One of the great things about purple succulents is their low-maintenance requirements. These plants have excellent cold tolerance, can thrive in both indoor and outdoor environments, and don’t require a large amount of money to acquire rare varieties. In addition, they are easy to cultivate, making them ideal for those who are new to the world of succulents. Purple succulents are a great choice for anyone looking for an easy-to-care-for yet beautiful plant.
1. Graptopetalum superbum
Graptopetalum superbum (also known as the Beautiful Graptopetalum) is a type of small evergreen succulent that forms tight, open rosettes that can grow up to 5 inches wide. Its leaves are thick and fleshy and range from lavender to pinkish purple. The rosettes grow outward on long stems and make for an eye-catching display. During early spring, these purple succulents produce star-shaped, pale yellow flowers with red markings at their tips. They make the perfect addition to rock gardens, hanging baskets, and containers.
2. Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’
Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’ is a relatively new hybrid cultivar with a unique color. It features grayish-green leaves that have a hint of lilac blush, giving it an almost pastel hue. The shape of this succulent is rosette-shaped, and its leaves are quite plump and full. This plant grows in a compact form, taking up only around 3.5 inches across when fully matured in one pot. With its unique coloring and size, Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’ makes for the perfect addition to any succulent collection!
3. Graptoveria ‘Debbie’
Graptoveria ‘Debbie’ is a beautiful purple succulent with dramatic foliage. It grows in a clump of rosettes that are fleshy, lanceolate, and have a frosty pink-purple hue. In cooler temperatures, the plant’s color intensifies to a deeper shade of purple. The rosettes easily propagate, creating a dense cluster. During springtime, Graptoveria ‘Debbie’ produces small apricot flowers.
4. Echeveria haagai ‘Tolimanensis’
Echeveria haagai ‘Tolimanensis’ is a type of purple succulent that has thicker, more upright leaves that range from deep purple to dove gray, giving it a less compact rosette shape. It produces plenty of small offshoots and can grow tall while maintaining its full leaf coverage. Every summer, it will send up a tall stalk with a multitude of orange-yellow bell-shaped flowers. It is also quite easy to propagate from stem cuttings or offsets.
5. Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ is an evergreen succulent with big rosettes that can measure up to 16 inches in diameter. Its leaves are a soft pinkish-lavender color and have bright pink edges. It grows from a short, stout stem and produces vibrant orange-red flowers from under the lower leaves or occasionally from the top of the stem.
6. Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’
Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ is a resilient evergreen succulent that makes large clusters of rosettes that can reach up to 12 inches in width. Its leaves are thick and waxy with a bronze hue and can range in color from shades of pink to teal, salmon, coral, blue or yellow. During the summer months, pale yellow flowers with red-orange centers grow on stems as long as two feet and arch gracefully. This species is known for its ability to reproduce rapidly and for its lovely color and appearance, making it a highly sought-after purple succulent.
7. Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’
Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’ is one of many stunning purple succulents. It can grow up to 8 inches tall and 10 inches wide. The leaves are light lilac to pink lilac, and when the plant is happy, they change to a deep lavender hue. These large rosettes have wavy, upturned, pointed, symmetrical, and fleshy leaves that are covered in powdery wax to protect them from the sun. During the springtime, this succulent produces small orange bell-shaped flowers.
8. Sedum dasyphyllum ‘Lilac Mound’
Sedum dasyphyllum ‘Lilac Mound’ is a low-growing perennial succulent with blue-green and purple leaves that transition to a lavender hue when exposed to full sunlight. It is a resilient ground cover species, developing creeping stems that form into shrubs. This type of purple succulent is an attractive outdoor addition, blooming with small white flowers that have tiny black spots on the petals.
9. Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Notah’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Notah’ is an eye-catching purple succulent with shades of jade green and a pink-lavender hue. Its edges are decorated with bright white trim. This variety is especially entertaining as it alters colors throughout the year.
10. Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’
Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’ is a breathtaking succulent with a unique combination of fluorescent colors, like orange, magenta, and purple hues, on its blue leaves. When it is exposed to direct sunlight, the colors become even brighter and more eye-catching. During late summer or early fall, the plant produces bright pink flowers atop purple-tinted stems, making it a remarkable addition to any garden or container.
Where to Buy
If you’re looking for some purple succulents to add to your garden, there are a few different places you can purchase them. One of the most popular options is online stores such as Amazon, Etsy, or eBay. They offer a wide variety of purple succulents at affordable prices and with convenient shipping options.
You can also find purple succulents at local nurseries and greenhouses in your area. However, the selection may be more limited than what you can find online. If you have a favorite local nursery or greenhouse that offers these plants, it’s worth checking out their selection! Finally, if none of these options work for you, consider joining a gardening forum or starting an online search for rare types of succulents – you never know what treasures might await!
When to Water
When it comes to watering succulents, the best advice is to check the soil moisture level before you water. Depending on how quickly your succulent’s soil dries out, you may need to water it once or twice a week or only once a month. They are truly all different.
To test if it needs more water, stick your finger into the top 1-2 inches of the soil. If it feels dry, then it’s time for a drink! However, be sure not to overwater. This can lead to root rot and pest issues. A good rule of thumb is that purple succulents should never have wet feet. Meaning they should not sit in standing water after being watered, as this can cause root damage.
When to Repot
Knowing when to repot a succulent is an important part of keeping your plant healthy and thriving. Generally, it’s time to put your purple succulent in a larger pot every two years or so in order for the roots to be able to grow unhindered. Succulents can quickly become root bound if not given ample room for growth.
Signs that you should consider repotting include stunted growth, yellowing leaves, wilting plants, slow-growing plants, as well as cramped roots visible at the base of the pot. If you see any of these signs, it is best to move them into a pot slightly bigger than their current one with fresh soil and more space for development.
When to Feed
Most people think that succulents do not need to be fertilized, yet regular fertilization can help them grow better. It is important to be careful with the strength of the fertilizer, as too much can damage the succulents. Miracle-Gro, manure tea, or fish emulsion can all be used on a monthly basis during the plant’s active growing season for the best results.
Summary of 10 Types of Purple Succulents
- Graptopetalum superbum
- Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’
- Graptoveria ‘Debbie’
- Echeveria haagai ‘Tolimanensis’
- Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
- Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’
- Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’
- Sedum dasyphyllum ‘Lilac Mound’
- Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Notah’
- Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’
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