“It’s the largest type of this succulent I’ve ever seen outside of pictures,” says Duval, who has worked at the garden for more than 20 years. “It’s heavier than it looks. It’s a big water-storing bag, is what it is.”
Water saving tips from garden experts
"One of the strategies in being water-wise for your landscape is to concentrate the high-water-requiring plants in one spot so that you don't have to water the whole garden."
Julian Duval, San Diego Botanic Garden
"I've found that what works well is a lot of ground cover and a lot of shade. Covering everything really well with plants like mondo grass or vinca major (periwinkle) so it holds a lot of the moisture."
Paul Johnson, Japanese Friendship Garden
"No matter what type of drought-tolerant plants you use to start your garden, you are going to have to use a little more water in order to get them established, so be prepared for that. You can't just plant them and walk away. But once they're established, the maintenance on them is so much less."
John Bolthouse, Water Conservation Garden