13 Gorgeous Purple Succulents to Add Color to Your Home 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced plant parent, you can never go wrong with succulents. They’re hardy, easy to take care of, and resistant to drought. Plus, they come in a variety of shapes and colors, making them a wonderful addition to your plant collection.

Among all the succulents available, the most likely to make an impact are those that come in shades of purple. Some of my favorites include Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl’, Ruby’s Necklace, Lithops optica ‘Rubra’, and Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’. 

In this article, I’ve listed some of the most eye-catching purple succulents you’ll find today. From lavender and lilac to mauve and plum, you’ll find a shade in every variety.  

1. Echeveria Purple Pearl

Echeveria Purple Pearl
  • Botanical name: Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Purple Pearl’
  • Common names: Echeveria Purple Pearl, Purple Pearl

Native to Mexico, Echeveria Purple Pearl is a slow-growing ornamental plant that reaches around 12 inches in diameter and is about six to eight inches tall. It’s loved for its attractive purple rosettes, which look gorgeous in bouquets, wedding floral arrangements, and containers. 

Like most succulents, Echeveria Purple Pearl is easy to take care of. Full sun exposure is preferred, but it tolerates some shade as long as it receives three to four hours of direct sunlight per day. The more direct sun it receives, the brighter purple and red its color. 

2. Ruby’s Necklace

  • Botanical Name: Othonna capensis ‘Ruby’s Necklace’
  • Common names: String of Rubies, Jewel Among Plants, String of Pickles

Believed to be one of the rarest succulent plants in the world, Ruby’s Necklace is a fast-growing vibrant plant that blooms daisy-like flowers all year long. 

When placed in lower light areas, it maintains a green shade but with faint purple highlights along the stem. In bright light, the stem and the leaves transform to a deep ruby red. 

Ruby’s Necklace is a forgiving plant, making it suitable for beginners. It holds up to most household temperatures and humidity levels, plus they’re non-toxic to both humans and pets. It prefers drought conditions, so you’ll only ever need to water it once every week or two. 

3. Aeonium Zwartkop

  • Botanical name: Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ 
  • Common names: Large Purple Aeonium, Black Rose, Black Tree Aeonium

Aeonium Zwartkop is a tall, dark purple succulent that turns almost black when exposed to full sunlight. When it blooms, it produces elaborate yellow flowers that protrude from its center. It can grow up to four feet tall and two feet wide. 

When watering Aeonium Zwartkop, use the soak and dry method. Soak the soil until it comes out of the drainage holes, then wait until the soil is completely dry before watering again. 

Aeonium Zwartkop prefers direct sunlight with no shade. It’ll still grow normally in partial shade, but it wouldn’t be as vibrant. 

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4. Pleiospilos Nelii ‘Royal Flush’

  • Botanical name: Pleiospilos nelii ‘Royal Flush’
  • Common names: Split Rock, Cleft Stone, Mimicry Plant, Living Granite

Native to South Africa, Pleiospilos nelii ‘Royal Flush’ is a relatively rare species of succulent with bulbous, hemispherical leaves that resemble rocks. The leaves are separated by a crack, hence the name “Split Rock.” 

The “Royal Flush” variant has light purple that appears almost lavender when exposed to sunlight. When it blooms, it produces a pink and white daisy-like flower. 

The flower can reach up to three inches in diameter, making it appear larger than the plant itself. It opens during the afternoon and closes at sunset. 

Like other mesembs (stone plants), Royal Flush isn’t the easiest to take care of. It needs to be watered lightly but regularly, especially during its growing seasons (Spring and Fall). 

It doesn’t tolerate cold environments, so growing it outdoors may not be possible. It needs warm and consistent temperatures to thrive. 

5. Senecio Jacobsenii ‘Trailing Jade’

  • Botanical name: Senecio jacobsenii ‘Trailing Jade’
  • Common names: Vining Jade, Weeping Jade, Trailing Jade   

Senecio jacobsenii Trailing Jade, also known as Kleinia petraea or simply Trailing Jade, is a green-purple creeping succulent native to Kenya and Tanzania. It has smooth, egg-shaped leaves that stand upright and showy bright orange blooms shaped like a paintbrush. 

Growing up to three inches, the leaves are arranged along the stems in an overlapping pattern, similar to shingles. 

When placed in bright sunlight, the plant’s lilac leaves transform into a flushed magenta. It thrives in well-draining pots and gritty soil that contains at least 50% inorganic material, like pumice, perlite, and coarse sand. 

6. Lithops optica ‘Rubra’

Lithops optica 'Rubra'
  • Scientific name: Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ 
  • Common name: Living Stone 

Like Pleiospilos nelii ‘Royal Flush’, Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ resemble stones. Its leaves are thick and pebble-like, with reddish-purple hues. 

The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, making them appear like pouty lips. Each pair produces a single daisy-like flower with white with pink tips. 

Rubra thrives best in bright, sunny positions. It needs at least three to four hours of sunlight a day to maintain its gorgeous color. It can easily get scorched under direct sunlight, so make sure to place it in indirect light. 

During Fall, Winter, and Spring, Rubra requires little water, if at all. In Summer, it needs to be watered only when completely dry, once every two weeks at most. 

7. Job’s Beard  

  • Botanical name: Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Burgharis’
  • Common name: Job’s Beard

Formerly known as Jovibarba heuffelii, Job’s Beard is a perennial plant with thick, fleshy, purple-green leaves that form rosettes. It grows well in a regular succulent mix, with an ideal pH of around 6.0. 

