The succulents flowering plants are one of the most striking that we can use to beautify our gardens or interior. These are plants with very particular and characteristic aspects, different from what is usual in the other families of the plant kingdom, so they are always striking and have great charm. However, differentiating which succulents are blooming can sometimes be tricky when they are small plants or cuttings, so in this article we have collected some of the most popular flowering succulents among garden enthusiasts.
If you want to learn what are the main types of succulents with flowers , join us in this article in which we show you 21 species names , their characteristics and photos of each one so that you can easily identify them.
Desert rose (Adenium obesum)
Of African origin and commonly known as the desert rose , this plant can reach a maximum of one meter in height. It is well known for its great ornamental value thanks to its striking pink tubular flowers . In addition, it is a plant that in good condition is capable of flowering several times during its flowering season, in summer.
Moonstone (Pachyphytum oviferum)
Belonging to the Crassulaceae family, Pachyphytum oviferum is a species from Mexico and is known as moonstone or moonstone . This succulent plant has small whitish stems and thick, flattened, ovoid-shaped leaves. Its flowers are small and bell-shaped of a greenish-white color. Its flowering time is in spring. It is used both as an indoor plant and to decorate small balconies or in greenhouses.
Praeger (Aeonium gomerense)
This crass is an endemic species typical of the island of La Gomera, in the Canary archipelago, Spain. It is of the perennial type and is capable of reaching a maximum height of 30 cm. Its fleshy leaves are arranged in the form of a rosette and are green in color with a slightly reddish or purple border. As for the flowers of the praeger , they appear in conical inflorescences of white or light green color.
Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii)
Again, we present another endemic species, this time typical of Paraguay and Argentina. In some places it is called moon cactus and it is one of the most used to place on other cacti, that is, to make cactus grafts .
This cactus has a single grayish-green or reddish-green stem that can reach a maximum of 6 cm in height. In addition, it has eight ribs from which 5 to 6 spines sprout. Its flowering time occurs between spring and summer. Its flowers are bell-shaped , grow up to 5 cm long, and are white and greenish-yellow in color.
Stone cactus (Lithops)
The Lithops , commonly known by the name of cactus stone , are from Africa. This genus comprises more than 100 species, all belonging to the Aizoaceae family.
These particular succulents stand out for having two fleshy-type leaves attached and divided only by a small opening from which their flowers will be born, larger than the body of the plant itself. Their color will depend on the species, but they range from white to pink . Its flowering time is in autumn.
The kalanchoe is another of the most popular succulents in the world. It is a plant with fleshy leaves that blooms in spring, with flowers that can be of many shades although in the Kalanchoe blossfeldian a , the most common of them, they tend to be orange. It blooms in spring, producing clustered inflorescences of small size but in great quantity, very showy. It requires a lot of light and little watering.
The aloe vera or aloe vera is one of the varieties of succulents best known and popular worldwide. It is not only a plant widely used for decoration, but it also has a large number of very varied medicinal properties. It has its origin in Africa, although today it can be found almost everywhere in the world. Its fleshy leaves with serrated edges are very easy to recognize and it produces a large yellow inflorescence in the shape of a cluster, very showy. It can reach heights of up to 3 meters.
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
This plant called crown of thorns or thorns of Christ is native to Madagascar, and owes its common name to the striking thorns that grow from its stem. Its flowers are yellow and very small, but they have very aesthetic and showy red bracts . The plant blooms between late winter and early spring, until the end of this or early summer. It can be grown indoors, but it needs a lot of sun.
Echeverias are a whole genus of succulents with about 400 species, most of them originating in the area of Mexico. They are very recognizable plants for their structured leaves in the shape of a showy rosette, without stem, with leaves in shades of green to bluish . It is a perennial plant and the echeveria flower grows from a central stem, being almost always very pretty and showy.
Calandrina (Calandrinia spectabilis)
Commonly known as calandrina , this succulent originating in the American continent is one of the most appreciated succulent plants with pink flowers . These, small in size, are produced throughout the summer, with a size of between 2 and 3 cm. Its stems can fall, so it can be considered one of the hanging succulent plants . It needs a lot of light and to be protected from the wind.
