The 5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico

Lots of things we love originated in Mexico—tacos, chocolate, popcorn, and some of the most beautiful succulents out there! You can thank Mexico for great chocolate and popular succulents like the burro’s tail, ponytail palms, and the adorable bunny ears cactus. What a country!

Mexico has the perfect, warm climate for succulents, so they really thrive there. You’ll see all of these popular succulents from Mexico and many more if you head down there on vacation—it’s pretty much a succulent lover’s paradise!

We apologize in advance if this post gives you the travel bug and makes you want to see all these gorgeous Mexican succulents in their native habitat!

5 Most Popular Succulents from Mexico
5 Most Popular Succulents from Mexico @off.the.clock.cookies

Burro’s Tail—Sedum Morganianum

We were surprised to learn that the burro’s tail, one of our absolute favorite Mexican succulents, is native to southern Mexico! In 1935, a botanist from San Francisco, named Eric Walther, came across the burro’s tail at a nursery in Veracruz, Mexico. He was the first to bring it back to the States and describe it in detail. He was also responsible for naming it—he called it Sedum morganianum after one of his friends, Dr. Morgan.

The burro’s tail is one of our favorite Mexican succulents because it’s so gorgeous! It has long, pale green stems that spill out over the sides of planters. For that reason, it looks especially good in hanging planters, like this one
This succulent got the nicknames burro’s tail and donkey’s tail because people say its long, trailing stems look like animal tails. We don’t really see the resemblance! We think this Mexican succulent is much prettier than a bunch of hairy tails and just what your succulent collection is missing!

Take a more in-depth look at the Burro’s Tail with our article, here!

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Burro’s Tail @teammaeri

Ladyfinger Cactus—Mammillaria Elongata

The ladyfinger cactus has long, cylindrical stems that can grow to be up to 6 inches tall. The stems kind of look like fingers and are around the same size as them, so that’s how this cactus got the unique name ladyfinger. It’s also sometimes called the gold lace cactus because it has golden-yellow spines and produces bright yellow flowers in the spring.

This succulent is native to central Mexico and loves warm climates! It does really well outdoors if you plant it in full sun in a container, like this one, or in the ground. It doesn’t need much watering or maintenance because it has tubercles, which are small round nodules on the stem of the cactus. They expand to allow for increased water storage, so your succulent will only need a drink every once in a while.

A low-maintenance cactus that’s as pretty as it is practical? Sign us up!

We also have an article dedicated to the Mammillaria Elongata cactus, check it out here! You’ll learn about its additional nickname!

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Ladyfinger Cactus @teammaeri

Ponytail Palm—Beaucarnea Recurvata

Ponytail palms are so unique! We definitely think they need to be talked about in the succulent community more often. They’re a type of succulent that can grow to be up to 30 feet tall. But don’t worry—you can still grow them indoors! Ponytail palms are super slow growers, and if you keep them inside, they usually don’t get to be more than a few feet tall.

Despite their name, these Mexican succulents aren’t actually trees—they’re just succulents with super thick, woody stems. The woody stems and long, curly green leaves do kind of make them look like palm trees, though, which is probably how they got their cute tropical name! They’d look adorable in a bright tropical planter like this one, too.

This succulent is native to semi-desert areas of southeastern Mexico, so it loves bright sunlight and warm temperatures. It’s a hardy little plant, though, so you won’t kill it by bringing it inside into lower light conditions. Just make sure you keep it near the brightest window in your home so that it can soak up as much sun as possible!

The Ponytail Palm makes an awesome indoor succulent for homes and offices that don’t receive optimal sunlight. 

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Ponytail Palm @calabresegreenhouse

Blue Agave—Agave Tequilana

Did you know that this variety of agave is used to make tequila? It’s native to Jalisco, Mexico and it’s the only variety used to make Mexico’s most popular drink. Mezcal, another popular Mexican drink known for its smoky flavor, can be made from over 30 different varieties of agave. But not tequila! Grab a bottle of agave-made margarita mix, you won’t regret it! (We’ve tried this on Cinco de Mayo this year, it was fantastic!)

Besides being one of the tastiest plants on the planet, it’s also one of the prettiest. It has gorgeous bluish-green leaves that are arranged into a large, open rosette. It can get to be pretty large—it’s not unusual to see a blue agave that’s five feet tall and wide. When it gets to be that size, it has a dramatic, striking look that will be the highlight of any garden!

