Top 10 Flashy Flowering Succulents to Grow

Top 10 Flashy Flowering Succulents to Grow: Consider all succulents boring and green? Again, think! Flowers on these succulents’ unusual foliage are bright.


Top 10 Flashy Flowering Succulents to Grow


Kalanchoe, pronounced “ka-lun-KOH-ee,” begins blooming in late winter after 6 to 11 weeks of long nights with 14 to 16 hours of darkness.

Why we love it: We love Kalanchoe’s clustered florets that last months without much care. When in season, you can find them in the oral section of your grocery store.



With thick, pliable leaves, hoyas are called wax plants. One of the easiest indoor plants to care for, it needs bright indirect light and infrequent watering.

Why we like it: These flowering succulents stand out with their sweetly fragrant blooms and attractive foliage. At least 5-year-old plants with long stems bloom more often.


Desert Rose

Desert rose is a succulent with a bulbous trunk that stores water. Water frequently in spring and summer, less in winter. Dormancy makes it prefer dry conditions.

Because we love it: Its large bloom clusters and cute chubby trunk make it tropical and interesting year-round.



Probably the most common outdoor flowering succulents in temperate zones, sedums thrive in poor soils and can withstand harsh temperatures.

Rock gardens and colorful displays.

Why we love it: We love Autumn Joy for its upright growth and dazzling fall blooms that attract late-season butterflies.


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Crown of Thorns

This irritating sap-producing plant is hard to love, but its brilliant color for months makes it worth it. This plant requires little care, so you won’t have to deal with the thorny stems often.

Why we love it: Crown of thorns hybridization offers new bloom colors like yellow, peach, pink, and white, in addition to traditional red.


Living Stone

The bizarre southern African plant is an ideal houseplant and must be seen up close to be appreciated. To simulate its sandy and rocky habitat, keep living stone nearly dry and in the sun.

What we love: Lithops look like stones most of the year. The rock splits occasionally, releasing daisy-like flowers.


Aloe Vera

Few know that this common plant produces a stunning flower spike. Aloe blooms vibrantly and attracts hummingbirds in warm climates.

Why we love it: For generations, cooks have kept a pot of aloe vera on the kitchen windowsill to soothe burns. Dry soil, cooler temperatures, and bright light help these houseplants bloom.


Prickly Pear Cactus

The South and West of the Americas are home to prickly pear, but some species can survive as far north as Canada.

We love it because: Bright red, yellow, orange, and pink cactus flowers produce a fruit with a light, sweet taste like melon.


Holiday Cactus

Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus are popular. Their care and blooming are easy. Like kalanchoe, these cactuses are short-day plants, so let them enjoy long dark nights in fall to start.

Why we love it: We love this flowering succulent because it’s easy to share. Root a cutting by pressing it into moist soil after a day or two of drying.



Sun-loving beauties produce tall bell-shaped blossom cascades on arching stems. Their offsets fill a pot and spill over with colorful, lush leaves.

Why we love it: We adore echeveria foliage for its beautiful rosettes, even before they bloom. Pink, peach, blue, and green.



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