5 Main Benefits of Succulents in Your Home

Benefits of succulents

Everyone can see that succulents are beautiful and make amazing home decor. But that’s not all succulents are good for! There are so many other uses and benefits of succulents besides just looking pretty. They improve air quality, have lots of medicinal uses, can improve your concentration, and more. 

Today, we’re going to cover five of the amazing benefits you’ll get from keeping succulents in your home. If you weren’t already a succulent collector, you will be after reading this post!

Succulents Improve Air Quality

Did you know that succulents can clean the air?

Succulents, like aloe and snake plants, are particularly good at removing toxins from the air. However, you’ll still benefit from keeping any succulent in your home as they will improve the air quality as well!

All plants have pores on their leaves that allow them to absorb gases in the air, including ones that aren’t good for you to breathe, like benzene and ammonia. So ditch that loud, noisy air purifier and get yourself some succulents!

Succulents also humidify the air, which improves the air quality in your home even more! They release water vapor through the pores in their leaves during photosynthesis, which puts a little extra moisture in the air and prevents it from getting too dry. Check out our more in-depth conversation about if succulents clean the air!

Dry indoor air can cause unpleasant symptoms, like sore throats and dry skin that nobody wants, so head to the garden center and pick up some more succulents today. They will enhance your home as well as give you health benefits! And you get to pick out cute little planters like these to put all your new succulents in!

Read more: Impressive Indoor Garden Ideas

Succulents Have Medicinal Properties

Succulents have been used throughout history to treat medical problems like cuts, burns, stomachaches, and more. Lots of them have medicinal properties, including aloe vera and yucca.

Several parts of aloe vera plants have medical benefits, including the juice and gel.

Aloe vera juice has become a pretty popular drink—you can get it at just about any health food store. It’s known to help reduce inflammation, especially in the digestive tract, so lots of people drink it to help with stomach problems.

Aloe vera gel has tons of benefits for the skin and is a common ingredient in body lotions and face creams. Rumor has it that Cleopatra applied it to her face daily to keep it looking supple and soft! That isn’t all. Check out our article about how this succulent helps treat eczema.

Historically, yucca was used to treat cuts and scratches, but now it’s also used as a treatment for arthritis. Yucca has saponins and other antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and ease joint pain. You can take yucca as a supplement, but we also like to cut it up and turn it into some delicious oven baked fries!

Succulents Improve Your Concentration

You already knew that keeping succulents on your desk can give you a boost of happiness at work, but did you know that it can improve your productivity and focus too?

That’s right! Two recent studies confirmed that keeping plants at your desk boosts your concentration so you can tackle your tasks faster.

The first study in 2011 had one group of people perform a reading task at a basic wooden desk with nothing on it, and a second group performs the same task at a desk with lots of plants around it. Unsurprisingly, the group surrounded by a bunch of pretty plants performed much better! A second study conducted in 2015 confirmed the findings, so you can definitely improve your concentration and attention just by keeping some beautiful succulents on your desk.

Your succulent habit will more than pay for itself because of that raise you’ll get at work for being super productive!

Excited to bring some succulents into your office? Check out these two articles to make sure your work environment is succulent-friendly— “Can Succulents Survive in My Work Environment” and “5 Office Succulents You Wish You Had at Work!”

Succulents Make a Tasty Snack

While we don’t recommend that you pick up a random succulent off your shelf and start munching on it, we do recommend that you check out a few different types of edible succulents, including sea beans, pineapple, yucca, and some species of cacti, like opuntia and saguaro! Aside from this list, check out an additional 6 edible succulents that will excite your tastebuds!

Sea beans are super good for you and are gaining popularity in the culinary world. They might be a little harder to get your hands on than the ordinary green beans you see in grocery stores, but it’s worth it to track some sea beans down!

They have a flavor and texture that’s similar to asparagus, but they’re a little bit saltier because they’re grown on salt marshes and beaches. You can eat them raw or pan fry them up and serve them alongside some fish for a quick, healthy meal. They’re rich in protein, calcium, iron, and iodine, so you’ll definitely get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals if you include this succulent in your diet!

You already know we love to make fries out of yucca, but you’re probably wondering what in the world could we benefit from with a cactus?! Well, we love to cut it up and make a salsa out of it. We love to throw a little bit of pineapple and a hot pepper like habanero into the salsa too.

It sounds a little weird, but trust us—it’s super tasty and has health benefits too! Salsa made with cactus has lots of vitamin C and fiber, plus it’s low in calories. Opuntia leaves only have 23 calories per cup, so it’s a much more diet-friendly taco topping than guacamole. That leaves you lots of extra calories for margaritas!

Speaking of tasty snacks, if you want unlimited grocery delivery straight to your door for only $14.99 from Amazon, click here to sign up! We have it for the office and it comes in handy quite often actually, our favorite snacks are these nut mixes right now!

Taking Care of Succulents Reduces Stress

Studies have shown that taking care of houseplants reduces stress. After a long day at work, coming home and tending to your plants can help reduce your blood pressure, calm you down, and recover from the stress of all the mental tasks you completed during the day.

