Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Flower Arrangement

 Everything Grows provides high impact live flower arrangements that make a statement at the entrance or at reception for many of our customer locations.

Below is a photo of an arrangement by Everything Grows that mixes both live and replica plants. This arrangement gives a great visual impact and at the same time saves the customer on monthly cost by using a mix of real and replica plants.

Are you ready for plants in your workspace to make a big visual impact and help improve worker productivity?  Contact Everything Grows today for a complimentary consultation on the best plant choices for your work space.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Bring The Outdoors In

While touring nurseries for sources of new plants in Southern California, we came across Sloopy's in Manhattan Beach.  While it is a cafe rather than a nursery, they had the most amazing open air eating area surrounded by plants, orchids, succulents, and tillandsia.  

The eating area felt indoors because it was covered, but it was open air and with all of the greenery they truly managed to bring the outdoors in.

Here are some photos of the plant life at Sloopy's:








 Are you ready to bring the 'outdoors in' to your office or workspace with lush, living plants?  Contact Everything Grows for a complimentary design consultation today.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

6 Causes of Yellow Leaves

No matter how experienced you are, you are bound to have your share of yellow leaves with your houseplants. They could be a result of many things, and in many cases it can be easily fixed with a few adjustments. This article from Spruce covers 6 of the most common causes. It is short and sweet and a good refresher. Here is a link to the article and a few excerpts.

Article:
6 Common Causes for Yellowing Leaves on Houseplants


Moisture Stress

Overwatering or underwatering are the most common culprits when a plant's leaves turn yellow. With potted plants, it is crucial that you only water as much as the plant needs.

If you have a plant with yellow leaves, check the soil in the pot. Is it dry? Is it soaked?

If plants don't receive enough water, they drop leaves to prevent transpiration (essentially, a plant's way of sweating) to conserve water. Before they drop, though, the leaves will typically turn yellow. If the soil is dry and this is happening, make it a point to get the plant on a regular watering schedule.

Too much water can be just as damaging to leaves. When the soil doesn't drain well, an overdose of water leaves the soil waterlogged and root systems can literally drown. Without oxygen, roots start to die.

Normal Aging

As many plants age, the lower leaves will turn yellow and drop off. This is simply a normal part of their growth.

In this case, don't worry. If the plant becomes too leggy, consider trimming back the main stem to promote new growth and bushiness.


Cold Draft

Cold drafts on tropical plants will often cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop.2 This is different from short periods of exposure to intense cold, which will cause outright browning on the foliage or pale, transparent spots to appear between veins.

If your plant is near an air-conditioner vent in summer or a drafty window in winter, move it to a less turbulent place. Keep an eye on it to see if the yellow leaves spread any further. It's also a good idea to mist tropicals that you're overwintering to increase the humidity.

Lack of light

Plants that receive too little light will often start to yellow on the lower leaves before those leaves drop. If this is your issue, there is a clue that you can look for.

A plant that is yellowing from a lack of light will typically yellow on the side that is away from the light source. The leaves near the window, for instance, are getting all the light and blocking the opposite side.

If this is the case, move the plant to a sunnier location and see how it does. If window light is tough to come by in your home-especially in winter-you might need to rig up an artificial plant light or two.

Nutrient Deficiency

Plant leaves may also turn yellow if a plant is not receiving all of the nutrients it requires. This can be caused by too much calcium in the water if you're using hard water or by a nitrogen deficiency.

If this is the problem, the plant's top leaves may be the first to go yellow. In other cases, you might notice an unusual pattern to the yellowing. For instance, the veins may remain dark while the tissue between them turns yellow.

The nutrients a plant requires varies based on the species and some are pickier than others. It's important to try and diagnose the problem properly or you might kill a plant that can otherwise be brought back to health.

Viral Infection

If your plant has a viral infection, it might show up as blotchy, spreading yellow patches on leaves throughout the plant. This may be accompanied by deformed leaves and stems, as well as discolored flowers.

Viral infections in plants cannot be cured and can infect all susceptible plants nearby.4 While it may be painful if it's a favorite, discard any plants that you suspect are infected. Wash and sterilize any pruning tools or pots before using on other plants.


