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Purple Succulents – Buying & Growing Guide

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on December 2, 2021

There are many interesting succulents worth growing in your home. Some of the most compelling ones are the succulents with a purple hue. Since purple is not the most common color in nature, these purple succulents are sure to stand out with their varying shades of violet, lavender, and blue.

Types of Purple Succulents

Type  Growing Zones Mature Height Sun Features
Echeveria purple pearl, Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Purple Pearl’  9-11 2 to 3 inches Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours Spiral of thick, violet-tinted leaves.
Houseleek, Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’ 3-8 4 to 6 inches Full sun: 6 to 8 hours Circles of deep purple leaves with gold-pointed tips.
Living stone, Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ 10-11 .5 to 2 inches Full sun: 6 to 8 hours Looks similar to a small purple  stone or pebble.
Houseleek, Sempervivum ‘Raspberry Ice’ 3-8 4 to 6 inches Full sun: 6 to 8 hours Circles of maroon leaves with frosted margins.
Dark purple houseleek tree, Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’  9-11 2 to 3 feet Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours Astounding, dark purple foliage that borders on black.
Bashful succulent, Graptoveria ‘Bashful’ 10-11 6 to 8 inches Full sun: 6 to 8 hours Primarily green foliage blushes at tips with bright purple.
Powder puff, X Pachyveria ‘Powder Puff’  9-11 6 to 8 inches Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours Leaves are a mixture of purple and bright blue.
Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’,  X Sedeveria ‘Lilac Mist’ 9-11 8 to 10 inches Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours Subtle purple hue over small, concentric sets of leaves.

How to Care for Purple Succulents

Caring for purple succulents is not very different from caring for any other type of succulents. In most cases, you will need to make sure that your succulent lives in an area that gets plenty of sunlight. 

You’ll also need to make sure that you are neither overwatering or underwatering your succulent. One will cause your succulent to grow mold, while the other will lead to a dried-out succulent. 

Regarding purple succulents, the only difference in care is that you should make your best effort to emphasize the purple of your plants. Since this is the most sought-after feature of these plants, maintaining the right hue is often important to gardeners.

If your purple succulent is not as purple as you expect it to be or as purple as it once was, that can be a sign that the plant is lacking something. Most often, the reason that a plant’s leaves fail to hold their intended color is that they are not getting the right amount of light. Conversely, there are some succulents that are not meant to be purple at all. If those succulents begin to turn purple, take it as a sign that there is something wrong.