Oreocereus celsianus during overcast or humid weather, or on cold winter days. Outdoors, this mountain native is fine with full sun, but it does not care for extreme heat. If indoors, it will want to be near a sunny window.

Look for old man of the Andes cactus at our retail shop and wholesale shop.

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Explore the rugged character known as golden barrel cactus

There’s not a whole lot of mellow about the eye-popping, golden-yellow sphere officially known as Echinocactus grusonii, which belongs in the orbit of every gardener who desires a space light on fuss but deep with dramatic appeal. The color, texture, and shape of golden barrel cactus lend interest, definition, and contrast to any composition. For maximum effect, group it in threes.

It can be grown in a container on a warm, bright patio or in full sun in a garden landscape. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Can tolerate temperatures below freezing for brief periods, but is best to protect from frost to prevent scarring.

Golden barrel cactus is available at our retail shop and our wholesale shop.

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A happy-glow-lucky, shy-but-strong ‘Lola’

Tom talks about a hens-and-chicks succulent that will light up your landscape or glow from a container: Echeveria ‘Lola’. The plant forms a sculpted rosette with a somewhat “rosebud” shape. Leaves are alabaster marble with a delicate blush of pinkish violet and tipped with rose. Rosette gives the impression of alabaster wax suffused with violet. Flowers are peach, bell-shaped and appear in spring. Would look great in a centerpiece or bridal bouquet.

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