25 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Purple Succulents For Homes & Offices

Are you feeling an overabundance of green in your succulent garden, and it is beginning to bore you? Perhaps it’s time to spice things up with some color. And purple succulents are well worth looking into if you prefer darker tones. Also, you will never run out of options, as there are just so many different kinds of purple succulents to choose from.

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Purple succulents

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Purple succulents are the ultimate combination of exquisite and bold, making them an excellent addition to any house. These gorgeous plants, regardless of where you decide to put them in your garden, will stand out. For example, the vibrant color of these plants makes them an excellent choice for use as an accent piece in flower beds and rock gardens.

Purple succulents are either stressed or unique types of common succulents with a purple tint in their foliage. The Santa Rita Prickly Pear, Job’s Beard, and Perle von Nürnberg succulents are among the most well-known and widespread examples of either purple succulents or succulents with purple-colored leaves.

purple succulents

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It is important to note here that not every succulent on the list is a ‘pure purple’ color. Some of them could have a tinge of pink, blue, and violet. Nevertheless, let’s get started!

Top 25 Purple Succulents For Homes & Offices

The following is a list of our top 40 favorite species of succulents; these plants are suitable for a wide variety of settings and can be discovered all over the world.

1. Purple Heart

Purple Heart

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Do you want to add a splash of purple to your containers? Then you should think about planting some Purple Heart plants, which are evergreen and easy to care for either indoors or outdoors. Its purple lance-shaped leaves on thin stems are a visual feast. 

It is charming whether displayed in hanging baskets, mixed containers, or ground cover. It is a self-propagating creeper that may cover many feet of ground in just a few growing seasons, and the vibrant purple leaves can reach around five inches in size. 

This plant has purple blooms that are tiny and insignificant; however, they are carried on long stalks that help lift them to viewing heights where they are more accessible. 

They’re not as dark purple as the leaves, either.

Purple Heart – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameTradescantia Pallida
Plant FamilyCommelinaceae
Native ToNortheast Mexico (from Tamaulipas to Yucatan)
SizeAbout 18 inches tall.
Common Problems Practically free of pests, but keep an eye out for vine weevils.
Soil NeedsWell-drained, high organic matter, loamy soil.
Fertilization NeedsWhen the plant is actively growing, fertilize it every month.
Watering RequirementsWater the plants only when the soil feels dry.
Ideal Humidity RangeAbout 40 percent.
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best at 60 ºF to 70 ºF.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

2. Sedum Purple Emperor

Sedum Purple Emperor

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With its regal bearing and brilliant pink flower crowns, the Sedum Purple Emperor is one of my absolute favorites among the purple succulents. This hybrid perennial sedum can reach a height of 15 inches and spreads in erect to slightly spreading clumps. It also boasts a spectacular display of purple foliage and a profusion of pink blossoms during the summer.

They are simple to grow and draw in pollinators like bees and butterflies when their star-shaped flowers bloom. The Sedum purple emperor looks like a shrub when mature and is an excellent choice for planting in gardens and along borders. 

The flower heads end up being between 5 and 6 inches in diameter when the flowers open and flatten as they mature. The flowers fade in the fall, but the foliage lasts into winter.

Sedum Purple Emperor – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameHylotelephium telephium
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToMany parts of the United Kingdom
SizeCan reach heights of up to 12 inches or more.
Common Problems Very tolerant of plant diseases once it reaches maturity.
Soil NeedsNutrient poor, but well-draining, sandy to rocky soil
Fertilization NeedsThey do not need to be fertilized, usually.
Watering RequirementsKeep the soil moist and water regularly when establishing. 
Ideal Humidity RangeLow to medium.
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best between 65 °F to 75 °F.
Light RequirementsNeeds bright, transparent, scattered light

Related: 25 Beautiful Flowering Succulents To Grow Indoors (With Pictures)

3. Live Forever ‘Dark Beauty

Live Forever 'Dark Beauty

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Dark Beauty is one of the most popular succulents because of how easy it is to care for. Their offsets allow them to spread quickly in ideal conditions, making them desirable as a ground cover in hot, dry climates. They will even look lovely when grown on rock walls and make the perfect plant for a container. Most can survive in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8, and some can even thrive in zone 8. 

