9 Mini Succulents with Pictures

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by Max - last update on September 19, 2020, 9:02 am
Mini Succulents

Mini succulents have seen a rapid rise in popularity over the last few years, for a whole host of reasons. Houseplant popularity, in general, has been growing, and succulents offer a good option for anyone who likes the look of houseplants but isn't very good at providing continual care, as these types of plants typically thrive on neglect.

Mini succulents are especially popular because of their cute size that is a novelty like other miniature crazes. Mini succulents are being used in a range of applications, including novelty coffee mug plants, as wedding favors, and even as decoration on celebration cakes.

Their miniature size lends them perfectly to life on a shelf or windowsill because they won't outgrow their position in your home or need repotting when they get larger like most other plants. They also work brilliantly in larger displays where a number of mini succulents are grown alongside each other.

For some of the best mini succulents available for growing indoors and outdoors, read on.

1. Living Stones

Living Stones

 

Scientific Name: Lithops sp.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-11

Mature Size: Up to 1 inch tall

Light: Full sun

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

These tiny succulents are commonly known as living stones because they look just like stones but are, of course, alive like any other plant. They are native to South Africa, where they grow in dry desert plains, in gritty or sandy soil, often amongst other rocks and stones where they can camouflage themselves as protection from potential predators. They have become quite popular as houseplants and can be found for sale easily online or in garden centers, as they have a cute, novel quality to them. Each living stone is typically made up of two leaves (or two stones) that sit facing each other.

They can vary in color, shape, and size between species, but they typically grow no taller than once inch and have a maximum width of around two inches. These are very easy-care plants that thrive in hot temperatures and enjoy full sun exposure. They store moisture in their fleshy foliage, therefore require very little additional moisture and will not survive in moist or wet soils. Instead, they should be grown in soils that are predominantly dry, with the occasional drop of water to keep them going. Grow these plants outside in very hot climates; otherwise, keep them on a south-facing windowsill as a houseplant.


2. Minima Plant

Scientific Name: Echeveria minima

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Mature Size: Up to 3 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

This plant was named for its minute size, as it grows to a maximum height of three inches, with a maximum width of four inches, giving it a very petite and cute look. Like other Echeveria plants, the minima produces fleshy foliage that takes the shape of a rosette. The leaves are plump and dainty, packed so densely that only the tips of most leaves can be seen. Foliage is a pale mint-green that is sometimes flushed with dusky rose pink. It produces yellow and salmon-colored flowers, which add a little extra height to the plant when in bloom.

These adorable plants are perfect for keeping as mini succulents. Their small stature means they will never need a pot any larger than two inches across, or you may wish to grow them in groups in a larger pot. They will produce offsets that gather tightly around the mother plant. These can be removed to create new plants, or you can leave them attached to form a closely packed family of minima plants. These plants are native to Mexico and thrive in hot climates, or otherwise make ideal houseplants. Water the plants deeply and allow their soil to completely dry out before watering again. They enjoy full sun or partial shade when grown outside, or a brightly lit spot inside.


3. Aeonium' Mardi Gras'

Scientific Name: Aeonium' Mardi Gras'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Mature Size: Up to 4 inches tall

Light: Full sun

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

This succulent plant produces compact, perfectly symmetrical rosettes that measure up to four inches in height and six inches across at maturity. Their foliage is showy, with younger leaves appearing in variations of emerald green and lemon yellow, with mature leaves developing to a deep pink-burgundy color. The color of the leaves becomes more intense on plants that are allowed more hours of sunlight each day.

When this plant is several years old, it will bloom, and after blooming, the rosette will die back. It produces offsets of rosettes to keep the life cycle going. This can be removed and grown in separate containers, or allowed to remain with the original rosette. These plants thrive in heat and are drought-tolerant. They perform best in full sun, though they can adapt to light shade, but this will affect the color intensity of the foliage.


4. Agave' Cream Spike'

Scientific Name: Agave' Cream Spike'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Mature Size: Up to 4 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, gravelly, gritty

This spiny evergreen dwarf succulent that grows to just four inches tall. It produces fleshy yet sturdy leaves that form a round rosette. The foliage is shaped like an elongated triangle, coming to a sharp point at the end, with several other spikes dotted along the edge of the leaf's length. Foliage is variegated, with a dusky blue-green base color, which is bordered on either edge by a chunky stripe in a butter yellow shade.

The spikes are a burgundy color, adding further interest to the plant. It is considered to be fairly hardy compared to other succulents and will survive outdoors in temperatures as low as 20° F. It works well as an outdoor plant but is also a popular houseplant. It prefers full sun, though it can tolerate partial shade. The plant is drought-tolerant and should be grown in a gritty soil that is kept somewhat moist during active growth.


