Purple is a beautiful color. It’s also the best color when it comes to succulents! There are so many different types of purple succulents, that you’ll never run out of options for your garden.
Below we’ve listed our top 40 favorite succulent species – they’re perfect for any occasion and can be found all around the world!
- 1 Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’
- 2 Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’
- 3 Sedeveria Lilac Mist
- 4 Graptoveria Debbie
- 5 Echeveria haagai ‘Tolimanensis’
- 6 Graptoveria ‘Araluen Gem’
- 7 Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
- 8 Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’
- 9 Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’
- 10 Sedum Dasyphyllum ‘Lilac Mound’
- 11 Kalanchoe x houghtonii
- 12 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Notah’
- 13 Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’
- 14 Echeveria ‘Orion’
- 15 Echeveria ‘Dusty Rose’
- 16 Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’
- 17 Anacampseros Rufescens
- 18 Echeveria Black Prince
- 19 Sempervivum ‘Raspberry Ice’
- 20 Echeveria Agavoides ‘Romeo’
- 21 Echeveria ‘Chroma’
- 22 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Red Heuff f/ Munich University’
- 23 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Beacon Hill’
- 24 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Violet’
- 25 Sedeveria ‘Sorrento’
- 26 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Mystique’
- 27 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Inferno’
- 28 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Purple Haze’
- 29 Sedeveria ‘Jet Beads’
- 30 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Artemis’
- 31 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Hot Lips’
- 32 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Miller’s Violet’
- 33 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Bora’
- 34 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Brocade’
- 35 Chick Charms® Plum Parfait™
- 36 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Bermuda’
- 37 Sempervivum ‘Killer’
- 38 Sempervivum ‘Director Jacobs’
- 39 Sempervivum ‘Pacific Blue Ice’
- 40 Sempervivum ‘Thunder’
- 41 Sempervivum ‘Duke of Windsor’
- 42 Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Gild’
- 43 Succulent Leaves Turning Purple: What’s Happening?
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ is a small evergreen succulent that forms a solitary rosette of fleshy, rounded, pointed, pastel gray leaves with purplish-pink highlights. The leaves are delicately dusted with a fine white powder (pruinose), which adds to the plant’s appeal.
Its light color and beautiful rosette help it blend right in with floral arrangements. Over time, the rosette grows up on a slender stem. It is one of the most prolific succulents, making it very easy to propagate, making it the most popular echeveria.
Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’ (common name: Beautiful Graptopetalum) is a small evergreen succulent that forms compact, open rosettes up to 5 inches (12 cm) wide. It has fleshy, thick, pale-gray lavender to pink leaves. The rosettes grow at the tips of ever-lengthening stems, that cascade beautifully over time.
In early spring, it produces star-shaped pale yellow flowers with red markings on their tips. Graptopetalum ‘Superbum’ is one of the purple succulents that make a perfect addition to hanging baskets, containers or for spilling over walls.
Sedeveria Lilac Mist
Sedeveria Lilac Mist is a recent hybrid cultivar. It gets its name from its color, which is grayish-green with a lilac blush. The shape of the plant is a rosette, with nice fat leaves. It grows compact with a chunky shape.
One cutting fills a pot about 3.5 inches (9 cm.) across. The leaves are not as easily detachable as compared to other Sedum hybrids.
Graptoveria Debbie’ is one of the few stunning purple succulents with dramatic foliage. This cultivar form in a tight clump of rosette made up of fleshy, lanceolate, frosty pink-purple leaves. Its rosettes grow to about 8 inches (20cm) in diameter.
In cooler temperatures, the plant’s color becomes more intense, turning into a deeper purple. The rosettes offsets easily to form dense clumps. In the spring, the Graptoveria ‘Debbie’ produces small, apricot flowers.
Echeveria haagai ‘Tolimanensis’
Echeveria haagai ‘Tolimanensis’ has a distinctive form for an Echeveria, with fleshier, upright leaves of deep purple to dove grey for a looser rosette look. It offsets freely and can grow quite tall while maintaining full leaf coverage on its stem.
This variety grows a tall bloom stalk each summer from which hang numerous orange to yellow bell-shaped flowers. It has a high success rate for propagation from both offsets, leaves, and stem cuttings.
