Aloe leaf cut open (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Discover just how juicy ARE succulents? Plus the Science of Succulence: Why and how these fat plants are, well, succulent. In my new video of the same name, I rank common succulents 1-to-10 on a “Juiciness Scale.” Slicing and squishing may seem silly—even cruel—but there’s method to my madness.

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  Certain readily available succulents not only get by on rainfall alone, they’ll grow in nutrient-poor soil and can handle searing sun and frost. No-water succulents for Southern California gardens that are native to the Southwest and Mexico include dasylirions, agaves, cacti and yuccas. They thrive from south of the border to the Bay Area and…

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