Succulents echeveria types are popular among gardeners, whether you’re a new gardener or experienced in the craft.
When you think of succulents, chances are the first plant that comes to mind is an echeveria. Also called hens and chicks, these drought-tolerant plants come in a wide variety of colors and shapes, making them perfect decorative additions to your home or office.
Echeveria plants, which belong to the Crassulaceae family, are one of the most popular succulent plants around the world. They grow in diverse climates and soil types, making them an ideal choice if you’re just starting out as a beginner gardener or if you live in less than desirable growing conditions. There are many Echeveria types that can add beautiful color and texture to your garden space!
Succulents echeveria plants are some of the most common and popular succulents in the world, and they’re easy to see why. These charming plants come in an incredible variety of colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes; they make both striking accents and stunning focal points in virtually any type of garden setting.
Succulents echeveria types
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’
The rosette-shaped, fleshy leaves and orange flowers of ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ make it an especially charming choice for succulent lovers. This echeveria succulent’s rich hues can also extend into its foliage as variegation adds to its aesthetic appeal. Ideally positioned in a semi-shady area, ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ will bloom for most of the year.
In fact, with some winter protection, this particular succulent is very hardy, preferring only that the soil dry out between waterings.
While ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ is somewhat difficult to grow from seedlings, it’s easy enough to find at nurseries or garden centers. With frost-free winters and well-drained soil, Echeveria are excellent plants for containers and landscapes alike.
An upright shrub with heart-shaped leaves that grows in bright light, it has soft pink flowers in summer. It takes very little water and will grow well outdoors in warm areas of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11; elsewhere, grow it as a houseplant or container specimen.
The leaves are a bluish-gray color, which is where it gets its name, azulita means little blue in Spanish. A plant with trailing stems, echeveria ‘Variegata’ is a medium-sized succulent whose stems can reach up to six inches long.
Blue echeverias come in many varieties such as the ever-popular bluebird type. One such variety (e.g., Echeveria pulidonis) is a rare albino type that lacks chlorophyll and doesn’t need any sunlight to survive.
Painted Echeveria (Echeveria nodulosa)
For a colorful display of potted succulents, look no further than painted echeveria (Echeveria nodulosa). These easy-to-grow plants offer a range of colors from green and yellow to red, pink, and orange. Painted echeverias are an excellent choice for a new gardener or novice succulent enthusiast.
Although they require minimal care, potted succulents should still be watered at least once per week. These hardy plants can also handle being outdoors during the summer months as long as they are provided plenty of shade and frequent waterings.
If you want your painted echeveria to flower, you will need to provide more intense light levels and warmer temperatures by moving it outdoors in the summertime.
Black Hens and Chicks (Echeveria ‘Black Prince’)
A hybrid with black-colored leaves, it’s also known as Black Prince. ‘Black Prince’ is one of most popular succulent plants. It has trailing stems of rosettes and dark-black leaves which are puckered along their edges. This trailing plant can reach up to 30 inches in length, but it can be pruned to encourage bushier growth if desired. The flowers that bloom on this plant are small and white.
One might say this plant resembles a black chicken or hen because of its spiky leaves, giving it the nickname Hens and Chicks. If you want a large number of small plants instead of just one or two large ones, then this is the perfect choice for you!
These plants grow well in both light and full sun conditions so you can’t go wrong when selecting them for your garden.
This beautiful, almost radiant succulent comes in a wide range of colors. If you’re looking for a great choice for a green backdrop or something that looks spectacular planted with other succulents, look no further than echeveria afterglow.
Also called starry night and sunrise because it exhibits such vivid coloring, echeveria afterglow is one of our favorite types of echeverias. It can grow up to 8 inches tall and the leaves are typically light green, purple-gray or blue-gray in color. The flowers on this plant tend to be pink to red.
It may be difficult to find this plant at your local garden center so we recommend ordering online if you want to add this beauty to your home landscaping.
Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’
This rosette-forming succulent is one of our favorites. The leaves of rosettes are softly tinged with red. Flowers are white, short-lived, and grow on inflorescences that extend above each leaf crown.
To 3 in/7.5 cm wide; full sun to partial shade; drought tolerant to 1,000 ft/305 m elevation. Hardy to -10°F/-23°C or less. Likes high humidity but is sensitive to overwatering when in bloom. Zones 9-11, can be grown indoors anywhere.
Echeveria ‘Painted Lady’
Native to Baja California Norte, this plant is characterized by its magenta-pink flowers and deep green leaves which are topped with a band of silver hairs.
Can form a clump up to 12 in/30 cm tall. Grows well in dry conditions, tolerating temperatures down to 10°F/-12°C or lower. Prefers bright light and porous soil (mix potting soil with sand). Requires occasional watering during the summer months and more frequent watering during the winter months.