Succulents aren’t fussy or hard to care for, so they might even reduce your stress more than other plants! For the most part, you won’t have to worry about killing them, especially if you follow all of the succulent care tips we show here. The main thing you should watch out for is overwatering, but besides that, caring for your succulents will be a breeze!

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Now that you know all of the benefits of having succulents in your home, are you going to buy a few (or a few more)? Let us know which types of succulents you’re going to adopt in the comments section below or share your stories in our exclusive Facebook group, Succulent City Plant Lounge!

To continue enhancing your succulent knowledge, check out these informative articles from Succulent City! Take a look at Are Succulents Poisonous?, Caring for Succulents in the Spring, and How Long Do Succulents Live?.

Did you enjoy reading this post? If so, you’ll really enjoy the ebook about All the Types of Succulents for Indoor & Outdoor. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents.

Happy planting!

Who is the Queen of the Night Succulent?

Queen of The Night Succulent

Queen of the night cactus is a darling. Not just among succulents’ enthusiasts; but ages long cultures view it in a revering light.

Is it because of the name “queen” in it?

Or was the name as result of the elevation in the first place?

Wonder no more because you’re about to get all the juice right below. But only if you keep reading.

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Epiphyllum Oxypetalum

Queen of the night cactus is a member of the Cactaceae family, just like any other cactus. Further on, it is among the 19 species that make up the Epiphyllum genus, this particular one (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) being the most popular.

On occasions, the epiphyllum oxypetalum plant has been referred to as night-blooming cereus though has no relation to the night-blooming species in the Cereeae tribe.

Besides queen of the night, this species is also referred to as the Dutchman’s pipe cactus. There is a lot more names given to this plant in different cultures as you’ll get to see in a few.

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Description & Characteristics of the Queen of the Night Cactus

Epyphyllum oxypetalum has a varied stem growth. The stems don’t just grow erect from the ground, but can be sprawling, ascending or scandent and also bear numerous branches.

Primary stems have woody bases, a cylindrical shape up to a height of 6m and are laterally flat. Meanwhile, secondary stems are flat with oval tapering ends.

Flowers are large, white in color and fragrant – only that you’ll have to check them out during the night if you want enjoy them.

What is the origin of the Queen of the Night cactus plant?

The epiphyllum oxypetalum species like many other succulent plants and cactus plants has been found to be a native of southern Mexico and parts of south and central America.

The Queen of the Night cactus plant is quite a popular plant owing to its extensive cultivation. This has definitely bolstered its population and hence the designation “Least Concern” by the IUCN.

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Interesting facts about the Queen of the Night

Queen of the night cactus isn’t just another cutie pie succulent. In some cultures, it has been assigned particular notions that are reflected in the names it’s identified as.

  • The Japanese refer to it as Gekka Bijin meaning beauty under the moon.
  • In Indonesia it’s a flower of triumph (Wijaya Kusuma)
  • In Sri Lanka it’s a flower from heaven (Kadupul)
  • Indians have named it Brahma Kamalam, after the Hindu god of creation lord Brahma. According to their beliefs, your wishes will be fulfilled if you offer your petitions to God when the plant’s flower is blooming.

The Chinese on the other hand use it figuratively to refer to someone who scores a sudden but short-lived moment of success – just like the flower of this plant that blooms at night but can’t live to see the next dusk.

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How to Care for Queen of the Night Cactus Plants— the Right Way

Being a succulent, this is an easy peasy plant to take care of in your garden of succulents and cacti. You know, like being light-handed on some care aspects that should otherwise be thorough and so on.

For a robust and low maintenance cactus of this kind, here are the minimum specifics to keep in mind for the epiphyllum oxypetalum plant.

Should you keep your Queen of the Night hydrated?

The queen of the night cactus hates water just as any succulent out there. So, be sure to heed this if you want it to thrive. If you didn’t know already, succulents and cacti do not need as much water as other plants in order to thrive.

If anything they need less water and should only be watered when fully dried out. (Drainage holes and breathable pots/planters are what allows these types of plants to thrive best).

From spring all the way to fall, the watering frequency should be once every 2 weeks. Keep a lookout if the soil is still damp or moist, if it is, stretch out the watering process another couple days or 1 more week to ensure there will be no rotting.

Come winter, cut back on watering to allow the top soil to dry up completely. That means you’ll be watering once every 4-6 weeks.

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What are the ideal temperatures for the Queen of the Night cactus?

This particular cactus thrives in Zone 10 and 11. (If you’d like to know what zone your other plants are use this plant hardiness tool to find out). So, you’ll have to bring them inside during winter if you’re based in zones where minimum average temperatures can hit 35°F during winter.

Temperatures between 50°F and 90°F are ideal for this kind of cactus.

Proper soil and fertilization for Queen of the Night Cacti

Be sure to use a well-draining soil mix for your queen of the night cactus. That way you’re sure its roots are safe from rot that comes by as a result of excessive moisture due to the soil holding water for too long.

Use a commercial cactus and succulent mix or create your own by mixing regular potting soil with pumice/perlite and coarse sand.

Apply a low nitrogen fertilizer once a month from spring to fall. Alternatively, you can use a natural fertilizer (compost).