Graptoveria ‘Araluen Gem’
Graptoveria ‘Araluen Gem’ (also known as ‘Aphrodite’) is a stunning, intergeneric hybrid that is a cross of Graptopetalum paraguayense x Echeveria purpusorum, both of which are also purple succulents.
It has lovely soft lilac to green leaves with flushes of pink when grown in bright light. Each year it can send up a tall bloom stalk with multiple bell-shaped, pink and yellow flowers.
Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ is an evergreen succulent with large rosettes (up to 16 inches or 40cm) of fleshy, powdery lavender-pink leaves with delicate bright pink edges.
It grows on a short stout stem and displays deep orange-red flowers that emerge either from below lower leaves or sometimes as the terminal flower stem.
Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’
Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ is an evergreen succulent that forms large clumps of rosettes up to 12 inches (30cm) wide. It has broad, waxy, pearly bronze leaves with shades of pink. Depending on the time of year and growing conditions, the rosettes may blend shades of blue, teal, salmon, coral or yellow.
The flowers are pale yellow with red-orange centers and appear in summer on up to 2 feet (60cm) long, arching stems. ‘Fred Ives’ offsets readily and will eventually create a nice flower carpet. It is one of the purple succulents that are highly valued for amazing color and beauty.
Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’
Echeveria ‘Cubic’ Frost is among gorgeous purple succulents that grow up to 8 inches (20cm) tall and 10 inches (25cm) wide, with cool lilac to pink lilac leaves. When happily stressed, the ‘Cubic Frost’ changes color to deep lavender.
Its large rosette is made up of distinctive, wavy leaves that are upturned, pointy, symmetrical, and fleshy. Its leaves have a thick overlay of powdery wax, which protects the plant from direct sunlight. In the spring, the Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’ produces beautiful orange and bell-shaped flowers.
Sedum Dasyphyllum ‘Lilac Mound’
Sedum Dasyphyllum ‘Lilac Mound’ is a small perennial succulent with blue-green and purple opposite leaves that blush lavender in full sun. It is a hardy ground cover species and has creeping stems forming shrubs.
The Sedum Dasyphyllum ‘Lilac Mound’ makes a colorful outdoor choice of succulents. It produces small and white flowers with tiny black dots on the petals.
Kalanchoe x houghtonii
Kalanchoe x houghtonii is a bryophyllum type Kalanchoe that’s a hybrid of K. daigremontiana x K. delagoensis and ‘Mother of Thousands’, both being purple succulents as well.
This variety has opposite, narrow leaves that reach 3.0″ to 6.0″ long with margins that bear young plantlets. It is aggressively prolific and will choke out other plants around it. All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Notah’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Notah’ is one of the gorgeous purple succulents with the coloration of jade green with a pink to lavender blush. Its leaf margins are highlighted with a bright white outline. This cultivar is particularly fun to watch as it changes colors through the seasons.
Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’
Echeveria Neon Breaker is a stunning Echeveria with distinctive crinkled fluorescent magenta, orange, and purple tips on blue-green leaves.
When received full sun, it displays amazing bright neon colors that make it an awesome statement to any garden or planter. In late summer or early fall, Echeveria Neon Breaker grows bright pink flowers on purple-ish stems.
Echeveria ‘Orion’ is a silvery blue rosette that flushes pink to purple when grown in bright sunlight. It is a fairly wide, low rosette with lots of round, slightly cupped leaves. Echeveria ‘Orion’ is a hybrid of E. lilacina x E. pulidonis.
Echeveria ‘Dusty Rose’
Echeveria ‘Dusty Rose’ is one of the purple succulents that form fast-growing rosettes of wide, powdery violet leaves. The beautiful color of these succulents only gets better with more sunlight! It offsets freely to form clusters up to 8 inches (20cm) in diameter. The flowers are orange in color.
Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’
Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’ is a beautiful succulent that forms silvery pink semi-open rosettes with purple shading on its leaves. This succulent can show “watermarks” or wavy striations of natural farina wax.
Sempervivum is comprised of one large rosette called the “hen” which sprouts many smaller rosettes around it called “chicks”. As the plants age, the “hen” may die out and be replaced by the “chicks”.
Plants can be divided easily at any time by pulling up some of the “chicks” and replanting them elsewhere. Although they will grow nearly anywhere, these prefer the good drainage conditions found in sunny rock gardens or walls.
