Great Plants for the Green Gardener

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New York Botanical Garden Expert Sonia Uyterhoeven on Aug 25, 2008 at 6:39PM

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Some Have Fleshy Leaves

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.

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