The so-called “other succulents” are any plants that are succulent but are not cacti – so all cacti are succulents but all succulents are not cacti! Leaf succulents have fattened leaves, often with a glossy or downy protective surface, and sometimes growing in tight overlapping structures like columns and almost flower like rosettes. The leaf colours can be quite extraordinary, with the echeverias for example having a huge range of shades. They also often produce interesting flowers, with some offering welcome winter colour, like the crassula family.
The euphorbias are stem succulents that do look very like cacti, with globular and columnar shapes and a spiky appearance. They are completely unrelated but have adapted to similar hot and dry conditions. However they have vestigial leaves, tiny or thorn like, and lack the areoles that distinguish true cacti.
|ADROMISCHUS BOLUSII||attractive, waxy, green leaves with red-brown markings||£2.95|
extremely thick dark green leaves, spotted with brown.
rounded club shaped leaves in loose rosette.
Green with brown marks
|AEONIUM ARBOREUM VARIEGATUM|
branching stems up to 80cm tall bearing large
rosettes of green leaves bordered with cream
or yellow. Yellow flowers.
|AEONIUM BLUSHING BEAUTY|
strongly growing rosettes with green centres
and outer leaves blushed bronze. Rosettes up
to 18 inches across, forms a branching stem.
|AEONIUM SIMSII X ZWARTKOP|
shrubby, branching with purple leaves when
grown in full summer sun. Up to 1 metre tall
|AGAVE AMERICANA VARIEGATA|
very attractive, half hardy, “architectural”
plants which look good in urns or out on patios
as feature plants, etc. Grows into a huge rosette
(2 metres or more across), with long tapering
leaves with broad cream/yellow edges.
rosettes of straight stiff leaves, light grey;
grows up to 1m high and the same across. Produces numerous offsets. Will stand a few
degrees of frost. Does well in a pot.
forms pale green rosettes of curved, narrow
leaves, 35 – 50 cm long. Faster growing than
banded, rigid blue green leaves in rosettes up to
37cm high and 50cm across. Will survive
temperatures down to -10 degrees C if kept dry.
15 inch long leaves, dark green with a thin grey
horny edge. Hardy down to at least -4 degrees C.
|AGAVE HORRIDA COMPACTA|
vigorous densely leaved rosettes. Each leaf has
a paler midstripe. Rapidly offsetting.
rosettes of green-blue stiff leaves with reddish
teeth. Yellow flowers on a long stalk.
grey-green or bluish-green long tapering leaves
in a rosette. Red or yellow flowers borne on
several stems similar to ‘red hot pokers’
short-stemmed dense rosettes to 8cm in
diameter. Dark green leaves with numerous
white spots and toothed edges. Coral pink flowers
the “partridge-breasted” Aloe. Thick green,
triangular leaves, variegated with white. Red
flowers on a long stem.
rosettes of grey-green or bluish-green long
tapering leaves. Chrome yellow flowers on a
thick, grey-green triangular leaves with greyish
tubercles. Small, compact plants with large
bluish green thick-leaved succulents related to
Lithops. Golden yellow to salmon pink flowers.
Hardy outside in many parts of the UK
one of the ‘silverskins’. Two leaves shaped like a
halved egg, smooth and grey. Flowers could be
purple, white or orange.
grey-green clustering, long, thin leaves. Bright
red flowers with violet stamens
clump forming and low growing, it has thick
succulent leaves shaped like a pair of cupped
hands. Scented gold and yellow flowers
|CONOPHYTUM ORNATUM||bluish-green plants with golden yellow flowers||£2.95|
|CONOPHYTUM PEERSII||small, clustering yellowish-green heads. Flowers creamy-white||£2.95|
|COTYLEDON FRAGILIS||miniature species with small glabrous grey leaves||£2.95|
|CRASSULA HOTTENTOTA||clumping stems up to 6 ins tall covered in rounded blue grey leaves||£2.95|
small rosette plant which forms mats of bright
green leaves. The flowers are small, but are
produced in vast numbers and cover the plant
masses of narrow blue-green curving leaves on
a short trunk. Hardy in some parts of the UK
given a well drained site. Small flowers on a huge flower spike
marvellous mat-forming plant which produces
magenta flowers from April to October in our
garden. Can be grown inside, but it is hardy.