Dark beauty grows into a low cushion or carpet of fleshy leaves, with tiny new plants sprouting in a circle around the mother in the center. In most cases, a plant will mature and grow for several years before it produces flowers. And then, once it has bloomed, the plant dies, but not before it has generated a lot of new plants from its offsets.

Live Forever ‘Dark Beauty’ – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameSempervivum ‘Dark Beauty
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToMany parts of the United Kingdom
SizeA height of 0.2 m and a spread of 0.3 m after 2 to 5 years.
Common Problems Constantly soggy soil can lead to its death.
Soil NeedsWell-draining, fertile and sandy soil.
Fertilization NeedsFertilize with a slow-release formula at the start of the growing season.
Watering RequirementsVery little
Ideal Humidity RangePerforms well in low humidity.
Ideal Temperature RangeStarts fading beyond 85 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

4. Hen & Chicks, Houseleek

Hen & Chicks, Houseleek - purple succulents

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Sempervivum The ‘Purple Beauty’ succulent is quite stunning; it has silvery pink semi-open rosettes that grow on its leaves, and the leaves themselves have a purple shade. This succulent may exhibit what is known as “watermarks” or undulating striations of natural farina wax. Their leaves expand in a rosette-like design that can be up to six inches across at its widest point. In most cases, the plant will not grow to a height of more than three inches. 

The plant produces offsets, or chicks, each spring, which can then mature to make their own offsets. As a result, purple Beauty requires relatively little attention and is the kind of plant that even novice gardeners will find easy to grow and care for.

Hen & Chicks, Houseleek – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameSempervivum tectorum Purple Beauty
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToMany parts of the United Kingdom
SizeHardly grows more than three inches in height and one inch in width
Common Problems Wet soil conditions might lead to root and crown rot.
Soil NeedsGrows best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Fertilization NeedsFertilizer is not needed in most cases.
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent watering.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity.
Ideal Temperature RangeStarts fading if the temperature exceeds 85 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

5. Common Houseleek

Common Houseleek - purple succulents

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If you have a rock garden or a rock wall, you already have the ideal setting for growing common houseleeks. It grows well in rock gardens due to its drought resistance and hardiness. This evergreen succulent has a sluggish growth rate and resembles roses in appearance. When the plants reach maturity, they produce strong flower stalks with odd-looking flowers at the tips that are star-shaped and either mauve-pink or red in color.

Except when they are stretched out to flower, these plants do not grow very tall. Instead, this succulent’s mushy, thick pads are organized in rosettes 4 inches across and surrounded by purple leaves with pointy tips. Overall, this is a beautiful succulent, blooming with purple blossoms that may bring color and texture to a space.

Common Houseleek – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameSempervivum tectorum
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToMany parts of southern Europe
SizeAbout 4 inches tall and 2 inches wide.
Common Problems If the soil is soggy, the plant might suffer from root rot.
Soil NeedsGrows best in moderately fertile, well-drained, sandy soil
Fertilization NeedsFertilizer is not needed in most cases.
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent watering.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in moderate humidity.
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best between 60 °F to 70 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

6. Lilac Mound

Lilac Mound - purple succulents

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This low-growing sedum perennial succulent has overlapping leaves in mild frost green and purple. When under slight stress, Lilac Mound shows its true colors. At that point, the more mature leaves take on a deep purple tint that is lightened by the pale green of the natural leaf color. The blue-green and purple leaves are closely clustered together, giving the plant a distinct appearance that sets it apart from other plants.

When exposed to direct sunlight, it takes on a lavender color. It is one of the more tenacious succulents, and it blooms with pure white flowers during the summer. When it is in its full bloom, the plant also draws a large number of butterflies.

Lilac Mound – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameSedum Dasyphyllum
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToParts of Europe and North Africa
SizeAbout 1.50 meters high and 1.50 to 2 meters wide.
Common Problems No notable issues.
Soil NeedsPerforms well in well-draining soil mix with at least 50% inorganics
Fertilization NeedsFertilizer is not needed in most cases.
Watering RequirementsWater only when the soil is dry.
Ideal Humidity RangePerforms well in low humidity
Ideal Temperature RangeThieves in temperatures above 40 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun.