This plant prefers full sunlight but wouldn’t say no to light shade, as long as it receives at least four hours of sunlight a day. Ideally, it should be placed in an east or west-facing window to receive the maximum amount of light possible indoors. 

During summer and spring, Job’s Beard needs to be watered regularly. The soil must be kept moist but not overly soggy. During the colder months, let the topsoil dry out before watering. 

8. Dark Purple Caralluma

  • Botanical name: Caralluma stalagmifera
  • Common name: Dark Purple Caralluma 

Caralluma stalagmifera is one of the more unique-looking succulent plants on this list. With its fleshy, sightly branched purple-gray stems, it looks more like a flower than a succulent. It grows in dense clumps and stands up to 16 inches. 

Its leaves a small and stalkless, with a triangular or tooth-like shape. Its star-shaped flowers take on a dark-purple hue with purple-yellow tips that changes to brown-green after roughly 12 days of maturity. 

Like most stapeliads, Caralluma stalagmifera is an easy-to-care plant. However, it should be planted outdoors as it will easily rot indoors. It needs a reasonable amount of sunlight to promote growth and flowering, so it needs to be placed under full sun. 

Caralluma stalagmifera isn’t bothered with extremely high temperatures as long as it’s kept in filtered light. 

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9. Graptopetalum ‘Purple haze’

  • Botanical name: Graptopetalum ‘Purple Haze’
  • Common name: Purple Haze

Graptopetalum ‘Purple Haze’ is a soft purple succulent plant with rosette leaves and long, sprawling stems. 

Its rosettes grow up to four inches wide and up to 12 inches tall. In winter, the opaque leaves develop raspberry splotches. 

Graptopetalum Purple Haze is easily confused with Graptopetalum ‘Victor Kane’, also known as Frank Reinelt. However, unlike Frank Reinelt, Purple Haze’s red freckles are less pronounced. It’s also thinner and glossier. 

Caring for Purple Haze is as easy as other succulents. It requires lots of sunlight, gritty soil with excellent drainage, and minimal watering. When the growing season comes, fertilize once with balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength.

10. Anacampseros Rufescens Sand Rose 

  • Botanical name: Anacampseros rufescens ‘Sand Rose’
  • Common names: Sand Rose, Sunrise Succulent

With spiraling rosettes of pointed leaves, Sand Rose is a beauty that can’t be ignored. Its leaves are olive green on one side and purplish-red on the other. 

When in bloom, it produces a large purple flower with yellow stamens. The flowers grow up to 4 inches in length and extend above the leaves. 

Native to South Africa, Sand Rose thrive in high temperatures. If grown indoors, make sure it receives bright light throughout the day. It requires low to moderate watering. Let the soil dry completely between watering. 

11. Opuntia Santarita ‘Santa Rita Prickly Pear’

  • Botanical name: Opuntia santarita ‘Santa Rita Prickly Pear’
  • Common names: Purple Prickly Pear, Opuntia Santa-Rita

Native to New Mexico and Southern Arizona, Santa Rita Prickly Pear is an upright, succulent shrub with circular, thick pads that changes color depending on the season and temperature. 

During the summer months, the pads take on a soft, lavender color. In colder months, the colors deepen into dark purple. 

Santa Rita Prickly Pear grows up to five feet tall and five feet wide. It’s a hardy, hard-to-kill plant, but requires supplemental, monthly irrigation during the dry summer seasons. 

It thrives best under full sun and well-draining soil. 

12. Graptoveria ‘Debbie’

  • Botanical name: Graptopetalum amethystinum x Echeveria sp.
  • Common name: Graptoveria ‘Debbie’

Graptoveria ‘Debbie’ is a hybrid between Graptopetalum amethystinum and Echeveria sp. It comes in multiple shades of blue and purple, with the most common being dusty lavender. 

During spring, Graptoveria ‘Debbie’ produces small apricot-like flowers that attract hummingbirds. 

Graptoveria ‘Debbie’ isn’t a cold-hardy plant, so if you live in an area that gets colder than 20°F, it’s best taken indoors. It does well in full to partial sun but requires at least six hours of sunlight to thrive. The longer it stays under full sunlight, the deeper its purple tone will become. 

13. Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’

Purple sempervivum
  • Botanical name: Sempervivum tectorum ‘Purple Beauty’
  • Common names: Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’, Hens & Chicks 

Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’ is a medium-sized succulent that features one large rosette called the “hen” and multiple smaller rosettes around the hen called “chicks” or “babies.” Depending on the season, the rosettes can take on a light soft-blue hue or a dark red-purple hue. 

Once well-established, Purple Beauty is drought-tolerant. It grows best in well-drained, graveling soil and full to partial sunlight. 

Like most Sempervivum plants, Purple Beauty is monocarpic. This means that it dies once it flowers. Don’t worry, though; one of the Chicks will quickly fill out the space left by the Hen and take over its place. 

Conclusion 

There you have it, folks; 13 of the most stunning purple succulents you can find today! 

Unless stated otherwise, these succulents share the same care method. Most of them thrive under full to partial sunlight and must be given at least four to six hours of sun a day. 

They don’t need much water, either; once every week or two will suffice. As for the soil, make sure it’s well-draining to prevent “Wet Feet” and root rot.