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20 Types of Red Succulents (With Pictures)

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Red is a lovely color that brings more life into any home or garden. This is why it’s great to look into various red plants, like red succulents.

There are numerous types of red succulents that you can grow at home. Most thrive in areas with lots of sunshine and dry conditions. You can grow them indoors or outside under the right conditions.

In this article are various types of unique red succulents that you can add to your plant collections. Each has unique foliage and grows to different heights.

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The 20 Types of Red Succulents to Grow at Home

1. Voodoo Stonecrop

Voodoo Stonecrop
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If you live in an area with a hardiness zone of 3 to 9, you can add voodoo stonecrop to your garden. They are lovely to add to your plant collection if you want mat forming perennial evergreen succulents.

This red succulent grows to a height of 6 inches and a width of up to 2 inches. The leaves are fleshy with a distinctive deep red shade. In summer, the succulent blooms, producing pink flowers.

You can grow these succulents in pots and place them in an area with direct sunlight. They also do well in a garden setting as ground cover plants.


2. Red Aloe

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Aloe cameronii, or red aloe, is a variety of an aloe vera plant that has a red shade. This plant can grow upwards reaching heights of 12 to 24 inches. In terms of width, it’s possible for the red aloe to spread to 36 inches.

When growing red aloe, patience is necessary since it takes time to grow. All it needs is proper tending and excellent sunshine to flourish.

The Red Aloe thrives in a 9 to 12 hardiness zone.


3. Tillandsia Ionantha

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Tillandsia ionantha is a type of air plant known for its fragile leaves. It’s native to Mexico and Central America.

At the beginning, the plant has a silver color that turns to shades of red as it nears the blooming season. Apart from the red leaves, the air plant also produces stunning violet flowers.

It can grow to heights of 4 inches and a width of 4 inches. Areas with the USDA hardiness zone 11 are excellent for its growth.

You won’t need any soil medium for the plant to grow. Simply, place it anywhere inside or outside your home.


4. Dragon’s Blood

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Dragon’s blood (Sedum spurium) is native to Germany. It thrives in an area with a USDA hardiness zone 4-9.

The plant spreads and it can reach a width of 18 inches. However, it only grows to 4 inches in height. The creeping manner of the stem makes them lovely coverage plants in a garden.

If you want to grow the Dragon’s Blood indoors, pick a spot in the house that gets lots of sunshine. The same applies in the outdoors, so avoid areas with partial or full shade.


5. Echeveria Agavoides

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When seeking excellent decorative red succulent plants, consider the Echeveria agavoides (Romeo). The plant is native to Mexico. It’s both an indoor and outdoor plant with a hardy nature. This means you won’t spend a lot of time tending to it.

This red succulent has fleshy leaves with a deep red hue. In summer, the plant blooms producing radiant rosettes, which grow to heights of 6 inches.

Echeveria agavoides grow well in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b. They do better in well-draining soil and require minimal watering.


6. Sticks on Fire

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Sticks on Fire (Euphorbia tirucalli) is native to eastern and southern parts of Africa. These plants are noticeable given their long and colorful stems. The plant can reach heights of 40 to 80 inches, spreading the same in terms of width.

It grows vertically with branches that resemble a thin pencil, hence the nickname ‘pencil cactus’. The bottom part of the plant is an evergreen hue while the tips are a light shade of red.

Preferred hardiness zones are USDA 10 to 12. You can grow it indoors or outside provided it gets lots of direct sunshine.


7. Red Top

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Red tops (Lithops karasmontana) resemble clumps on the ground. As per the name, the top part of the succulent is red.

Each red top can grow up to 2 inches high but there’s no limit to how far the plant can spread given the right conditions. Its leaves grow in pairs to form 2 gray stones with a red molting at the upper part.

The preferred hardiness zones of the succulent are USDA 10a to 11b. They grow slowly and bloom in fall, producing white flowers. These are ideal as houseplants but can also thrive outside.


8. Six Angled Kalanchoe

The red foliage of the Six Angled Kalanchoe is quite distinctive. These make the most ideal plants to add in a rocky garden but can also thrive indoors in containers.

It grows upright to heights of 5 feet tall. It has green stems when the plant is young, but after the plant matures, the stems turn brown and start to flake.

If you grow the plant in an area with partial shade, the leaves will be a green reddish hue. But in an area receiving lots of direct sunshine, the leaves turn ruby red.

The best places to grow the red top succulent are in areas with USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b. It’s native to Southern Africa.


9. Aloe Crosby’s Prolific

The Aloe Crosby’s Prolific is a type of red succulent with deep green foliage. It grows in the rosette form and requires constant exposure to direct sunlight. This is how it forms the orange reddish color, otherwise it remains green in shaded areas.

It has fleshy leaves with sharp tips, and it can grow to as tall as 6 to 8 inches. In terms of width, the plant spreads up to 12 inches.

In summer, the plant will bloom and produce beautiful orange flowers. It thrives in areas with USDA hardiness zone 9 to 11.


