Cactus denotes a botanical family, whereas succulents are a broader group referring to a type of plant included in several botanical families. While all cacti are considered to be succulents, there are succulents that are not cacti. Identifying the difference between these two will be easier if you understand their relation to each other.
Many people believe that cactus and succulents are the same things, but there are several key differences between these two plant groups. For one, cacti are typically native to dry, desert regions, while succulents come from a variety of different habitats. Additionally, cacti have thick, fleshy stems that store water, while succulents generally have thinner leaves that help them to retain moisture. Cacti usually have sharp spines or needles, while succulents tend to be softer and smoother to the touch. Despite these differences, cactus and succulents share one key trait: they are both extremely drought-resistant and can survive for long periods without water.
Cacti are remarkable plants that can store an unbelievable amount of water in a short time. As you may know, it rarely rains in the desert and when it does rain it is often light or insufficient for survival needs like cacti have due to their low humidity levels compared with other regions on earth. To cope with the dry and hot conditions in the desert, the cactus store plenty of water whenever it rains. Its stomata are only open at night to conserve water and serve as a gas intake and exhaling point.
Cacti have spines instead of leaves and come in a variety of forms such as straight, curved, needle-like, round and many more. Cacti are common plants found in deserts. They have waxy coats to stop them from losing water and dying due to the harsh conditions of these areas, such as high temperatures or strong winds that quickly lead moisture away from their roots into our atmosphere where it can eventually end up elsewhere! Most cactus plants thrive in the desert climate, but the plant can also grow in mountainous regions and tropical weather.
Succulents are interesting plants that can be grown indoors or out. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they do have one thing in common – their ability to adapt. Succulents are surprisingly diverse and complex. They get their names from their thick and sap-filled leaves. There are more than 60 different families, with 10,000 plant varieties for you to grow! Shades of green are going to be the most common, but these plants can also have shades of pink, blue, purple, yellow, red, and orange in the leaves and the blooms.
Succulents can grow well in conditions that do not have much water. This is mainly because their leaves hold nutrients for release when the plant needs them, which means you only need to give them a drink every other month or so if their soil stays moist but not soggy! Overall, succulents are a great gift for your loved ones because they symbolize timeless and enduring love. They are one of the low-maintenance plants which makes them perfect as an indication that your partner needs no extra care other than water!
If you're still not sure whether a cactus or succulent is the right plant for your home, we hope this article has helped clear things up. Both plants have their own unique benefits and it’s important to understand the key distinctions between these two types of plants. Now that you know the difference, why not add a few cacti and succulents to your collection?
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