Cacti and succulents, Perennials, Flowers
Succulent green leaves (often with scalloped edges or unusual shapes) and typically bell-shapedflowers mark theseperennials. Some kinds are marketed as houseplants but can be planted outdoors wherewinters are mild. In Zone 13, grow in a shady spot. In borderline climates, give protection of lath, eaves, or other overheadstructure.Kalanchoe luciae
Colorful, sculptural plant grows 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 marginsthat turn bright red in full sun. In winter or early spring, a single stem rises 2–3 ft. highand 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 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...
Native to South Africa. To 1–1 1/2 ft. high, 2 ft. wide. Cylindrical, slightly curved, striking ...
Colorful, sculptural plant grows 1–1 1/2 ft. high and wide, spreading by offsets. Short, thick trunk h...