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33 of the Best Purple Succulent Plants for Your Home

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Purple succulents are gaining popularity for their unique and eye-catching colors. Unlike the more common green succulents, purple varieties add a pop of color and vibrancy to any space. From deep purples to light lavenders, these succulents make great houseplants and would look gorgeous in any home or garden.

Purple succulents are not only visually striking but also relatively easy to care for, making them perfect for both gardening novices and aficionados.

Care Tips for Purple Succulent Plants

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While each purple succulent variety might have specific needs, here are some general tips for keeping your purple succulents thriving:

  • Light: Most purple succulents need a good amount of light to maintain their vibrant color, so place them near a window where they can get plenty of indirect sunlight.
  • Watering: Overwatering is a common issue with purple succulents. Ensure the soil is well-draining and let it dry out completely between waterings.
  • Soil: Use a succulent or cactus mix to provide the right drainage and aeration these plants need.
  • Temperature: Keep your purple succulents in a warm environment, avoiding extreme cold, which can damage the leaves.

1. Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’

Perle von Nurnberg purple succulent

Description: This popular echeveria variety boasts a beautiful rosette shape with pastel purple leaves with a pearlescent sheen. It started as a hybrid succulent from Germany and can withstand cold temperatures.

Care Tips: Prefers bright, indirect sunlight and infrequent watering.

2. Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’

Description: Known for its tight rosettes of purple-tipped leaves, this hardy purple succulent can add a touch of elegance to any space. It will only grow to around 6 inches in diameter.

Care Tips: Thrives in well-draining soil and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade.

3. Graptopetalum Paraguayense ‘Ghost Plant’

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Description: The ghost plant has a unique pearl-like appearance, with its leaves turning a stunning shade of lavender under the right conditions. It can be grown outdoors in warmer climates. This green and purple succulent is known for its ability to reflect light in a way that further enhances its ghostly, otherworldly aesthetic.

Care Tips: Needs bright light and occasional watering to maintain its color.

4. Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’

Aeonium 'Zwartkop'

Description: With its deep purple, almost black foliage, this aeonium is a dramatic addition to any collection. This plant will flower in Spring with bright yellow flowers and will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects

Care Tips: Prefers a sunny spot and moderate watering, with more frequent watering in summer.

5. Pachyphytum Oviferum ‘Moonstones’

Description: Aptly named, this purple succulent has chubby, lavender leaves that resemble moonstones. It has blue-gray leaves with purple tips when exposed to colder temps or more sun.

Care Tips: Best in bright light with minimal watering to prevent rot.

6. Echeveria ‘Black Prince’

Description: This is a striking dark purple succulent known for its dark, rosette-forming leaves and dramatic appearance. The thick, triangular leaves are a deep green to brownish-purple, almost black in color, converging at the center of the rosette to form a stunning, compact plant.

Care Tips: Requires bright, indirect light and infrequent watering, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. The more sun the plant receives, the darker the leaves.

7. Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’

Sedum 'Purple Emperor'

Description: Renowned for its striking appearance, is a captivating addition to any succulent collection or garden. This robust plant showcases deep, burgundy-purple leaves that almost appear black, forming a dense, bushy clump.

Care Tips: This succulent loves full sun, although it will tolerate partial shade. It needs well-draining soil and is drought tolerant.

8. Echeveria ‘Afterglow’

Echeveria 'Afterglow'

Description: This is an enchanting purple succulent known for its large, rosette-forming leaves in a stunning shade of powdery lavender-pink with brighter pink edges. The leaves are broad, fleshy, and slightly curved, creating a mesmerizing effect that is further enhanced under bright sunlight.

Care Tips: This succulent thrives in bright, indirect sunlight and prefers a well-draining soil mix. Watering should follow the soak-and-dry method.

