Indoor Succulents

A special thing about succulents (including cacti) is the wide variety of physical forms they take. Here are the ones I'm growing indoors so far. I've half a dozen blooming Sedum outside: Opuntias basilaris var. aurea, 'Crystal Tide', humifusa, phaeacantha and Xcolumbiana have each survived a winter and a year of squirrel predation, but none have bloomed yet.
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Aechmea fasciata is a bromeliad from south-east Brazil that can grow to 40 cm in diameter. It won't fit on my shelf by then :( Aechmea fasciata
Aloe 'Minnie Belle'. Aloe 'Minnie Belle'
Anacampseros telephiastrum is native to western South Africa. Anacampseros telephiastrum
Austrocylindropuntia subulata is from the Peruvian Andes where it grows to 4 m height; it's used for fencing throughout South America. I'll have to find a larger home for it long before then! Austrocylindropuntia subulata
Brasiliopuntia braziliensis eventually grows a slender erect trunk up to 8 m tall lined with flat segments. I won't have room for it by then either! Brasiliopuntia brazilensis
Cephalocereus senilis is native to eastern Mexico; the wool is used for sweaters. It needs very sharp drainage to avoid rot. Cephalocereus senilis
Cereus peruvianus, the Peruvian apple cactus, has edible fruit when full size (up to 10 m tall). This is the monstrose form, which instead of growing from a single areole per branch, grows from random points to produce a plant that's asymmetrical and covered in knobby bumps. Hopefully it won't grow as tall as normal form. Cereus peruvianus monstrose
Cotyledon orbiculata undulata is a selection of a South African species. Cotyledon orbiculata undulata
Crassula argentia 'Coral' is a selection of the Jade Plant from southern Africa. Crassula argentia 'Coral'
Crassula marnieriana 'Hottentot' is a selection of the Jade Necklace plant from southern Africa. White flowers. Crassula marnieriana 'Hottentot'
Crassula muscosa is native to Namibia and South Africa. Crassula  muscosa
Crassula perforata is from South Africa. As with many other Crassula, it absorbs water deposited on its leaves (fog and dew); they swell up to 20% of their thickness this way. Crassula perforata
Cylindropuntia subulata is native to the Peruvian Andes. The native form is tree-sized, but this form is supposed to stay pot-sized. Cylindropuntia subulata
Echeveria minima is from Mexico and the smallest of its genus. Yellow flowers. Echeveria minima
Echinopsis caulescens, one of the 'barrel' cacti, is from Bolivia. Echinopsis caulescens
Euphorbia milii bosseri is a deciduous succulent native to Madagascar. This is a cutting just getting rooted. Euphorbia milii bosseri
Euphorbia obesa, a succulent often mistaken for a cactus, is from South Africa. Euphorbia obesa
Euphorbia tuberculata, another succulent often mistaken for a cactus, is also from South Africa. This one is still getting rooted. Euphorbia tuberculata
Fenestraria rhopalophylla aurantiaca is native to South Africa. Fenestraria rhopalophylla aurantiaca
Gasteria 'Little Warty' is a shallow-rooted hybrid from South Africa; it's susceptible to fungal infections so bottom watering is important. Gasteria 'Little Warty'
Hatiora rosea from Brazil, known as the Easter Cactus from its blooming time, is an epiphyte in its natural habitat, but is usually grown in soil. It needs a cool (but non-freezing) winter to bloom, cooler than most North American homes. Hatiora rosea
Huernia zebrina, known as a lifesaver flower, is native to south-west African deserts. Huernia zebrina
Kalanchoe daigremontiana from Madagascar only reproduces vegetatively from plantlets that develop on its leaf margins. Although it does bloom, no male plants have ever been found. It's nicknamed 'mother of thousands' for good reason. A too-easy succulent to grow and multiply. Kalanchoe daigremontiana
Kalanchoe hybrids based on K.bossfeldiana are widely sold. All parts of all the Kalanchoe contain cardiotoxic bufadienolides so should be kept away from small children and pets. Kalanchoe hybrid
Kalanchoe tomentosa is from Madagascar. Kalanchoe tomentosa
Kleinia stapeliiformis is native to the southern Cape of South Africa. Kleinia stapeliiformis
Mammillaria longimamma from Mexico forms large clumps with age, has a fairly large tap root, and needs a deep pot. Mammillaria longimamma
Mammillaria bocasana is native to mountains of northern Mexico and often called "power puff" cactus. Mammillaria bocasana
Monadenium ritchiei is native to Kenya; as a deciduous succulent it needs frequent but light watering. Monadenium ritchiei
Opuntia vestita, cristata form. The regular form is from South America; cristata forms rarely bloom. Opuntia vestita cristata
Oscularia deltoides is a spreading succulent native to South Africa. Oscularia deltoides
Pachyphytum ganzhou is probably a hybrid, Pachyphytum viride ×Sedum craigii. Pachyphytum ganzhou
Peperomia graveolens is native to the Andes of southern Ecuador. Peperomia graveolens
Parodia leninghausii is native to southern Brazil. Parodia leninghausii
Pleiospilos nelii is from Africa. They're called 'living stones' for good reason: in their sunny arid native habitat they mimic the stones around them so perfectly that they're almost impossible to spot there except when they flower. Pleiospilos nelii
Portulacaria afra is a a soft-wooded semi-evergreen succulent plant from South Africa. It's popular for indoor bonsai; this is the variegated "Medio-picta" form. Portulacaria afra medio-picta
Schlumbergera x buckleyi is an epiphyte from Brazil known as the Christmas cactus from its blooming time in Canada. Schlumbergera x buckleyi
Schlumbergera truncata is an epiphyte from Brazil known as the Thanksgiving cactus from its blooming time in Canada. Schlumbergera truncata
Scilla violacea is from South Africa; officially not a succulent but it looks and lives like one. Scilla violacea
Sedum makinoi 'Ogon' is from Asia; as with other Sedum it needs little care. Sedum makinoi 'Ogon'
Sempervivum arachnoideum forms a 'spider web' at its center. Sempervivum arachnoideum
Senecio herreianus from southwest Africa forms long strings of succulent leaves. Senecio herreianus
Tephrocactus articulatus papyracanthus is from western Argentina, the paper 'spines' are unique. Tephrocactus articulatus papyracanthus
Titanopsis calcarea is from South Africa. Titanopsis calcarea

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