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Sunlight recommendations for your Queen of the Night Cactus

Direct sunlight and this cactus don’t get along well. Remember in the natural habitat it grows on other plants shielding itself against direct rays in their shade. So, if your region is ideal, planting them outside should be under bigger plants.

Placing this cactus in an environment where it’s closely matched to its natural habitat is ideal.

But for indoors, a couple of hours by a window will go a long way.

Propagating the Queen of the Night Cactus

Before we begin, if you haven’t checked out our article on propagating succulents successfully, we highly recommend you read it and learn the overall process behind propagation and why it works.

If you want to increase the number of your cacti quick, go with the cuttings option. Of course seeds are also an avenue but the wait is going to be a little longer.

For cuttings, make sure to make them either in summer or spring 2-3 weeks after the flowering season. Make a cutting long enough for planting and allow it sometime (a week is good) for the cut part to dry. Whatever you use should be sharp and clean to avert any infections. We highly recommend getting a handy tool like this for easy cuts, it’ll make your life so much easier.

Proceed to insert the cutting in a well-draining moist potting mix. (For organic enthusiasts and practitioners you might want to use this organic soil mix by The Next Gardener). Place the pot in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Water every time the soil dries up until the plant is off to a start when you can now adopt the watering routine above.

Remember, less water is better than more water for these types of plants.

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How can you Repot the Queen of the Night Cactus Safely

The epiphyllum oxypetalum plant is going to outgrow its original pot as the years go by, like anything that grows. So, repotting is a sure thing if you want to keep your plant beaming.

Again, give it some time after the flowering season, usually a month is enough. Fill the bottom of the new pot with gravel to aid drainage.

Now carefully pull out the plant by its root ball from its current pot and place it in the above pot. Make sure it isn’t stuck. Otherwise, loosen up the soil mix by passing a gardening knife or garden shovel through it in a back and forth motion along the edges of the pot. Fill up the pot with a fresh mix and give it a week before watering. Allow the soil to dry for a month before doing it again after which you can proceed with the usual frequency above.

Pests & Problems to Look Out for your Queen of the Night

Queen of the night cactus is vulnerable to attacks from common pests that munch other cacti and succulents. These include mealybugs, slugs, aphids and scale bugs – among a host of others. It is important to check your plants regularly for signs of these little intruders.

Apply any of the following in case you spot them:

  • Spray the epiphyllum oxypetalum plant using a combination of rubbing alcohol and water
  • Spray with the required pesticide or insecticide
  • Blow them off using a jet of water. Just be sure to keep the soil covered so as it doesn’t end up being waterlogged.

Fungal Leaf Spot

What is fungal leaf exactly? It’s like a deteriorating plant typically spotted when a plant becomes covered in black/brown patches. Not only is it not appealing but it can be a sign your plant needs more attention to overcome this.

For a severe case, it may be impossible to salvage the plant entirely and propagating a new one is the only worth while step. But in case of just a few spots, using a fungicide is a big saver. With more than 100 reviews we believe this fungicide from Souther AG will be a safe bet if you’re using method.

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Uses of Queen of the Night Cactus

Besides the epiphyllum oxypetalum plant being ornamental, it can be used for the following.

  • Strengthen heart tissue
  • Alleviate heart pain
  • Calm the nervous system

Where Can I Buy A Queen of the Night Cactus?

In a lot of places.

With the Queen of the Night’s popularity, it is easy to come across a piece of it in succulents’ retailers either offline or online. This cactus being amongst the more popular cacti won’t be hard to come by when searching for it.

Offline, walk into your local nursery and grab one for yourself or pick it up from your friend’s place – with their expressed permission, of course.

Online, you have a lot of places to choose from including Amazon, Etsy, Succulent Box, Mountain Crest Garden etc.

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Think you’ll have yourself a Queen of the Night cactus plant now? As beautiful as they are, they’re also low maintenance! Easy to care for and the right amount of neglect goes a long way, not your typical high maintenance Queen.

Did you enjoy this article but are still confused and have more questions you’d like answered? Feel free to join our exclusive group at the Succulent Plant Lounge. We have members asking questions daily and are being answered from our awesome members as well.

If you’d like this read you’re going to love our full in-depth ebooks! With so many of our succulent lovers asking for more, we listened and can’t wait to share it with you here! With our very detailed ebooks, you’ll get more information than these short articles, some ebooks are 30+ pages, perfect for a weekend read.

Thanks for reading with us, and like always, happy planting out there!

Sedum Morganianum— the Burros Tail Succulent Plant

Sedum Morganianum Burros Tail

You’ll agree with me that in the recent years the popularity of succulents has grown in leaps and bounds. These little chaps are seen in almost everything, from hanging planters like the image below to boutonnieres. The succulent fandom is not only sweeping the internet, but also botanical gardens, home décor stores, and plant nurseries.

They’re not only idiosyncratic, cute little plants trending in gardens, but also being used as wedding and home décor nuggets.

The wide plethora of these unique plants leaves a succulent newbie literally spoilt for choice. From the “living pebbles” to the stoic saguaro cacti, succulents are one of the most diverse plant groups.

