Succulent plants are also known as fat plants. These plants store water in their leaves, stems and roots, which make them appear swollen. Succulents grow in climates with high temperatures and low precipitation, thus the need to store a lot of water. They can survive long periods of time with little rainfall and have little contact with the ground, via roots.
Aloe vera is a very popular succulent plant. It is well known for its medicinal properties, primarily for the treatment of burns. Aloe is a very hardy plant and can be found in a wide variety of climates. The plant can flower and comes in a variety of colors ranging from yellow to red and bright orange.
There are over 25,000 species of orchids and it is the largest family of the flowering plants. These plants like tropical or sub-tropic climates and are often found secured to the bottoms of trees and in rain forests. One genus of orchids is the vanilla orchid and it is used commercially as flavoring. Orchid is also a popular scent for perfumes and air fresheners.
The hyacinth is a succulent, perennial flower that grows from bulbs. This flower is also related to the bluebell and is a member of the lily family. Hyacinths come in a wide range of colors from red, blue, white, orange and purple. They prefer indirect sunlight and are tolerant of drought conditions.
The mint family is succulent plants that are used as herbs for cooking. Members of the mint family are rosemary, sage, basil, oregano, thyme and lavender. These plants grow best in wet environments with moist soils and they have a tendency to spread. They can become pests in a flower garden by overrunning their designated space.
Impatiens are tropical flowers and are also known as touch-me-nots. They can grow from three to seven feet tall and the flowers are around an inch long. Touch-me-nots got their name from their seedpods that will explode when the mature seedpods are touched, sending seeds as far as several feet away.
Begonias are popular flowers from the Hawaiian Islands. There are over 1,500 species of begonias and occur in tropical and subtropical climates. They range in color from white, yellow, pink and scarlet and thrive in partial shade. They are drought tolerant and can grow in extreme temperatures. Begonias are very showy plants and have thick variegated leaves.