At the point when we utilize the expression, “desert plants and succulents,” it is somewhat of a misnomer. The expression appears to infer that we are discussing two absolutely particular gatherings that are on a generally equivalent balance (regarding natural characterization), as when we state, for instance, “music and writing.” But, while there is a distinction between these two plant gatherings, there is likewise a cozy connection between them.
“Desert plant” means a natural family. “Succulent” is a looser term: various plant families contain at any rate a couple of succulents. All desert flora are viewed as succulents. That is on the grounds that succulents are the larger classification; prickly plants are a sub-gathering of that classification. This reality makes one wonder why the prominent show continues utilizing the to some degree deceiving phrase “desert plants and succulents,” as though they were two unique things by and large.
How Cacti Came to Share Top Ranking With Succulents
We can assume that the constancy of this show is expected, to a limited extent, to the acclaim of desert flora (the greater ones, in any event), which are notable even to individuals who have little enthusiasm for cultivation. Hollywood Westerns transformed desert plants into notable figures. Perhaps the desert flora at that point turned out to be so enormous for their breeches that they requested equivalent charging inside the plant classification to which they have a place.
Paradoxically, numerous non-planters have no clue what a “succulent” is, naturally, being comfortable with that term for the most part in a culinary setting (as in, “Such and such is a succulent piece”). Given this hole between the notoriety of the prickly plant and the overall lack of clarity of “succulent” as a natural gathering, it is anything but difficult to perceive any reason why individuals should draw a differentiation of accommodation between them.
Perhaps it likewise has something to do with the decent variety of succulent classification. Some way or another, it doesn’t appear to be correct that the solitary expression of “succulents” should cover an entire gathering of plants extending from the minor “living stone” (class, Lithops) to the monster saguaro (up to 50 feet tall at development). Saying “desert flora and succulents” may promise us that we are recognizing the huge extent of the captivating universe of succulents, which are most likely among the strangest plants of nature.
Differences Between Cacti and Succulents
Regardless of their cozy relationship, there are some significant contrasts among desert flora and succulents:
- Desert plants are recognized from the remainder of the succulents by the adjusted spaces along their stems. These are altered buds called “areoles.” From the areoles spring the spines (typically) for which prickly plants are best known.
- Prickly plant plants, for the most part, have not many or no leaves.
- A wide assortment of non-prickly plant succulents is local to various areas over the world. Paradoxically, practically a wide range of desert flora are local just to the New World.
Just as cacti stand out because of their areoles, once you are introduced to the non-cactus succulents, it is usually relatively easy to pick them out from other plants. Because they store water in their foliage and must be tough enough to survive challenging climates, most sport leaves or modified leaves that, while firm to the touch, have a swollen, “juicy” look (thus the name, “succulent”) to them.
While people do not eat most types of succulents, there is overlap between the culinary and botanical uses of the term for purslane (Portulaca olearacea): The tasty, nutritious leaves of this common lawn weed and type of succulent are often eaten in salads.
Examples of Succulents That Are Not Cacti:
- Angelina stonecrop (Sedum rupestre Angelina)
- Autumn Joy stonecrop (Sedum Autumn Joy)
- Chocolate Drop stonecrop (Sedum Chocolate Drop)
- Purple ice plant (Delosperma cooperi)
- Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum)
- Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis)
- Agave (Agave americana)
- Moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora)
- Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Examples of Cacti
We will in general partner prickly plants and succulents with warm territories, for example, deserts, yet a few sorts are very chilly solid. The hens and chicks succulent develops in USDA plant toughness zones 3 to 11. Among the desert flora, thorny pear (Opuntia humifusa) has strength boasting rights (zones 4 to 10).
Thorny pear develops in clusters arriving at 6 to 14 inches tall, with a width of twice that. As it develops, it turns out to be progressively prostrate in its development propensity. It bears 2-to-3 inch yellow blooms. Contingent upon where you live, the plant may start blossoming in either summer or pre-summer. The natural product from which the plant infers its name is additionally called a fish (Spanish).
The level, pale blue-green vegetative parts are alluded to as nopalitos or “cushions.” The cushions look like nothing more so than a lot of spiked beaver tails stayed together. Truth be told, the Opuntia basilaris species is known as the “Beavertail.”
Other examples of cacti include:
Uses for Cacti and Succulents
These tough, diverse, sometimes beautiful plants might prove useful to you as:
- Xeriscape plants for use in sunny, dry areas
- Plants to grow in between garden stepping stones (in the case of short succulents such as Angelina stonecrop)
- Subjects for your terrarium
- Or simply as houseplants that will serve as relief from the bleakness of winter