Unless they’re common, plant names are never very easy to remember. Derived from Latin and Science, I usually can’t even pronounce them. But Perle von Nurnberg, how could I forget? She sounds like an old German woman my grandmother should eat liverwurst with and rattle off a string of ich’s and ach’s that sound more like coughing than talking to the non-native ear. But no, Perle can’t sprechen sie deutsch or fry up potato pancakes with my German grandmother; Perle is indeed a plant – a succulent to be more specific. She was lost with some other whatchamacallit succulents under the overbearing vines of the Passion flower. When I first spotted the pot, it was because of a bloom. But when I pulled the pot out of the vines, Perle and her bloom took a dive. Perle is now replanted with vintage tiles substituting for mulch and looking quite chipper again. A cross between E. gibbiflora metallica and E. potosina, Perle von Nurnberg is the hybrid name. The succulent is part of the Crassulaceae family; Echeveria is the genus. They’re slow growing but clearly survivors. It probably hadn’t seen daylight in months underneath that vine.