This is a Succulent Plant that Looks Like Coral

Senecio mandraliscae a Coral looking succulent

Some of us are passionate about more than one thing. We may love growing plants but also adore the sea. Therefore, when we get the chance to merge the two passions, it feels like magic!

I, for one, have a little thing for things related to marine elements such as corals.

It is almost embarrassing to say, but when I bought my Senecio Mandraliscae, I told the store owner: Please, I want the plant that looks like a coral. Yeah…

The idea was to create an “under the sea” arrangement like the ones I saw on the internet. Fast forward a few years, here I am today writing about a list of tencoral-looking” succulents. In my opinion, the last one on the list is the weirdest.

Fasten your belts. Here we go!

Read also: Underwatered Succulents: What You Need to Know

Senecio Mandraliscae

Senecio mandraliscae plant that looks like coral

First, we start with my personal favorite. I got my Senecio Mandraliscare a few years back because it has that marine look, and it just looked so beautiful under the sun.

Truly, with its long and greenish-blue leaves, this succulent has everything to charm.

Commonly known as Blue Chalksticks, it is native to South Africa.

Furthermore, Senecio Mondaraliscae is ideal for beginners because it is a drought-tolerant plant.

Indeed, it can survive on low watering and needs well-draining soil to thrive. Moreover, unlike other succulents, it grows in winter and is dormant in summer.

However, it produces stunning white flowers in summer. Also, you can save your pruning to this period.

When it comes to its light requirements, it prefers bright sunlight. So, you’ll have to put it in a room that gets a lot of daylight.

Scientific NameSenecio Mandraliscae
Common NameBlue Chalksticks (or Blue Fingers)
Size12″-18″ tall & 18″-24″ wide
TemperatureAbove 40°F (4°C)
Watering NeedsDry to medium (Drought-tolerant)
Light RequirementsBright sunlight
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix)
Hardiness Zone10 to 12

Crassula Ovata Gollum

Crassula ovata Gollum

Our next succulent on the list is commonly named Shrek’s ears. Pretty funny, right?

Crassula Ovata Gollum is native to South Africa, Namibia, and Mozambique. It is characterized by its long and green tubular leaves that look like small trumpets. In addition, their tips turn red under good light conditions.

Moreover, like the Senecio Mandraliscae, it is a summer dormant plant. Therefore, it is a popular winter houseplant.

Still, it is not frost-hardy and wouldn’t survive in extremely low temperatures. Hence, it is necessary to keep them somewhere with a temperature above 20°F (-6°C).

Moreover, you will have to put it in full sun and sparsely water it. Indeed, it is sensitive to overwatering and is known to die because of it.

So, it is advised to regularly water it in spring and summer with the old “Soak and Dry” method,

Consequently, I would put them in a terracotta pot since it will absorb water due to its porous nature.

Additionally, you may be glad to know that it blooms during the summer months. Actually, it produces star-shaped pinkish flowers.

Besides, Crassula Ovata is a slow-grower. As a result, it may need a little push with fertilizing. Nevertheless, you should limit it to springtime.

However, note that this plant is toxic. So, it may be better to avoid it if you have pets or toddlers.

Scientific NameCrassula Ovata Gollum
Common NameShrek’s ears
Size3′ tall & 2′ wide
TemperatureAbove 20°F (-6°C)
Watering NeedsDry to medium (Drought-tolerant)
Light RequirementsFull sun
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix) with coarse sand
Hardiness Zone9


Light Pink Graptopetalum

Graptopetalum is a beautiful succulent that is arranged in rosettes. In addition, its leaves can have a wide range of colors.

Indeed, it will have silver, pink, or green leaves depending on the level of light your plant is getting. Hence, its common name: Ghost plant.

Native to Mexico and Arizona, Graptopetalum is widely popular for its looks and colors, but also its ease of care. Because it is easy to propagate by leaf, it serves as an ideal first plant for beginners.

Although it is cold hardy and can survive in temperatures as low as 10°F (-12°C), it is best to grow it in temperatures ranging between 65°F (18°C) and 80°F (26°F).

Also, you will have to provide a lot of sunlight and water it moderately. On the other hand, poor lighting will cause it to lose its bright colors, and overwatering will lead to root rot.

