Unveiling the Enchanting World of Purple Succulent Plants

Creating a succulent garden is an incredible and fulfilling project, whether you’re building an outdoor rock garden, a hanging basket, or an indoor collection of these fascinating plants. Succulent plants are known for being easy to care for, with the main threat to their survival being overwatering.

When exposed to the sun, many succulents develop vibrant shades of red and purple. This color change is actually a chemical reaction called anthocyanin production. These stunning purple succulents are a wonderful addition to any collection, bringing color and texture to your garden. Let’s explore some of the most popular varieties that can thrive in various climates and as houseplants.

Echeveria ‘Afterglow’

Image: ‘Afterglow’ is a gorgeous variety of Echeveria with large, lavender rosettes.

Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ is a personal favorite. This large succulent variety features lavender rosettes that can grow up to 12 inches in diameter. The purple leaves have delicate ruffled edges and a thin pink margin, which adds to their charm. These heat and drought-tolerant plants thrive in full sun, and the more sun they receive, the deeper the color becomes. In summer, ‘Afterglow’ blooms with soft coral flowers on lavender stems.

Sempervivum Heuffelii ‘Artemis’

Image: ‘Artemis’ is a hardy succulent with densely arranged rosettes and dark purple leaves.

Another fantastic choice is Sempervivum Heuffelii ‘Artemis.’ This frost-tolerant succulent has a symmetrical shape, with tightly organized rosettes that are green in the center and turn deep purple at the ends. As fall approaches, the entire plant transitions to a beautiful deep eggplant shade. ‘Artemis’ thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, tolerating excessive heat and frost. It produces yellow flowers in summer, and although the parent plant dies after blooming, offsets quickly take its place.

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Sempervivum Heuffelii ‘Bermuda’

Image: ‘Bermuda’ is a hardy and heat-tolerant succulent with pale green leaves that develop purple tips.

If you haven’t yet discovered Sempervivum Heuffelii, let me introduce you to this amazing little plant. ‘Bermuda’ is a particularly captivating color-changing variety. Starting with a pale green heart early in the year, it deepens to an intense blackish purple color by winter. The neat rosettes have fleshy, thick leaves and pale purple-pink accents with white margins. ‘Bermuda’ blooms only once before the parent plant dies, but it generously produces offsets, ensuring a continuous supply of these cold-hardy succulents.

Echeveria ‘Black Prince’

Black Prince
Image: ‘Black Prince’ produces gorgeous purple rosettes suitable for indoor cultivation.

‘Black Prince’ is a small stunner with a rich purple to dark brown color. It can be grown indoors but requires adequate sunlight to maintain its stunning hue; otherwise, it reverts to a green color. If you live in a colder region, it’s essential to bring ‘Black Prince’ indoors when the temperature drops below freezing. In fall, it produces a flower spike that blooms with striking red flowers. During winter, the plant enters dormancy and requires minimal watering. There is also a variegated cultivar known as Bess Bates.

Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

Image: ‘Zwartkop’ produces dark red rosettes that deepen to a deep purple shade in the sun.

Known as Black Rose or Black Tree Rose, ‘Zwartkop’ is a tall succulent with deep red, nearly black, purple coloration when exposed to full sun. It thrives in bright sunlight and well-drained soil. This plant requires more water than the average succulent and is best propagated through cuttings. ‘Zwartkop’ produces yellow flowers in summer that contrast beautifully with its dark foliage.

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Sempervivum Heuffelii ‘Bora’

Image: ‘Bora’ changes color from bright green to blackish-purple at the tips.

‘Bora’ is a stunning color-changing variety of Sempervivum Heuffelii. Starting with a bright green heart early in the year, the leaves gradually deepen to an almost blackish purple color by winter. The leaves grow in neat rosettes with fine cilia at the edges. After a few years, ‘Bora’ produces yellow flowers before the rosette dies off, but offsets quickly take their place. These cold-hardy succulents are easy to grow and propagate.

Broadleaf Stonecrop

Purple Delight
Image: ‘Purple Delight’ is an attractive ground cover succulent with silvery fleshy leaves and purple margins.

‘Purple Delight’ is an award-winning ground cover succulent that attracts butterflies and forms a stunning carpet of spoon-shaped leaves in rock gardens. This North American native boasts excellent cold tolerance and produces bright yellow flowers in late spring and summer. The fleshy leaves are silvery with purple tips, creating an enchanting display.

Echeveria ‘Chroma’

Purple Pearl
Image: ‘Purple Pearl’ is a delightful variegated echeveria with purple, green, pink, apricot, and white hues.

‘Chroma’ is a stunningly colorful variegated echeveria variety. Alongside purple, its leaves display pink, green, apricot, gold, and white tones. The small bell-shaped rosettes, measuring around 4 inches in diameter, are lighter toward the center and deepen in color towards the edges. With increased sun exposure, the rosettes become more colorful. In spring, ‘Chroma’ produces flower spikes topped with yellow-centered coral-colored bell-shaped blooms.

Dragon’s Blood Sedum

Dragon's Blood
Image: ‘Dragon’s Blood’ produces succulent rosettes with fleshy reddish-purple leaves and a grayish waxy coating.

The striking ‘Dragon’s Blood’ sedum bears a resemblance to the popular Burro’s Tail succulent. While its stems don’t grow as long, they still feature a similar leaf arrangement. ‘Dragon’s Blood’ forms a dense mound of green rosettes with reddish-purple edges, which darken depending on sun exposure and the time of year. These hardy plants can tolerate neglect and are relatively pest and disease resistant. In spring, they produce pretty red flowers.

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Graptoveria ‘Debbie’

Image: ‘Debbie’ produces plump rosettes of pale lavender leaves.

‘Debbie’ is a unique and colorful echeveria hybrid with pale lavender to violet-colored plump, rounded rosettes. This variety adds a special touch to succulent gardens or arrangements. ‘Debbie’ is a low-maintenance plant that does well as a houseplant, thriving near a brightly lit window with minimal watering. It produces abundant offsets and lovely apricot flowers in spring, making it an excellent choice for container gardening.

Sempervivum Heuffelii ‘Hot Lips’

Hot Lips
Image: ‘Hot Lips’ has reddish-purple leaves with green edging.

‘Hot Lips’ is a striking variety of Sempervivum Heuffelii. Its reddish-purple leaves feature pale green edging, creating a distinctive and visually appealing contrast. The densely arranged rosettes have a dense and tightly organized structure, giving the center a lighter appearance due to the closer-together pale edges. These cold-hardy plants are a great choice for gardening enthusiasts in northern zones. ‘Hot Lips’ produces yellow flowers after a few years, and the parent plant dies off, but numerous offsets take their place. These plants can survive winter under a blanket of snow.

Houghton’s Hybrid Kalanchoe

Houghton's Hybrid Kalanchoe
Image: Houghton’s Hybrid Kalanchoe has narrow leaves that sprout young sprouts of a purple hue along the edges.

Houghton’s Hybrid Kalanchoe, also known as Mother of Millions or Devil’s Backbone, stands out for its unique narrow leaves. The serrated margins of these leaves are adorned with numerous young sprouts that have a purple hue. While Houghtonii does bloom with bell-shaped chandelier-like flowers, its appeal lies primarily in its distinctive foliage