Agave makes beautiful additions to outdoor gardens, as you can see in the below picture! Check out what succulents will complement your Agave in your garden with our article 5 Best Outdoor Succulents!

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Blue Agave @kobata_growers

Bunny Ears Cactus—Opuntia Microdasys

The bunny ears cactus is probably one of the most popular succulents out there! It’s taken the succulent world by storm because its leaves look just like bunny ears. It makes the most adorable little decoration for Easter, especially if you put it in this planter. It has a bunny on it to match your bunny cactus… how cute is that?!

We have Mexico to thank for the beautiful bunny ears cactus, specifically northern Mexico. Just like all the other succulents on this list, it needs lots of bright direct sunlight to stay healthy. Make sure to keep it near a window so its bunny ears don’t start to droop!

Learn more about the Super Cute Bunny Ears Cactus here.


5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Bunny Tail Cactus @pinkandplants

Those are five of the most popular succulents from Mexico. Which one is your favorite? We have a serious soft spot for the bunny ears cactus and that adorable little planter. Let us know what your favorite Mexican succulent is down in the comments section!

Many of the above succulents and cacti appear in more articles from Succulent City. Give Succulent and Cacti Stores Near Me, Pachyphytum Oviferum — Moonstones Succulent, or The 7 Best Succulents for Wedding Arrangement a read today!

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Where Do Most Succulents Come From?

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?

The current succulents-craze has turned most living rooms into mini jungles. An Echeveria here, a Saguaro there — talk about an intriguing aesthetic!

But where do these irresistible babies come from? Instagram? Close guess, but not quite. While it’s true that social media has played a huge role in striking an interest in curious plant lovers, most succulent owners are oblivious of the native homes of their plants.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
Where do most succulents come from @somwooddesigns

So Where Exactly Do Succulents Hail From?

Succulents are indigenous to many parts of the world and they come in various species while growing under different conditions. Knowing where your succulent plants come from will help you emulate their natural habitat when growing them so that you can give them their best conditions.

Let’s dive in and take a closer look at these plants.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
purple toned @suculentas_agora

History of Succulents

Originally, the succulent plants grew in arid and semi-arid areas which have long dry periods such as the deserts. These areas include Africa, North, and Central America, as well as the European Alps.

Fondly known as the camels of the plant world, succulent plants can survive for long periods without water. I’m sure you’re aware though.

When human beings realized that these plants needed little water to survive and had low maintenance, they sought to domesticate them by planting them in their indoor gardens and houses. Apart from their resilience, they are beautiful and come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. This led to people growing them as ornamental plants.

Other benefits of succulent plants, which you can read more about here, have been realized with time, which includes reduced risk of attracting pests, and are difficult to overgrow.

The historical significance of most succulent species has inspired their conservation. For example, the Agave Harvardia is used as a natural sweetener while Aloe Vera is considered a healing plant.

Throughout history, many cultures have used succulent plants for medical and culinary purposes. Check out our article 6 Edible Succulents to Excite Your Tastebuds.


Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
grown in different parts of the world

Why the Name Succulent?

The word succulent originated from Latin and it means juice or sap. The plants store water in the form of sap in different parts like the leaves, the stem, or the roots.

The sap makes these parts to be unusually thickened and fleshy as they are used to retaining water. During dry periods, the plant uses water to survive.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
diversity in succulents

Ancient Succulent Myths and Beliefs

Although succulent plants have been here for a long period of time, there are still myths and beliefs that surround them. Whether you are new or knowledgeable in the world of succulents, you may not recognize the myths that surround these magical plants.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
barely need any water

Myth 1: Protection from Death

Some succulents are believed to offer protection against bad luck and death, like the Sempervivum Tectorum. Its name means “always on top” and you are most likely to find it on rooftops!

Even today they are still found on some cottage roofs in Mid or Southwest Wales. The myth goes that once a stranger removes or picks it, bad luck strikes the family and can lead to the death of a family member.

If you’re a believer, stock up on some hooks to hang one of these planters on the roof with!

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
every succulent has its own symbolism

Myth 2: It Keeps Family Members Safe and Prosperous

The Houseleek is believed to ward off evil and keep family members safe and prosperous. It has been believed to protect the household against witchcraft, fire, and lightning.

