Haworthia arachnoidea (Cobweb Aloe)
Haworthia arachnoidea (Cobweb Aloe) is a small succulent with a usually solitary rosette since it produces offsets very slowly. The size of the rosettes…
Complete Care Guide
As you probably already know, succulents have a notorious reputation for being easy to care for and every tolerant to neglect. Although they are easy-going plants and usually very hardy, there are some important things to remember when caring for them.
Now that you know a little bit about these weird and wonderful succulents, it is now time to dive into how to care for them so that your plants can grow to their full potential. Follow the instructions in this care guide for cobweb houseleek growing success.
Make sure you pot your plant in well-drained soil to avoid suffocating them or exposing them to root rot and other diseases. The soil you choose to plant your succulent in is one of the most important decisions you will make while caring for these plants.
We recommend opting for unfertilized cactus soil rather than pre fertilized potting soil. Not all fertilizers are appropriate for succulents, and unintentionally using the wrong fertilizer for your soil can be detrimental to your plant.
If you purchase your cobweb houseleek from a garden center or online, always repot your plant in a porous soil of your choice. Often, the soil your plant is sold in is not ideal and has been chosen just for show so that the plant is aesthetically pleasing.
If you have done a little bit of research into succulents, you would have noticed that some succulents have a layer of rock on the top of the soil. This is called a soil topper, and as well as being an aesthetic element, it also helps the water drain into the soil quicker.
Adding a soil topper is not recommended for cobweb houseleek plants due to their low-growing nature, as it can interfere with growth and development. As your plant becomes more established, you will not be able to see much of the soil, so be patient and do not be tempted to add a soil topper.
Plant your cobweb houseleek plant in full sun or partial shade, just as long as your plant gets about four to six hours of sunlight every day. Sunlight is vital for any plant, but especially so for succulents, so if you are thinking of placing them in pots around your home, make sure you keep them somewhere that has a lot of natural sunlight, for example, on a windowsill or near your balcony.
Finally, a succulent that is cold hardy, and loves the chilly weather! These succulents can survive in below-freezing temperatures and can even grow in areas that reach -30 degrees celsius.
As well as being very cold hardy, these plants are drought tolerant too, which is great for many reasons. Just remember that these plants hate humidity, so if you live in a humid area such as Florida, you might want to grow these succulents indoors rather than in your garden.
Water your plant as close to the soil as you can. This is to avoid spreading any disease or infection to other parts of the plant. You should also use the ‘soak and dry’ watering method and water the plant only when the soil is completely dry.
Your watering schedule can be thrown out of the window for this succulent. One week you may need to water your plant every couple of days, while during winter months, your plant might not need to be watered at all!
In order to stay on top of your watering chores, keep a plant care journal (you can do this with all of your plants if you like) and tick off and date every time you water, fertilize, and de-bug the plant. This will prevent you from forgetting about your plant.
You can gently touch the soil using your finger to see if it is damp, wet, or completely dry and ready to water. You can use a moisture measuring device too if you want to be really fancy, but it isn’t necessary.
Fortunately, cobweb houseleeks are very low-maintenance plants. Most of the year, there is nothing to do for them maintenance wise other than to add fertilizer during the summer if you feel that your plant is in need of it.
The only time you will need to do a bit of grooming is at the very end of the flowering season. When the season comes to an end, the plants need to be deadheaded. You can do this by carefully removing spent rosettes and blooms that you feel are too mature and interfering with new ones’ growth.
17 Best Flowering Succulents To Grow Indoors & Outdoors
Succulents and cacti are not just about glossy fat foliage, thorns, and textures. There are succulents that flower as well.
1. Christmas Cactus
Botanical Name: Schlumbergera x buckleyi
Common Names: Holiday cactus, Crab cactus
A blooming Christmas cactus plant can be a great gift for the holiday season. If properly cared, it bears beautiful warm colored flowers in the shade of purple, pink and red. Keep this plant slightly root bound, do watering when the topsoil is dry. Check out more growing tips here.
