Succulents without thorns

Succulents without thorns

There are many varieties and kinds of succulents that appear without thorns. The Crassulaceae family, for example, gathers more than three hundred different species of succulent plants, native to South Africa. Among the most common and easy to find is Crassula arborescens. It has opposite fleshy leaves, oval in shape and green-gray in color. The margins are distinguished by the typical red streaks. In favorable conditions it can reach several meters in height over time thanks to the sapling stem. Another variety belonging to the Crassulaceae family is Crassula muscosa. Very different from Crassula arborescens, it has the shape of a small shrub, characterized by succulent twigs. Generally this kind of plant does not require particular attention, the irrigation must be constant in summer but without excesses and it also bears temperatures below ten degrees. For a luxuriant growth it is advisable to use a specific fertilizer.

Thornless succulents with flowers

Much used for ornamental purposes are the different species of Kalanchoe, belonging to the Crassulaceae family. Originally from Madagascar, they are characterized by lively and colorful blooms. The most common and easy to find variety is the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana with fleshy, large and rounded leaves. It is among the most decorative succulents, suitable for decorating outdoor and indoor environments. They fear the cold and bloom in late autumn in many different shades of color. Another variety of the family is the Kalanchoe tomentosa, it is characterized by the compact down that outlines the edges of the foliage with dark colored dots. Flowering begins with the arrival of spring and produces small yellow flowers.

Versatile and cultivated in the most diverse situations, are the varieties of the genus Sedum. More than six hundred are the species that belong to the Crassulaceae family, originating in the northern hemisphere. They are characterized as succulents with a creeping or ground cover, the leaves are fleshy, small and compact. They can be cylindrical, spatulate and triangular in shape. Among the most common varieties is the Sedum burrito, the hanging or creeping branches are covered by the foliage that develops in a spiral, blue-green color. Upright habit for the plant of the Sedum spectabile variety, the evergreen shrub is perennial, composed of spatula or elliptical leaves, can reach half a meter in height. All Sedum varieties, are easy to grow, a

Abundant and colorful flowering for the specimens belonging to the Delosperma grandiflorum variety, of the Aizoaceae family. Originally from South Africa, it is an evergreen succulent, with a very branched habit, suitable for growing in rocky soils. It requires a very sunny exposure and constant irrigation only in summer. Flowering is characterized by large flowers with bright purple hues. Another species of the Aizoaceae family are the varieties called Aptenia. The use is very widespread thanks to the fast growth and the ground cover that characterizes this species. The hanging branches are covered with fleshy, heart-shaped and bright green leaflets. Also this species adapts to rocky soils and abundant flowering produces small bright pink flowers and lasts from spring through the summer. They love the sun and watering must be sporadic.

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