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Pork and beans is a garden succulent that grows 6-8 in. high and spreads 12-15 in. across. Colorful bean-like leaves are bright green in shady areas and turn to intense shades of pink and red when exposed to the sun. Showy yellow flowers occur in late winter to spring.

This popular rock garden and container plant that is often valued for its shifting foliage colors throughout the year and capacity to grow as a small area ground cover along walkways and borders. It is often mixed with other small succulents so their foliage can intermingle and create varied color and texture patterns in rock gardens. Care must be taken when gardening around this plant as the leaves easily break off from the stems when the plant is bumped or brushed up against.

Water Needs

Pork and beans is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Pork and beans can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer following the flowering cycle.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Succulent
Foliage Character: Succulent
Habit: Trailing, Spreading, Delicate
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 6 in. - 8 in.
Width: 12 in. - 15 in.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Light green, Red, Pink
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Winter, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Filtered or indirect sunlight, Drought, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Foliage accent plant, Container plant, Borders


If desired, prune for size control or for cuttings, ideally in spring (D).



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