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

By Fred Dortort

A book like this is as restorative as a three-week vacation, minus the hassles with airplanes.

New York Times

Among the most intricately evolved examples of life on Earth, succulents have an almost magical ability to flourish in environments of unremitting harshness. This tenacity, along with their dazzling and sometimes otherworldly appearance, has placed them in the ranks of the most popular plants being grown today.

It can be difficult, however, to come by reliable information on the origins, cultural needs, and correct identity of these diverse and fascinating plants. The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World remedies this need. In contrast to both introductory and very advanced works, it is intended to appeal to the entire continuum of people interested in succulents.

A comprehensive guide to more than 2000 succulents, this groundbreaking book begins with an overview of where succulents are found and how they live, along with information on growing and caring for them. The remaining chapters consist of comprehensive, richly illustrated descriptions of the plants, including both familiar species as well as less common, more exotic plants. 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 comprehensive, accessible volume will be the standard reference for years to come.

Media reviews

"A fascinating compendium and homage to succulence, amply repaying exploration to both expert or experienced novice who thirsts to know more."

—Ian Hodgson, The Garden

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

—Nancy Szerlag, Detroit News

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

Halifax Chronicle Herald

"A new reference for newbie fans and avid collectors."

—Mary James, San Diego Home/Lifestyle Gardens

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


"A book like this is as restorative as a three-week vacation, minus the hassles with airplanes."

—Dominique Browning, New York Times

"Sure to be valuable for botanists and gardening enthusiasts."

Library Journal

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

The Desert Sun

About the author

Fred Dortort

Fred Dortort lectures widely on succulent plants, has taught classes at the University of California Botanical Garden, and has written numerous articles for the Cactus and Succulent Journal, as well as publications such as Pacific Horticulture and Garden.

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