2. Crown of Thorns
Botanical Name: Euphorbia milii
Common Names: Crown of Thorns, Christ Plant, Christ Thorns, Siamese Lucky Plant
This prolific bloomer is probably one of the best flowering succulents in our list. It requires minimal care to look well, grows successfully as a houseplant, it can be grown outdoors easily in frost-free climates. Learn everything you need to maintain it here.
3. Pincushion Cactus
Botanical Name: Mammillaria crinita
Pincushion Cactus is a drought tolerant plant and very easy to grow. Add it to your succulent collection for its flowers and overall ball-shaped look. When growing indoors, provide the plant at least 4 hours of direct sunlight.
Note: It has hooked spines so handle this plant cautiously and keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
4. Rock Purslane
Botanical Name: Calandrinia spectabilis
Tall stems protrude above the dense foliage and produce a bunch of lovely magenta flowers. Although the flowers last only one day, new ones are ready to take their place soon in the blooming season.
Botanical Name: Echeveria Afterglow
Other Flowering Varieties: Fred Ives, Black Prince, Frank Reinelt, Echeveria Imbricata, Perle Von Nurnberg, Purple Pearl, Ruffles, Mexican Snowball
Among other echeverias, afterglow has prettiest blooms and attractive lavender shade rosette of leaves. Outer edges of the leaves are splashed with beautiful pink. Cheerful-reddish blooms give this plant an otherworldly look. Growing requirements are similar to echeveria, for best color, keep it in full sun.
6. Marble Buttons
Botanical Name: Conophytum calculus
Common Names: Marble Buttons, Cone Plants, Dumplings, Button Plants, Living Pebbles
The unusual marble like shape piques up the interest of many. The leaves fuse to form a special spherical dome that possesses a chalky, hairless and smooth texture. In autumn, clove-scented yellow to golden to dark orange nocturnal flowers adorn it and make it more charming.
7. Flowering Kalanchoe
Common Names: Flaming Katy, Christmas Kalanchoe, Florist Kalanchoe, Madagascar Widow’s Thrill
This evergreen plant is available in a variety of sizes and flower colors. Ovate shaped dark green foliage makes it attractive, but that is not enough, the colorful blossoms make it a must-have houseplant. Keep it in a slightly root bound state near a window that receives plenty of sun, avoid wet feet and it’ll bloom often. Also, check out our article on best flowering houseplants.
8. Jade Plant
Botanical Name: Crassula ovata
Common Names: Money Tree, Money Plant, Jade Plant, Jade Tree, Friendship Tree, Lucky Plant, Dollar Plant, Pink Joy
Jade plant is one of the best houseplants for beginners. It can be 3-4 feet tall indoors when kept in the ideal condition. Glossy, oval-shaped, dark green leaves are its main asset but flowers as well. Getting a jade plant bloom is tricky indoors but not so difficult. The star-shaped flowers range from white to pink in color appear in late winter or early spring.
9. Purple Ice Plant
Botanical Name: Delosperma cooperi
Common Names: Hardy Ice Plant, Trailing Ice Plant, Pink Carpet, Purple Ice Plant, Hardy Purple Ice Plant, Cooper’s Ice Plant, Cooper’s Hardy Ice Plant
Not only notable for its needle-like leaves but also for the daisy-like purple flowers blooming all summer long and fall. Growing about 3-4 inches tall, it spreads quickly. An excellent choice for a ground cover! Choose well-drained dry soil and sunny spot to grow it.
10. Red Yucca
Botanical Name: Hesperaloe parviflora
Common Names: Red Yucca, Texas Red Yucca, Hummingbird Yucca, Red-flowered False Yucca, Redflower False Yucca, Coral Yucca, Samandoque
This agave family succulent plant is more like an ornamental grass in appearance, but due to its beautiful flower stalks and flowers and low requirements, it’s a better alternative. Extremely drought and heat tolerant, it grows best outside in hot climates. However, if you’ve got access to a sunny window, grow it indoors.
