Paolo Borghi approached the genus Adromischus while still in his 20s. He has always been involved inBorghi’s farm, which has been appreciated by many succulent enthusiasts, and he has never stopped cultivating this interest with passion, so much so that currently his collection of more than 1,600 different types is considered one of the most important in the world.

Hers are the hundreds of little-known or uncommon varieties that have come into the hands of major collectors and scholars over the years.

So much passion was rewarded in 2020 with the publication of his treatise on the genus Adromischus published by the Italian Succulent Plant Lovers Association (AIAS), which also reports on two trips PAolo made to African localities where these species are widespread.


Adromischus are among the most attractive plants in the Crassulaceae family. Small enough to keep an almost complete collection on a windowsill, they are true living gems, with leaves that display an extraordinary variety of shapes and colors. The book offers a brief introduction to these fascinating succulents in cultivation and in the wild. The first half deals with the history and taxonomy of the genus, as well as providing the reader with brief descriptions of individual species, while the second half is devoted to two trips to South Africa, paying special attention to the different habitats where adromischus grow. Written in a fluent style and illustrated with numerous pictures, this book is aimed as much at beginners as it is at already experienced collectors, as it is at all travelers eager to explore the other half of the world.

But perhaps the most important recognition came a few weeks ago, when AVONIA magazine, published by the German Society for Other Succulents (Fachgesellschaft andere Sukkulenten e.V.), FGaS came out with an article by Paolo entitled. Adomischus marianiae and its forms., dedicated to what is probably the most popular species in the genus.