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What is a Succulent?

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Sophie

‘What is a succulent’ is one of the most searches for terms when it comes to these popular plants, and it’s not hard to see why! The word ‘succulent’ actually derives from the Latin word ‘succus’ which means ‘sap’ or ‘juice’ thanks to the fact that these plants are known for retaining water pretty well.

In general, a succulent is a plant which thicky/ fleshy leaves which have a tendency to be able to retain their water (thus meaning that succulent plants, in general, require less water than their other plant counterparts).

string of turtles succulent plant

The difference between a succulent and a cactus

Perhaps most confusingly of all, many people don’t actually realise that cacti are actually a type of succulent! Yes, you read that correctly! However, worth noting is that while all cactus are succulents, not all succulents are cactus.

What is a succulent? Your guide to succulent plants, as well as the difference between a succulent and a cactus
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Sophie Nadeau is a travel, pizza, and history lover who is currently based in Paris, France. A keen indoor gardener, she spends her time at home reading books, looking at too many dog photos, and growing an indoor jungle in her tiny flat!

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