Rose shaped succulent
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Rose Succulents are not one type of succulent but rather a term used for any kind of succulent that has rosette-shaped leaves or stems. Rose Succulents are the perfect option for those whose thumb isn’t green enough to care for regular roses. When you choose to plant a Rose Succulent, you get the beauty of a rose paired with the ease of care of succulents. 

What Is A Rose Shaped Succulent Called?

There are a few different varieties of succulents that can be referred to as a Rose Succulent. 


Echeveria is a variety of succulent that can be referred to as a Rose Succulent. Different varieties of Echeveria have rosette-shaped leaves that can be green, pink, blue, or even silver.

Some varieties of Echeveria, such as the Ruby Plush, can grow larger than a small rosette and will branch out several feet wide


Sempervivum is another genus that one can call a Rose Succulent. Most succulents in this genus are ornamental, hardy, and drought tolerant. Popular varieties include Hen and Chicks and Houseleeks

Most Sempervivum will grow in small, short clusters. Sempervivum will not take up substantial space in your garden but will stand provide a different type of Rose Succulent. 


Varieties that fall under the Graptopetalum are also referred to as Rose Succulents because of the rose-shaped leaves

Graptopetalum will also grow in small, tight clusters.


Aeonium succulents have rosette-shaped leaves that range from green to purple and can, again, be called a Rose Succulent. 

Mature Aeonium can grow taller than similar varieties. Aeonium also appear more similar to traditional roses and flowers because their rosettes have color and are surrounded by leaves. The untrained eye may think that Aeonium are flowers, not succulents. Depending on your tastes, this may be the best additional to your succulent garden. 

Rose Succulent Characteristics

As you may have already seen from the types of Rose Succulents above, the common characteristic of Rose Succulents is that they all have rose-shaped, tightly packed leaves that resemble a real rose.

You will be hard pressed to find a Rose Succulent that is red or pink like a real rose on a bush, but there is some variety to the color of Rose Succulent, including purple, pink, and blue.

Rose Succulents are, at the end of the day, a succulent, so most Rose Succulents will be mostly green or all green. 

You will get some color to your Rose Succulent in the form of flowers that may pop up on your succulents. You may get flowers in the following colors:

  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • White

Since Rose Succulents are an overall small variety of succulent, the flowers that grow on Rose Succulents will also be small and delicate. The flowers will, regardless of size, bring a pop of color to your garden – never a bad thing, if you ask me! 

Water Requirements

Rose Succulents require the same type of watering as many other popular types of succulents you may have in your home.

You should only water your Rose Succulent when the soil is dry. In the summer, this could be every 1-2 weeks. Once temperatures drop in the winter, you can cut your watering down every month or so. 

Signs of overwatering could be:

  • Less new growth
  • Leaves that are lighter than you might expect
  • Wilty or floppy leaves

Light And Temperature Requirements

Rose Succulents are happy with the warmth in the summer but can also withstand cooler temperatures in the winter. 

Rose Succulents do not need full sunlight to grow properly. In fact, your Rose Succulent will thrive when it is given some shade in the summer. 

Once temperatures get cooler in the fall and winter, you can place your Rose Succulent in a cooler location. 

Rose Succulents can withstand some cold temperatures – some even as cold as freezing – but they cannot survive a frost. Once temperatures get cold or you hear that the first frost is coming, you will want to bring your Rose Succulent inside so it does not freeze. 

How Big Do Rose Succulents Get? 

Rose Succulents will grow to about 6 inches tall.

As we have discussed, there are different varieties of Rose Succulents, which means that each succulent variety could grow to a certain height.

Generally speaking, Rose Succulents will not get very big. You can assume that any Rose Succulent you have will grow about 6 inches.

Rose Succulents do not mimic real roses in that they are an entire bush; instead, Rose Succulents look more like the rose petals themselves, so one should not hope to see their Rose Succulent grow to the size of a rose bush. 

How Do You Propagate A Rose Succulent?

There are two ways to propagate Rose Succulents: through cuttings and through seeds.

Like many other succulents, you can attempt to propagate your Rose Succulent through a leaf cutting, but this is not as successful for Rose Succulents.

If you want to take the risk and try traditional cutting, then all you need to do is cut a leaf close to the stem with clean scissors or a knife. Allow the cutting to dry out for a few days and then plant the cutting. 

Succulents grow slowly, so it will take at least a few weeks until you see your cutting start to root, if it does.

The other option for propagation is through seeds, which is much simpler. Many Rose Succulents flower throughout the year, which means that they will have seeds. You can let the seeds fall on their own or you can collect and plant the seeds where you would like them.