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In various shapes, colours and sizes, succulents create spectacular desert gardens outdoors, but are also perfect for indoors.
In addition to the classic cacti, which are native to the arid regions of the United States, Mexico and South America, there are many other varieties belonging to at least 20 different families and found in a wide range of habitats, from the semi-desert regions of Central America and Africa to the cool-temperate areas of northern Europe, Asia and America. They all have one main characteristic in common: the presence of a fleshy tissue in their stems, leaves or roots, which enables them to store water and thus resist long periods of drought well.
There are several varieties that are coloured with beautiful flowers between spring and autumn. They appear when they reach maturity (which can take from 1 to 40 years!) and last from one day to 3-4 months, depending on the variety. Delicate and silky in texture, these flowers are very large in relation to the plants and have vibrant warm colours ranging from deep yellow to scarlet and carmine. There are also succulents without spines. Some of them even have hairy leaves, but all of them are characterised by a certain fleshyness that helps them retain water better and survive in a dry environment.
Most plants that are grown outdoors in warm climates can also be kept as house plants without any problems if you live in a cooler area. Due to their ability to withstand arid areas, they have no difficulty in adapting to the hot, dry conditions of a heated house. In general, succulents require warmth, lots of light and good ventilation in order to develop well.