This Purple Succulent Is The Chelsea Flower Show’s Plant of the Year 2022

published May 26, 2022
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The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual Chelsea Flower Show has announced its Plant of the Year 2022 — and what would likely be the next must-have addition to gardens everywhere.

Meet the xSemponium ‘Destiny’ from Cornwall-based tree nursery Surreal Succulents. It’s this year’s Plant of the Year at the Chelsea Flower Show, besting hundreds of thousands of plant varieties in the world, and 19 other stunning ones that were shortlisted by the RHS.

What makes ‘Destiny’ so special? The plant is unique for its distinctly dark, veiny leaves, with colors ranging from bright green to a very deep purple in strong sunlight. Surreal Succulents added: “an interesting feature of this variety is the way that it can hold its dark colors all year round, unlike most other purple Aeonium hybrids.” 

In addition, the succulent can grow to 60 centimeters across, making its eye-catching color even more visible. And equally impressive is that it’s the world’s first cross between aeonium and sempervivum. It’s no wonder ‘Destiny’ impressed the RHS’ panel of over 100 horticulture experts.

Check out some other finalists — you just might want to add them to your houseplant collection.

Salvia Pink Amistad

Iris Fran’s Gold

Rosa Bring Me Sunshine

Rosa Elizabeth

Alstroemeria June Ferelyth

Rosa Loyal Companion