Planning on adding a few more flowering plants to your colorful garden? Why not get a few succulents for that? You read it right!
Some succulents are able to bear colorful and gorgeous flowers too! This post will let you know lovely flowering succulents that you may want to get.
Not a lot of people know that succulents can also bear flowers. Well, at least some succulents could.
This is why people don’t really think of succulents when they want to have a garden filled with flowers. What you should know is that succulents are not just about fleshy leaves.
A flowering succulent can blossom at any time of the year. Well, this really depends on the type of succulent that you have.
What I really like about getting a flowering succulent to add more colors to my garden is how low maintenance it is.
Admit it! It’s a bit hard to make sure that any flowering plants would actually blossom. I find it a plus that succulents won’t have to make me strategize on how to make sure their flowers bloom.
You just really need to make sure that you let these succulents sit on well-draining soil and never on moist potting mixture.
17 Gorgeous Flowering Succulents For Adding Colour To Your Garden
Without further ado, here is a list of the 17 Best Flowering Succulents To Grow Indoors & Outdoors. I’ll also let you know what you need to know about them.
1: Aloe Vera (Medicinal Aloe)
Origin: Africa and Mediterranean Countries
Aloe Vera is a well-known plant for its medicinal uses. It’s named as the wonder plant because it doesn’t just have one or two medicinal purposes.
It has many benefits and you probably know this plant because a lot of products like shampoos and beauty essentials have this as a key ingredient.
Aside from the many ways you can use this, this plant is visually appealing. It looks like a big zebra plant but it’s chunkier and is mostly grayish green in color.
It has small spikes that line its leaves and it could grow up to 40 inches tall.
The appearance of the Aloe Vera flowers differs and depends on its species. There are about 500 known Aloe Vera species out there, and the colors of its flowers are mostly red and yellow.
Its flowers stick out from the middle and look spikey in appearance.
Its gorgeous flowers only bloom once a plant is 4 years of age. It may take long for its flowers to appear, but once you see them bloom, it could add interesting hues of colors to your garden.
To make sure that your Aloe Vera plant blooms, make sure that they get full sun exposure.
Yes, you can place your Aloe Vera plant indoor, but this won’t encourage flowering. You’ll need to take it out every now and then, especially during summer.
- Hardiness: Thrives well in zones 10 and 11
- Light requirement: partial to full sunlight
- Watering: Allow the 2 to 3 inches of the top of its soil to completely dry out before watering. That should be about every three weeks, depending on the weather.
- Problems: This plant is susceptible to mealy bugs and other pests like scale. It’s also prone to root and soft rot when it is overwatered.
Origin: Mexico and South America
The Echeveria plants have to be one of the most popular succulent with purple flowers. A lot of people find this attractive because of its rosette forming leaves. There are at least 100 species of this plant that are mostly different in color.
Some Echeveria plants are colored bright green, grayish green, yellow, dark purple, and also red.
A clump of this plant alone is already striking and would add an appeal to your garden. When its flowers blossom, it becomes more aesthetically pleasing.
Speaking of its flowers, these indoor flowering succulents are mostly coral pink in color with yellowish and reddish tips. They rise with a greenish arching stem and appear to be bell-shaped and have aster-like petals. Its flowers also appear a bit fleshy and they are simply hard to miss.
To trigger the flowering stage, make sure this plant is exposed to full sunlight. It prefers intense lighting if you want it to bloom.
As attractive as its flowers sound, blooming species of the Echeveria plants die after the stage of blooming.
- Hardiness: Thrives great in zones 9 to 11
- Light requirement: bright and full sunlight
- Watering: How often this plant should be watered really depends on the weather. It is drought-tolerant and can last up to 12 weeks of no watering. What’s best is to wait for its oil to be rough dry before you water this plant again.
- Problems: It could easily get overwatered which would lead to root and soft rot. It easily wilts when it is both over and under watered. Typically, an overwatered echeveria looks mushy in appearance.
