Succulent plants run the gamut from cacti to sedum, with many categories in between. They are a terrific choice for both indoor and outdoor gardens. With their often unusual and ornamental shapes and sizes, they add much to your landscape with little or no care.
Succulents are plants whose parts are thick and fleshy. Their stems enable them to collect and retain the moisture necessary for their survival, often for months at a time in hot, dry areas. Some can also tolerate high levels of dissolved minerals found in dry lake beds or the seacoast, which are often fatal to other plants. The spines and hairs on various cacti and succulents help trap the dew in the air while their waxy coatings prevent the release of moisture back into the atmosphere. Their roots are spread wide just below the soil in order to catch and keep whatever rain falls. Stonecrops, Hens and Chicks, and other various sedum varieties are great examples of succulents that can be grown in our local landscapes. Most are drought and deer resistant, can survive both heat and cold, and bring much interest to those rocky, hard to grow anything parts of our garden… Sue Becker, Bedford Extension Master Gardener
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