The Cactus and Succulents that I have been looking at for months are something that my mom knew more about that I thought. When we went to Powell's in Portland, OR I decided to look around at the horticulture books. I have been looking for the right book for a long time, and the images are always very plant-seed-bag-esque. Nothing beautiful or creative about it. Nothing inspiring. Finally, in a totally different section, I found this book randomly hiding among the others on outdoor and indoor garden design, and Zen and Japanese gardens. It is used, It was published in 1977, it cost $7.95. And my flip test was proven effective when I fell in love with the images in this book. They get better each time I go through. So I wanted to share a bit...

succulent (ˈsʌkjʊlənt) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]

1. abundant in juices; juicy
2. (of plants) having thick fleshy leaves or stems
3. informal stimulating interest, desire, etc

4. a plant that is able to exist in arid or salty conditions by using water stored in its fleshy tissues


–noun, plural -ti [-tahy] Show IPA, -tus·es, -tus.
any of numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions of the New world, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems, and typically having solitary, showy flowers.