Succulents with flowers? If this statement seems new to you, perhaps you need to embark on this vibrant journey into the enchanting world of succulents, where nature’s palette comes alive in an array of breathtaking hues. In this guide, we unveil 12 succulents that not only captivate with their unique forms but also bedazzle with an impressive display of colorful flowers.
Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ (Black Rose)
This captivating succulent, often called the Black Rose, is a visual delight with its deep purple, nearly black foliage. The rosettes it forms resemble exquisite flower heads, creating a dramatic and elegant aesthetic. Adding to its allure are the blooms – delicate, usually in shades of pink or yellow – which grace the plant for extended periods, ensuring a long-lasting display of beauty. The Black Rose is a testament to nature’s ability to craft stunning contrasts within a single plant, making it a sought-after addition to succulent collections.
Calico Kitten (Crassula Pellucida)
Renowned for its striking red leaves, the Calico Kitten succulent is a showstopper in any collection. The vibrancy of its foliage is complemented by the small yellow and white flowers it produces. The name “Calico Kitten” perfectly captures this succulent’s lively and colorful appearance. It’s not just a plant; it’s a living artwork that seamlessly blends boldness with delicacy, making it a charismatic presence in gardens and indoor spaces.
Cobweb Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum)
With an enchanting cobweb-like appearance, the Cobweb Hens and Chicks succulent effortlessly captivate onlookers. Beyond its unique aesthetics, this succulent blooms with magenta-pink flowers, creating a visual spectacle. The delicate interplay between the cobweb-like structure and the vibrant colors adds a touch of mystery and allure, making it a standout choice for those seeking intrigue and beauty in their succulent collection.
A true gem among succulents, the Echeveria Peacockii is a hybrid variety that boasts pink-edged, blue-gray leaves. The pièce de résistance is its bright pink, bell-shaped flowers that bloom for extended periods. This succulent adds a touch of elegance to any space and becomes a focal point with its captivating colors and charming floral display. It’s a living testament to the intricate beauty that nature can weave into the tapestry of our gardens.
Francesco Baldi Graptosedum (Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’)
Born from a hybrid cross, the Francesco Baldi Graptosedum showcases star-shaped yellow or white flowers, a harmonious blend of its parent plants, Sedum pachyphyllum and Graptopetalum paraguayense. This succulent offers a unique and delightful fusion of characteristics, creating a one-of-a-kind botanical masterpiece. The blooms further enhance its appeal, contributing to the overall charm of this captivating hybrid.
Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense)
A plant of ethereal beauty, the Ghost Plant mesmerizes with pastel-shaded leaves and delicate, star-shaped, pale yellow and white flowers. The juxtaposition of the subtle colors and intricate floral patterns creates an otherworldly charm. With flat, pointed leaves, this succulent is not just a plant; it’s a botanical ghost dance, gracing any space with an understated elegance that leaves a lasting impression.
Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)
Hailing from the landscapes of Mozambique and South Africa, the Jade Plant stands as an iconic succulent known for its versatility and charm. The star-shaped white or pink blooms it produces are a testament to its adaptability under the proper care. With an easy-to-find nature, this succulent has become a favorite among plant enthusiasts, adding a touch of simplicity and grace to gardens and living spaces.
Jelly Bean Plant (Sedum rubrotinctum)
Originating from the sun-drenched soils of Mexico, the Jelly Bean Plant is a delightful succulent adorned with bean-shaped, plump, green leaves. The plant earns its name from these distinctive leaves and is further captivated by tiny, star-shaped yellow flowers. The edges of the leaves turn a vivid red under varying conditions, adding a dynamic element to its already charismatic appearance—a true gem for those seeking a playful and colorful addition to their succulent collection.
Mexican Snowball (Echeveria elegans)
Native to the vibrant landscapes of Mexico, the Mexican Snowball is a succulent that embraces extremes. Its gray-green leaves with pinkish margins set the stage for the main act – bell-shaped, colorful pink-coral flowers. The intensity of these blooms heightens under drought-like conditions, revealing a plant that survives and thrives in the face of challenges. A dynamic and resilient addition to any garden, bringing a burst of color even in the harshest conditions.
String of Buttons (Crassula perforata)
With roots in the sun-soaked lands of South Africa, the String of Buttons succulent creates a mesmerizing display with its bluish-green leaves stacked like buttons. The clusters of small yellow and white blooms are added to its allure, turning the plant into a living piece of art. Each button-like leaf and delicate bloom contribute to the succulent’s overall charm, making it a must-have for those seeking a unique and visually appealing addition to their succulent collection.
Woolly Rose (Echeveria’ Doris Taylor’)
A plant that demands attention, the Woolly Rose is an Echeveria hybrid boasting silver-green fuzzy leaves, creating an almost tactile appearance. Covered with a delightful fuzz, the leaves give the plant a unique, almost “hairy” look. The true showstopper is the plant’s bright orange flowers, making a bold and vibrant statement—a perfect choice for those who wish to make a striking impact with their succulent choices.
The Aloe flower, often overlooked in favor of its more famous sibling, deserves its spotlight. Rising above the sturdy green rosettes, the tubular blooms boast a subtle palette ranging from pale yellows to vibrant oranges, adding a touch of warmth to the arid landscapes they naturally inhabit.
From the elegance of the Jade Plant to the whimsical charm of the Cobweb Hens and Chicks, each succulent is a testament to the vibrant hues life can offer. Whether adorning indoor spaces or gracing gardens, these succulents survive and thrive, becoming living masterpieces that bloom and flourish, reminding us of the remarkable beauty found in the smallest corners of our green spaces. Embrace the succulent revolution, where color meets resilience, and let your garden blossom with these botanical jewels.
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Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa’s work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.