Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Throughout many landscapes there are spots that don’t receive full sun all day long. Some of the tender succulents will thrive in such spaces. Those gardening in cold climates can bring these plants indoors for the winter. Here are some suggested plants.
Dragon tree agave is native to Mexico. This can reach six feet or more in height. It has lovely leaves covered with a whitish bloom. The foliage can be over three feet in length. Dragon tree agave is particularly spectacular when it is flowering.
Several aloes don’t require full sun. Tree or candelabra aloe can reach nearly 20 feet in height. The stems are much branched. The greenish-blue foliage has yellow teeth along the edges. Native to South Africa, this blooms during the winter.
Climbing aloe is also native to South Africa. When given support, the stems can reach 20 feet or so in length. This has deep green leaves and red blossoms.
Mexican snowball is one of the echeverias. A low growing species, it forms numerous rosettes in neat clusters. The pale silvery-blue leaves have white touches along the edges. This plant is known for its lovely medium pink blooms. These appear on pink flower stalks.
Wart plant, one of the haworthias, is native to South Africa. It freely produces offsets. The tapered foliage is deep green with lines of white. The leaves form spirals.
Haworthia turgida is native to South Africa. The leaves point upwards, and are glossy medium green. Decorated with dots, the foliage is up to ¾ of an inch long. The flower stalk is nearly a foot tall. The blooms are greenish.
Armstrong gasteria is noted for the neat arrangement of the foliage. The opposite leaves appear in pairs, and are perfectly arranged in neat rows one on top of the other. These are pale green. They’re decorated with intricate white marks. The foliage can be nearly four inches in length. The flowers of the gasterias are reminiscent of aloe blossoms.
Gasteria verrucosa is also native to South Africa. The dull gray colored foliage can be up to six inches long. The leaves are covered with white dots or tubercles. The flower stalks can reach two feet in height. There are various varieties of this species, including one with very large leaves—up to a foot in length. Another variety has leaves with green wart-like dots.