Colorful succulents are a fun way to add style and personality to any garden. Whether you have a certain color palette in mind or simply enjoy the vibrant colors of nature, consider adding a few blue succulents and cacti to your collection.
These ten beautiful blue succulents make great additions to indoor or outdoor gardens. They’re also perfect for adding a hint of blue to fairy gardens, living walls, and centerpieces.
Echeveria ‘Blue Bird’
This gorgeous rosette-shaped succulent has powdery blue leaves with reddish-pink leaf margins during fall and winter. Blue Bird’s rosettes can reach up to ten inches in diameter, but if left to cluster with its offsets, it will likely stay smaller.
Like most Echeveria, Blue Bird is easy to care for and propagate. With proper watering techniques, well-draining soil, and bright sun, this succulent will thrive. Use caution when handling the leaves, however, as the powdery farina may come off. Blue Bird is also safe for pets, so it’s a perfect choice for gardens frequented by furry friends.
Agave potatorum ‘Butterfly Agave’
As far as Agave go, the Butterfly Agave is somewhat small. At maturity, it only measures about two feet tall and three feet in diameter. The greyish-blue leaves are covered in brown spines along the leaf margins. When blooming, the stalks can reach up to 20 feet in height with green and yellow flowers.
Butterfly Agave are slow growing succulents that thrive with a little neglect. They prefer infrequent watering and plenty of sunshine. Care must be taken when handling Agave because the spines along the leaf margins can be sharp.
Senecio serpens ‘Blue Chalkstick’
Senecio serpens is a petite succulent that can grow up to eight inches tall and up to three feet in diameter. Its stems are covered in tubular, greenish-blue leaves covered in powdery farina. Also known as Blue Chalkstick, the plant blooms in mid-summer to early fall and produces tiny white flowers.
Blue Chalkstick grows best with partial to full sun and well-draining soil. It can be grown both indoors, as well as outdoors if the climate permits. This is not a particularly frost tolerant succulent, so if you’re expecting freezing temperatures, it’s best to cover your plant or bring it inside.
Aloe ‘Blue Elf’
Blue Elf’s long, grayish-blue leaves grow in a rosette shape that can grow up to two feet in diameter. The plump, spiky leaves can reach up to 18 inches in length. Although the plant typically blooms between early winter and early spring, it can bloom any time of year if the conditions are right. It produces vibrant orange flowers.
Blue Elf is an easy to care for succulent, provided it is never left in standing water. Well-draining soil and infrequent watering are a must. Aloe are a great plant for gardeners of any skill level as they can be very forgiving.
Echeveria ‘Blue Prince’
Blue Prince is an attractive Echeveria cultivar that boasts vibrant greenish-blue leaves. In full sun, the leaves may also take on a reddish hue. The rosettes can reach up to six inches in diameter. In late spring, Blue Prince produces tall stalks with orange or yellow flowers.
Blue Prince grows best with partial sun or bright indoor light. Like most soft succulents, this Echeveria is not frost tolerant and must be protected during freezing temperatures. Blue Prince is easy to propagate, even for the most inexperienced gardeners. It can be grown from seeds, offsets, or cuttings.
Agave tequilana ‘Blue Agave’
Blue Agave is a large succulent, reaching up to five feet in height and eight feet in diameter. Its long, stiff leaves are gray-blue in color and sport brown spines along the leaf margins, as well as a brown terminal spine at the end of the leaf. Blue Agave are best known as the base ingredient of tequila.
Blue Agave are similar to other varieties of Agave in that they do best with a little neglect. Infrequent watering and minimal handling are ideal. The sap of the Blue Agave can be irritating, so use caution when moving or repotting.
Sedeveria ‘Blue Burrito’
This hybrid succulent is a cross between Sedum morganianum and Echeveria peacockii. It features plump blue-green leaves, sometimes with pink tips. The leaves are arranged in a rosette pattern and can grow up to six inches diameter. The stems are long and trailing, reaching up to 12 inches in length.
This adorable succulent needs well-draining soil and partial sun to thrive. It is not frost tolerant and must be brought inside or covered when temperatures dip below freezing. Blue Burrito can be propagated from either leaves or stem cuttings. It’s a non-toxic succulent, so it’s an excellent choice for pet-friendly gardens.
Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’
This interesting hybrid succulent gets the name Tooth Fairy from the pronounced spines along its leaf margins. These ‘teeth’ may range in color from yellowish-orange to brown, contrasting the plant’s greenish-blue leaves. At maturity, this Mangave can grow up to 10 inches in diameter and 12 inches in height.
Mangave are a cross between Manfreda and Agave. They require similar care to Agave, but they typically grow more quickly. They do well outdoors with full sun and appropriate drainage.
Corpuscularia lehmannii ‘Ice Plant’
The Ice Plant can be recognized by its distinctive three-sided, angular leaves. The leaves are thick, fleshy, and greenish-blue in color. The Ice Plant is native to South Africa. During the summer, it produces bright yellow blooms, similar in appearance to daisies. At maturity, it typically reaches six to eight inches in height.
Despite the name, the Ice Plant does not tolerate cold temperatures and must be protected from frost. It thrives in full sun and with infrequent watering and proper drainage. The Ice Plant is non-toxic and makes a great addition to any pet-friendly succulent collection.
Pilosocereus azureus ‘Blue Torch Cactus’
The Blue Torch Cactus is a tree-like columnar cactus that can grow up to 33 feet tall. The bluish-silver stems are covered in yellow or gray spines. The Blue Torch Cactus produces branches and looks similar in shape to a Saguaro cactus.
Pilosocereus azureus are low-maintenance cacti. They require adequate drainage, full sun, and watering only when their soil is dry. Blue Torch Cacti can be quite tall at maturity and may need to be repotted frequently as they outgrow their containers. Use caution when handling to prevent injury from the spines.
Isn’t it time that you added a few blue beauties to your succulent collection? Whether you have an indoor or outdoor garden, these ten succulents will compliment your current color palette with a relaxing blue hue. Remember, there’s no such thing as too many succulents!