7. Dragon’s Blood Sedum

Dragon's Blood Sedum

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This evergreen perennial succulent mat forms a rosette with fleshy, spherical green leaves that are purple-red or burgundy in color. Its colors might change depending on the time of year as well as the lighting. When exposed to bright light or cold temperatures, the color of this succulent becomes even more vibrant. 

This sedum is terrific and entertaining to have in your yard and offers a greater variety of plum and lavender colors. This sedum has a long lifespan and needs very little maintenance to look its best. It can flourish in a diverse range of climatic conditions.

It is also known as “Red carpet sedum” on occasion.

Dragon’s Blood Sedum – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameSedum spurium
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToParts of the USA
SizeAverage height is about 4 inches
Common Problems No notable issues.
Soil NeedsGrows best in moderately fertile, well-drained, sandy soil
Fertilization NeedsFertilizer is not needed in most cases.
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent watering.
Ideal Humidity RangeLow to moderate
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms well in all seasons
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

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8. Purple Rose

Purple Rose

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Purple Aeonium thrives in warm conditions and is an excellent choice for growing in containers. This gorgeous succulent features branched, towering stems that terminate in rosettes of dark-purple leaves. The sturdy trunk divides into several branches, and the leaves grow on the tops of the branches that have grown from the main trunk. 

The stems themselves are colored a creamy yellow, contrasting heavily with the deep purple of the foliage. Due to the presence of aesthetically pleasing dark purple rosettes on the woody branches, it can be cultivated either as a shrub or as a tree. The breadth of these rosettes is generally between 6 and 8 inches, and their purple color deepens in bright light.

Purple Rose – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameAeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToParts of North Africa
SizeCan grow as tall as four feet
Common Problems Leaves might fall out in heat stress
Soil NeedsGrows best in well-drained soil
Fertilization NeedsOnce per year in the spring
Watering RequirementsWater only in winter, not in summer when the plant is dormant
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in high humidity
Ideal Temperature RangeThieves between 60 °F to 70 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun

9. Pleiospilos Nelii ‘Royal Flush’

Pleiospilos Nelii ‘Royal Flush’

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The Royal Flush is a distinctive purple succulent that can have anywhere from two to four leaves and has deep grooves running through the centers of each leaf. This little tropical succulent, often called a split rock, has opposing leaves that range in color from pale to deep purple, depending on the plant’s environment. This plant blooms with pure white flowers and thrives in a wide range of climates and soil types. 

However, bear in mind that in contrast to other succulents, these are accustomed to constant wetness as a result of fog and condensation. Because of this, it can be somewhat challenging to establish the ideal balance of moisture for your region.

Royal Flush – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NamePleiospilos Nelii
Plant FamilyAizoaceae
Native ToParts of South Africa
SizeReaches heights of up to 3 inches
Common Problems No notable issues.
Soil NeedsGrows best in well-drained soil
Fertilization NeedsNot needed, usually
Watering RequirementsWater regularly but lightly 
Ideal Humidity RangePrefers high humidity. So, mist.
Ideal Temperature RangeThrives at a temperature of 40 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

10. Santa Rita Prickly Pear

Santa Rita Prickly Pear - purple succulents

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This fascinating species of cactus can be found in its natural habitat in the southwestern United States. The pads it leaves behind are a distinctive shade of green and purple, while smaller plants typically have a more vibrant color. It has the potential to reach a height of six feet and a width of nine feet. These succulents, which also go by the name Purple Prickly Pear, are trendy due to the multicolored paddles that make up their leaves. 

The pads of this cactus grow upright as a bushy shrub, and the stems have a reddish hue that makes them stand out among other types of cacti. The Prickly Pear cactus reigns supreme over all other varieties of purple cactus plants. 

They are a treat in your backyard if you have room for them.

