While we can’t say enough about the beauty and benefits of traditional flowers, flowering succulents have also captured our hearts and gardens. There are countless benefits associated with these on-trend blooms. Between their drought resistance, long lifespans and ability to look adorable in just about any vase, flowering succulents are gorgeous, low-key additions to any home.
That said, most people don’t always think “flower” when they think about succulents. Here’s a little glimpse of the best of both worlds—flowering succulents that bring together the delicate beauty of a flower with the ruggedness of our favorite desert-friendly blooms.
1. Aloe Vera
Most of us are well-acquainted with aloe vera and its ability to calm sunburned skin after catching too many rays. Not many of us, however, are aware that aloe vera is one of the most durable succulent flowers.
Aloe Vera tends to bloom in the summer, producing mostly gold-hued flowers (though flowers can range anywhere from white to red). Most housebound aloe vera doesn’t grow large enough to bloom fully—instead, plants sprout long stalks with small, floral mounds perched on top.
2. Prickly Pear Cactus
Prickly pear cactus is one of the best succulent plants, with their paddle-shaped stems that grow in clusters. These plants can grow just about anywhere and bloom during late spring and early summer. These succulent flowers come in a range of colors, from yellow to orange to pink, and later turn into a sweet fruit you can eat or turn into jam.
Native to Mexico, plants in the Echeveria family are popular additions to drought-resistant gardens and some of the best succulent plants for those who don’t have much of a green thumb. They’re known for their rosette-shaped leaves that look like flowers themselves. We even occasionally feature them alongside actual roses in a few of our signature Bouqs.
As if being shaped like flowers weren’t enough, Echeveria plants sprout tall, delicate pink succulent flowers during late spring and summer. The plants spread by forming new rosettes and can serve as a decent ground cover if left to their own devices.
While Echeveria plants prefer warm climates, those in colder parts of the world can plant these guys inside. Place them on a windowsill in full sun and simulate the environment of their native Mexico.
4. Hedgehog Cactus
Hedgehog cacti remind us of those cacti that come with fake flowers fused onto the top. You know, the ones you might see at a Home Depot or craft store? Hedgehog cacti, however, are the real deal.
While not in bloom, the cactus is rather unremarkable and rarely thought of as one of the best succulent plants. It’s a small plant that grows in a straight, upright line. During the summer, though, hedgehog cacti grow beautiful pink blooms, sometimes reaching more than six inches in diameter.
5. Jade Plant
Jade plants are an oldie-but-goodie in the houseplant world. It’s one of the best succulent plants for those who are new to gardening.
These guys are native to South Africa and known for their slick, glossy leaves. While you might not think of jade plants as flowering plants, they actually can produce pretty, star-shaped flowers.
It’s important to note that jade plants don’t bloom every year. It takes them a considerable amount of time to store up the energy needed to produce. Best case scenario, blooms start to form around the beginning of winter. They don’t last long, but when they do, their tiny, star-like white bursts are a sight to behold. Blooms begin to fade not long after they first appear. When the flowers and stem start to turn brown, prune off that section to keep your jade plant in tip-top shape.
6. Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus plants are another fave. They don’t quite look like traditional cacti, and you’ll quickly recognize these guys by their delicate jagged leaves and the colorful leaves that develop on their tips. Christmas Cactus plants are supposed to bloom around Christmas and develop a two-pronged antler just before sprouting their drooping blooms.
If you choose to keep these guys indoors, you’ll need to maintain a brightly lit environment and water them only when the soil is dry. If cared for properly, Christmas Cactus flowers can bloom every year just in time for the big day.
7. Crown of Thorns
Defined by its signature spiky branches, this Madagascan native can actually bloom year-round if it gets enough light. Bright red petals and broad, flat leaves sprout from the formidable-looking stem, bringing a visual contradiction to the mix that makes these succulents unique.
These guys need a ton of sun, though, so if you don’t live in a sun-soaked locale, you might not see flowers all the time. If you’re able to keep the plant in a prime window spot, you might just be treated to these tiny blooms.
Like Succulent Flowers with Your Flower-Flowers? Yeah, Us Too!
Sometimes, playing with unexpected combinations of succulents and non-succulents pays off big time. That’s why we have a few options available that showcase the best of both worlds.
The best part about receiving a succulent Bouq? They last longer! Replant these little guys after the flowers wilt away, and they’ll stay with you for the long haul – happiness guaranteed!Shop All