What varieties of succulents bloom? Do succulents generally bloom? Although not all succulents bloom freely when grown, quite a few of them do. Some succulents will bloom every year if given the correct conditions and care. Here are 18 stunning succulents that, when ready, bloom freely.
More than 200 species of the succulent plant genus Crassula have been identified. The crassula varieties of my succulent plants seem to flower the most easily, in my experience. You should grow the following flowering crassulas in your garden:
Crassula ovata, sometimes known as the “jade plant,” is a succulent that is native to Mozambique and South Africa. It is not surprising that they are so popular given how adaptable and simple to care for they are. Star-shaped, white or pink flowers are produced by the “Jade plant,” Crassula ovata.
a lovely stacking plant with spiraling leaves that wrap around the stem in an exquisite arrangement. The leaves have a light green tint with scarlet red margins that become more intense with exposure to more sun and cold. With its cheery clusters of pink, white, and yellow blooms, Crassula Rupestris brings even more color to a plant that is already vibrant.
These South African-native succulents are incredibly beautiful. They spread out, and the leaves look as though they are piling up on top of one another. The edges of the bluish-green leaves have rosy pink borders. Clusters of tiny white and yellow blooms are produced by them.
The Crassula Pellucida ‘Calico Kitten,’ also known as Crassula Marginalis Rubra Variegata, is a stunning plant with many great, distinctive characteristics. The leaves’ hues range from pale to yellow-green, as well as pinks, fuschias, and creams. When excessively dry, the purple hue of the heart-shaped leaves might deepen. They produce tiny, cheery flowers in white and yellow that will make you happy.
Echeverias come in a huge variety of shapes, colors, and variations. Echeverias frequently have dazzling, striking blooms. The blossoms are vibrant and highly eye-catching. You can enjoy them for weeks or even months because they bloom for a long period.
This attractive echeveria, which is native to Mexico, has gray-green leaves with pink-reddish edges. When the plant is “stressed,” or exposed to extremely high temperatures and dryness, the pink hue stands out more. Beautiful, vibrant pink, bell-shaped flowers in a coral color are produced, and they bloom for weeks or even months.
a hybrid echeveria with pink edges and blue-gray leaves. These hybrid echeveria plants are simple to care for and will bloom when they are ready. Echeverias have lengthy bloom stalks from which its flowers emerge. A single plant frequently has two or more bloom stalks emerging from it. The vibrant pink, bell-shaped flowers bloom for weeks or perhaps months.
a hybrid echeveria with silver-green leaves that are fuzzy. The plant appears to be hairy because of the little amounts of fuzz that coat its leaves. With exposure to heat and cold, the crimson hue on the leaf tips becomes more pronounced. Orange-colored flowers with vivid, appealing blooms are produced by the shrub.
Because of the distinctive way they grow, succulents are really popular right now. The stems are trailing and can get as long as a few feet. This is why they make gorgeous hanging plants or plants that cascade down a tall container. They are much more stunning when they are in blossom. Some of the most well-known flowering Senecios include these two:
One of the most sought-after succulent plants is undoubtedly Senecio Rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls. These plants are perfect for hanging or trailing since they have thick, green, pea-shaped leaves that can go on for ever. They produce white, fluffy flowers with a fragrant aroma reminiscent of cinnamon.
The String of Pearls and Senecio Radicans’ “String of Bananas” are extremely similar. Both plants are indigenous to South Africa and have long stems that trail. Senecio Radicans has green, hefty leaves that resemble little bananas. These bushes likewise bear white, fluffy flowers with a smell of cinnamon and vanilla.
One of the easiest and lowest maintenance succulent plants is the sedum (Stonecrop). They can be planted in the ground in temperate zones due to their simplicity. They produce these cheery small star-shaped flowers pretty freely, which makes them more desirable.