9. Orostachys Iwarenge ‘Dunce Cap Succulent’

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Description: Also known as the Chinese Dunce Cap, this is a distinctive and charming purple and green succulent that forms compact, cone-shaped rosettes resembling the caps worn by scholars in ancient China. It showcases blue-green leaves that can take on a stunning purple hue when exposed to cool temperatures or bright sunlight

Care Tips: It prefers full sun to partial shade, and watering should be done sparingly. It should be protected from extreme cold.

10. Pachyveria Glauca ‘Little Jewel’

Pachyveria Glauca 'Little Jewel'

Description: This is a hybrid between Pachyphytum and Echeveria species. It has pointed, opalescent leaves that shimmer with a mix of silver-blue and pink hues, like precious stones. The leaves are thick and fleshy, forming compact rosettes.

Care Tips: It thrives in well-draining soil, requires moderate to bright light, and needs minimal watering.

11. Sempervivum ‘Raspberry Ice’

Sempervivum 'Raspberry Ice'

Description: This is a striking variety of the hardy sempervivum family, often known as hens and chicks. This particular cultivar is celebrated for its stunning rosettes that boast a unique coloration, blending deep raspberry-red to purple tips with a cool, icy green base.

Care Tips: It loves being in full sun, where its vibrant raspberry-red tips intensify, but it can also tolerate partial shade. Well-draining soil is crucial to prevent root rot, so opt for a gritty, sandy mix if planting in containers. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

12. Opuntia Santarita/ Santa Rita Prickly Pear

Opuntia Santarita/ Santa Rita Prickly Pear

Description: A stunning cactus native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is particularly notable for its striking blue-green pads that can turn a vibrant shade of purple or deep violet in response to cold weather or drought stress, adding a dramatic splash of color to any landscape.

It blooms in late spring to early summer, producing beautiful yellow flowers with red centers, which later develop into reddish-purple fruits.

Care Tips: This desert native thrives in full sun and prefers well-draining, sandy or rocky soil to prevent root rot, typical of cacti requirements. Watering should be minimal; allow the soil to dry completely between waterings.

13. Senecio ‘Purple Flush’

Senecio 'Purple Flush'
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Description: This unique succulent plant features long, slender leaves that transition from a lush green at the base to a deep purple towards the tips, creating a stunning gradient effect. The leaves are slightly fleshy, typical of succulents, and form a dense, bushy clump that can add texture and contrast to arrangements or landscapes.

Care Tips: It thrives in well-draining soil, prefers full to partial sunlight, and requires minimal watering, making it an excellent choice for drought-tolerant gardens or low-maintenance indoor settings.

14. Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl’

Echeveria 'Black Knight'

Description: This is a stunning purple and green succulent that boasts gorgeous rosettes of pearlescent purple leaves, which can appear more vibrant when exposed to full sun. The leaves are slightly curved, with a smooth texture and a beautiful, subtle sheen that enhances their purple hue.

Care Tips: This variety is known for its ease of care, requiring well-draining soil, moderate watering following the soak-and-dry method, and plenty of sunlight to maintain its color and compact rosette form.

15. Echeveria ‘Black Knight’

Echeveria 'Black Knight'
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Description: This succulent plant is known for its dramatic, dark foliage. This striking variety features rosettes of thick, pointed leaves that are a deep green to almost purple/black hue, creating a bold contrast in any succulent collection.

Care Tips: It thrives in well-draining soil, requires full sun to partial shade to maintain its deep color, and prefers the soak-and-dry method of watering typical for succulents. During late summer to fall, it produces bright red or coral flowers on tall stalks, adding a vibrant splash of color to its dark foliage.

16. Kalanchoe ‘Lavender Scallops’

Kalanchoe 'Lavender Scallops'

Description: also known as Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi, this is a charming purple succulent noted for its unique foliage and easy care. This plant features fleshy, scallop-edged leaves that exhibit a beautiful array of colors, from green to lavender-pink, especially when grown in bright sunlight.

