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The 10 Most Stunning Flowering Succulents To Grow

When we think of indoor plants that give us lovely flowers, we tend to miss out on succulents. Most succulents bloom at a specific time of the year, and it's such a stunning sight to our eyes to see flowers popping out from our little green buddies. Today, we've gathered ten types of low-maintenance, spectacular-flowering succulents that you can grow indoors to add colour and visual interest to your space.

While succulents can be propagated through leaves or stem cuttings, they are angiosperms, meaning their flowers get pollinated to create seeds. They must maintain this ability to sprout from seeds to diversify their gene pool. Flowers are the most natural part of a plant's life cycle, and succulents are no different. Succulents, like all plants, have an innate tendency to bloom at some point during their lives. Some of these fuss-free house plants produce tiny flowers, while others produce huge, showy blossoms.

flowering colourful succulents and cacti

What is Monocarpic?

Do you know that certain species of succulents die after flowering?

Yes, they do. And we give this phenomenon the name "monocarpic," also known as "death bloom." Regardless, it is simple to distinguish which succulents die after flowering from those that do not.

Plants like Agave and Houseleeks (Sempervivums) are monocarpic succulents, meaning that once the mother rosette blooms, it dies. And the family is continued by offsets (chicks) that grow from the mother rosette.

What is Polycarpic?

Polycarpic plants can reproduce and bloom multiple times before dying. This phenomenon is applied to most succulents that bloom multiple times during their lifetime and continue to thrive. In polycarpic, or non-death-bloom succulents, the flower stalk emerges directly from the centre of the rosette. Bringing home a polycarpic plant like an echeveria, dracaena, or aloe vera means you won't have to worry about them dying once they bloom.

Now, let's do a quick rundown of the most interesting succulent flowering plants that may be grown indoors:

 

1. CACTI 

Let's begin with the most versatile and classic succulent, cacti. The most spectacular and showstopping flowers are those of the Cactaceae family. There's a whole lot of variety in this big, beautiful family, and you may take your pick! Large, showy blossoms of vivid hues are a common occurrence in cactus blooms.

Since this family comes in over 2,000 species, we've chosen a handful of the best flowering cacti to get you started.

a) Spiny Pincushion Cactus

This cactus variation is native to Mexico and contains over 200 subspecies. The majority of varieties are rounded, conical, or cylindrical, remain compact, and produce exquisite flowers with vibrant pink hues.

Bloom Time: Spring, summer

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Pink

 

b) Bunny Ear Cactus

This easy-to-maintain cactus goes by several other names, including "angel's wings cactus," "polka dot cactus," and "Opuntia microdasys" if you want to sound fancy. It blooms gracefully when planted on the ground. But it gives birth to bowl-shaped, radiant yellow flowers even if it's grown indoors.

Bloom Time: Mid-spring, late fall

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Yellow hues

 

c) Spider Cactus

This unusual cactus is easily recognized by its long, curved leaves that look fuzzy and resemble spider legs. This cactus is one of the best options for flowering cacti since it produces enormous pink flowers.

Bloom Time: Early spring, summer

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: White, pink

 

d) Dwarf Turk's Cap Cactus

It's impossible to resist the cuteness of this cactus, which resembles a group of green dwarfs wearing bright red or orange caps. This cactus originated in Cuba and has copper-coloured spines that produce pink, orange, and red flowers.

Bloom Time: Mid-summer

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Orange, red, yellow, pink

 

e) Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus' flowering season is the inspiration for the plant's common name. If you want to brighten up your home with some vibrant, stunning pink hues, this cactus is one of the most colourful flowering cacti you can get. These are relatively low-maintenance cacti, but they do require special care if you want them to flower. This species, which is indigenous to Brazil's tropical forests and coastal mountains, has been known to live for decades.

Bloom Time: Autumn, winter

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Fuchsia (most common), red, pink, yellow, white

 

f) Moon Cactus

The sight of a moon cactus is enough to awe any succulent fan. The Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, or Hibotan cactus, is a genus of cacti that is endemic to the arid regions of South America. This cactus has been grafted, meaning it relies on another plant, called a "host," for sustenance. This succulent, with its colourful ball of yellow, pink, and red colouration perched atop the cactus like a hat, is hard to overlook. As a bonus to any room's decor, a moon cactus is a must-have.

