The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World: A Comprehensive Reference to More than 2000 Species

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The plants are organized into 28 intuitively logical groups, such as succulent euphorbias, mesembryanthemums, bulbs, succulent trees, aloes, agaves, and haworthias. Each entry includes information on the plant's native habitat, its cultivation requirements, and its horticultural potential. As useful to novice growers as to collectors and those with an existing interest in succulents, this will be the standard reference for years to come.

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Overview

The plants are organized into 28 intuitively logical groups, such as succulent euphorbias, mesembryanthemums, bulbs, succulent trees, aloes, agaves, and haworthias. Each entry includes information on the plant's native habitat, its cultivation requirements, and its horticultural potential. As useful to novice growers as to collectors and those with an existing interest in succulents, this will be the standard reference for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times

"A book like this is as restorative as a three-week vacation, minus the hassles with airplanes."
San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles

"A new reference for newbie fans and avid collectors."
Detroit News
“A great companion book for beginners as well as avid collectors of these fabulous plants.”
— Nancy Szerlag
Booklist

"Comprehensive and accessible volume ... recommended for all."
The Garden

"This book is a fascinating compendium and homage to succulence, amply repaying exploration to both expert or experienced novice who thirsts to know more."
The Desert Sun

"Without question the best contemporary presentation of this vast group of plants that are primarily from southern Africa and Mexico."
Booklist - Dominique Browning

“Comprehensive and accessible volume … recommended for all.”
The New York Times - Mary James

“A book like this is as restorative as a three-week vacation, minus the hassles with airplanes.”
San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles - Nancy Szerlag

“…a new reference for newbie fans and avid collectors.”
Detroit News - Ian Hodgson

“A great companion book for beginners as well as avid collectors of these fabulous plants.”
Detriot News

"A great companion book for beginners as well as avid collectors of these fabulous plants."
The Chronicle Herald

"You’ll learn about more than 2,000 succulents, their natural history and how to enjoy them in your garden or in your home."

Library Journal
Sure to be valuable for botanists and gardening enthusiasts, this comprehensive survey of 2000 succulent types is divided into 30 genus-titled segments. Each of these essay-style chapters is studded with full-color photos of the many species discussed, specifying their geographical location, physical description, reproductive characteristics, comparable species, and pest susceptibilities. Vital suggestions on soil requirements and frequency of soil changes are outlined for indoor growers. A 36-title further-reading list offers more genera-specific monographs, published internationally within the last two decades. This guide surpasses Maurizio Sajeva and Mariangela Costanzo's 1997 Succulents: The Illustrated Dictionary (Timber).
Dominique Browning
…excellently thorough, smart and handsome…offers a trove of jewels for a robust, drought-tolerant garden…A book like this is as restorative as a three-week vacation, minus the hassles with airplanes.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929959
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 379,841
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Fred Dortort has grown succulent plants and cacti for over thirty years. He has studied and observed succulents in locations as diverse as Baja California, mainland Mexico, South Africa, Namibia, and the American Southwest. He lectures widely on succulent plants, has taught classes at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley, and has written numberous articles for the Cactus and Succulent Journal, as well as for publications such as Pacific Horticulture and Garden. Fred lives in Berkeley, California.
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