I don’t know if this has happened to you, but I have picked up a plant at the nursery marked, “succulent” or “houseplant”, got it home to find out that I already had this variety. One genera that trips me up is crassula and sedum. These are two genera that are really large and contain numerous varieties. Some are very different and some are super similar.

One reason that it is sometimes difficult to identify crassula and sedum is that when you buy your plants at the nursery that are little plant babies. Many of the differentiating factors aren’t noticeable until the plants mature. A Crassula ovata does not develop its woody stem and tree like characteristics until it grows for over a year.


  • Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Woody Stem
  • Grows into Tree or Shrub
  • Leaves emerge in pairs, almost symmetrical


  • Herbaceous Perennial
  • Grows in clumps or mounds
  • Leaves form Rosettes

For more plant identification check out this post on succulent identification and Latin for plant lovers.