Whether you prefer succulents or cacti, you can’t dare to miss adding orange or sunset-hued plants to your garden!
There are many succulents or succulents with flowers that offer an orange hue, so let’s enlist them with their interesting facts!
Table of Contents Show
- Why do Succulents Turn Orange?
- 10 Popular Orange Succulents You Can Grow Indoors & Outdoors
- 1. Echeveria ‘Sanyatwe’
- 2. Graptosdeum ‘California Sunset.’
- 3. Mammillaria Elongata Cristata ‘Copper King’
- 4. Opuntia Rufida Minima ‘Mini Cinnamon Cactus’
- 5. Sedum Adolphii ‘Golden Sedum’
- 6. Lithops Karasmontana ‘Orange Ice’
- 7. Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’
- 8. Echeveria ‘Orange Monroe’
- 9. Sedum Nussbaumerianum ‘Coppertone Stonecrop’
- 10. Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana ‘Calaniva’
- 5+ Additional Orange Succulents
- Basic Care for Orange Succulents
- FAQs Regarding the Orange Succulents
- From Editorial Team
Why do Succulents Turn Orange?
Colored succulents are real, first of all.
They can be orange, brown, red, pink, and even rainbow-color.
The intensity of color on the succulents depends on the intensity and quality of light they receive. Exposure to bright sunlight in these colored succulents affects their color a lot.
The succulents placed in low-light settings are comparatively lighter in color.
Succulents yield pigments called anthocyanin and carotenoid to respond to sunlight and heat stress.
10 Popular Orange Succulents You Can Grow Indoors & Outdoors
Orange succulents are drought-resistant and winter bloomers, so that you can enjoy the double bonus.
The table below includes some of the orange succulents you might want to bring to your house:
|Succulent Name||Common Name||Plant Size|
|Echewveria Sanyatwe||Echewveria Sanyatwe||0.15m in length and 0.05m in width|
|Graptosdeum||California Sunset||6-12 inches high and 6-9 inches wide|
|Mammillaria elongate cristata||Copper King||6 inches high and 12 inches wide|
|Opuntia rufida minima||Mini Cinnamon Cactus||10 inches in height|
|Sedum adolphii||Golden Sedum||8 inches in length and 1.5 inches in width.|
|Lithops karasmontana||Orange Ice||2 inches in length and 2 inches wide|
|Graptoveria||Fred Ives||6-8 inches in diameter|
|Echeveria||Orange Monroe||2 to 12 inches in length|
|Sedum nussbaumerianum||Coppertone Stonecrop||8 inches in length|
|Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana||Calaniva||6-18 inches tall and wide.|
Now, let us take a detailed look at the ten orange succulents and the characteristics that help us identify them.
1. Echeveria ‘Sanyatwe’
The Echeveria Sanyatwe is popular for its orange-colored leaves, which often range in peach-like color.
The leaves are arranged in a unique rosette pattern, and the flowers are in a cluster, circular pattern.
The Sanyatwe plant leaves can grow up to six inches in diameter, whereas the plant reaches nearly eight inches in height upon reaching maturity.
The ideal location to place Echeveria sanyatwe is indoors, where it receives bright indirect sunlight and partial shade.
2. Graptosdeum ‘California Sunset.’
The hybrid orange succulent, popularly called “California Sunset,” is a cross between Graptopetalum paraguayense and Sedum Adolphe.
This hardy succulent with a slight pink hue creates small rosettes patterned foliage like those you often may have seen in Echeverias.
California Sunset, a non-toxic plant, flaunts the vibrant sunset color as its name suggests.
A unique feature of the California Sunset is that it stores water in the leaf stems, not in the roots like other succulents.
Ideally, the plant can thrive in indoor and outdoor settings, but it prefers bright indirect sunlight for 2-3 hours daily and a south-facing window.
3. Mammillaria Elongata Cristata ‘Copper King’
Add a central Mexican Mammillaria elongata cristata as a more vibrant plant to your garden.
Wondering how it got “Copper King” as a nickname? Well, the plants’ bright green stems are all covered with short coppery orange spines.
Those stems and spines again contrast beautifully with the spring-bloomed pale-yellow to whitish-pink flowers of a small bell shape, nearly 10mm (0.39″) in length.
The tight clumps (Densely made) and cylindrical shape, though not a fast grower but can stand quite tall (6-8″).