3: Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns)
This perennial outdoor flowering succulent got its name because it is believed that Jesus Christ was wearing a crown made of thorns from the stem of this plant. This is just one of the few woody shrub succulents that can be grown indoors.
This plant can grow up to six feet tall when grown outdoors. If you’ll take this as a house plant, the most it could grow to is around two feet tall. It can be propagated by cutting its tips.
The wood stem of this plant is full of sharp black thorns on its main branches, while its leaves are bright green in color.
It can flower year-round, but it’ more likely to blossom during winter. Its flowers are typically pinkish white in color with green centers.
Some varieties would have white, yellow, and orange similar-looking flowers. To promote blossoming, it’s best to have it exposed to the sun.
- Hardiness: This is perennial in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11
- Light Requirement: It would thrive well with at least 3 hours of direct sunlight every day
- Watering: Only water its soil when at least an inch of its top already feels dry. Never let it sit on wet soil for a long time.
- Problems: All parts of this plant are completely toxic when ingested. When overwatered, it can easily suffer from root rot.
4: Calandrinia spectabilis (Rock Purslane)
Origin: Native to Australia, North America, and Chile
The Rock Purslane is a shrubby and perennial succulent known for its bright purple and pink flowers. Its leaves are bluish-green in color.
It is ideal to have in rock gardens. This plant can grow up to 18 inches tall and are used to grow in areas with very warm temperatures.
This as a perennial plant has a short life span. It can grow in any types of soil- from potting mixes to regular soil.
What’s important is that it is well-draining. Its flowers can bloom from spring to fall. The flowers look like poppy blooms and can easily attract bees and butterflies.
- Hardiness: Grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 and above
- Light requirement: The rock purslane requires full shade and would need at least 4 hours of light exposure per day
- Watering: It doesn’t require much watering as it is drought-tolerant.
- Problems: This plant is toxic to pets.
5: Conophytum calculus (Marble Buttons)
Origin: Regions of Cape provinces in South Africa and Southern Namibia
This yellow flowering succulent is a stemless succulent known for its round individual leaves. True to its name, its leaves appear to be small to medium-sized marbles that are green in color.
Its leaves’ texture is smooth and could grow up to 1.2 inches in diameter.
When a leaf of this plant dies, a new one emerges. It’s because the new or baby leaf grows inside an old leaf. It takes about a year before a leaf dies.
When it does, it will look thin, dry, and wilted. A healthy leaf will appear like a small cushion.
It blossoms during autumn. It emerges on top of its dome-like leaves, making the flower seem like a crown.
Its flowers are golden yellow and dark orange in color. You’ll only see its flowers open during the night as it is nocturnal.
It's best to grow this plant in a dish garden so it could spread freely. It will do fine in both cold and hot weather. Just make sure that its soil is well-draining.
- Hardiness: It can thrive healthily in zone 6 to 9
- Light Requirement: This will need partial to full sun exposure. It needs at least 4 to 6 hours of sun daily.
- Watering: This plant doesn’t require much watering. Only water if its topsoil is already completely dry.
- Problems: Prone to root rot when it’s overwatered.
6: Cleretum bellidiforme (Ice Plant)
Origin: Native to South Africa
The Ice Plant is a dwarf evergreen succulent with purple flowers that can grow up to six inches tall. It is a spreading mat-forming plant that can quickly spread on the ground.
Its fleshy leaves are green and cylindrical in shape. They resemble pieces of ice and that’s why it got its name.
It’s best to have this planted in rock gardens or dry-wall stones. It makes a good ground cover and its flowers are hard to miss.
It’s an easy to grow plant and you won’t have a hard time making it spread. This plant can grow in cold and warm climates.
Speaking of its flowers, they look like daisies. The flowers are typically purple or bright red in color.
They bloom continuously during summer to fall. It’s a great addition to your garden if you want something that’s eye-catching.
