Succulent plants are popular because of their fleshy leaves that retain water. In addition to being extremely unusual in shape and size, flowers make an even greater statement.
Thick leaves contrasted with various colorful flowers make these succulents some of the most gorgeous ornamental plants.
In this article, you will be introduced to some amazing blooming succulents!
- List of Blooming Succulents
- 1. Aeonium Kiwi
- 2. Aloe Vera
- 3. Blushing Beauty
- 4. Christmas Cactus
- 5. Flaming Katy Kalanchoe
- 6. Baby’s Necklace
- 7. Donkey Tail
- 8. Echeveria Elegans ‘Mexican Snowball’
- 9. Echeveria Peacock
- 10. Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
- 11. Graptopetalum Superbum
- 12. Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’
- 13. Haworthiopsis Attenuata ‘Zebra Plant’
- 14. Ice Plant
- 15. String of Pearls
- 16. Hedgehog Cactus
- 17. Pincushion Cactus
- 18. Ruby Necklace
- 19. Jelly Bean Plant
- 20. Monk’s Hood Cactus
- 21. Cocoon plant
- 22. Peanut Cactus
- 23. Jade Plant
- 24. October Daphne
- 25. Euphorbia Biglandulosa
- 26. Crown of Thorns
- 27. Conophytum Calculus
- 28. Adenium Desert Rose Plant
- 29. Rock Purslane
- 30. Orchid Cactus
- 31. Ruby Ball Cactus
- 32# Moonstone plant
List of Blooming Succulents
1. Aeonium Kiwi
Kiwi succulents are known for their multicolored rosette-shaped foliage. The predominantly green foliage turns yellow towards the edges and is framed by a bright pink color.
Aeonium Kiwi is a flowering succulent with stunning yellow flowers. It needs some time to produce the first blooms, however, this might be a good thing because it belongs to the Monocarpic category of succulents which die immediately after the first blooming.
Bonus Tip: To preserve the pink edges, these succulents need direct sun exposure 6 to 8 hours a day!
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a famous medicinal plant. You will distinguish Aloe from other flowering succulents by the long spiky leaves that grow from the base of the plant. The leaves are green and the edges are covered with small thorns.
Trumpet-shaped succulent flowers bloom stalks from the center of the plant and are usually orange-red or yellow.
Bonus Tip: The thick leaves are covered with a water gel, while inside they contain a liquid that is used as an antiseptic and helps with itching and burns.
3. Blushing Beauty
The Zwartkopf Aeonium species have very attractive blushing rosettes. The foliage is light green with a pinkish-red blush on the edges. Stalks are usually 6 feet tall.
Pale yellow blooms may form on the bloom stalks, but this will, unfortunately, cause the plant to die. Blushing Beauty belongs to the Monocarpic flowering succulents, meaning they die after they bloom.
Bonus Tip: Propagate these succulents as soon as you see them blooming!
4. Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus has bright-colored blooms. The long stems are composed of a series of fleshy succulent leaves. Decorative tubular pink-purple flowers bloom at the very top of the stem.
These plants are distinguished by an unusual flowering period that starts in November and lasts until January, mostly around Christmas.
It is often called Easter Cactus or Thanksgiving Cactus because it blooms during these holidays. The official scientific name of these flowering succulents is Schlumbergera Bridgessii.
Bonus Tip: It is said that if you keep Christmas Cactus in your closet at night, two months before the flowering period, it will sprout amazing flowers. During the day, bring them back to light.
5. Flaming Katy Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe species include all plants with succulent fleshy leaves and attractive colorful flowering. Kalanchoe is better known as Widow’s-thrill and Flaming Katy.
They produce waxy foliage covered with clusters of bright orange, yellow and purple flowers. These succulents bloom all year round.
Precisely because of the fleshy leaves that retain water, these succulents need watering at most once a week during summer. In winter, reduce the amount of water even more.
Bonus Tip: The soil must be well-drained and mostly dry. The leaves fall off and turn yellow when the Kalanchoe plants are overwatered.