Anacampseros Rufescens is a perennial species of small growing purple succulents, which are excellent for indoor containers. The tops of its leaves are dark green, while the underside is a rich purple color.
The green gives way to red when it is happily stressed. Another distinction is the long-growing white hairs of their stem. It has purple flowers with yellow stamens.
Echeveria Black Prince
Echeveria Black Prince is one of the few slow and low-growing purple succulents that produces clumps of short rosettes. These rosettes are up to 3 inches (7.5cm) wide with thin, triangular and dark leaves. These leaves first emerge green, but when stressed with light, they darken to a deep lavender brown.
Sempervivum ‘Raspberry Ice’
Sempervivum ‘Raspberry Ice’ is a dense and perennial succulent with raspberry-red leaves that turn purple-red when mature. Its leaves are cobwebbed little white hairs. The rosette can grow quite large and form a dense, impressive cluster.
During summer, it features unusual clusters of shell, pink, star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage.
Echeveria Agavoides ‘Romeo’
Echeveria Agavoides ‘Romeo’ is the most distinctive among purple succulents that form clumps of compact rosettes up to 5 inches (12.5cm) tall and 11 inches (27.5cm) wide. Its leaves are grayish-purple with red edges.
Like most Echeverias, this particular cultivar, being dark burgundy, needs bright light. In the spring and summer, the Echeveria Agavoides ‘Romeo’ produces red flowers with yellow tips, slightly smaller than other Echeveria Agavoides species.
Echeveria ‘Chroma’ is a sturdy rosette with psychedelic hues of blue-green, purple, and peach all swirled together. This variety has a very variable appearance depending on the light in which it’s grown. Each year it can send up a tall bloom stalk from which dangle yellow, bell-shaped flowers.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Red Heuff f/ Munich University’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Red Heuff f/ Munich University’ is a large red and green rosette. It flushes a glossy, near-black shade of purple in winter, highlighted by silvery, ciliated leaf margins.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Beacon Hill’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Beacon Hill’ (Fearnley) has a delightful purple bronze rosette that holds its color year-round. It is one of the purple succulents that can have a light green center and its leaves outlined in a bright white margin. It is one of the super hardy succulents and very drought tolerant. It thrives outdoors year-round and holds vibrant colors through the seasons.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Violet’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Violet’ is a wonderful blush red rosette that deepens to purple as winter approaches. It shows just a trace of blue-green at base and has a bright white margin outlining the leaves.
Sedeveria ‘Sorrento’ has bronze to coral foliage and a bright green center. Its most vibrant colors are seen when it grows in direct sun. The leaves are faceted with distinctive, light veins. Look for yellow blooms each summer.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Mystique’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Mystique’ is a fairly large rosette with reddish-brown leaves and a hint of green at its center. Silvery cilia line the leaves and give a glowing effect to the rosette. This variety turns a near-black shade of purple in the winter. It thrives outdoors year-round and holds vibrant colors through the seasons.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Inferno’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Inferno’ is a cultivar descended from S. heuffelii ‘Tan’. It’s a brilliant red rosette with a green heart that flushes purple in winter. ‘Inferno’ has a heavy silver fringe of cilia outlining its leaves and can grow quite large.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Purple Haze’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Purple Haze’ is a lavender to pink rosette with a muted green base tone. Its leaves are lined in white, which really makes it stand out. Its colors tend to deepen in cooler seasons and lighten in the warmer months.
Sedeveria ‘Jet Beads’
Sedeveria ‘Jet Beads’ has small, pointed leaves with color tones of dark copper, green, burgundy, and black. Its coloration can darken in cool weather (around 40F). These colors contrast nicely in arrangements with the more common succulent pastels.
It grows around 4.0″ tall with short, semi-upright stems. ‘Jet Beads’ is often reluctant to bloom, but can produce yellow flowers in the summer months.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Artemis’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Artemis’ has a neat pink to purple rosette with coppery undertones. It is lightly pubescent and has a white outline of cilia lining its leaves. The whole rosette turns a dark purple in winter.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Hot Lips’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Hot Lips’ is a gorgeous dusty rose to purple with a touch of green at its base. A ciliated leaf margin makes for a nice highlight to this open, wide-leaved rosette. This cultivar turns a vibrant purple in winter and was bred from S. heuffelii ‘Chocoleto’.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Miller’s Violet’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Miller’s Violet’ is a purple to burgundy rosette with a green center. As the days shorten in fall it takes on more blue tones and turns deep purple with a white outline in winter.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Bora’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Bora’ is a lovely red rosette with a lime green heart. Its colors deepen to a near-black shade of purple by fall and its leaves are fringed by long cilia.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Brocade’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Brocade’ is a deep burgundy rosette with a touch of green at its heart. This cultivar turns a deep purple in winter, offset by the glowing white margin that outlines its leaves.