- Hardiness: The Ice plant thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9
- Light Requirement: While this plant thrives in both cold and warm weather, it still requires full sun exposure. It needs at least 6 hours of sun per day.
- Watering: It has a low watering requirement. Even if it is drought-tolerant, it still could use some watering during the summer.
- Problems: It is deer-resistant, but can be occasionally affected by aphids and mealybugs.
7: Echeveria Afterglow
Origin: Native to Texas, Mexico, Central and South America
a hybrid between Echeveria cante and Echeveria shaviana
The Echeveria Afterglow is an evergreen succulent that is known for its powdery and pinkish-lavender leaves.
The edge of its leaves has a bright red or pink tone. It could grow up to 16 inches wide in a form of rosette and up to 2 feet tall, height-wise.
The care for this plant is the same as with most Echeveria plants. It’s not high maintenance and also requires a well-draining soil.
This can easily be propagated from leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, and by simply getting its seeds.
The Afterglow blossoms most during summer with pinkish lavender or orange-red flowers. This is what this plant is known for – it’s gorgeous color and beauty. That’s why it’s one of the best choices if you need some color in your garden.
- Hardiness: The afterglow thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 12
- Light Requirement: This plant requires partial to full sun. It would need at least 4 hours of sun exposure each day.
- Watering: Like most Echeveria species, this doesn’t require much watering. It’s best to only water this when its top soil is already rough dry.
- Problems: Susceptible to pest infestation like mealy bugs, vine, and aphids.
8: Crassula ovata (Jade Plant)
Origin: Native to South Africa and Mozambique
The Jade Plant is known for other names too like the Money Tree, Money Plant, Jade Tree, Dollar Plant, Pink Joy, and Friendship Tree.
This is a branched succulent with round, glossy, and fleshy leaves. Its leaves are typically dark green in color.
Its leaves can be as long as 2 inches, while the shrub as a whole can grow up to six feet tall. The shape of its leaves is interestingly oval, making it appear as egg-shaped. The leaves are also a bit pointed at the tip.
Its star-shaped flowers come out during spring and mid-winter, and they are typically pink in color.
Sometimes, its flowers are colored light purple or white. It’s a refreshing inclusion to your already colorful garden.
- Hardiness: The Jade Plant thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11
- Light Requirement: This plant requires full sun or light exposure. It will need at least 6 hours of sun exposure daily.
- Watering: This is a drought-tolerant plant that only has the average watering need for succulents. It’s best to water this regularly, but not overly.
- Problems: A jade plant can easily limp when it’s either over or underwatered. This is also susceptible to pests like scales and mealy bugs.
9: Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)
Origin: Native to Texas and Northern Mexico
The Red Yucca is a perennial and evergreen succulent that has long and arching green leaves.
This kind of resembles a clump of tall grass with pinkish stalks that are its flowers. Its leaves are leathery and can be as long as 4 feet.
Its flowers are indeed typically pink, but they may also appear as coral or light red colored. They typically grow in clusters and can blossom all year round.
However, it best blooms during the summer. These flowers can easily attract hummingbirds.
- Hardiness: Can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 11
- Light Requirement: The Red Yucca will need partial to full sun. It will need at least 4 hours of light exposure daily.
- Watering: It has a low demand for watering, like most succulents. Just make sure to water this when the top soil is completely dry.
- Problems: It is prone to over-fertilization and overwatering, which will lead to drying leaves.
10: Euphorbia rigida (Upright Myrtle Spurge)
Origin: Native to Southern Europe and Southwest Asia
Also known as the Gopher Spurge and Silver Purge, the Upright Myrtle is a small shrub up to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It has steel-blue green leaves that grow in clusters. These leaves appear in red hues during fall.
Its stems also appear bluish. Even though this is a stemmed plant, this is still considered as a low-growing plant.
It’s still classified as weeds and grow a lot in the California Wilderness. It’s a great ornamental plant because of its flowers.
Speaking of its flowers, they are typically yellowish-green in color. Its flowers usually appear during late winter and spring.