11. Peanut Cactus
Botanical Name: Echinopsis chamaecereus ‘Westfield Alba’
Compact in size, this plant looks like peanut shells. With large flower heads, it blooms in abundance in the stunning shade of white and orange. Unlike other cacti, the spines of this cactus are smooth, so pets and children are safe from any harm. To grow, keep it in part sun in hot climates and full sun in cool climates.
12. Emily Cobweb Houseleek
Common Names: Emily Cobweb Houseleek, Spider Web Hens and Chicks
This rosette-forming small succulent is unique, the red and green colored leaves are covered with spiderweb-like cilia. The flowers are star-shaped and pink in color and appear on the raised stems. Grow it in a rock garden, scree bed, wall crevice, alpine house, trough or simply in a container indoors or outdoors.
Botanical Name: Aloe genus
Flowering Varieties: Aloe Vera, Karoo Aloe, Aloe Albiflora, Baker Aloe, Tiger Tooth Aloe, Toothless Torch Aloe, Christmas Sleigh, Coral Fire
There are many species in the aloe genus that display attractive flowers. Some of the names are written above. Must check out our article here to find the best aloe plants for containers.
14. Desert Rose Plant
Botanical Name: Adenium obesum
Common Names: Adenium, Sabi Star, Kudu, Mock Azalea, Impala Lily
This show-stopper succulent can also be displayed as a bonsai specimen due to its fat trunk. The flowers appear in spring and summer in the cold climate, and year-round in a warm climate in the glorious shades of red, white or pink if kept in full sun. This flowering succulent can grow up to 10 feet tall with a very slow pace but can be maintained in small to medium containers.
Caveat: The sap of this plant is toxic, and ingestion may cause stomach upset and lethargy.
15. Lifesaver Cactus
Botanical Name: Huernia zebrina
Common Names: Carrion flower, Little owl eyes, Owl eyes, Zebra-Stripped Huernia
The star-shaped flowers are articulated with beautiful zebra stripes and a donut-shaped ring at the center. Doing equally well in both indoor and outdoor conditions, it doesn’t tolerate cold drafts and frost. Mealybugs are detrimental for this plant, be on a constant lookout for them.
16. Orchid Cactus
Botanical name: Epiphyllum hybrids
This relative of Christmas cactus looks best in hanging baskets. Long stems are broad and serrated, look so aesthetic when sloping down from the basket with big showy flowers forming at the end. The flowers can range from pink, red, white, yellow, orange, purple to bicolored. Check out this informative growing guide for more information.
17. Ruby Ball
Botanical Name: Gymnocalycium mihanovichi
Common Names: Red Cap Cactus, Red Hibotan, Hibotan, Moon Cactus ‘Hibotan’
A unique addition to your office desk or indoor tabletop because of the unusual chlorophyll less top colorful bodies. Other than red and orange there are variants of 15 different colors including purple, yellow, and white. Learn more about this grafted specimen here.
About Cobweb Houseleek
- Cobweb Houseleek looks incredible in wintertime where there is nothing else of interest in your garden. During summer, tall, conical spikes of pink flower grow from the center of already mature plants.
- The name Sempervivum Arachnoideum [sem-per-VEE-vum, a-rak-NOY-dee-um] translates to always alive spider web.
- Cobweb Hens and Chicks are happiest when planted outdoors where they can get plenty of fresh air and sunlight. When grown in containers, make sure to take them out during warmer months to ensure they thrive.
- Sempervivum Arachnoideum succulents are hermaphroditic plants, meaning they have both male and female organs.
- The subspecies tomentosum has gained international recognition for its beauty and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
- Cobweb Houseleek has an interesting history. It was thoughts that those who owned one were protected against lightning and witches.
- Sempervivum Arachnoideum is not edible. However, if ingested it will not cause any harm to pets or humans. Ingesting a considerably large amount can cause vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.