The Mammillaria Elongate Cristata is special because it can be grown indoors and outdoors.
Just provide a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight to help grow new flowers and develop spine production.
4. Opuntia Rufida Minima ‘Mini Cinnamon Cactus’
The Opuntia Rufida Minima, also known as Mini Cinnamon Cactus, is a hardy, tolerant orange succulent.
Spring is the flowering season for your cacti, and the flower would be in varying shades of yellow.
Cinnamon Cactus received its name from the brownish-orange spines covering its pads and would be about 10 inches in height.
They can be grown both indoors as well as outdoors. Just ensure to protect them from the colder weather. Place it where it receives plenty of bright sunlight throughout the day.
Their preferred USDA growth zones are 9a-11b.
5. Sedum Adolphii ‘Golden Sedum’
The Sedum adolphii is another orange-colored succulent known as ‘Golden Sedum’ due to its golden color.
This tender succulent can attain a height of 8-10 inches upon maturity.
Like other succulents, the leaves are formed in a rosette shape. The older leaves in the rosette formation fall off and allow new leaves to grow properly.
Golden Sedum forms miniature rosettes up to 1-2 inches long of partially green and yellow leaves, and their leaves would resemble footballs.
You can get more vibrant orange-colored foliage when exposed to more sunlight.
They bloom with white flowers and pink-like anthers in spring. These blooming appear in sequence; therefore, while some are blooming, the others will be fading simultaneously.
The Mexican native plant can be grown as indoor and outdoor beauty within their preferred USDA hardiness zone, i.e., 8b-11.
6. Lithops Karasmontana ‘Orange Ice’
The Lithops Karasmonatana, also known as the Orange Ice, is not visibly appealing.
The Lithops plant has a small succulent look similar to flat-shaped rocks, hence known as ‘split rocks’ and ‘pebble plant.’
The pale green-colored plant consists of three-sided leaves in pairs and produces yellow-centered-bright orange/white flowers during Autumn.
Try cutting to eliminate the fruit capsules after the blooming period and encourage more growth.
This slow-growing plant is as small as two inches when grown to its fullest potential. At most, they can grow up to 18 inches, with a spread of 5 ft.
The Lithops in its native region (Africa) rarely experiences any frost or cold temperatures.
So, it does not adapt well to colder temperatures, although they are highly resistant to drought and extreme heat.
The ideal location for the Lithops Karasmontana is outdoors, receiving partial to full sunlight for most of the day.
Surprisingly, the Orange Ice remains dormant during the summer and winter and should not be watered at all.
7. Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’
Fred Ives being an easy-to-care plant is an excellent starting choice for an inexperienced plant parent.
A cross between Graptopetalum paraguayense and Echeveria paraguayense, this hybrid succulent boasts colorful Foliage forming large rosettes filled with orange-brown leaves with minimal pink color.
Depending on the light intensity, season, and temperature, the color of the rosettes changes from blue, salmon, coral, or even yellow.
Since the color of the leaves depends on sun exposure, placing the plant in partial to full sunlight brings out the best coloration.
The greenish-turquoise hue in the absence of bright light is still attractive.
It produces beautiful yellow flowers with a red-orange center during the summer months upon reaching maturity.
Fred Ives tends to grow in clumps. The leaves are ultra-thick with pointed bronze tips. Just expose it to a fair amount of light and enjoy the beauty.
The Fred Ives can reach up to 8 inches in height, with its foliage reaching up to 12 inches in diameter.
Grow them indoors or outdoors as per your wish; just make sure to protect them from unhealthy weather conditions.
8. Echeveria ‘Orange Monroe’
The Echeveria ‘Orange Monroe’ is one of the easiest succulents to grow.
Avoid placing the plant in water-damp conditions for a long time, as it can cause fungal and bacterial infection. Also, remove the dropped leaves as it helps reduce pest infestations.
Echeveria ‘Orange Monroe,’ like some previously mentioned succulents, forms an attractive rosette with their leaves carrying green and orange shades.
Exposure to sunlight makes them more vivid and bright. But excessive exposure is stressful for the plant, changing color to almost yellow and orange.
This native to Canary Island, Morocco, and East Africa plant can be about 6 inches wide.
The ideal location to place the ‘Orange Monrore’ is outside or near windows that receive bright direct sunlight during the day.
