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30 Popular Flowering Succulents Perfect for Both Indoors and Outdoors

These plants are famous for their thick leaves and thorns, but they can awe people with flowers, too. Grow these flowering succulents, and you can witness their awesomeness by yourself. Here is the list of 33 popular species, which are flawless to be both indoors and outdoors.

1. Afterglows (Echeveria afterglow), Outdoor Flowering Succulents

Afterglows Outdoor Flowering Succulents
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Afterglow belongs to outdoor flowering succulents, but that does not mean you cannot grow it indoors. It is claimed to have the most charming blooms amongst the echeveria genus. That is why it should grow outside so that other people besides you can visually enjoy its attractiveness.

With lavender-pink ombre foliages and reddish flowers, afterglow defines itself as an otherworld plant from a beauty point of view.

Other flowering succulents from echeveria varieties are black prince, Echeveria imbricate, frank reinelt, Fred ives, Mexican snowball, Perle von Nurnberg, purple pearl, and ruffles.

2. Flowering Succulents from Aloe Genus

Flowering Succulents from Aloe Genus
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By aloe genus, it means the entire varieties, for example, Aloe albiflora, Aloe vera, baker aloe, Christmas sleigh, coral fire, karoo aloe, tiger tooth aloe, and toothless torch aloe. All of these types of flowering succulents have enticing flowers many know nothing about.

3. Baby’s Necklace (Crassula rupetris)

 

baby necklace has light green leaves with red edges
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The baby’s necklace foliages spiraling around the stalk form a lovely tricky pattern. Every leaf appears in light green with scarlet red edges. More exposure to sun and cold will intensify the color combination. It is then added by the blooming of yellow, white, and pink flowers.

4. Calico Kitten (Crassula pellucida)

 

calico kitten with colorful heart-shaped leaves
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To say calico kitten is a unique plant is not an overstatement. It is indeed quirky with colorful heart-shaped leaves. They can appear in cream, fuchsia, light green, pink, yellow-green, and even dark purple when they dry. Small flowers of yellow and white will also come up at the edge of the stem.

5. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)

Commonly known also as holiday cactus or crab cactus
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Commonly known also as holiday cactus or crab cactus, this succulent with pink flowers on long stems is impeccable to be a gift during a specific season. Not only grow in roseate, but its blossoms can also be seen beautifully in the shades of red and purple.

6. Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)

Siamese lucky plant and this might best represent the category of flowering succulents
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As a productive bloomer, crown of thorns, known also as Siamese lucky plant, might best represent the category of flowering succulents. It blooms successfully indoors and grows easily outdoors in any kind of season but winter.

7. Desert Rose Plant (Adenium obesum)

Desert Rose Plant will appear throughout the year when grown in hot climates with full sun
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Although it belongs to flowering succulents’ plant type, its fat trunk often makes desert rose to be showcased as a specimen of bonsai. In cold regions, it will bloom during summer and spring. Meanwhile, the flowers will appear throughout the year when grown in hot climates with full sun.

Its glorious flowers that could emerge in pink, red, and white might bewitch you, yet be cautious of the sap. It is poisonous and can cause lethargy as well as upset stomach if ingested.

8. Doris Taylor (Echeveria)

Doris Taylor It gets the hairy appearance
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What a cute little thing, a Doris Taylor is. It is like to see some pet coming out of a pot. It gets the hairy appearance, thanks to the tiny fuzz that covers all surfaces of the leaves. At the tips of every foliage, a reddish tinge is seen. When exposed to heat and cold, it then gets bolder.

Doris Taylor produces charming orange flowers, which contrasting the green-silver leaves.

9. Echeveria peacockii

Echeveria peacockii of Flowering Succulents
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Go for Echeveria peacockii if you are into not-so-pampered flowering succulents as this plant needs easy care. Without difficult maintenance, the results it produces are beyond expectations. The leaves show in gray-blue color combinations with pink edges.

When mature, flowers will bloom in bell-shaped and rosy pink that lasts at least for a few weeks.

10. Emily Cobweb Houseleek (Sempervivum arachnoideum)

Emily Cobweb Houseleek of Flowering Succulents
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Once you see the leaves’ surface of this flowering succulent, you will get the idea of where the name comes from. Well, it appears that cilia cover the green foliages with patterns, which similar to spider web. Its pink flowers form in star shape and bloom on protruded stalks.

