Hens and chicks
Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

It's All in the Leaves

Plants such as stonecrop (Sedum) and hens and chicks (Sempervivum) have evolved fleshy leaves (same strategy as cacti) to help them retain water during periods of drought. They are the camels of the plant world.

Other plants have evolved a waxy, whitish coating (glaucous) on the leaves. Still others have leaves that are leathery or finely cut to help prevent water loss.

Shown here: hens and chicks (Sempervivum)

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