The tightly packed leaves of this adorable plant resembles a rose flower about to open. It'll be the most unique houseplant in your collection!

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated August 04, 2020
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A big bouquet of roses is the ultimate romantic gesture, and they’re one of the prettiest flowers to display in your home. But cut roses tend to have a short life span⁠, which is why we're 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 popular on Instagram and Pinterest for a few years, but there's also a rare pink version of the mountain rose that looks even more like a rosebud that’s just starting to open. These rose succulents are just as romantic as cut flowers, but with the right care, they'll last much longer as adorable houseplants.

These rose succulent plants 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's 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 rose succulents will even produce small yellow flowers in spring that may result in seeds.

Though pink mountain roses look the most like flowers, there are also green varieties of this succulent that look just like rosebuds.
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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 Succulent Seeds, $5, Etsy, but it can take up to two years before your plant would develop a rose-like appearance.

It's still worth it to splurge on fresh roses every now and then, but rose succulents are one way to bring the look of cut flowers to your home year-round. These cute houseplants are just as easy to grow as any other succulent, but they're a lot more fun than the usual hens-and-chicks you're used to seeing everywhere.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
July 3, 2019
The succulent is cool but it is disappointing that the article links to an Amazon listing for seeds of the Greenovia with a rating of 57% giving it only 1 star. If BHG wants to generate some income via affiliate links, at least pick a more reputable seller.