Here are some of the plant characteristics to look for when identifying succulents:
- Leaf – shape, size and thickness.
- Color – of leaves, flowers or stems.
- Markings or bumps on the leaves.
- Flower – shape, color, number of blooms and petals.
- Stem – color, texture, length.
- Ciliate hairs.
- Epicuticular wax.
- Spikes, spines or smooth.
Regarding this, how do I identify a succulent in my house?
The best way to identify succulents is by their leaf shape and growth habit. Of course, fleshy leaves are what classifies succulents apart from other plants. Some succulent species have fleshy leaves that grow in a rosette shape, giving the plant a spiky look.
In respect to this, how much sun do succulents need?
Succulents love light and need about six hours of sun per day, depending on the type of succulent. Newly planted succulents can scorch in direct sunlight, so you may need to gradually introduce them to full sun exposure or provide shade with a sheer curtain.
What is the most common succulent?
Keep reading for the top 10 most popular types of indoor succulents.
- Burro’s Tail (sedum morganianum) …
- Crown of Thorns (euphorbia milii) …
- Flaming Katy (kalanchoe blossfeldiana) …
- Aloe Vera (aloe vera) …
- Panda Plant (kalanchoe tomentosa) …
- Pincushion Cactus (mammillaria crinita) …
- Roseum (sedum spurium)
A great option for identification is an app put together by my friend Jacki at Drought Smart Plants called Succulent ID. You can look at different genera of succulents or search through photos based on characteristics of your succulent.
|Type||Growing Zones||Mature Height|
|Echeveria purple pearl, Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Purple Pearl’||9-11||2 to 3 inches|
|Houseleek, Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’||3-8||4 to 6 inches|
|Living stone, Lithops optica ‘Rubra’||10-11||.5 to 2 inches|
|Houseleek, Sempervivum ‘Raspberry Ice’||3-8||4 to 6 inches|
As important as choosing the right soil, too much sunlight can kill these plants. And since (as previously noted) aloe plants are succulents—yes, like our beloved bunny succulents—they thrive in partial sunlight.