Versatile and low-maintenance, succulents make excellent starter greens for plant parents with busy schedules.
Defined by their ability to store water for long periods of time, succulent leaves and stems are usually thick and fleshy. Around 60 different plant families contain succulents, and they’re generally native to dry, desert areas with high temperatures and low precipitation levels. Succulents' small, short roots help them extract more moisture from the air, and their hairy, spiny outer surfaces create a micro-climate that provides shade and reduces water loss.
They really are amazing plants, and in addition to being easy to care for, they've been found to purify indoor air of harmful toxins.
Succulents are available in tons of different shapes, colors, and sizes. Here are a few favorites from my team over at The Sill—a Manhattan-based plant design shop: