16 Types of Succulents You Can Add to Your Garden

16 Types of Succulent Plants

The succulent family includes an enormous range of varied and beautiful plants. From the humble jade plant to the magnificent saguaro cactus, succulents occupy every corner of the world with their fantastic shapes and colors.

It would be impossible to describe every type of succulent, but here are a few of our favorites. How many types of succulents do you have??

1. Mexican Hens and Chicks, Echeveria Lola

Mexican Hens & Chicks Echeveria Lola Succulent Plant
Mexican Hens & Chicks – Echeveria Lola
Image: @succulent_treasure_chest

This elegant Echeveria Lola is responsible for bringing many succulent enthusiasts into the fold. The delicate aquamarine color, powdery patina, and curvaceous leaves all add together to equal a champion succulent.

This Echeveria, like all others, earned its common name of “hens and chicks” because of its unique method of self-propagation. A healthy plant will grow a multitude of baby plantlets around its bottom edge which resemble chicks peeking out from under a mother hen.

2. Ladyfinger Cactus, Mamilliaria Elongata

Ladyfinger Cactus Mamilliaria Succulent Plant
Ladyfinger Cactus – Mamilliaria Elongata
Image: @moonshineana

The Ladyfinger Cactus is one of the most common species of household cactus for one reason: nothing could be easier to take care of and to propagate.

This fuzzy-looking succulent creates new cactus buds all the time. Once they’ve grown a little, they can be popped off and placed in dirt. While it takes a little while for the roots to grow, you are assured many new cacti all from the original mother plant.

Be aware that this plant really likes its sunlight – if it doesn’t have bright light, it will quickly grow tall and leggy. If that happens, you can just cut off the top part that has begun to stretch. After the wound heals it will grow new baby cacti at that spot. It’s a win-win!

3. Tiger Tooth Aloe, Aloe Juvenna

Tiger Tooth Aloe Juevenna Succulent Plant
Tiger Tooth Aloe – Aloe Juvenna
Image: @succycrazy

This example of Aloe really puts that old Aloe vera to shame. The colors of the two plants are almost identical, but the shape of the tiger tooth becomes more and more pleasing as it grows larger.


The tiger tooth aloe is characterized by overlapping segments of two opposite leaves adorned with its namesake – large spikes that resemble the tiger’s teeth! Don’t worry, they’re not actually sharp. Feel free to pet this domestic tiger.

4. Black Prince, Echeveria Hybrid

Black Prince Echeveria Hybrid Succulent Plant
Black Prince – Echeveria Hybrid
Image: @mickssucculents

The Black Prince succulent is on level two of succulent obsession. It’s not the first succulent you will purchase, but once you get that first jade plant, this isn’t far behind.

And who can blame you? A happy, healthy Black Prince has a lustrous black hue that is unmatched in the plant kingdom. It also has beautiful ad thick leaves. Be careful though – without lots and lots of bright light, this Echeveria will quickly lose its dark coloring and revert to a very plain shade of green.

5. Perle von Nurnburg, Echeveria Hybrid

Perle Von Nurnburg Echeveria Hybrid Succulent Plant
Perle von Nurnburg – Echeveria Hybrid
Image: @de_little_jungle

The Perle von Nurnburg is the crown jewel of any succulent collection. The majestic purple coloring and broad, inviting leaves simply can’t be matched by any other plant.

Surprisingly, it’s not even a particularly difficult succulent to care for, nor is it exceptionally rare. You’re likely to find one in any garden center or home improvement store (although they’ll need some R&R before they can reach their full potential).

6. Split Rock, Pleiospilos Nelii

Split Rock Pleiospilos Nelii Succulent Plant
Split Rock – Pleiospilos Nelii
Image: @anxiousgarden

Often confused with Lithops, the Split Rock is a different, yet similar, succulent. Both are in the Mesemb family which is known for plants that look like rocks instead of plants.

Plants in this family tend to sit very low to the ground. Oftentimes, part or all of their thick leaves are buried in the surrounding dirt. Several species have transparent window-like leaves that allow light to penetrate even when the plant is buried.

Split Rocks are very sensitive to being overwatered. They are watered much less frequently than other types of succulents, and so they don’t do well in mixed-composition pots.

7. Jade Plant, Crassula Ovata

Jade Plant Crassula Ovata Succulent Plant
Jade Plant – Crassula Ovata
Image: @homebyfousna

The Jade Plant has several names, including Money Plant and the Lucky Plant. It’s a classic succulent found in offices and living rooms the world over. Many are family heirlooms with cuttings and even whole plants being passed on through generations.

Rightfully so! Jades can live centuries with proper care and are prolific propagators. They’re some of the easiest succulents to care for as well – you’ll know when to water when you see the leaves begin to wrinkle.

8. Ogre Ears, Crassula Ovata

Ogre Ears Crassula Ovata Succulent Plant
Ogre Ears – Crassula Ovata
Image: @theurbanoasisshop

Believe it or not, Ogre Ears is actually the same species as the Jade Plant. It is, however, a different cultivar. Sort of like two of the same kind of dog having different colors.

While their leaves are noticeably different, most other characteristics are shared between the two types of jade. Ogre Ears readily propagates from leaves or stems that are plucked off and placed in dirt. The telltale shriveling of leaves as an indicator of the need for watering is even more obvious.

9. Lipstick Echeveria, Echeveria Agavoides

Lipstick Echeveria Agavoides Succulent Plant
Lipstick Echeveria – Echeveria Agavoides
Image: @world_of_aqb

It’s no secret where this Echeveria got its name. In bright, direct light it reveals its true colors – a luscious scarlet rim around the edge of the green leaves. Between that and the already glossy leaves, this plant is ready for a night out on the town.

That glossy complexion is caused by the succulent’s particularly thick “cuticle”, which is a protective waxy coating on the leaves. Practically, it’s great for retaining moisture. Aesthetically, it can make an awesome companion piece to other types of succulents with dark green colors.

10. Bunny Ear Cactus, Opuntia Microdasys

Bunny Ears Cactus Opuntia Microdasys Succulent Plant
Bunny Ear Cactus – Opuntia Microdasys
Image: @kateandfinn_vs_plants

The Bunny Ear Cactus is representative of the whole Opuntia genus. It grows quickly; new cactus pads pop up with the same frequency and appearance as rabbit ears.

Unlike some other cacti, this is one you can pet. Be careful though: if you get close to the skin of the cactus you might inadvertently touch “glochids” – tiny, almost-invisible hairs that irritate your skin and are hard to remove.

On second thought, maybe just pet a real bunny ear.

11. Jelly Bean Plant, Sedum Rubrinctum

Jelly Bean Plant Sedum Rubrinctum Succulent Plant
Jelly Bean Plant – Sedum Rubrinctum
Image: @succulentleaf_uk

These cute little beans don’t taste nearly as good as real Jelly Beans, but they’re not poisonous if you really want to test that. They do look way better than the real thing, though. With lots of sun, the Jelly Beans on this plant turn into a gorgeous translucent rainbow of red, pink, and yellow.

We recently shared this beautiful Jelly Bean Plant on our Instagram really felt the love. Over 25k likes! If you are one of them that showed the love, we were asked countlessly where to buy them. This one we featured was a variegated and pretty rare.

The leaves of this little Sedum are incredibly fragile. They fall off at the slightest touch. Don’t be upset – leave them in the pot and they’ll start to grow their own baby Jelly Bean Plant!

12. String of Pearls, Senecio Rowleyanus

String of Pearls Senecio Rowleyanus Succulent Plant
String of Pearls – Senecio Rowleyanus
Image: @urbanplantoasis

Is this succulent a plant or a piece of jewelry?

That’s for you to decide, but don’t be surprised if you see these green guys dangling from a neck or some earrings in the near future. They’re becoming incredibly popular as decorations for minimalist themes. It’s not a far jump to being an ornament for humans.

These pearls, unlike natural ones, don’t do well in water. Be really careful with how often you water. We recommend a fast-draining soil and waiting to water until the pearls start to turn pruney.

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13. Snake Plant, Sansevieria Trifasciata

Snake Plant Sanseviera Trifasciata Succulent Plant
Snake Plant – Sanseviera Trifasciata
Image: @radical_botanical

The Snake Plant, also called Mother in Law’s Tongue, this succulent is extraordinarily versatile. It thrives in outdoor landscape environments and indoor potted settings too. It can grow up into an enormous bush ten feet across or stay as a little house plant with three leaves.

Not to mention the sheer indestructibility of the Snake Plant. It’s a low-light plant, a rarity amongst succulents, but this guy takes it to the next level. They can live in near-pitch black for weeks or months at a time.

Will they like it? No. They will absolutely live, though.

14. Key Lime Pie, Adromischus Cristatus

Adromischus Cristatus Succulent Plant
Key Lime Pie – Adromishus Cristatus
Image: @plants_revamped

Another delectable-looking succulent, Key Lime Pie is an easy-going plant. The succulent has sparkling green leaves. It doesn’t need too much light, it’s not overly-sensitive to water, and it doesn’t mind crowding. It can make a great indoor plant that doesn’t require valuable window real estate.

Don’t tell anyone, but I think it looks more like a pierogi than key lime pie.

15. Zebra Plant, Haworthia Attenuata

Zebra Succulent Plant Haworthia Attenuata
Zebra Plant – Haworthia Attenuata
Image: @smartplantapp

This is a familiar sight to anyone who has ever seen a stock photo. The Zebra Plant is probably the most photographed succulent of all time and it’s easy to see why. The long, dark green leaves contrast nicely with the white stripes and the geometric shape is pleasing to the eye.

The other thing that is pleasing is how easy it is to care for the Zebra Plants. They grow slowly but don’t need much light or water. Occasionally a tiny baby plant will pop up in the pot next to the mother plant. Cut it off and give it away as a gift!

16. Kiwi Aeonium, Aeonium Kiwi

Kiwi Aeonium Succulent Plant
Kiwi Aeonium – Aeonium Kiwi
Image: @justbeingcon

The vivacious colors of the Aeonium Kiwi make it hugely popular. Pink, white, and green in one delightfully vibrant package.

This succulent grows best as an outdoor shrub, though you can care for it inside if you provide the conditions it requires. It prefers warm temperatures but can tolerate a few chilly nights if temperatures don’t get below freezing.

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It would be great if you can suggest some other types of succulents that we didn’t mention that you would like to see on the site. Thanks for reading our article about the different types of succulent plants. If you enjoyed this read, please be sure to share with your friends and fellow succulent lovers!

Monocarpic Succulent: What are Monocarpic Succulents?

What are monocarpic succulents

Seeing your flowering succulents bloom is exciting. Succulents produce bright, beautiful blooms in many colors like red, white, yellow, pink and purple. When you start to see flowers stalks shooting up from your succulent, it’s hard not to smile and wait impatiently for it to bloom!

But sometimes, right after that big beautiful display of flowers, succulents turn black and die. If this has ever happened to you, don’t worry—it’s completely normal. Some succulents are monocarpic, which means they die right after they flower.

There are things you can do to delay your plant’s blooms, but eventually, all monocarpic plants flower and die. Today we’re going to teach you all about this natural phenomenon and give you some tips that will keep your plant baby healthy for as long as possible.

Monocarpic succulent plants flowering

Definition of Monocarpic

Like we mentioned above, monocarpic plants are ones that die shortly after flowering or producing fruit. In Greek, “mono” means single and “karpos” means fruit, so it makes sense that plants that only flower or fruit once are called monocarpic. Plants that flower again and again over the course of their life cycle are called polycarpic plants, meaning “many fruits” in Greek.

Monocarpic succulents die because flowering takes up all of the energy that they have. These plants divert all of their resources to producing flowers because they contain seeds that will create brand new plants. Just like most living things, a succulent’s goal is to reproduce, so that’s why the plant devotes so much energy to produce flowers and seeds.

After monocarpic succulents sprout flowers, they can’t sustain themselves anymore because they have no nutrients or energy left over. Sadly, the monocarpic starts to turn black and die.

Many monocarpic succulents, like Hens and Chicks, live several years before they flower, while some succulents like the Century Plant take decades to flower. So don’t worry—you’ll get plenty of time with your succulent plant before it dies.

Types of Monocarpic Succulents

Agave, Sempervivum, and Kalanchoe plants are the three main types of monocarpic succulents. All Sempervivums are monocarpic, but not all varieties of Kalanchoe and Agave plants are. You’ll have to look up which species of succulent you have to determine whether or not it’s monocarpic.

(Comment below if you’d like Succulent City to make a database of monocarpic succulents for you).

Some Aeoniums and varieties of Yucca, like the Joshua Tree, are considered to be monocarpic as well even though they don’t die right after flowering.

I know what you’re thinking… aren’t all monocarpic plants supposed to die right after flowering? How can you call a plant monocarpic if it doesn’t die?!

Well, these plants do die, in a sense. Individual branches on these plants flower one at a time and then die, but it doesn’t kill the whole plant. These plants still have many other branches that continue to grow and thrive.

So, some monocarpic succulents don’t die after all. But is there anything you can do to keep the ones that do, like Hens and Chicks, from dying?

Monocarpic succulents sempervivums

Can I Stop My Monocarpic Succulents from Dying?

The answer is… maybe.

Some gardeners have been able to stop their monocarpic succulents from dying but the success rate is not as probable as succulent lovers might love to have.

If you take good care of your succulents, a lot of them won’t flower as quickly. Succulents may flower early when they’re under stress due to lack of water or sunlight. They do this in the hopes that their seeds will end up somewhere with better growing conditions. So make sure that you give your plant plenty of bright sunlight and enough water.

You can try to cheat nature and keep your succulent alive even longer by cutting the flower stalk down as soon as you see it. This works best with Kalanchoe plants, which have flower stalks that are easy to cut off, but you can also cut the blooms out of Sempervivums. (Here’s a list of gardening tools that can help you accomplish this).

When Sempervivums start to bloom, the leaves in the center of the rosette close up and the rosette tilts upwards. Eventually, the center of the rosette will grow into a tall plant stem that can get to be a few inches to a foot tall. As soon as you see your Hens and Chicks plant begin to tilt upwards, you need to cut out its central leaves if you hope to save it.

Monocarpic succulent plant succulent city

Grab a garden knife and use it to separate the tight, tilted leaves in the center of the rosette from the rest of the leaves. Make sure you remove everything and get a nice clean cut. Watch your Hens and Chicks for new growth in the coming weeks. If you see new offsets forming in the center of the rosette, then the procedure was a success!

We’ve never tried this method, but we can’t imagine that it has a high success rate. Your succulent may try to flower again, so one procedure may not be enough to keep it alive. Cutting out so many leaves will also change the way your plant looks. New offsets will form in the center, which can make your plant look a little wonky. We still think this method is worth trying, though. We’d rather have an imperfectly shaped plant than no plant at all!

If you’d rather sit back and let nature take its course, that’s great too! Enjoy the beautiful blooms that your succulent will produce over the coming weeks, and try to harvest the seeds to grow more plants later. If you take care of the offsets that your plant produced during its lifetime, that bare spot in your garden will be filled in no time!


We hope that this post has shed some light on this rather confusing topic! If you’ve just discovered that your succulent is monocarpic, or figured out the reason why one of your plants randomly died on you a few years ago, let us know in the comments below. Happy planting!

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7 Rare Air Plants You Need in Your Home

7 Rare Air Plants

Air plants are so cool, that even the common varieties seem rare to us!

Here’s a fun fact, all air plants can grow without any soil. Isn’t that amazing? No other plant can do that… sounds pretty rare to us already!

But today, we thought we’d share some real rare air plants with you. These plants are on the list because they’re hard to come by or because they have unusual characteristics that are just worth checking out.

If you’re a Tillandsia (air plants) collector, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on these seven rare air plants, so keep reading for some hard- to- find air plants!

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rare air plants @saltyhogcreations

Tillandsia Ionantha ‘Druid’

The leaves on Tillandsia Ionantha plants usually turn bright red in direct sunlight, but this special cultivar is different. Its leaves grow in clumps and turn a beautiful orangey pink color before they bloom and after they soak up a lot of sunshine. The rest of the time, the leaves are a green color.

This cultivar also has different colored blooms than the original plant—they’re bright white instead of dark purple. We like the colors of this cultivar better because they look so tropical! Plus the bright colors just scream rare!

What do you think?

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Ionantha ‘Druid’ @thegoodest

Tillandsia Tectorum

This rare air plant has a ton of white fuzz on its leaves, but it’s not mold—it’s trichomes! Trichomes are structures on the leaves of air plants that help them absorb nutrients from the air and water. Very few air plants have this many fuzzy trichomes on their leaves, so that’s what makes the Tillandsia Tectorum a rare air plant!

This plant may look like it’s covered in snow, but it’s actually native to the deserts of Peru. It does quite well in the heat and doesn’t need much water to thrive. Its abundance of fuzzy trichomes help it absorb and store lots of water, just like succulents!

We recommend you check out our watering air plants article if you’re unsure of how much water you need to give your air plants, which isn’t that much at all.