What if I introduced you to the world of the most sought-after and versatile succulents of our age? Ladies and gentlemen, help me welcome: Mr. Burro’s tail.

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Sedum Morganianum

The burro’s tail is a descendant of the genus Sedum, hailing from the Crassulaceae family. The scientists saw it fit to name it Sedum morganianum. It’s popularly known as the burro’s tail, horse’s tail, lamb’s tail or donkey’s tail. Burro’s tail was thus named because of its pendulous stems and overlapping leaves that resemble an animal’s tail.

This perennial succulent is native to southern Mexico and Honduras. Sedum morganianum has been cultivated since 1935, however, it’s true origin was discovered in 2008 by Mexican botanists in Tenampa, Veracruz. Best used as an indoor hanging plant, burro’s tail is extensively grown as a house plant in Northern America.

Sedum morganianum is an award-winning, ever-green, easy-to-grow succulent with trailing stems arising from the base that may grow up to 3 feet long or more. The burro’s tail scooped the Royal Horticultural Society’s award of Garden Merit in 1993 – even before it’s native origin was discovered!

This attractive succulent has long trailing stems completely covered by thick, lance-shaped leaves that are blue-green in color. Burro’s tail is best grown in suspended pots or containers so that the stems can freely cascade downwards.

Though rare, sedum morganianum produces small, unscented, star-shaped flowers that are pink, red, or lavender in color during spring and summer.

This succulent, mostly thought to be a cactus, has brittle stems with loosely attached leaves that fall off at the gentlest touch. Due to its delicate nature, it’s advisable to keep it away from disturbances.

Sedum morganianum is sometimes confused with the Myrtle Spurge or the Creeping Spurge which is at times erroneously referred to as Donkey’s Tail plant. Myrtle Spurge is a highly poisonous plant that should be handled very cautiously.

The burro’s tail provides an intriguing texture as a houseplant or captivating green exterior in outdoors and landscapes.

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What Makes the Burro’s Tail so Popular?

  • It’s trailing stems covered by fleshy, blue-green leaves overhanging a pot displays a one-of-a-kind indoor aesthetic.
  • The succulent is easy to grow with very little care needed.
  • Simple propagation technique.
  • One can grow it as a houseplant or a garden plant.
  • Sedum morganianum can be grown in a small pot as it grows vertically downwards hence little space is needed.
  • It is pet and toddler friendly.
  • It does not need a lot of water to grow.

How to Take Care of Burro’s Tail Succulent

The burro’s tail is an easy-care succulent, suiting the neglectful plant care lover or the novice gardener. Whether grown out on the garden or as an indoor plant, growing a burro’s tail is quite a snap.

The following conditions are ideal for a healthy Sedum morganianum.

Lighting for Burro’s Tail

These succulents love bright sunlight, either directly or partially. A minimum of four hours is recommended. Avoid setting them up in the very hot sun as the leaves bleach out and turn yellowish instead of the original blue-green color.

Insufficient light will cause the stem to have longer internodes thus lack of leaf compaction giving it a skimpy tail.

When you grow it indoors, place it on a sunny window to ensure absorption of maximum light. Outdoor burros should be shielded from the very hot sun during the growing season to protect them from leaf color bleaching and cringing.

Ideal Climate for Burro’s Tails

In a tropical climate, the burro’s tail can stay outdoors throughout the year. Pull them indoors during freezing winter as they can’t stand it.

Sedum morganianum will grow well in room temperatures during the growing season. Ideal winter temperatures should be anywhere between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Sedum Morganianum @houseplantclub

Watering Burro’s Tail Succulent Plant

The burro’s tail is a succulent, which means it stores water mostly in its leaves. These plants use the stored water for its metabolic processes. They can use this water for quite some time. Therefore, the easiest way to kill a succulent would be overwatering it. Pumping a lot of water on succulents makes it more susceptible to root rot.

Use a watering tool like this to have better control of the amount of water you use.

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The best way of ensuring safe watering of the burro’s tail is by using the “soak and dry” method. This is making sure the soil dries out completely in between watering.

Give it a generous, thorough watering once in two weeks and every week while in its growing season. Reduce watering during winter as these plants are inactive and don’t grow a lot.

A sure-fire way of knowing when next to water your sedum morganianum is by investigating the leaves. Once the leaves begin to shriven, then it needs a drink – a thorough one.

Best Soil for Sedum Morganianum

Like most succulents, the burro’s tail thrives on well-drained soil specific to cacti and succulents. You can create your own well-draining soil mixture by augmenting regular soil with equal parts of pumice or perlite.

Never use pure garden soil on succulents. They hate soaked soil and it is the major cause of root rot. Instead, use grainy soil or mixed garden soil because it’s well-draining and never holds water in. Here’s a great grainy and mixed bag of soil from Bonsai Jack that is highly rated.

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To add a little bit of spice to your sedum morganianum, you can add worm castings to the soil. Burro’s tail fertilizer is really not necessary, but you can feed it twice or thrice only during its growing season. A weak solution of cactus fertilizer will get the job done.