Care Tips: It prefers well-draining soil, moderate watering with a thorough drying out between waterings, and bright, indirect light to partial sun. This Kalanchoe is a versatile plant, suitable for indoor containers, hanging baskets, and outdoor rock gardens in warmer climates, making it a delightful addition to any plant collection with its soft color palette and easy-going nature.

17. Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’

Description: With its vibrant, ruffled edges and intense coloration, this is a stunning purple succulent and almost resembles a cabbage. It features large rosettes of succulent leaves that are a deep purple to neon pink, especially pronounced along the wavy margins.

Care Tips: It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight which enhances its neon coloration and helps maintain the compactness of its rosette. It prefers well-draining soil and minimal watering, adhering to the soak-and-dry method.

18. Sedum Dasyphyllum ‘Lilac Mound’

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Description: Also known as Corsican Stonecrop, this is a charming, low-growing succulent that forms a dense, mat-like ground cover. This variety is celebrated for its tiny, round leaves that cluster tightly along creeping stems, creating a delicate, moss-like appearance. The foliage exhibits a stunning array of colors, from deep green in the shade to a lilac tint under full sun, hence the name ‘Lilac Mound’.

Care Tips: This plant is particularly valued for its hardiness and ease of care, thriving in well-draining soil and requiring minimal water once established.

19. Echeveria ‘Tippy’

Echeveria 'Tippy'

Description: This purple and green succulent known for its distinctive leaf tips that take on a vivid purple/pink to red hue, reminiscent of being ‘tipped’ in paint. This charming plant forms compact, symmetrical rosettes of blue-green leaves, which provide a striking contrast to the colorful tips. The leaves are fleshy, slightly curved, and come to a point, enhancing the ‘Tippy’ effect.

Care Tips: ‘Tippy’ prefers well-draining soil and minimal watering, adhering to the soak-and-dry method typical of succulent plant care. During the spring and early summer, it may produce coral to orange bell-shaped flowers on tall stalks, adding an extra layer of beauty to this already striking plant.

20. Graptoveria ‘Bashful’

Graptoveria ‘Bashful’

Description: This is a delightful hybrid succulent that combines the best traits of its parent plants, Graptopetalum and Echeveria. This plant features compact, rosette-forming clusters of thick, fleshy leaves that are a soft green with a blush of pink to deep red/purple, particularly when exposed to bright sunlight or cool temperatures.

Care Tips: It prefers well-draining soil, moderate to bright light, and minimal watering, following the typical succulent care practice of allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.

21. Echeveria ‘Taurus’

Echeveria 'Taurus'

Description: Known for its large, rosette-shaped arrangement of thick, fleshy leaves. The leaves boast a vibrant red/purple coloration with green centers, creating a bold and dramatic contrast that catches the eye.

This coloration becomes even more intense when the plant is exposed to bright sunlight, making ‘Taurus’ a standout in any succulent plant collection. The edges of the leaves are often accentuated with a slight ruffle, adding to the plant’s ornamental appeal.

Care Tips: This purple succulent prefers well-draining soil, ample sunlight, and minimal watering, adhering to the soak-and-dry method typical of Echeverias. Ideal for container gardening, rock gardens, or as a solitary specimen, Echeveria ‘Taurus’ brings a splash of vibrant color and exotic beauty to any setting.

22. Echeveria ‘Cubic frost’

Description: It stands out for its unique, opalescent leaves and robust, sculptural rosettes. The leaves are thick, fleshy, and have a distinctive lilac to pink hue, with a powdery coating that gives them a frosted appearance. The rosette shape is somewhat cubic, which is unusual among Echeverias and adds to its striking appearance.

Care Tips: ‘Cubic Frost’ thrives in bright, indirect sunlight, which helps to maintain its vibrant color and compact form. It prefers well-draining soil and minimal watering, following the soak-and-dry method typical for succulents. During the warmer months, ‘Cubic Frost’ may produce pinkish-red flowers on arching stalks, adding an extra layer of beauty to this already captivating plant.