6. Baby’s Necklace
Baby’s Necklace has a rather unusual look! The chubby stems are decorated with star-shaped leaves that grow spirally packed on top of each other. When exposed to direct sunlight leaves turn red.
Crassula Rupestris’ name originated from the Latin word Crassus which translates as thick, implying the fleshy leaves. Rupestris is translated as rock, implying the high endurance of long stems.
Make sure that the soil is well-drained and that the plant does not sit in excess water on the tray. This species is very susceptible to fungal diseases.
Bonus Tip: When grown in warm climates, it is necessary to water once a week, while in cold climates it is enough to water once a month.
7. Donkey Tail
Oblong fleshy greenish-blue clusters look perfect in the hanging baskets! Burro’s tail or Lamb’s tail can be almost 13 feet long. Chunky teardrop-shaped leaves are lined on long stems.
Tiny red flowers sprout from the leaves mostly in clusters at the very top of the stem and add to the unique appearance of this succulent.
Bonus Tip: They thrive in desert-like soil conditions. Choose sand or soil mixture for cacti. The morning sun exposure is the healthiest for the Donkey Tail.
8. Echeveria Elegans ‘Mexican Snowball’
Of all the Echeveria succulent plants, Mexican snowballs are the most popular! They produce gorgeous rosettes of silvery-blue foliage. They are otherwise called White Mexican Roses or Mexican Gem. Echeveria Elegans is a Hens and chicks variety because they bloom stalks on the mother plant.
Originally from Mexico, as their name suggests, these easy-to-grow plants are accustomed to semi-desert habitat.
Bonus Tip: Never flood them and do avoid any soil that retains water, as it can cause the leaves to fall off. Also, always choose a well-draining cacti substrate.
9. Echeveria Peacock
Silver-blue reflected rosettes, make a perfect ornamental plant! Peacock Echeveria has gorgeous foliage covered with wax which serves as sun protection.
It is also called the “Mexican hens and chicks” because like some other flowering succulents and cacti they produce baby blooms on the mother plant.
These blooming succulents are not monocarpic, instead, they produce gorgeous pink flowers each year. Long stalks with bell-shaped bloom in the summer.
Bonus Tip: It needs a lot of bright sunlight to maintain the intensity of the colors.
10. Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
Wolly rose is a recognizable succulent plant. Pale green leaves, covered with tiny white hairs, turn red when exposed to the sun. Doris Tailor forms attractive rosettes up to 7 inches wide and 13 inches high. Echeveria requires direct sun exposure.
Bonus Tip: These plants don’t tolerate low temperatures, so it is recommended to move them indoors during the winter and place it in the sunniest location in the home. In early summer you can place them outdoors again.
11. Graptopetalum Superbum
Graptopetalum is a lovely flowering succulent, recognized by its pale flattened rosettes. Juicy lavender purple leaves make it look rich and refined. Another interesting feature of this succulent is that foliage is covered with protective epicuticular wax.
Magnificent green leaves are contrasted with bright yellow succulent flowers with red anthers. They flower in the transition period between winter and spring.
Bonus Tip: This amazing plant can be grown as a houseplant, but it can thrive in a garden if you live in warmer climates.
12. Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’
Francesco Baldi is a durable succulent suitable for hanging baskets. The main feature of these flowering succulents is the lovely green foliage that turns pink-orange when exposed to full sun.
These flowers’ succulents form in clusters with long 5 inch stems. White and delicate flowers bloom during spring and late summer.
They can be easily reproduced, and even when the leaves fall to the ground it can lead to the formation of a young plant – if the soil is suitable!
Place these succulents in sunny parts of the garden, as they need full sun or partial shade to grow properly.
Bonus Tip: They prefer to be planted in the outdoor garden rather than indoors to adapt easily to different climatic conditions.