Fun Fact: This was one of the reasons why Roman Emperor Charlemagne (742-814 AD) ordered all the people under his rule to grow houseleeks on their roofs.

Whether you this is a fib or not to you, they still make beautiful house plants!

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
long succulents

Myth 3: Attracting Wealth

The myth goes that the Jade succulent was used to attract good luck and bring wealth to Asian communities. The presence of the succulent is considered auspicious. It has beautiful vibrant green leaves. Wealth and prosperity are elements related to growth and renewal. That is why this plant is a symbol of just that.

We love the Jade plant! Read more about this beauty with our article, here.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
bringing good luck and good fortune

Where Do Most Succulents Originate then?

Although succulents are indigenous plants to many parts of the world, they tend to be dominant in Africa, Central America, and South Africa. These places offer different conditions for their growth and produce different species.

For that, these plants have a wide range of habitats and thrive in environments that would otherwise be inhabitable for other plant species. From extreme temperatures to low rainfall, these plants tend to be very hardy and adaptable.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
Aloe Vera

The Country that Hosts the Most Succulents

Now, while it is impossible to explicitly state the exact country that hosts the most succulent species, it is apparent that most species end up being native to a number of countries. Mexico is one of the greatest succulent plants’ habitats.


It hosts numerous succulent plant species due to its conducive climate and conditions. It’s dry and hilly, and its climate is quite extreme. Some of the most common species include Echeveria Elegans, Echeveria Agavoides, Graptopetalum Pentadrum, Sedum allantoides, Echinocereus Viridiflorus (nylon Hedgehog Cactus), Seven Stars, ladyfinger Cactus, Moses in the Cradle, Hookers Orchid Cactus, and many more.

Learn more about succulents from Mexico with our article 5 Most Popular Succulents from Mexico!

South Africa

South Africa is known for its succulent Karoo which stretches from the South African west coast to southwestern Namibia. The climate here is arid or semi-arid making it a rich habitat for many species of succulent plants. Most of the area is either flat or hilly and receives minimum precipitation. The temperatures can go up to 44 degrees Celsius.

 The most common species found in this area are Cotyledon Orbiculate, Portulacaria Afra Prostrata, Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata), Delosperma cooperi, Aloe zebrina, Jelly bean plant (Sedum Pachyphyllum), Zebra plant (Haworthia attenuata), Elephant bush/ Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra), Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa), Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense), Plush plant (Echeveria Pulvinata), and many more!

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
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Are any of your succulents native to Mexico or South Africa? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica

The Rounded Ball Cactus Parodia Magnifica

For most people, cacti and succulents can be used interchangeably. Well, until recently when the clear distinction has been understood. If you didn’t know yet, all cacti are succulents but not the other way round. Succulents come in a wide species variety and cacti are just one of them.

And even for the cacti, there are so many plant options, round ball cactus being among them.

Maybe you’ve encountered it or not. Even if you have, just how much do you know about it? Buckle up because you’re about to learn a ton.

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
rounded ball cactus is a succulent @succulent.cabin

What is the Rounded Ball Cactus

Parodia Magnifica starts off growth as a spherical spiny structure but settles on a near columnar shape as it ages. The entire stem is ribbed and the plant can grow to a height up to 0.85 m. The diameter can go all the way to 0.45 m.

The whole stem is covered by spines that are yellow in color while itself being either green or having a tinge of blue-green. And this has greatly influenced the common names the Parodia Magnifica has (remember them from above?). In summer, it wears a yellow crown in the form of a flower. Check out what other succulents benefit from this yellow crown flower in “Succulents With Yellow Flowers“.

In general, rounded ball cacti are grown mainly for their aesthetic appeal – in the gardens (in places where they can survive outdoors) or in the house.

Scientific Classification

In the botany world, the rounded ball cactus comes from the Cactaceae family under the genus Parodia and the species Magnifica. This gives it the scientific name Parodia Magnifica.

The name is recent though. In the years gone by, the rounded ball cactus was scientifically referred to by two names; Notocactus magnificus and Eriocactus magnificus. If you bump into them anywhere, just know that they refer to this same plant.

