8 Orange Succulents

Did you know that succulents do not just come in different shades of green? They come in an array of bright colors that will bring cheeriness into any garden.

In this article are some of the most beautiful orange succulents you can add to your collection. If you are on the lookout for adding more sunshine into your garden, keep on reading.

1. Graptoveria “Fred Ives”

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This orange succulent is actually a hybrid between the Graptopetalum and the Echeveria, hence its name. This plant is made of large rosette clumps, with each rosette growing up to a foot wide. It can grow to be around eight inches high.

Their leaves can be green, deep red, or bright orange, and are thick with bronze tips.

During the summer months, the Graptoveria will grow stalks with yellow flowers that have orange centers. Placing it in direct sunlight  for a few hours will help show its full aesthetic potential. When the plant remains in the shade, it will retain a turquoise green color.

This plant is a great choice for those that are looking for low maintenance succulents. It requires minimal watering, making it quite tolerant of droughts. All it really needs is to be planted in a pot that has appropriate soil with water drainage.

2. Echeveria “Orange Monroe”

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This is a smaller succulent and is a great choice for those that have limited space in their homes and gardens. It has tiny rosettes that come in both orange and green, but the more the plant is exposed to the sun, the brighter the orange will get. The rosettes measure around six inches wide.

It is a fairly easy plant to care for. Just make sure not to overwater it or it can develop fungal problems and root rot.

3. Begonia Boliviensis

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This plant has green leaves and red stems with strikingly orange blossoms. It is a native plant of the Andes mountains in Bolivia and can reach between 12 and 18 inches tall.

It is a perfect choice for anyone that has a vertical garden because of how the succulent grows. It loves a shaded spot that has limited exposure to sunlight, but needs some sunlight to help in its production of flowers.

It is advisable to plant the begonia in a pot as it does not do well in colder climates; it will need to be brought inside to a warm and dry place in the winter.

4. Sedum Adolphii “Golden Sedum”

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This golden sedum is best grown in hanging containers or on the ground because it is a trailing succulent. It can reach up to eight inches in height. It has yellowish green leaves that form rosettes that are around an inch and a half long. The leaves turn orange after getting appropriate amounts of sunlight.

In the spring, white flowers will appear in succession, not all at once. Like most succulents, this plant will need a well-draining container and exposure to partial sunlight. It does not do well in the cold, so it will need to be moved indoors in the fall and winter.

5. Graptosedum “California Sunset”

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This succulent has small rosettes composed of rosy orange foliage. It is a hybrid of the Graptopetalum paraguayense and the Sedum adolphii plants.

Its leaves do not start out as orange immediately. Unlike most other orange succulents, the California sunset becomes orange when it is exposed to winter temperatures. New growth is a green color but will soon turn into its signature orange color as it matures. Its white, heart-shaped flowers bloom during the spring and summer. Plant it in a well-draining container and give it partial sunlight in order for it to thrive.

6. Lithops Karasmontana “Orange Ice”

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This is an unassuming plant that can grow only up to about two inches tall. This is a native plant of South Africa that has green, three-sided leaves and orange flowers with yellow centers. They grow in dense clumps that will spread to the sides. Its chunky leaves grow in pairs and have an orange center.

The plant produces white flowers in the fall. It is a relatively slow growing succulent that usually only needs repotting every couple of years. It also only needs to be watered if the first inch of topsoil is completely dry. It prefers to be exposed to full sunlight, as it helps open the flowers.

7. Sedum Nussbaumerianum

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This succulent is a native plant of Mexico, and despite its intimidating name, is actually an easy plant to care for. A mature plant can be eight inches tall and three feet wide. It has long and plump leaves that come in a variety of colors, depending on the amount of light it gets. When it is given plenty of sunlight, it becomes a coppery-orange color. Make sure you do not overexpose it to the sun as this can result in burning. This bright orange succulent variety makes a great ground plant outdoors and a great hanging plant indoors.

8. Mammillaria Elongata Cristata “Copper King”

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This cactus has a cylindrical shape and can measure up to six inches tall. Its stems have orange spines all over them which really make the pink or pale yellow flowers stand out. The plant thrives in a well-draining cactus soil mix that allows excess water to drain and avoid root rot.

The Copper King does not like frosty temperatures, so it is better to plant it in a pot so you can take it indoors once the seasons start to change. In the fall or winter, simply place the plant near a window or under a grow light if there is no sunlight.

Conclusion

If you are looking to add the color orange to your collection of succulents, there are plenty of options available to you. Most, if not all, of them are low maintenance plants that only really need a well-draining pot and appropriately airy succulent soil. Most of them need exposure to sunlight to get their beautiful orange hues, but make sure you get them some shade as well.

Once your orange succulents have reached their full potential, your garden will never be the same.

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