Succulents, cacti, fairy gardens, and terrariums are nothing new, but they’ve enjoyed a fair bit of popularity the last few years! Maybe it’s just the appeal of a plant that forges on, even if you forget to water it for a week or two (guilty), but I think there’s something more to it. How else can you explain the popularity of succulent and cactus coloring books?!
Geometrically, succulents often grow in a very pleasing, repeated design that radiates out from the center. Plus, they come in a rainbow of colors, from deep reds, to delicate lavenders, to greens and stony greys. What’s not to love about these hardy houseplants?
The artists below have created a beautiful array of cactus and succulent coloring books for any taste. There are full-size and travel-size coloring books; digitally-illustrated and hand-drawn coloring books; abstract and realistic designs. After the books, you’ll even find a collection of beautiful succulent and cactus coloring pages by a variety of Etsy artists, perfect for if you want something to color right now.
So what are you waiting for? Keep scrolling to see the best cactus coloring books and cactus coloring pages!
This roundup comes from a reader suggestion in my 2018 reader survey. If you are looking for a specific type of coloring book, I’d love to hear from you! I regularly create collections of coloring books by theme like this one, and your suggestions could help determine future roundup themes.
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Succulent & Cactus Coloring Books
Love cacti and succulents? Show your adoration with the coloring books below, which each contain many pages of beautiful succulents and playful cacti. Most are physical books, except the last few which are available as an instant download. Almost all feature original art by indie illustrators. What are you waiting for?!
Desert Dreams: Coloring a Land of Enchantment
I featured this gorgeous coloring book illustrated by Geninne D Zlatkis in my roundup of the best coloring books from summer 2017. I love Zlatkis’ folksy, whimsical art style, and the desert theme is the perfect match to that look.
This book features 40 original illustrations printed on one side of heavy-weight paper. The pages are perforated for ease of removal, or if you want to leave your pages in the book, the binding is a very high quality.
This book is also very “green” — its publisher is a carbon-negative company, has planted over half a million trees in the last decade, and the paper is sourced from recycled materials and sustainably managed forests.
With images featuring a variety of desert flora and fauna, including many cacti, there’s something for everyone to love here!
Succulents Portable Adult Coloring Book
This colorful succulent-themed coloring book was illustrated by Alisa Burke and features 31 full-page, original images to color. As a part of Peter Pauper Press’ “studio series,” this is a true artist’s coloring book; the paper is heavy and acid-free, and designs are printed on just one side of the page. The pages are also micro-perforated, making it easy to neatly tear pages out of the book to work on a clipboard or to display!
This book is smaller than most coloring books, at just 5 by 7 inches, making it a very portable size. This is something to keep in mind if you prefer letter-sized coloring books, however! The images included range from full-page spiraling succulent patterns, to single terrariums, to floral scenes, to collections of tiny potted plants. Some pages even include animals!
I love Alisa Burke’s organic style, with heavier, more forgiving lines than some books. The designs are cute without feeling childish. This is an excellent introduction to cactus coloring books!
Mindful Succulents Coloring Book: A Tiny Terrarium Coloring Book
This succulent coloring book was illustrated by Calvin Drews. It is also smaller than most coloring books, clocking in at 8.5 inches square. The book includes 55 original illustrations of botanical mandalas, succulent arrangements, and terrariums. The book is printed through CreateSpace, so keep in mind that the paper will be fairly thin. However, the pages are printed on just one side of the page, so you can protect the illustrations below by slipping additional paper below the drawing you are working on.
Don’t you love the cover of this one? So playful! There’s also a cute coloring supply test page inside that mimics the design of the cover, but in black and white.
The designs in this book are overall on the pretty simple side, but that is perfect if you are someone who likes to create your own detail or do lots of shading and texture. Most of the pages are either single large terrariums, collections of a few medium-size succulents, or pages with collections of mini potted plants.
This little book is another fun travel-size succulent and cactus coloring book, and it’s so cute! Makes a great gift for a succulent obsessed friend — or yourself!
Succulent Love Adult Coloring Books
This book is one of several by independent publisher Zing Adult Coloring Books. There is very little information available about the book, but it is a full 8×10″ book and I believe the pages are printed on just one side. From the preview images available, it looks like the artwork featured was created by several different artists and is possibly stock rather than originally created for this book. Still, the images are cute and a variety of styles might be just what you need to keep things varied.
Sensational Succulents: An Adult Coloring Book of Amazing Shapes and Magical Patterns
One of the earliest succulent-themed coloring books, Sensational Succulents features 75 original illustrations by Laura Serra based on photographs by “Queen of Succulents” Debra Lee Baldwin.