Not using Everything Grows (number 7)

That's right, not using Everything Grows for your commercial indoor plant care is the most common cause of yellowing leaves.  Having us care for your plants assures they are looking their best all the time, guaranteed or we replace them. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Modern Indoor Plant Installation

Everything Grows just installed a beautiful modern plant and container set for commercial office building lobbies in San Jose.  The space has polished cement floors, cream colored walls, and natural wood accents.  The matte black finish on the containers and the bright green foliage of the live plants really pops in the minimalist environment.  

The above ficus lyrata looks fantastic in its matte black cylinder on the polished concrete floor

 
Here we have a nice grouping of three, the smallest is a Dracaena Lemon Lime, medium is a Philodendron Selloum, and the largest plant is a Draceana Compacta

Above are sansevieria laurentii in three tall back cylinders making a bold statement against the natural wood paneling on the wall.

Now is the time to upgrade your facility before all of the workers come back. Call Everything Grows for a complimentary consultation.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Plant For Every Desk

Everything Grows came across this great TED Talk on  "Why Every Desk At Your Office Needs a Plant" and how plants improve employee productivity.

 
 
 
Here is the link to the TED talk article
 
And here is the intro to the article.... 
 
Besides a paycheck and reasonable hours, what else does a person need to thrive at work? Decent space, adequate supplies and tools? Yes. Lunch breaks, sick days, time off to recharge? Sure. A plant? Well ...

Such an idea had never occurred to engineer Mike Robinson. He owns a small company based in British Columbia, Canada, that designs and builds windbreaks and other control structures. One day, his wife, Suzanne, who runs the company with him, said: "I think we should give every person in the office a plant for their desk."

Robinson was skeptical. He thought that plants would be distracting and a drain on people's time. "The average staff member would probably spend about five minutes a day either looking after the plant or admiring it," as he puts it in a TEDxWhiteRock talk. Upon his wife's insistence, however, he agreed to give it a try.

He and Suzanne bought 20 plants for their 20 employees. Then, they did something a bit different. Instead of handing them out, they asked each employee to approach the tableful of plants and choose their own - but from the perspective of the plant.

Think of it like a human-plant speed-date. Robinson explains, "So you have to put yourself in the spot of the plant, as it were, and say, 'Which person do I want to be my new friend?'" Employees then received a small sign on which they wrote 'My friend is ...' and their own name, stuck it in the soil, and brought it into their personal workspace.

Over time, Robinson realized that the plants were having a positive impact. He says, "I did my own mathematics, and I reckoned that we might be doing about 30 percent more business per staff [member]." Of course, this is far from a scientific study. There's no control group or double-blind - just a company filled with happy plant lovers excelling at their jobs. And maybe that's enough.

Another sign that something is going right: After 5 years, not a single plant has died. Robinson guesses that since each was hand-selected and bears the employee's name on the label, they're well-tended because "this is your friend and you care about your friend." As he explains, "Our office is a more contented place, a relaxed place, and a place that I'm proud to be to be a part of, and a big part of that is the personal plant."

But what plant is right for your desk? Perhaps you've gotten one and felt the warm glow of human-plant friendship - only to see it wither before your eyes. We asked Rebecca Bullene, New York City horticulturist, cofounder of Greenery Unlimited and the person who designed and tends the greenery at the TED NYC offices, to recommend hardy plants for different light conditions. Note: Almost all of these plants are available in desktop sizes, but if you want them to stay that way, you will need to prune them. 
 
Are you ready for plants in your office to improve Employee productivity?  Contact Everything Grows today for a complimentary consultation on the best plant choices for your work space. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Green Roofs

 We came across this article with photos of impressive green roofs and wanted to share it with you:

 The Acros Fukuoka Prefectural Hall in Japan

 
The Vendee History Museum in Les Lucs-Sur, Boulogne France
 
 
The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco
 
Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus Denmark


Gap's Headquarters in San Bruno California
 

Ready for indoor plants to enhance your San Francisco Bay Area workspace? Contact Everything Grows for a complimentary consultation and proposal.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

New Indoor Plants in Oakland

 Everything Grows installed these indoor plants in model homes in Oakland. They really made the space warm and inviting.  


