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10 most common succulent growth forms, Types of succulent plants



Types of Echeveria Succulent Plants, Types of Rosette Shaped Succulents

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This is the most common form of many succulent genus. If a plant grows in a rosette form, the leaves will radiate from the center stalk either right at ground level or close to the ground. This leaf pattern resembles the shape of a rose, which is why it is called ‘rosette’. Rosette succulents need enough sunlight to maintain their compact shape and prevent etiolation. Most Echeveria, Sempervivum, and Sedum have this unique feature. Their exquisite look makes them a great choice for gifting and home decoration.


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Trailing succulents, like Donkey Tail or String of Pearls, have distinctive long stems that often overflow from their containers. They can reach up to a few feet long at maturity, and are a favorite among houseplant lovers. Most hanging succulents can be easily propagated from leaves or stem cuttings.


Types of creeping succulents, Sedum stonecrop succulents, Ground cover plants

The “creeping succulent” often share similar traits like long, flexible stems, growing in clusters and can easily put down roots as they spread out laterally. Most of these succulents, such as Sedum Stonecrop, are excellent choices as ground-cover plants, since they can prevent soil erosion, and add a pop of color to deserted lands.


Adenium Jade plants, Fat Plants, Bonsai Plant, types of succulents

Adenium, or so-called 'fat plants', have interesting, tree-like traits. They have woody stems and leaves like trees, but are more bulbous. Over time, their enlarged water-storing trunk can develop into an interesting form. They are often grown as bonsai.


Types of vertical succulents, crassula types

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Some succulents have tall, vertical stems. Their leaves are often densely packed and stacked along the stem. Depending on different genus, growing conditions, and age, each plant can reach a height of 3-12 inches at maturity. Most Crassula and Sedum, and some Senecio share this growth form.


Lithops Living Stones Succulent Plant, Types of succulent plants

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Lithops and Split rock are typical examples for this unique growth form. They truly live up to their nickname, 'living stone'. Their stone-like appearance helps to camouflage from hungry animals. Along with their unusual existence comes special watering needs. For more detailed information about these rock-like plants, click here!


Types of bulbs succulent plant, How to care for succulents

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These are bulbous, small plants that can thrive in drought conditions. Their leaves arise from underground bulbs, which they have instead of stems. Silver Squill and Frizzle Sizzle are two of the most cultivated bulbs, favored by succulent growers. These attractive, chubby succulents are popular to many collectors of rare and unusual plants.


types of shrubs succulents

This term is used to describe succulents that grow in large bushes. Cactus of the Opuntia genus are the most recognizable shrub-like succulents. They can be grown indoors near a sunny windowsill, but would perform best as outdoor plants. When grown in proper conditions, they are very robust and can produce new pads within a few months.


Types of Leafless succulents

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Leafless succulents are succulents that have very few or no leaves. Most leafless succulents belong to the Cactus genus. This might sound unusual, but this is how these succulents evolved to adapt to extreme living conditions. The leaves turn into spines to reduce water loss, and their stems become fleshy to store more water. Many people favor leafless succulents for their low-maintenance nature and exotic look.

Stemless, Loose Rosette

Types of Stemless, loose rosette Succulents

Aloe, Haworthia, and Agave are among the most known stemless succulents. Their leaves form loose rosettes with no central stem. These succulents are resilient and can tolerate filtered sun, which makes them a great addition to your indoor collection.


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