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These succulent shrubs and subshrubs from southern Africa are valued for their handsome evergreen or deciduous foliage and their drought tolerance. The paired fleshy leaves are often densely borne along prostrate or upright branches, which may reach head-height. The rounded, mint-green to silvery-blue leaves have scalloped or toothed edges. Many-flowered umbels of nodding, bell-shaped flowers occur at the tips of long flowering stems in summer, winter, or year-round. The yellow, orange, or red blooms usually have conspicuous green sepals.
These succulents do best in well-drained soil and bright light, with protection from scorching midday sun. They prefer cool dry winters. Use them outdoors in mild climates, or as conservatory or house plants in colder climes.