Bloom Time: Late spring, early summer

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Red, pink, yellow, orange

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2. SEDUMS  

Sedums, or stonecrops, are one of the easiest and low-maintenance succulents that are used as ground covers and to create aesthetic living walls. They come in tons of varieties and colours, and so do their blooms.

a) Sedum Rubrotinctum Aurora

This colourful succulent has a bean-like shape, and hence they're referred to as Pink jelly beans. It's a cold-hardy succulent, meaning it can tolerate cold weather. Intense red colouration appears at the tips of the green leaves when they are subjected to freezing temperatures or direct sunlight. Small, star-shaped, yellow flowers bloom from this succulent. It is refreshing to look at!

Bloom Time: Summer, mid-spring

Leaf Colour: Green, dark pink, red

Flower Colour: Yellow

 

b) Sedum Treleasei

This succulent, which is endemic to Mexico, is characterized by its green, rounded leaves that are arranged densely around the stem. This variant of sedum has its own producing factory of offsets that continue to take on the growing process. A beautiful sight is the appearance of star-shaped, bright yellow flowers at the plant's crown.

Bloom Time: Summer, Autumn

Leaf Colour: Green, blue

Flower Colour: Yellow

 

3 . ECHEVERIAS

This succulent has a diverse collection of species. You can enjoy the show for weeks or even months thanks to the long-lasting flowers produced by the many different variants of this succulent.

 a) Echeveria Peacockii

This undemanding echeveria is a fuss-free, attractive succulent that has its leaves in a beautiful rosette form. Echeveria peacockii blooms with natural sunlight from winter to summer. Flowers spring from a central rosette, and the leaves range in colour from green to pink and blue-tinted.

Bloom Time: Summer or Spring

Leaf Colour: Green, blue

Flower Colour: Orange, pink

 

b) Echeveria Elegans

This is one of the most stunning succulents you could ever hope to display in your home. This plant's rosette-shaped leaves give it the appearance of a massive rose. It has greyish-green foliage and blooms with coral pink and yellow flowers in a lantern shape.

Bloom Time: Early Spring

Leaf Colour: Green, grey

Flower Colour: Coral pink, yellow, orange

 

c) Echeveria Doris Taylor

This hybrid echeveria's complete rosette of brightly coloured leaves is adorned with thin white hairs, lending the plant an appealing fuzzy look. It produces bright orange flowers that are similar to the E. elegans variant.

Bloom Time: Between spring and fall

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Bright orange, yellow

 

4 . CRASSULA 

Crassula is one of the renowned succulent species that hails from Mozambique and South African countries. It has unique leaves that look plump and fleshy in a fresh green colour. Most crassula succulents produce flowers in white and pale pink.

 

a) Crassula Ovata

The Crassula ovata, also known as the jade plant, is a fantastic succulent choice. The blooming of jade plants is a gradual process that occurs only after the plants have reached full maturity. White star-shaped blossoms are their signature.

Bloom Time: Late winter or early spring

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: White, pink

 

b) Crassula Rupestris

Baby's necklace is a lovely stacking plant with leaves that wrap around the stem. When the tips of the leaves are "stressed," (exposed to extreme cold and sun), they change colour from green to red. Bright pink, white, or yellow flowers form clusters on this succulent.

Bloom Time: Spring

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Bright pink, white, yellow

 

c) Crassula Perforata

A string of buttons, a succulent native to South Africa, is a beautiful addition to any hanging basket or tabletop arrangement. The leaves have a crisscross design in a bluish-green colour with pink edging. Enjoy the plant while you can, because each year in the spring it displays clusters of little pink, white or yellow blooms.

Bloom Time: Spring

Leaf Colour: Green, pastel blue

Flower Colour: White, yellow, pink

 

d) Crassula Pellucida

The calico cat, also known as Crassula pellucida, is a beautiful plant with unique-shaped leaves. The leaves are an exquisite array of pastel tones, including green, yellow, red, and pink. Small, delicate flowers of white and yellow bloom on this succulent, making it a visual pleasure.

