My Stapelia began as a single branch cutting given to me at a meeting of the New York Cactus & Succulent Society (the finger on the right side) and has since grown the left branch and just started some new growth at the bottom left. The original portion has also begun to grow at the top. Maybe my plants will become monsters under this grow light!
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When I first started getting interested in succulents, I began going to botanical gardens to get inspiration and to start learning the names of plants that I was drawn to. This plant at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden stuck out:
From the tag I learned it is a Haemanthus albiflos, albiflos because the flowers (-flos) are white (albi- like albino). It isn’t a succulent in the traditional puffy leaved or cactus sense, but is actually a bulb from South Africa. I thought it was such a cool looking plant with multiple leaves growing out of the same center and the new growth being a different color from the outer leaves. Months later I won a lovely pair of bulbs in an auction at the Connecticut Cactus & Succulent Sale. I got them for cheap, but was willing to bid pretty high to get one for my collection, luckily it didn’t come to that. Below are two photos of it:
The leaves on both have since died back and new leaves have sprouted. I was worried about it during my recent move because it took me a couple of weeks to get a grow light set up in the new somewhat cave-like apartment, but the new growth is doing very well:
A very leafy jade! This one looks similar to the jade plant (Crassula ovata) that I have except mine is smaller, and only has about three rows of leaves on each branch. I wonder if this is a different species, or if mine could be like this someday under the right growing conditions. Seen at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Mass.
The colors! A beautiful Echeveria at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.