Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Favorite Flower Find: Succulents

Last week we shared a gorgeous party on our blog that consisted of mainly succulent textures and other organic elements. I thought you might be interested to know a little more about the succulent floral variety.
Just as greenery adds an extra special touch to an arrangement or decor setting, succulents give a desert-like, organic vibe to the decor and flowers they're paired with. The "succulent", fleshy aspect of this plant comes from its water-storing features, as an arid climate desert plant. You'll find succulents mainly in areas of high temperatures and low precipitation, like deserts, tropics and subtropics, but sometimes you might find them near dry lakes or sea coasts.

Succulents' water storage mechanisms give them a variety of interesting shapes and leaf forms; some of my favorites are the fuzzy donkeytail, which has a great light gray silver tone with a brown edge (gorgeous with Dusty Miller too) , and the Echeveria, which looks like a little rosette and is probably the most common cut succulent used in arrangements.

If you're interested in growing succulents at home, make sure you give them lots of light during the day and plenty of water during the summer. Be careful not to overwater the plant during the winter, it only needs water about once every other month! An interesting thing to note is that succulents come from desert climates, so they are used to very hot days and cool nights... so don't be worried about cold temperatures at night.

Here are some of the succulents we love and that we get from our local grower in LA, "The Greenery". If you ever head down to the LA Flower Market be sure to stop by to see some of their cut varieties.

all photos from The Greenery Wholesaler

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Rev. Jon Bassinger-Flores said...

Love the succulent feature! They are a truly "green" floral material since they require little water and can be rooted and planted after use in bouquets. I hope I get to see them in use at one of my upcoming weddings!