23. Echinocereus Pectinatus ‘Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus’

Echinocereus Pectinatus 'Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus'

Description: This small, cylindrical cactus produces dense, interlacing spines that come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, yellow, and white, giving it a rainbow-like appearance. The ‘Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus’ typically grows in clusters, forming compact mounds that can add a striking visual element to any cactus collection or desert garden.

Care Tips: This cactus prefers full sun exposure, well-draining soil, and minimal water, adhering to the typical care requirements for desert cacti.

24. Tradescantia Pallida ‘Purple Heart’

Tradescantia Pallida 'Purple Heart'

Description: Also known as Purple Queen or Wandering Jew, this is a striking plant with deep purple foliage and a trailing growth habit that makes it perfect for hanging baskets, garden borders, or as a ground cover. Its lance-shaped, purple succulent leaves are a vibrant, rich purple, creating a stunning contrast against lighter, green plants or bright flowers in a garden setting.

Care Tips: ‘Purple Heart’ is known for its resilience and ease of care, thriving in a variety of light conditions from full sun to partial shade, which can influence the intensity of its leaf coloration. It prefers well-draining soil and requires moderate watering, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.

25. Lithops Optica ‘Rubra’

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Description: This is commonly known as the ‘Red Living Stone’, and is a fascinating and unusual purple succulent that mimics the appearance of stones or pebbles. This adaptation helps it blend into its natural surroundings to avoid predation.

‘Rubra’ is particularly notable for its striking deep red to purple coloration, which sets it apart from the more common grey or green lithops. The plant consists of two fleshy leaves fused together, with a fissure at the top through which flowers and new leaves emerge.

Care Tips: It thrives in well-draining soil with minimal water, requiring a dry period during its dormant season in the summer. It’s best suited to bright, indirect light conditions.

26. Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’

Graptopetalum 'Superbum'

Description: This is an alluring purple succulent known for its rosettes of thick, fleshy leaves that display a beautiful array of colors ranging from pale green to pastel lavender and pink. The leaves are wide and spoon-shaped, often taking on a more intense hue when exposed to cooler temperatures or bright sunlight.

‘Superbum’ forms clusters that gracefully spill over the edges of containers or rockeries, making it an excellent choice for adding a soft, yet colorful touch to succulent gardens.

Care Tips: This succulent plant prefers well-draining soil, bright indirect light to partial sun, and minimal watering, following the soak-and-dry method typical of succulent care.

27. Gymnocalycium ‘Purple Moon Cactus’

Gymnocalycium 'Purple Moon Cactus'
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Description: Often simply known as the ‘Moon Cactus’, this is a striking succulent renowned for its vibrant, deep purple to almost neon pink top, which is actually a separate cactus grafted onto the rootstock of another species, typically a green cactus like Hylocereus. This grafting enables the colorful, photosynthetically inactive Gymnocalycium to survive, as it lacks chlorophyll.

Care Tips: It requires indirect light, moderate watering (allowing the soil to dry out between waterings), and well-draining soil to thrive. Although it does not require high maintenance, the lifespan of the grafted part can be shorter than that of other succulents.

28. Pleiospilos Nelii ‘Royal Flush’

Pleiospilos Nelii 'Royal Flush'

Description: This is commonly known as the ‘Royal Flush Split Rock’, and is a captivating purple succulent with a unique appearance and striking coloration. This variety is a cultivar of Pleiospilos nelii, known for its resemblance to rocks or pebbles, which helps it blend into its natural arid environments.

‘Royal Flush’ stands out with its deep, ruby-red to purple fleshy leaves that form a pair, resembling an open mouth or a split rock, giving the plant its common name. The leaves are thick and almost heart-shaped, with a velvety texture and can sometimes show a greenish hue in the center.

Care Tips: This succulent plant prefers bright, indirect light, minimal watering (especially in the dormant summer period), and well-draining soil, making it a low-maintenance choice for succulent enthusiasts.

