These Tiny Succulents Look Just Like Roses
The Internet is buzzing about these adorable plants. Learn about the rare pink “mountain rose,” and find out how to grow your own at home.
A big bouquet of roses is the ultimate romantic gesture, and they’re one of our favorite flowers to display in the home. But cut roses tend to have a short life span—which is why we are so excited about a succulent plant that looks like a rose, yet lasts so much longer!
The Internet has been buzzing about Greenovia dodrantalis, also known as mountain rose. The blue-green succulents have been on Instagram and Pinterest for a few years, but last week we stumbled upon a rare pink version of the mountain rose that looks even more like a rosebud that’s just starting to open.
Mountain roses have tightly packed leaves arranged in layers much like a rose’s petals. But while a rose’s blooms will fade after a few days, these succulents will keep on looking great as long as you give them what they need. This plant originated in the Canary Islands, so it prefers warm, sunny weather and doesn’t require much water. It works well as an indoor plant, but you can grow it outdoors as well. It is only hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 and 11, so if you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures during the winter, remember to bring it indoors until the weather warms up again in spring.
A full-grown mountain rose reaches about six inches in height. Over time, it may produce pups or offsets, which are smaller versions of itself that are attached to the main plant by thin stems. You can easily propagate your succulent by snipping these smaller plants off and growing them in another container. Sometimes mountain roses will even produce small yellow flowers in spring that may result in seeds.
Because mountain roses are hard to find for sale, and the pink variety is even more rare, growing these succulents from seeds may be your best bet. You can purchase seeds like these Greenovia Aurea Succulent Seeds, $1.98, Amazon, but it can take up to two years before your plant would develop a rose-like appearance.
While we'll still splurge on fresh roses, we have fallen in love with this sweet little succulent!