10 Purple Succulents For Growing Indoors & Outdoors

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by Max - last update on September 19, 2020, 8:18 am
Purple Succulents

Succulents have the benefit of producing a range of interesting colored foliage, which is a great way to brighten up your garden or home all year round, without relying on flowers blooming. Some of the most striking succulents have purple leaves, and these can vary from pale, dusky lilacs, through to deep and dark plum shades that verge on black. This list encompasses some of the best purple succulents for growing indoors and outdoors.

1. Echeveria' Purple Pearl'

Echeveria' Purple Pearl'

 

Scientific Name: Echeveria' Purple Pearl'

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 succulent is native to Mexico, where it grows outside year-round as an evergreen plant. Outside of hot climates, it is popularly grown as a houseplant. This plant is loved for its eye-catching foliage, which takes the shape of fleshy paddles that come to slight points. Each leaf is an olive-green color that has contrasting edges in an alluring shade of lavender purple.

This is a low-maintenance plant that, like most succulents, requires very little care. It should be watered infrequently throughout the summer months, and once established, its soil can be allowed to remain almost completely dry throughout the winter. When grown outside, this plant should be positioned in full sun with occasional dappled shade, though for the most vibrant colors, it needs maximum sun exposure. As a houseplant, it needs bright light.


2. Houseleek' Raspberry Ice'

Scientific Name: Sempervivum' Raspberry Ice'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-10

Mature Size: Up to 2 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

This is a low growing perennial succulent that thrives in climates that are neither too hot nor cold. It is also commonly known as 'hens and chicks' because of the way it sends out offshoots to create new plants. This is a stunning purple cultivar that has fleshy oval leaves that come to a sudden point. These leaves change color as they mature, starting out a pale, fresh shade of green, before turning to a deep burgundy once they mature. As they make their way between these two colors, they develop through different shades of lilac and violet.

When grown outside, this plant can tolerate full sun but appreciates some afternoon shade on hot afternoons. As a houseplant, keep it situated in bright light. It requires little watering and should be kept in mostly dry soil during winter.


3. Anacampseros' Purple Giant'

Scientific Name: Anacampseros rufescens' Purple Giant'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

Mature Size: Up to 2 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

This low growing succulent is native to South Africa. It produces dense rosettes with chunky, fleshy leaves, which are spoon-shaped. The eye-catching plant is loved for its deep purple foliage. The leaves start out dark green and then develop into a deep shade of plum. They have long white hairs growing from their stems, and also produce purple flowers.

If grown outdoors, they need to remain in temperatures of a minimum of 20° F, and otherwise will need to be moved indoors. They thrive in full sun or partial shade, and more hours of sun will ensure a more intense foliage color. This succulent should be watered once the soil has completely dried out, as it is very sensitive to overwatering.


4. Purple Aeonium

Purple Aeonium

 

Scientific Name: Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

This succulent tree is native to North Africa and the Canary Islands, enjoying hot temperatures year-round. It is ideal for growing in a container and keeping on sunny patios. It can be grown as a small tree or shrub, and is visually dramatic, producing dark purple succulent rosettes on the end of stiff, woody branches. The rosettes are such a deep shade of purple that in some light, they look black. The rosettes typically measure between six and eight inches across.

This plant is tolerant of drought, salt, and poor soils, making it a good choice for coastal and Meditteranean gardens. It is a very popular plant, which has won the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It grows best in full sun but will also tolerate partial shade. The leaves of the plant will be darker when grown in the most sun. Water these plants enough to prevent the soil from completely drying out in the winter, and avoid watering them in the summer as this is their dormant period.


5. Red Carpet Sedum

 Red Carpet Sedum

Credit to David J. Stang

Scientific Name: Sedum Spurium' Dragon's Blood Stonecrop'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Mature Size: Up to 4 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

This succulent gets its common name from the fact that it creeps along the ground, clinging to the floor as it goes. It is low growing, reaching heights of just four inches, but spreading up to 18 inches wide. Its creeping nature lends it perfectly for use as ground cover. The fleshy leaves of this plant start out red but develop to a deep purple during winter. The color is further intensified when the plant is exposed to bright light during periods of lower temperatures.

This plant has a long life expectancy and thrives on neglect. It will grow in a wide range of climates, which makes it very versatile. It is a drought-tolerant plant that should not be overwatered as this will cause the plant to quickly decline. Instead, only water the plant once the soil has dried out. Position this plant in full sun or partial shade, and divide it every four years.