Santa Rita Prickly Pear – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameOpuntia Santarita
Plant FamilyCactaceae
Native ToNew Mexico and Southern Arizona
SizeCan reach a height of six and a width of nine feet on average
Common Problems Cochineal scale or mealybugs
Soil NeedsGrows best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Fertilization NeedsFertilizer is not needed in most cases.
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent watering.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity.
Ideal Temperature RangePrefers temperature above 15 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

11. Moonstones

Moonstones

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If you adore succulents that have a delicate appearance and are fluffy in texture, then you are going to love moonstones. They are available in many colors, one of which being pale lavender. It is also known as a sugar almond plant. It has pebble-like foliage that is covered with a very thin layer of powdery white substance. 

Each leaf is an exquisitely sculpted tiny oval, and the bloom spikes that can reach a height of eight inches, yet they will never lose their delicate appearance. 

This succulent’s striking appearance sets it apart from other varieties, contributing to its widespread popularity. This succulent is, however, prone to mealybugs, but they can be easily managed by applying neem oil to the foliage.

Moonstones – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NamePachyphytum Oviferum
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToParts of Mexico
SizeOn average, about 10 cm
Common Problems Mealybugs and root rot
Soil NeedsWell-drained potting soil with grit
Fertilization NeedsFeed every month during the spring and summer
Watering RequirementsWater regularly during the winter months
Ideal Humidity RangeAbout 40 percent
Ideal Temperature RangeStart fading below 25 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun

12. Mangave ‘Mission To Mars’

Mangave 'Mission To Mars'

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The ‘Mission to Mars’ succulent looks so alien you could swear it was brought here from Mars. Curved slightly inward, the leaves of this intriguing succulent grow long and slender. 

This evergreen succulent produces spectacular rosettes that are surrounded by foliage that is fashioned like lances. The dark purple leaves have pointed tips and edges that bend inwards toward the center of the plant. The plant thrives as a focal point in gardens and containers and grows well in both environments. 

Similar to other types of succulents, mangaves thrive when given more time in the sun. Due to their size, growing them inside is challenging, but the reward is brighter green leaves.

Mangave’ Mission To Mars’ – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Manfreda and Agave.
Plant FamilyAgavaceae
Native ToParts of North America
SizeCan reach heights of 3 to 4 feet
Common Problems No notable issue
Soil NeedsGrows best in fertile, well-drained, sandy soil
Fertilization NeedsHalf-strength fertilizer in summer
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent watering.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity.
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best between 60 °F to 70 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

Related: 19 Heart Touching and Joyful Korean Succulents for Gardens

13. Lithops Optica ‘Rubra’

Lithops Optica ‘Rubra’ - purple succulents

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Could those be rocks? Not at all; those are the compact, spherical leaves of the rubra succulent. These fascinating little succulents are also referred to as Living Stones, and they are endemic to the African country of Namibia. The pebble-like leaves are approximately one inch in length and have a coloration that can be described as reddish-purple. 

The stem of a lithop plant is so short that it cannot be seen when viewed from the side. Late in the summer or at the beginning of fall, the ‘Rubra plant will produce flowers that are either white or a very light yellow. They appear in the midst of a leaf pair that has split in two.

Lithops Optica ‘Rubra’ – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameLithops Optica ‘Rubra’
Plant FamilyAizoaceae
Native ToNamibia (South-west Africa)
SizeCan reach a height of up to 5cm
Common Problems The leaves will swell if you overwater the plant
Soil NeedsGrows best in well-drained, loamy, sandy soil
Fertilization NeedsNot needed
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent watering.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in good airflow.
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best between 60 °F to 70 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun 

14. Houseleek’ Raspberry Ice’

Houseleek' Raspberry Ice' - purple succulents

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It receives its common name from the appearance of its leaves. They have a lovely ruffled appearance and an overall color of purple with pink around the borders. The Raspberry Ice plant is a low-growing perennial succulent that forms a dense mound of foliage. 

This little plant produces rosettes that are initially bright crimson but eventually darken to a purplish-red color. The gently webbed, pointed leaves begin to appear in the spring and continue to deepen in hue as the season progresses. 

The rosette can reach a huge and visually striking mass in its mature state. It has remarkable clusters of shell, pink, star-shaped flowers in June towering above the foliage.