The illustrations are printed on one side of the page only, so with a few sheets of paper below the one you are working on, you can protect the pages below. Many of the illustrations are full page patterns that get quite intricate, as you can see above! Illustrations are accompanied by the name of the succulent, so you can look up photos and get inspiration for your color palette.
Some reviewers note that the designs run into the binding and the book is a little hard to get to sit flat open. I am unable to determine the quality of the paper.
Cactus Coloring Book
Cactus Coloring Book features the original artwork of designer and blogger Brittany Jepsen. The book is divided into 10 different sections of different types of cacti and succulents. Each section includes a scientific chart, bouquet, stylized pattern, symmetrical repeated design, close-up, and a “wallpaper” style pattern.
There are 60 pages to color, printed on just one side of the page. The book is self-published through CreateSpace, so the paper is on the thin side. Those who prefer full-size coloring books will appreciate that this book is a full 8.5×11″. If you love cacti, be sure to check out this book!
Desert Wonderland: A Serene Coloring Retreat
Desert Wonderland is a followup to artist Rachel Reinert’s earlier coloring book, Botanical Wonderland. Both books include rock formations, a small amount of Zentangling, and flora, but Desert Wonderland has much more of a desert theme and many of the pages include cacti and succulents.
The book includes 45 hand-drawn, original illustrations by Reinert. They are printed on just one side of medium-weight, bright white, perforated paper. Reviewers note that water-based markers, like the my set of Tombow brush pens I tend to use for coloring, do bleed through, so be sure to place a sheet or two underneath the one you are working on.
The book is a full-size, 9×11 inches, and perfect for anyone who loves a desert flair to their coloring pages. Enjoy!
Succulent Serenity: A Coloring Book
Succulent Serenity is a southwest-inspired coloring book illustrated by designer Gina Spadoni. The book is letter-size and includes 30 original pieces of lineart printed on just one side of the page. The book is published through CreateSpace, so the paper is on the thin side, but the printing allows for you to protect the pages that follow by slipping a few extra sheets underneath.
The designs in this book do NOT run into the binding (hallelujah!) and almost all feature a single succulent or cactus in an intricately patterned pot or teacup. All designs include unique backgrounds inspired by kilim rugs, ikat pillows and other desert designs.
Succulent Serenity, Cactus Calm: A Stress Relieving Coloring Book for Adults
This book is a followup of the book above. It includes 35 brand new original illustrations by Gina Spadoni. Like the first book, they are printed on just one side of the page and the paper is pretty lightweight.
The designs in this book vary quite a bit more than the first book’s. Some of the pages include multiple plants, while other pages include “wallpaper” style repeated succulent patterns. While I haven’t seen the book in person, from the previews I think the artwork is a lot less detailed, with larger spaces, than the first book. I personally don’t like the artwork in this book as much as the first one — on many pages the patterns just feel very simplistic compared to the first. Still, there are more designs than the first book, and larger spaces give you more room to work on texture.
Cactus & Succulents Travel Size Coloring Book
This cactus-themed coloring book by OOLY is travel size — 6×8.5 inches — and includes 24 pages to color. The book’s pages have rounded corners (sort of unique feature for a coloring book) and they are printed front and back, making it more suited to colored pencils than markers. The paper is a light to medium weight. Some reviewers do comment that the binding quality is not the highest.
The illustrations are rather simple, but appropriate for the small size. Most pages feature collections of cacti and succulents in little planters, though some pages just feature a single terrarium.
Color Me Succulent Adult Coloring Book
This handmade and hand-bound coloring book features original illustrations by Cara Emilia, an “artist and succulent enthusiast” from Sacramento, CA. Emilia’s style is cute, and the designs range from simpler images with larger spaces to very intricately-patterned designs.
There are 26 original illustrations to color, printed in black ink on bright white paper. The paper is on the thin side, but the illustrations are printed on one side only, so you can protect the pages below.
Cacti & Succulent Coloring Book
This book includes 19 original illustrations, plus a bonus garden scene, hand-drawn in Photoshop by Dominique Fougère, a designer from California. Each detailed and realistic drawing is labeled with the plant’s common and scientific names. The book is handmade and printed on 100lb paper, a medium to heavy thickness that most water-based markers tend to not bleed through. All for just $13!
This coloring book is also available as a $10 digital download, so if you like instant gratification, you’ll enjoy that you can start coloring minutes after you buy! This is also the version I would recommend purchasing if you’d like to use watercolors, because you can print individual sheets on watercolor paper. You can also print this version as many times as you’d like (as long as it’s for personal use)!
