What are rose succulents and where can I get one?

May 1, 2017 5:08 pm Last Updated: May 1, 2017 5:08 pm

Succulents—which are basically cacti without spikes—are ridiculously popular with city dwellers. Once derided as an unsophisticated poor man’s plant, these Instagram-friendly little blooms can now be found in almost any office and too-small apartment.

They’re low maintenance (both fire resistant and require little water) and double as decorative items, as they come in various colors, sizes, and shapes.

And now the internet has discovered “rose succulents.”

These green blooming roses are a specialty species called Greenovia Dodrentalis, mostly found in the Canary Islands. Over time, the mature ones develop a dusty pink tint on the outer petals.


They’re tiny and rare and your best bet is to buy one that has already grown into shape.

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Even on Etsy they’re rare: Here’s one Etsy shop selling rose succulents, in single 1-inch blooms and for twice the amount other more common species tend to sell for.

It’s not hard to find seeds online (here are some results from Amazon) but as one seller notes, this may not be for beginners.

“These seeds are VERY VERY small, each pack of seed will contain more than advertised. But if you are uncomfortable working with VERY VERY small seeds please do NOT purchase this product,” writes ZeepSeeds from China.


Now, if you’re really obsessed with succulents, you may be interested in trying to develop your own. Succulent nursery owners (as many Etsy vendors of grown succulents are) commonly mix and match their plants to create a unique and specific look.

One blogger documented her DIY process of propagating leaves. It’s time consuming and unpredictable, but essentially allows you to customize a succulent. She writes that the Sedeveria succulents are the easiest and fastest growing types, though they grow long stems.