The 7 Most Popular Types of Succulents

SThe 7 Most Popular Types of Succulentsucculents are great plants for indoor and outdoor use if you live in the right climates. They are very easy to care for and you will never run out of types of succulents to plant. You can easily find the right variety for both beginners and experts alike.

There are so many different types of succulents that I cannot make you a complete list on a single page. These are the 7 most popular succulents to plant at home or in your office.


Crassula


Jade FlowerBy far the most popular of all the types of succulents, everyone love Cassula. This is a large group of succulents that includes the very common Jade plants that many grow. These are used in displays as well as bonsai all the time.

The green leaves are used to store water when it rains for use on days where water is hard to come by. They are very easy to propagate by simply removing a leaf and planting it in the soil with the tip facing down. In a few week, you will see it starting to sprout a new plant for you to add to your collection!


Echeveria


Echeveria is a flowering succulent native to Mexico and northern parts of South America. They produce flowers on short stalks surrounded by compact fleshy leaves. These leaves are typically bright in color in form a circle around the main stalk. You will often here this plant referred to as “hen and chicks” because the large plant will produce numerous offsets.

Just like most other types of succulents, Echeveria’s are extremely drought resistant. They will grow better if they are watered regularly but do not overwater. You can also propagate them easily by separating the offsets and planting them separately.


Sedum


These low growing succulents are great for ground cover and for trailing off of the edge of your pot. They are often referred to as “stonecrop” because the small leaves blend nicely with stones. They complement the Echeveria mentioned about very well.

There flower producing plants produce bunches of 5 flowers at a time. They very rarely produce more or less than 5. You can find Sedum species that tolerate heat but not cold, or some the tolerate cold but not heat, depending on what you are trying to achieve.


Aeonium


Aeonium succulentThese fleshy succulents are native to the eastern coast of Africa. They produce bright colored rosette leaves on a basal stem that stay growing low to the ground. They are the perfect choice to add a natural splash of color to your succulent beds or containers.

Aeonium need warmth and water in order to thrive in any environment. They can deal with drought conditions if they need to but would prefer moist conditions in all cases. This is one of the types of succulents that cannot be subjected to frost if you expect them to survive the winter!


Agave


This perennial succulent is unique in that each rosette flowers once before dying to make room for the next. They are great for large displays and planting alongside walkways, just make sure that you use a variety that does not produce spikes! You may see this type of succulent being called a “century plant” by most people.

Being native to the southwest United States through tropical South America, agave need warm weather. Most people mistake this plant for a species of cacti because they typically produce spikes, but they are actually classified as a monocot. They even produce several pound of edible flowers in their last season.


Aloe


Aloe is probably the most popular types of succulents that you will see used in the world today. These succulents need to stay nice and warm and will not survive most winters outdoors. They are native to Sought Africa but are very common in indoor succulent plantings everywhere else.

This species of succulent has long been cultivated for pharmaceutical purposes across the globe. The inner pulp of the plant has long been used to treat wounds of all sizes. These days, Aloe Vera is commonly used to help relieve the pain of a sunburn.


Dudleya


Dudleya BrittoniiThis fleshy succulents produce a chalky powder that give them the effect of a freshly baked pastry that was freshly dusted with sugar. They are native to the southwest North America where they soak in the full sunlight and high temperatures. The leaves are used to store water so that they can survive through times of drought.

It is suggested to plant Dudleya in a location that is shaded from rain so that you can harness the powder look without it being washed away. This also helps prevent the water from causing decay like you see in many different types of succulents. Most experts also suggest that you plant them at an angle so that water can run off instead of pooling in the middle of the plant.

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