It appears star-shaped that are domed and clustered. Just make sure that it gets enough light to promote its blossoming.
- Hardiness: Can grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 10
- Light Requirement: It needs partial to full sun exposure per day.
- Watering: While a lot of succulents are drought-tolerant, this plant, in particular, can’t really tolerate long periods of drought. This will need watering as soon as the top soil is dry and more so during the summer.
- Problems: It can be invasive. It means that its growth spread can become uncontrolled at some point. It is also susceptible to pests.
11: Agave (Agave americana)
Origin: Native to Mexico, South Africa, Southern and Southwestern United States
The Agave is a perennial plant that can grow really tall. It can grow up to 30 feet tall, depending on the type of species that you have.
Its leaves have sharp teeth that are also fibrous in appearance. They are usually colored green or bluish-green.
Its flowers are typically yellow in color and appear along the plant’s stalk or stems. This is very attractive to birds.
The pollenated flock of flowers just make this appear dramatic when placed in any garden. What’s even more dramatic is that when its flowers fade, the plant itself will die.
However, don’t worry about it dying right away. The lifespan of this plant can go up to 50 years. That will also depend on the type of Agave that you have.
- Hardiness: The Agave can thrive in USDA Zones 7 to 10
- Light Requirement: This plant prefers the warm temperature and so it also prefers full sun. It will need at least 6 hours of light exposure.
- Watering: This will require regular watering as this plant doesn’t tolerate drought well. When underwatered, its leaves will easily look wrinkled.
- Problems: Bacterial rot and root rot are common problems to this plant. Bother over and under watering can cause these problems.
12: Crassula Radicans (Coral Stonecrop)
Origin: Native to the Northern Hemisphere
This plant is a genus of Crassula, which is also the genus of popular plants like the jade plant. Stonecrop is a perennial plant and can grow up to 24 inches in height and width.
This has a thick stem with fleshy leaves that could be colored light green to green.
This is a plant that’s perfect for container gardens and rockeries. It also doesn’t have a deep root system so you don’t have to burry this low into the ground.
However, it’s best to plant this on its lonesome as it can’t compete with other plants.
Its flowers bloom during the late summer and early fall. It may start to grow in green color and may look like a head of a broccoli. However, once fully bloomed, its flowers will appear pink or mauvy in color.
- Hardiness: The Stonecrop can thrive in USDA Zones 3 to 10
- Light Requirement: This is a very drought-tolerant succulent and so it’s best to grow this under the full sun. Just make sure that you don’t overexpose it to intense lights to avoid scalding.
- Watering: While this plant is drought-tolerant, it’s still best to water this as soon as its soil is rough dry.
- Problems: This plant is susceptible to root and crown rot due to watering problems.
13: Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Emily' (Emily Cobweb Houseleek)
Origin: Garden Origin
The Emily Cobweb Houseleek is an attractive rosette-forming succulent. Its leaves can grow up to 3 inches in diameter.
They are colored green and red. These leaves appear and clusters and can be easily spread in a container.
It is best to grow this plant in a container or rock garden. This has a shallow and fibrous root system that can easily adapt to wherever this is planted.
Care for this plant is mostly the same with a lot of succulents.
Its flowers look very interesting as they pop pout with tall stems. The stems of its flowers are a bit copper in color and appear to be covered in pointed leaves. At the tip of these stems are the pink or light red star-shaped flowers of this plant.
- Hardiness: It best grows in USDA Hardiness zones 4 to 10
- Light Requirement: It can thrive with just light shade. However, this can easily adapt to its surrounding so even the full sun can be tolerated by this plant.
- Watering: Have this plant watered regularly during its growing season. The general rule is to water this plant once its top soil is completely dry. Water this less during winter.
- Problems: This plant is pest-resistant, but it can attract bees.
