Succulents are amazing and fascinating plants. Here you will find photos and information about our favorites.
Kalanchoe orgyalis (Copper Spoons) is a slow growing shrub that can eventually reach 3-6 feet tall or even taller with support, however, it is more often seen as a smaller plant.
This succulent has spathulate ovate leaves that fold upward from the middle and are a bronze to gray color on the underside. The top side is felted with fine cinnamon colored hairs that eventually age to the same color as the lower surface. In the late winter to early spring it will have bright yellow flowers in terminal clusters at the branch tips.
Copper Spoons should be planted in full sun along the coast or in a light shade inland.
This plant is native to rocks and dry soils in southern and southwestern Madagascar.
We have two of these plants, this one in a pot and another planted in the ground. It is an amazing succulent and looks even better in real life than in the photo.
Pleiospilos nelii (Split Rock) is a succulent perennial which can reach a height of 5–8 cm (2–3 in) and a diameter of about 10 cm (4 in). This stemless plant has two or four opposite, almost hemispherical grey-green or brownish leaves. The leaves have a deep fissure in the middle and many small dark spots on the surface.
A new pair of leaves is produced each year. This plant closely resembles a small cracked rock (hence the common name), which may have evolved as a defense against predators. The daisy-like flowers are yellow-orange and emerge from the center of the leaves. They bloom in the afternoon and close at sunset.
It has been my experience that the best way to care for this plant is to ignore it. It only needs to be watered every 3 or 4 weeks. I tried several before being successful with this one.