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Nothing is more beautiful than purple tones, for me, at least. That is why Plantly wants to share some purple succulents with you to place in bright light in the home. Well, that is if you do love the color purple.
The best part is even if you do not like the color much, these plants are sure to add a pop of color to your other succulent garden.
Best Purple Succulents to Grow
Add these gorgeous purple succulents to your indoor or outdoor garden, as they will never disappoint when it comes to care and maintenance. Pick your choice today!
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’
The Perle von Nürnberg are gorgeous purple succulents that remain small, forming a solitary rosette. The fleshy leaves have a round to pointed shape with pastel gray foliage with the highlight of purplish pink.
The leaves you see are dusted with a white powder known as pruinose, adding more appeal to those purple leaves. Those gorgeous leaves make the Echeveria Perle von Nürnberg so unique. Hence, the evergreen looks fabulous in floral arrangements.
The rosettes form a slender stem with bright pink flowers as time progresses. Another highlight is that the color intensifies when the plant receives bright light. Only water sparingly and find a spot with full sun exposure to partial shade for this lady.
Sempervivum’ Purple Beauty
Here we have another beautiful succulent forming semi-open rosettes with a silvery pink to purple leaf. Another fascinating thing is that the purple beauty shows wavy striations like watermarks with a natural farina wax.
The large rosette is the hen that sprouts out to form chicks that are the smaller rosettes. When the plant ages, the hen can die and is replaced by the chicks. Like most other indoor plants, these stunning purple succulents need well-draining soil with little water.
The purple beauty thrives in cold weather with low humidity and loves full sun to partial shade.
Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’ Displays Yellow Flowers
Nothing displays more vibrant than the beautiful Graptopetalum with its star-shaped yellow flowers against the deep purple leaves. The small succulent is an evergreen forming a compact yet open rosette.
It has fleshy, thick pale gray lavender to pinkish leaves and the rosettes form on the tips of a long stem cascading beautifully with time. Then, in spring, you see those gorgeous flowers with red markings on the tips.
Hence, this perennial succulent makes for a perfect addition for spilling over patio walls or in hanging baskets.
Sedeveria Lilac Mist
Here we have a hybrid that gets its name from the color of the leaves. The lilac mist has a grayish-to-green rosette with a lilac blush. The leaves are nice and fat, growing in a compact chunky shape.
With one cutting, you can quickly fill a 3.5-inch pot. Yet when it comes to propagating the purple foliage, it is not easily detachable compared to other Sedum succulents. Provide your plant with full sun to partial shade to keep it happy and water sparingly.
The Debbie is a purple succulent with striking foliage. The dense succulent perennial forms tight rosette clumps made of a fleshy lanceolate. The leaves are a frosty pink to purple shade.
When cold weather arrives, the color turns to a dark purple making it stand out in the rocky garden. The most astonishing thing happens in summer when this vibrant purple plant blooms small apricot flowers.
Graptoveria’ Araluen Gem’ Blooms Bright Yellow Flowers
The Aphrodite is an intergeneric hybrid crossed with the Echeveria purpusorum and Graptopetalum paraguayense. Both these plants are purple succulents with a dark purple color. Hence, the Araluen Gen has a light purple tone with green leaves and a blush of pink when you grow it in bright light.
Each year you see a tall stalk with bell-shaped pink or bright yellow flowers.
These are stunning purple succulents with large rosettes and are a great plant if you prefer light shade purples. The powdery lavender pink leaves have bright pink edges. The other exciting thing is that it displays colorful orange flowers when it blooms.
The flower can grow below other leaves or on a terminal stem.
They can be propagated easily by separating offsets and cuttings.
Kalanchoe x houghtonii
Another purple succulent is this bryophyllum type with its dark purple hue leaves. It grows different from other succulents forming a rosette. It produces long, narrow leaves reaching up to six inches long and has margins that bear young plantlets.
It is a prolific plant that can choke other plants and is best grown on its own.
Echeveria’ Cubic Frost’ That Changes Deep Purple
Wow, you must agree to look at the image that this is one gorgeous deep purple plant. It grows eight inches tall to ten inches wide. The lilac leaves look like frost, and when stressed happily, of course, it becomes a deep purple shade.
The rosette grows huge with wavy leaves that turn up with pointy symmetrical to fleshy shapes. The leaves have a thick powdery wax to protect the Cubic Frost from too much sun exposure. As with the Afterglow, it also blooms bell-shaped orange flowers.
Echeveria Purple Pearl
One of our favorite purple succulents is the purple pearl with its attractive purple, densely packed leaves. The leaves look like purple pads with tips. The leaves are olive green with purple edges. It is a low-maintenance plant.
Provide the purple pearl with bright sunlight to part shade and only water when the soil is dry.
The purple Aeonium Atropurpureum loves warm climates and grows well in containers. You can grow them as a tree or shrub with woody branches and a purple rosette. With bright sunlight, the color develops more purple tones.
The potential growth of these green succulents with deep purple foliage is up to four feet. The soil should not dry; watering must be avoided in summer as the plant goes dormant.
Opuntia santarita ‘Santa Rita Prickly Pear’
Does this purple prickly pear not look gorgeous? Yes, it does, and it is a highly sought-after purple succulent. The purple pads make this cactus species distinctive and grow upright into a bushy shrub.
So, if you have space in your garden, this prickly pear is a treat. It also does not need much watering and prefers full sun to light shade.
Why Do Succulents Turn Dark Purple?
When you look at succulents, they have a green rosette or leaf. Yet, with the right conditions, some produce pigments that give dark purple leaves. In addition, you may find that some have blue-green leaves or even reddish-purple ones.
So, when the plant changes from green to other colors, it produces anthocyanins or pigments. Yet, it makes carotenoids when it changes to orange, red, or yellow. Hence, it is a tanning process similar to humans, where the skin produces melanin.
Thus if the succulent foliage turns purple, it is a stress response and nothing to be concerned about. Three things can cause this to happen to give it that colorful appearance.
When you provide your plant with more sun exposure, it results in stress, allowing it to produce pigments to change color. Still, be careful with too much sun as it can result in sunburn.
Even lack of water results in stress producing the deep burgundy to yellowish green leaves. Still, if you have forgotten to water for a while, do it gradually. A sudden water deprivation results in wilting. So, reduce your water frequency slowly without your plant showing signs of wilting.
Your plant’s leaves can also change color from a dark green to leaves with purple tips when there is a temperature change, especially when it gets colder, as perennial succulents are known to display a vibrant color in winter.
These are some of the gorgeous purple succulents you can find. But there are many more! So many plants change when happily stressed, growing purple stems to purple leaves. Yet, when your plant stresses out, it helps to keep in mind that sudden changes you only need to do one at a time.
For instance, when you increase the light for your plant outdoor to the full sun, do it gradually. The same applies to watering by reducing it slowly and not at the same time as when you introduce more luminous light.
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