Growing Emily cobweb both indoors and outdoors will be faultless. A simple container will do, but you could go more aesthetical by planting them in an alpine house, rock garden, scree bed, trough, or wall crevice.

11. Flowering Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

Flowering Kalanchoe of Flowering Succulents
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Also known for its other name, flaming Katy, flowering Kalanchoe is an evergreen plant that grows in varying sizes and different colors of flowers. When grown indoors, it will be best to place around the window.

It is because this species demands high exposure of sunlight, yet its existence there will beautify your windowsill.

12. Francesco Baldi (Graptosedum)

Francesco Baldi of Flowering Succulents
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As a hybrid succulent of a jelly bean and ghost plant, it has the look of the two specimens combined. Its plump leaves take after Sedum pachyphyllum, while the pastel trait is derived from Graptopetalum paraguayense.

The shades it appears in are those of pink, lavender, and blue. Meanwhile, the star-like shaped flowers bloom in yellow and white.

13. Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense)

Ghost Plant of Flowering Succulents
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Though it is named after ‘ghost’, its appearance is not even close to something scary. Rather, it belongs to those of idyllic flowering succulents with subtle pastel shades. Some plants produce star-like shaped flowers in white, while some others show light yellow.

The thick leaves are pointed, flat, and form a pattern of rosette. The picture tells you one.

14. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade Plant of Flowering Succulents
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If you are in the middle of houseplant gardening, include this succulent with white flower on your collection. This plant can grow up to 4 feet tall indoors under ideal conditions. The smooth deep green leaves and the star-shaped flowers are its main assets.

The flowers can also appear in pink; they will be seen when winter is almost over or during the blooming season.

15. Jelly Bean Plant (Sedum rubrotinctum)

Jelly Bean Plant of Flowering Succulents
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Originated from Mexico, the jelly bean plant is known also for its other name ‘pork and beans’. The sleek foliage’s appearance strengthens the image of something sweet and edible, whereas it is not, everyone. Its small fat bean-like green leaves are there for aesthetic purposes only.

The dark red shade will show at the tips of the leaves if the plant gets more exposure to cold weather and natural light. It is amongst the sprawling flowering succulents that bloom star-like shaped flowers in bright yellow.

16. Lifesaver Cactus (Huernia zebrina)

Lifesaver Cactus of Flowering Succulents
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It is so easy to spot lifesaver cactus amongst other flowering succulents. Its flawless star-shaped flowers with donut-shaped ring and zebra patterns are what make this plant distinguishable. Do not grow them in cold climates and winter season since they cannot bear low temperatures.

In hot areas, lifesaver cactus will grow beautifully both indoors and outdoors. Just pay close attention to any mealybugs as they cause huge damage to this plant.

17. Marble Buttons (Conophytum calculus)

marble buttons have a hairless and smooth surface
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This plant visually lives up to its names. Due to the cute marble-like shape, people often call it with different nicknames accordingly, like button plants, cone plants, dumplings, and living pebbles. The bonny form turns out to be the leaf.

Unlike many spiked flowering succulents, marble buttons have a hairless and smooth surface. Its flowers bloom only during autumn nights, releasing a scent similar to clove. The shades range from yellow to gold to deep orange.

18. Mexican Snowball (Echeveria elegans)

Mexican Snowball with green-gray foliages and reddish-pink edges, Mexican snowball could not be prettier
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As the name implies, this succulent is originated from Mexico. With green-gray foliages and reddish-pink edges, Mexican snowball could not be prettier. The funny thing is the roseate shade could be seen stronger when the plant is overexposed to drought and temperatures.

It blooms flowers in coral-rosy pink and bell-shaped that last for weeks if not longer.

19. Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum hybrids)

This plant will serve you the best view when hung in a basket
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This plant is the close relative of the Christmas cactus. It will serve you the best view when hung in a basket. The big flowers dangle at the end of long broad jagged stems. Their petals can appear in orange, pink, purple, red, white, yellow, and even bicolor as seen in the picture.

20. Peanut Cactus (Echipnosis chamaecereus)

Peanut Cactus has smooth spines, thus it is not harmful to kids and pets.
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The name is derived from how the plant resembles peanut shells. The flower heads are large and bloom abundantly in bright deep orange and white. This flowering succulent has smooth spines, thus it is not harmful to kids and pets.