The Opuntia are all kinds of cactus flowers with more than 300 species, all originating in the Americas. They are cacti called nopales or prickly pears and they are plants that can reach large sizes, with flattened, racket-shaped leaves covered with long thorns. Some bear edible fruit, widely consumed, and their flowers are of different colors: yellow, orange, red and purple.
Rosary plant (Senecio rowleyanus)
Commonly called a rosary plant , it is actually a genus of hanging succulents . What is most striking about them are their leaves, fleshy and almost totally spherical in shape, which hang in the form of connected beads. It produces small white flowers that, although they are small in size, have a very pleasant and sweet aroma and are commonly used as an indoor plant, as it appreciates the semi-shade.
Living stone cactus (Conophytum calculus)
The Conophytum genus , are cacti sometimes called living stones (they are related to Lithops or ccactus stones), it is made up of small plants that form clumps that can look like round green stones . They have their origin in Africa, in very arid areas, and their visible body is actually made up of leaves that grow in pairs, with a small opening in the center that is where their large flower , similar to a daisy and that covers the whole plant.
San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi)
Echinopsis plants are compact cacti, approximately oval in shape and completely devoid of branches, so their flowers grow directly from the same stem, dense and covered with thorns. It is a cactus very adapted to drought, so it is very easy to care for and maintain. It produces its flowers in summer from its third year, being very large , showy and aromatic flowers . one of the best known is the San Pedro cactus ( Echinopsis pachanoi )
The cactus Mammillaria are also a genre, which differs from other plants because the areolas family born of their spines are arranged throughout the plant spiral rather than spareribs. Depending on the specific species, its spines can be fine and long, silky, giving the cactus a very recognizable and velvety appearance. These flowering succulent plants have them arranged in a crown at the top of the plant, with hues ranging from pink to white.
Christmas or Easter cactus (Hatiora gaertneri)
It is commonly called Easter or Christmas cactus and is one of those considered cacti with red flowers , as it is one of the most seen colors in this plant, although these can also be orange, white, pink , etc. Its stems are flat, although as the plant ages they get fatter, and it can be grown as a hanging plant when they gain height. You need a semi-shady location, as well as watering with warm water, never very cold.
These beautiful succulents grow to form a striking rosette of green leaves with purple hues at the tips of their leaves. Its natural habitat is high, usually between 900 and 2,400 meters above sea level. The flowers appear on large and thick stems, showy and with white petals with other notes of color. After flowering some of these plants die, but the large number of suckers that the plant produces ensures their propagation.
Cat’s claw (Lampranthus spectabilis)
The Lampranthus is also called the lamprantus or cat’s claw . It is a creeping succulent that is highly appreciated for the large number of flowers it produces when spring arrives, of intense pink, yellow or orange and very showy tones. It is not demanding with its care, but when it blooms, it is important to remove the withered ones.
Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
The Crassula ovata or jade plant is another of those succulents that you will have almost certainly seen at some time. It reaches heights of up to 2 meters, with a bearing reminiscent of a small tree. Its flowers are starry , small and of colors between white and pink.
It is a very resistant plant, which shares many of the care of succulents, such as its resistance to drought, its need for light and its sensitivity to frost and excess humidity.
Dragon Eye (Huernia)
They are commonly called the dragon’s eye , and the huernias are a whole genus of small succulents that are very showy, not only for their beautiful light green stems and thick body, with fleshy teeth, but also for the flowers that They give it its name, of striking garnet and bell-shaped and with a darker center. They need good lighting and a climate between 15ºC and 30ºC. This one in the image is a Huernia zebrina .
Shrubby creeper (Delosperma basuticum)
The ice plant or shrubby stealth ( Delosperma basuticum ) , belongs to the genus Delosperma, which has about 100 species of African origin. These are small, creeping plants with succulent leaves of showy light green and with very showy flowers of an intense yellow, which can bloom during practically the whole season. Despite the nickname of these flowering succulents, they can only withstand occasional frosts, grateful for a direct sun location.