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Succulents

Succulents

Each year in home landscapes and gardens, succulents are becoming extremely popular choices. With the increased knowledge homeowners have regarding water conservation, the arid style make a perfect choice for any landscape styles. There can be a lot of confusion between what is a succulent and what is considered a cactus, all cacti are indeed succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. What makes these different you may ask? Thorns! Thorns are essentially the leaves of the cacti that have formed over millions of years to be resilient to a harsh dry environment and as a way to protect themselves from becoming dinner to all types of animals.

Succulents get their name from the Latin word "sucus", this means juice or sap. This sap is what helps these plants thrive throughout the harsh dry times they have adapted to over the centuries. During times of excess water, these plants will engorge themselves on all they can and look plump and full, as the dry season progresses they will become noticeably less full.

Coming in a variety of textures and colors, succulents work in all landscape styles. Moon Valley Nurseries has been custom growing only the best succulents around for over 20 years and is an industry leader with expertly trained nursery pros at all locations to help you select the best plants for your yard. Stop in today and let us help you turn your landscape dreams into reality.

Types of Succulents

Hearts and Flowers

Hearts and Flowers

Aptenia cordifolia

This succulent plant makes for great ground cover in many different landscapes. Commonly referred to as ‘Hearts and Flowers’ and Aptenia ‘Red Apple’ because of its apple red flowers and bright green leaves, the Aptenia cordifolia only grows to about 4” tall but makes a for a great splash of tropical color in your yard.

Century Plant

Century Plant

Agave americana

One of the largest available Agave, Century Plants grow a pup cluster of large blue-green leaves forming at the base of the plant that's ideal for open areas.

Variegated Century Plant

Variegated Century Plant

Agave americana varigata

Variegated Century Plants have the share the same growing traits with other Century Plants, but boast a yellow to cream white marginal variegation along the leaves.

Hercules Aloe

Hercules Aloe

Aloe barberae

Hercules Aloe grow to be quite large - up to 15 feet - and due to the leaves' red/bronze tint, a great way to add a splash a color to your desert landscape.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe barbadensis

Aloe Vera is commonly known for its many medicinal uses, but it's also a fantastic specimen of native desert life that looks right at home in many landscapes.

Sticks of Fire

Sticks of Fire

Euphorbia tirucalli

Fast becoming one of our most popular varieties, Sticks of Fire have an amazing coral structure and natural color, turning a bright fiery red in the winter.

Spanish Dagger

Spanish Dagger

Yucca gloriosa

Spanish Dagger's grow long stiff leaves with dark green foliage and unique trunks when mature. These yucca's work well in nearly any landscape style

Elephant's Food

Elephant's Food

Portulacaria afra

Elephant food looks like Jade Plant with smaller more compact leaves.

Ice Plant

Ice Plant

Delosperma nubigenum

Ice plant is a popular low growing shrub or ground cover that can be used in many different landscape settings.

Irish Rose

Irish Rose

Aeonium arboreum

Succulents such as Aeonium arboreum are becoming more and more popular every year largely due to the fact that they are so easy to grow and maintain.

Aeonium,

Aeonium,

Aeonium arboreum Black Magic

Succulents such as Aeonium 'Black Magic' are prized for their dark black appearance and larger rosette style leaves.

Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Aeonium decorum 'Sunburst'

The Aeonium 'Sunburst' is from the Crassulaceae family growing up to 18" tall these plants stand on a bare creamy white trunk

Aeonium 'Purple Queen'

Aeonium 'Purple Queen'

Aeonium manriqueorum

The Aeonium 'Purple Queen' is another attractive choice when your landscaping with accent plants and succulents.

Variegated Elephant Food

Variegated Elephant Food

Portulacaria afra variegata

Variegated Elephant Food is a unique succulent shrub that has many landscape uses.

Sedum

Sedum

Sedum aldolphii

Planting Sedum on borders makes for a beautiful transition from one area to the next and once established these are a very water-wise selection

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe is a genus of more than 150 species of succulents that are known for their large thick leaves, colorful blooms and variation in leaf color

Blue Fingers

Blue Fingers

Senecio serpens

There are few succulents that are this blue, which makes the Blue Fingers a popular choice for those looking to add a unique color to their landscape.

Squid Agave

Squid Agave

Agave bracteosa

he Squid Agave sometimes known as the spider agave is a native from Mexico

Blue Flame Agave

Blue Flame Agave

Agave shawii x attenuata 'Blue Flame'

These soft edged agaves grow in a clumping pattern with tight rosettes of blue foliage that appears almost flame like

Cornelius Agave

Cornelius Agave

Agave americana 'Cornelius'

Agave americana 'Cornelius' are slower growers but are extremely hardy

Smooth Agave

Smooth Agave

Agave desmettiana

Like the name says, this smooth spineless agave is a perfect addition to any style landscape!

Variegated Smooth Agave

Variegated Smooth Agave

Agave desmettiana -v- marginata

Variegated Smooth Agave have long dark green leaves contrasted by yellow edges will curl upwards giving it a tighter rosette style appearance.

Coral Aloe

Coral Aloe

Aloe striata

Coral Aloe is a large leafed beautiful succulent that shoots brilliant blooms in the early spring-fall.

Gopher Plant

Gopher Plant

Euphorbia rigida

Gopher Plant is a silvery green unique succulent plant that blooms in late winter to early spring

White Strip Agave

White Strip Agave

Agave americana mediopicta 'Alba'

Water-wise, fire-wise and extremely hardy, make this agave one easy to grow in any landscape