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Best and Most Beautiful Heart Shaped Succulents

Updated: Mar 19

It is hard to resist succulents on a good day but when they also grow leaves in shape of a heart, they become irresistible. At least to me.

If you also love heart shaped succulents here is a list of the absolute best and most beautiful succulent plants money can buy. My nursery Fern Farm Plants grows and sells a few of these in our online shop so, if you are in Australia, do check us out.

Best Heart Shaped Succulents

  • Ceropegia Woodii Variegata

  • Conophytum Bilobum

  • Dischidia Ruscifolia

  • Echeveria Swan Lake

  • Hoya Kerrii Variegata

  • Peperomia Scandens Variegata

  • Peperomia Serpens

  • Sedum Little Missy

Ceropegia Woodii Variegata

Chain of hearts or the string of hearts must the most popular and best heart shaped succulent available. It is super popular plant due to its gorgeous heart shaped leaves that grow on long strings. There are two varieties of the chain of hearts- Ceropegia woodii and its variegated version Ceropegia woodii variegata, or as people commonly refer to it VSOH. Ceropegia woodii is a beautiful plant but the variegata takes it to the next level.

Ceropegia woodii variegata 'Variegated String of Hearts'
Ceropegia woodii variegata 'Variegated String of Hearts' 'VSOH'

The variegated hearts are cream, pink and green, though the colours can change based on the weather, seasons, sun exposure and roots space.

This succulent is a trailing plant and individual strings can grow to well over a couple of meters, if the roots have sufficient space and the plant is in a good spot.

The best position for Chain of hearts is either filtered light or very bright shade. During the cooler months, mild sun will enhance the pinks but Ceropegia woodii variegata should be protected in summer when the sun’s rays can cause burns.

To get a lovely, full plant with lots of hearts and long strings, the pot should be upgraded regularly with new, fresh succulent potting mix added. Chain of Hearts will also grow in ordinary soil, if planted in the garden. We have seen some amazing garden walls covered in hearts planted in the ground. Just like with all the plants on this list, Ceropegia woodii variegata is not frost hardy and should not be left exposed to frost.

The hearts do like to be watered, but the potting mix should be allowed to dry out between watering. Unlike many other succulents, Ceropegia woodii does not seem to mind being left out in the rain.

I have written a few additional articles about the String of hearts. Here you can read all there is to know about this beautiful, heart shaped succulent.

If you’re interested in how to propagate Ceropegia woodii from seed and leaf, see this article.

To read about some of the problems you might encounter growing the String of hearts, I’d recommend to go through this.

Conophytum Bilobum

Unlike the other heart shaped succulents on this list, Conophytum bilobum is the heart. The whole plant, not just its leaves, looks like a cute little green heart.

Conophytum bilobum is a small growing succulent to about 7cm. It does not have a stem and grows two opposing leaves which give it its heart shape look.

The colour is light green with dark green, tiny dots all over. This succulent flowers every year year. The daisy like flower opens up from in-between the leaves.

Conophytum dislikes strong direct sun, but will thrive in a very bright spot. A patio, bright windowsill or a greenhouse with shade factor are great spots to grow this little succulent.

Only water when the potting mix has completely dried out. Conophytum does not like being in the rain or watered too much.

Dischidia Ruscifolia

Also known as the million hearts plant, this is a fantastic trailing succulent with bright green, heart shaped leaves growing on slender stems.

The trailing habit makes Dischidia ruscifolia a perfect hanging basket succulent. It can also be placed on the edge of a table or furniture to create a wall of little, green hearts.

Dischidia ruscifolia prefers a bright, but shaded spot. It will grow in an airy and light part of the house or in bright shade outdoors. Do make sure this plant is not exposed to the forst.

Dischidia likes to be watered often, but the potting mix should not be soggy. This succulent is epiphytic and will tolerate humidity.

Echeveria Swan Lake

The swan lake is a beautiful hybrid Echeveria with intriguing leaves. The tip of the leaf rises up and, if you look close enough, resembles a heart. The edges are ever so lightly frilly, further adding to the appeal of this gorgeous succulent.

Echeveria swan lake
Echeveria swan lake

The leaves are arranged in a rosette shape and change colour throughout the year based on the growing conditions and seasons. When the plant is stressed the leaves can become light purple.

Echeveria swan lake is an outdoor plant and will not grow well inside a house. It is best grown on frost free gardens or pots with a sunny aspect.

Hoya Kerrii Albomarginata

The beautiful, heart shaped leaves have earned this succulent the perfect nickname- sweetheart Hoya. And it is, indeed, a very popular plant to gift on Valentine’s Day.

Hoya come from tropical parts of Asia and Australia and make fantastic house plants. The brighter the spot, the better your Hoya is going to grow.

Kerrii albormaginata is a fantastic variety with large, waxy cream and green leaves. As the leaves grow out, the heart shape tends to get more pronounced.

While Hoya kerrii is a succulent it does not mind slightly moist soil, however, it dislikes it soggy. Watering when the potting mix has dried up will will keep this plant happy.

Hoya kerrii albo is a trailing plant and can be either left to hang or trained up a trellis.

Peperomia Scandens Variegata

Peperomia can be fully succulent or part succulent, though most do have swollen leaves and stems to help water retention in the dry times. Scandens is succulent enough that it will easily stay alive if it hasn’t been watered for quite a while and the soil is bone dry.

Peperomia scandens variegata
Peperomia scandens variegata

The beautiful, variegated leaves of this plant present in a cute heart shape giving the name Cupid Peperomia. The variegation is light green and cream.

Scandens variegata is a trailing plant that will look fantastic in a hanging pot or trained up a trellis.

It prefers bright but shaded growing spot and will be quite happy indoors, in plenty of light or outdoors in the shade.

Peperomia Serpens

Peperomia serpens is very similar to the scandens above, though its leaves are much smaller. The perfect heart shape of the leaves makes it a very attractive plant.

The colour of the leaves is darker green and their growth is quite thick. Growing on long stems, the leaves create a cascade of hearts.

This plant is best grown in a shaded but bright spot. Too much direct sun in the summer will burn the foliage. Indoors, make sure the Peperomia has plenty of light.

Watering should be quite frequent, but never let this plant sit in soggy potting mix. It is best the potting mix dries up before watering again.

Sedum Little Missy

Sedum little missy is an adorable groundcover succulent with petit variegated leaves. To see their slight heart shape, you’ll have to look very close.

The lime, cream and pink variegation creates a perfect colour combination. The leaves grow on long trailing, stems.

Sedum little missy
Sedum little missy

Little missy is best kept outdoors in a sunny spot, though do be careful during hot weather as strong sun can burn this succulent to a crisp.

The garden is the best place for little missy. It can be grown as a groundcover to hide unsightly bits or as a rockery plant, allowing it to grow through small cracks and cascading over rocks.

Sedum little missy can also be grown in hanging baskets or tall pots.

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