Bloom Time: Summer, spring

Leaf Colour: Green, red, fuschia, pink

Flower Colour: White, yellow

 

5 . SENECIO

Senecio, often known as ragwort, is a species of succulent that is extremely popular due to its unique appearance. It's also lovely to have trailing plants flow from a hanging pot, especially if they bloom with a pop of vibrant colour.

 a) String Of Bananas

As its common name suggests, this succulent is notable for its unusually shaped leaves that resemble bananas. One of the most well-known trailing houseplants, it features white, fuzzy blossoms that emit cinnamon, vanilla, and spicy aroma. Yum!

Bloom Time: Spring

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: White, light pink

 

b) String Of Pearls

This succulent is closely linked to a string of bananas because both are indigenous to South Africa. This trailing plant has plump green pea-shaped leaves and it blooms with white, fluffy flowers scented like cinnamon.

Bloom Time: Spring

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: White

 

6. HAWORTHIA

 

Because of its enduring popularity and low demand, Haworthia has become a classic and iconic succulent. The frequency of blooming in these succulents surpasses that of aloe vera. It is a polycarpic plant, which means it blooms more than once, but has unremarkable flowers. 

Bloom Time: Summer

Leaf Colour: Green

Flower Colour: White flowers with greenish veins

 

7. STAPELIADS

 

Stapelia, Huernia, and Orbea flowers appear as if plucked from a fairy tale. They're low-maintenance, one-of-a-kind succulents. It blooms in mesmerizing shades of red, cream, and pink and is sure to capture your attention. While the plant's interior resembles a glazed doughnut, the blossoms of most stapelia succulents have a pungent odour of rotting meat and have a hairy look. Those pesky insects are attracted to this plant and help distribute the pollen from one flower to another.

Bloom Time: Autumn

Leaf Colour: Green, brown, red, yellow

Flower Colour: Yellow, red, pink, brown (various colours have been reported)

 

8. OSCULARIA DELTOIDES

 

Lamprunthus deltoides, more often known as the pink ice plant, gets its name from the Latin word (osculum) for "small mouth" due to its shape, which resembles a mouth. It takes ice plants some time to start flowering, but when they do, deltoid plants feature lovely blue-green foliage and produce fragrant, visually appealing flowers in shades of pink, and lavender, with yellow in the middle.

Bloom Time: Mid-spring

Leaf Colour: Green, blue

Flower Colour: Pink, lavender

 

9. AEONIUMS 

Aeoniums have glossy, waxy leaves that come in colours of red, purple, green, white, or yellow, are arranged in a perfect rosette, and give the impression that the plant is artificial. But, this succulent beauty is one of a kind for its appearance as a green rose and can start the flowering process when it reaches maturity.

a) Aeonium 'Black Rose'

The unique and visually striking succulent has foliage that is deep purple—almost black. Rather than remaining a solitary rosette, the plant spreads outward to produce offsets or juvenile plants. The flower stack protrudes from the centre as pink and yellow blossoms emerge, allowing viewers to take in the unique scene of this exotic view. However, this being a monocarpic plant, will die once flowering.

Bloom Time: Spring

Leaf Colour: Green, deep purple, black

Flower Colour: Yellow hues

 

b) Aeonium Blushing Beauty

This hybrid of two kinds of aeonium succulents features leaves that range in colour from lime green to burgundy. Offsets are produced and grown into new plants, allowing this succulent to rapidly multiply and cover a large area. Most aeoniums have a tall flower spike that emerges from the centre and features bright, showy flowers in shades of yellow and pink before dying.

Bloom Time: Spring

Leaf Colour: Lime green, green, burgundy

Flower Colour: Pink, yellow

 

10. SEMPERVIVUM ARACHNOIDEUM

Monocarpic plants like cobweb hens and chicks have long-blooming, eye-catching magenta-pink blooms. In mid to late summer, these succulents take over with their magnificent pink blossoms, dwarfing the small greenery they have. Depending on the variety, it may bloom with clusters of delicate, pale yellow flowers.

Bloom Time: Autumn, summer

Leaf Colour: Green, red, white, grey, silver

Flower Colour: Pink, magenta, yellow

Here are the top 10 species of succulents that bloom beautifully all year long. Succulents are an excellent addition to any plant collection because they not only look great but also become low-maintenance companions you can hang out with on the weekends and in your leisure time without worrying about them dying.

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