Santa Barbara is known for palm-lined boulevards, lush landscapes and flowing tiered fountains, but after a few years of drought, the succulent is finally getting its time in the sun. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap. These juicy plants store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems, making them the ideal for dry times. They are low maintenance, add texture and color to the garden, come in a wild variety of shapes and sizes, and they’re just plain cool. El Nino or not, the sweet succulent will continue to shine.