Rounded Ball cactus isn’t the only common name there is. Parodia Magnifica is also known as balloon cactus, green ball cactus, and blue ball cactus. You’ll find out why in the upcoming part of this post.

This species has been found to be native to South American grasslands – in Brazil to be precise. Somehow, you can find it in homes across the world sitting around in pots (hello, succulent lovers).


The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
rounded ball cactus surrounded by rocks @thesucculentstore

Bad and Good News

The bad first – Parodia Magnifica is labeled “Endangered” on IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) Red List. What does this mean? 

Despite this cactus species being available across the world (at least), the population isn’t something to write home about. The numbers are just too small which is kind of sad because there is a risk of losing the plant forever. Quite unfortunate.

To the good news

Despite its dwindling numbers, Parodia Magnifica was gifted the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the British Body Royal Horticultural Society. That means the plant satisfied a number of requirements laid down by RHS. Ignoring the conditions that might only be specific to Britain, the following are great to anyone from all over the world:

  • Easy to care for
  • Not prone to pest and disease attack
  • Excellent for garden decoration

This is definitely huge as more people will be interested in growing it. And who knows, maybe that will push up its population considerably.

Have a succulent garden at home? Check out “The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden” to see if you could transform your garden into something magical.

How to Take Care of Rounded Ball Cactus

You know the old adage for succulents?

They thrive on neglect.

And Parodia Magnifica is no different. It can battle out some super hard conditions to emerge healthy. What can you do as the plant owner, though? And to what limit?

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
Taking care of the Parodia Magnifica @kaktoscactusve

Watering the Parodia Magnifica

As a general rule, be as light-handed with watering as possible. Plenty of water is not something succulents have a preference for, if you’ve read our previous succulent articles, I’m sure you’re aware.

Just a little of it and they’ll be all good.

That means you have to make sure your watering sessions are adequately spread out to allow the soil mix to dry. Check the top part of the mix. Any whim of moisture is a sign that you should wait some more. Take a look at “How Often To Water Cactus” for more tips on watering your rounded ball cactus.

Sun Exposure for the Rounded Ball Cactus

The rounded ball cactus prefers plenty of sunlight. So, make sure it gets as much of it as possible for dapper development. Not too much of it though.

Ideally, half a day of sunlight will do just fine – in the morning. If it’s indoor, placing your plant near a window is even much better. Just be sure to rotate the pot so as the plant doesn’t stretch out. We don’t need any etiolation to occur for the Parodia Magnifica, otherwise, it’ll look extremely odd.

What’s the Ideal Temperature Conditions for the Parodia Magnifica?

Rounded ball cacti are ideal for Zone 9 to Zone 12 growth.

Tip: If you don’t know what zone your particular plant is find out here.

That means some super-low temperatures may turn out to be harmful. That is anything below 10°C. Basically, they have to stay inside, where it is warmer, during winter. For more helpful info to take care of your succulents during the cold season, check out “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
Close up Rounded ball cactus @b_o_b_c_a_c_t_u_s

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Is Potting Mix for the Rounded Ball Cactus the Same as with other Cacti?

Good drainage is one thing you should give priority when it comes to the potting mix you choose.

You have two options here; either grab a commercial cactus and succulents mix or prepare your own mix at home.

To prepare one, all you need is a regular soil mix, pumice, and coarse sand. Throw them together in measured quantities and you’ll have the perfect medium for your rounded ball cactus to grow.

Can I use Fertilizer on the Parodia Magnifica?

Fertilizer isn’t much of a need for rounded ball cacti, especially if the potting mix is fresh.

Otherwise, apply a low nitrogen liquid houseplant fertilizer once every 6-8 weeks during spring and summer. Completely withdraw from fertilizing in winter.

Winter = dormancy. Fertilizing will do more harm than good.

How to Propagate Rounded Ball Cactus

Propagation of rounded ball cactus is best done by offsets.

When the offsets form, carefully pluck them from the mother plant and allow time for the cut part to callous or dry. Takes a few days.

Now prepare the ideal potting mix (remember it from above?) and place the calloused part in it. Keep the little buddies warm until they form their own roots. Wait a bit until they’re established and repot them.

Alternatively, you can grow new rounded ball cactus plants from seeds – only that it will take longer for your plant to grow to a considerable size. Plant the seeds as you would for any plant and wait for them to sprout. Keep the sprouts moist until they are of a considerable size for potting.