13. Haworthiopsis Attenuata ‘Zebra Plant’
The unusual Zebra plant is often confused with Aloe Vera. Although irresistibly similar to Aloe due to the spiral shape, the Haworthia Attenuata only belongs to the same subspecies as Aloe Vera. Pointy green leaves have lovely embossed white zebra stripes.
Extraordinary Zebra cacti can be grown indoors as well as outdoors. They are perfect for growing in ornamental terrariums. Choose locations with plenty of sunlight, or partial shade.
Bonus Tip: Zebra plant care requires low watering, only when the top of the soil is dry. Provide well-draining soil, ideally any cacti mixture.
14. Ice Plant
Ice Plant has the brightest colored flower of all succulents and cacti! Large daisy-like pink flowers make a lovely contrast to the evergreen succulent leaves.
Foliage is usually green, but it becomes darker as the temperature drops in the winter. Ice Plant can be up to 6 inches tall and 3 feet wide.
It was named an Ice Plant because white covering hairs look like an ice dew all year round. These succulents bloom most intensively during spring and summer.
Bonus Tip: If you want your fabulous Ice Plant to bloom, it needs at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. If your plant is located in the shade, likely, it will not bloom, as you would prefer.
15. String of Pearls
Senecio Rowleyanus is a very popular succulent vine with amazing beaded stalks. It is a graceful hanging plant that can be grown indoors or outdoors. A string of Pearls will decorate your home or garden with the unusual string of ball-shaped green leaves. These plants are easy to grow indoors, but will also thrive outdoors in dry and warm conditions.
These succulents bloom dwarf fragrant white flowers, with tall anthers. They are very discreet but have an extraordinary cinnamon scent.
Unlike most succulents, these plants prefer to be in partial shade than in direct sunlight because they can easily get burnt.
Bonus Tip: Another discomfort you want to avoid is root rot, so water moderately and sparingly. Provide desert-dry soil such as sand, fine gravel, or cacti soil mixture.
16. Hedgehog Cactus
Hedgehog blooming plant is just made up of opposites! Tender lavender-purple blooms and sweet juicy fruits grow on rough stalks covered in sharp thorns. This succulent grows in clusters of 4 inches tall prickly stems. They grow in clusters almost 10 feet wide! Each areola has up to 20 spines of 3 inches each.
The fruit is edible but intended mainly for birds and rodents. It is unusually egg-shaped and covered with thorns, while the interior is red-orange and tastes like strawberry! These cacti bloom from February to May and produce fruits after!
Bonus Tip: Echinocereus engelmannii prefers full sun or partial shade. It is best to water once in two weeks during the blooming period.
17. Pincushion Cactus
The Pincushion cactus is a member of the Mammillaria family, mostly native to the United States and Mexico. This is a small species of cacti that can grow up to 6 inches.
It is mostly shaped like a ball covered with white thorns. This unusually prickly cactus can also produce blooms if the conditions are right.
Bonus Tip: In early spring, add cactus fertilizer and water the plant for the first month of spring.
18. Ruby Necklace
Othonna Capensis is one of the rarest flowering succulents in the world! Originally from South Africa, this exotic succulent plant belongs to the Asteraceae family. This flowering succulent produces small daisy-like yellow flowers throughout the year. The slender stalks are ruby red in color, enriched with oblong fleshy leaves.
Bonus Tip: Ruby Necklace is one of the succulents which do not thrive in cold conditions. Try to keep the room temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid placing these plants anywhere near air conditioners.
19. Jelly Bean Plant
Jelly Bean is usually described as a chubby plant with red leaf tips that look like jelly. Sedum Rubrotinctum is usually described as a chunky plant of jelly-like leaves that turn bronze-red in bright light. Cabbage succulents form in clusters and each stalk grows upwards until they reach a certain height and then start to lean.
These perennial plants are successfully grown in hanging baskets but also make a unique addition to any garden. Although not grown for its flower, Jelly Bean is a sedum flowering plant. Tiny yellow star-shaped flowers grow abundantly in winter and spring, while the plant is young.
Jelle Bean can thrive in arid areas with low humidity, so it is important to grow them in similar conditions.
