Succulents

We're building a list of succulents (there are so many!), adding more as we're able to categorize them. We hope this is a useful reference to consult when learning about or trying to identify a particular plant.

Type Cultivar Description Color SMSF Zone
beautiful color Aztec

This beautiful bromeliad has leathery leaves.  Likes to have its "cup" filled with water.  Flowers are insignificant.  Divides easily. 

yellow and purple
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beautiful yellow/orange color

Beautiful yellow/orange color.

yellow/orange
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exotic flowers

This plant, a bromeliad, is grown in pots, has thick leaves with tubular-like bracks, in red, pink and blue, which are very unusual and interesting.  Re-pot every several years. Likes to have water in it's "cup."  

blue and red
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exotic flowers

This bromeliad has wider leaves than the Billgeria, nutens but has the same unusual, interesting flower.  Re-pot every several years.  Likes to have water in it's "cup."

red, pink and blue
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aeonium, sunburst Aeonium Sunburst

A branching succulent with large rosettes of variegated green and white leaves edged in bright, coppery red. The white flowers bloom in summer on mature plants.

Green and white leaves
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succulents, aeonium arboreum Aeonium Aeonium arboreum

Aeonium arboreum is a tree-like succulent which forms branched stems. The leaf rosettes are arranged at the ends of its branches. These plants grow quickly and produce small, star-like, yellow… more

Medium green
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succulents, aeonium, cyclops Aeonium Giant Red Aeonium

A beautiful, tall succulent with rosettes of dark reddish-bronze leaves. The newest emerging leaves are green and give the rosette a green eye. A quick grower that produces small, star-like, yellow flowers on racemes from late winter through early spring.

 

Red and Green
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Aeonium, kiwi, Tricolor Aeonium Kiwi

The A. kiwi forms rosettes of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves that have red edges. Yellow flowers bloom in the summer.

Yellow, green, red
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agave, quadricolor, century plant Agave Quadricolor

A very distinctive small agave with yellow marginal stripes. The leaf edges turn red when grown in bright light to give it four distinct colors.

yellow, green variegated
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aloe plant in shrub form Aloe

Needs some water to look good; can get large. 

green with red highlights
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Aloe, nobilis, Golden-toothed Aloe Aloe Golden Toothed Aloe

A rosette-forming succulent that creates a large grouping of tall, fleshy green leaves with a tint of rose color on the tips and sharp, flexible teeth along the edges. Bright orange inflorescences rise above the foliage to about 2 feet in mid-summer.

Green
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climbing aloe, ciliaris Aloe Climbing Aloe

This aloe forms woody stems which are supported by the surrounding brush and trees. They grow through the branches to reach the light, where they extend their single, bright red flower heads toward the sun. The leaves are arranged spirally and are mostly crowded at the ends of the branches. If… more

Green
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Crassula, sarmentosa, Comet, variegated Crassula Comet

A scrambling plant that arches outwards and upwards or trail down. The stems bear up to 1" long mid-green colored leaves that have finely serrated cream colored margins with red highlights along the white margins when grown in full sun.

Green, light yellow
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Succulents, crassus Crassula Fairy Crassula

A neatly-growing evergreen low-growing plant that rarely exceeds a foot tall in the landscape and is even lower when grown in dry shade. It forms wide mats of solid cover with 1 1/2 inch long glossy rounded leaves in opposite pairs that are dark and lustrous in the shade and paler green when… more

Dark/pale green
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jade plant, crassula ovate Crassula Jade Plant

Easy to grow in containers as a houseplant. Water regularly form spring to autumn and allow soil to dry out before watering again.

Green
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Crassula, tetragona, Miniature Pine Tree Crassula

Miniature Pine Tree is an evergreen with narrow, needle-like foliage and a sparsely branched, shrubby, tree-like habit. The apple-green, awl-shaped leaves occur in well-spaced pairs along fleshy upright stems.

Deep green
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Crassula, ovata, ondulata Crassula Undulata

This jade plant displays distinctive wavy foliage which develops a faint red line at the leaf edges when temperatures cool. It is a great textural element for mixed planters.

blue-green
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succulents, crassula arborescent Crassula Silver Dollar Plant

A many-branched succulent shrub or small tree. It has rounded, fat, silver-gray, leaves up to 3 inches long that are often edged maroon and have reddish spots on the upper surface. The star-like flowers are pinkish white.

Silver gray
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Grey-green succulent rosettes Dudleya

This plant can get quite large, and can be very striking if cared-for.  Protect from bright light, rain and hail. 

