Often seen in succulent collections. Here we have virtually the same plant, but with larger, looser, pinkish-green leaves, which are so wonderfully hairy that they have been dubbed Puss\ Ears li produces rather small, feathery, blue flowers. Both of these interesting plants are easily propagated by cuttings or divisions and require no spccial care except protection from frost.

Other Families. There are many more succulenl species in such families as the Pepper (Piperaceae), Oxalis (Oxalidaceae), Mulberry (Moraceae)$ Caltrop (Zygophyltaceae), Periwinkle (Apocvnaceae), Passion-flower (Passijloraceae), Sesame (Ped-atiaceae), and Gourd (CucurhitaceaeI but these are rare plants, which the amateur will see only in the finest botanical collections or as illustrations in learned books. They need not detain us here, for the siory of succulents can never actually be finished,

Somewhere today imperceptible changes in temperature and rainfall, a gradual trembling and shifting of the earth, the rise of new mountains and deserts may be moving other familiar plants toward succulence. But we cannoi see these changes, for the quiet miracles happening all about us may require a million years or more before we can even guess their intention It is this sense of past, present, and future mixed that makes succulents so intensely exciting and interesting to grow. And having surveyed the wealth ai our disposal, we have now only to ¬°earn how best to use and enjoy these wonderful plants in our own homes and gardens

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