Are you looking for succulents with pink flowers to brighten up your home? Succulents are beautiful plants known for their stunning architectural forms and low-maintenance needs. If you are looking for a plant with showy pink blooms that is easy to care for, let us walk you through our favorite succulents with pink flowers.
This is our list of the 14 best succulents with pink flowers:
- Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Calandiva – Flaming Katy
- Mammillaria Zeilmanniana – Rosy Pincushion Cactus
- Crassula Morgans Beauty
- Echinopsis Winteriana – Lobivia Winteriana
- Oscularia Deltoides – Pink Ice Plant
- Adenium Obesum – Desert Rose
- Rhipsalidopsis Rosea – Rose Easter Cactus
- Schlumbergera Bridgesii – Christmas Cactus
- Graptopetalum Bellum – Chihuahua Flower
- Gymnocalycium Denudatum – Spider Cactus
- Euphorbia Milii – Crown of Thorns
- Disocactus Nelsonii – Rat Tail Cactus
- Portulaca Grandiflora – Moss Rose
- Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii – Moon Cactus
We haven’t gone quietly here; we’ve gone for vibrant, showy bright pink flowers that make a statement!
With each succulent, we have identified the usual flowering season so that you can build yourself a collection of plants to ensure your home is blessed with stunning pink flowers year round!
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive. These are our personal picks of the best succulents with pink flowers.
Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Calandiva – Flaming Katy
Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Calandiva, also known as Flaming Katy or Florists’ Kalanchoe, has long-lasting blooms from late winter to late spring.
It flowers prolifically with multiple buds in tight clusters that rise above the foliage on sturdy stems.
The flowers can be shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, and white. So if it’s pink you want, make sure you check that before making your purchase.
The plant has compact, upright thick, fleshy leaves that are dark green and glossy with scalloped edges. It can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall.
Mammillaria Zeilmanniana – Rosy Pincushion Cactus
Mammillaria Zeilmanniana, the Rosy Pincushion Cactus, blooms in spring or summer with bright pink flowers, which can appear over the whole body of the cactus.
It’s a relatively small plant, growing up to 5 inches (12 cm) tall and 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter.
There are a number of other mammillaria cactus that bloom with showy pink flowers, including Mammillaria bocasana (Powder Puff Cactus), Mammillaria guelzowiana. Mammillaria hahniana (Old Lady Cactus) and Mammillaria spinosissima (Spiny Pincushion Cactus).
Crassula Morgans Beauty
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This little beauty flowers in winter or early spring with clusters of gorgeous pink blooms.
Individual plants grow up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. Crassula Morgans Beauty has chubby, silver-green leaves that resemble smooth pebbles stacked on each other in a leaning tower. Even when not in flower, it has a beautiful structural form.
It is a hybrid succulent and doesn’t exist in the wild, but we reckon the botanists got it right with one!
Echinopsis Winteriana – Lobivia Winteriana
Echinopsis Winteriana is formerly known as Lobivia Winteriana, but it is still widely referred to as Lobivia. It can also be identified as Echinopsis backebergii.
This hardy cactus blooms with large, vibrant hot pink flowers in spring or early summer. Echinopsis winteriana loves bright light and can tolerate full, direct sun. It’s a slow-growing compact plant, only reaching 3 inches (8 inches) in height.
Oscularia Deltoides – Pink Ice Plant
Oscularia Deltoides, also known as Pink Ice Plant produces pink flowers with a daisy-like appearance in spring. These plants can become completely covered in these blossoms with colors ranging from purple through to vibrant pink.
The plant has fleshy grey-green leaves with toothed edges and can grow to around 1 ft (30 cm) tall and 3 ft (90 cm) wide.
Adenium Obesum – Desert Rose
Adenium Obesum, commonly known as the Desert Rose, has beautiful pink flowers that appear in early spring and can remain in bloom for up to 8 weeks.
They can grow very large outdoors, with some getting up to 9ft (2.7 m) tall but will stay at a much more manageable size if kept in a pot and pruned. Despite its beauty, it is highly toxic to cats, dogs and other pets.
Rhipsalidopsis Rosea – Rose Easter Cactus
Rhipsalidopsis Rosea, the Rose Easter Cactus flowers in spring with vibrant pink blooms that bud from the end of stem segments. As the name suggests, they flower around Eastertime in the Northern Hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, expect them to bloom in the spring months of September to November.
It is also commonly referred to as Hatiora Rosea.
Rose Easter Cactus plants grow to around 1ft (30cm) tall and 1ft (30cm) width.
It’s cousin, Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri (or Hatiora gaertneri), known commonly as Easter Cactus, has very similar vibrant springtime blooms ranging in color from red, orange, pale pink and bright pink. The two plants are often confused with each other.
Easter Cactus is also regularly confused with the other holiday cacti from the Schlumbergera species – Christmas Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus.
Schlumbergera Bridgesii – Christmas Cactus
Schlumbergera bridgesii, Christmas Cactus, and Schlumbergera truncata, Thanksgiving Cactus, are very popular succulents renowned for their stunning flowers in shades of red, pink, white, or yellow. If it’s pink flowers you are after, make sure you mention that when making a purchase.
They generally bloom in winter. In the northern hemisphere, the appearance of the flowers tends to coincide with the holidays they are named after – such as Thanksgiving Cactus in November and Christmas Cactus in December. In the southern hemisphere, expect blooms from May to August.