Are you ready for lush live plants to enhance your indoor space?  Contact Everything Grows today for a free no obligation design and proposal to add plants to your workspace.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Beautiful Plant Installation

 Everything Grows completed a new indoor plant installation today in San Francisco.   See the photos below.




Are you ready for lush live plants to enhance your indoor space?  Contact Everything Grows today for a free no obligation design and proposal to add plants to your workspace.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Plants Bring Joy

11 Ways Plants Bring Joy and Control to Our Brain 
During Chaos


Illustration by Brittany England

During these crazy times, we all need something to keep us grounded and happy. Fortunately, for us, we work around beautiful, life giving plants. 

I found this article on the website Greatist. It is actually a really good website and they have a few other indoor plant related articles. In any case, here is a link to the article and a few sections that I liked. 


As modern accessories go, houseplants are not only beloved because of the way they can spruce up a room but also for the way they benefit our mental health. They can brighten our spaces, freshen the air, and provide a mirror into how we're doing on the inside. In fact, they're a great reminder of when, and how, to take care of ourselves.

When the daily grind has us often feeling cut off from the natural world, houseplants can help fill the void. We spoke to folks in different plant communities about the personal wellness benefits they've reaped from plant parenting.


"There's something really zen about potting plants or gardening in general. Forces you to be present in the moment and not being anxious about five million other things." - Mary Marcella

Houseplant ownership doesn't just beautify your space, tending to them can have an immensely calming effect as you get lost in the moments of providing them care. This is an example of mindfulness, a very helpful practice for coping with stress and anxiety.

A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that participants who took part in a planting task felt calmer, more comfortable, and more relaxed than those who completed a tech-related task.


"When I get in a funk, I use the plants to help me out of it. I'll check on them if there's any dead leaves, dryness, need of watering, and move around to get some sun, etc. This little bit of caring for something else (and who isn't talking back to me) helps me clear my head and restart my day." - Rachel Able

Different plants have different needs, and caring for them means learning their little peculiarities. This means that you may find yourself puttering around, fixating on how to give them light so they grow evenly (as you should do with Pilea Peperomioides), misting them (as you may do with some palms), and dusting their leaves.


"When my oldest went off to college, I bought myself a new plant. Within 6 months, I had 75. When they die I feel quite sad, tell them I'm sorry I couldn't save them and thank them for the joy they brought my family." - Teresa Bond
Not all plants survive, this can be for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was human error, or maybe they just didn't have the right conditions to thrive. Having houseplants can teach us to let go, and realize that sometimes things just don't pull together for success as nicely as we wish they would. And that's okay.


"When people come over to my house, they almost always comment on my plants. I'm a super awkward conversationalist with people I'm not yet close to, so it's really helpful to have the plants to chitchat about to get us going." - Kristen Mae

Although we are more connected than ever with the internet and social media, for some of us, truly connecting in person can be a challenge. One thing about plant people is that they absolutely love finding one of their own in the wild, and plants can be a simple default conversation starter that feels safe and secure.

"I could never keep house plants alive. When I finally confronted some past trauma and really dealt with some mental health issues, suddenly I could keep a dozen house plants alive and thriving!" - Cameron Chapman

We're all a part of nature, and although many of us live in cities and can feel cut off from it, plants show us just how connected we all are. Consider it coincidental or strangely but often in houseplant-loving groups (such as Houseplant Hobbyist on Facebook), plant people tend to notice how their plants mimic their internal nature

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Keep Lake Tahoe Blue

 Researchers Blast Algae, Invasive Plants with UV Rays to Keep Lake Tahoe Blue.

RENO (AP) — Encouraged by three years of experimentation, scientists at Lake Tahoe plan to expand the use of ultraviolet light to kill algae and other invasive plants that eat away at the clarity of the mountain water.

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are monitoring the project and collecting data to study the effects of the ultraviolet-C light treatments. It’s the newest tool in a two-decade effort to restore the once-pristine waters in the lake straddling the California-Nevada line.

 

 The pilot project on the south shore showed that applying the light treatment caused invasive plants to deteriorate or completely collapse within seven to 14 days of treatment.

