Cacti and succulents, Perennials, Flowers
Succulent green leaves (often with scalloped edges or unusual shapes) and typically bell-shaped flowers mark these perennials. Some kinds are marketed as houseplants but can be planted outdoors where winters are mild. In Zone 13, grow in a shady spot. In borderline climates, give protection of a lath, eaves, or other overhead structure.Kalanchoe luciae
Colorful, sculptural plant grows to 1–1 1/2 ft. high and wide, spreading by offsets. Short, thick trunk holds fleshy, broadly oval leaves to 8 in. long and 6–8 in. wide. Leaves are gray-green, with margins that turn bright red in full sun. In winter or early spring, a single stem rises 2–3 ft. high and bears clusters of 1/2–3/4-in.-long, tubular, dark yellow flowers with a pleasing fragrance. Provide protection from slugs and snails, which can permanently disfigure the leaves. ‘Fantastic’ (also sold as K. thyrsiflora ‘Fantastic’) has gray-green leaves striped with cream variegation, and shading red at the margins.
Native to Laos. Climbs quickly by tendrils to 50–60 ft. Thick, fleshy stems carry glossy, leathe...
Colorful, sculptural plant grows to 1–1 1/2 ft. high and wide, spreading by offsets. Short, thic...
Native to South Africa. To 1–1 1/2 ft. high, 2 ft. wide. Cylindrical, slightly curved, striking ...