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Apr 30, 2017 7:46 PM CST
About a week ago I bought two succulents. They were not labeled beyond "succulents" and "exotic plants." They were green in the store, but now the leaves are turning purple. Are they dying? Should I give them more or less water or sunlight? Please advise,

Thank you.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 30, 2017 7:56 PM CST

They look pretty happy to me. Those red edges are happy edges - they are getting enough sun.

Your plants are Flapjack plants (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora).
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Apr 30, 2017 8:04 PM CST
Those are Kalanchoe luciae (most likely) and the red edges are a normal response to sun.

Flapjacks (Kalanchoe luciae)
Apr 30, 2017 8:17 PM CST
Thank you both so much! I didn't expect a reply so quickly. I am relieved to hear I haven't hurt them, and also content to know what they actually are. Thank you again!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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May 1, 2017 7:20 PM CST
I agree your plants are happy with the sun and warmth! They prefer to be on the dry side, enjoys the sun.

During the winter season in my area, it really turns very red:
I think it is both reaction to the cold and also at that time it is getting more sun since our city trees are still dormant, so don't be tempted to water much, it is just adjusting to the cool temps of the season in winter.
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