Bonus Tip: Like many other succulents, this plant does not need a lot of water to grow, so keep the soil moderately dry. If you plant them in the garden then rainwater will provide just enough moisture.
20. Monk’s Hood Cactus
Monks Hood is a unique blooming chubby cactus that is often descriptively called the “Star Cactus” or “Sand Dollar Cactus”. Starshaped grayish succulent cactus is covered with thorns and has tiny spots on the surface that protect it from the strong sun. The stalk is 11 inches wide and can grow to a height of 6 feet.
In addition to the unusual geometric shape, this succulent blooms lovely pastel-yellow flowers with the most pleasant fragrance.
Bonus Tip: Monks Hood is a low-maintenance plant. If you grow it indoors, place it on a window with plenty of light and water once a week. When the plant enters the dormant phase and needs half as much water.
21. Cocoon plant
Senecio Cocoon is an astonishing plant that looks like a bush covered with winter frost. The cylindrical cocoon-like leaves are completely covered with silver hairs that make it look almost white. The contrast to the gray icy appearance is created by bright yellow flowers on the tops of thick stems.
Senecio Havorthii is sensitive to excessive watering because it directly affects the growth of stems and root rot. Like most succulents, this species prefers drought rather than flooding!
Bonus Tip: It is best to plant them in a succulent or cacti soil mixture. You can make a combination of potting soil or sand with perlite. The substrate must allow the soil to dry quickly enough.
22. Peanut Cactus
Echinopsis chamaecereus makes an astounding decoration with its clustered spiky stalks and bright orange flowers. Although spikes are pretty soft, they look rough!
For some people stalks irresistibly resemble peanuts, while others think they look more like human fingers! In early summer the long stalks become filled with stunning flowers.
This cactus is grown as a houseplant in hanging baskets or outdoors, if not exposed to low temperatures.
Bonus Tip: It almost doesn’t need watering at all, especially during the cold months! You can water it during the summer when the soil dries at least the first two inches.
23. Jade Plant
Crassula Ovata is known as the money tree. According to Chinese Feng Shui, this plant brings prosperity and happiness. Dark green oval succulent leaves grow along upright tall stems.
This tree-like plant blooms pink or white flowers when the conditions are right. If they bloom it usually happens during the cold months.
Bonus Tip: Provide the site with a few hours of sunlight each day and high humidity during the summer. During fall and winter water half as much, and avoid adding any fertilizers.
24. October Daphne
Stunning clusters of star-shaped flowers bloom at the end of summer and late autumn, while the round green-gray leaves make a nice contrast. The flowers are usually soft pink, red, or yellow. The long 12-inch stalks look wonderful in hanging baskets.
Bonus tip: These ornamental succulents do not like shade, so place them in locations with lots of daylight. They tolerate drought very well, so if you plant them in containers, choose well-drained soil.
25. Euphorbia Biglandulosa
Silver Spurge is a unique plant up to 6 feet tall. It grows as an upright shrub with spirally coated stalks and green-blue lanceolate leaves. Clusters of lime flowers bloom at the top of the stems in the late winter months.
As the plant matures, it acquires a reddish-brown color of bracts and leaves, and the flowers die. Beware, this attractive plant has a toxic white fluid that can cause poisoning and allergic reactions.
Bonus Tip: Dry dark brown flowers need to be pruned. Pruning is done after the flowering period and significantly improves the growth and health of the plant in the following season.
26. Crown of Thorns
Euphorbia Milii is a succulent shrub with branches covered with dense sharp spines. These succulents are often called Christ Plant or Christ thorn because of their thorny stalks. Young plants bloom narrow ovate leaves and the flowers sprout throughout the year under good conditions. Multicolored flowers are formed in clusters along the stem or at the very top.
Bonus Tip: Crown of Thorns loves warm climates! It thrives best at temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Protect this plant from frost and temperatures below 50 degrees.
