Succulent Varieties That Survive Anything

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Aloe ‘Blizzard’

A new and distinct Aloe cultivar named ‘Blizzard’ is disclosed, characterized a very compact, upright plant habit, strong foliage with bright white variegation, and frequent flowering periods. Plants freely produce offsets. The new variety is an Aloe, typically produced as a garden or container plant.

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String of Pearls


Also called rosary string of beads or string of pearls plant, this creeping succulent is an odd looking plant that many people enjoy adding to their indoor gardens. Though the flowers may seem small and unattractive to some people, if they’re even lucky enough to get them, others find the faint white blooms (which smell a bit like cinnamon) quite welcome. Still, it’s the thin thread-like stems and fleshy round, bead-like leaves that make this unusual houseplant a great addition to the home.




Mini Pine Tree

Crassula tetragona is an evergreen up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall. The narrow, almost needle-like foliage and sparsely branched, shrubby, tree-like habit of this South African native have caused it to be misleadingly dubbed “miniature pine”. The apple-green, awl-shaped leaves occur in well-spaced pairs along fleshy upright stems that can reach waist height. Stem is woody with brown bark. Dense clusters of small creamy-white flowers appear at the branch tips in spring and summer.






Graptoveria Titubans

This succulent is a hybrid between a Graptopetalum and Echeveria. It has striking grey-green coloured, fleshy spoon-shaped leaves growing in a rosette on a stem. It is a popular groundcover plant in rockeries and water-wise gardens.







Sedevaria Jet Bead

Sedeveria ‘Jet Beads’ is a distinctive hybrid of Sedum and Echeveria, with dark bronze tinted green foliage surrounding short sprawling stems, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. The pointy tipped leaves are arranged along stems like a string of beads and take on a near black tone in cooler weather, giving this plant its cultivar name. It has yellow flowers in summer months.







March Succulents

Calico Kitten

Adorable trailing succulent with colorful, heart shaped leaves in shades of rose, pink, cream and green. Adds great color to hanging baskets or containers, on porch, patio or indoors. Tuck in to spill over rock walls or path edges. Effective as a ground cover in waterwise gardens.







Irish Mint

Echeveria ‘Irish Mint’, forms rosettes of mint green, upswept tubular leaves. Profuse bouquets of larger golden orange flowers. In habitat, many Echeverias grow on rocky out croppings at higher altitudes. In this habitat, the water drains quickly away from the roots of the plant, never allowing the plant to remain waterlogged, thereby reducing the possibility of root loss and root disease. For this reason, it is essential in cultivation to use a very porous soil, which will allow quick drainage.





Blue Elf

Succulent plant, Sedeveria ‘Blue Elf’ is a Hybrid. This super cute succulent is a breed between Sedum and Echeveria. This plant grows rambling, clustering leaves. The ‘Blue Elf’ is a perfect addition to any arrangement or as the center piece to any container garden.








The Echeveria Minima is native to Mexico. It forms small tight clusters, and has small orange bell shaped flowers in the spring. This plant is a blue/green in coloring. While it is never truly blue blue, it does take on bluer tones during different seasons.







Little Gem

Cremnosedum ‘Little Gem’ or ‘Little Gem Stonecrop’: Dense clumps of bronze green rosettes turn red in full sun. Star shaped yellow blooms. Miniature ground cover. Adds interest to container plantings. Nice house plant. Full sun to part shade.





Sempervivum Mix

Sempervivum is a genus of about 40 species of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae family, commonly known as houseleeks. Other common names include liveforever and hen and chicks, a name shared with plants of other genera as well.

February Succulents

Ripple Jade

Crassula arborescens subsp. undulatifolia is a succulent shrub, up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall, with elliptic, bluish-grey, twisted and erect purple edged leaves. It has very stout succulent branches and a natural bonsai-like aspect with compact rounded heads of whitish star-like flowers.






Donkey “Burros” Tail


This plant eventually grows to 4′ long which will take around 6 years or so. As it grows it gets very thick with those trailing stems heavily laden with overlapping plump, juicy leaves which form a groovy braided pattern. As you can imagine, a mature plant gets very heavy. This plant is not for a flimsy pot with a flimsy hanger. It’s best grown in a hanging basket, in a large pot like mine, in a pot that hangs against a wall or trailing out of a rock garden.






Anacampseros Sunrise

Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata, sometimes known as ‘Sunrise’, forms clusters of very succulent rosettes. The intense rose, lime, and emerald green colors of the leaves give the impression of glittering jewels. Leaves are violet pink on undersides. Large pink flowers appear in afternoon in summer.










