(thickened stems covered with prominent spines;
usually devoid of leaves)
cactus; easily identified by its slender, creeping form and
small ubiquitous reddish spines
caci or "Bishop's Caps"
"Old Man" cactus; has a spiny body covered with long,
cactus; its numerous branches protructing from base are covered
with rows of soft bristle-like white spines
cacti; several varieties of these small, rounded cacti are available,
all noted for their large, colorful flowers
cacti; almost epiphytic with a vigorous growth habit and large
or "Fishhook" cacti; all are barrel-shaped with vicious
group often referred to as the "Pin Cusion" or "Wart"
cacti; two notables: "Old Lady" cactus (M. hahniana)
and "Golden Stars" (M. elongata)
cacti; probably the easiest to grow and most reliable in flowering.
Many available varieties.
Pears" or Pad cacti; "Bunny Ears" (O. microdasys),
Cinnamon cactus (O.rufida) and "Irish Mittens"
(O. vulgaris) are the most popular of this large genera
Thumb" cactus; a small, flattened globe cactus, it is a
reliable form in a home environment
or "Pigmy" cacti; these dwarf forms are prized for
their unusually large flowers in the spring.
cactus; an epiphyte knwon for its compact, shrubby growth habit
and beautiful showy flowers in the early spring
cactus (S. bridgesii); an epiphyte easily identified
by its flattened, leaf-like jointed branches with scalloped
edges. Plant blooms during the winter months (short days).
columnar in growth with small spines atached to its closely-ribbed
Thanksgiving cactus (Z. truncactus); an epiphyte similar
in form to Christmas cactus (S. bridgesii), but blooms
3-4 weeks earlier. Tips of branches hold two small spines.
species are available, many uniquely different in shape and
the Sedum and Sempervirum groups in appearance,
many grow into small trees with bare stems capped with spatula-shaped
"Century" plants; most species grow too large to be
recommended for houseplant use. Two recommended kinds: A.
Stricta (Hedgehog Agave) and A. filifera (Thread
member of the Liliaceae family (Lily). Several varieties
are available; recommended: A. variegata (Partridge-breasted
group includes a large variety of distinctive forms and sizes
"Jade" plants; the most common species is C. argentea
of which several varieties are available
"Split-rock" succulents, closely resembling the Lithops
called "Hens and Chicks;" large number of species
from which to choose
large and diverse group of plants, easily identified by the
milky latex sap which exudes when the stems of these plants
are injured. Most noteworthy are: Crown of Thorns (E. splendens)
and Candelabra Cactus (E. lactea). Most members of
this genus, such as poinsettia (E. pulcherrima) are not
considered "true" succulents.
group referred to as "Ox-tongue" cacti; many are similar
large genus which features many curious forms of stemless rosetted
large and diverse group featuring many seemingly unrelated plants;
for example: Christmas kalanchoe (K. blossfeldiana),
life or "Mother of Mary" plant (Bryophyllum or
K. daigremontiana) and Panda plant (K. tomentosa)
"Stone-faces" or "Living Stones;" these
miniature succulents resemble small pepples or rock
"Stone-crops" or "Live forever;" the most
popular of this group are Burro-tail (S. morganianum)
and Jelly-beans (S. pachyphyllum)
small group of succulents, but very popular and easily grown.
Recommended: House leek (S. tectorum calcareum)
"Groundsels;" a varied group of herbaceous shrubs
and small trees, a few succulent types may be grown as houseplants
"Star-flower" group noted for their floral display;
three commonly available forms are: "Starflower" (S.
nobilis), "Carrion flower" (S. variegata)
and "Giant-toad" (S. gigantea)