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Succulents in Wisconsin


Sempervivum spp.

Traveling back in Madison, I searched out the hardy succulents of the Midwest.  They were few and far between, but I think I tracked down all five succulents in Olbrich Gardens. I’m sure I missed a Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ somewhere, and this Sempervivum looks adorable.

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Awesome use of Sedum rupestre “Angelina’ used as “spill” for this container.

Agave weberi (I think, but not sure)

Hey, I think this is an Agave weberi.  Can anybody confirm?

Agave x leopoldii (another guess, help!)

Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)

The last three are guesses, so any help with ID’ing would rock.


  1. I can’t help you with the IDing – I suck at that. But I just wanted to say I love Wisconsin. Most of my family’s from there, so anytime someone mentions it, I’m flooded with fond memories. So thanks for that, Megan!

    • Awe, thanks! I still have a few more Wisconsin garden posts up my sleeve :) Matti and I both spent most of our lives in Madison, before moving to San Francisco about three years ago. Can’t say we miss winter very much.

  2. I think you’re right about the last one being Echinocactus grusonii. Can’t help with the two Agaves, though.

  3. Hi, I love your blog. I’ve been reading through your old posts and you probably don’t care anymore but I think the plant in the next to last photo is Yucca filamentosa.

    • Hi Beth, awesome… We do enjoy people reading older posts and like going back to see what the heck we were doing. Nice iD, best we could come up with was Agave weberi. Yeah, back in WI, we gardened, but not at the level as we do in SF.

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  5. I am looking for a succulent known as String of hearts. Have you ever seen it or know where I could purchase it?

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