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Tectorum @naobon_

Tillandsia Cacticola

This rare air plant got the name “Cacticola” because it grows on cacti—how cool is that! It’s hard to find because it doesn’t produce very many offsets unfortunately, but it’s worth tracking one down.

It produces beautiful lavender blooms that grow on a long stem high above the plant. The flowers last for a few months, which is a little unusual for a flowering air plant, so you’ll get to enjoy them for a while!

This plant is prized for its flowers, but we think its leaves are pretty cool too. They’re silvery green, slightly curly, and form a pretty rosette.

Tillandsia Cacticola plants are native to northern Peru, so they like moderate humidity, plenty of bright, indirect sunlight, and warm temperatures. If you do manage to get your hands on one, remember to take good care of it!

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Cacticola @tillymandias

Tillandsia lonantha ‘Fuego’

“Fuego” means fire in Spanish if you didn’t know, and these little air plants sure are fiery! They turn bright red before they bloom and retain that color for a few months after, which is unusual. Usually air plants revert back to their original color shortly after blooming, which is why we’re calling this cultivar a rare air plant!

These plants only grow to be two inches tall, so they’re great for small terrariums. Check these hanging terrariums out from Mkono, they’re so cool and the perfect size for these tiny fiery air plants!

Even though they’re small, they’ll be the star of your plant collection with their bright red leaves and vibrant purple, yellow, and red blooms! Especially if you use those terrariums we mentioned, they’ll be the star of the room or home!

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Fuego @sekoyabodrum

Tillandsia Streptophylla

Tillandsia Streptophylla plants are known for their beautiful, curly leaves. Their nickname is actually Shirley Temple (not to be mistaken from the cocktail) because their curly clumps of leaves look a lot like her hair!

Tillandsia Streptophylla plants are native to Central America, Mexico and the West Indies, so they’re used to drier climates. They’re considered to be xeric plants, so they retain water well and don’t need to be watered too often. If you’re guilty of frequently forgetting to water your plants, then this is the one for you!

This rare air plant is especially hard to find in a large size, so bonus points if you can track down a jumbo one! If you get your hands on a Tillandsia Streptophylla that is quite large, let us see it in the Succulent City Plant Lounge, i’m sure all the exclusive members would love to see your beautiful plant!

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streptophylla @flowerheartseverywhere

Tillandsia Funckiana V. Recurvifolia

This is the rarest variety of Tillandsia Funckiana, and we can see why! Its leaves are extremely unique and look like pine branches. Its leaves also recurve, or bend backward, which is how this variety got the name “Recurvifolia.” Neat, huh?

Tillandsia Funckiana plants are native to Venezuela, so they like bright, indirect sunlight and warm temperatures. They’re pretty hardy, though, so they’re good plants for people who don’t have the greenest thumbs!

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Funckiana @davesairplantcorner

Tillandsia Bulbosa Belize

This large rare air plant got its name because of its round, bulbous base. It has smooth, wavy leaves that remind us of snakes. A lot of people say this plant looks like a sea creature, though! Not sure if that’s scary or awesome…

This Tillandsia is native to Belize and is another one that’s hard to kill. It doesn’t need very much water—you can get away with misting it twice a week. The only thing it doesn’t handle well is low light, so make sure you put it in a bright corner of your home! If your home is lacking sunlight but you want to keep this plant indoors, you might need to bring on the handy grow light from a reputable company like Ankace.

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Bulbosa @ryokumouzoku

Those are the seven rare air plants that we think you need to complete your air plant collection!

Which one is your favorite? We love the Tillandsia Tectorum because it looks like it’s covered in snow! Let us know which ones you love in the comments section below or join the conversation in the Succulent City Plant Lounge.

Thanks for reading about these rare air plants, if you know an air plant that deserves to be on this list, please don’t be shy, let us know below!

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Happy planting! ?

Definitive Guide To 5 Types of Air Plants

5 Types of Air Plants

Have you seen those plants that look like they are growing from nothing? With no soil anywhere near them and no visible roots, they are a sight-for-sore eyes as they dangle in the air from wire baskets, hooks, and chandelier-like containers! You may have spotted some with furry, silver leaves or others with glossy leaves, while some present the most vibrant colored flowers.

These tiny, floating, evergreen perennials are known as air plants.

Air plants go by the scientific name Tillandsia, and there are over 650 varieties of this species! They are originally found hanging on for dear life in the tropical climates of South and Central America as well as southern parts of the United States.