14: Adenium Desert Rose Plant
Origin: Native to the Sahel regions, south of Sahara, tropical and subtropical eastern and southern Africa, and eastern and southern Arabia
The Desert Rose is an evergreen and extremely drought-tolerant plant that can grow up to 10 feet tall. It has wooden and thick stems and a stout.
Its leaves grow in clusters and are generally green in color. They appear to be arranged spirally around its stems.
Its leaves are leathery in texture and can grow up to 6 inches long and 3 inches wide.
It’s considered as an easy plant to grow as it doesn’t require much maintenance. Just make sure that it gets enough warmth and sunlight.
- Hardiness: The Desert Rose thrives best in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11
- Light Requirement: This plant specifically enjoys the warm temperature and it just makes sense that it also enjoys full sun. It will need at least 6 to 8 hours of sun exposure daily.
- Watering: Since this is drought-tolerant, it won’t require much watering. Make sure its soil is rough dry before you have it watered again.
- Problems: Common problems you may encounter with this plant are root and leaf diseases. These problems mostly arise when it is left sitting in wet soil for a long time. Avoid watering its leaves to prevent leaf rotting.
15: Tacitus Bellus (Graptopetalum bellus)
Origin: Native to Mexico
The succulent Tacitus Bellus is a perennial succulent with rosette-forming foliage. This plant can grow up to 3 inches tall, while its rosettes could be as big as 4 inches in diameter. Its triangular leaves are typically bronze or grayish in color.
It is hard to miss its bright pink flowers. These flowers usually have 5 petals and are star-shaped.
They have dark pink stamens with white anthers growing from its center. These flowers last for a few weeks and would bloom during late spring and early summer.
- Hardiness: USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11
- Light Requirement: It can tolerate partial to full sun shade. However, it’s still best to have this placed where it can receive full sun of at least 4 to 6 hours a day.
- Watering: Regularly water this plant during summer, but generally, just wait for its soil to dry out before watering again.
- Problems: Prone to overwatering which can lead to root rot and pest infestations.
16: Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus)
Origin: Native to the Mountains of Brazil
The Christmas Cactus is easily an appealing cactus with flat stems and round leaves. It’s also a popular plant like the poinsettias during the Christmas season.
It is called the Christmas Cactus because that’s the time that this plant typically blooms.
Its flowers are trumpet-like with curvy petals. Depending on the species, its flower may be colored white, pink, purple, red, or yellow.
This is best grown in potting mixes as it doesn’t sit well on moist soil. Make sure that the soil you use is well-draining.
- Hardiness: USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11
- Light Requirement: As a cactus, this is a sun-loving plant. It needs at least 6 hours of light exposure each day.
- Watering: This plant is drought-resistant and would do fine if you only have it watered once a week. Just make sure its soil is rough dry in between waterings.
- Problems: It is susceptible to fungal diseases that could lead to root and basal stem rot.
17: Hylotelephium Sieboldii or October Daphne
Origin: Native to Japan
This plant is more commonly known as the October Daphne, which is a perennial low-spreading succulent. Its leaves are attractively round and blue-green in color. It could grow up to 4 inches tall and 8 inches wide.
As if its leaves are not attractive enough, the October Daphne’s flowers are simply pretty to look at.
Typically carnation pink in color, these flowers grow in clusters and are star-shaped. These flowers typically bloom from late summer to early autumn.
- Hardiness: USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 10
- Light Requirement: This succulent can thrive with light to full sun shade.
- Watering: It has the average watering needs of a succulent, which is low to moderate. Wait for its soil to completely dry out in between waterings.
- Problems: This is attractive to slugs and snails. When overwatered, this can have fungal diseases.
Lindsey Hyland grew up in Arizona where she attended University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture. She has supplemented her formal education by working on various organic farms, including spending a semester abroad in India.
Growing and/or raising just about anything gets her excited. She is especially passionate about environmental justice and low-tech, sustainable ways to better run small-scale farms and homesteads. Lindsey started Urban Organic Yield to discuss gardening tips and tactics.