15 Flowering Succulents To Keep Indoors/Outdoors

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Having a couple of succulents is in itself aesthetically pleasing. I mean, all those colors, unique shapes, and varied sizes do great in breaking the monotony in your artificial jungle – be it outdoors or indoors.

You’ll think that’s enough sauce for succulents to offer, but no. The hardy living jewels have another flower addition to their show-stopper décor paraphernalia. Further, who doesn’t want a few blooms popping up in their already spruced-up indoor spaces? If anything, they only add to the appeal.

Are you at a loss for where to start with nurturing flowering indoor succulents? Well, you’re in for a treat. By the end of this post, you’ll have a list of 10 cute mini succulents for indoors to choose from (or maybe go with everything?).

9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors
Colorful flowering succulents @amylynnw66

1. Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii)

Other common names of this heavy bloomer include Christ plant and Christ thorn. Native to Madagascar, it can grow to a height of 5ft, with stems covered by spines for a more significant part. Flowers are small and surrounded by showy bracts of red, pink, or white pigmentation.

If you live in a warm climate, having the crown of thorns will mean enjoying blooms for the whole year. But don’t fret if your climate is somehow cold. You will still enjoy those flowers as soon as warm seasons set in. Beware, though – the crown of thorns’ sap is poisonous. Take care when you decide to have it grace yours indoors.

9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors
Crown of thorns flowering plant @kobata_growers

Read more: Euphorbia Milii (The Crown Of Thorns Succulent).

2. Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)

We all love decorations during the festive season. Most importantly, that’s just what the Christmas cactus is here for. It bears blooms at the tips of its numerous flat branches just as the holiday season kicks in. The flowers appear in shades of pink, yellow, red, white, and purple.

Where most succulents flower at the beginning of spring, these will flower closer to the end of autumn. This explains why they are called ‘Christmas Cactus’. Another characteristic worth keeping is that they will often bloom more than once a year. If they stay in a calm and dark place, you will see more flowers.

Due to the fact, it is native to coastal Brazil. You’ll have to break a few rules and standards with other succulents. For instance, leaving it without water for too long might be the precursor to its demise. But then again, it doesn’t mean you draw it in water every other day. Please ensure the potting mix’s top part is dry before you water it again.

christmas cactus

3. Pincushion cactus (Mammillaria crinita)

Reaching just six inches in height, as a result, the pincushion cactus is one of the teeniest plants you’ll ever encounter. But what it lacks in size is well-compensated for in beauty (we think).

The entire surface of its barrel-shaped stem is covered with white spines, which are hooked. So watch out when handling this cactus. The purple blooms near the stem’s top blend nicely with the spines giving it a unique look.

Ooh, being endemic to the dryer parts of Mexico means you won’t need to give it too much attention to thrive. Take care of your pin cushion cactus the correct way here.

9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors
Pincushion cactus @prestonarizona

4. Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

This Madagascan native would have been just remarkable with its ovate dark green foliage – it’s pleasing to the eye. But it also blooms, which makes it even more irresistible.

The flowers come in autumn and late winter and bear showy colors – red, golden, or white (flaming indeed). Want to see more of those flower buds? Easy – make a point of giving your plant 8 hours or so of light every day.

Take a look at our post”Everything You Need to Know About Flaming Katy – Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors
Flaming katy succulent plant @minde_photo

5. Orchid cactus (Epiphyllum hybrids)

If you prefer showy blooms, you’re in for some fun time – because this is what the orchid cactus will treat you with. The flowers are enormous, cup-shaped, and can be purple, yellow, pink, red, or white. Some flowers have more than one color if you are indecisive and prefer getting more for less effort. This flowering succulent looks stunning when grown in a hanging basket. The stems of the orchid cactus are long, serrated, and broad.

Want more buds for the orchid cactus? Do the following:

  • Give plenty of indirect light all year round.
  • Water it wholly and sparingly withdraw fertilizer during winter.
  • In early spring to fall, feed it with high potassium fertilizer.
9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors
Orchid Cactus @blooming_botanist

Read more: A List of Outdoor Cactus Plants & How to Care for Them.

6. Jade plant (Crassula ovata)

The jade plant is one of the easiest plants to grow. You should grab it ASAP if you’re just getting started with houseplants stuff.

Native to South Africa, it can grow as tall as 4 feet and has oval, glossy, dark green leaves. Select varieties of the jade plant have a red pigmentation near the tips of leaves. Flowers are star-shaped and can be either pink or white.

