What are the most colorful succulents? How do you grow colorful succulents? How do you keep succulents colorful? Why do succulents turn yellow or purple?
When it comes to the succulents’ world, you can expect to get boatloads of questions ranging from caring for succulents, to why they change colors.
Read on to learn the 12 colorful succulents.
Succulents are enduring plants that do not need much care. They are beautiful and require low maintenance. They make the best gifts as well.
Usually, succulents are normally known to be green although there are multiple colorful succulents as you will see in this article. If you get into the succulents’ world, you will find muted blue succulents, red succulents, and many other colors. Mixing a combination of these colorful colors could give your home and garden a beautiful look.
In this article, we selected the best 12 colorful succulents to incorporate pops in your house and garden and you can give them out as a gift. But before we get into that, take some time to learn how to care for your succulents, why succulents change colors, and much more.
Let’s get started.
What Are The Most Colorful Succulents?
Succulents come in different colors including purple, blue-yellow, and red.
Here is the list of 12 colorful succulents.
You will hear some people calling these succulents “Hens and Chicks” but their scientific name is Sempervivum tectorum. These succulents produce other sub-succulents called “chicks” and perhaps that’s where they got that name.
The “Hens and Chicks” are large-sized succulents with a star-shaped rosette and a purple shading. You will find these succulents placed outdoors in large containers. They can withstand colder temperatures than other succulents and during cold seasons, they turn purple.
The shades can sometimes turn to red colors when exposed to bright direct light. Well, you can also grow these succulents indoors but make sure you grow them at a place they can go taller since they can reach up to 5 feet high. Their flowers are usually pink.
Purple Heart or purpurea are also other colorful succulents for those who love purple colors. Their scientific name is Tradescantia pallida or T. Pallidat. Surprisingly, these succulents produce flowers that are also purplish or pale pink.
Usually, you will find these succulents placed as ground covers or edging plants. They are also great for hanging baskets. Note that these succulents are breakable so you need to place them in a place with no interference. They grow up to 3 feet high.
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Going by the scientific name of Echeveria gibbiflora, these succulents have a light color and elegant rosette that matches perfectly with floral arrangements. These succulents produce coral pink flowers/blooms and grow to a height of 0.5 to 1 feet. They can also spread to 0.5 to 0.75 feet wide.
Santa Rita Prickly Pear
Santa Rita Prickly Pear is also scientifically known as Opuntia “Santa Rita” or O. Santa rita. These succulents are upright, have stunning fleshy pads, and are hot climates natives.
They produce elegant yellow flowers hence making them suitable for growing indoors and on cactus and rock gardens. Let the soil dry completely before you water these succulents to avoid overwatering which leads to fading of the color and root rot.
These succulents can grow up to 4 to 8 feet tall and their blooms are yellow.
The Blue Chalksticks is a 2 feet upright succulent that’s easy to care since its native habitat is in the desert. You just need to water once every 4 weeks once it has matured. Its color is blue and it goes under the scientific name of Senecio serpens or S. serpens.
Similar to the Purple Heart, this succulent is also great for small edging or groundcover. This plant has a balanced bold and relaxing color. Blue Chalksticks produces white blooms and when exposed to sufficient direct sunlight, it turns to a slight purple tint.
The blue glow, also known as Agave attenuata x Agave ocahui is also another succulent that comes in different blue colors. Ideally, its scientific name is derived from the fact that this succulent is a cross between two succulents (Agave Attenuata and Agave Ocahui).
The plant produces blue-green leaves that have yellow and red tips. You will find this succulent plant on walkways and decorative pots. As the name suggests, they usually glow when they are hit by the sun.
This succulent can grow to 2 feet tall and produces yellow blooms. It can also withstand low temperatures up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
As the name suggests, you can easily confuse this succulent with spruce trees. It’s a blue-green succulent that produces yellow blooms during the summer season. Its scientific name is Sedum reflexum or S. reflexum. The succulent is also attractive due to the color mix and is especially grown along walkways and planters. The succulent can grow up to 0.75 feet tall and grows fast.
Known for their fleshy bright leaves when they are established, these succulents and require ample sunlight that’s why they go in the name of Campfire Plant. It’s worth noting that the campfire plant does not withstand colder temperatures so you will want to keep it in a place with favorable temperatures during the cold season.
This succulent is scientifically known as Crassula capitella or C. capitella and produces dainty white blooms during the summer season. You will want to grow this succulent in a place that isn’t disturbed since its flowers are breakable.
You can also grow this plant in small planters. The plant can grow up to a height of 0.75 feet and spread to 3 feet wide.
