These fascinating plants are wonderful examples of how adaptable nature is. In order to handle drought conditions, succulent plants have the ability to store moisture which they use slowly, enabling them to survive until the next rain comes.
Water is stored in the thick fleshy leaves, swollen stems and sometimes even in the roots.
There are literally thousands of species in this Genus and because they are so tolerant and easy to grow, once the succulent bug has bitten you, you will want to become a collector of these fascinating plants.
Like a fat slice of dark chocolate cake for your garden, this near-black succulent produces dense clumps of rosettes with leaves emerging green before darkening to a sumptuous chocolatey brown. Easy to grow in soil with good drainage. Extra showy, bright red flowers appear in Autumn or Winter. Tolerates some shade, but chocolate colour is best in full sun. Evergreen
Colour: Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 25cm x 25cm
This is one of the wonders of the plant world. Handsome grey succulent leaves a metre or more long form a large rosette on top of a metre tall trunk and, when inclined after several years, it sends up a flower stem 4 to 5 metres tall which holds weeping branches carrying hundreds of greeny white bell flowers. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Habit: Rosette Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m