Houseleek’ Raspberry Ice’ – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameSempervivum’ Raspberry Ice’
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToParts of Mexico
SizeCan reach a height of 2 inches (without flowers)
Common Problems No notable issue
Soil NeedsThrives in well-drained succulent mix
Fertilization NeedsAn early season application of a slow-release liquid fertilizer
Watering RequirementsWater regularly during spring and summer
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in moderate humidity
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best between 65 °F to 75 °F.
Light RequirementsThrives in full sun

15. Graptoveria ‘Debbie’

Graptoveria ‘Debbie’

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This plant thrives in warm regions and poses no threat to either people or animals when it is in their immediate vicinity. It does particularly well even when grown inside, but it does need a great deal of light. This South African succulent changes from a light purple to a deeper purple depending on the ambient temperature. 

At full maturity, the plant’s triangular-shaped leaves only reach a diameter of eight inches, and the plant itself forms a spiral rosette pattern. If you have a garden full of plants with more pointed appearances, adding one or two Debbies to the garden can offer a wonderful difference in texture. The brilliant pink and purple hues of the leaves never fade.

Graptoveria ‘Debbie’ – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGraptoveria ‘Debbie’
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToParts of South Africa
SizeAbout 8 inches
Common Problems Overwatering can cause root rot
Soil NeedsDoes well in a mix of sand and peat
Fertilization NeedsOnce during active growth season
Watering RequirementsWater only when the soil is dry
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity
Ideal Temperature RangeNot tolerant of cold
Light RequirementsThrives in full sun

16. Echeveria Taurus

Echeveria Taurus - purple succulents

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This succulent is a beautiful addition to any garden because of its huge, purple, triangular leaves and bulky, rounded appearance. It blooms with vibrant red and yellow flowers during the summer, a testament to its home in Mexico. The Echeveria Taurus variation, like others in the genus, features fleshy, triangular leaves in a striking lighter color. 

Taurus blooms during the summer and produces magnificent red and yellow flowers on its long stalk, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor use.

Echeveria Taurus – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameEcheveria Taurus
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToParts of Mexico
SizeOn average, about one foot
Common Problems Poor watering habits can cause the plant to wilt
Soil NeedsGrows best in well-drained, loamy, sandy soil
Fertilization NeedsNot needed
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent watering.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in good airflow.
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best between 60 °F to 70 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun 

17. Echeveria Purple Pearl

Echeveria Purple Pearl

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When most people think of purple succulents, the Purple Pearl is the plant that first comes to mind. This lovely evergreen succulent produces a big rosette of fleshy olive-green lavender-rose foliage with pink margins. 

The foliage is pointy, slightly spherical, and somewhat more lavender than the rose. Its leaves are round and flat and arranged in a rosette pattern that can be up to 8 inches in diameter. The plant itself may reach a height of between six and eight inches.

Echeveria Purple Pearl – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameEcheveria’ Purple Pearl’
Plant FamilyEcheveria
Native ToParts of Mexico
SizeUp to 6 inches
Common Problems Poor watering habits can cause the plant to wilt
Soil NeedsGrows best in well-drained, loamy, sandy soil
Fertilization NeedsFeed from spring till early October.
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent watering.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity
Ideal Temperature RangePrefers warmer climates
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can thrive in partial shade

18. Purple Echeveria Perle Von Nürnberg

Purple Echeveria Perle Von Nürnberg - purple succulents

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Another purple Echeveria, the Perle von Nurnberg, is commonly known as “Conchita” due to its hardiness and sturdiness. Although it first seems green, its rosette quickly transforms into a deep blue-purple when exposed to bright sunlight. So, whether you’re planting an indoor or outdoor garden, the stunning Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ is a must-have. And, despite its German-sounding name, this Echeveria variety is native to Mexico.

Purple Echeveria Perle Von Nürnberg – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameEcheveria Perle Von Nürnberg
Plant FamilyEcheveria
Native ToMexico
SizeUp to 10 inches
Common Problems No notable issue
Soil NeedsGrows best in well-drained, loamy, sandy soil
Fertilization NeedsNot needed
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent waterings.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in good airflow.
Ideal Temperature RangeCan withstand cold really well
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun 

19. Echeveria Lilacina

Echeveria Lilacina  - purple succulents

Ghost echeveria, or Lilacina, is a slow-growing plant with rosette-shaped purple leaves. It can’t stand it when it’s humid outside, but it blooms in a coral-pink color while it’s in its growing season. The spoon-shaped, fleshy leaves of the Echeveria lilacina plant are an appealing shade of silvery gray, but they become closer to lilac during the cooler months.

