As much as we all love tender succulents, I want to share with you my choice of the best cold hard succulents. I’m not just talking about plants that don’t pass away when they freeze, but also plants that actually thrive even in a harsh winter. To list the 10 best winter succulents, each plant had to be hardy to at least Zone 5 (-15°F/-26°C), an excellent performer all year round, fine shape. You will notice that they are a colorful bunch whose flowers attract and support local pollinators.
Top cold hardy succulents
Cold Hardy Sempervivum
Any list of cold-hardy succulents highlights the beautiful sempervivum. Also known as chickens and chicks, they are rosette-forming succulents that produce abundant offspring. These overwintering succulents form attractive, dense rugs of large rosettes (“chickens”), surrounded by many smaller rosettes (“chickens”) in different colors. Throughout the year, they open their shape, close it and develop more or less color in response to environmental stressors. Very efficient rock gardens. Sempervivum flowers are monoecious and butterflies are attractive. This Sempervivum Royanum is hardy to Zone 5 (-15°F / -26°C), although some sempervivum variety
Among the hundreds of species of sedum, are some of the best and most colorful of all winter succulents. They are known as stonecrop sedums. They are vigorous, carefree plants that grow from a few inches to a metre tall and work well in containers, rock gardens and garden beds. Stonecrop sedum blooms profusely, calling bees and butterflies. This Sedum Angelina develops soft, needle-like leaves whose color varies from chartreuse to lemon yellow to gold brushed rosy blush. Angelina is a hardy Bee that thrives in Zone 3 (-45°f/-40°C) and is only 15 centimeters long.
All agaves are a beautiful, sculptural addition to the garden. But most can’t stand the cold and continue to flourish like Agave parryi or Parry’s century plant. Hardy to Zone 5 (-15°F/-26°C), Agave parryi forms handsome, silvery rosettes with serrated leaves. Huge, towering flowers develop in 12-15 years, inviting all hummingbirds and stunning neighbours. The mother plant is extinct, but has produced several offspring before flowering.
Another fascinating variety of winter succulents is Sempervivum arachnoideum. Like all other semps, these are cold succulents that tolerate Zone 5 climate (-15°F /-26 °C) or colder. But these spiderweb sempervivums form many significant trichomes or hair-like mycelium that cross all the leaves of the rosette, creating a cobweb effect. In sempervivum, these hairs are adaptations to the harsh conditions in which they live. Trichomes disperse the airflow around the leaves, protecting them from dehydration. They prevent ice crystals from forming directly on the leaf surface and collect dew to give the plant additional moisture. Dramatic and cold-hardy succulent.
Winter Juicy Delosperma
Delosperma, also known as the ice plant, is a winter succulent plant that is very popular in commercial plantations. It’s an incredibly low-maintenance, succulent land cover that creates dazzling blooms that attract butterflies and bees in droves. Delosperma Cooper also has a way of shuffling, bubbling neatly out of containers or dangling baskets, or slalom in rock gardens. Hardy to Zone 5 (-15°F / -26°C)
Border chicken sedums
Another stellar stonecrop Sedum is Sedum Autumn Joy. It grows to 24 ” tall, and performs beautifully with perennial edging, where its long-lived flowers are a valuable source of color for the gardener, and nectar butterflies from summer to autumn. The dazzling display ranges from light pink to bright red depending on the climate. Dried flowers retain their color until winter. Sedum Autumn Joy is hardy to Zone 5 (-15°F / -26°C).
Cold winter hardy succulent cactus
Some species of CACTUS are quite cold hardy. I decided to share Opuntia with Pinta Rita because of its special coloring. The Leaf cushions are lovely turquoise, which blushes vibrant amethyst purple / magenta with the slightest exertion. The luxurious lemon yellow flowers are abundant and long-lasting, from spring to autumn and very attractive to hummingbirds. The Opuntia surface Rita is hardy to Zone 4 (-30°f / -34°C).
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Cold hardy Jovibarba / Sempervivum heuffelii
Sempervivum heuffelii, sometimes considered a subfamily of Sempervivum and sometimes classified as a separate genus Jovibarba, is similar in shape and manner to classical chickens and chickens. Rosettes are typically rich in colour and retain their vibrant tone throughout the year rather than getting stronger and fading with the seasons. Instead of forming compensations
Succulent resistors are baby juice plants formed at the base…
around the rosettes Sempervivum heuffelii develops baby rosettes between the leaves of the mother plant to look fascinating. They are all exceptional winter succulents and strong performers. Sempervivum heuffelii Bros is an excellent Variety, Hardy to Zone 4 (-30°f / -34°C).
Orostachys is a charming winter succulent that is worth growing further. Silvery or green rosettes resemble echever, but are cold hardy to Zone 5 (-15°F/-26°C). Orostachys iwarenge forms shallow rose worms that soon lengthen into conical shapes with a pink blush that grows to 6″ long. In after summer, frothy pink and white flowers open and call out bees. Perfect for rock gardens and containers.