A-Z Index of Succulents

This is not an encyclopedia-like listing of thousands of individual succulents.  Here we provide an Index of Succulents of the most popular succulents along with details and growing tips.

A-Z Index of Succulents

Questions About the Index

Options To Find the Article on a Specific Plant:
  • Just above here click "Common Name List" or "Scientific Name List" for alphabetical lists which link to each article.
  • Use the Search field in the upper left corner.  You may search by a common name or a scientific binomial name (the genus and species). Some refer to the scientific name as the botanical name.
  • Plants may also be referred to in additional articles. Click the "Article Index" tab in the upper menu bar to find general articles about various succulents.
The names we attribute or designate for each succulent may differ from what you have been familiar with or have commonly seen.  Naming plants is not a perfect endeavor even for the experts.  The same plant may be given different names (synonyms) by botanists, horticulturists, nurseries, and hobbyists.  The most common name may also vary depending on geography or slight differences in the look of the plant itself.
In our descriptions, we will do our best to adhere to common international grammatical distinctions when writing about a specific succulent.  To do this we will follow the guidelines of the International Code of Nomenclature.

In brief, this is how we will grammatically show the names of various succulents.

Binomial Names Example = Kalanchoe tomentosa

The “genus” is first and the first letter is uppercase.  The “species” is second and the first letter is lowercase.  Both words are italicized. Additionally, after the first time the genus is fully spelled out it may be abbreviated such as K. tomentosa.

Variety Name Example = Panda Plant

Each word is capitalized but neither word is italicized.  Technically the word “variety” is applied only to a true, pure variety of the species.  These are also sometimes referred to as “common names.”  The Panda Plant is a true variety of Kalanchoe tomentosa.

Cultivar Name Example = ‘Chocolate Soldier’

Each word is capitalized but neither word is italicized and single quotes are put around the name.  ‘Chocolate Soldier’ is a nursery produced cultivar from Kalanchoe tomentosa.  A “cultivar” is simply a ‘cultivated variety’.  For this plant to look different there was some human intervention involved.

Hybrid Name Example = 'Fang'

The name is capitalized but is not italicized and single quotes are put around the name.  'Fang' is a hybrid developed from a cross between Kalanchoe beharensis and Kalanchoe tomentosa.  A “hybrid” involves human intervention to create a genetic cross between two different species, a species and a cultivar or some other combination. There are other grammatical technicalities that some scholars include in their writing.  We don’t have the time or resources to research in such depth to add further unique qualifiers to the names.  We think the guidelines we have outlined above are sufficient for the typical reader searching our website. If you catch an error let us know.  We are not perfect and although we often research dozens of sources to obtain accuracy, those sources are not always perfect either.

Please visit this page often. More articles on specific succulents are continually added.