Echeveria Lilacina – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameEcheveria Lilacina
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToMexico
SizeUp to 6 inches
Common Problems Poor watering habits can cause the plant to wilt
Soil NeedsDoes well in cactus mix
Fertilization NeedsApply a liquid fertilizer in spring and summer
Watering RequirementsWater only when the soil is dry
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best between 60 °F to 70 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers partial sunlight 

20. Echeveria Black Prince

Echeveria Black Prince - purple succulents

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The stunning Black Prince is a succulent with dark green leaves and rich purple flowers. The expanding rosettes have a yellowish-green hue that becomes more apparent with a closer look. However, there is a hint of crimson at the very tips of the leaves, which contributes to the overall beauty of the plant. When grown in full sunlight, the plant’s leaves deepen in color to a rich purple.

Echeveria Black Prince – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameEcheveria affinis
Plant FamilyEcheveria
Native ToParts of Mexico
SizeUp to 10 inches
Common Problems No notable issues
Soil NeedsGrows best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Fertilization NeedsFertilizer is not needed in most cases.
Watering RequirementsOnly needs infrequent waterings.
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity.
Ideal Temperature RangeStarts fading if the temperature exceeds 85 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

21. Sunrise succulent

Sunrise succulent

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Perennial purple succulents, Anacampseros Rufescens are great for indoor containers due to their modest size and slow growth rate. The upper sides of its leaves have a dark green tint, but the undersides have an intense purple hue to them. Their leaves seem like they’ve been crammed to capacity. Even while a clear rosette pattern may be seen, the rosettes themselves are not as well ordered as, for example, an echeveria.

Sunrise succulent – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameAnacampseros Rufescens
Plant FamilyAnacampserote
Native ToParts of South Africa
SizeUp to 2 inches
Common Problems No notable issues
Soil NeedsWell-draining, sandy
Fertilization NeedsIn the growing season, use the 10-10-10 formula once a week
Watering RequirementsInfrequent
Ideal Humidity RangeLow
Ideal Temperature Rangehigher than 36 F
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

22. Aeonium ‘Velour’

Aeonium 'Velour' - purple succulents

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When young, this aeonium is a vibrant green, but as it matures, it takes on a deep purple hue. This succulent grows to a height of about 3 feet and has an erect, relatively narrow form; it lives for years and creates a clump of beautiful rosettes all at once. When the leaves are young, they have an oval shape and are green in color. The plant’s leaves develop into a vibrant purple flower head pattern when it reaches maturity.

Aeonium’ Velour’ – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameAeonium ‘Velour’
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToNorth Africa and the Canary Islands
SizeCan grow up to 3 feet
Common Problems If the soil stays wet, it can develop root rot
Soil NeedsWell-draining and sandy
Fertilization NeedsUse a half-strength fertilizer every month in the growing season
Watering RequirementsWater only when the soil is dry
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity
Ideal Temperature RangePerforms best between 60 °F to 70 °F.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

23. Black Rose

Black Rose

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Another great addition if you want to create a “goth garden.” The black rose is so named because its leaves are such a deep aubergine color that they almost appear black. 

These rosettes have the appearance of a flower head, where the name black rose originates. These plants are an excellent option to include in your succulent garden if you want to give it a distinctive appearance and a range of colors.

Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameAeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToHolland
SizeCan reach up to 3 feet in height
Common Problems Prone to aphid infestations
Soil NeedsWell-drained and slightly acidic
Fertilization NeedsUse a water-soluble 10-10-10 fertilizer between May and September.
Watering RequirementsOnce a week during active growth
Ideal Humidity RangeThrives in low humidity
Ideal Temperature RangeThrives well above freezing
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun

24. Broadleaf Stonecrop

Broadleaf Stonecrop - purple succulents

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This succulent creates a mat from a rosette of mushy, red-purple leaves that are covered in a waxy, grayish coating. In addition to that, it bears vivid yellow blooms. Broadleaf Stonecrop is extraordinarily drought-resistant and can even survive brief exposure to flooding. 

