From whence did you really come, ‘Perle von Nurnberg’?
As one dives deeper into the succulent world, opportunities arise to venture down rabbit holes, many of them dealing with parentage. Take Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'. The story goes that German breeder Alfred Gräser came up with 'Perle' in the 1930s by crossing Echeveriagibbiflora 'Metallica' (no, not that Metallica) with Echeveriapotosina. Today, E. potosina is widely considered a synonym of E. elegans. No more than a variation. Next, there's uncertainty about what was or is the true 'Metallica'. And it very well may be that neither 'Perle' parent was a true species. Hybrids, both of them! This source credits Gräser himself for that revelation.
Succulent fan fave Sedum 'Burrito', similar to Sedum morganianum, is one such plant whose origins are wrapped in enigma. 'Burrito' is said to have never been documented in the wild, hence the taxonomic quandary ('Burrito' vs. burrito) that really astute plant people have been wrestling with for years.
Growing plants with a little help from our robotic friends
We'd like to introduce you to Bender, one of the spacing ninjas who helped us prepare for the soft launch of our True Bloom Roses line. On average, Bender spaces 150 pots per hour. There are six such robots at our production nursery in Lake Mathews, California.
No ands, ifs, or buts — these lithops (living stones) sure are charming. They were purchased at Lowe's.
— Brian Paul Design, Facebook
Treat a fresh graduate or promoted student to fuzzy, hairy succulents
We know some may be skeptical at first, but we're here to say that your just-finished-with-fifth-grade child, or maybe it was eighth grade or even twelfth, might just fall hard for succulents virtually on his or her own. No parental cajolery required.
We recently debuted our Kids Succulent Collectionson Amazon. We actually see them as the Cool Kids Succulent Collections because they boast totally nifty and textural varieties — such as kalanchoes, sempervivums, crassulas, and echeverias — that are like their own hands-on discovery museums. Dare we say they'll amount to a rewarding plant experience for kids of all ages.
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Now treat yourself to a little toothy aloe!
Aloe zanzibarica looks spiffy on a windowsill or patio spot. The lime-green leaves turn reddish in bright light & have whitish translucent teeth. Flowers are tubular & orange.