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Cacti and other succulents.
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)

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Description

Succulents, or “fleshy” plants, always hold a special attraction because of their often bizarre shapes and exotic origins.

These plants can be quite unprepossessing, but their sometimes spectacular flowers make them really stand out when in bloom.

The Montréal Botanical Garden's succulent collection includes close to 40 families, 305 genera and over 1,500 species and cultivars in two display greenhouses open to visitors and one behind-the-scenes service greenhouse.

Most of the species in this collection belong to the Cactaceae (700 species), Aizoaceae (170), Crassulaceae (160), Liliaceae (115), Agavaceae (60) and Euphorbiaceae (70) families. Other succulents belong to some other families, as well, including the Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Asteraceae and Bromeliaceae.

Come back and visit the Botanical Garden's Arid Regions Greenhouse and Hacienda regularly to enjoy all the charms of one of our largest plant collections.

Where and when

Arid Regions Greenhouse, Hacienda: year round!

Based on an article by Denis Barabé and Marc Saint-Arnaud in Quatre-Temps magazine, Vol. 20, no.3

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