“This exciting, innovative approach is one of the main methods being considered in combination with other technologies to control weeds in the Tahoe Keys, which comprise the biggest aquatic weed infestation in Lake Tahoe,” said Dennis Zabaglo, manager of the Aquatic Resources Program at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The new tool is a light fixture called an array mounted under a working barge, which trolls the marina dousing the plants on the bottom with UV-C light, a short-wave electromagnetic radiation light that damages the DNA and cellular structure of aquatic plants.

The technology developed by John J. Paoluccio, president of Inventive Resources Inc., is being used at Tahoe to kill Eurasian watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed. In addition to reducing clarity, invasive plants can clog waterways and provide cover for other non-native species, including bass and blue gill.

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Work from Home Survey Results

There was a very interesting survey that was conducted by Gensler with some 2300 participants. In the study they asked participants questions regarding their interest in working from home or an office, what they missed most about working from an office, how productive they felt working from home, their level of concentration. Clearly, there is a strong interest, especially among the Millennial and Gen Z workforce, in returning to an office setting. 

Plants make great office partitions!  The containers above are also available with casters.

Here is a link to the study results and a few excerpts that we thought were quite telling.

Survey Results

The lessons learned from the experience of working from home during COVID-19 offer an unprecedented opportunity to rethink the future of the physical workplace. Only one in ten U.S. office workers had worked from home regularly before this experience, and less than a third had the choice to work from home. While many of the effects of COVID-19 on the workplace are still unfolding, some points are emerging clearly from our data:

1) Most workers want to come back to the office.
2) Workers expect crucial changes to the workplace before they're comfortable returning.

The changes that will make people comfortable coming back to the office also offer an opportunity to address problems that already existed in the physical workplace, from issues with noise and density, to challenges related to mobility and unassigned seating.

The preference for working in the office is consistent with Gensler's workplace research data collected regularly since 2005. Workers with choice in where to work prior to COVID-19 spent 72% of their average work week in the office compared to only 12% working from home, overwhelmingly choosing the office as their preferred place to work.

When employees do come to the office, they expect it to be for collaboration and social connection. Nearly all workers list people focused reasons as most important for coming into the workplace, with little variation across industries. Des
pite the rapid adoption of virtual collaboration technologies, people still clearly value face-to-face interactions over virtual ones, in many cases, and miss the company of their coworkers.

When asked what they miss most about working from the office, three out of four survey respondents said "the people". Workers also report that certain activities, such as collaborating and staying informed about what others are working on, are harder to do at home, underscoring the value of physical presence.

The top reason employees want to come to the office: the people. Respondents were asked to rank what they believe to be the most important reason(s) for coming into the office.

1) Scheduled meetings with colleagues 54%
2) Socializing with colleagues 54%
3) Impromptu face-to-face interaction 54%
4) To be part of the community 45%
5) Access to technology 44%
6) To focus on my work 40%
7) Scheduled meetings with clients 40%  
8) Professional development/coaching 33%
9) Access to amenities 29%

Millennial and Gen Z workers should have had a leg-up in the transition to working from home, as they tend to have more experience working and socializing virtually and are often associated with the work-anywhere lifestyle already on the rise prior to COVID-19. However, younger generations came into this experience having worked from home less often in the past and, overall, with less optimal work-from-home environments.

Despite their technological preparedness for mobile work, younger workers report a far more challenging experience working from home than their older peers. They are less likely to feel accomplished at the end of a typical day. They are less aware of what's expected of them and how their work contributes to organizational goals. And they report struggling most to maintain work-life balance and avoid distractions at home.

Do you want to make sure your office space is ready and inviting for the return of your employees?  Contact Everything Grows today for a complementary proposal for beautiful green plants to beautify your workspace.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Plants Can Feel

Plants Respond to The Way We Touch Them, Scientist Reveal.


It's something that plant lovers have long suspected, but now Australian Scientists have found evidence that plants really can feel when we're touching them.

Not only that, but different sensations trigger a cascade of physiological and genetic changes, depending on the stimulation the plants are receiving, whether it's a few drops of rain, or a little soft pat.

"Unlike animals, plants are unable to run away from harmful conditions. Instead, plants appear to have developed intricate stress defense systems to sense their environment and help them detect danger and respond appropriately," says Van Aken.