Propagation should be done during spring and summer, if you’re actually successful in the winter, you’re a cacti wizard for sure. Check out “How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully” for a full guide to propagating your succulents.

Here are some inexpensive propagation tools that you can use to really help you out when propagating offsets of your prickly baby.

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
Frosty Succulent @toanakarat

Repotting your Rounded Ball Cactus

Repotting is done as soon as the plant overgrows its initial pot. You don’t want the roots to choke in limited pot walls.

Just remember – repotting during winter is a no-no. Always give the plant enough time to settle in before the cold weather comes knocking.

Is the Rounded Ball Cactus Susceptible to Pests & Other Problems?

Rounded Ball cactus has a solid resistance to diseases. So, no worries to that front. For pests, the most common are mealybugs and aphids.

Mealybugs appear like little bags of cotton and can attack the plant any season of the year. Aphids are fond of infesting the plant during summer/spring when it is flowering. You can eliminate them by spraying your plant with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. A suitable pesticide will also do the job just fine.

Besides that, the rounded ball is definitely a strong contender to fight off anything harmful. Talk about a ball of strength!

Where can I Buy the Rounded Ball Cactus?

A lot of options here. With the popularity of succulents, you’re sure to find rounded ball cactus in numerous online stores stocking succulent plants. Don’t forget your local nurseries.

Check out our article on where to buy succulents and you might be able to find it there.

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
Macro of Cactus @mrs.chucactus

Interested in getting a Parodia Magnifica cactus for yourself now? The care is not all that hard and the size of these cacti isn’t too space taking either.

Thank you for reading! Let us know if you get a rounded ball cactus for yourself, we’d love to see yours in action! Be sure to also check out “9 Types of Cacti” to see other types of cacti options for your garden.

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Pachyphytum Oviferum — Moonstones Succulent

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones

Moonstones are one of those succulents that give this plant group a reverence. Its shape and color are just in line with why these members of succulents are priced aesthetic possessions.

You see, in the other plant types, green is all you’re getting and the occasional different colors when they bloom. Well, that’s still great. But since succulents entered the scene, good enough is no longer an option. Think about it – will you limit yourself with a few almost identical plants when you can get more than that in terms of shape, size, and color?

Of course not.

You’ll go for variety – and moonstones is among the available options. Dive in right below and get all the scoop about this cupcake succulent

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Pachyphytum Oviferum @evelin_plants

Moonstones – in the botanical world

Moonstones belong to the genus Pachyphytum and the oviferum species. So in the botanical world, it goes by the name Pachyphytum oviferum – which is a reference to the shape of its leaves. More about the leaves later. But here’s a spoiler – the name of this succulent translates roughly to “thick plant that bears eggs”.

Can you guess the said shape of this succulent as from this translation?

Aside from the common name moonstones, this beauty is also called sugar almond plant – another name from the appearance of the leaves.

This succulent can grow in soil to a height of up to 10 cm and spreads around to 30 cm maximum around the soil as well. Stems are white and bare up to 15 leaves.

The leaves have a varying color combination – they can be either blueish- purple or a faded blue-green. This gives them a resemblance to a confection of sugared almond hence the name above. They are egg-shaped, a property that gave the plant the Pachyphytum oviferum scientific name.

Flowers come in winter and early spring. The petals are red-orange while the sepals have the same pigmentation as the leaves.

As with a good deal of succulents, moonstones are endemic to Mexico.

Learn how to plant your moonstone succulent correctly with “Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents“. See how to plant your succulents now.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones are endemic to Mexico

How To Take Care of Moonstones

Pachyphyta overiferum has a penchant for thriving under minimal care – typical succulent tendencies. So with the occasional attention, you still have a high likelihood of having a cheerful plant. Good for the busy side of you.

But what if you’re just a starter with no idea how frequent this occasional checkup should be? What are the ideal conditions for your plant? Below is a checklist of what you need to keep an eye on – or at least try to.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
How to take care of moonstones @groentje_saskia


Moonstones can survive well both in full and partial sunlight. Your area will determine if it’s former or the latter.

In areas with particularly intensely hot summers, you should make a point of shielding your plant off from the afternoon sun rays. Otherwise, a sunny spot for the moonstones is enough to give your plant the required dose of light energy.