Feeding it once a month is enough and during winter, don’t feed at all. Sedum morganianum doesn’t need any fertilizer during winter because it’s inactive. For a more in-depth guide read our article: “Best Soil for Succulents”.

Propagating Burro’s Tails

Propagating the burro’s tail is a very facile exercise. The plant can be propagated from stem or leaf cuttings. Propagating from leaves is the easiest. Simply pluck a few leaves from the burro’s tail stem and place them in moist soil.

After a few days, the propagated leaves will start to sprout. Once the baby burro’s tails are half an inch, you can transplant them in their own individual pots.

The stem propagation is also quite straight forward. Cut your desired stem-length. Remove the leaves a few inches from the bottom. leave the stem-cutting to dry for one week until it calluses.

Slightly moisten the soil and then plant the cutting. While planting, pin down your plant deep in the soil to avoid pulling off once it becomes heavy. The most important nutrient needed to grow sedum morganianum is lots of sunlight, therefore, place the new propagates near a window.

If you don’t have much experience with propagating succulents or plants in general, be sure to check our in-depth guide on how to propagate succulents successfully.

Repotting Burro’s Tail Succulent Plants

Repotting can always be done if the burro’s tail overgrows its pot or when the pot becomes too old to support the plant. Choose a pot with draining holes to keep your plants dry and easily breathing. We recommend using terra-cotta pots like the ones below as they help with water retention.

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Before repotting, ensure the soil is dry. Gently remove the plant from the current pot. Identify the rotted roots and get rid of them together with the old soil. In case of any cuts on the plant, treat with fungicides. Put the plant in a new pot and cover with well-draining soil. Let the plant remain dry for a week. Slowly begin watering it lightly to prevent root rot.

It is not advisable to repot mature plants severally because of the brittle nature of the plant. Too much handling of the burro’s tail results in plant damage and loss of leaves as they’re very delicate.

Read more with our article: “The Art of Repotting Succulents – the Right Way”.

Burro’s Tails Pests & Problems

Pests

The burro’s tail does not get attacked by a wide range of insects. The most common pests associated with burro’s tail is mealy bugs and aphids. You can hose them off with water or spray with a mixture of 1/5 rubbing alcohol to 4/5 water. If that fails to work, go for Neem oil which is an organic pest control alternative that is simple yet effective.

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Root rot

Only caused by two things; overwatering or poor draining soil. Rotting may also graduate to the stem and crown. In case you notice such, collect the healthy leaves and stem tips and get rid of the rest of the plant.

Low light issues

Insufficient light causes the burro’s tail to have longer internodes with scanty leaves attached to the stem. Prune the weak parts and move the plant to well-lit area and ensure it receives four hours of bright sunlight every day.

Dropping leaves

Not really a problem but it’s nice to know that Sedum morganianum is very brittle and just a slight brush will cause the leaves to drop. Hanging the succulent is best done in places where objects or people can’t brush against it.

Poison Concerns

As per the ASPCA, the burro’s tail does not contain any poison and it’s therefore non-toxic to humans and pets alike. Caution should be taken however, not to confuse the plant with the poisonous Creeping Spurge or Myrtle Spurge which is erroneously referred to as the donkey’s tail.

Tips for Burro’s Tails

A healthy and mature Sedum morganianum plant will yield the longest stems, growing up to 4 feet in length. To grow your burro’s tail really long, observe the following best practices.

  • Give your burro’s tail plenty of Bright sunlight. Not “sun heat.”
  • Avoid overwatering your plant. Give a thorough watering once or twice a month.
  • Keep the plant away from places where people may brush against it.
  • Burro’s tail thrives best in room temperature and doesn’t like freeze winter. Therefore, keep it warm.
  • Use well-draining soil, preferably a commercial cactus mix or your own mixture of garden soil combined with pumice or perlite.

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Where to Buy Burro’s Tails

Sedum morganianum is easily available in plant nurseries and home garden centers. You can also find it online in sites such as Etsy and Amazon. Read our new article about where you can buy succulents for a full in-depth how to.

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There you have it, the Sedum Morganianum succulent plant, also known as the burro’s tail. Be sure to read our other articles if you liked this one. We have more specific articles in the works now, in the meantime, comment your favorite succulent and we’ll write in-depth about it!

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8 Most Popular Succulents from Africa

8 Popular Succulents from Africa

Let’s be honest, some plants need more care than children or pets! Maybe you just don’t have the time, patience, or green thumb to deal with a fussy plant but at the same time, you want to avoid the disapproving look from ‘mother’ when she visits and every plant has died.

Or perhaps, allergies prevent you from having fresh daisies and roses close to you, but you still want the opportunity to be a plant parent.

Well, don’t stop ‘be-leaf-ing’!

There’s a fresh fad that has hit the streets and its taking ‘succers’ by storm.

Succulents are the way and they are here to stay!

Available and affordable, succulent has set the trend as decorating staples at events, restaurants, office focal points, outdoor landscaping and even walking down the aisle on a bridal bouquet.

Here is your chance to get inspired and keep that plant alive with this list of 8 of the most popular African succulents.

Not only are these African succulents gorgeous to look at, but you won’t pull your hair out keeping them alive. Here we go!

