Succulents That Look Like Coral

If you’re after an ocean aesthetic in your garden, you may want to explore succulents that look like coral!

You can pair those with some colorful flowers, and you’ll easily have the best garden in the neighborhood. And if you plan to grow them indoors, you can paint the room blue and add some ornamental lights. You’ll have a full ocean right in the next room!

Succulents that look like coral include Senecio mandraliscae, Aloe castilloniae, and Aloe striata. Here’s a full list you can choose from!

8 Beautiful Succulents That Look Like Coral

Corals and succulents are each beautiful in their own way, and they have very different shapes. Despite that, we managed to find some succulents that may pass off as corals!

1.   Euphorbia tirucalli

More known by its name “Fire Sticks,” this brightly colored plant is known for its pencil-thin branches and its resemblance to sea corals. The plant usually grows up to at least 48 inches with a width of at least 47 inches.

This plant is native to Africa and India. It’s also toxic when consumed, and its sap is known to cause irritation upon touching it.

As with all succulents, Fire Sticks can store plenty of water for a long time, and they don’t require too much. Over-watering can actually prove to be more harmful than helpful.

2.   Rhipsalis Cereuscula

Rhipsalis cereuscula plant succulent

The small branches of this plant are clumped together and are reminiscent of typical corals, hence the common name of “Coral Cactus.”

This small shrub can grow on top of other plants, as well as rocks and tree trunks. The rainforests of Central and South America are the native home of this succulent.

Coral cacti are ideal house or indoor plants because they enjoy the occasional sunlight and don’t need much time to take care of them.

3.   Senecio mandraliscae

Senecio mandraliscae, also known as “Blue Chalksticks,” can grow to a maximum of 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. The first thing you would notice about this plant is its beautiful blueish-green color that makes you feel like it is underwater!

This plant, unlike most succulents, thrives during the winter season and goes dormant during the summer season.

It is recommended to place or plant Blue Chalksticks in rock gardens; they would work beautifully for floral arrangements!

4.   Crassula ovata

The crassula ovata has the hilarious common name of “Shreks Ears,” and while it does remind you of the popular cartoon character, it will also remind you of coral!

The plant has lengthy tubes for leaves that grow mostly upright. It’s known for the white glossy sheen on top of its leaves that makes for a good underwater look.

These plants can grow up to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide. As with other succulents, they don’t require much watering; they are also good for outdoor planting as they need a lot of sunlight!

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5.   Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost Cristata’

This is the crested version of the Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost;’ crested or ‘cristata’ versions are rarer than regular versions as they are mutated versions of the succulent.

With mutated versions come bigger risks as the results may not be the outcome you would expect.

Cubic Frost Cristata, however, is a solid testimony that not all mutations are bad. The leaves grow together in a tight-knit fashion that resembles coral reefs, and its beautiful color with cool tones makes it a sight for sore eyes!

Although succulents already require less water than normal plants, crested succulents need even less water. They’re much more prone to rotting than non-crested succulents.

6.   Echeveria ‘Kissing’

Another entry from the Echeveria genus; this one grows in beautiful and big rosettes that are reminiscent of the wide corals in the Pacific!

These beauties can reach up to 12 inches in diameter. Most suggest this an indoor plant as too much sun can cause its leaves to burn.

7.   Aeonium ‘Sunburst Cristatum’

Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Another crested succulent enters our list; this one is characterized by the different sizes of rosettes growing around one another. It can grow rather wide, so it’s encouraged to trim them to your preferred shape!

Aeoniums don’t deal well with warm and dry seasons; they should be kept in moist and shady places.

8.   Aloe striata

With a common name of “Coral Aloe,” this gorgeous succulent boasts beautiful, broad, and dusty green rosettes that change shades depending on the light.

Tall stems of flowers can grow from these rosettes, brightening up the pale colors of the succulent itself.

We’d say it’s perfect as an accent plant for your ocean-themed garden!

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Hybrid Succulents That Look Like Corals

Hybrid succulents are the latest craze among succulent gardeners and owners, as taking two different species of succulents and trying to “mix them together” to form a new variety is quite exciting!

Cross-pollination is the key, which is essentially taking the pollen of one succulent into the flower of another and hoping for a successful hybridization!

Here are some of the prettiest coral-like hybrid succulents for your ocean-themed garden!

Echeveria Coral Reef

The first on this list is another Echeveria; this popular hybrid succulent is a slow grower, and it grows best during the warm spring and summer seasons.

These beautiful succulents come in different colors from bright green to dark brown! Living up to their name, they’re often likened to coral reefs.

Their beautiful leaves are perfect for displays!

Aloe castilloniae “Blue”

This Aloe hybrid is beautiful with its purple-blue-reddish colors. It grows long and features curled leaves that have sharp thorns on them, making it distinct from other aloe plants.

While taking care of these plants, you shouldn’t allow them to sit in water. It can lead to root rot, which will cause stunted growth and may lead the plant to die eventually.

Granted, these aloe hybrids are a bit hard to find because they’re native to Madagascar.

Graptopetalum ‘Murasaki’

Graptopetalum 'Murasaki'

This beauty is a hybrid created as a cross between two different Graptopetalum plants. The gorgeous colors of purple and pink with a rather pale tone allow this to be one of the prettiest succulents on this list.

The wide growth of this plant with its beautiful branches and small flowers will remind you of the colorful corals under the sea.

The plant thrives best under full sunlight, and it can live with minimal amounts of water because it’s highly tolerant to drought.

Echeveria laui x Pachyphytum oviferum

A hybrid of the beautiful Echeveria laui and the thick leaves from the Pachyphytum oviferum. This hybrid succulent combines the cool powdery blues and reds of the Echeveria and the thick, chubby leaves of the Pachyphytum.

The result is a beautiful underwater-looking plant that will enhance anyone’s outdoor or indoor garden! Each rosette can grow to at least 4 inches and is recommended to be displayed horizontally.

If you plan on getting this plant, avoid getting water on the leaves and leaving the plant out in the cold for too long.

Your Beautiful Ocean Garden Awaits

Excited about your own ocean-inspired garden? There are so many succulents to choose from, and infinite ways to arrange and display them; whether to arrange them depending on color or height or even thickness! The possibilities are endless.

Most of these succulents can be found in your local plant nursery and even in most online shops.

It might seem like a nerve-wracking task, but succulents are easy to care for, even for beginners!

Get ready to mix and match your chosen succulents and before you know it, you’ll slowly watch your garden turn into a majestic underwater wonderland!