Indoors, be sure to place your plant in a sunny window and make a point of rotating that pot every few days. Elongated stems and faded foliage won’t help in scoring the aesthetic appeal you’d wish for. We recommend this grow light to help out your little beauties.

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Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Pachyphytum Oviferum @_pasiora

Ideal climate

Sugaralmond plants fall in the USDA hardiness zone of between 10a to 11b. These are areas with temperature ranges of 30o F to 50o F (-1.1oC – 10o C). But as usual, there is always room for compromise.

On the lower side, temperatures of up to 20o F (-6o C) are tolerable. Anything beyond this point is a kiss of death for your plant. And that means frosty conditions should be avoided at all costs.

Bring your plant indoors when the very cold months set in.

Be sure to take a look at “Summer & Winter Succulents: What’s the Difference?” for a guide on how different seasons affect your succulents.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones with droplets @groentje_saskia

Watering your moonstones

The watering routine of the moonstones is identical to that of most succulents. That is you need to let the potting medium to dry out between watering sessions. That way, you won’t have to deal with the menace that comes with root rot.

You can easily tell if your plant needs water by touching the leaves. A firm feel means they’re just fine. On the other hand, soft leaves mean you need to make it rain.

A precaution though – do this to the leaves near the base of the stem. You’re going to end up with a spotted plant if you touch the other leaves. That isn’t particularly appealing.

Unlike most succulents, moonstones need more watering during the winter as this is its growing season. Keep that in mind.

While at it, make sure the water doesn’t come into contact with the leaves. They can easily be damaged.

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Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones in Garden @groentje_saskia

The best soil for moonstones

Any soil that retains water for long periods is a no for moonstones. Make sure to settle on a medium that drains first enough.

You can come up with one by mixing a few available materials – the most common are sand, perlite/pumice, and regular potting soil. A mixture of the three will give you the perfect potting medium for your plant. Another great combination is compost and sand.

Alternatively, you can skip all this and simply purchase a ready-made commercial cactus/succulent mix.

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Interested in learning how to make your own mix? Check out “How to Make Your own Succulent Soil at Home” for a full guide.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones – Pachyphytum Oviferum @suerrealis


Pachyphyta oviferum is easy to propagate via leaf cuttings. Follow the steps below

  • Cut a young leaf from the center of the rosette
  • Allow it some time for the cut part to callous – usually, a day is enough
  • Place the leaf into a slightly moist well-draining potting mix
  • Wait until a new rosette forms and repot the new rosette after enough roots have developed. Be sure to pluck off the older leaf.

You can speed up the rooting process by dipping the leaf-cutting in a rooting hormone before placing it in a potting medium. Also, instead of using a potting medium, consider replacing it with sand for better and faster rooting.

Need more tips to propagate your succulent? Check out “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for more.

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Pachyphyta oviferum is easy to propagate via leaf cuttings. @gaymessucculents

Repotting moonstones

Repotting is especially essential when you’ve just purchased your plant. You can also repot your moonstones if it has overgrown its current container.

The most important piece of the whole puzzle to consider is the potting mix – remember how it should be? No two ways about it.

Important to note also is the depth of the stem in the current container. When making that move, you must maintain the depth to protect the stem from rot.

Finally, remember the rule about leaves – no touching.

It is advisable to repot your plant during its active growth season – winter, that is. Give it some time to settle in before you resume the watering routine. Learn more by reading: “The Art of Repotting Succulents – The Right Way”.


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Moonstones with Happy Planter @windowsill_succulents

Moonstones can be purchased just about anywhere with a stock of succulents for sale. Be sure to check out our whole piece on “Where to Buy Succulents“.

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Tigers Jaw Succulent – Faucaria Tigrina

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina

Have you ever encountered a plant that you have to look at twice to make sure it’s not a wild animal from a land-dwelling not of this planet? Most of these amazing creatures turn out to be succulents, and they appear in all sorts of shapes, hues, and sizes. The majority of the informal names given to succulents usually have something to do with the way they look. From the chubby, oddly shaped leaves to the unusual blooms, succulents dominate the plant world when it comes to being exotic.

