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Black succulents are in vogue: these species vary from green to deep black

black succulents rosette thick leaf Aeonium arboreum

Once you discover the world of succulents, you will be fascinated by the variety of colors and shapes. Some are small and grow to form cushions, others have long stems and can grow quite large. Succulents have been totally popular for indoor and outdoor use for a few years now, but a new trend has captured our hearts. Black succulents as decoration can create stunning accents in your home. Currently, only a few species exist with a black coloration, but many new hybrids are developed every year.

Aeonium in pot with vegetation point changed to a ribbon

Like all other succulents, these can be grown indoors or outdoors and require little water. Typically, black succulents grow in deserts and tropical areas. Those that grow in deserts can tolerate some frost, while tropical succulents prefer warmer temperatures. A great way to showcase black succulents is to use contrasting colors around them. You can learn more about this in the following article.

Black Succulents – Rosette Thickleaf (Aeonium arboreum).

black succulents yellow flowers Aeonium arboreum Zwartkop

Aeoniums are low-maintenance, water-efficient, yet can add striking accents to a garden or patio. Aeonium plants usually form clusters of rosettes on taller stems, giving the impression of a bouquet of long-stemmed roses. Some species occur as crystates, meaning they have a point of vegetation changed to a band, and look like mini trees.

black succulents Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop

Aeonium arboreum atropurpureum “Zwartzkop” is a variety that is particularly appreciated for its intense dark color. The “Zwartzkop” forms rosettes of such a dark burgundy color that they appear black. Understandably, many botanists use the ‘Zwartzkop’ to create many beautiful new hybrids, including ‘Cyclops’, ‘Voodoo’, ‘Zwartkin’ and ‘Garnet’. Aeonium “Cyclops” forms huge rosettes, which are characterized by a red edge and green center.

Rosette thick leaf black coloring leaf edge closeup

In temperate climates, Aeonium species grow almost all year round, resting only during the hottest part of the summer. The warmth of the sun promotes the formation of the rich, dark color of the leaves. Since the Aeonium likes it quite warm and is not hardy, it is best kept in a container. The plant belongs to the succulents and prefers a substrate of two parts loose soil and one part sand. Adequate drainage is essential. With ongoing hybridization, the forms are becoming more diverse and the colors are progressively improving.

Rosette thick leaf in tub at home keep care

Black succulents thick leaf Aeonium arboreum white pot

Rosette thick leaf tree in terracotta pot

Echeveria affinis ‘Black prince’

Succulents deco metal cup straw Echeveria black prince

This unusual succulent with dark, almost black leaves is native to the dry, sunny areas of Central and South America – from California to Mexico to Peru. Echeverias grow in the form of a decorative rosette with short, thick-fleshed leaves. These leaves appear greenish at first, but darken to a deep lavender-brown.

Echeveria Black Knight red flower

In summer, the plant produces umbels that grow high above the rosette. In late fall to early winter, the purple flowers appear, contrasting with the deep dark color of the leaves. The combination of black and red looks very classy and has always had something intriguing about it.

black succulents coloring green center Echeveria

black succulents mini echeveria black prince

Echeveria affinis ‘Black Knight’


‘Black Knight’ is a variation of the variety Echeveria affinis. Unlike ‘Black prince’, this dark and elegant Eheveria has elongated, pointed leaves. Both varieties also differ in their coloration. ‘Black Knight’ has a green center, and the leaves range from dark red to jet black. They often have a piercing terminal spine at their tip.

Succulents Echeveria black coloring pointed leaves green center

Chinese dickle leaf (Sinocrassula Yunnanensis)

Sinocrassula yunnanensis is cushion forming and has thick fleshy leaves

Sinocrassula Yunnanensis is another exotic succulent that resembles a hedgehog! However, it has no thorns. This unusual plant of the Crassulaceae family is native to Yunnan Province in southern China and is native north and south of Burma, northwest India, Sumatra and Bhutan. China dickle leaf grows no more than 10 inches tall, but spreads quickly. It grows in a cushion-forming manner and the leaves reach a length of about 3.5 cm. In autumn, the mother plant forms inflorescences that grow 10-15 cm high and dies after flowering.

chinadickleaf flower red white black thick leaves

China dickle leaf grows well in full sun or partial shade. It needs a well-drained soil and must be watered, only when the soil is completely dry. Once a week is quite enough. To avoid root rot, provide good drainage.

Set the scene for black succulents

mini succulents black white porcelain pot ornamental gravel

A mini succulent in a mini pot always looks delightful. To really show off the deep black color of the leaves, use a pot in a contrasting color. White, yellow, green and red go great with black. For an even more beautiful effect, you could also use colorful decorative gravel. Not only can it visually hide the soil, but it also retains moisture in the soil longer.

chinadickleaf black sinocrassula yunnanensis contrast orange gravel

Chinese chickweed sinocrassula yunnanensis orange ornamental gravel

exotic black succulent chinadickleaf flowers form

flowering succulent red Sinocrassula yunnanensis, the chinadickleaf

black succulents Echeveria Black Prince colorful pot

black echeveria in a yellow pot put contrast

chinadickleaf succulent ground cover hedgehog black green colorful pot

Combining succulents

Succulents different species arrange together black green

Succulents look like small works of art and are excellent decorative elements. Succulents belong to many different plant families, but have similar needs for water and light. For this reason, different species of succulents can be easily arranged together.

succulents in different colors arrange together red green black

In general, plants with water-retaining tissue are called succulents. There is a great variety of succulents, the most outstanding are the thick-leaved plants, agaves, aloes, echeverias, cacti, wolf milkweed (Euphorbia), haworthia, Kalanchoe, Pachyphytum- Sedum and Senecio species. Some have a rosette shape and resemble flowers, while others fascinate with unusual leaf shapes . With so many shapes, colors, sizes and textures, you can choose succulents for the arrangement to suit different environments and occasions. Black succulents can also add dramatic accents to a vibrant wreath.

Succulents wreath

Succulent wreath with black echeveria as accent

succulent wreath black echeveria decoration idea

succulents wreath decoration black variety eye-catcher

Succulents wreath green black varieties for hanging or table decoration

Deco hanging ornamental ball with succulents in different colors