Echeveria Dusty Rose
Dusty Rose echeveria is a hybrid that grows well in partial shade. Its short stems and bright pink color make it an attractive option for any garden or potted plant arrangement. It has gray-green leaves and produces small flowers in the summertime.
The variegated varieties of this succulent are becoming more popular than the original, but they will require more sunlight to thrive. A beautiful feature of this type is its wide variety of colors.
Some include white, yellow, light green, and blue with splashes of reds and purples on their petals. One thing to note about growing these plants is their susceptibility to disease if over-watered or not watered enough – even changing soil types can cause issues with them when used improperly.
This succulent echeveria variety has a low tolerance for temperatures below 50 degrees. However, it thrives in conditions that are high in humidity, such as those found in Florida and Hawaii. It is easy to grow and has bright pink flowers that bloom at night during late spring.
The plant can grow up to 12 inches tall. Its leaves come out of the ground in the shape of rosettes. As they get older, they take on a reddish color. If you live in an area with colder winters, make sure to bring your plants indoors or store them somewhere warm.
Echeveria elegans (Mexican Snowball)
One of my favorite succulent plants! It has a multitude of crinkled, turquoise-colored leaves. The variety I have is Mexican Snowball, which has small rounded leaves that look like snowballs—hence its name.
Mexican Snowball echeverias grow best in indirect sunlight and need very little water. This succulent is easy to propagate through cuttings and will live for a long time if cared for properly.
If you don’t have space outside, these can be grown as houseplants too. In the wild, they are found at higher elevations from Mexico to Guatemala.
Woolly Rose (Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’)
woolly rose plant is a beautiful succulent species that grow in rosettes of grayish-green leaves, with pink and white flowers. Hardy in zones 8 to 10. 3 feet tall. Full sun, well-drained soil. Zones 9-10.
The woolly rose plant is a beautiful succulent species that grow in rosettes of grayish-green leaves, with pink and white flowers. Hardy in zones 8 to 10. 3 feet tall. Full sun, well-drained soil. Zones 9-10.
Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’
A type of succulent, Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’ has a flower color that can range from white to peach. The flowers grow out of grey-green leaves that have a bumpy texture.
This succulent is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11 and grows well in dry soils. It needs full sun to thrive and must be watered regularly or the leaves will start turning brown.
Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick’
As its name suggests, Succulent Echeveria Agavoides ‘Lipstick’ resembles a tube of lipstick. This succulent species sports dense, rosette-shaped leaves and bright red flowers that appear in spring.
These flowers are less sensitive to light than other succulents; they will survive in low-light conditions without losing their color or shape. They also do not require regular watering, so if you forget to water your plants for a few days this is the perfect specimen for you! The only downside is that it can be difficult to get seeds from this plant as it does not produce many.
A little smaller than some of its cousins, Tippy is perfect for anyone looking to grow a bit of natural art on their windowsill. Like many succulents, it takes low light extremely well, meaning it will thrive in even less-than-ideal lighting conditions.
It also sports a delightful pink bloom that pops up every spring. If you’re an apartment-dweller, but would like to bring some color into your life, Tippy might be right for you! Some people may think that plants like these are boring, but they can add something so interesting and beautiful to any space.
I love the simplicity of this one and the unique shape the leaves form around it. Plus, because of how easy these plants are to care for, there’s no need to feel guilty about forgetting about them–and leaving them alone in your darkest corner–for too long!
Ghost Echeveria (Echeveria lilacina)
Ghost echeveria are native to Mexico and require intense sunlight, so take care when keeping them indoors. These succulent plants are most often found in shades of purple and white, with an attractive rosette shape that gives them their common name.
Although they thrive best outdoors, they can be kept inside as long as they’re given plenty of sun through a south-facing window. If the plant starts to droop or yellow leaves appear, it’s a sign that it needs more light.
The Ghost Echeveria is also known for its longevity and easy maintenance requirements, making it one of the top choices for indoor succulents enthusiasts.
Echeveria ‘Alta May’
Named after its parent, Echeveria ‘Red Barron,’ ‘Alta May’ adds a burst of color to your landscape. Its green-and-red leaves shine brightly in spring, then take on pink tones throughout summer. After flowering in late summer, ‘Alta May’ continues to turn a soft purple through fall. This variety has clumping foliage with showy pups and is a hardy addition to desert landscapes in zones 9 and 10.
It also thrives indoors as a houseplant that needs bright light and infrequent watering.
While it does not tolerate freezing temperatures, this species does well when brought inside during the winter months and may be one of the best varieties for indoor gardening if you live in an area where cold weather limits outdoor planting seasons.