It demands a different amount of sunlight exposure according to the climates. In cold regions, peanut cactus requires full sun but not so much in hot areas.

21. Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria crinita)

Pincushion Cactus will be a nifty decoration in children’s rooms as well if it is not for its hooked spines.
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People often have pincushion cactus in their collection of flowering succulents for its good traits, such as drought-tolerant, easy to grow, winsome flowers, and cute ball shape. It will be a nifty decoration in children’s rooms as well if it is not for its hooked spines.

22. Pink Ice Plant (Oscularia deltoides)

The pink ice plant is originally from South Africa
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The pink ice plant is originally from South Africa. It produces triangular quirky leaves with serrated edges in the green-blue shade. You can see hints of reddish-pink on the stems and the margin of the leaves. It grows sprawling and spreading out.

When mature, it blooms freely without regarding any kind of season. Once bloomed, it could cover the ground with numerous flowers in pink-magenta shade.

23. Purple Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi)

Purple Ice Plant with the needle-like leaves are what makes it notable
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This flowering succulent might remind you of daisies as both of them share similar flower shapes. They bloom throughout summer and autumn. The needle-like leaves are what makes it notable.

People often arrange a purple ice plant to be a ground cover for its ability to spread fast and grow the right size of up to 4 inches tall. A sunny spot and well-drained soil will be its culture.

24. Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

Red Yucca with beautiful succulent flower stalk makes it extraordinary
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Its appearance may resemble an ornamental grass, but the beautiful succulent flower stalk makes it extraordinary. This plant requires low maintenance and has an extreme tolerance of heat as well as drought.
Red yucca will strive well in hot climates, yet it can grow indoors, too, as long as you have a sunny window.

25. Rock Purslane (Calandrinia spectabilis)

Rock Purslane yang hanya bisa bertahan selama sehari setelah mekar
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Once bloom, rock purslane’s flowers can only last for a day. Nonetheless, after these magenta petals plants die, the new ones are always ready to continue the show during blooming seasons. The flowering succulents plant identification is easy due to its protruded stems above the impenetrable foliages.

26. Ruby Ball (Gymnocalycium mihanovichi)

The ceramic ruby ball is cute and placed on your workstation can refresh the work environment
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Grow ruby ball in a cute little ceramic vase, place it above your workstation and it can liven up as well as refresh the work environment. The top body is chlorophyll less, so it does not need any light absorption whatsoever.

The colors of its top body vary in 17 different full shades, including orange, red, purple, yellow, and white. Imagine how colorful your office desk will be with flowering succulents’ series of ruby balls.

27. String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)

The string of bananas leaves resemble the specific fruit in green
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The string of bananas is named well. The plump leaves resemble the specific fruit in green. Originated from South Africa, Senecio radicans is closely related to the other flowering succulents from the same genus, especially to the string of pearls.

This succulent produces flowers in white. When you see one, go closer, and smell the fragrance. Your smelling sense will encounter a nice scent of spiced cinnamon-vanilla.

28. String of Buttons (Crassula perforata)

genus, string of buttons show a color combination of bluish-green with bright pink edges
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Appear similarly to the other flowering succulents of crassula genus, string of buttons also show a color combination of bluish-green with bright pink edges. They do not protrude, but sprawl instead. When the flowers bloom, you can witness a beautiful small yellow and white appearance.

29. String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

String of Pearls has green and fat leaves with a nut-like shape
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String of pearls is one of the most adored flowering succulents out there. Its fat and green leaves with pea-like shape grow downright as in trailing. Due to this fact, Senecio rowleyanus is perfect as a hanging plant. Not to mention, it produces white fuzzy blooms with a fragrance of spiced-sweet cinnamon.

30. Zebra Plant (Haworthiopsis attenuata)

Zebra Plant will beautify your desks and work stations
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Zebra plant is named after its black and white striped appearance on the leaves. It belongs to small to medium-sized flowering succulents, thus perfect to beautify your desks and work stations. With a glance, you might mistake it as one of the aloe plants due to their resemblance in the leaves’ shape.

It may be a little bit difficult to see the blooms, but once they show, you will know that it is for real. They will not miss the chance to bloom numerously every year in repeat.

These 30 flowering succulents are not the only ones in the category because many more are yet out there waiting for you to find them. Although all of them will bloom eventually, some measurements still need to be done to support their life cycle.

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