Importantly, the study also identified two proteins that could switch off the plant's touch response. In the future, this could help plants in controlled environments, such as greenhouses, from changing their genes and responding to 'false alarm' stimuli.


To see full article in Science Alert.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Clear The Air



    Clear the air with the best air purifying office plants.  Great for boosting productivity in the workspace and providing psychological benefits of wellbeing by reducing stress.




THE FIVE BEST OFFICE PLANTS

  1. Susie (Sansevieria) is a great choice for office spaces as she puts up with low light levels and infrequent watering, all while purifying the air of nasty chemicals often abundant in indoor spaces.
  2. Mix up the heights of your plants to create a real visual statement. Rick (Dracaena fragrans) is a great option for this, as his tall, striking stature makes an impression without requiring a huge amount of attention.
  3. Big Ken (Howea forsteriana) is a firm favourite for his ability to transform a space with his large, arching fronds. He’s often a great choice for offices as he needs only filtered light.
  4. Robin (rubber plant) has beautiful glossy leaves of course, but he offers so much more. Chosen as one of NASA’s top air-purifiers, he’s a star at removing formaldehyde from the air.
  5. Howard (Aspidistra) is also known as the cast-iron plant thanks to his almost indestructible disposition. He can put up with a shady spot, less than frequent watering, and colder temperatures than most plants.


Contact Everything Grows to order these plants for your office.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Beautiful Live Orchids

Greet your clients, visitors and employees with beautiful live orchids.  Let us create a stunning first impression with our colorful orchid arrangements.  Our maintenance programs include the care and replacement of the orchids so the arrangements will always look beautiful. 



Contact Everything Grows to discuss your live orchid arrangement options.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Everything Grows Helping Others

For each new customer at Everything Grows we give back by making a donation and loan to a Kiva entrepreneur.   It is our way of sharing our success and helping someone else succeed as well.  Since 2007, We are celebrating our 316th donation and loan this week in 70 different countries. See the people we have helped through Kiva.


Farmer in Mozambique


Vegetable Grower in Timor-Leste

Farming in Kenya

Kiva.org's mission is to give all people - even in the most remote areas of the globe - the power to create opportunity for themselves and others. We have found Kiva to be a great way to help support the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the world.  


Contact Everything Grows today if you would like to add living plants to your workspace. We service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with our expertly trained plant care technicians taking Amazing care of the plants in your facility. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

NYT Article

There was an interesting article in the NY Times this week with lots of pictures of interiorscapers doing "their thing" in empty office buildings. This is happening around the country in countless office buildings. Soon, some employees will return to many of these offices and will appreciate the plants and the greenery that they bring. 


Here is a link to the article and some of the content.


The motion-sensing lights sense nothing. The swivel chairs do not swivel. Only one sign of life remains in the abandoned corporate floor plan: potted plants.
Intended as a note of vibrancy amid bland surroundings, workplace greenery now seems an eerie symbol of the suddenness with which workers abandoned their routines.

Yet the cactuses and philodendrons we left behind have not been forgotten. During the pandemic, some have had their own essential workers keeping them alive. So-called interior horticulturalists water - and occasionally pet - the plants every few weeks, tending to a patch of the American economy.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Happy 4th of July!

Yes, we all enjoy a good barbecue with family and friends, but there is a whole lot more to the 4th of July holiday. Below are a few paragraphs about the 4th of July from the History Channel website to help understand the meaning of the 4th of July holiday.
The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day or July 4th, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical.

By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in the bestselling pamphlet "Common Sense," published by Thomas Paine in early 1776.

Note that Everything Grows is closed Friday July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July holiday.  We will be resume business on Monday July 6th.  Have a great 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Moss Wall Dividers

You can easily divide office spaces to create appropriate social distancing with Moss Wall Room Dividers.  These moveable walls are very convenient as your office layout changes. A beautiful and unique way to integrate nature into offices.



Contact Everything Grows to order your Moss Wall Dividers or to discuss other plant social distancing options.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Plant Music

Music to Barcelona's legendary Gran Teatre del Liceu on Monday with a string quartet playing to an audience made up entirely of house plants.


