Common Names: Succulents, Aloe vera, Echeveria, Haworthia, Crassula, Sedum, Hen & Chicks, Jelly Bean Plant

Availability: Year round

Vase life: Potted plants, many years. As a cut material, several weeks

Storage temperatures: Almost any

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Succulents are a diverse group of plants known for their thick, fleshy leaves and stems that store water, allowing them to thrive in arid conditions. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Some have rosette-shaped leaves, while others have cylindrical or paddle-shaped foliage. Their leaves can be smooth, hairy, spiky, or textured, depending on the species.

Color: Succlents often have vibrant hues ranging from greens to purples, blues, oranges, and even reds.

Botanical facts: Succulents have specialized tissues in their leaves, stems, or roots that store water. These tissues, such as parenchyma cells, allow succulents to survive in arid environments by storing water during rainy periods and utilizing it during droughts.

Design notes: Small potted succulent plants are often cut from their roots for use in floral design. They can be wired to picks or extenders for addition to floral arrangements or wreathes. Very small plants can be wired or glued into boutonnieres or corsages. Succulents can add interest and texture to any floral design.

Purchasing hints: Look for turgid well established plants.

Conditioning: Hold in potted plants until ready for use.

Additional notes: Wreaths made entirely of succulents set in moss are very popular