The Little Book of Plants (Digital Download)
The Little Book of Plants is a A4-sized printable coloring book available for instant download after purchase. There are 11 original illustrations to color. The illustrations are on the simple side and many pages include multiple cacti and/or succulents in collections of pots or terrariums.
Succulent & Cactus Coloring Pages
Want a quick coloring fix? I got you! All of the pages shown below are individual coloring pages available for instant download, so you can be printing and coloring in minutes. Printable coloring pages also give you the freedom to print on any paper you’d like, as many times as you’d like (as long as it is for personal use). Check out the inspiring artwork below and enjoy!
Succulent Coloring Page by KilykoStudio (Print & Color)
Color to your heart’s content — this coloring page includes a scene with a variety of different succulents. Play with texture in the larger areas — I love what the artist did with the background, for example — and enjoy the challenge of identifying and filling in the smaller spaces.
Watercolor Succulent Coloring Page for Painting by IllCallYouFromParis (Print & Color)
Want to create watercolor artwork? This coloring sheet is perfect for practicing your painting skills, and you can print it out as many times as you’d like! The design is simpler than some, giving you the space to develop texture with your watercolors. The PDF offers two color options: a light blue lined version for cool color palettes, and a light sienna option for warm color palettes.
Also included is a demo of the artist’s painting on this coloring page, detailed guide and printing instructions, and a supply list with specific colors used. So you get a lot for the price of your coloring page!
Large Purple Aeonium Coloring Page by CactiColoringBook (Print & Color)
This is a page from the Cacti & Succulent Coloring Book shown above. I just love the natural geometry of succulents!
Terrarium Coloring Page by KilykoStudio (Print & Color)
Isn’t this page cute? The sample image is an explosion of bright colors, I just love it! There is a terrarium in a pot on a woven placemat, and a hanging glass orb terrarium. The added texture of the table and the hanging succulents creates a lot of interest!
Geometric Background Succulent Coloring Page by KilykoStudio (Print & Color)
Love a little geometry with your succulents? The hand-drawn element to the background gives it extra interest, rather than being super predictable and machine generated. Meanwhile, the succulents in the center are perfect for trying out shading!
Floral & Succulent Coloring Page by DenimAndRain (Print & Color)
This is primarily a flower coloring page, but there are a number of cacti and succulents mixed in.
Succulent Circles Adult Coloring Page by FairytaleFoxDesigns (Print & Color)
If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ve probably noticed I love top-down photos. Well, this coloring page is the coloring equivalent of that — top-down terrariums! Ten different terrariums of many different sizes span this page, some with multiple types of succulents sharing the same space.
Succulent Hanging Planter Adult Coloring Page by FairytaleFoxDesigns (Print & Color)
Hanging planters are the perfect way to display low maintenance plants like cacti and succulents! This cactus coloring page includes seven different pots and even more plants on two hangers.
Printable Succulent Heart Coloring Page by HiddenMushroom (Print & Color)
This one would make a great gift, don’t you think? This unique succulent design is planted in the shape of a heart, with a variety of different succulents to color. Print on heavy cardstock and color with Copic or Prismacolor art markers, like demonstrated in the photo!
Succulent Mandala Coloring Page by Olga Zaytseva (Print & Color)
I love themed mandalas, and this beautiful cactus mandala coloring page by cake decorator and designer Olga Zaytseva is no exception! Just think of all the beautiful colors you could use across this one.
Cactus Coloring Page by Jen Katz (Print & Color)
Do you love detailed coloring pages you can get lost in? Then you’ll love this cute cacti and succulent coloring page illustrated by Jen Katz! The coloring page is square but fits comfortably on A4 paper.
Cacti Coloring Page for Adults by Paupurple (Print & Color)
This cute, simple coloring page features a collection of potted cacti and succulents. Print it out and get coloring!
Polygonal/Geometric Cactus Coloring Page by JustPrintAndColor (Print & Color)
Like geometric designs? Then this polygonal cactus design is the one for you!
Zen Succulent Coloring Page by LaSoffittaDiSte (Print & Color)
Enjoy the loose, hand-drawn feel of this succulent and cactus coloring page!
Air Plants Hanging Terrarium Coloring Page by FairytaleFoxDesigns (Print & Color)
Air plants are these beguiling little plants that grow without soil and sometimes, even without roots. That makes them great for glass orb planters like these, because you can see them from all sides! This coloring page shows a lovely collection of air plants in orbs (along with a few succulents and cacti) for your coloring enjoyment.
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