Sedum Rubrotinctum, often known as “Jelly Bean Plant” or “Pork and Beans,” is a plant native to Mexico that has little, chubby, bean-shaped leaves that are green in color. When under stress or exposed to greater sunlight or freezing temperatures, the tips become a deep crimson color. The thin stems spread out as they enlarge. These plants bloom with cheery tiny yellow blooms in the form of stars.
Sedum Treleasie, a plant native to Mexico, has hefty, blue-green leaves that are firmly tucked around the stem. The stem has a maximum height of 12 inches (30 cm). When exposed to more sun, the leaves’ tips can transition from light green to yellowish. By creating offsets, this plant can readily propagate on its own. Bright yellow, star-shaped flowers that can bloom for weeks are produced by this plant.
The lovely “Ghost Plant” Graptopetalum Paraguayense features delicate pastel hues. The pointy, flat, and thick leaves are thick. The arrangement of the leaves has meticulously sculpted the rosettes. The star-shaped flowers that this plant bears enhance its beauty. The flowers are pale yellow and white in color.
hybrid plants with graptosedum. Graptosedum is a cross between the plants Graptopetalum and Sedum. There are several hybrid succulent plants made by the crossing of two or more species. Flowers from hybrid plants typically resemble those of the parent species. Look at this hybrid Graptosedum:
The plant Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’ is a cross between Sedum pachyphyllum ‘Jelly Beans’ and Graptopetalum paraguayense ‘Ghost Plant,’ and the blooms likewise resemble those of the two hybrids. This plant has thick, pastel-colored leaves that are pink, lavender, and blue in hue. The star-shaped blossoms are either white or yellow in hue.
Haworthias are diminutive to medium-sized succulents that look a lot like aloe plants. Compared to aloe plants, haworthias flower more frequently. The blossoms are not very spectacular and are somewhat understated, but once they bloom, they consistently bloom every year. There are also a lot of blossoms.
Oscularia Deltoides is a South African native with jagged-edged, triangular, blue-green leaves. The margins of the leaves have pinkish-reddish tinges. This plant has a propensity to sprawl and expand. When fully grown, it produces lovely magenta-pink flowers that are free-flowering and can cover the entire plant.
Monocarpic plants simply refer to those that die after flowering. For this reason, monocarpic plants are often known as “the bloom of death.” A few succulents are monocarpic. Aeoniums and sempervivums are the two most popular varieties.
Aeoniums and sempervivums typically produce bright, stunning blooms and are monocarpic. Up until the entire plant becomes one long flower stalk, the bloom stalk emerges from the plant’s rosette’s core. The blossoms are colorful and impossible to overlook. They continue to bloom for several weeks or even months.
Aeoniums and sempervivums are plants that naturally develop offsets or baby plants around the mother plant, so if you have a few of them growing in your yard, the death may go unnoticed. The mother plant has already created a lot of young plants around it by the time it blooms. Long after the mother plant has passed away, these plants will continue to thrive and procreate, carrying the torch.
The foliage of Aeonium ‘Black Rose’ is a dark purple almost black color. The rosettes have a flower-head form. From the rosette, the plant branches out to create offsets or young plants. The flower stalk emerges from the flower head’s center to form a single, long flower stalk. The blooms can last for a long period in bloom and are often pink or yellow in hue. There is nothing you can do to stop the flower stalk from emerging once it has begun, so why not take pleasure in the process?
The aeonium known as “Blushing Beauty” is a hybrid of two distinct aeoniums. The color of the leaves can change from lime green to burgundy depending on the temperature and amount of light. By spreading out and creating offsets, the plant spreads. The blooms, like those of other aeoniums, emerge from the middle of the rosette and have a lengthy bloom stalk. The blossoms can be fairly spectacular and are often pink or yellow in hue. The mother plant, from which the flower is derived, perishes after blooming. As long as the offsets don’t blossom, they will keep expanding and procreating.
a peculiar-looking plant with what looks to be cobwebs all around it. It is a monocarpic shrub with lovely blossoms. The flowers have a lovely magenta pink hue and can last for a few weeks in bloom. There is nothing you can do to stop the plant from blooming, so just take in the beauty it creates.