10. Red Headed Irishman

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Here is a unique type of cactus plant native to Mexico that resembles the shape of a globe. It has a distinctive deep blue stem that can grow as tall as 12 inches. The Irishman spreads up to 4 inches wide.

The round globes of this plant are full of sharp spines. Each spine is a shade of red and orange hence the name the Red Headed Irishman. In summer, the cactus will bloom and produce red-pinkish flowers.

The Red Headed Irishman grows well in areas with a USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b. It can be grown indoors provided it receives ample direct sunlight. But the best place for the plant is outside where there’s no shade.


11. Aurora

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Aurora (Sedum rubrotinctum) is a beautiful red succulent with fleshy leaves, which start to form in its stem in a spiral shape. All the leaves are a lovely hue of green with red tips that gets stronger the more exposed to the sun the plant gets. Its stem can reach heights of 8 inches.

The Aurora is among the succulents that grow quite fast, especially in areas with USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11.

You can add the Aurora as an accent plant in a garden or a container setting. It blends well with other succulents that love ample sunshine. It’s possible to grow these plants indoors and outdoors provided the area doesn’t get frost.


12. Royal Red

The royal red is a unique succulent with an amazing red hue noticeable from afar. It can grow to 6 feet tall. It’s also possible to grow into a shrub.

Each stem is full of sharp spines. In terms of color, the stem can vary from deep burgundy to green and yellow. It does well indoors as a houseplant and outside in a container or a garden.

The plant grows fast and thrives in areas with USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11. It originates from West Africa.


13. Red Burst

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Red burst forms a rosette as it grows and can reach a height of 12 inches. It is native to South America and endemic in South Africa.

The plant has pointy red and green leaves. When it blooms, it produces white flowers. While you can grow it at home as a houseplant or outside, it’s a wild plant that grows in many areas.

It thrives in USDA hardiness zones 11 and with lots of sunshine. In addition, the plant only thrives in well-draining soil and loves getting dry.


14. Paddle Plant

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The paddle plant is among the fastest growing succulents. It produces round leaves with a noticeable disk shape. It does well in hot conditions with lots of sunshine, which causes the leaves to have a dark red hue.

You can have it as a houseplant or grow it outside. The best USDA hardiness zones are 9 to 12. In summer, the plant will bloom and produce yellow green flowers. You can grow this plant as an individual or as clumps. It reaches heights of 16 inches and a width of 14 inches.


15. Dick Wright

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The Dick Wright is a famous succulent, a hybrid of the Echeveria species. It was developed in 2014 by a farmer known as Dick Wright. It has unique wavy leaves and can grow to heights of 4 inches.


16. Red Lion

This lovely succulent grows red rosettes that have leaves with some green tips. It does well in frost-prone areas so you can grow it outside. However, it also thrives as an indoor plant in parts that receive ample direct sunlight.

It prefers USDA hardiness zones 6b to 7a and can thrive even under partial shade. Each red lion can reach heights of 6 inches in well-draining soil. It can also grow in cold areas.

You can leave it to grow into thick clumps or remove each to grow in separate containers.


17. Crassula Red Pagoda

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Crassula red pagoda has fleshy thick leaves. These are yellowish green and have red tips. As the sun gets brighter in winter, the red tips get more vibrant. A fully mature succulent can be 8 inches tall.

The red pagoda thrives in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 12. They prefer full sun exposure but can also grow in partial shade. These are ideal succulents to grow indoors and outside but consider protecting them from frost.

It’s an ideal ground cover plant and the leaves protect the stem by offering ample coverage.


18. Red Rubin

The Red Rubin is a succulent that originates from Western Asia and Southern Europe. It grows to a height of 4 to 6 inches and a width of 9 to 12 inches.

It forms in large rosettes with noticeable emerald, green fleshy leaves. On the margins will be red lines that intensify as the temperatures drop.

Their ideal USDA hardiness zone is 3 to 8. Still, it’s possible to grow them indoors and outdoors.


19. Chocolate Sundae

If you want a hardy succulent that requires minimal maintenance, pick some chocolate sundaes. It has fleshy red and green leaves. The leaves become redder with more sunlight exposure.

USDA hardiness zone 4 is the best for the chocolate sundae. It can grow as tall as 2 inches and spread to 4 inches width.


20. Jelly Bean Plant

Jelly Bean Red Succulent
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The jelly bean plant is another popular red succulent. It has lots of chubby fleshy green leaves with red tips. With ample exposure to bright sunshine, the red hue intensifies.

Each jelly bean plant can grow as tall as 8 inches. You might need to support it since the leaves get too heavy causing the plant to lean.

The ideal climate for this succulent is USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11. It will grow rapidly under the right conditions.

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Conclusion

Red succulents are a lovely addition to any garden. Given that they are easy to grow, you can have a variety in your garden. They thrive in ideal conditions, such as exposure to sufficient sunshine and well-draining soil. You can grow them either outdoors or indoors, but wherever you choose to place them, you are assured of a beautiful view.


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