Black Knight


Striking succulent forms dark, nearly black rosettes. Salmon-red flowers in autumn and winter attract hummingbirds. Dramatic foliage adds wonderful contrast to succulent plantings and rock gardens. Well-suited to containers, both indoors and out. Evergreen.



Zebra Haworthia

Haworthias are dainty succulent plants which are frequently compared to Aloes, this is hardly surprising since they are both members of the Asphodeloideae family. Haworthias are almost always small and very (very) slow growing plants but tend to look brilliant in unusual containers or interesting soil mixes. As a result they can make fantastic easy care gifts and presents for people, suiting either a home or office desk environment.

January Succulents


x Sedeveria ‘Letizia’ (Lety’s Sedeveria) – A beautiful small succulent branching at the base with a cluster of stems that grow to about 8 inches tall with 2 1/2 inch wide rosettes bearing many tightly arranged 1 inch long green deltoid shaped leaves with fine hairs along the margins. The older rosettes sit atop slender bare stems while younger ones have leaves the length of the stems. The leaves turn red in the sun with colder temperatures in winter but are green in summer or when grown in shade.



Echeveria Parva grows in a mat of icy blue rosettes. Bright red spots of color adorn the leaf tips. This is a smaller echeveria variety (in latin, parva means dwarf). For best results plant in full to partial sun. Bicolor bell shaped golden and orange flowers appear in spring and early summer.

Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a good root system. Great variety for containers, windowsills and in rock gardens. Grows well in rocky, unimproved soil.





Jelly Bean

The jelly bean plant, also called pork and beans, is an interesting succulent plant that displays jelly beanlike leaves. In the summertime its leaves change from green to bright red, and it bears yellow flowers in the springtime. This colorful succulent does best in hot, sunny apartment balcony gardens and will look best as a “ground cover” in plant containers underneath tall plants with a small footprint, such as a jade plant pruned to look like a tree. The jelly bean plant will also look stunning in a short, squat container set on a table or in a hanging window frame-like plant container.






Anacampseros Purple Giant

Anacampseros growing subshrub succulent of the genus Anacampseros, Anacampseros perennial evergreen used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics climate or as houseplant.

Leaves color green, purple, red or can be more than on color, shape can be round, linear, wedge or lanceolate, on some species grow hair.

Flower color purple with five petals with yellow stamens, flowers grow on the stems








Echeveria ‘Chroma’ is a hybrid created in California. New Echeveria with great potential due to it’s exciting color and form. Looks best during the winter months. The rosette is up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. The shiny, fleshy leaves are beautiful deep rose to maroon in color.

December Succulents

California Sunset

The Succulent Plant Graptosedum California Sunset. A succulent plant that boasts beautiful coloring resembling the shades of the sky on a perfect California Sunset. What a wonderful way to have your own California Sunset everyday.







Flaunt your color-contrast creativity with the unique coppery-orange-gold foliage of this exciting, EASY to grow succulent. Compact, trailing & ground-covering “Coppertone Stonecrop” grows to only 8” tall, but spreads densely to 2’-3’ across, making it a great choice for a filler or front of bed edger, especially when combined with other colorful trailers like ruby leaved Sedum ‘Voodoo’. Nice in combo containers & hanging baskets, too. Brightest color comes from growing in full sun. Slightly scented white flower clusters appear in Spring.



Little Jewel

Pachyveria glauca ‘Little Jewel’ is an intergeneric cross between Pachyphytum and Echeveria, with rolled pointed foliage of the former and forming the tight rosettes of the latter, in a beautiful shade of dusky blue gray, with red and wine tints. Foliage stays under 6″ tall.












Echeveria ‘Chroma’ is a hybrid created in California. New Echeveria with great potential due to it’s exciting color and form. Looks best during the winter months. The rosette is up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. The shiny, fleshy leaves are beautiful deep rose to maroon in color.








Tiger Jaw

Tiger’s Jaw lives up to its common name. The sharp spines that edge the pairs of speckled leaves look like the teeth of a ferocious tiger. Their low-growing habit and unusual leaves make a spectacular addition to a succulent dish garden.










November Succulents

Lime and Chili Echevaria


Echeveria ‘Lime n Chile’, forms concentric rosettes of chunky lime green, slightly translucent leaves that often are blushed reddish at tips. Offsets prolifically to form attractive clusters. Flowers are larger than some Echeverias, and are a bright tangerine, with darker orange outer petals and much visited by hummingbirds for their nourishing nectar.






Bashful Graptoveria


This succulent has small plump petals that can range in a variety of hues. Most come with green leaves that turn into a pinkish color towards their tip or rim. These are hardy plants that like porous soil with good drainage, and enjoy limited direct sun. I particularly like this Echeveria when it has been stressed and becomes a deep orange color. Graptoveria Bashful will be great in a container or garden setting. Sunset zones 8 and 12 -24. Water when soil is dry.






