Find out the names of the 17 best flowering succulents that can be grown indoors or outdoors and have interesting textures, leaves, and flowers.
Succulents and cacti have more to them than just shiny, plump, thorny leaves. There are also succulents that bloom.
1. Christmas Cactus
Botanical Name: Schlumbergera x buckleyi
Common Names: Holiday cactus, Crab cactus
A Christmas cactus plant that blooms could be a great holiday gift. It grows beautiful purple, pink, and red flowers if it is taken care of well.
Water this plant when the top soil is dry and keep the roots from getting too big. Here, you can find more tips on how to grow.
2. Crown of Thorns
Botanical Name: Euphorbia milii
Common Names: Crown of Thorns, Christ Plant, Christ Thorns, Siamese Lucky Plant
This succulent blooms profusely and is probably one of our best blooming succulents.It does well as a houseplant and can also be grown outside in frost-free areas with little care. Find out everything you need to know about it here.
3. Pincushion Cactus
Botanical Name: Mammillaria crinita
Pincushion cactus can survive in dry conditions and is also very easy to grow. You can add it to your collection of succulents because it blooms and looks like a ball. When growing indoors, give the plant at least 4 hours of direct sunlight.
Because it has spines with hooks, you should be careful with it and keep it away from children and dogs.
4. Rock Purslane
Botanical Name: Calandrinia spectabilis
There are beautiful magenta flowers on the tall branches that rise above the thick foliage. Even though the flowers only last one day, new ones will soon be there to take their place.
Botanical Name: Echeveria Afterglow
Other Flowering Varieties: Fred Ives, Black Prince, Frank Reinelt, Echeveria Imbricata, Perle Von Nurnberg, Purple Pearl, Ruffles, Mexican Snowball
The echeverias in Afterglow have the most beautiful blooms and a lovely rosette of lavender-colored leaves. The edges of the leaves are a beautiful shade of pink.
This bush looks like it came from another planet because of its bright red flowers. It grows in the same way that echeveria does—keep it in full light for the best color.
6. Marble Buttons
Botanical Name: Conophytum calculus
Common Names: Marble Buttons, Cone Plants, Dumplings, Button Plants, Living Pebbles
Many people like the way it looks like a piece of marble. When the leaves come together, they make a unique spherical dome that feels chalky, smooth, and hairless. In the fall, clove-scented night blooms in yellow, gold, and dark orange make it look nicer and better.
7. Flowering Kalanchoe
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Common Names: Flaming Katy, Christmas Kalanchoe, Florist Kalanchoe, Madagascar Widow’s Thrill
This plant, which stays green all year, comes in different sizes and colors of flowers. It has attractive dark green leaves in an ovate shape, but the bright blooms are what make it a must-have houseplant.
If you keep it near a window that gets a lot of sun and keep its feet from getting wet, it will bloom often. Also, check out our post about the best indoor plants that bloom.
8. Jade Plant
Botanical Name: Crassula ovata
Common Names: Money Tree, Money Plant, Jade Plant, Jade Tree, Friendship Tree, Lucky Plant, Dollar Plant, Pink Joy
The jade plant is one of the best houseplants for people who are just starting out. It can grow to be 3–4 feet tall inside if it is taken care of well. It has glossy, oval-shaped, dark green leaves that are its best feature.
It also has flowers. Inside, it’s hard to get a jade plant to bloom, but it’s not impossible. The star-shaped blooms come out in late winter or early spring. They can be white or pink.
9. Purple Ice Plant
Botanical Name: Delosperma cooperi
Common Names: Hardy Ice Plant, Trailing Ice Plant, Pink Carpet, Purple Ice Plant, Hardy Purple Ice Plant, Cooper’s Ice Plant, Cooper’s Hardy Ice Plant
Not only is it noteworthy for its needle-like leaves, but it also has daisy-like purple blooms that bloom all summer and fall. It grows about 3–4 inches tall and spreads quickly.
A great choice for something to cover the ground! Grow it in a sunny spot with dry, well-drained soil.
10. Red Yucca
Botanical Name: Hesperaloe parviflora
Common Names: Red Yucca, Texas Red Yucca, Hummingbird Yucca, Red-flowered False Yucca, Redflower False Yucca, Coral Yucca, Samandoque
This succulent plant from the agave family looks more like an ornamental grass, but it’s a better choice because it has beautiful flower stalks and blooms and doesn’t need much care.
It grows best outside in hot places because it can handle both drought and heat. If you have a sunny window inside, you can grow it there.
11. Peanut Cactus
Botanical Name: Echinopsis chamaecereus ‘Westfield Alba’
This small plant looks like peanut shells. It has huge flower heads that bloom in many beautiful shades of white and orange. The spines on this cactus are smooth, which makes it safe for pets and children. Keep it in half the sun in hot climates and full sun in cold climates to ensure proper growth.
12. Emily Cobweb Houseleek
Botanical Name: Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Emily’
Common Names: Emily Cobweb Houseleek, Spider Web Hens and Chicks
The red and green cilia on the leaves of this small succulent that grows in a rosette shape look like spiderwebs.
The pink blooms are in the shape of a star and grow on tall stalks. It can be grown in a rock garden, scree bed, wall crevice, alpine house, trough, or just in a pot indoors or out.
Botanical Name: Aloe genus
Flowering Varieties: Aloe Vera, Karoo Aloe, Aloe Albiflora, Baker Aloe, Tiger Tooth Aloe, Toothless Torch Aloe, Christmas Sleigh, Coral Fire
Several species of aloe have beautiful flowers. You can see some of the names up above. Read our post about the best aloe plants for pots to learn more.
14. Desert Rose Plant
Botanical Name: Adenium obesum
Common Names: Adenium, Sabi Star, Kudu, Mock Azalea, Impala Lily
This show-stopping succulent can also be used as a bonsai plant because it has a thick trunk. If kept in full light, the beautiful red, white, or pink flowers will bloom in spring and summer in cold climates and all year long in warm climates.
This slow-growing flowering succulent can get as tall as 10 feet, but it can be kept in small to medium-sized pots.
Caveat: The sap of this plant is toxic, and ingestion may cause stomach upset and lethargy.
15. Lifesaver Cactus
Botanical Name: Huernia zebrina
Common Names: Carrion flower, Little owl eyes, Owl eyes, Zebra-Stripped Huernia
The star-shaped flowers are made up of beautiful zebra stripes and have a ring in the middle that looks like a donut. It works just as well inside as it does outside, but it can’t handle cold breezes or frost. Keep an eye out for mealybugs, which can hurt this plant.
16. Orchid Cactus
Botanical name: Epiphyllum hybrids
This plant looks best when it is in a hanging basket. Long, wide, and serrated stems look beautiful as they spill out of the basket and end in huge, beautiful blooms.
Blossoms can be pink, red, white, yellow, orange, purple, or even both. Check out this helpful growth guide for more information.
17. Ruby Ball
Botanical Name: Gymnocalycium mihanovichi
Common Names: Red Cap Cactus, Red Hibotan, Hibotan, Moon Cactus ‘Hibotan’
Because the tops don’t have chlorophyll and the bodies are different colors, this is a one-of-a-kind addition to your office desk or a tabletop inside your home.