Chick Charms® Plum Parfait™
Chick Charms® Plum Parfait™ (also known as S. ‘Prairie Sunset’) has tones of pink and gold mix for a lovely warm appearance. This cultivar can show distinctive “watermarks” or wavy lines from its coating of natural wax. Cold temperatures bring out more purple tones.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Bermuda’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Bermuda’ is a sweet, color-changing rosette with glowing white margins. Through the seasons, it shifts between blue-green, pink, and purple tones. It turns fully purple in cold weather.
Sempervivum ‘Killer’ is a lovely olive-green rosette that gets splashes of dark red to mahogany through the seasons. Its leaves are long and pointed and it produces new offsets on long stolons. This variety benefits from a partial shade and a gravel top-dressing between the soil and leaves.
Sempervivum ‘Director Jacobs’
Sempervivum ‘Director Jacobs’ is a year-round favorite for color and form. It is an eye-catching red and has lots of cupped leaves. A heavy lining of long, white cilia give the rosette a frosty appearance. This variety closes into a ball and deepens to purple in winter. Bright sunlight will help it express its brightest pigments.
Sempervivum ‘Pacific Blue Ice’
Sempervivum ‘Pacific Blue Ice’ is a stunning silvery blue cultivar that can flush pink to purple. It is a medium to large rosette with short cilia lining its leaves and rippling watermarks. Additionally, it is a solid, easy grower.
Sempervivum ‘Thunder’ has a distinctive form and color. It is a wide, open rosette with silvery green leaves tinged a rosy pink. This velvety cultivar turns a deep lavender in winter and in spring it produces offsets of long, hot pink stolons.
Sempervivum ‘Duke of Windsor’
Sempervivum ‘Duke of Windsor’ is a smaller, tufted rosette with densely packed leaves. Its colors shift between apple green and burgundy through the year. Each spring, it produces lots of new offsets and can develop into a tidy clump.
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Gild’
Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Gild’ is a nice, clumping rosette that shows a range of reddish tones through the seasons. Summer sun lightens the leaves to a coral pink and shorter, colder days cause them to deepen to royal purple.
It is highlighted by a bright, white leaf margin. This cultivar is a strong grower and can develop into an impressive clump.
Succulent Leaves Turning Purple: What’s Happening?
Succulent plants are generally green in color by nature. However, under the right circumstances, some of those green succulents will produce anthocyanins (pigments) which give them their red, blue or purple color.
When a succulent changes color to red, blue or purple, it is actually producing anthocyanins. Meanwhile, when a succulent changes color to yellow, orange or red, it is actually producing carotenoids. The concept is similar to how the human skin produces melanin and changes color (a process called tanning).
So if you see your succulent leaves turning purple, there is actually no reason to worry! This is known as the succulent’s stress response.
The 3 criteria that affect the production of anthocyanins and carotenoids in succulents are light, water, and temperature. To induce a succulent to produce anthocyanins or carotenoid (hence a colorful appearance), you need to ‘stress’ the succulent. This can be done by adjusting the following conditions:
Providing enough sunlight will cause succulents to stress and produce more anthocyanins and carotenoids. The more light they receive, the more vibrant their colors will be. Do be careful, however not to provide too much light that they get burns.
Lack of water will cause succulents to stress, thus producing more anthocyanins and carotenoids. However, this needs to be done gradually as sudden deprivation of water can cause a succulent to wilt. This should be done by slowly reducing the frequency of watering without the succulent showing any signs of wilting.
Succulent leaves change color more often in the cold, which is why you see more colorful succulents in the winter.
When stressing a succulent out, bear in mind to not make sudden changes and only change one variable at a time. For example, do not increase the light exposure and reduce watering at the same time. It is better to allow the succulent to adjust to its condition before changing another variable. That way, you can stress the succulents beautifully without damaging them.