Common plant proves uncommonly unique

On the Trail

DELIGHTFUL DISTRACTION—Aflowering jade plant offers tiny, star-shaped flowers in symmetrical tiers and a lovely spot for small birds.

A Thousand Oaks friend recently asked me to clean up an area of her garden that had long been neglected.

As a person who loves rehabbing pathetic plants, I signed up sight unseen, a practice I will no longer be implementing.

What a mess greeted me.

A decade-old mass of overgrown, entangled succulents had been rudely trod upon and amply defecated on by ...

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