So you have an addiction or just a mild love of succulents. When you see a new succulent that you do not have; you purchase it straight away. Disappointingly though it has no identification tag! You know which species it is but not which variety. Sound familiar? So what is the quickest and easiest way to find out which variety of your beloved succulent you have?
There are of course some identification sites on the internet. However, recently I found a quick and easy way to identify succulents that I had purchased. Have you heard of Pinterest?
Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share images or videos by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) to their own or others’ boards.
Pinterest is a quick and easy way to identify your variety of succulent once you know its species. All you need to do is type in the species in the ‘Search’ function. ie : Echeveria, Crassula, Sedum, Graptoveria.
This will produce every photo on Pinterest that has Echeveria in the name. Underneath each photo the variety name is displayed. All you need to do is scroll through the photos until you see the Echeveria that looks like yours. There is usually more than one photo of each particular variety as succulents can look different when they are grown in full sun/part shade have regular water/rainfall only etc etc.
Sub headings will appear under the search function which also may help with your search.You do not have to be a registered user to use Pinterest if you use the following link http://pinterest.com/all .
Some photos are links to websites where you can find out more about that particular photo. Some photos are just that – photos of the succulent variety taken by a Pinterest user from their garden. If you hover your mouse over a photo; white writing will appear at the bottom of the photo which will either give you a link to a website or say ‘photo uploaded by user’.
The photo quality is amazing. The amount of photos that are available to view seem infinite. One word of warning. The accuracy of the names is not guaranteed. However, if you scroll through the myriad of photos and you find numerous photos of the variety with the same name it should be safe to say that this name is correct. You can also check the origin of the photo to verify who is naming the variety.
Alternatively, if you have a favourite succulent and want to compare it to others of the same variety you can type in the variety ie Graptoveria Fred Ives and there will be 100s of photos you can view of that variety.
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Almost 95% of the time, when I buy succulents, from any hardware store/ nursery, the plant has a generic tag that says: Succulent ……. that is all! This is not helpful! Even when I have purchased succulents from a nursery they still do not have identification tags.
Generic Succulent Identification
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It surprises me because any other plant that you buy has details about: the variety, watering conditions, how much sun etc. Tags that are generalised are really no help at all.
How are gardener’s supposed to learn about plants if there is no name, details or what conditions it is likely to thrive in? This is why we are lucky to have the internet- information at our finger tips. There are numerous sites to help with identification.
It would help to have some idea of which variety of succulent you have ie Agave, Echeveria, Sempervivum etc but if you are a complete novice and all you have is the plant itself do not despair there is a website that can help.
This website is great if you only know what the plant looks like. It is image-intensive with thumbnail photos showing images of succulents. Run your cursor over images to reveal the names of the succulent. Click on the image to make it larger. More information can be obtained about the succulent by following the linked Genus or Family headers. It is free!
If you start out on the ‘Gallery Succulent Plants’ tab on the left hand side of the page it lists succulents in alphabetical order. Lets hope the one that you are looking for does not start with a Z! If you have a succulent which is different to any other this website is the one to use.
This site has a unique way to identify succulents. If you only know whether it has spiky or chubby leaves or if the flowers smell like rotting meat….. I didn’t even know that there were succulents with flowers like that! Or it has rosette forming leaves this site groups together the succulents under those headings. It has other great attributes such as: descriptions of growth habit, different varieties and explanations of hybrids, short videos and listings to name a few. It also has a comments section so you can ask about your particular succulent, and ‘yes’they do reply. It is also free. Below are some images from the website. You can download a PDF file to peruse at your own leisure.
I doubt that all Succulents are on all sites so if you cant find it on one site try another.
I found this website which is dedicated to identification of Echeveria succulents. You can identify by name or by thumbnail photos. You may have to click through all the photos to find the plant you are trying to identify but it shouldn’t take that long scolling with your mouse. Please note that these are only Echeveria that are found in Australia so this is not a list of Echeveria that are found worldwide.
Besides websites there are Facebook Pages dedicated to Succulents. You can join a group and post a photo of the plant you are trying to identify and ask for help identifying it. People are happy to share what they know so don’t be shy. These sites are full of succulent enthusiasts. However, you can get different answers for the same plant. To combine both mediums ask for help on Facebook and then type the name on a website and make up your own mind. You can also learn a lot about care on these sites. One of the largest Facebook Groups that I belong to is: ‘Succulent Infatuation’. It has over 19,000 members and is based in the US. It is a closed group, you have to ask to join. Be ready for numerous post of succulents in your feed! An Australian page I belong to is ‘Succulents and Cacti Collectors Australia’. It has over 6,000 members, is also a closed group that you can join.