12 Colorful Succulents You Never Knew Existed

Blue Chalksticks

Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Succulents are one of the most beautiful kinds of plants around. That’s because they of their thick leaves and stems. But, did you know that there are many colorful succulents around?

Colorful succulents can be of a few different types.

Some change colors. Others just grow up to be like that. And then, there are those that have multiple shades and varying colors.


Why Do Succulents Change Colors?

For colorful succulents that change their shades or hues, there are often 3 reasons for this – the amount of light, water and how hot or cold it gets.

Note that not all succulents will change colors. In fact, most won’t.

However, there are a few very unique ones that will produce a complete different shade of color during varying times of the year because of the amount of sun exposure, speed of evaporation and heat.


Colorful Succulents You Never Knew Existed

Campfire Plant

Campfire Plant

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We start off our list of colorful succulents with a bang in form of the campfire plant.

In case you didn’t know, there are red succulents. And, these are among the most beautiful not to mention stunning you’ll ever see.

Campfire plants bring out amazing color thanks to their bold, red colored foliage.

Like other succulents, these are fleshy. And, while they do produce while blooms in the summer, it is their leaves that we all notice.

Despite being small these are attention grabbers.


Blue Chalksticks

Blue Chalksticks

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From red we go to blue. And, we also transition from the very small to a larger one.

Blue chalksticks will grow to as high as 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Their outer shape looks more like a shrub or bush. But, thanks to their fleshy foliage, they look uniquely different.

Because of their form and size, blue chalksticks are often used as groundcover or for edging.

They are calming to look at and perfect for balancing out warm colors like red, yellow and orange in your garden.


Purple Heart Wandering Jew

Purple Heart Wandering Jew

The purple heart wandering few is nothing less than stunning the first time anyone sees them.

That’s because you’ll rarely see purple foliage, although we’re quite familiar with purple blooms.

Add the face that the way the leaves overlap over one another makes is even more beautiful.

Purple hearts can grow to between 6 inches to 2 feet in size.

This makes them amazing groundcover or edging plants. I for one just adore them when they’re kept in hanging baskets.

That said, do keep them protected from foot traffic. That’s because brushing against them will easily break their brittle stems.


Coppertone Stonecrop

Coppertone Stonecrop

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Copper or yellow-brown is one of the rarer succulent colors you’ll find. But, there are a few beauties that have this shade.

On top of my list is the coppertone stonecrop.

You can grow these in pots as well as in the ground. They look like mini aloe plants with softer edges and tips. And, they’re gorgeous when you have many of them growing together.

These colored stonecrop produce their amazing colors thanks to the summer sun. Thus, if you grow them indoors, you’ll want to keep them by the windowsill.

Sticks on Fire

Sticks on Fire

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Sticks on fire are one of the bigger colored succulents on our list. These will grow to between 4 to 8 feet high, making their long thin red foliage unmissable.

If you want to add something that’s both bright and will instantly attract the attention of any guest who passes by your yard, you want these.

They stand upright and will get wide and tall. You can grow them in the ground, in pots or large planters. Their size makes them perfect for bigger containers.

But that’s not all, they change colors too.

In the winter, they’ll stay red. And, when summer comes the sun will make them turn yellow because of the warm weather.


Black Knight Succulent

Black Knight Succulent

The black knight succulent is better known as the Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ or Echeveria ‘Black Knight’.

As such, they take the form of the echeveria succulent whose leaves form a rosette making it look like a flower décor which is why it is often used in weddings and other celebrations.

They’re perfect if you want to add some drama to your home, garden, porch or patio, at least when it comes to looks.

As its names suggests, it is colored black.

They’re best grown in small containers because they are quite small in size (6 inches tall and 8 inches wide).

Like most succulents, they can’t tolerate the cold nor can they withstand overwatering.



Perle von Nürnberg

Perle von Nürnberg

In case your prefer a lighter shade, here’s a purple succulent. And yes, it is another echeveria plant.

The Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ is nothing short of gorgeous thanks to its wonderful color and beautiful foliage.

Like the black knight succulent, this is another favorite among florists due to its size and stunning rosette.



Lipstick succulent

If you tell me you’re getting sick and tired or echeveria succulents, I’ll stop with this one.

This is botanically known as the Echeveria agavoides. But most people just refer to it as the lipstick succulent for obvious reasons.

This is a bit different from the two above in that it is multi-colored. As such, instead of just having one shade that’s kind of gradient all around, you’ll get a few different colors.

The most obvious are its bright red edges.


Blue Spruce Succulent

Blue Spruce Succulent

The blue spruce succulent is often called the blue spruce sedum because it is a stonecrop. As such, it s not to be confused with the blue spruce tree, which is huge in size.

This in contrast is a very small, compact plant that’s less than 9 inches tall.

That said, they do take their name from the blue spruce tree because they resemble it in terms of looks (not size).

Its most distinctive feature is its blue-green foliage. Combine this with its yellow flowers, the plant is popular in containers as well as sidewalks, edges, around pathways and walkways.


Paddle Plant

Paddle Plant

The paddle plant is also known as the Kalanchoe luciae. Many people are familiar with kalanchoes because they’re often very beautiful. But, because they can take very different shapes, it’s not always that easy to distinguish them as such.

In any case, paddle plants get their name from their wide, round paddle shaped leaves that stand up and out. This makes them very unique in terms of looks.

And, it that’s not enough, they change colors too.

These can shift between green and red and various shades in between depending on how much sunlight they receive. Stress also affects their color.

So with experience, you’ll be able to tell if the your plant is under stress or not.


Purple Beauty

purple Beauty hens-and-chicks

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The purple beauty is better known as the purple hens-and-chicks.

Note that hens and chicks are often used to refer to both Echeverias and Sempervivum. Both of whom look very much alike but are different kinds of succulents.

They both feature a rosette pattern. But, echeveria have thicker, rounder, smoother leaves. In contrast, the leaves of a Sempervivum are shaper and edgier.

In the case of the purple beauty, it is a Sempervivum.

These are another small plant that features a deeper purple color during the cooler months. They are often grown in containers and are more tolerant of cooler conditions compared to most succulents.

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