However, despite its tough character, it is nevertheless rather delicate and cannot withstand cold temperatures for extended periods of time.

Broadleaf Stonecrop – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameSedum spathulifolium ‘Purpureum’
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToWestern North America, from British Columbia to southern California
SizeGrows up to 2 o 8 inches
Common Problems No notable issue
Soil NeedsLight, sandy, and loamy soils
Fertilization NeedsNot needed
Watering RequirementsWater plants thoroughly when the soil starts to dry out.
Ideal Humidity RangeModerate to high
Ideal Temperature RangePrefers warm temperatures
Light RequirementsThrives in full sun

25. Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’

25. Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’

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Among the many varieties of purple succulents, Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’ is an excellent choice for cascading over walls, dangling from baskets, or filling containers. 

It is a little evergreen succulent that generates open and compact rosettes that can reach a width of 5 inches. It blooms star-shaped flowers that are a pale yellow and have crimson patterns on the tips of their petals in the early spring. Moreover, it has fleshy, thick, pale-gray to pink leaves that range in color from lavender to pink.

Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’ – Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGraptopetalum ‘Superbum’
Plant FamilyCrassulaceae
Native ToJalisco, Mexico
SizeUp to 5 inches
Common Problems No notable issue
Soil NeedsSandy and dry soil
Fertilization NeedsUse a ¼ strength dilution of balanced fertilizer in spring
Watering RequirementsWater only when dry
Ideal Humidity RangeLow
Ideal Temperature RangeHardy to 25 F or less.
Light RequirementsPrefers full sun but can survive in partial shade.

Final Thoughts

Although green succulents are lovely, there are times when a dash of color is all that’s needed to make a room feel more cheerful. So, if you think the same, try growing some purple succulents and cacti in your garden and add some unusual succulents to your plant collection. These plants are pretty in purple and will offer a touch of glitz to any yard.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

purple succulents

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Are purple succulents real?

Yes, purple succulents exist and can provide joy to any living area. However, because purple is not the most common color in nature, these purple succulents will undoubtedly be noticeable due to their various hues of violet, lavender, and blue.

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What does it mean when a succulent turns purple?

There are two possible explanations for why succulents change to purple or other colors when stressed: nature or stress. If your succulents have turned purple or red as a result of stress, the problem may be caused by an excess of heat or light, a rapid shift in temperature, a lack of feed and water, or any combination of these factors.

Possible reasons for the color

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How long do succulents live?

Most succulents have a lifespan of about ten years, although some can live as long as twenty. However, some succulents don’t live very long but instead produce offsets. Chicks & Hens is a fantastic example. The parent plant has a short lifespan of only three to four years; however, it produces many offsets in that time.

beautiful bloom

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How often should you water succulents?

Except for winter months, when the temperature is above 40 degrees, you should irrigate your succulents every other week. However, the most important thing to remember when it comes to watering succulents is this: Only water the succulents until the soil in the container in which they are grown is completely dry.

Watering tips

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What does an overwatered succulent look like?

The appearance of the leaves is the most reliable indicator of whether or not your succulent is receiving an appropriate amount of water. 

For example, a plant that is underwatered will have wrinkled and shriveled leaves, whereas a plant that is overwatered will have soft, mushy, and practically translucent leaves.

Purple succulents

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Sources for Further Reading

Extension | Succulents 101. (2022). West Virginia University. Retrieved 16 October 2022, from https://extension.wvu.edu/lawn-gardening-pests/indoor-plants/succulents-101

Cacti and succulents. (2022). The University of Minnesota Extension. Retrieved 16 October 2022, from https://extension.umn.edu/houseplants/cacti-and-succulents

Growing Succulents: Beyond the Basics. (2017). The University of Illinois. Retrieved 16 October 2022, from https://extension.illinois.edu/blogs/know-how-know-more/2017-12-15-growing-succulents-beyond-basics

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