Your Complete Guide to Sacred Succulents

Sacred Succulents is a small, family-owned business that was founded in 1997. Like all small businesses, the owners started with passion and love for succulents. From there, they grew the business into what is now known as Sacred Succulents.

At first, the main focus of the business was on succulents and xerophytes, then the need to have a larger variety of plants encouraged the owners to look and trade other plant types.

Sacred Succulents‘ objective is to offer a diverse portfolio of plants while preserving the delicate balance of ecology. They also want to protect rare plants while expanding other plant varieties.

Sacred Succulents also offer many other items that raise awareness on how to take care of plants. Let’s take a look at what Sacred Succulents has to offer.

The Sacred Succulents’ Cactaceae List

Sacred Succulents offers one of the most diverse varieties of cacti, thanks to their involvement in the genetic analysis, mapping, distribution, and taxonomy of the cacti genus in South America.

Here are some of the Cactaceae available on their site:

1.   Genus Ariocarpus

The Genus Ariocarpus is native to the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico. One of its species, A. fissuratus, also has roots extending to South Dallas!

The Genus Ariocarpus is characterized by small, slow-growing, and spineless cacti. These cacti species are known for their medical properties, which makes them endangered because they’re often misused.

2.   Ariocarpus fissuratus “Hikuli Sunami”

Ariocarpus fissuratus

This type of cactus is most famously known as the living rock cactus. It is found largely in Mexico and in South Dallas, and it’s called the living rock because of its beautiful, spine-less, and rosette-shaped appearance. It also blends well in the rocky desert.

The living rock cactus can be used for wound healing, healing fevers, and relieving rheumatic pain. It’s also believed that this cactus brings good luck and protection. Because of its unique appearance and medicinal properties, poachers have driven this plant to near extinction.

In terms of the environment where it thrives, the Hikuli Sunami prefers a low-elevation climate with an efficient draining system.

3.   Ariocarpus retusus “Tsuwiri” “Brujo”

The Tsuwiri Brujo cactus has the most interesting background among the cacti on this list. The Huichol Indians believed this cactus has excellent psychoactive properties and that deceitful people can go mad once they consume it. Interesting, isn’t it?

This cactus also has powerful medicinal properties and can be used as a treatment for fever by smoking the dried tips. It can produce white and pink flowers and can be seen throughout Mexico.

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Other Succulents and Xerophytes Available at Sacred Succulents

Aside from cacti, Sacred Succulents pride themselves in their wide collection of succulents and xerophytes. Here’s a sample list:

1.   Abromeitiella lotteae

The Abromeitiella lotteae is one of the rare succulents that Sacred Succulents offer. This beautiful plant has delicate and small triangular leaves that make up a rosette.

They would eventually blossom into bigger mounds, but what makes them unique is that they bloom wine-red flowers with green tips.

These succulents originate in Bolivia, which is why they’re rare in cultivation. Abromeitiella lotteae prefers to grow in areas with full sunlight and can keep up well with drought.

2.   Genus Adansonia

The Genus Adansonia is also known as the mighty Baobab. These trees have huge trunks and evergreen leaves, and they bloom large flowers and big fruits! The Baobab is believed to have been in existence for thousands of years.

Many tribes believe that the Baobab is a fertility tree. But aside from that, the uses of the Baobab are endless—these trees provide food, water, shelter, and even medicine. Baobabs are easy (albeit slow) to grow. They also prefer a sunny environment.

3.   Genus Agave

Agave plant

You might be familiar with Agave Syrup. Did you know that this is the plant which the famous sweetener is derived from? Agave is also known as the century plant. It takes 10–20 years before it blooms, after which, the rosette dies.

Humans have used Agave as a food source for over 9000 years now. Agave has more than 300 species spread across the United States, and this plant is quite easy to grow as well. It prefers a hot environment to grow in.

Edibles and Other Plants of Sacred Succulents

1.   Agapetes hosseana/Saphaolom

The Saphaolom, or Thai Huckleberry, is revered not just for how it looks but also for its uses when it comes to its medicinal properties. The Thai folks often use this huckleberry to provide nourishment after a raging fever.

This plant also has anti-cancer properties, which makes it highly in demand. Aside from that, this huckleberry variant has travertine, steroidal content, antibacterial, and antimalarial properties.

This edible plant is sweet to taste and has shiny and round evergreen leaves. When it blooms, it boasts pretty red flowers with green tips.

2.   Agapetes manii

The Agapetes manii is a shrub that has dense leaves. When it blooms, it produces white tubular flowers and pale-looking berries that have a sweet taste.

This type of plant is mostly found in Western China and Northern India; however, it is quite difficult to cultivate. Experts claim that this plant has liver-protective properties.

3.   Allium tricoccum “Ramps” “Wild Leek”

Allium tricoccum Wild Leeks

The wild leek is a plant that usually grows during the spring and can be found in the dense, Eastern forest of North America. This leek towers at 12 feet with a flowering stalk that produces a small head of white flowers.

According to culinary experts, the wild leek is one of the tastiest variants of onion that has inspired many exquisite cuisines and even culinary festivals across the globe!

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Books and Andean Ethnobotanical Collections at Sacred Succulents

Sacred Succulents offers hard-to-find botanical books. Because they have been involved in plenty of research about plant varieties across the globe, they are offering their Andean Collection of Photos and Notes for sale on their website.

1.   Andean Collections Photos and Notes 2008

This is the Andean collection of photos and notes that are compiled in a CD/DVD format (compatible both with PC and Mac).

It contains a whopping 340 photos of plants, landscapes, and archeological sites from Lima, Peru, and the Yungas region of Bolivia. It also contains 200 seed-type information with ethnobotanical notes and cultivation suggestions.

2.   Grafting Guide by Ben Kamm

This illustrated book covers grafting techniques from how to graft slow-growing plants to how to achieve a faster growth spurt. It also contains information on how to graft different types of plants—from small seedlings to more mature types of seeds.

This book focuses more on grafting techniques used for cacti, but also includes Euphorbiaceae, Apocynaceae, and other succulent families.

3.   Growing Plant Medicine Vol 1 by Richo Cech illustrations by Sena Cech

This book is an expanded version of The Medicinal Herb Grower. It contains a wide variety of information about cultivating and living with diverse, medicinal plants. This is a must-read if you want to know more about growing medicinal plants and healing herbs from seeds to harvest.

This is one of the most organized book references you can have for growing medicinal plants as it is arranged in alphabetical order, by kinship, and by common name.

Sacred Succulents – Your One-Stop Shop for Botanical Wonders

From rare types of cacti to the prettiest succulents, and even books and photo collections of every imaginable plant, Sacred Succulents is your one-stop shop for all your botanical needs!

Browse through its mighty and impressive plant, seedling, and other plant-related items, and you’ll find out that your knowledge about plants isn’t as wide as you think!