One of the best things about growing succulents is the number of different interesting colors they bring to the table, like pink!
Here are some great pink succulents to consider adding to your collection:
- Neon Breakers
- Crassula calico kitten
- Pink Champagne
- Perle von Nurnberg
Naturally, the shades of pink are going to vary across different plants. The color might also change as the plant ages and also depending on the prevailing conditions like sunlight and temperature. Let’s check them out!
Moonstones (Pachyphytum oviferum)
The moonstones succulent embodies everything that makes succulents desirable – it’s small, uniquely shaped, and spots a combination of interesting colors.
Just like many other succulents, this small cutie is native to parts of Mexico, especially the mountainous regions.
Usually, the moonstones grows to a height of about 10 cm with a rose-shaped leaf arrangement of 10 inches, give or take. Both the scientific and common names are based on the shape of the plant’s leaves – they’re chubby and oval-shaped. Pachyphytum oviferum reflects this as it translates to “thick plant that bears eggs”.
Moonstones can and do have a range of pastel colors ranging from pink, gray, blue, orange, purple, and yellow. These usually come out when the plant is getting enough sunlight. But they usually won’t be showy due to the dusty appearance of the plant.
It might be tempting to try and wipe away the “dust” for a glossier look but don’t. The plant is quite the sensitive cutie and you might end up damaging the leaves.
Furthermore, the dust you see (called farina) is protective so it’s best to leave it alone. That means no water on the leaves either.
Moonstones thrives best with 6 hours of morning sunlight every day. If you live in an area with temperatures that go below 20 ˚F, be sure to keep your moonstones in a pot so that you can bring it inside when conditions get frosty.
Neon Breakers Hens and Chicks (Echeveria Neon Breakers)
First things first – neon breakers hens and chicks is different from the popular hens and chicks plant (Sempervivum tectorum).
With that out of the way, the Echeveria neon breakers is a rosette-forming succulent growing up to 3 inches tall and 8 inches wide. Unlike the moonstones, it’s quite showy with its pink foliage.
But that usually depends on age and the amount of sunlight the plant is exposed to. As a neon breaker hens and chicks grows, the pink becomes more prominent, especially with more sunlight exposure.
Of course, you have to be careful – too much sunlight could cause burning. Essentially, you can stick to exposing it to the morning sun and keep it in the shade as the hot afternoon sun sets in.
Excessive cold is also a deal-breaker for this succulent. As with any other succulents that can’t handle frost, it’s always a good idea to bring an Echeveria neon breakers inside when temperatures start plummeting.
Generally, though, the succulent tends to be more resistant to pests and grows faster compared to other types of Echeveria. And if you’re growing it outdoors in a hotter zone, it grows non-stop unlike other succulents that go into dormancy during certain periods of the year.
Crassula Calico Kitten (Crassula marginalis rubra variegata)
This South African native is a bit of a deviation from the succulents in this article – it’s a trailing succulent. That means it might need some considerable space compared to your average slow-growing upright succulent.
That also opens up room for new ideas of how you can use the plant to spruce up your surroundings. The plant can be a great addition to rock gardens, wedding bouquets, wreaths, and hanging baskets. Each of the various trailing stems grows to a length of about 12 inches.
Calico kitten succulents aren’t always pink per se. For the most part, the foliage is a combination of green, cream, and a bit of pink. All these turn into a deeper pink when the plant is a bit stressed – mostly increased light exposure (the succulent does love the full sun).
But before going all-in with sunlight exposure, start with the morning sun which is a bit tender compared to the afternoon sun. Abruptly getting your plant from no/little light to the hot afternoon sun is going to burn its leaves.
Sunrise (Anacampseros telephiastrum Variegata)
While the sunrise succulent spots pink as its main color, its leaves can be either green or purple. It all depends on the specific leaf’s age. Older and more established leaves have a deep pink while the younger ones tend more towards green and purple.
Sunrise succulents are native to South Africa and reach heights of 6 inches. So they’re an awesome choice if you’re looking to have some plant life on your desk. It also helps that their growth rate is remarkably slow.
That name “sunrise” can be a bit of a misnomer, though. While the plant does love light (all succulents do, by the way) direct sunlight can lead to some dire consequences on the plant’s leaves.
A bright spot in the house or a shaded area outdoors are both enough to keep a sunrise succulent beaming with colors. And if all goes well, the plant will reward you with even more color by throwing out spectacular bright pink blooms.
Water as you would any other succulent (once every 1-2 weeks as long as the topsoil is dry). The sunrise is dormant in winter so you’ll have to scale back on this to about once a month.
Bluebean (Graptopetalum pachyphyllum)
Bluebean is among the very few succulents with a fragrance; albeit a faint one. Its beauty isn’t faint, though.
The succulent usually splits up near the base into several low-growing stems, each with a rosette of plump leaves. The leaves are mostly light blue-green with the pink being concentrated around the tips. When the plant is stressed, the pink deepens and covers larger parts of the individual leaves.
The rosettes are quite handy if you decide to increase your bluebean population in the future. Propagating is as simple as breaking one off, giving it time to callus, and then stick them into a well-draining pot mix.
Pink Champagne (Echeveria Pink Champagne)
The pink champagne succulent is, of course, pink – for the most part. But it does have other hues too, namely white, green, purple, and red. It’s a cross, actually, between Echeveria laui and Echeveria agavoides, developed in South Korea by Hyon Sook Lee, a plant researcher and breeder.
The various colors will have varying intensities depending on the amount of sunlight the plant is getting and the specific growth conditions it’s under. To get the most intense pink, it’s best to grow pink champagne under full sunlight.
So it goes without saying – you’re better off growing it outside if you live in a warmer climate (anything above 25 ˚F). For the indoor grower, make sure to accord the plant an east or west-facing window so that it can get as much sunlight as possible throughout the day.
The plant itself grows in a rosette with a typical diameter of 10 inches. The leaves are thick and covered with farina, giving them a dusty look.
Perle Von Nurnberg (Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg)
All Echeverias are showstoppers but few come close to what Perle von Nurnberg (the pearl of Nurnberg) has to offer. It’s one of the most outstanding types of Echeveria with colorful foliage that make it a coveted plant art piece for every gardener.
That’s why it’s such a common succulent across the world.
Typical of the Echeveria genus, Perle von Nurnberg grows in rosettes and can reach heights of between three and five inches. Individual rosettes are usually 6 inches wide but 8 inches aren’t unheard of.
The leaves are fleshy as you would expect of most succulents that store water here. They’re also a bit round and pointed with a pink powdery surface.
Under full sun, the pink becomes stronger as with most succulents that turn into deeper colors due to light stress. So you might want to ensure your Perle von Nurnberg gets plenty of light even when you’re keeping it indoors.
And while at it, you have to look out for dry leaves at the base of the plant as it grows. Remove them as soon as possible since they’re ideal breeding grounds for common succulent pests like mealybugs. Plus, they’re just unsightly.
Pink is one of the many spectacular colors that you can find among succulents. That’s the beauty of succulents – variety.
If you’re looking to grab any pink succulent, the above list is a great starting point. Just like most succulents, these are easy to grow but you have to watch out for a few aspects like temperature and sunlight. Some love the cold while others don’t. Same goes for sunlight.
Sometimes, you can push the plant to bring out a deeper pink by stressing it using a bit of extra sunlight. But you have to be really sure that your plant can take it lest you end up with burned leaves.
Hello! I’m Oscar, a freelance writer from Kenya. Among other topics, I also love writing about houseplants – succulents to be specific. I prefer them because they’re so much easier to care compared to other plants and they also offer so much variety in terms of shape, size, and color.