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14 Beautiful Flowering Succulent Plants for Your Home or Garden

Succulents are wonderful low-maintenance houseplants and drought-tolerant garden plants. Many of them also produce beautiful flowers! These flowering succulent plants add cheerful bursts of color to xeriscapes and brighten up rooms and porches.

red sedum flowers

Most succulents prefer full sun or minimal shade and well-draining soil. If you live in a cooler climate, you can keep succulents as houseplants year-round or set them on the porch or patio in the summer. People who live in a warm climate may be able to keep them outside all year. Many of the succulents in the list below will overwinter in the garden down to USDA zone 9.

What types of succulents flower?

All succulent plants flower, but some rarely or never do so when grown in containers. Of those that will bloom in cultivation, many need coaxing, while others happily bloom on their own. Here are a few examples of genera that often produce succulent flowers: Crassula, Echeveria, Haworthia, Sedum, Sempervivum, and Senecio. The list below includes some of the best flowering succulents from each of these and other genera.

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When do succulents bloom?

As with all plants, the bloom time for succulents varies by cultivar and sometimes even by the individual plant. Echeverias tend to flower from late spring to early summer, but some full bloom in the autumn too. Aloe plant can blossom in summer, with a few preferring fall and winter. Succulents that usually bloom in fall and winter include kalanchoe, jade plant, and some hoya.

Some succulents are monocarpic, which means they flower only once before dying. However, they produce “babies” before flowering, sometimes to the extent that you might not even miss the dead plants. Aeoniums and sempervivums both fall under the category of monocarpic.

While the majority of succulents first bloom after four to six years, some will flower sooner.

14 Flowering Succulent Plants

1. Rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora)

Live Plant - Calandrinia spectabilis (Cistanthe grandiflora) Rock Purslane Plant

Rock purslane makes an excellent groundcover in zones 8-10, where it is late winter hardy. Its vibrant pink, poppy-like blossoms stand out against attractive gray-green foliage from summer through fall. As an added bonus, rock purslane rarely suffers from diseases or pests and is very easy to propagate and share with friends!

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2. Bear paw (Cotyledon tomentosa)

Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon tomentosa VAR - 2.5" Pot - Collectors

Bear paw gets its name from plump, fuzzy leaves topped with tiny reddish “claws.” Under the right conditions, it can display yellow to orange, bell-shaped blossoms. This succulent is winter hardy in zone 10.

3. Baby’s necklace (Crassula rupestris)

FOLIAGEMS Live Succulent Cactus Plants from USKC (2"Pot) (Crassula Rupestris)

The triangular, light green leaves of baby’s necklace have reddish edges and appear stacked on the stems. This beautiful plant becomes even more stunning when its clusters of tiny white, yellow, or pink flowers bloom. In zone 10 and warmer areas, it can be grown outdoors in a rock garden.

4. Compton Carousel echeveria (Echeveria ‘Compton Carousel’)

Echeveria 'Compton Carousel'

Echeveria, or hens and chicks, have a wonderfully long bloom time. Compton Carousel echeveria features striking blue-gray and cream variegated leaves punctuated by orange flowers atop a tall, arched stalk in the late summer. It’s winter hardy in zones 9-11.

5. Peacock echeveria (Echeveria peacockii)

Blue Echeveria Peacockii Succulents 4" Pot

Peacock echeveria has a soft, blue-green rosette up to six inches wide. One or sometimes more flower stalks arise from the rosette, topped by pink-orange blossoms. This less-common echeveria overwinters in zones 9-11.

6. Perle von Nürnberg echeveria (Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’)

4" Echeveria Perle von Nürnberg, 1-Pack Live Rare Succulent Potted with Soil Mix, Real House Plant for Party Favors Home Indoor Outdoor Garden Wedding Decoration DIY Projects Gift, Fully Rooted

In addition to coral, bell-shaped amazing flowers on a foot-high stalk, Perle von Nürnberg echeveria has gray-green leaves that turn lavender or pink, creating an ombre appearance. Its color is best in full sun, and it can grow outside in zones 9-11.

7. Zebra plant (Haworthia attenuata)

Haworthia Attenuata, zebra zebrina exotic rare succulent cactus plant cacti 4"

Looking somewhat like a dark green aloe with white stripes, the zebra plant belongs to a different genus that flowers more reliably, often annually. It sends up long stalks that produce numerous white flowers. Easy to grow as a houseplant, zebra plant will also thrive outdoors in zones 9-11.