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let’s learn about some African succulents @holistichabits

Othonna Capensis—Ruby Necklace

This distant member of the sunflower family has its roots in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It also goes by the name “Ruby Necklace” or “Little Pickles” and is known locally as “Bobbejaankool”.

Talk about nicknames!

The Ruby Necklace, not to be mistaken by jewelry, This succulent has bean-like foliage that extends from vibrant, ruby-red stems. The succulent bean-like leaves vary in color from green to purple, depending on how much sunlight it is exposed to. The plant produces small, daisy-like flowers that may either be purple, white, or yellow, and it blooms all year round.

The Ruby Necklace’s popularity, amongst other succulents, has grown because of the adaptability of its vines for trailing and spilling. You can find it trending, like a delicious bunch of grapes, as it hangs from a ‘fruit and veg bowl’ when planted with rosette type succulents. It has also become a main feature of bridal bouquets. No matter the occasion, the Othonna Capensis‘ flexibly adjusts to fit its new home marvelously.

See 7 Fantastic Succulent Bouquets for some inspiration!

This fashionable plant not only looks attractive but is also fairly easy to maintain. It requires very little water, and only when the soil completely dries out. The flowers of the Ruby Necklace are a great attraction for pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, making it prominent as an environmental protector. You can even match your Ruby Necklace with this ruby colored pot! Maybe we should get this one for the team too, so many planters are too cute!

8 popular African succulents
radiant ruby necklace @withloveandkare

Crassula Ovata—The Jade Plant

When talking about popular succulents, no other plant is as world-renowned as the Mozambican native Jade Plant. From China to New York, this beauty can be found on the window sills of living rooms of different sizes, crossing cultures, and language barriers as a symbol of good luck. This legendary plant also goes by the names Lucky Plant, Money Plant, Silver Dollar, Money Tree, and Friendship Tree.

Apart from Mozambique, the Jade Plant still features prominently in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces of South Africa. Historians have mentioned that the Khoi and other native tribes grated and cooked the roots of this succulent, as a delicacy to be eaten with thick milk. It was also known for its medicinal value to treat nausea and diarrhea.

The scientific name Crassula Ovata perfectly describes this succulent. Crassula, which means fat or thick, denotes the fleshy nature of the species while Ovata means egg-shaped, which is a correct representation of the shape of the leaves.

The Jade Plant has many characteristics of a Bonsai tree, with a thick trunk and wide, olive-green leaves. It prospers indoors and will retain water well, producing small white or pink flowers in the right conditions.

This succulent’s association with friendship, good luck, and financial success, make it one of the most admired, no-brainer gifts for any occasion—like in this fun planter, we gifted this to one of our team members birthday’s recently too!

Learn some further tips on taking care of the Jade plant with our article here!

8 popular African succulents
jaw dropping jade @homebrewedo2

Euphorbia Milii—Crown of Thorns Plant

Hailing from the island of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean, the Euphorbia Milli behaves like the ‘femme fetale’ of the succulent world. Not only does this plant have striking, clustered flowers growing on evergreen shrubbery, but it also has long, sharp thorns all around its stems.  The yellow, white, or pink flowers grow in red bracts that resemble petals and in tropical locations, the plant flowers all year round. This pretty little thing is, however, highly poisonous!

This drought-resistant succulent, which you can buy here, is a major sun worshiper; the more exposure to the sun it gets, the more intense and longer the flowering period is. These colorful outdoor pots would look great with this pretty plant! On the contrary to its beauty, the succulent plant produces a poisonous sap that can cause irritation when it comes to contact with skin and eyes. This succulent also causes severe stomach aches, vomiting, and inflammation of the throat and mouth if ingested. If you have toddlers or curious pets, this is definitely a plant to keep at a distance.

That being said, the Crown of Thorns is legendary for being a magnificent natural barrier when planted as a low hedge, to keep out vermin and unwanted rodents. So if you are looking for a Game of Thrones challenge, how about planting a Crown of Thorns?

For even more information on the Crown of Thorns Plant, head on over to this article!

8 popular African succulents
captivating crown of thorns @bluerainier_raining

Zebra Haworthia—The Zebra Plant

How worthy is the Zebra Haworthia? Well worth it!

This eye-catching African succulent stays true to its name, the Zebra Plant. This plant can be seen bearing chunky, dark green leaves with horizontal white stripes, giving the resemblance of a zebra pattern.

Indigenous to South Africa, the Zebra Plant can go for long periods without water as the plant stores water in its thick leaves and stem. It forms in a rosette of leaves that grow between 4” and 8” tall. When it blooms, the succulent produces tubular white or pink flowers that develop from a very thin stem, called an inflorescence.

The succulent Plant has an ingrained stress detector; the plant ‘gets stressed’ and the leaves change color. Its leaves turn red after more than 6 hours of direct sunshine. You can tell if your succulent has sunburn as it will have brown marks on the surface of the leaf facing the sun. If the leaves start to turn yellow or transparent, your plant may be drowning. How unique is that? Give your zebra some shade with this succulent shade netting.

Brush up on your Zebra Plant knowledge and care tips with our article here.