Tillandsias have the unique feature of being epiphytes– which means they do not require soil but more rely on water and air to grow. This attribute has Tillandsias attaching themselves to trees, shrubs, rocks, fences, and telephone posts, but they do not feed off the host.

These amazing, un-demanding plants are brilliant for decorating small spaces and look adorable peeking out of seashells, against a piece of driftwood, suspended on wire baskets and vases or semi-enclosed in glass baubles.

If you are looking for a plant that looks more like a pet without the hassle of cleaning up after it, here are a variety of 5 types of air plants to add a kick of personality to your home or office.

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5 Types of Air Plants @carmenmcnall

Tillandsia Caput-Medusae

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a plant that is referred to as the goddess of Greek mythology, Medusa? Absolutely yes! If the name alone does not peak your interest, you will be blown away by its thick, wide silvery-green leaves that curl as they grow, giving the impression of the snakes on Medusa’s head reaching out to you.

This gorgeous, evergreen air plant is a South American native, sprouting heavily in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Its leaves appear grey-blue in color and are arranged like rosettes. The twisting leaves grow from a bulbous base, can get to 25 cm long, and have fine, grey hairs all around them.

T. Caput-Medusae pulls out all the floral stops as it blooms from spring to the beginning of summer. It produces delicate purple flowers that are about 3.2 cm long from a pale pink bract. Pups grow from the bottom of the plant after flowering and these can either be left to form a clump or can be propagated when they reach 1/3 the size of the ‘mother plant’.

A fun fact about the T. Caput-Medusae is it can be mounted sideways or upside down and it will still grow straight in the direction they are in. These beauties do not abide by the laws of gravity like many other plants do. So you can hanging them in a planter like this one, or like this one and have no issues!

When looking for a truly unique looking statement plant, look no further than T. Caput Medusa. We promise that, unlike the myth, you won’t turn into stone when you stare at it!

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Tillandsia Caput-Medusae @flowerheartseverywhere

Tillandsia Cyanea – Pink Quill Plant

The Tillandsia Cyanea is an indigenous resident of the rainforests of Ecuador, boasting large, bright pink bracts arranged in the shape of a paddle, that gives it the name Pink Quill plant. Its Latin name, Cyanea, means ‘blue,’ and refers to the blue-purple hue of the flowers. The leaves are long and green.

Peeping out of the sides of the fan-like quill are blue-purple-violet flowers, appearing at most 2 at a time and last for only a couple of days. The plant blooms during spring and autumn. The quill itself, which is technically the inflorescence of the plant, can stand tall for as long as 4 months, bringing a burst of color wherever it’s positioned.

This epiphytic perennial is unique because unlike most air plants, the Pink Quill can grow in soil, so you can plant it in a cool planter like this one! It has tough, dark green, grass-like leaves and can develop to be 20 inches (50 cm) high by 20 inches (50 cm) wide.

This hardy houseplant can handle dry conditions like a true champion, although it does like good air circulation and temperatures not below 7°C (45°F). This tropical stunner enjoys its moments in the sun, but direct, strong sunshine will leave the plant with sunburn.

Did you know that air plants, along with succulents, are trending in becoming decor for weddings? Take a look at this article and you’ll really be inspired!

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Tillandsia Cyanea – Pink Quill Plant @brandon_nxs

Tillandsia Ionantha Maxima Huamelula

Catching the eye of everyone who passes by is the Tillandsia Ionantha Maxima Huamelula or simply known as T.Maxima . When in bloom, this upright shaped plant proudly shows off bright hues of pink, purple, blue and green, while bearing a resemblance to an enchanting firework display.

The rare T.Maxima has thick, moss green, succulent leaves that burst out from a central point, with the leaves starting off dark green at the base and turning pinkish-red towards the tips when exposed to strong light. The plant generates multiple, striking purple flowers with yellow tips, producing more than 5 flowers all at once.

This air plant originates from Oaxaca in Mexico and has been known to grow up to 6 inches tall. The T.Maxima’s colorful and unusual form gives it that wow factor when mounted on a piece of bark or driftwood, if not sitting pretty in a terrarium.

Talking about terrariums, you may want to pick one!

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Tillandsia Ionantha Maxima Huamelula @mj.0512

Tillandsia Harrisii

The Tillandsia Harrisii is a very exceptional plant that is held dear to the hearts of many botanists, as it was named after an American air plant enthusiast named Bill Harris who was brutally murdered in Guatemala in 1985.

