In the Central Valley, we have pretty extreme seasons. Summer days can be upwards of 110° and some winter nights as low as 28°. Asking plants from areas other than ours to be happy year round is not realistic. We have to choose plants carefully which can sometimes be overwhelming.

Succulents, which are mostly native to frost-free areas have become increasingly popular. Unfortunately, most succulents are not able to withstand our freezing winter temperatures, making it hard to plan them into a landscape.

But here’s a list of succulents that have cold hardiness of 28°F or lower! Feel free to put these in your pots and yards without hesitation. (No more frost cloths for these!)

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Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ 28°

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Sempervivum arachnoideum 10°
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Echeveria ‘Lola’ 25°
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Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor‘ 20°
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Echeveria imbricata 25°
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Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ 25°
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Echeveria ‘Deranosa’ 25°
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Sempervivum ‘Black Rose’ 25°
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Sempervivum ‘Purple Fuzzy’ 25°
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Sedum ‘Tricolor’ 10°
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Aloe nobilis 25°


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Echeveria lilacina 20°