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spotZ and stripeZ on the Zebra plant @ijustwetmyplantss

Aloe Aristata—The Torch Plant

Yeah, the good old Aloe.

Aristaloe Aristata is an atypical species that is also referred to as The Torch Plant, Lace Aloe, or Guinea-Fowl Aloe. Historically, it covered a wide span of South Africa, stretching from the Northern and Eastern Cape provinces, through Lesotho, to the borders of KwaZulu-Natal province. Highly adaptable to a variety of temperatures, the Torch Plant can flourish in sandy, dry regions, cold mountain slopes, high grasslands, and forested valleys.

This African succulent, takes the shape of a perfectly formed rosette, with thick, lance-shaped leaves. The fleshy leaves are outlined with white, saw-like teeth around the edges and have a soft white spine. White bumps can be seen scattered on the fleshy leaves, giving the plant a decorative appeal.

The evergreen plant, that would look amazing in this pot, has tubular orange flowers that grow from a bloom stalk that can reach heights of 20” (50 cm). The nectar-loaded flowers are irresistible to pollinators and tend to easily attract bees, wasps, and birds.

When planted in the ground, the Torch Plant produces several offsets around its base that are easy to propagate. The compactness of the rosettes makes this succulent popular as a potted plant, as well as, absolutely adorable in a succulent garden.

Does the Torch Plant sound like a great addition to your home, read up on this article to learn further care tips!

8 popular African succulents
totally torch @gwyn.blath

Kalanchoe Tomentosa—The Panda Plant

The Kalanchoe Tomentosa is commonly known as the Panda Plant, Chocolate Soldier, Pussy Ears, or Plush Plant and it originates from Madagascar. The succulent has oval-shaped leaves that resemble the ears of a rabbit or a cat, thus the name Pussy Ears.

The leaves are usually greyish-green in color and are covered all over in tiny hair-like structures that give the leaves a furry look and feel, click here to buy your own from Amazon! Brown freckles decorate the edges of the leaves and margins while the thick stem enables the plant to grow up to approximately 1.5 ft. tall!

This hairy house plant requires long intervals between watering. It grows well at room temperature with medium to bright lighting. There have been rare sightings of small, yellow-green flowers sprouting on the tips of branches, but it’s possible! For a super cute planter for the Panda Plant, we think you’ll enjoy this one, or maybe your friend will appreciate it as a gift! Do you know someone who likes pandas?

This African succulent has earned its’ popularity as event decor, must-have when creating stunning floral arrangements for guest tables.

A word of caution though; if you are interested in being a Panda Plant parent, they ARE known to be toxic to cats and dogs.

For additional tips on taking care of the Panda Plant, head over to this article.

8 popular African succulents
proud panda plant @succulustbalcony

Sansevieria Trifasciata—The Snake Plant

The Sansevieria trifasciata is one of the most unique species of plants that tracks its heritage between tropical West Africa, Nigeria, and the Congo. This wild-looking plant also goes by the alias The Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue mainly due to the shape of its sharp leaf margins. Either way, it makes you a little bit cautious but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The slithering Snake Plant has vertical wide thick leaves growing from a rosette and reaching to the sky like flames of a roaring campfire. The leaves change color ranging between dark green, light green, white, and cream, and in optimal conditions, these plants can easily reach a height of up to 2 meters.

This tenacious African succulent can tolerate neglect, abuse, and most unsuitable growing conditions. It is content when placed in direct sunlight and it can go for more than 6 weeks without water. In fact, the more you turn your back on them, the better they do!

In spite of its crazy appearance, this succulent’s popularity has risen, as more and more people discover the health benefits associated with this plant. NASA was trying to find a way to purify the air in space stations and they approved the Snake Plant as an outstanding air purifier.  Studies confirmed that the succulent removes toxins, such as formaldehyde found in cleaning products, tissues as well as personal care products. Place this plant in the bathroom and watch it thrive in the steam and low light, all the while, cleaning the air! Check out our preferred super cool planter that’ll look great in any bedroom or bathroom.

Unlike other plants, this succulent continues converting carbon dioxide into oxygen all through the night.  This special characteristic can allow you to live with a couple of Snake Plants, in a completely air sealed room with no air flow, for a significant amount of time. It is truly a plant you can count on!

On the popularity poll, the Snake Plant blows it out of the water. Aesthetically pleasing, with very little maintenance required and the ability to purify the air, these succulents from Africa have been recommended in large numbers to fill up factories, schools, offices, and homes.

Learn everything else there is know about the Snake Plant in our article here!

8 popular African succulents
indoor snake plants @house_plant_community

There you have it, 8 African succulents that are sure to escalate your patio, garden, home, or office from drab to fab!

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Want to learn more about the wonderful world of succulents? Check out our articles on 8 Rare Succulents Worth Exploring or the ever-informative Why is My Succulent Rotting?

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Happy planting, my friends!

Why Is Echeveria Pulvinata Among The Popular Succulents?

Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?

Who makes the most friends in high school? Well, it is the most popular kids of course. The typical reasons could be they are attractive, have fun personalities, or features that others find admirable. When getting started caring for succulents, it is best you try out a popular plant. There is tons of information available on these plants, and tips for how you can get your succulent to thrive. The beauty of succulents means you can literally put them anywhere, especially the Echeveria pulvinata.