This distinctive air plant has silvery- grey leaves that are curled in a dense rosette along its stem and are usually falling towards one side. It is considered to be a caulescent species— which defines it as a plant that grows along a stem that is above the ground.

T.Harrissi displays a deep- red inflorescence that consists of 5 to 9 spirally positioned, purple- violet flowers with blue-violet petals and orange to red bracts. These magnificent colors create a sheer contrast to the grey-green leaves of the plant. As a slow grower, it may not produce blooms until after a year or two.

The T.Harrisii thrives under bright indirect light and away from full sunshine, so a sunny window or nook is the perfect spot for it. It also prefers moderate humidity with a good air flow to prosper. 

This easy care plant is native to Guatemala and requires a CITES permit that certifies that the plant was sustainably grown and not collected from nature.


5 Types of Air Plants
Tillandsia Harrisii @pot_plants_windy

Tillandsia Stricta

The ever-popular Tillandsia Stricta is an evergreen air plant and a local resident of Trinidad, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana and northern Argentina. The plant can take root on sand dunes as well as under tropical rainforests, making it a highly adaptable plant. According to its climate, Tillandsia Stricta may have soft flexible leaves or firmer rigid leaves and can vary in size and color.  

This air plant’s scientific name (stricta) translates to ‘erect’ and illustrates the upright habit of this plant. It also ties into the plants’ colloquial names; Upright Air Plant, Strict Tillandsia, and Erect Tillandsia.

The Tillandsia Stricta is a clump-forming perennial with short-stemmed leaves that grow into thick rosettes. This compact species has dark green leaves and produces attractive pink and white floral bracts when in bloom. The bracts hold a showy bright blue flower that sadly only lasts a day, although the bracts remain vibrant for up to 10 weeks.

Known to be one of the fastest-growing species, the Tillandsia Stricta is a decorators dream– delivering an impressive colorful clump after a few years. They can be mounted on virtually anything, giving you creative leeway to go nuts with wood, ceramics, seashells and rocks.

5 Types of Air Plants
Tillandsia Stricta @tamanhatijz

Care Tips for Air Plants

Air plants are slowly taking over the indoor plant world and you do not want to be left behind! There are some pointers to remember when taking care of air plants.

Check out our article  “Your Ultimate Guide on How to Care for Air Plants” for an extensive look!

Watering Air Plants

Too much water will kill your little one. Some air plants do well with the occasional misting once a week, especially during cold seasons. During the summer, the dunk and dry method works the best. Soak the plant for 15 minutes then shake off the excess water before putting it back in its home.

Here’s our article dedicated to watering air plants, check it out!

Sunlight for Air Plants

Air plants are naturally found hanging on to tree branches. This shows they flourish with a bit of shade or in bright, filtered or indirect light. They do not like baking under the scorching sun.

5 Types of Air Plants
Beautiful air plant display @flowers.by.roxanne

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If you want to learn more about air plants, we have some additional articles to help! Air Plants vs Succulents, Everything You Need to Know About Air Plants, and 7 Rare Air Plants You Need in Your Home!

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Thanks for reading, happy planting!

Why Is Echeveria Pulvinata Among The Popular Succulents?

Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?

Who makes the most friends in high school? Well, it is the most popular kids of course. The typical reasons could be they are attractive, have fun personalities, or features that others find admirable. When getting started caring for succulents, it is best you try out a popular plant. There is tons of information available on these plants, and tips for how you can get your succulent to thrive. The beauty of succulents means you can literally put them anywhere, especially the Echeveria pulvinata.

The Echeveria pulvinata succulent features a stunning rosette shape that has overlapping leaves. These leaves are thick and spatulate in nature. With hundreds of different succulents that you can choose from, why is the Echeveria pulvinata so popular?

Here is why this succulent that is native to Mexico is a fan favorite.

Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?
Mexico’s Favorite Echeveria Pulvinata @cinisters_garden

Echeveria Pulvinata Fun Fabulous Facts

If you were to pick this succulent out of a line-up, you need to know what makes it different from the rest. Looks are not enough, there are ‘personality traits’ that give this plant an edge. Here are some fun facts about the Echeveria Pulvinata.

