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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Orbea variegata is a diminutive Stapeliad that forms dense mats over time. This particular plant is the rare crested form of this species.
This plant is also known as a the variegated 'artichoke' cactus due to its appearance. It has layered, triangle shaped protrusions covering its stem.
This unique Gymnocalycium has two separated stems forming a section of monstrose growth in the middle of the plant. It may produce some crested portions.
This unique Gymnocalycium has a stem that contorts in on itself along the central growth point, giving it a jagged appearance.
This crested Euphorbia has a wave-like growth form that grows into large, attractive clumps with time. It may produce the occasional normal stem.
Instead of the well known globose shape of the typical Euphorbia obesa, the crested form has flattened, wavy stems. It tends to produce a few normal stems.
This is the variegated form of Echinocereus knippelianus. It has a gray-green stem with attractive yellow variegation. It has a relatively soft stem.
Hoya kerrii is often known as 'Hoya hearts' or the heart-shaped Hoya. These particular specimens have creamy-yellow variegation on the leaf edges.
These special Haworthia cymbiformis have strong white variegation, which contrasts strongly with the normal green colouration of the plant.
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