The Echeveria pulvinata succulent features a stunning rosette shape that has overlapping leaves. These leaves are thick and spatulate in nature. With hundreds of different succulents that you can choose from, why is the Echeveria pulvinata so popular?

Here is why this succulent that is native to Mexico is a fan favorite.

Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?
Mexico’s Favorite Echeveria Pulvinata @cinisters_garden

Echeveria Pulvinata Fun Fabulous Facts

If you were to pick this succulent out of a line-up, you need to know what makes it different from the rest. Looks are not enough, there are ‘personality traits’ that give this plant an edge. Here are some fun facts about the Echeveria Pulvinata.

  1. Also known as a Plush Plant or Chenille Plant – Some succulents are spiky, others smooth, long, thin, wide – there is a myriad of features. A plush plant is one whose leaves have fine white hairs covering them. From afar, these hairs may be invisible to the naked eye. However, when the sun hits them, they appear to shimmer, as though they have a special shine. These little hairs are not purely aesthetic though, they actually protect the plant from too much water loss. See why it’s important to manage the water loss here, it can make or break the growth of your succulent dramatically!
  2. These plants can be referred to as evergreens. Their leaves retain their colors through the seasons and have flowers that come out in the warmer months. Too much sun reaching temperatures in excess of 30 degrees C, or freezing temperatures less than 4 degrees C, could affect the healthy look of your plant. The wide range of temperatures in between are alright for your plant to grow and thrive.
  3. For the most part, water will do the trick in keeping this plant alive and happy. Fertilizer is really only necessary if you notice that the plant has turned a little pale. Even then, a little bit will go a long way. Simple changes with lighting in this scenario may be all that this plant needs to get its mojo back.
  4. This succulent is self-pruning, saving you time on keeping it looking pretty. At most, all you may need to do is pick out the odd dead leaf, or blossoms which have run their course. Picking out the dead leaves prevents rot or disease taking over the plant.
  5. Another fact about Echeveria Pulvinata is that it brings in the birds. When it is in flower, and when planted outdoors, hummingbirds are attracted to these plants. They help with pollination and help make the garden a little bit more interesting.
  6. This plant is ideal to keep indoors if you have pets, and if those pets are curious around your plants. It is non-toxic making it safe. Children are also safe around this plant. See if it’s safe for your furry friends here.
Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?
Facts of the Pulvinata Echeveria @suculentas_madrehija

The Stunning Features of the Echeveria Pulvinata

This succulent comes in different sizes, from small and cute for your indoor pot to a sprawling plant that can get up to 12 inches tall.

You will enjoy this succulent the most when it comes into bloom. It has flowers that come in various shades of yellow and orange. These flowers have a distinctive bell shape. Tall shoots come through the plants and the flowers bloom from the stems over a period of time. They make a statement, standing out from the crowd in the most attractive way. The leaves, however, are something to behold and sometimes also include deep and dark reds hues.

Varieties That You Can Choose From

Echeveria Pulvinata has several variants that you can choose from, and here are two of the most loved.

Ruby

Ruby, which also goes by the names Red Velvet, Ruby Blush or Ruby Slippers. A touch of color may be all that your garden needs, and this stands out succulent offers just that. Normally, plants get their color from flowers which bloom just once a year, though, with this plant, it is the leaves that offer the first dash of color. Like typical Echeveria pulvinate plants, it has fine white hairs covering the leaves. The difference here is that the tips and margins of the leaves have a deep red color, meaning the leaves are both green and red. This succulent is sure to make heads turn.

Frosty

Frosty, which is also known as the White Chenille Plant is a brilliant succulent that will thrive anywhere you plant it. The tiny white hairs are quite visible on this plant, giving it a ‘frosty’ look as though it will turn into a different plant if it spends some time in the warmth and defrosts. The leaves of this succulent are all green. Normally, it begins as a small succulent though it can grow into a large plant that reaches 12 cm in height. The blooms for this plant burst out through footlong brown stems, normally towards the very end of the cold season.

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Species You Can Choose From @foxy_nails116

Now you know the reason that this succulent is so popular. First, it looks great and differentiates itself from any basic green plant. Caring for this succulent is pretty simple, as it can easily thrive outdoors as well as indoors. For light, a little bit goes a long way so a spot in the shade is most ideal. This is because their delicate leaves are prone to sunburn. You can make it a permanent feature in your garden by growing it directly on the ground.

If you want to enjoy it indoors as well, a pot would be a great option then you can move it indoors for the colder seasons. This plant rambles, meaning that it spreads all around when growing. With this unique feature, outdoors, it can make excellent groundcover, and indoors, you can enjoy its beauty in a hanging basket as well as your typical pot.

See more indoor succulents here.

Thinking about Grabbing Your Own Echeveria Pulvinata?

Why not add this beautiful echeveria succulent in your own succulent garden? We’re sure this will be a great addition to your already amazing garden. See if we have this succulent here if not please let us know and we’ll be sure to get it into our inventory for you!

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