Add a splash of color with Best Red Succulents in your collection! Continue reading to explore the red beauties for your garden and home.
Red symbolizes love and passion. While growing flowers, you might have many options but with succulents, it might get tough to pick ones with red color. Keeping that in mind, we have combined a list of some of the Best Red Succulents that are both beautiful and easy to maintain!
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Types of Best Red Succulents
1. Red Pagoda
Botanical Name: Crassula capitella
Height/ Spread: 6/18 inches
Red Pagoda is a branching succulent. It features fleshy, yellow-green leaves embellished with bright red tips. The color gets more vibrant during winter in response to cool nights and bright sun.
Tip: For the best leaf color, provide full sun with some shade by protecting from the mid-day heat during hot months.
2. Dessert Cabbage
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe luciae
Height/ Spread: 12-16/12-14 inches
Also known as flapjack or paddle plant, due to its round leaves, they are marked with red hues along with the plant’s exterior. It also produces yellow flowers in late winters and early spring.
Botanical Name: Echeveria agavoides
Height/ Spread: 6-8 inches/ 10-14 inches
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4. Stick on Fire
Botanical Name: Euphorbia tirucalli
Height/ Spread: 40-80 inches tall and wide
Also known as ‘Rosea,’ ‘Red Pencil Tree’, and ‘Finger Tree,’ this striking succulent is prized with a thicket of beautifully colored, branching, vertical stems look like thin pencils, giving it its popular name the Pencil Cactus.
5. Chocolate Sundae
Botanical Name: Sempervivum Heuffelii ‘Chocolate Sundae’
Height/ Spread: 2-3/3-4 inches
‘Chocolate Sundae’ forms a beautiful rosette with bright red tips that are lime green at the center. The red shade becomes more intense according to the season.
6. Red Rubin
Botanical Name: Sempervivum ‘Red Rubin’
Height/ Spread: 4-6/9-12 inches
‘Red Rubin’ exhibits large, evergreen rosette of fleshy, emerald green leaves patterned with burgundy-red tips. This color changes with the season, intensifying in cool temperatures.
7. Christmas Sleigh
Botanical Name: Aloe ‘Christmas Sleigh’
Height/ Spread: 4-7/5-6 inches
This showy succulent has deep green leaves with vivid red spines. During fall, the plant also forms bright red-pink flowers. It performs the best in full sun and proper drainage.
8. Jelly Bean Plant
Botanical Name: Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’
Height/ Spread: 3-8 inches tall
Native to Mexico, this stunning succulent forms fleshy round leaves in pink to deep red color. The color of leaves deepens with the amount of sunlight they receive. ‘Aurora’ prefers plenty of sunlight with proper drainage.
Note: It cannot survive in frost and require protection during cold temperatures.
9. Royal Red
Botanical Name: Euphorbia trigona ‘Royal Red’
Height/ Spread: 60-90 inches tall in ideal conditions
This gorgeous cactus features long stems adorned with spines in green and yellow, to deep burgundy shades. Each stem flaunts three angles that are covered with red-green leaves.
10. Red-Headed Irishman
Botanical Name: Mammillaria spinosissima ‘Red-Headed Irishman’
Height/ Spread: 8-10 /4 inches
Just like the unique name, these distinct-looking cactus displays deep blue-green stem, which is barely visible under a dense covering of orange-red spines, hence the name.
11. Agave Blue Flame with Red Edges
Botanical Name: Agave shawii x Agave attenuata
Height/ Spread: 30/24 inches
This stunning hybrid variety features large rosettes of smooth blue-gray leaves that are decorated with toothed red-brown margins. A thin yellow-green ribbon, adjacent to red-brown edges, shines in the sunlight.
12. Red Burst
Botanical Name: Cryptbergia ‘Red Burst’
Height/ Spread: 12-14 inches long and wide
Native to South America, this succulent is an intergeneric bromeliad hybrid. It is a cross between Billbergia nutans x Cryptbergia bahianus. The plant forms a rosette of flat 8-12 inches long pointed green-red/ bronze leaves.
13. Crosby’s Prolific
Botanical Name: Aloe ‘Crosby’s prolific’
Height and Spread: 6-8/9-12 inches
Another impressive succulent, this one forms a beautiful rosette of deep green foliage that’s defined with toothed and speckled skin. To make it red, just keep it in bright sunlight and watch the leaves turn into the alluring red-orange.
15. Red Aloe
Botanical Name: Aloe cameronii
Height and Spread: 12-24/24-36 inches
This slow-growing aloe variety is going to charm you with its red shade. As long as you will keep it in bright sunlight, it’ll reward you with beautiful copper-red foliage. This one, indeed, is the most gorgeous of all aloe species.
Bonus – Air Plant!
Botanical Name: Tillandsia ionantha ‘Air Plant’
Height/ Spread: 2-4/3-4 inches
Though not a succulent, it’s compact size and red color made it to the list! This tiny plant exhibits long, red, fuzzy leaves that are less than 3 inches long. Few hours of direct sunlight boosts the red shade of leaves.
To make the red color of these succulents more pronounced, simply keep them in sunlight and water them only when the soil goes completely dry. This way, you will be able to enjoy the best of their deep red shade!