This succulent is also called the “paddle plant” or Kalanchoe luciae, scientifically, and produces fleshy and round leaves that look like paddles. The leaves have emphasized strong red hues beside the plant’s exterior.
This succulent produces yellow flowers during late winter and early spring thus making it a suitable plant to grow in your garden as you wait for the colder months.
The plant can grow up to 2 feet high and when exposed to full sunlight and a little stress, it turns to stunning rosy color.
Lipstick is a rare variety among the succulent family. Going under the scientific name of Echeveria agavoides or E. agavoides, this succulent creates bright red tips when exposed to full direct sunlight.
The lipstick is a small garden plant that looks similar to agave making it a suitable option for people who don’t like large-sized succulents. This succulent produces pink flowers that are coated with dark yellow hits beside the petal’s tips.
The plant can grow to 0.75 feet tall and is normally red.
Sticks on Fire
This succulent has a notable yellow to red color, density, and height and can grow up to 8 feet tall. Botanically, this succulent is known as Euphorbia tirucalli. From a distance, you could mistake this succulent with sea coral. It has fuller leaves and foliage. During the winter season, the plant gets bright red but in the warmer months, it reverts to a yellow tone.
This succulent is also called “Pencil Cactus” and its sap is toxic. The plant requires less watering and full to partial sunlight.
Golden Barrel Cactus
Our last colorful succulent in this list is the Golden Barrel Cactus which goes under the scientific name of Echinocactus grusonii. This succulent has a golden color and is engaging. You will notice this succulent due to its protruding pointy spines that resemble a web from afar. Just make sure you grow it away from reach by your kids. The succulent can grow up to 3 feet tall.
Other Colorful Succulents
The list of colorful succulents is endless as there are many of them out there we can’t exhaust them in this article. But here are a few we would want you to know.
Call it Crassula or “Baby’s Necklace” but this succulent plant is adorable. This succulent has a unique shape and has red-edged leaves piled like beads on a baby’s necklace. To keep it maintained, don’t let it soak in water as this can attract fungal diseases. It’s rose blush in color.
The Dragon’s Blood, also known as Phedimus spurius, is a succulent that can withstand colder temperatures and is usually grown as a groundcover. In late summer, the leaves change to bronze-red and in the fall, they revert to red again. If you have hanging baskets, you can also give your house a pop look with this succulent.
Morning Light Echeveria
Characterized by short stems and a rosette which widens to six inches in diameter, the Morning Light Echeveria, which is also scientifically known as Echeveria ‘Morning Light’ is an attractive succulent to grow in your garden. This succulent produces orange-red flowers and bluish-lavender leaves featuring pink tips.
Gold Tooth Aloe
“Gold Tooth Aloe” is also another kind of aloe that is rosette-like and multiples fast. This succulent is characterized by red-tinted, neon green leaves. The plant also has spine leaves but what makes it noticeable from a distance is its golden tooth- the spines are triangular and appear on the tips.. The science guys call this succulent aloe x nobilis because it’s a hybrid of the “aloe” and “nobilis”.
You can get this succulent in two different colors- golden and orange-red.
Sunset Jade Tree
Sometimes people associate Jade Plants with luck. If you give this plant to a friend, a colleague or a coworker, it’s a symbol of luck. Of course, this succulent originates from South Africa and will sparkly golden yellow with red margins when exposed to full light.
Also known as Crassula ovata “hummel’s” sunset, this succulent grows thick and forested branches. It’s always yellow.
If you want to know if the succulent is the “living stones” just check it properly. You will notice that the plant does not have stems but grows leaves that are united. The succulent looks like pebbles and you can get it in different colors .
Also known as Lithops, this succulent produces yellowish flowers.
Sedum Angelina can make a good groundcover since it does not grow tall but spreads on the soil. This succulent produces spine-like leaves that are bright yellow-green.
Zebra Plant comes in green and white colors and has zebra-like strips alongside its deep green leaves. This succulent is easy to grow and care for. Its botanical name is Haworthiopsis attenuate. Also, this succulent does not have a stem and is small in size.
Red Edge Echeveria
This succulent goes by the botanical name of Echeveria subrigida ‘Fire and Ice’ and is available in red. Just give this succulent 6 hours of direct sunlight each day and leave it to brighten up your house with its fire and ice appearance.
Call it Mangave “Macho Macho” if you like but this purple succulent is a beautiful addition to the décor of your house or garden. This succulent can grow up to 6 ft tall and is characterized by the thick fleshy purple-gray-green leaves. The purple color can be noticed over the plant though.
Well, this succulent grows modest yellow flowers but your house will shine brightly with its cute reddish-bronze shaded foliage. The good thing about this succulent is that its falling leaves can be used to propagate another succulent.
