New York Botanical Garden Expert Sonia Uyterhoeven
Aug 25, 2008 at 6:39PM
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Plants with fleshy leaves are the camels of the plant world. The leaves help them retain water during periods of drought. Cacti, stonecrop (Sedum) and hens and chicks (Sempervivum) are a few examples. Other plants have evolved a waxy, whitish (glaucous) coating on the leaves that helps prevent water loss, while still others have leaves that are leathery or finely cut. NEXT: Others have hairy surfaces >> Related Links:• More gardening tips from the New York Botanical Garden • Tips for growing in dry conditions • Gardening in dry times
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