27. Conophytum Calculus
flowers, Perhaps one of the strangest succulents ever! They look like small pastel-green eggs that open in the middle to let the fragrant flower sprout. The individual leaves form a spherical membrane around the body of the plant. The body of the plant has no stalk and it is very smooth under the leaf membrane. New leaves are formed inside the body of the plant, the old leaf membrane begins to dry and fall off.
But that’s not the most interesting thing! The spice flowers that sprout from this plant have a wonderful carnivorous scent and open exclusively while you sleep – at night! The flowers sprout in autumn and are usually yellowish-orange.
Bonus Tip: Do not plant them in oversized containers as this species is accustomed to growing compactly, so choose smaller pots.
28. Adenium Desert Rose Plant
As its name suggests, this is a desert succulent from Africa and parts of Arabia. Adenium Obesum belongs to the Caudiciform category due to a dense, wide stem 3 feet wide. Lavish pink flowers and oval leaves grow abundantly in early spring and look like the canopy of this charming succulent tree. It is important to note that this plant is poisonous, so keep it away from children and pets.
Bonus Tip: As we mentioned, the natural environment of Adenium Obesum is dry sandy soil and full sun exposure, so try to mimic these conditions. Midday Sun exposure helps the flowers to sprout, so place them in sunny locations!
29. Rock Purslane
Calandrinia grandiflora is a succulent flower native to Chile. These succulents bloom almost all year round in certain parts of the world. Rock Purslane has an interesting feature. Bright magenta flowers open during the day and close again in the late evening. Dense succulent leaves extend up to 9 feet in width.
Bonus Tip: This is another species that prefers dry well-drained soils. It needs occasional watering during the colder months, but avoid watering during the summer because it is very resistant to drought.
30. Orchid Cactus
Who doesn’t love orchids? In fact, although it was named Orchid Cactus, this plant is an Epiphyllum and not an Orchid. It is an epiphyte cactus that absorbs all the necessary substances from the air. It looks extremely decorative hanging from a container with its 2 feet long flat leaves which serve as stalks.
Flowers sprout at the top of the stems. They are lush and huge, reaching 8 inches wide. Luminating red, white, or yellow petals bloom in spring and summer.
Although thorns are associated with all cacti, the orchid cactus is a lovely ornamental plant without thorns!
Bonus Tip: This species barely needs any water, approximately once every 10 days. This epiphyte is accustomed to a dry surface and will prefer well-drained soil to constantly moist soil.
31. Ruby Ball Cactus
Ruby Ball Cactus doesn’t bloom regular flowers! This easy-to-grow cactus is popular because of its colorful ball-shaped tip that is often confused for the flower. Authentic floral-like extensions can be multicolored, red, yellow, or orange and have prickly clusters on the surface.
Also known as the Moon Cactus, these plants do not last long because it often happens that the two parts separate due to the difference in growth rate.
Bonus tip: If the coil between the colorful offspring and the mother cactus breaks, you can save your plant by grafting the top onto a new mother cactus. It is recommended to graft in the spring.
32# Moonstone plant
Pachyphytum oviferum is a striking plant with chunky almond-shaped leaves, native to Mexico. Moonstone plants can be found in several colors from faded blue-gray to purple and pink. As many as 15 tightly packed leaves can be found on just one four-inch stalk. The surface of the foliage is covered with a coating of silver wax.
These succulents are pretty decorative even without flowers, but just imagine how divine it looks with bell-shaped reddish petals. Interestingly, hanging clusters of flowers bloom on a separate stem in the center of the plant. Rosettes remain intact even after flowering, which usually occurs in late winter and early spring.
Bonus tip: Moonstone is a plant that thrives in warm climates at temperatures of 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. That is why it is best to store it inside in a sunny location, preferably on the south window.
Although succulents are mostly grown as houseplants because of their unusual shapes, we believe that you will now prefer the flowering succulents!
Even some monocarpic species that die after flowering can be easily propagated and maintained for many years. These breathtaking succulents will make an amazing addition to your collection!