8. Florist kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana 'Calandiva Red' | Easy to Grow Houseplant | Live Healthy Houseplant for Home Office Decoration (4.5 inch)

True to its name, florist kalanchoe produces masses of tiny clustered blossoms in cheerful hues of red, pink, orange, yellow, or white. It will usually produce blooms in the early spring, and while it is winter hardy in zones 10-11, it does best indoors and is kept away from drafts. Here’s how to grow kalanchoe blossfeldiana.

9. Living stone (Lithops sp.)

10x Colorful Rooted Lithops Sp - Live Plants Succulent More Than 1.5 Years

The unique succulent called living stone looks just like its name, with two plump leaves pressed tightly together like lips just above the succulent soil. The leaves themselves are gray, green, brown, or pink and produce a daisy-like flower in fall or early winter. These African plants are happiest indoors or in zones 10 and warmer.

10. Bunny succulent (Monilaria obconica)

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The adorable name of bunny succulent comes from its equally adorable appearance of bunny ears in the early growth stages. It eventually develops long, fuzzy, green to red leaves somewhat resembling spaghetti. In spring, it produces white, daisy-like flowers. Bunny succulent is winter hardy in zones 10-11.

11. Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessii)

Christmas Cactus - Live Plant in a 4 Inch Pot - Schlumbergera Bridgesii - Beautiful Indoor Tropical Succulent

Considering a holiday cactus? The popular Christmas cactus often blooms in time for the winter holidays with lovely trumpet-shaped blossoms. It has segmented, drooping, long stems and is usually grown as a houseplant, though it can overwinter in zones 10-11. The similar Easter and Thanksgiving cacti are also named for their bloom times.

Learn how to prune a Christmas cactus to keep it blooming.

12. Jelly bean plant (Sedum rubrotinctum)

4 inch (LN) Sedum rubrotinctum 'Aurora' Pink Jelly Bean SuccuIent pIant

Cheerful jelly bean plants have plump leaves that resemble beans and range in color from green to red. It produces tiny, yellow, star-shaped showy flowers and often self-propagates. Grow as a groundcover in zones 9-11 or keep as a happy houseplant.

13. Cobweb hens and chicks (Sempervivium arachnoideum)

Huge Sempervivum Cobweb Hen and Chicks Succulent in 6” Pot

The tight, cabbagelike rosettes of cobweb hens and chicks appear to have a netting of white cobwebs over their surface. After producing a tall stalk of pink, starry flowers, the plant dies — but don’t worry! It will have already produced many “chicks” that will continue the cycle. This fun plant is winter hardy down to zone 5!

14. String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

4" String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus), Live Trailing Succulent Fully Rooted in Pots with Soil Mix, Rare House Plant for Home Office Wedding Hanging Decoration, DIY Projects, Party Favor Gift

A unique, elegant succulent, string of pearls features long, trailing stems of spherical leaves. In winter or spring, it produces fuzzy white flowers that reportedly smell like cinnamon. Although typically kept as an indoor hanging plant, string of pearls is hardy in zones 9-12.

A few honorary mentions

  • pincushion cactus (Mammillaria)
  • red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
  • jade plant (crassula ovata)
  • peanut cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)
  • marble buttons (
  • pincushion cactus (Mammillaria)
  • red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
  • jade plant (crassula ovata)
  • peanut cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)
  • marble buttons (Conophytum calculus)
  • Easter cactus (Hatiora gaertneri)
  • pink ice plant (Delosperma cooperi)

Who knew so many succulents produce such lovely flowers, even as houseplants? They are some of the easiest plants to care for and require little water. Many have beautiful colorful flowers that bloom throughout the growing season, and they also have dark green leaves (depending on the type of succulent).

They come in a variety of colors, are drought-tolerant plants, typically like sandy soil, and will do well in pots and containers. Some people enjoy collecting different types of fun pots for their own succulents, too, yet another reason they are a great choice. And there are so many different types of succulents, there is something for everyone.

I’d like to try growing some living stones and, well, let’s be honest – all of them! Which flowering succulents will you introduce to your home or garden?

14 beautiful flowering succulent plants
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Serena Manickam is a freelance editor and writer and sustainable market gardener in rural Virginia. She holds a BA in environmental science and runs Fairydiddle Farm, a small market garden in which she grows no-spray produce and herbs to sell at a local farmer’s market.

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