Succulent plants are a diverse group of flora characterised by their ability to store water in fleshy leaves, stems, or roots. This unique adaptation allows them to thrive in arid conditions, making them popular choices for gardeners and plant enthusiasts who appreciate both their beauty and resilience. With their origins spanning different continents, from the deserts of North America to the plains of Africa, succulents have evolved to survive in some of the harshest environments on Earth.
The term ‘succulent’ comes from the Latin ‘sucus’, translating to ‘juice’ or ‘sap’, which reflects the moist and nourished interior of these plants despite external aridity. These plants are not merely survivors; they also offer a multitude of forms, sizes, and colours, adding a sculptural quality to an indoor space or garden. Their water-retaining structures make succulents well-suited to indoor environments, where conditions can mimic the dry habitats in which they naturally prosper.
Succulents have increasingly become synonymous with low-maintenance plant care, appealing to those seeking hardy varieties that demand minimal watering. This ease of care contributes to their popularity as houseplants, alongside the aesthetic appeal of their often geometric and varied appearances. Care for these plants typically involves well-draining soil and pots, as well as an understanding of their light and water requirements, which can vary significantly across the different types of succulents.