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Tribe of the Crassulaceae only two are commonly grown the genus called Crassuta and the genus Rochea (ro'-she-ah) both natives of South Africa. These are usually small- to medium-sized plants with fleshy, opposing leaves arranged in such a way that each pair forms a cross in relation 10 its neighbors. Sometimes these leaves are closely packed on the stems, sometimes spaced well apart. The flowers are rather small, but occasionally very bright and forming large clusters. Although the genus...

How Succulents Developed

The story of succulents begins nearly fifty million years ago m a time called the Eocene epoch. A great waterway stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic then, i he Mediterranean lay deep in Asia. A hundred nameless seas covered our great deserts and mountains. Along their shores vast forests teemed with the beginnings of modern plants and animals Everywhere the climate was subtropical moist, abundant. Life was easy. Then gradually the earth began to change. The ancient seas slowly...

Cacti Cateterismo Cateterismo

And for ihe first time in their long history these plants are being given a more natural, more nearly functional place in ihe garden. They are being used so freely and intelligently, with such good taste and judgment that there is no doubt succulents are here to stay for all time. The commonest, most natural way to use succulents in ihe garden is 10 combine them with stones to make a rock garden. Bui the modern succulent rock garden is a far cry from the wagon-wheel and skull-littered rock...

Plants simply substitute coarse sand for the soil mixture usually used to build the mound

Plants in the rock garden should be carcfully arranged ac cording to size, habit, color, and texture. They must never be crowded or planted in regular lines, but in well-spaced drifts with plenty of open ground between. Plants requiring similar treatment or watering are best placed together Plants requiring shade can be grown beside taller species, near rocks or tn the shade of small-leaved desert trees like the Jerusalem Thorn, Parkinsonia acu eata,, set in or near the bed. The planting may...

Planted

If the rock garden is in one of those relatively frost-free areas in which succulents may be grown out of doors the year The succulent bed should always be gently sloped and shaped in an in Cresting free-form pattern Dudleya brittonti is the handsomu rosette in the foreground right the large white clusters beside it arc Echeyeria alba hybrids backed by a solid border of the smaller white rosettes of Echeveria elegans. The large cabbage-like plants in the center arc A eon t urn nabilt and behind...

Cactus Selection Guide

Actually the genus Kalanchoe is by far the largest in the tribe, with over two hundred species scattered over Africa India, China. Malaysia. Madagascar, and even tropica America. The kalanchoes are generally small shrubby plants, usually a foot or two in height, with succulent opposite leaves. Several species produce a profusion of small brightly colored winter flowers that have long been prized as house plants for the Christmas season. Outstanding among these are the ever popular scarlet K....

Eppphylfum sricTtim

Growth have made u a favorite basket planl the world over The popularity of small-flowered, compact plants like Rosetta has given rise to a whole new race of epiphyllum hybrids, Because most epiphyllum varieties are large, strong-growing plants they are rather awkward as house plants, requiring much more room than the average window-sill gardener can afford to give. In the past his only recourse was to grow one of the smaller relatives of the epiphyllums, The most jiopuiar of these is...

The Daisy Family The Compost toe

While some plant families, like the Cactus and Crassula, have become almost wholly succulent in the process of evolution, others like the vast Daisy, or Composite, family have developed surprisingly few succulent members. Actually the succulent relatives of our sunflowers, daisies, and thistles are found in only three or four closely related genera, the most important of which is the genus KJeinia (kly'-ni-ah). The kleinias are generally small succulent shrubs or trailing plants with fleshy...

Pests and Diseases

(here are a number of pests and diseases that attack succulents, but all of them are easily recognized and controlled by simple methods. The best method, of course, is prevention The collector who buys only healthy, vigorous stock, plants and spaces his collection carefully and provides constant cleanliness, light, and air will rarely encounter more than two or three of these troubles in his career. For, like human ills, these disorders are not natural to succulents but the result of...

Braunsii 116

Ocfophyltum, 116 roseum, 116 A nocarpus fissuraiwt 47 Arizona Organ Pipe. 39 Arrangements, 154-57 A mophy turn, 51, 173 aftertax 51 capricorne, 51 myriostigma, 5 i ornatum. 51 Aziekmm nitent 48 Bryophylium, 14. 76, 77 78. 96 crenatum, 78 daigremontianum, 78 fedischenkoi, 78 pinnaium, 77 scandens, 78 tubiflorum, 78 unifiorum, 78 Bulbme. 103 ahoides, 103 caulescens, 103 Bunny Ears. 33 Burro's Tail, 81 Buying 187-88 Byrnesia wembergii, 82 Black Starfish, 122 Blue Barrel. 50 Blue Chalk Sticks, 87...