Scientific NameGraptopetalum
Common NameLeatherpetal, Ghost Plant
Size6-12″ tall & up to 20″ wide
Temperature65°F to 80°F (18°C to 26°)
Watering NeedsModerate
Light RequirementsFull sun to partial shade
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix)
Hardiness Zone 10 to 11

Euphorbia Tirucalli

Euphorbia tirucalli

Next, we have the alien-looking Euphorbia Tirucalli. Really, it sounds like a name from the Harry Potter book series.

Nevertheless, it goes by other names such as the Pencil Plant, Naked Lady, or Milk Bush.

It is native to Africa and is used in alternative medicine in some parts of the world. However, you will have to pay attention while handling this plant because its sap is poisonous.

The Pencil Plant can grow up to 6 feet indoors while reaching 30 feet in the wild. Furthermore, its leaves are inconsequential to its growth and will disappear as it matures. As a result, the plant will have nothing more than its slender stems.

Moreover, Euphorbia Tirucalli is easy to grow for any beginner. Indeed, since it is drought-tolerant, it won’t need much watering. In fact, it doesn’t need any watering during winter and only once a few weeks in summer.

Because it is sensitive to overwatering, you will have to plant it in well-draining soil. Also, it is best to put it in an unglazed pot like other succulents pots on this list.

Further, full sun is what suits best the Naked Lady. On the other hand, it does poorly in low light conditions.

Last, although it can survive in temperatures above 30°F (-1.1°C), it thrives in temperatures between 65°F and 70°.

Scientific NameEuphorbia Tirucalli
Common NameThe Pencil Plant, Naked Lady, Milk Bush
SizeUp to 6′
Temperature65° to 70°F (18°-21°C)
Watering NeedsSoak and Dry
Light RequirementsBright Indirect Light to Direct Sun
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix)
Hardiness Zone 10 to 11


Echeveria Lola White leaves in a pot

Echeveria is another succulent I like because of its brightly colored leaves and its stunning rosette formation. Although this one is a genus of plants, you can choose any species you like for your collection.

That being said, my favorite is Echeveria Agavoides (aka Lipstick Echeveria).

Native to Central America, it is a slow-growing and drought-tolerant succulent. Consequently, you should water it carefully. Also, overwatering could attract mealybugs. Hence, I advise you to put them in a terracotta pot.

Moreover, Echeveria thrives in full sun and needs six hours of direct light each day. If not, it will start to elongate towards the nearest light source.

Also, it likes a desert-type environment. So, it grows best in temperatures ranging between 65°F and 70°F.

Furthermore, its blooming time is around summertime.

Scientific NameEcheveria
Common NameDepends on the species
SizeUp to 12″
Temperature65°F- 70°F (18°C-21°C)
Watering NeedsModerate
Light RequirementsFull Sun to Partial
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix) with coarse sand
Hardiness Zone 9 to 11

Rhipsalis Cereuscula

Rhipsalis Cereuscula

Rhipsalis Cereuscula (aka Coral Cactus) looks like a plant that grows in the seabed. So, it may be what you’re looking for.

It is an epiphytic cactus with light green stems that look like small candlesticks. Rhipsalis isn’t cold hardy, so you want to grow it indoors.

Its light requirements are minimal since the direct sunlight will burn its stems. Therefore, you should put it somewhere with filtered sun.

Also, it prefers temperatures between 30°F and 50°F for healthy growth.

Besides, like all the other succulents on this list, it doesn’t like overwatering and should be planted in an unglazed pot with a drainage hole and in well-draining soil.

Scientific NameRhipsalis Cereuscula
Common NameCoral Cactus
SizeUp to 3′
Temperature30°F-50°F (-1°C – 10°C)
Watering NeedsDry to medium (Drought-tolerant)
Light RequirementsFiltered sun to partial shade
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix)
Hardiness Zone 10a to 11b

Sedum rubrotinctum

Sedum Rubrotinctum

We continue our list with Sedum rubrotinctum and its bushy look. It is also called Jelly Beans due to its rounded leaves and red tips.

In fact, those tips turn red when the plant gets enough light. Also, Sedum rubrotinctum is a full sun lover. So, don’t be afraid to put it outside for a sunbath.

