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Which Succulent Plants Grow Best in the Winter?

By Lesley Wilson January 29, 2024

 Would You Like to Know Which Succulent Plants Grow Best in the Winter?


Succulent Plants that Grow Best in Snow


There are certain succulent plants that are best prepared for winter conditions, since they can tolerate cooler temperatures and the lower light season.

Here are several of the succulent varieties that tend to thrive best during the cold winter months:


  1. Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks):

    • Hens and Chicks are cold hardy succulents that often show enhanced coloring during the winter. They form rosettes and can endure frost.

      There is an extensive number of cultivated varieties and hybrids of Sempervivum, over 50, with breeders frequently creating even more selections.

      These variations often exhibit a wide range of colors, textures, and growth habits.

    • Sempervivum Succulent Plant
  2. Sedum (Stonecrop):

    • Many Sedum varieties, such as Sedum spectabile and Sedum rupestre, are able to maintain their form and color in colder temperatures. They're resilient to winter conditions.

      The number of Sedum genus plants is over 400! There are also many hybrids which add to this wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and growth habits.

      Sedum Succulent Plant


  3. Hylotelephium (Autumn Joy):

    • Formerly known as Sedum, Hylotelephium includes a variety of succulent plants.

      Including the popular 'Autumn Joy,' Hylotelephium adds interest during the winter with dried flower heads that carry on through the season.

    • Autumn Joy Succulent Plant

  4. Sempervivum arachnoideum (Cobweb Houseleek):

    • There are several varieties in the Sempervivum arachnoideum succulents, commonly known as Cobweb Houseleek. These variations often show different areas of color, size, and the presence of cobweb-like fibers.

    • These unique succulents form rosettes with web-like filaments. It's cold-tolerant and can withstand winter weather.

      Cobweb Houseleek Succulent Plant

  5. Aeonium:

    • Some Aeonium varieties, such as Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' (Black Rose), are popular for their ability to flourish in milder winter climates.

      Also, there are many cultivated varieties,  approximately 35, and hybrids (cultivars) of Aeonium, and each of them present their own unique features when it comes to color, size, and growth habit.

    • Black Rose succulent plant
  6. Opuntia (Prickly Pear Cactus):

    • The Opuntia genus, commonly known as prickly pear cacti, is expansive and distinct, with many recognized species and varieties. There are over 300 various  types within the Opuntia genus.

      There are also countless cultivated varieties and hybrids (cultivars) of Opuntia, each with unique features of pad shapes, flower colors, and growth habits.

      Certain Opuntia species, are cold-hardy and can endure winter temperatures. They add an interesting architectural element to winter gardens.


      Opuntia Succulent Plant

  7. Echeveria (Hen and Chicks):

    • While some Echeverias are sensitive to frost, others, like Echeveria secunda, are more tolerant to cold weather and can keep their beauty through winter.

      Echeveria secunda, usually called the "Hens and Chicks" succulent, is a specific type that is well known  for its rosette-forming growth and attractive, fleshy leaves.

      Echeveria Secunda Succulent Plant 

  8. Agave:

    • Agaves have over 200 recognized varieties. They are succulent plants known for their rosette-forming growth habit that showcases a wide range of shapes, sizes, colors, and leaf textures.

      Some Agaves, like Agave parryi, are adjusted to colder climates and can handle winter conditions. They are usually found in dry areas of the Americas.

      Agave Succulent Plant

  9. Yucca:

    • Yucca plants have around 40 recognized species, are generally cold-tolerant and can add a striking presence to winter landscapes. They are diverse and include a variety of succulent plants known for their distinctive rosettes of stiff, sword-like leaves.

      With Yucca plants, there are also many cultivated varieties and hybrids that show a range of accents, including different leaf colors, sizes, and growth habits.

      Yucca Succulent plant

  10. Crassula ovata (Jade Plant):

    • Crassula ovata plants can resist cooler temperatures, making them good for indoor winter spaces and outdoor gardens in milder climates.

    • Commonly known as the Jade Plants or Money Plants, these are popular succulents with a common tree-like growth habit and fleshy, oval-shaped leaves.

    • Crassula ovata is mainly seen as a single species with variations in leaf color and shape. 

Succulent Jade Plant

  1. Aloe Vera:

    • Aloe vera, with its succulent leaves, can adapt to winter conditions as long as there is adequate light and they are protected from freezing temperatures.

      Aloe vera is a widely cultivated succulent known for its medicinal properties and various uses and is largely seen as a single species with specific characteristics.

      Aloe Vera Succulent Plant

  2. Haworthia:

    • Many Haworthia succulents, such as Haworthia attenuata (Zebra Plant), are well-suited for indoor environments during the winter.

    • There are around 150 recognized species within the genus. Haworthias are defined by rosette-forming growth habits, often featuring fleshy leaves with complex patterns and textures.

      Within the Haworthia genus, there are also numerous cultivated varieties and hybrids that display a wide extent of leaf colors, shapes, and sizes.

      Haworthia Succuelt Plant

While these succulents are more more able to handle winter conditions, it's important to consider the specific climate and conditions in your location.

In addition, providing well-draining soil and protecting plants from extreme cold and excessive moisture is essential for their winter survival.

So Now We Know Which Succulent Plants Grow Best in the Winter!

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