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Most Popular Flowering Succulents: Top 20

Are you looking for flowering succulents and cacti to add some color and beauty to your home? Are you wondering what types of succulents produce flowers? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk you through 20 of the most beautiful succulents and cacti that flower.

Crassula Rupestris


The Crassula Rupestris, nicknamed the ‘Baby’s Necklace’, is a stunning flowering succulent, and it is one of the most popular. This plant is made up of beautiful leaves that spiral around the stem, creating a striking architectural pattern.

When this plant flowers, we will see bright pink, yellow and white flowers adding to the beauty of this plant. The leaves are light green in color and have crimson-red edges.


Crassula Ovata


The Crassula Ovata is also known as the ‘Jade Plant’. This is one of the most popular succulent plants that you will find. They are very easy to look after and will often produce star-shaped pink or white flowers every year.

This succulent has fairly short, stubby steams with multiple branches and deep green oval-shaped leaves. Sometimes the leaves are tinged with red on the outer edges.


Crassula Pellucida


The Crassula Pellucida is another very popular succulent that flowers. Also known as the Calico Kitten, this is a beautiful, very unique plant that has heart-shaped leaves that come in an array of different colors, from light green to pink and cream.

This beautiful succulent will produce very small yellow and white flowers.

Read our full guide to Calico Kitten plants.


Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns plant with pink flowers

Euphorbia Milli, known as the Crown of Thorns plant produces spectacular flowers. Native to Madagascar, this succulent looks more like a woody shrub with long thorns on its stems. Despite its beauty, it is toxic and should be handled with care and kept away from children and pets.


Crassula Perforata


The Crassula Perforata is nicknamed the ‘String of Buttons’. These are beautiful succulents that were originally found in South Africa. Their leaves stack on top of each other and the plant sprawls for a long way. The leaves on this plant are usually a bluish-green color and they have beautiful pink edges.

These beautiful succulents create small clusters of white and yellow flowers.

Read our guide to caring for your String of Buttons plant.




The Opuntia is also known as the ‘prickly pear’. This succulent is more likely to flower in full sun. These plants are beautiful when they are in bloom.

This plant is made up of paddlelike cladodes. They reproduce asexually and grow stunning flowers in yellow, orange and pink colors. The plant also grows some fruit in the form of a reddish berry.


Carrion Cactus

Stapelia grandiflora, the Carrion Cactus, is also known as the starfish blossom. It is a cactus that has five-point sprouts that are very large in size. These beautiful flowers are very eye-catching and they are usually red in color. These succulent plants grow very well in well-drained soil.

While this flower looks fantastic, it actually has the odor of rotting meat, so it doesn’t smell very nice! Flies are the pollinators of these flowers which are attracted by the aroma.


Christmas Cactus



The Christmas Cactus, or Schlumbergera truncate, has beautiful pink or red flowers that bloom in winter. In the northern hemisphere, they generally flower around Christmas time, which is where their name comes from. This is a low-maintenance plant that can produce beautiful blooms every year for many years.


Moon Cactus


The moon cactus’s name is Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii. It is a beautiful succulent that is very unique with flowers that can be pink, orange or yellow.

This cactus doesn’t require lots of water in order to flourish and blossom.

Read our guide to how to take care of a Moon Cactus.


Echeveria derenbergii


Echeveria derenbergii, also known as Painted Lady, has fleshy, silver gray leaves that form stunning circular rosettes.

This plant then produces very attractive, bright flowers that appear on long stalks. They are beautiful and orange in color. This is a great plant if you want a flowering succulent.


Orchid Cactus


This orchid cactus is a great succulent if you are looking for one with beautiful flowers. This plant doesn’t bloom very frequently, but when it does it is stunning. The plant will actually only flower through the night a few times each year.

This plant won’t flower in the first two years of its life. You will have to have this flower for a long time before seeing any flowers.


Aloe Vera


Aloe Vera is a beautiful succulent that flowers in a very unique and beautiful way. It is great to grow in homes for medical benefits and the juice that is inside the leaves of the aloe vera plant has anti-inflammatory properties and is soothing for burns and cuts.

This is a beautiful succulent plant that flowers in the summer. If you put your aloe vera plant outside during the summer then the plant will create an orange, yellow flower. This flower has a very attractive shape.


Senecio Rowleyanus


Senecio rowleyanus, also known as the ‘String of Pearls’, is a beautiful succulent. It is made up of green pea-shaped leaves that cascade on string-lead stems to form a beautiful trailing plant. This succulent makes for a great hanging plant. This plant produces white, delicately formed flowers.

The flowers have a very sweet cinnamon scent.


Senecio Radicans


This plant is also known as ‘String of Bananas’. This plant is very similar to the String of Pearls above, as is also a hanging plant. This plant is native to South Africa, and it is a long, trailing stem.

The leaves of this plant are plump and green, and are shaped like small bananas. You will find some beautiful fuzzy flowers on this plant, which have a wonderful cinnamon-vanilla scent.

These are one of the easiest succulents to look after, and they will flower fairly freely.


Peanut Cactus


Echinopsis chamaecereus, the peanut cactus is a beautiful succulent which will flower into an orange blossom. These stunning flowers will appear every year in the spring.

The cactus itself looks like peanuts. They can grow to a very tall 6 inches in height, and they usually grow outwards rather than upwards. In some cases, they will grow to be 12 inches wide.

You are more likely to see the flowers if you place the plant in direct sunlight. Make sure that it is not too hot for the plant, though as this can stunt its growth.


Sedum Treleasei


Sedum Treleasei, known as the Stonecrop plant is native to Mexico. It is a plump plant with blue leaves. This plant produces beautiful bright flowers that are yellow in color. These plants can stay in bloom for many weeks, and they are star-shaped making. The flowers appear in late winter into early spring.


Aeonium Blushing Beauty


Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ has leaves in a rosette pattern that are green and ‘blush’ burgundy towards the edges. The plant blossoms in the center of the rosette with a very long blossom stem, topped with beautiful yellow or pink flowers. Unfortunately, once this plant blossoms, the mother plant will die.


Aeonium Arboreum Zwartkopf


Aeonium Arborium Zwartkoft is known as the ‘black rose’. The name comes from it’s very dark foliage and the shape of the leaf  rosette, which resembles a rose.

The plant will flower in summer with bright yellow flowers. This succulent has thick woody stems and the plant take a ‘tree’ shape.  These succulents are great as indoor houseplants and thrive outdoors in warm weather.


Echeveria Doris Taylor


This beautiful succulent has fuzzy leaves arranged in a rosette pattern, giving it the common name of Woolly Rose. It produces striking orange, yellow flowers on a long stem in summer.


Oscularia Deltoides


This plant is also known as Pink Ice. It originates from the southern part of Africa. This produces pink flowers which can completely covered in the plant.

The word ‘osculum’ in Latin actually means small mouth. This refers to the toothed leaves of the succulent.


Final Thoughts

All of these beautiful succulents are very popular plants. They all flower in their own, unique way.

Flowering succulents and cacti are a wonderful addition to any garden or indoor space. With their unique shapes, colors, and blooms, these plants are sure to add beauty, color and life to any indoor or outdoor space.


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