If you’re interested in the Jade Plant, you must read this guide

9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors
Jade plant in tea cup planter @myterrariumworld

7. Ruby ball cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichi)

This is a perfect option if you’re looking to add some plant life to that office desk or table. Not all flowers need to have delicate petals. Despite being a grafted specimen, the ruby ball cactus still plays by the rules of your everyday cactus when it comes to growing conditions.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Pieces With a Distinctive Look @kaiaplaca

So the soil must be well-draining, the watering sessions far in between, and just enough light. But remember to protect the plant from direct sun rays if you want those colors to show – and ruby ball cacti have plenty of those colors to show. You have 15 of those to choose from.

8. Peanut cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)

Oversized and vibrant, the flowers of this plant will stop you in your truck. It is ideal for keeping this plant flowering indoors as it has smooth spines, making them safe for children and pets. In addition, it’s a great way to glimpse its full beauty seeing as it is such a tiny thing. Just make sure they are getting enough sunlight daily.

Indeed, like the majority of cacti, it bears spines on its stems. Only these are tender, meaning you can rest easy even if you have kids around. It blooms in spring and summer, bringing forth numerous showy orange flowers.

9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors
Peanut Cactus @mybasicgarden

9. Easter cactus (Hatiora gaertneri)

Similarly, the Easter cactus is a close relative of the Christmas cactus above. That means you’ll have to treat them similarly in providing the best growing conditions.

Further, a few additional care tips are:

  • provide shelter against direct sunlight
  • if you can, provide temperatures of between 45 and 55o F in the evening to promote blooming

The flowers come in March and April.

9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors
Easter cactus @insucculentlove

10. Aloe Vera

Most succulents are native to Mexico (see more here), though this succulent with excellent healing properties is native to Africa and the Mediterranean. The leaves grow long, slender, and upright throughout the year. Then in early spring, spikes with bright yellow or orange flowers shoot out of the plants. They offer a delectable feast for hummingbirds, adding more beauty to your garden. Aloe Vera has numerous flowering varieties, so choose a plant that matches your style.

More about the Aloe Vera >>

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Aloe Vera plant from Mexico @mosullivannyc

11. Purple Ice Plant

This succulent is also known as the Delosperma cooperi. The leaves of the succulents are thick and needle-shaped. Throughout the summer, bright purple flowers that resemble daisies blossom from this plant. They usually shoot out at least four inches from the base of the plant, creating what appears to be a purple flower carpet on the ground.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Known as the Delosperma Cooperi @lethal.red

12. Carrion Flower

They are also known as the lifesaver cactus. This flower is all about character, as it looks cool and funky. The flower has two colors, light yellow and brown. There are stripes on one part of the flower, and in the middle of the flower, there are spots. There is only one feature of this plant that you need to be aware of: its smell. They are meant to attract flies, and they do. Thankfully, the smell is not too strong, so there is no need to invest in a gag for your gardening—a brilliant flower to keep indoors.

13. Night Blooming Cereus

It would help if you got your hands on this succulent for a touch of adventure. While others flower during the day, you must stay up late to catch these succulents’ flowers opening up after dark. The flowers are white, abundant, and thick. There are so many flowers that you may find it hard to see the stalks of the succulent when the plant is in full bloom.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Night blooming Cereus succulent plant.

14. The Desert Rose

With a delicate name like Desert Rose, you can look forward to a stunning offering from this plant. The flowers come in various shades of red, pink, and white. This succulent features a fat trunk and can grow to an astonishing 10 feet tall over a long period. In the spring and summer, the flowers will blossom in cold areas. If you nurture this plant in a warm climate, you can look forward to enjoying the flowers all year round.

15. Prickly Pear Cactus

The Prickly Pear Cactus is seen in homes worldwide and celebrated by Baloo, the bear in Jungle Book. This common cactus has brilliant, bright flowers. They come in several colors and grow at the tips of the paddle-shaped stems of the succulent. The colors include orange, yellow, red, and pink. These flowers give more than just beauty. They turn into sweet fruit that can be used to make juice, jam, or sweets.

Whether you like rose-shaped flowers, the pretty petals of a daisy, or even the delicate bell shape of a honeysuckle, you will find a succulent with a flower to match your preference. You can decide which flower you want based on whether you are keeping your plants indoors or outdoors. The beauty of these succulents is that even though most flowers are in the summer, there are some that you can care for, which will flower all year round. Don’t rush to pluck them and put them into a vase. They look their best when they are left to blossom on the plant.

One More Question: Do Succulents Die After Flowering?

Yes, we call them ‘monocarpic succulents.’ Monocarpic succulents will bloom gloriously and die. To learn more about the definition, types & exciting facts of the monocarpic succulents, read here.

Final Words

What are your flowering succulents for indoor gardens? Let us know in the comments below! Share some of your succulent gardens here at our exclusive Facebook group, the Succulent Plant Lounge. The members here help each other grow their succulent gardens with the best tricks and tips!

We’ll see you there!

Succulent City chief editor


Succulent City

Hey everyone! Welcome to Succulent City! We are all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, we began the journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, our fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and we gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!

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