5. Echeveria' Arlie Wright'

Scientific Name: Echeveria' Arlie Wright'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Mature Size: Up to 4 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

This small and showy succulent produces unusual foliage that has heavily frilled edges. The ruffled leaves are ovate and packed into compact rosettes. Foliage can range in color from pale green to salmon pink or golden brown, depending on the time of year and sun exposure. The more sun the plant receives, the more vibrant its foliage color will be. However, be careful not to scorch the plant, as the leaves can suffer from burning in too much direct light. This plant is tolerant of high levels of heat and long periods of drought, though it will perform best when it is watered deeply but infrequently.

It can be propagated easily through stem or leaf cuttings, but will also send out offshoots periodically. These can be left attached to the mother plant or removed to create new plants. Avoid wet soil and ensure the soil is able to dry out fully between waterings.


6. Pulido's Echeveria

 Pulido's Echeveria

Credit to Dianakc

Scientific Name: Echeveria pulidonis

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-12

Mature Size: Up to 6 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

This evergreen succulent produces compact rosettes that typically measure four inches across at maturity. The foliage of the plant is fleshy, in long spoon shapes that cup inwards. The leaves have a soft and velvety texture and are mainly a blue-green color, which is outlined with a vibrant and contrasting shade of burgundy.

This is an award-winning plant that has received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It regularly produces offsets, which can be removed to create new plants, or left attached to the mother plant to form a container full of mini clustered rosettes. The plant achieves the best color in full sun, but it can also adapt to partial shade. When kept as a houseplant, it should be positioned in bright light. It is native to Mexico and thrives in dry, well-draining soils.


7. Hens and Chicks' Hart 8'

Scientific Name: Sempervivum' Hart 8'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Mature Size: Up to 6 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy, gritty

This succulent is native to western Asia and southern Europe. It produces densely packed rosettes that have a compact growth habit, typically reaching three to four inches in width. Foliage is apple green when new, and develops to a plum shade when mature. The colors are at their most vibrant during summer, and when the plant is kept in full sun.

This plant is commonly known as 'hens and chicks' because of the way it readily produces offsets, in the style of a hen and her baby chicks surrounding her. Each offset will develop its own roots and become separate from the mother plant; these can be removed from the original container to create a new plant, or housed in one large pot to create a blanket of small rosettes. This plant produces rose-pink flowers, but the attached rosette will die back after it has flowered. Keep these plants in gritty soil that is kept fairly dry.


8. Houseleek 'Sir Willian Lawrence'

Houseleek 'Sir Willian Lawrence'

Credit to Ghislain118

Scientific Name: Sempervivum calvereum 'Sir William Lawrence'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Mature Size: Up to 6 inches tall

Light: Full sun

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

This perennial succulent produces round rosettes that are tightly packed with clusters of fleshy leaves. Each leaf is spoon-shaped, coming to a sudden sharp point. Foliage is mostly a fresh shade of green, but each leaf tip looks as though it has been dipped in purple-red paint.

This is an award-winning plant, which produces offsets easily. These offsets can remain alongside the mother rosette to form a carpet of foliage, or removed for propagation. These plants are surprisingly hardy, having originated from the Southwest Alps. They grow natively amongst cracks in rocks and stone walls, thriving on dry conditions and neglect. These plants require full sun for the best color. They are tolerant of drought and adapt well to any soils that drain well, including poor soils. They work well as ground cover, in containers, in rock gardens, or as houseplants.


9. Zebra Cactus

 Zebra Cactus

 

Scientific Name: Haworthiopsis attenuata

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Mature Size: Up to 4 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

These cute succulents are often mistaken for aloe plants as they have a very similar look, with long and fleshy foliage that points out in upwards directions; however, the main difference in terms of looks between these two types of plants is that haworthia plants are almost always compact plants, while aloe can become very large. The zebra cactus is so-called because the dark green foliage is spotted with creamy white polka dots, which align so closely that they look like stripes, similar to a zebra's fur.

These are ideal house plants because they thrive in warm temperatures and are very low-maintenance, and they won't outgrow their spot on your windowsill. Typically, they grow to between three and four inches in height, with a spread of a similar size. They are native to South Africa's Eastern Cape province, where they thrive in hot and sunny environments. For best results, you will need to replicate this environment, ensuring you provide plenty of sunlight and comfortable temperatures.

These plants should be kept in a well-draining soil that is watered infrequently to achieve a predominantly dry consistency. They are tolerant of drought but will not survive in wet or soggy soil, so ensure soil is allowed to fully dry out between each watering, in order to avoid root rot or a struggling plant.

 

9 Mini Succulents with Pictures

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