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Feb 25, 2020 5:46 PM CST

Hey guys! "Black" succulents have quickly become my favorites. I adore the striking, dark colors and the contrast of bright blooms! The names are fun, they are aesthetically pleasing, and a little different than your average succulent.

Show me your dark succulents!

I have two. 'Black Prince' Echeveria and 'Black Knight' Echeveria affinis:


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They are both my favorite! Which of your black succulents is your favorite? Group hug
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Feb 25, 2020 8:47 PM CST
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Also among my favorites, especially for the flowers.



Some aloes go seasonally dark or darken with lots of sun.



Aeoniums




Succulent-adjacent (terrestrial bromeliad)



I'm curious to see more plants in this category. Smiling
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Feb 25, 2020 9:16 PM CST

Baja your collection is always so awesome! Thank you for showing me a blooming Prince! I wondered what such flowers might look like and I LOVE them! I hope mine flowers one day!!

You have gorgeous Aloes, as always. It is cool seeing them black and dark! I hadn't been aware of them but I'm now quickly in love.

Especially adore all the Aeonium! The Cyclops is probably my favorite!

Thank you for the amazing reply. Hurray!
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Feb 26, 2020 3:43 AM CST
British Columbia, Canada (Zone 9a)
Young Tulista pumila
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Haworthia limifolia var. striata
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Young Tulista with xGasteraloe 'Midnight'
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Feb 27, 2020 9:25 PM CST
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It is my understanding that "Midnight" and "Black Beauty" may be the same plant (parentage not so clear) but I don't think the pictures above match, so maybe they are not.

https://www.smgrowers.com/prod...

Those plants in the last 3 pictures have great color under artificial light. Thumbs up

flowerylady said:Especially adore all the Aeonium! The Cyclops is probably my favorite!


There are a bunch of dark Aeoniums, including Zwartkop and a number of hybrids of Zwartkop (like Cyclops) which have the dark purple people love. Here is a Zwartkop hybrid with a green plant showing both colors.



Of that group, Cyclops is the largest and least amenable to growth in small(ish) pots. Here is Cyclops in a 10 inch (3 gallon) pot during midwinter. Quite a change...

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Feb 28, 2020 4:11 PM CST
Name: Steve
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@flowerylady
just a few dark plants for me

recent aloes
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echeveria affinis?
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echeveria romeo
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Chinese crassula


haworthia
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pulmina
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looking forward to flowers : Smiling
baja's affinis takes the win...
Steve
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Mar 1, 2020 8:18 AM CST
Name: Rose
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There are some blackish cacti too. I snagged this Echinopsis (syn. Lobivia) arachnacantha last fall.
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Mar 1, 2020 9:50 AM CST
Name: Eric
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Baja_Costero said:Also among my favorites, especially for the flowers.



Some aloes go seasonally dark or darken with lots of sun.



Aeoniums




Succulent-adjacent (terrestrial bromeliad)



I'm curious to see more plants in this category. Smiling
. Are those bromeliads yours? I have one similar. It's the meanest, fastest growing plant I own. It's out growing My spider plants. Mine is only green. I sooooo want a dark one!


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Mar 1, 2020 11:24 AM CST
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Yes, they are mine. The color becomes darker with lots of direct (outdoor) sun. They also grow much more compact that way.
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Mar 1, 2020 12:31 PM CST
Name: Eric
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Baja_Costero said:Yes, they are mine. The color becomes darker with lots of direct (outdoor) sun. They also grow much more compact that way.

I am doing the best I can right now for sunlight. Last summer I had it outside in all day full sun. It still remained green with some brown. This one is a puya .... Something. Aka. sheep eater. https://www.popsci.com/science.... really like the dark color in yours.
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Mar 1, 2020 2:09 PM CST
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You may come across one of the purple Dyckia hybrids (names like Cherry Coke and Brittlestar) which tend to be produced in waves. These plants have another advantage over most Puyas in not being monocarpic, so they flower each year without dying.
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Mar 3, 2020 1:25 AM CST
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Purple G. mihanovichii from seed.

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Mar 5, 2020 1:53 AM CST
Name: Keith
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Mar 6, 2020 8:09 PM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Some plants here have winter darkness. They mostly tend to be dark year-round, but are especially so during the winter months. During summer this Gymnocalycium baldianum 'Chin Cactus' is a very dark green, but this winter it was much darker and veering to chocolate colored as much as green. It bloomed really well last summer, but so far it has retained a pancake form and remains mostly a flat disc not too far above the soil level.


This Cereus forbesii monstrose 'Ming Thing' was relatively dark green last summer, but the winter clothes are pretty somber.
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I purchased this under the name Jovibarba heuffelii hybrid but I think the name Jovibarba has been rolled into Sempervivums. That means it belongs to a group of plants with their own forum. It is a succulent though and probably my naturally darkest plant year round. In summer it develops a really nice combination of maroon purple with luminous emerald green for a base. Sheds the green during the winter.
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Not all semps find summer conditions here - or winter either for that matter - an agreeable climate and can be tricky to keep alive. This one which was sold simply - as so many are - under the name 'Hen and Chicks' manages conditions here pretty well. I've seen single rosettes being sold as 'Hens' Shrug! . It has proved one not too difficult under my conditions. Always a bit dark, it turns a dark red during the winter.
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Sempervivum 'Oddity' is another that manages the challenge of my climate conditions. It's really dark this winter, but with some active new growth on the horizon, it should be mostly green with some red touches before long.
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Mar 6, 2020 8:47 PM CST
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@Baja_Costero I had never heard of 'Black Beauty' before I saw your pictures. Yours, mine & San Marco all appear to be the same thing. San Marco has the advantage of the coastal California weather that gives it such great colour. Mine even outside in the summer still only turns brown burgundy. Since I took that picture I was able to get it closer to the lights, so it is showing some of that beautiful colour. I'm sure if I had the space to put it under the lights I could get a much better colour. Even the Tulistia are off to the side, so they are not at their full colour. But, now I am going to try to make some room for either 'Midnight' or the Tulistia to be directly under the lights.
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