A Guide to Succulents with Red Flowers

If reds your color and you’re thinking that a succulent with red flowers will match your home’s décor, there are many species to choose from. Adding some red succulents to your home or yard will create an attractive, vibrant display and, according to Eastern traditions, will bring you luck and prosperity.

Let’s look at some of the best succulents with red flowers. Succulents are generally easy to care for and look stunning when they flower.

The Best Succulents with Red Flowers

Succulents are available with a variety of different flower types:

Here’s are some beautiful succulents with red flowers.


Flaming Katy Kalanchoe

Top Succulents with Red Flowers

One of the most popular succulents with red flowers is the Flaming Katy Kalanchoe, as it has such petty blooms. This plant flowers during the winter months and is sometimes known as Christmas Kalanchoe. It will add a touch of color to an otherwise dull winter’s day.

This succulent also looks nice when it’s not in flower as it has leaves that are thick, green, and waxy (succulent leaves grow back). The Flaming Katy Kalanchoe can be inconsistent at flowering, and many gardeners recommend keeping it in the dark for about 15 hours a day from October to help it flower.

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

Another winter bloomer is the Christmas cactus. This plant has big, red flowers which look great and will last all holiday season. A well-cared-for cactus will have flowers that last up to ten weeks.

The Christmas cactus is slightly different from most species of cacti as it’s not naturally a desert-growing plant. These cacti are found in tropical regions of Brazil and require more water than the average cacti. An underwatered Christmas Cactus won’t bloom or may bloom sporadically at different times of the year. These cacti need to be watered every week during the summer months and every other week for the rest of the year.

Euphoria Milii

Euphoria Milii with Red Flowers

The Euphoria Milii is another uniquely attractive succulent with lovely red flowers. These succulent plants are generally relatively small; they grow small red flowers on top of their foliage. The plants are native to Africa and Madagascar, and tropical succulents require slightly more water than the average succulent.

The Euphoria Milii can also be grown outside if you live in a warm state such as Texas, Florida, or Southern California. The succulent can be grown indoors everywhere else but should be left on a windowsill where it will receive plenty of sunlight.

Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cactus

Another great plant to grow outdoors if you live in a warm enough climate is the Barrel Cactus. These cacti have small red flowers and red tips to their spikes. If you live in a colder climate, you can grow this cacti species indoors on a sunny windowsill. This cactus will bloom throughout the summer months once it matures.

The Barrel cactus is best grown in well-draining soils so that they don’t get waterlogged. This variety of cacti is generally very hardy and can survive in all types of conditions. The species does require deep watering every week, especially if you live in a region with very hot summers.

Barrel cacti become dormant during the winter, which helps them survive the winter outdoors. Some gardeners recommend that you bring your cactus inside during the winter months.

Barrel cacti also live a long time. There are reports of people who have bought a barrel cactus in their twenties, and the cactus has outlived them. The species also flowers consistently every year.

Burro’s Tail

Burro’s Tail

Burro’s Tail is a fleshy succulent that looks great when it’s in flower. It has small red and pink blooms which seem to appear sporadically. Many people will tell you that this succulent doesn’t flower. However, with the proper care and if the conditions are right, this plant produces delicate flowers.

If you’re thinking of getting a Burro’s tail plant, you should ensure it has enough light. This plant can be grown outside in the right climate or inside on a windowsill. This plant does best in an unshaded area so that it can catch the sun’s rays, which will help it to flower.

Even without flowers, this succulent looks nice with its green trailing stems and a fleshy appearance. The flowers grow at the end of the steams and are delicate. These plants usually flower in the summer, and the flowers can last up to eight weeks.

Sempervivum Tectorum

Sempervivum Tectorum Red Flowers

The Sempervivum Tectorum is also called Hens & Chicks and is a lovely flowering plant that can be grown indoors and out. The plant has parent rosettes that produce tiny offsets, which is how it gets the name hens and chicks. Reminiscent of a rose, this succulent’s name means ‘live forever’ in Latin. The plant gets its name as its fast-growing and continually produces shoots and flowers, making it seem like it lasts forever.

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Huernia zebrina

Huernia zebrina red flowers

The Huernia Zebrina produces unique flowers which are striped like a zebra on the outside and have spots on the inside. The flowers are a burgundy and cream color and are a lovely shape. These stunning succulents are native to South Africa and grow well in hot sunny places.

This succulent plant has vines that creep over surfaces and will hang down from a window sill or shelf. It is a low-maintenance plant that requires good potting soil. It can be grown indoors or outdoors in unshaded areas.

Orchid Cactus

Orchid Cactus

Orchid cacti produce stunning red flowers, which are large and vibrant. This cactus botanical name is Epiphyllum, and it is also known as ‘Fantasy Dragon.’ These plants are generally fast-growing and can get quite large. A mature orchid cactus will grow up to 8 inches tall and as wide as 15 inches. Orchid cacti can be grown in a hanging basket outdoors so that they get enough sun.

Aloe Arborescens

Aloe Arborescens can be used as a medicinal plant as it has similar healing properties to aloe vera. It is best grown outside and produced large red flowers during the summer. This succulent can grow up to three feet tall, which makes it one of the tallest succulents.


There are many succulents with attractive red flowers that can be grown in your home or if you live in the correct climate outside. Taking good care of succulents and cacti will help them to flower regularly.  Make sure that they are planted in the right soil.  You can use rocks or pebbles on top of the soil, but not as the soil.  They can also plant succulents in glass containers.

Many succulents are only able to bloom if the conditions are right.  If they are wrong, they may turn red.