6. Purple Prickly Pear

Purple Prickly Pear

 

Scientific Name: Opuntia macrocentra

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-11

Mature Size: Up to 3 feet tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

This cactus is native to the southern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in flat desert land or grassy valleys. Its foliage takes the shape of large, smooth, and fleshy pads, which range between three and seven inches across when mature. The plant grows upwards, producing new pads that appear to be balancing on top of the lower pads. The foliage of this plant ranges in color from blue-green to violet. The purple coloring is most intense at the pad's edges and then flushes inwards. Each pad then produces long and sharp spines on their upper half, which can vary in color from black to yellow or white depending on the variety of the plant.

This cactus blooms in very early spring, producing brightly colored red and yellow flowers. These open up in the morning and close again in the evening. This plant grows best in dry soils and can tolerate almost any soil type as long as it drains well. It is drought-tolerant once mature but should be watered just enough to prevent the soil from drying out when young. Grow it in full sun or partial shade.


7. Mangave ‘Mission to Mars’

Mangave ‘Mission to Mars’

Credit to cultivar413

Scientific Name: Mangave' Mission to Mars'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-10

Mature Size: Up to 10 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, average

This is a perennial succulent that produces dramatic rosettes of evergreen foliage. Leaves are stiff and lance-shaped, coming to a slender, sharp point, with edges that curl inwards. They are a shade of dark green with deep purple spots, but the spots are so frequent that they all join together to make the foliage look like it is entirely purple. The color is at its brightest when the plant is grown in full sun.

This plant grows well in rock gardens, borders, and in containers, making an eye-catching focal point when set against a green background. It is low-maintenance, thriving in average soils that are kept lightly moist or dry. It is drought-tolerant once mature and can survive purely on occasional rainfall. It needs no moisture at all once established during winter, as this is when the plant goes through its dormant stage. It grows well in both full sun or partial shade.


8. Aeonium 'Velour'

Scientific Name: Aeonium 'Velour'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-11

Mature Size: Up to 3 feet tall

Light: Full sun

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

This perennial succulent has an upright shrub-like habit, producing dense clusters of showy rosettes. Each leaf is paddle-shaped, which is broadly oval and then comes to a tiny point. Leaves are a fresh shade of green when young, but mature to bright purple. This means that the rosettes as a whole have purple outer leaves and a contrasting green central heart. The plant is grown for its attractive foliage, but it also produces pretty racemes of star-shaped yellow flowers each spring.

The plant is a vigorous grower, and if grown in a container, will need to be repotted every year or two as it tends to quickly outgrow its space. This plant likes the soil to be dry or very slightly moist, and should only be watered once the soil has dried out. It thrives in full sun but can also tolerate some light shade.


9. Stonecrop

Scientific Name: Sedum spathulifolium 'Purpureum'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Mature Size: Up to 6 inches tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low to medium moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, fertile

This perennial plant has a creeping habit that hugs the ground to create a fleshy carpet. It is low growing in nature, reaching a maximum height of six inches, but spreading to around a foot across. The foliage of this plant is small and spoon-shaped, with leaves that cluster together in tiny rosettes. The leaves are blue-gray when young but develop into an attractive shade of lilac. The plant sends out clusters of tiny yellow flowers that are shaped like stars.

This is a fairly hardy plant that can survive all year round, even in colder regions; however, it is not completely reliable against frost or freezing conditions, so it is best when grown towards the higher end of the USDA hardiness zone scale. It should also be protected from too much rainfall during winter months as it will not survive in wet soils. This plant has received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities. It thrives in well-draining, fertile soils, and performs best in full sun or partial shade.


10. Echeveria' Afterglow'

Scientific Name: Echeveria' Afterglow'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-12

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining, sandy

This succulent is native to southern and central America, as well as Texas in the USA. It produces large rosettes, which are thought to resemble roses. They are formed from foliage that is slender yet fleshy, with a slightly ruffled shape. Each leaf has a soft and powdery texture, with a blue-gray color that is flushed with lilac-pink, and then outlined with a vivid shade of pale purple around the edges.

This plant is grown predominantly for its beautiful foliage, but it also produces attractive flowers each summer. These orange flowers arrive on stems that protrude out from underneath the foliage of the plant. Some gardeners choose to remove the flower stems on arrival, as they take up energy that would otherwise be directed to foliage growth.

This vigorous plant works well in rock gardens or Mediterranean gardens, and it is also popularly grown as a houseplant in cool climates where outdoor growth cannot be accommodated. Outside, it can grow in full sun or partial shade, though the best color is achieved in maximum sun exposure. Indoors, position this plant in bright light. It is drought-tolerant once established and should be grown in well-draining soil.

 

10 Purple Succulents For Growing Indoors & Outdoors

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