Painted Lady Echeveria

Echeveria derenbergii (Painted Lady) – This succulent creates small rosettes (3 inches across) of triangular-shaped leaves that are green with red margins. Yellow flowers with red tips bloom on stalks in the spring. It will spread to about 3 feet. It does its best in full sun, with low water requirements. It is hardy to about 15 to 20 degrees F.


Debbie Graptoveria

The name Graptoveria is a combination of Echeveria and Graptopetalum. Due to this mixed parentage they form a diverse genus, but most are low growing, cultivated for their beautiful shapes and colors.

Graptoverias, are beautiful and easy to grow of all the Echeveria-like succulents in cultivation. Generally, they are hardier than Echeverias and certainly fast growing and easy to start from cuttings (leaf or stem)

Moonglow Graptoveria


Graptoveria ‘Moonglow’ forms low rosettes of pale, milky aqua with star-shaped golden flowers complete with burnished amber tips and speckles.








October Succulents

Senecio Haworthii Cocoon Plant

Senecio haworthii (Woolly Senecio) A perennial succulent dwarf shrub to under 1 foot tall with stunningly attractive upright cylindrical succulent leaves that are pure white due to the fine white hairs covering all surfaces of the leaves. This plant is known to produce bright yellow flowers on a short terminal inflorescence but we have never seen this species flower in cultivation. Plant in full sun in an open airy location with well-drained soil and water sparingly, allowing soil to dry between watering – it is an easy plant to rot if given too much water or shade. Best not wet the foliage and to be kept drier in winter months. Cold hardy to at least 22 F. Probably one of the most beautiful of the succulent Senecio that can be grown in a well-drained soil or mounded planting or as a very attractive container plant – great in a terra cotta pot as this shows the foliage well and allows soil to dry.

Kalanchoe tomentosa “panda ear”

This native to Madagascar species from the kalanchoe genus makes a nice addition to any succulent plant collection, grown indoors.

The panda plant being a succulent type species grows thick leaves for water storage purposes, which means watering less often for the grower. These leaves are covered in tiny hairs that give the plant a velvety look and feel.

Last thing! Be careful with this one if you have pets or children. All parts of this succulent are poisonous if ingested! Otherwise, enjoy your fuzzy little Panda Plant in all of its fuzziness!

Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Chocolate Soldier’

Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Chocolate Soldier’ (Chocolate Soldier Panda Plant) – An interesting and attractive small slow growing succulent subshrub that grows to about 2 feet tall with narrow slightly concave and elliptical succulent pale brownish green leaves that are covered in tiny hairs, giving the plant a velvety look and feel. Along the upper leaf margin and tip is a raised slightly toothed rim that is reddish on new leaves and matures to a rusty brown color, giving this plant a very unusual two toned appearance. In summer can appear, clustered atop 18 in stall stalks, the yellow green flowers with dark brown petal tips, but flowering is not that common. Plant in a well-draining soil in full sun to part shade (requires protection from full sun in inland desert areas) and water only occasionally to very little.

Echeveria Doris Taylor

Every summer in my garden, the Echeveria cristata ‘Woolly Rose’ (a.k.a. Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’) sends out colorful flowers that look like candies.  The rosette foliage of this plant is covered evenly with a thick mat of trichomes that gives it a velvety appearance – thus the name Woolly Rose.   Not only the plant is beautiful but it is also a source of nectar for the hummingbirds (Fig. 2).  Whenever my plants bloom, I move the ones that are in pots to a place where we can enjoy the view from the kitchen window.


adromischcus  key lime

The leaves are fuzzy, wedge-shaped and plump, with lovely crinkles at the end. The crinkled edges turn slightly red when it’s getting enough light. A. cristatus grows bright red, adventitious roots along the stems.

It likes bright light, but too much sun and heat will cause it to bleach and wrinkle in a very sad manner. It needs to be watered when the soil dries out, and should be planted in standard succulent/cactus soil with excellent drainage. You can grow new ones from leaf cuttings.


September Succulents

Gollum Jade

Unique among jade plants, ‘Gollum’ has tubular green leaves that become tinted red along their concave tips when weather becomes cooler. Small starry white or pinkish flowers provide additional ornament from spring to fall. Mature specimens are very compact, so this is a good choice for smaller containers and garden spaces.

Almost everyone knows the ever-popular jade plant. This South African succulent is a rubbery-stemmed evergreen shrub with fleshy bright green leaves that look outstanding year round. In late-winter or spring it produces a wealth of tiny, starry white or pinkish flowers borne in small clusters. It is best known as a popular house plant, which can reach substantial proportions over the years, but also makes an outstanding landscape specimen in arid regions where winters are very mild.



