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 . 

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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