Plants of the Stonecrop Family are succulent, fleshy herbs or shrubs. The flowers (rarely solitary) have sepals, petals and pistils that are all distinct and numbering the same whether from 3 to 12. The stamens are as many, or twice as many, as the petals. The fruit is a special kind of pod that opens only on one side.
Many of the species of this family are used in gardens because of the neat habit of the ornamental foliage. Hen and Chickens (Echeveria spp.) and Kalanchoe are favorite patio plants. (Dale 101).
About 25 genera and 900 species, widely distributed, many of horticultural value. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 382).