More about this variety at calscape.org

grey-green leaves
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Echeveria

This succulent (Chenille Plant) has silvery hairs.  Late spring and into winter, 1" racemes of yellow and orange bell-shaped flowers.  Does not like standing water.  Both leaves and flowers are very attractive.  

green-grey
Close-up image of green, thick, rounded leaves with tiny hairs. Echeveria Ruby Blush

This beautiful green succulent with red edging on the leaves needs lots of drainage, does not like standing water, blooms red-orange flowers on 1 1/2" stalks in winter.

Green and red
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Echeveria

This pale grey/green succulent with very fuzzy leaves  with racemes of yellow and orange bell-shaped flowers. 

grey/green
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Echeveria, 'Doris Taylor, Wooly Rose Echeveria Doris Taylor

Open rosettes with white, fuzzy leaves that carry dark tips; will not tolerate frost.

Green, white hairs
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Gasteria, bicolor, Gasteria bicolor

A slow growing, long-lived plant of easy culture. It is typically distinguished, with age, by its short stem that can get tall as leaves keep stacking on themselves.

dark green, cream spots
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ledebouria, socialis Other Wood Hyacinth

A bulbous perennial plant that grows in shade. This species has mottled leaves enabling it to blend into a thicket backdrop in the woods. Thick clusters of bulbs survive drought as effectively as any succulent. It is poisonous if ingested.

Leaves olive green
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a  beautiful succulent Other

Ghost Plant.  This succulent does not like desert heat.  Suitable as a ground cover if no foot traffic.  Star-shaped flowers, yellow or white. 

pale green/blue leave in shade; pink/white/yellow leaves in sun
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succulents, kalanchoe tomentosa Kalanchoe Chocolate Soldier

A beautiful, shrubby, slow growing, perennial, succulent plant. The stem is robust, branched at the base and densely hairy, with the base becoming woody with age. The leaves are thinner and… more

Light blue-green with brown edges
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Stonecrop, Kalanchoe, fedtschenkoi Kalanchoe Variegated Lavender Scallops

A small shrubby succulent that spread out and root along the ground to form large colonies with thick and fleshy leaves. Long, bell-shaped, reddish-brown colored flowers that hang in loose clusters from upright stems in late spring/early summer.

gray/green leaves
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Mother of a Thousand Babies Kalanchoe Mother of Thousands

This unusual-looking succulent, also called, "Mother of a Thousand Babies" and "Maternity Plant" gets little pups around the leaves which when dropped in the soil, grow to be adults.  This plant does not like temperatures below 55.  Enjoys a rather dry soil. 

pale pink flowers
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Sedum, rubrotinctum, pork and beans, jelly bean plant Sedum R.T. Clausen

Sedum rubrotinctum has sprawling, leaning stems. The leaves are jelly bean shaped, that turn to bronze in the summer months. The flowers are small, star-shaped and yellow in color.

green, red brown tips
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Sedum, morgianum, donkey's tail Sedum Donkey's Tail

Sedum morganianum is an evergreen trailing succulent with pendent stems arising from the base. Fleshy leaves are crowded along stems. The inflorescence bears 1 to 6 pink to red flowers.

Blue-green leaves
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A stalk with leaves and flowers Sedum

This small, upright, compact, clump-forming stonecrop grows to 12" tall and features fleshy, succulent-like, green leaves with creamy white margins and intermediate-sized clusters of tiny, white (pinkish in cooler climates) flowers which cover the foliage mound from late summer to early fall.… more

Variegated green/white leaves, pale pink flowers
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Sedum, aldolphii, succulents Sedum Golden Sedum

Sedum adolphii is a lovely high colored tender succulent. It is a rangy creeper, developing casual rosettes of football shaped yellow green leaves. They take on the orange-red highlights when grown in the sun. It blooms in spring with small cream colored flower heads produced at the… more

Golden Yellow
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Succulents, sedum Sedum Blue Spruce

‘Blue Spruce’ is a drought tolerant groundcover with small, succulent blue leaves reminiscent of the needles of a blue spruce conifer. In June, deep mauve pink stems rise up to 10 inches and are topped with brilliant yellow flowers.

Blue leaves
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Sedum, rupestre, angelina Sedum Angelina

An evergreen, mat-forming, rapidly growing plant with a prostrate, creeping habit. Its needle-like, foliage is lime green in spring and ages to a brilliant golden-yellow color with clusters of vibrant yellow, star-shaped flowers in summer. In fall, the foliage is orange.

Lime green to yellow
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