Description: Slow growing pretty hybrid up to 15 cm tall, good as ground cover or in hanging basket.
Stem: Stiff, but the plant will fall down due to the weight.
Leaves: Light greyish-green to dark green appearing a nice bright green overall, opposite, thick, elliptic no larger than a thumb nail. The keel or bottom of the leaf is rough at the tip, which is pointed.
Flowers: Forms dense clusters (up to 5cm wide) of scented, starry pale pink flowers with red center with a bright pink overall, that that contrast nicely with the small, dense, mounded silver foliage
Blooming season: The primary flowering time is winter to early spring. However, this hybrid flowers, though less profusely, much of the year, or at least throughout much of winter, all spring, and most of the summer. Plants will flower at a small size and should flower each year.



Crassula perforata ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Necklace Vine) – This is a relatively fast growing “stacked” Crassula from South and Eastern Cape Province of South Africa north to Natal. It is somewhat shrubby and sprawling plant to 18 inches tall with secondary branches nearly rising vertically bearing short broad ovate opposing leaves that are congested at the leaf tips and inconspicuous pale yellow flowers in spring. This form has leaf margins that often have reddish tinges and is quite showy. Plant in a well drained soil in full coastal sun to light shade – needs some protection from midday heat in hot locals but the brighter light brings out the red tones and plants will flower more. Irrigate only occasionally to regularly.


Tom Thumb

Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’ is a charming miniature plant with tiny triangular leaves in opposing ranks on stems. The tiny mint green leaves have colorful reddish edges especially in bright light. It is topped by clusters of tiny white flowers in spring. Similar to Crassula perforata, ‘Tom Thumb’ is thought to be a hybrid cross as described in the Lexicon of Succulent Plants by Hermann Jacobsen as a cross between Crassula rupestris ssp. rupestris and Crassula rupestris ssp. marnieriana. Crassula “Jade Necklace” is considered a hybrid between Crassula falcata (“Propeller Plant”) and Crassula marnieriana. Forms shrubby stems with short, ovate grayish-green triangular leaves. Leaves are very fleshy and margined with rose-red in bright light.


Compact Jade

Leaves appear approximately as a   Green-yellow and   Radical Red

Compact mini jade grows as a perennial and is a flowering houseplant / succulent. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Compact mini jade normally grows to a mature height of 1.51 metres (that’s 4.92 feet imperial).

South Africa is believed to be where Compact mini jade originates from.

Compact mini jade is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow – great for beginner gardeners!




August Succlents

Echeveria ‘Perle Von Nürnberg’ – A beautiful rosette-forming succulent that has interestingly colored acuminate leaves that are a pale grayish brown with pink highlights and have a white powdery dusting, sometimes referred to as pruinose.

The leaves overlap nicely in 5 to 6 inch wide solitary rosettes that eventually grow up on a slender stem. The flowers, which appear in summer on 1 foot long reddish-stemmed inflorescences, are a corral pink color on the exterior with a yellow interior.



Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ – (Black Hens and Chicks) – This succulent plant produces clumps of short rosettes up to 3 inches wide with thin dark triangular, blackish leaves.

These leaves first emerge greenish but darken to a deep lavender brown and with age the lower leaves widen out to as much as 1 inch at the base with an acuminate tip that has fine yellow edges. In late fall to early winter appear the dark red flowers on short stalks.

Plant in full sun (best color) or light shade in a well-drained soil with occasional irrigation in spring and summer months.







Echeveria ‘Ramillete’ is a hybrid Echeveria that forms rosettes of fleshy frosty green leaves with red tips and tangerine bell-shaped flowers. This succulent adds a bright, cheery appearance to the floral bouquet.

Excellent for dish gardens and in rock gardens. In habitat, many Echeverias grow on rocky outcroppings at higher altitudes.









Echeveria pulidonis – This slow growing succulent has stemless rosettes to 4 to 5 inches wide of many (25 or more) fleshy incurved red-edged pale bluish-green leaves that are flat to slightly concave on the upper surface and rounded below with a distinct red tip.

Though often seen as solitary, it will offset to form a good size clump over time. In spring the bright yellow flowers tip multiple unbranched reddish stems that bend over with the weight of the flowers.

Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun to light shade – bright light enhances red edges.





Lola is a variety of Echeveria Leisel which is a member of the Echeveria family. Its botanical name is Echeveria ‘Lola’. An evergreen, so it will retain its leaves throughout the year. Lola is known for growing to a height of approximately 5.85 inches.

It is a succulent / ornamental that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

This variety tends to bloom in early spring.

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