The Liceu on La Rambla reopened on Monday for its first concert since the venue was forced to close in mid-March. But instead of people filling the 2292 seats of the beloved Catalan landmark, it was leafy house plants that enjoyed a day at the opera. They filled out the auditorium, including boxes and balconies, for a musical performance by the UceLi Quartet who performed Giacomo Puccini's Crisantemi, while human audiences were invited to listen at home via livestream.

Some studies have indicated that playing music to plants can promote healthier growth but that's not the reason why plants were there. The intention instead was to highlight how, in lockdown, we have become "an audience deprived of the possibility of being an audience," Víctor García de Gomar, the Liceu’s artistic director, told the Guardian.


Let Everything Grows help you make music with plants in your work space.  Contact us today for a complimentary consultation to provide you with a custom plant design for your space.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Plants for Social Distancing

Offices are now using plants as a way to provide social distancing.  The plants can be used as barriers between desks, 6' distancing placements and to divide waiting lines.  Plants, compared to other distancing dividers, provide health benefits as they clean the air helping to keep your employees and visitors healthy.



Everything Grows provides complimentary consultations to provide you with a custom plant design for your office space.  Call us today to have your social distancing plant barriers installed for your employees and visitors.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Pop Of Color

Many offices have opened or will be opening soon.  Bring some cheer to your employees and visitors with plants in brightly colored containers.  You can have a pop of color here and there or you can go eclectic with many shades to brighten your workspace.




Everything Grows offers a wide range plants and decorative containers to brighten your workspace. Contact us today for a complimentary site visit and design consultation and let us come up with an interior landscape for your workplace.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Office Dividers

Plants make great dividers for office space and can be used to help with the 6 foot spacing requirement for COVID-19 friendly office layouts.  Here are a few photos of plants being used as workspace partitions:

The above plant partitions are on casters for easy reconfiguration



















The plant dividers below are customer built ins that match the seating system



















Are you reconfiguring your San Francisco Bay Area work space for the post COVID-19 world?  Contact Everything Grows for your plant partition solution.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Exotic Succulents

We at Everything Grows handle a lot of succulents as they are very popular for indoor applications.  We are careful about choosing the right location for them -- they need a bright indoor environment to survive. There are a wide variety of succulents to choose from and we found an online post with a collection of photos of some of the more unusual and exotic ones.  See photos below:

1. Faucaria felina are also known as “tiger jaws.”Faucaria felina
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2. Haworthia cooperi resembles bunches of tiny watermelons!Haworthia cooperi
Reddit

3. Fenestraria rhopalophylla or “baby toes.”Fenestraria rhopalophylla
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4. Lithops ruschiorum.
Lithops ruschiorum

Wikipedia

5. Monilaria obconica or bunny succulents. Aren’t they adorable?Monilaria obconica
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6. Crassula umbella or “wine cup.”
Crassula umbella

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7. Stapelia gigantea.
Stapelia gigantea

Wikipedia

8. Lithops or “living stone.” While the name describes their rock-like appearance, these look a little bit like brains or candy!
lithops

Cactus Plaza

9. In fact, “living stone” would better describe this Lapidaria margaretae!Lapidaria margaretae
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10. Conophytum calculus, though we prefer to call it an alien apple.

Conophytum calculus
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11. Conophytum pageae, the spitting image of kissing lips!Conophytum pageae
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12. Crested Senecio vitalis — or a mermaid’s tail.Crested Senecio vitalis
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13. Crested Myrtillocactus geometrizans, which look like a billowing cloud of smoke.
Crested Myrtillocactus geometrizans
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14. Greenovia dodrantalis, the succulent that decided to be a rose instead.Greenovia dodrantalis
Rareplant

15. Trachyandra tortilis, which could definitely pass as several crazy straws.Trachyandra tortilis
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16. Euphorbia globosa, which looks like it’s waving!Euphorbia globosa
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17. Haworthia truncata or “horse’s teeth.”
Haworthia truncata

Wikipedia

18. Ceropegia bosseri. As one Reddit user aptly said, “It looks like someone planted the tail vertebrae of a cat.”
Ceropegia bosseri

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19. Albuca concordiana. Could its curls be any cuter?Albuca concordiana
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20. Gasteria glomerata has nothing to do with flamingos, but it sure looks like them!
Gasteria glomerata
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