Other than that, it resembles the other plants on this list when it comes to watering needs. So, applying the soak and dry method will keep it happy.

Even though it prefers cold temperatures ranging between 50°F and 55°F, it won’t survive in a temperature under 20°F (-6.7°C).

However, it has the inconvenience of being toxic to both humans and animals.

Scientific NameSedum rubrotinctum
Common NamePork and Beans, Jelly Beans
SizeUp to 12″
Temperature50°F-55°F (10°C – 13°C)
Watering NeedsDry to medium (Drought-tolerant)
Light RequirementsFull sun
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix)
Hardiness Zone 9a to 11b

Aloe Vera

Green Aloe Leaves

Aloe Vera is mainly known for its medicinal use hence its other name: Medicinal Aloe. But, it is no surprise that it made this list.

Indeed, its long fleshy leaves have serrated margins make it a good choice for a collection.

Besides, it is drought-tolerant but doesn’t mind moderate watering. Also, it can withstand low temperatures down to 25°F (-4°C), it is not cold hardy and grows best between 55°F and 80°F ( 13°C-27°C).

Moreover, it thrives under full sun and can grow up to 24 inches tall and wide.

Although it is not toxic to humans, it can be toxic to animals.

Scientific NameAloe Vera
Common NameMedicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe
SizeUp to 24″ tall & wide
Temperature55°F-80°F (13°C – 27°C)
Watering NeedsModerate
Light RequirementsFull sun to partial shade
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix)
Hardiness Zone 9a to 11b


Aeonium colorful leaves

Just like Echeveria, Aemonium is a genus that includes 35 species of succulents. They come in a variety of superb colors that will make you fall in love with them.

I would recommend the Aemonium Saundersii aka Martian heads. Its green and red tones will give a nice touch to your garden.

Other than that, Aemonium thrives in full sun to partial shade, 40°F to 100°F temperatures, and is drought-tolerant.

Consequently, its needs are typically those of most succulents.

Also, they can be toxic to both humans and pets.

Scientific NameAeonium
Common NameTree houseleeks
SizeUp to 60″
Temperature40°F-100°F (4°C – 38°C)
Watering NeedsDry to medium (Drought-tolerant)
Light RequirementsFull sun to partial shade
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix)
Hardiness Zone 9a to 11b

 Crested Euphorbia Lactea

Eurphorbia lactea crest

Undoubtedly the weirdest succulent on this list is the Crested Euphorbia Lactea. Why? you ask.

Well, aside from its looks, it is actually two succulents grafted together! Incredible, right?

Furthermore, it ranges in color and its tips turn red when stressed. Indeed, if you look at other photos of the plant, you will notice that it can wear many colors.

Otherwise, it doesn’t differ much from other succulents. Naturally, it hates sitting in water which can cause its roots to rot. Therefore, a porous pot with a drainage hole is welcomed.

Also, you will have to water it only when the soil dries out and plant it in well-draining soil.

Moreover, it prefers warm temperatures ranging between 60°F and 85°F and isn’t cold-hardy. So, it would be best to avoid leaving it outside during cold winter nights.

As for its lights requirements, it can be left for a few hours in direct sunlight, but, it is best to provide it with bright filtered light to avoid damaging its leaves.

Also, keep in mind that it can be toxic to humans and animals and that its sap can cause burns when in contact with skin.

Scientific NameCrested Euphorbia Lactea
Common NameCoral cactus,Crested Elkhorn
SizeUp to 36″ tall & Up to 24″ wide
Temperature60°F-85°F (15°C-30°C)
Watering NeedsDry to medium (Drought-tolerant)
Light RequirementsFull sun to partial shade
SoilWell-draining (Succulent-mix/Cactus-mix)
Hardiness Zone 10a


To sum up, the list above will get you started if you want to grow a succulent with an oceanic look. Depending on where you live and your preferences, you can pick a few to arrange an “under the sea” garden.

Some of the succulents above are not only similar to corals but also, are beginner-friendly. So, it could be a good idea to gift them to a friend.

Moreover, a few of them aren’t expensive and won’t require much to grow.

I certainly have a few of them at home, and it’s been wonderful to admire their beautiful colors every day.

So, that’s it. Please let me know what you think and share any suggestions with us.

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