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A young succulent growing in a planter @rachaelsgarden

Beauty With a Bite

Faucaria tigrina is one of those particular succulents that look scary yet adorable at the same time. This stemless succulent has plump, bright green, triangular leaves that grow alternately, forming a star-shaped rosette. The leaves grow in clumps and have sharp, menacing, teeth-like structures that could pass for an underwater predator on the National Geographic channel. These ‘teeth’ are what give this succulent the street names Tiger Jaws or Shark Jaws. There are about ten teeth on every leaf that serves as a defense mechanism. They also help the plant to trap water vapor from the atmosphere, taking it down to the roots of the plant.

The leaves of Tiger Jaws have spaced out, white striations that give it a rough texture. Depending on the intensity of sunlight the plant receives, the leaves can develop a deep purple to pink outline. The plant can grow up to 15 cm (6 inches) tall while the leaves mature to 5 cm (2 inches) long. During early fall and winter, Tiger Jaws bloom sunshine yellow flowers that resemble daisies and are about 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. They appear for several months, opening at midday and closing just before the sunsets. This sun-worshiping succulent lets the sun dictate whether it will open its flowers and will generally remain closed on cloudy days.

Be sure to look into more amazing and rare succulents like “Cutest Succulents: Living Stones (Lithops)“. Check it out!

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Tiger’s Jaw succulent @homelypot

The Back Story

Up to this day, Tiger’s Jaw has been spotted sinking their teeth into rocks and mountain slopes of the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, with a distribution range going from Somerset East to Grahamstown. This succulent was first documented to have been discovered by a gardener’s apprentice named Francis Masson. During the late 1700s, the King of England wanted new plants for the Key Royal Botanical Gardens. Masson boarded Captain James Cook’s vessel on their second voyage exploring the Pacific Banks with instructions to collect plants from the Cape region. He then roamed the ornamented landscapes of the Cederberg’s, Little Karoo and its environs for five years, sorting and documenting over 400 species of plants, with Tiger Jaws appearing in the collection. The succulent was then given the genus Faucaria from the Latin word ‘faux,’ which means jaw and Tigrina, which means tiger.

Faucaria Tigrina has been registered in the Red List of South African Plants as Endangered because there are currently only four remaining subpopulations left in their natural habitat. The greatest extinction threats for this succulent are urban expansion, development, and overgrazing.

Check out “Where Do Most Succulents Come From?” to see exactly where these interesting plants come from.

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A flowering Tiger’s Jaw succulent

Keeping Up With Tiger’s Jaw

Bearing in mind that Tiger Jaws is originally from Subtropical climatic regions, they thrive in temperatures between 21°C and 32°C (70°F to 90°F). This succulent can survive higher temperatures if the shade is strategically provided. When the weather is scorching, the succulent stops growing, therefore reducing its water intake. Tiger Jaws health tends to decline when exposed to temperatures under 16°C (60°F) for long periods, and it is advisable to place the plant indoors during the cold months.

Like most succulents, Tiger Jaws are not big fans of water and can go through the summer heat with sporadic moments of thirst quenchers. They will need a drink when the topsoil is completely dry, with the frequency reducing during the cold seasons. They require good draining soil like cactus potting mix, and thanks to their short roots, they can be planted in a shallow container. When encouraging the plant to bloom, it would need at least 3 – 4 hours of direct sunlight during the summer.

Tiger Jaws have a tell-tale sign that they are not doing well. When the leaves of the plant start to lose their color or suddenly wilt, this could be your plant’s way of saying it is drowning. When the leaves begin to turn to mush, your plant is at its death bed. You could remove the soggy ends and dry your plant for two days and try replanting. This succulent propagates from offsets that grow at the bottom of the parent plant. Offsets need a warm and dry place out of direct sunlight for the first month of their growth cycle. Every two to three years, it is recommended that you repot the plant to enable the roots to continue growing.


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A close-up view of the Tiger Jaws @plantsbywyatt

With its pretty green, spike-toothed leaves and eye-catching flowers that bloom for months, Tiger’s Jaw make the perfect centerpiece for a rock garden or an arresting statement on a living room table. Let’s repopulate this magnificent species. Get yours today!

Thank you for reading with us today! Be sure to check out related articles to keep your succulent interest going like “5 Succulents You can Grow in a Coffee Mug” or even “Air Plants vs Succulent Plants“.

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