Weird and wonderful

Cresting and variegation are rare plant mutations.

At Living Desert Plants, we specialise in the weird and the wonderful of the succulent world. Nothing exemplifies this more than the two rarest mutations one can find in plants: cresting and variegation. 

We primarily stock variegated plants, and have a wide range available, with a focus on Aeonium, Crassula, Echeveria, Haworthia and cacti as a whole. We also have a few crested specimens, and even some plants with both mutations.

Cresting, also called fasciation, is a mutation of the apical meristem (or growing point) of the plant that causes wide, horizontal growth forms. Variegation is a mutation of the chlorophyll-producing chloroplasts that causes a variety of colours to replace the normal green, including white, yellow, orange, red and sometimes even black. These deviations from the norm create individual plants that are not only beautiful, but entirely unique. No two plants with these forms are identical, which makes them sought after centrepieces for any succulent or cactus collection.

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Haworthia truncata f. ...

This particular Haworthia truncata is quite well variegated, with plenty of golden yellow colouration across most of its leaves.

R2,500 incl. VAT

Haworthiopsis ‘Marble ...

This Haworthiopsis koelmaniorum hybrid has attractive tubercles or spots covering its leaves, and almost resembles a Tulista species in appearance.

R200 incl. VAT

Haworthia cymbiformis v. ...

These special cultivar of Haworthia cymbiformis is almost completely variegated, with a bare minimum chlorophyll hidden on the bottoms of the leaves.

R200 incl. VAT

Aeonium ‘Bronze ...

'Bronze Medal', also known as 'Green Tea', is an Aeonium hybrid with mottled green leaves lined by white to yellow variegation on the leaf margins.

R150 incl. VAT

Aeonium ...

Variegated, rosette shaped Aeonium with a compact growth form.

R150 incl. VAT

Crassula perforata sp. ...

This subvariety of Crassula perforata has smaller, more compact leaves than the main species, which makes it an ideal small container succulent.

R100 incl. VAT

Agave applanata ‘Cream ...

Agave 'Cream Spike' is a compact dwarf Agave cultivar. It has oval blue-green leaves with cream-white variegation on the edges.

R450 incl. VAT

Haworthia ‘Miho’

Haworthia 'Miho' is a variegated Haworthia maughanii hybrid cultivar, with striking yellow and white variegation that strongly contrasts the green chlorophyll.

R2,000 incl. VAT

Haworthia marxii f. variegata

Haworthia marxii is dark in colouration with plenty of leaf window striations. This particular specimen has pink and orange variegation.

R1,620 incl. VAT

Haworthia groenewaldii f. ...

Haworthia groenewaldii has leaf windows with attractive 'shark-skin' texture, and dense white spots or white lines. This specimen has orange variegation.

R1,460 incl. VAT

Gymnocalycium anisitsii f. ...

This unique Gymnocalycium has a stem that contorts in on itself along the central growth point, giving it a jagged appearance.

R210 incl. VAT

San Pedro crested – ...

San Pedro cacti have blue-green stems, usually with 6-8 raised ribs running down the length of the stem. In the crested form, however, these ribs contort and multiply, giving rise to ‘brain’ like appearance.

R750 incl. VAT

Haworthiopsis viscosa hybrid ...

This Haworthiopsis viscosa hybrid has attractive silver-white variegation. There are dark green lines of chlorophyll running through the leaves.

R390 incl. VAT

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii f. ...

This Gymnocalycium, also known as the “Chin cactus”, has soft, brittle spines protruding from chin-like ridges. These particular specimens have striking colorful variegation covering portions of their stem surface.

R200 incl. VAT

Haworthiopsis attenuata v. ...

Haworthiopsis attenuata f. variegata is a hard leaved succulent with diminutive white tubercles and attractive yellow lines of variegation.

R150 incl. VAT

Agave isthmensis ‘Ohi ...

A variegated Agave cultivar with white, almost silver variegation running centrally through the leaves.

R300 incl. VAT

- Cheryl K

We ordered plants from LDP through Harry Lewis a while back. We were very happy with our parcel. Reasonably priced. Very helpful as well. I can recommend Living Desert Plants.

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