The plant can grow within the USDA hardiness zones 9b-11b.
9. Sedum Nussbaumerianum ‘Coppertone Stonecrop’
This Native to Mexico, Sedum Nussbaumerianum can grow up to 8 inches tall, spreading 2-3ft wide.
This plant can come in a wide range of colors depending on its sun exposure and its long and plumpy leaves.
The Coppertone Stonecrop prefers the USDA hardiness zone of 9 and produces beautiful orange and copper color rosettes.
If exposed to bright light, they will flaunt vibrant colors with coppery orange shades; otherwise, in minimal light, they will retain a yellow-to-green color.
That said, you’ll need to be careful not to expose it to intense light as it can burn this beautiful foliage.
A unique feature of the Coppertone Stonecrop is that the plant’s stems often grow outwards from the main plant body upon reaching maturity.
They resemble stars in shape and would usually bloom with round clusters of tiny white-colored flowers in summer.
The Coppertone plant can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It should be placed near a location that receives bright sunlight.
10. Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana ‘Calaniva’
Calaniva is popular as Flaming Katy, Florist Kalanchoe, Christmas Kalanchoe, and Madagascar (native to Madagascar) Widow’s-thrill.
The plant grows about 1.5 feet tall. Its foliage is shiny, green, oblong shape with margins arranged at a right angle to each other.
It is an evergreen succulent, which loves sunlight, so it is better to plant them outdoors as more sunlight equals more flowers.
The colors of the Kalanchoe range from yellow and red to magenta, depending on how much sunlight it receives.
You can also induce bud development by simulating six weeks of winter by reducing the lighting condition. This can be easily done by placing the plant in a dark room for 16 hours daily for six weeks.
Avoid placing the plant in direct sunlight as it may cause sunburns and other sun-related damage. The species is perfect for growing in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11.
5+ Additional Orange Succulents
There are also various other Orange succulents that are even more interesting and have various textures and overall designs.
|Scientific Name||Common Name||Size|
|Euphorbia tirucalli||Firestick Plant||20-30 feet in length, 6-10 feet in width|
|Lobivia Jajoiana var. Nigrostoma||Nigristoma||Stem size 5-7 cm in length|
|Echinopsis Chamaecereus||Peanut Cactus||6 inches (15cm) tall|
|Graptopetalum||Mendozae||3 inches (7.5cm) in length|
|Haworthia Truncata||Horse's Teeth||20 cm high and 10 cm wide|
|Aloe Vera||Orange Aloe Vera||24-39 inches in length|
If you live in low-light regions, choose the best succulents that grow even in the dark.
Basic Care for Orange Succulents
Here is a brief overview of the basic care requirements for any succulent.
|Proper Soil Mixture||Pumice, Perlite and sand|
|Ideal Water Requirement||Once every 7 days|
|Ideal Temperature Requirement||45-85⁰F (7-29⁰C)|
|Adequate Lighting||Bright indirect sunlight sunlight|
|Ideal location||Near south facing windows, patio|
|Ideal Container||Ceramics, wooden pots, canning jars|
|Ideal Container Size||10% larger in diameter, height as compared to size of plant|
FAQs Regarding the Orange Succulents
What are the Signs of Overwatered and Underwatered Orange Succulents?
- The leaves of the succulents become squishy to touch.
- Changes in the color of leaves can also be observed, ranging from pale white to almost brown and root rot.
Check up on the plant roots every month to ensure that the roots are healthy.
- It causes the succulents to have a wrinkled look.
But, underwatering is not so grave as compared to overwatering succulents. Providing proper water requirements will make the succulents plump and healthy again.
How can I Help my Orange Succulents Survive the Cold Winter?
Succulents need protection to survive the winter frost. Succulents left outdoors during the cold weather risk freezing entirely and dying.
Some basic techniques used are using frost cloths, outdoor furniture for cover, burlaps, and moving the plants indoors during winter.
Note: When placing the burlap around the plant, ensure enough space to avoid contact between the wet burlap and the plant.
If your succulents are dying, immediately identify causes and fixes.
From Editorial Team
Make your succulent look orange naturally!
Originally, succulents are green in color, so you need to put environmental stress on them.
Increase light exposure by about half an hour every 4 days or decrease the water frequency to once every 3 or 4 weeks.
Alternatively, switch the temperature ( 45-85⁰F) to the stressed level roughly upward.