29. Mangave ‘Mission to Mars’

Mangave 'Mission to Mars'
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Description: This is a remarkable hybrid purple succulent, resulting from the cross between Manfreda and Agave, known for its fast growth and distinctive appearance. This plant features large, spiky leaves that radiate from the center, creating an impressive rosette.

The foliage is a deep, rich red to purple color, adorned with green spots and a fine, tooth-like margin along the edges, giving it a somewhat alien appearance, fitting its celestial name.

Care Tips: ‘Mission to Mars’ thrives in well-draining soil, requires moderate to full sunlight to maintain its vibrant color, and prefers the soak-and-dry method of watering typical of drought-tolerant succulents. It’s an excellent choice for adding a dramatic touch to succulent gardens, rock gardens, or as a striking container plant.

30. Echeveria ‘Laui’

Echeveria laui
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Description: This is a highly sought-after succulent known for its exquisite beauty and rarity. Originating from Oaxaca, Mexico, this plant is prized for its powdery blue-white, almost purple, leaves that form a symmetrical, rounded rosette. The leaves are thick, fleshy, and covered in a fine, waxy coating, which helps to protect the plant from sun and water loss.

Care Tips: This succulent plant prefers bright, indirect light and well-draining soil, requiring minimal watering to prevent root rot, making it an ideal choice for succulent enthusiasts looking for a low-maintenance yet strikingly beautiful plant.

31. Sedum ‘Bertram Anderson’

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Description: This low-growing plant forms dense clumps of small, purplish, fleshy leaves, providing a striking contrast in gardens or arrangements. The leaves are tightly packed and trailing stems open into clusters of rich red flowers. This makes ‘Bertram Anderson’ an excellent choice for ground cover, rock gardens, or hanging baskets, where its cascading habit can be fully appreciated.

Care Tips: It thrives in well-draining soil, requires full sun to partial shade for the best coloration, and is drought-tolerant once established. Its hardiness and low maintenance make it a favorite among gardeners looking to add long-lasting color and texture to their outdoor spaces.

32. Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’

Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’
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Description: A beautiful hybrid succulent that is a result of a cross between Sedum and Echeveria species. This plant features rosettes of plump, spoon-shaped leaves that display a soft, pastel palette ranging from blue-green to gentle lilac, especially when exposed to cooler temperatures or bright sunlight.

Care Tips: This succulent prefers well-draining soil, partial to full sun exposure, and minimal watering, adhering to the soak-and-dry method typical for succulents.

33. Senecio Jacobsenii ‘Trailing Jade’

Senecio jacobsenii ‘Trailing Jade’
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Description: Also known as Weeping Jade or Trailing Jade Plant, this is a distinctive succulent with a spreading, trailing habit that makes it ideal for hanging baskets or as a ground cover. This plant features fleshy, oval-shaped leaves that overlap along its stems, resembling a jade plant.

The leaves are a deep green with a hint of purple along the edges, especially when exposed to cool temperatures or bright sunlight.

Care Tips: ‘Trailing Jade’ is known for its adaptability and ease of care, thriving in well-draining soil, partial to full sunlight, and requiring minimal watering, following the soak-and-dry method. In autumn, it produces small, orange to salmon-pink, daisy-like flowers, adding a splash of color to its foliage.

a purple spiky succulent in a pot

Purple succulents are a captivating group of plants that bring a splash of vibrant color to gardens, indoor spaces, and succulent arrangements. These plants come in various shades of purple, from soft lilacs and lavenders to deep plums and almost black hues, adding depth and contrast to collections predominantly green.

The purple coloration in these succulent plants can become more pronounced when exposed to stress factors such as bright sunlight, cool temperatures, or limited watering, which intensifies the pigments in the leaves.

They are versatile plants that can be used in various applications, from rock gardens and ground covers to container gardens and indoor displays.

Whether used as standalone specimens or mixed with other succulents for a vibrant contrast, purple succulents are a delightful choice for gardeners and plant enthusiasts looking to enhance their spaces with rich, eye-catching hues.

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