There are more succulents than just these 18 that bloom. There are plenty others. There are strategies to encourage succulents to bloom, even though all succulent plants will eventually bloom. It’s important to create the ideal atmosphere for succulents to flourish. Visit my previous posts for additional information on this subject of flowering succulents:
Are there any blooming succulents?
Succulent plants have varying blooming periods. Although echeverias typically bloom in late spring to early summer, they can also bloom in the fall. Although aloe vera usually blooms in the summer, it can also bloom at other seasons of the year. Several varieties bloom in the fall and winter. In the autumn and winter, jade, kalanchoe, rhipsalis, and certain hoya also blossom.
Regrettably, some succulents are monocarpic, meaning they only have one flowering cycle. For example, the stunning aeonium and the cold-tolerant sempervivum perish after blooming. However, they will give birth to offspring before flowering, carrying on their line.
Most cacti and succulents begin to bloom between the ages of four and six. Others might reach their peak earlier.
Do all succulents grow flowers?
No. Succulent plants don’t always bloom. Some plants may not flower at all, while others may take years to mature. While some succulent species require a maturation period before they are ready to flower, certain succulent species flower freely even while they are young.
Growing conditions and environmental factors can play a significant role. The appropriate temperatures, a lot of sunlight, and an atmosphere that resembles their native habitat are all things you can do to promote blooms.
Do I need to let my succulents bloom?
Succulent flower cutting or leaving is a matter of personal preference. Many people adore the flowers because they are so lovely. Fans of succulents might also try cultivating succulent seed or letting insects and birds consume the nectar.
Succulent flowers are a bug magnet, so it’s not always a good idea to let them finish their show. Sure, insecticides can be used to kill mealybugs and aphids, but doing so could also kill beneficial insects that are already in trouble and vanishing from the planet.
My recommendation is to remove the blooms when pests are seen or when they begin to naturally wither; otherwise, they can be left and appreciated.
What does the succulent that resembles a flower look like?
Popular water-storing houseplants come in a variety of intriguing forms and sizes, from cacti that resemble little dolphins to succulents that resemble bunnies. One indoor plant in particular looks as delicate as a flower; in fact, it resembles a rose, in contrast to the spiky, hard appearance of many succulents.
The “rose succulent,” also known as Greenovia dodrantalis (or mountain rose), is indigenous to the Canary Islands, which are located off the coast of Spain. The rosettes have tightly stacked leaves that mimic tiered flower petals in bloom. Rose succulents usually develop in groups and only grow to a height of 6 inches. These tough little plants, despite their diminutive size, may live a long time and don’t need a lot of water. This makes them the ideal substitute for a traditional bouquet of roses, which would fade within a few days.
Although rose succulents are normally blue-green in color, we recently came across a rare pink kind that has an even stronger roselike appearance. No matter what color they are, Greenovia dodrantalis are hard to get in stores, thus it is worthwhile to purchase their seeds and grow them yourself. Before your plant takes on a rose-like appearance, it may take up to two years. However, once it is grown, you may separate the pups (also known as offsets) from the mother plant to grow new plants, giving you an endless supply of lovely rose succulents.
View more images of rose succulents below and purchase your own seeds on Etsy.
Why aren’t my cacti blooming?
Even if they are growing beneath a bush in the wild, arid-land plants benefit from abundant direct and indirect light that can be challenging to replicate indoors. The majority of cacti thrive well in windows on the east or south. To create the food necessary for blooming, most succulents require sunshine for half of the day, ideally in the morning. There is not enough light for flowering if the growth of succulents with leaves or stems that should be compact is open and slack. Globular cacti won’t flower if they are reaching for the light. Only a few varieties of succulents, including some aloes, haworthias, and gasterias, will bloom if kept in complete shade. Grow succulents under grow lights if there is insufficient natural light.