  1. Also known as a Plush Plant or Chenille Plant – Some succulents are spiky, others smooth, long, thin, wide – there is a myriad of features. A plush plant is one whose leaves have fine white hairs covering them. From afar, these hairs may be invisible to the naked eye. However, when the sun hits them, they appear to shimmer, as though they have a special shine. These little hairs are not purely aesthetic though, they actually protect the plant from too much water loss. See why it’s important to manage the water loss here, it can make or break the growth of your succulent dramatically!
  2. These plants can be referred to as evergreens. Their leaves retain their colors through the seasons and have flowers that come out in the warmer months. Too much sun reaching temperatures in excess of 30 degrees C, or freezing temperatures less than 4 degrees C, could affect the healthy look of your plant. The wide range of temperatures in between are alright for your plant to grow and thrive.
  3. For the most part, water will do the trick in keeping this plant alive and happy. Fertilizer is really only necessary if you notice that the plant has turned a little pale. Even then, a little bit will go a long way. Simple changes with lighting in this scenario may be all that this plant needs to get its mojo back.
  4. This succulent is self-pruning, saving you time on keeping it looking pretty. At most, all you may need to do is pick out the odd dead leaf, or blossoms which have run their course. Picking out the dead leaves prevents rot or disease taking over the plant.
  5. Another fact about Echeveria Pulvinata is that it brings in the birds. When it is in flower, and when planted outdoors, hummingbirds are attracted to these plants. They help with pollination and help make the garden a little bit more interesting.
  6. This plant is ideal to keep indoors if you have pets, and if those pets are curious around your plants. It is non-toxic making it safe. Children are also safe around this plant. See if it’s safe for your furry friends here.
Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?
Facts of the Pulvinata Echeveria @suculentas_madrehija

The Stunning Features of the Echeveria Pulvinata

This succulent comes in different sizes, from small and cute for your indoor pot to a sprawling plant that can get up to 12 inches tall.

You will enjoy this succulent the most when it comes into bloom. It has flowers that come in various shades of yellow and orange. These flowers have a distinctive bell shape. Tall shoots come through the plants and the flowers bloom from the stems over a period of time. They make a statement, standing out from the crowd in the most attractive way. The leaves, however, are something to behold and sometimes also include deep and dark reds hues.

Varieties That You Can Choose From

Echeveria Pulvinata has several variants that you can choose from, and here are two of the most loved.


Ruby, which also goes by the names Red Velvet, Ruby Blush or Ruby Slippers. A touch of color may be all that your garden needs, and this stands out succulent offers just that. Normally, plants get their color from flowers which bloom just once a year, though, with this plant, it is the leaves that offer the first dash of color. Like typical Echeveria pulvinate plants, it has fine white hairs covering the leaves. The difference here is that the tips and margins of the leaves have a deep red color, meaning the leaves are both green and red. This succulent is sure to make heads turn.


Frosty, which is also known as the White Chenille Plant is a brilliant succulent that will thrive anywhere you plant it. The tiny white hairs are quite visible on this plant, giving it a ‘frosty’ look as though it will turn into a different plant if it spends some time in the warmth and defrosts. The leaves of this succulent are all green. Normally, it begins as a small succulent though it can grow into a large plant that reaches 12 cm in height. The blooms for this plant burst out through footlong brown stems, normally towards the very end of the cold season.


Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?
Species You Can Choose From @foxy_nails116

Now you know the reason that this succulent is so popular. First, it looks great and differentiates itself from any basic green plant. Caring for this succulent is pretty simple, as it can easily thrive outdoors as well as indoors. For light, a little bit goes a long way so a spot in the shade is most ideal. This is because their delicate leaves are prone to sunburn. You can make it a permanent feature in your garden by growing it directly on the ground.

If you want to enjoy it indoors as well, a pot would be a great option then you can move it indoors for the colder seasons. This plant rambles, meaning that it spreads all around when growing. With this unique feature, outdoors, it can make excellent groundcover, and indoors, you can enjoy its beauty in a hanging basket as well as your typical pot.

See more indoor succulents here.

Thinking about Grabbing Your Own Echeveria Pulvinata?

Why not add this beautiful echeveria succulent in your own succulent garden? We’re sure this will be a great addition to your already amazing garden. See if we have this succulent here if not please let us know and we’ll be sure to get it into our inventory for you!

Also if you need help on taking care of your succulents, we have new ebooks out ready for you to learn everything you need. We have tons of articles on our site that cover the same topics but we consolidated all of those articles into easy to digest ebooks. View all of them here.