greyish-green, half spherical plants growing up
to 4cm high and having a flat top. Orange-
|ECHEVERIA DERENBERGII V CANALIGULATA||grey to light green leaves with a red tip||£2.95|
|ECHEVERIA RAMILLETTE||large, green clumping rosettes, yellowish orange flowers||£2.95|
|ECHEVERIA SETOSA DEMINUTA||felty bluish grey leaves, small rosettes||£2.95|
|EUPHORBIA MAMMILLARIS VARIEGATA||blue grey with cream markings. Appealing and difficult to obtain||£2.95|
a most peculiar plant. Almost spherical and
spineless, developing grey, green and red
stripes with age. Small yellow flowers.
A choice species.
lilac-grey club shaped leaves with a white
|GRAPTOPETALUM PENTANDRUM SUPERBUM|
succulent leaves with eye-catching purplish
grey bloom. Small flowers on a tracery of fine
intermingling stems. We think this one is great!
|GRAPTOVERIA MRS RICHARDS||rosettes of maroon and grey leaves||£2.95|
|HAWORTHIA MIRABILIS||tight spiralled columns of olive green keeled leaves||£2.95|
olive-green to grey-green rosettes of thick
tapering leaves with flattened ends
|HUERNIA PENDERIFORMIS||blue-grey angular stems with bell-shaped flowers||£2.95|
|HUERNIA PRIMULINA||yellow, white and red flowers, grey-green clustering stems||£2.95|
a much sought after beauty with grey furry
leaves bearing brown and yellow patterns
grey pea pod shaped leaves on upright stems
branching from the base
miniature plants with large, tuberous caudex.
Clustering long, narrow, succulent leaves with
white dots and rough edges. Yellow flowers
green to dull purple plants with white to pale
greyish-green, can be slightly brownish below
with scattered translucent dots above; flowers
almost white to palest pink
clump forming, similar to Lithops, but with
transparent window in top of stem. Mauve
flowers in Autumn
reddish brown (when grown in full sun)
Lithop-like plants with glossy white flowers
|PACHYPHYTUM BLUE HAZE|
blue-green, clumping rosettes growing into
mounds a few inches across
clustering club-shaped leaves on an upright
stem. Leaves are grey-green, tinged red or
brown when grown in sunlight
|PACHYVERIA MARVELLA||large, fast-growing rosettes with blue-grey leaves||£2.95|
|PACHYVERIA PROLIFERA GLAUCA||grey-blue elongated leaves on short stemmed rosette||£2.95|
|PLEIOSPILOS NELII||grey green almost spherical plants with salmon pink flowers||£2.95|
Sedum pachyphyllum x Echeveria derenbergii.
Thick, elongated, oval leaves on a short stem.
Grey-green leaves, sometimes with red tips.
ideal bonsai specimen, develops impressive
green-grey trunk with peeling bark.
The branches bear emerald green leaves and white flowers. Not easy to obtain
Donkey’s Tail. Beautiful grey succulent trailing
plant that does well in a hanging pot.
Suited to partial shade. Pink flowers.
stems upright at first, but later trailing.
Leaves club shaped, grey and pale green
with red and brown showing in sun.
|SEDUM X RUBROTINCTUM|
very pretty, green and rich cherry red,
club shaped, succulent leaves and yellow
flowers. Suitable for trailing over the edge
of pots or planters. Will survive winter
outside in some parts of the UK.
‘candle plant’, pale green thick jointed
stems, bearing heads of delicate leaves.
very large, purple, star-shaped, hairy flowers
with wavy yellow lines. Vigorous grower.
star-shaped, beautiful, yellow and purple
flowers which have to be seen to be believed!
encrusted blue grey leaves forming a rosette,
golden yellow flowers. Something different.
Hardy in well drained site in milder parts of
grey succulent leaves with numerous, light
grey to red tubercles. Yellow flowers
a most unusual plant with thick grey leaves
with a triangular tip covered in yellowish
tubercles. Light yellow flowers