Christmas cactus and Thanksgiving cactus are very similar in all aspects including the appearance of their flowers. They have slightly different leaf shapes and bloom at slightly different times. Expect a Thanksgiving Cactus to bloom slightly earlier than a Christmas Cactus.
The plants grow up to 1 ft (30 cm) tall and 2 ft (60 cm) wide.
Graptopetalum Bellum – Chihuahua Flower
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Graptopetalum Bellum, the Chihuahua Flower Plant, blooms in spring with bright pink, five-petalled flowers.
Its grey-green leaves have a beautiful rosette form, making it a stunning plant even when it’s not in bloom. It’s not a tall plant, reaching just 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall with rosettes of up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter.
The vibrant flowers grow on tall, multi-branched stalks above the foliage.
Graptopetalum Bellum is also known by its old biological name Tacitus Bellum.
Gymnocalycium Denudatum – Spider Cactus
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Gymnocalycium Denudatum, commonly known as Spider Cactus, blooms with showy pink flowers in spring or summer. Some varieties have creamy, white flowers, so be sure to pick one that blooms pink if that is your preference.
It has a stunning squashed ball shape with spines that lie flat along the surface of the cactus’ body. It is a small cactus, growing to only 4 inches ( 10 cm) tall and 6 inches ( 15 cm) wide.
Euphorbia Milii – Crown of Thorns
Euphorbia Milii, known as the Crown of Thorns plant, can produce spectacular flowers from winter right through to fall (so pretty much all year).
This succulent is really a shrub and can reach heights of up to 6 feet (1.8 m) and a width of 3 feet (90 cm). However, it can be contained within a pot and pruned to keep it smaller if you are after a more compact plant.
It has solid, woody stems with long, sharp thorns along their length, as you can see from the picture below.
The flowers are fairly small compared to the size of the plant, but there are many blooms on each plant that appear at the end of the woody stems. The flowers can be pink, red, yellow or cream. If you are after pink blooms, look for Euphorbia milii var. roseana.
Despite its beauty, Crown of Thorns is toxic, and its sharp thorns are not child or pet friendly. Euphorbia milii should always be handled with care.
Disocactus Nelsonii – Rat Tail Cactus
Disocactus nelsonii, the Rat Tail Cactus blooms with beautiful flowers in late spring or summer. The individual flowers don’t last too long, but the plant will bloom with more buds, and you could end up with a continuous display for several weeks.
The flowers can be red, pink or orange – if it’s pink you want, make sure you check for that when you buy your plant.
The long, tubular stems of a rat tail cactus can grow up to 5 ft (1.5 m) in length. They tend to grow downwards once they become long enough, and this is a great plant for a hanging basket. Just be wary of the fine spines along the stems – don’t place it somewhere you will brush against on your way past.
You will also see this cactus referred to as Aporocactus flagelliformis.
Portulaca Grandiflora – Moss Rose
The Portulaca grandiflora plant, commonly known as Moss Rose, is a low-growing succulent with slender, trailing stems that sprawl to form groundcover or trail over the edges of containers.
It typically flowers in summer with bright flowers that can be up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) across. Besides pink, it can bloom with flowers of red, orange, yellow or white. The flowers often close at night or on cloudy days.
The stems are covered with plump, fleshy, small green leaves. Some varieties have oval leaves, while others have thinner, needle-shaped leaves. Portulaca grandiflora can grow to about 6 inches (15 cm) in height, but it is mainly considered a trailing plant.
Other common names for Moss Rose are Purslane, Sun Rose and the Eleven o’clock Plant.
Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii – Moon Cactus
Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, the Moon Cactus, is not a pink flowering succulent, but if it’s pink you’re after for your decor, this is a winner.
Moon cactus is actually two different cacti grafted together; a colorful top cactus grafted onto a green bottom cactus. The top cactus can be a range of colors, including bright red, yellow or orange.
Because it’s not really a flower head, this cactus will stay vibrant pink all year round, provided it’s in good health.
How Do You Get Succulents To Flower?
A succulent is more likely to flower if it is healthy and grown in the best environmental conditions for its type. It also needs to have reached maturity before it will flower. Some species, such as Kalanchoe, mature quickly and may flower within their first or second year. Other species can take longer before they are mature enough to flower.
The main environmental conditions affecting flowering in succulents are:
- Light: Flowering succulents need plenty of bright light
- Water: Succulents need extra water when flowering, but overwatering can cause the flower stalk to wilt and die before it fully bloomed. It’s important to get the watering balance right. Water your plants thoroughly with room temperature water and allow the top 2 inches (5 cm) of soil to dry completely before watering again.
- Containers: Use a pot that is not too deep or too large. A plant that doesn’t have too much extra space for its roots can put more energy into growing flowers than growing roots. Use a pot with a drainage hole to allow excess water to escape and reduce the chances of root rot.
- Temperature: Try to mimic the preferred temperature range for your succulent and if your plants are outside, try to bring them inside if cold weather and frost are forecast.
- Soil: Use a well-draining succulent-specific soil. Succulents need soil that allows water to drain freely and air to circulate. They do not like densely packed soils.
- Seasonality: To redirect their energy from growing roots and leaves to carrying out their reproductive operations, which includes growing flowers, succulents need seasonal rest periods.
For more information, see our guide to the when and how of flowering succulents.
If you are after stunning pink flowers to liven up your home or garden, easy-care, low-maintenance succulents and cacti are the answer! We’ve shown you our personal favorites that flower pink and there are plenty of other varieties besides, with flowers in all hues of pink from pale-pink through to vibrant fuschia. Barbie would be proud!