New Must-Have Agave Book

Agaves book cover

The new book, “Agaves: Species, Cultivars & Hybrids” by Jeremy Spath and Jeff Moore is a must-have for its images alone. Stunning photos capture the beauty and fierceness of these sculptural succulents in ways both artistic and definitive.  It’s a must-have for plant IDs

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Comfort Plant Benefits

Comfort plant

I’ve been informally testing the herbal benefits of a semi-succulent herb with velvety, juicy leaves. If you’ve been to my garden recently, Mama Debra has crushed and smeared the juice of “comfort plant” (Plectranthus amboinicus) on your bug bites, scrapes or—if you brought your dog—hot spots.

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Succulent Ice Plants, Gallery and Video

Lampranthus aurantiacus, Drosanthemum floribundum (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

The brilliantly beautiful succulent ice plants you’ll see in my new page and video thrive in Zones 8-11. They come in eye-popping hues of purple, pink, lavender, rose-red, bright red, gold, orange and yellow.

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What Makes Succulents SUCCULENT?

Aloe leaf cut open (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Become a better plant parent by learning the “how’s” and “why’s” of these lovable chubby plants. Discover what makes succulents so efficient. Slicing and squishing may seem unkind, but be assured there’s method to my madness.

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Euphorbia or Cactus? How to Tell

Cactus vs Euphorbia (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

How can you tell a spiny euphorbia from a cactus? Observe key characteristics: the type of spines, flowers and leaves (or lack thereof). As I compiled my site’s new Euphorbia page, I happily acquired the ability to tell at a glance which is which. Sure, you can scratch a plant, and if it drips milky sap, it’s

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Kelly Griffin Collectors’ Group

Kelly Griffin dwarf aloes

If you’re into aloes, you’re probably aware of highly collectible Kelly Griffin hybrids. Kelly, a premier plant breeder, is responsible for dozens of cultivars in the commercial marketplace. Naturally he has a following

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Refresh Your Echeveria Garden

Echeveria garden in pots (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Eighteen months after I planted it, my multipot echeveria garden was looking ratty. Over time, as new leaves formed from the centers of echeverias, lower leaves dried and clung to ever-lengthening stems. Bloom spikes I’d left intact for hummingbirds were several feet long and untidy. Watch me rejuvenate it in my new video: Refresh Your Echeveria Garden (6:31).

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Bizarre Succulents

Pseudolithos migiurtinus (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

To me, a bizarre succulent is one that suggests something it’s not in an eerie way—i.e. a cancerous growth, reptile or body part. When I take a second look and ponder what on earth it is, I experience a deliciously unsettling ah-ha (or bwa-ha-ha) moment.

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