As you can see, there are just more than enough colorful succulents out there. If you are looking to give your house a bright color, you will always not miss suitable succulents for you. The same way if you want to give your friend a gift of a plant.
How to care for your colorful succulents
Succulents are common houseplants that don’t require too much maintenance to stay alive and healthy. They can survive even if you don’t pay close attention to them for longer periods. That makes them ideal for busy plant lovers.
Succulents originate from desert conditions and hence preserve their water in their leaves.
Well, you don’t have to ignore them completely just because they are enduring plants. You need to give them good care.
For this reason, you should follow these tips to give your succulents good care.
Give your colorful succulents sufficient lighting
If you want your succulents to shine bright, just give them the amount of sunlight they deserve. It’s that simple.
To enable your succulent to grow strong leaves and healthy, give it sufficient direct sunlight during the day. Besides, adequate sunlight can make your succulents colorful.
A good place to position your succulents would be on a south-facing window so that they can get direct sunlight the whole day.
Succulents require enough moisture to grow happier and healthy.
Watering colorful succulents- how often should you do it
As we have mentioned above, succulents originate from desert climates which means they can stay longer without water. For this reason, you don’t have to water your succulents regularly.
Here is the rule you should observe when it comes to watering your succulents.
Always wait until the soil in the container where you grow your succulents is dry before watering again. Although most indoor plants will require moisture at all times, succulents don’t. You keep the soil moist all the time and your succulent’s roots will rot. This will eventually lead to the death of your succulent plant.
Factors affecting how often you should water succulents
Usually, some factors affect how often your succulents need watering. They include:
Spring and summer are the active growing seasons of most succulents. This is when you are required to water your succulents a lot more often.
During these periods, succulents absorb more water from the soil to enable them to grow new roots, stems, leaves, and blooms. In this case, you may want to water your succulents three times a week but this depends on the light and temperature your plants are exposed to.
Succulents don’t actively grow during the winter season (November to March) and this is the time you will also want to reduce watering them to once or twice for the whole season. If you water your succulent too much during winter, you will kill it.
Amount of light
The amount of light your succulents get is also another factor affecting how often you need to water them. If you place your succulents in a place where they get adequate light at least 10 hours or more of full light, you will need to water them more.
The higher the humidity the less frequent you should water your succulents. Watering your succulents once or twice every week or two would do better.
If you grow your succulents in larger containers it means you use more soil and the soil holds moisture longer than soils in small and shallow containers. For this reason, the former needs less watering and the later needs frequent watering.
How to water colorful succulents
So you know how often you need to water your succulents but you are still unsure how to do it?
Here is the trick: Although succulents are desert plants where they get rain perhaps once per year when it rains, it pours. To water your succulents the right way, just imitate that. Pour water on your succulents until you see it escaping through the holes at the bottom of the container.
Once you have watered your succulents, wait for the soil to dry before you water again. Repeat this pattern on and on until your plants grow big.
When it comes to caring for your succulents, having a good draining pot with sufficient holes at the bottom is crucial. Also, the soil should not hold too much water for longer.
Compacted and moist soil will cause root rot.
Succulents propagate themselves but even if they don’t, it’s easy to do it.
Why do succulents change colors?
Well, it’s normal to see your succulents change color as long as you give them proper care.
However, certain factors could make your succulents to change colors. These include the amount of sunlight, water, and temperature.
Amount of sunlight
The same way succulents would stretch out due to lack of sufficient light is the same way they may change colors. The same way our skins react to the sun is the same way these plants react to it.
Our skin would release more melanin when exposed to the sun which makes the skin look tan to keep us from burning and the same way plants prevent themselves from sunburn.
When exposed to too much direct sunlight for a long period without water succulents produce anthocyanins and carotenoids to safeguard themselves. These two pigments make the plants to look purple, red, yellow, orange or blue.
You need to give your succulents the required amount of sunlight to maintain their bright colors.
Watering is also another factor that could change your succulent colors. If you water your succulents perfectly, they will have a green color. Deny your succulents enough water and they will revert to blush or change to different colors.
If you give your succulents a little torture, you will get to know their different colors. As a rule, keep your succulents watered less frequently to keep their colors shining bright.
Exposing your succulents to colder temperatures can also make them change colors. Usually, during the cold seasons, plants grow slowly and change color and shape to survive under low temperatures.
You will normally see succulents change to darker colors as this helps them attract heat. Ideally, you should keep the temperature at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature goes below that and above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you will start to notice a change in color in your succulents.
Give Your House or Garden a Beautiful Look!
So there you have it. These colorful succulents don’t require close monitoring and can give your house or gardens a beautiful look.