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16 Types of Succulents to Keep as Houseplants

We found the best types of succulents to keep as houseplants so that you can grow desert blooms in your home year round! The best part? No green thumb required.

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String of pearls succulent plantTatyana Consaul/Getty Images

String of Pearls

This funky medium-size succulent grows skinny stems of vibrant green, pearl-like leaves. String of Pearls is perfect for placing on a high shelf in your home, as it drapes over the side of its container. It prefers a lot of sun and, like many other succulents, is very easy to propagate. Even if you keep this succulent in a hanging planter, make sure that it’s planted in soil that drains well.

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Crown of Thorns

Tiny pink or red flowers bloom almost year-round on this Crown of Thorns, adding a splash of color to any blank space in your home. Wear tough gloves when planting it in a pot of well-drained soil, as its thorns are sharp. And place it near a window, so it gets several hours of direct sunlight each day. On the flip side, here are some houseplants that require very little sunlight.

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Ponytail Palm

Unlike its name suggests, this plant is not a tree even though it resembles one! The Ponytail Palm succulent has a thick, trunk-like stem that sprouts stringy green leaves out of the top. It requires indirect sunlight and needs very little watering, about every three to four weeks. It’s also nontoxic for both cats and dogs, so it can be placed anywhere in your home, even on the floor. Take a look at these other non-toxic houseplants that are safe for your pets.

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Bear’s Paw

Bear’s Paw is a furry, plump, low-hanging shrub that yields an orange flower in springtime. These succulents are a bit on the rare side, making them a unique succulent to add to your collection. They thrive when exposed to lots of light. Like caring for other succulents, minimal watering is required—it’s best to give them a soil check every few weeks and see if they’re dry. Since they don’t require much water, these succulents are pretty forgiving and easy to care for.

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Blushing Beauty Aeonium

Already have a collection of green houseplants? There are a wide variety of pink succulents to choose from, as well as purples, oranges and reds. If you’re wanting to add a variety of colors to your houseplant collection, the Blushing Beauty Aeonium is a great place to start. With waxy leaves in a rosette shape, these succulents are often assumed to be fake plants. They are easy to take care of but prefer more moisture in their soil than other types of succulents.

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Panda Plant

It is very easy to care for this fun succulent. The Panda Plant stores plenty of water in its thick, fuzz-covered leaves, which means less watering. And the unique velvety texture over light green leaves with dark tips will add an interesting touch to any side table, desk or shelf. This low-maintenance plant requires some sun and infrequent soaking of well-drained soil. By the way, if you’re looking for a creative way to plant a succulent garden indoors, you’ll love this heart-shaped succulent planter.

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String of Bananas

Perfect for an indoor hanging planter, this succulent has tendrils covered with small leaves that are shaped like little green bananas, hence its name: String of Bananas. Place it in a spot that gets plenty of indirect sunlight and provide a lot of room for it to hang down, such as on top of a tall bookshelf. Water a String of Bananas plant only when the soil is dry to the touch and even less during the winter.

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Sticks on Fire

Sticks on Fire are known for their unique shape—they have stems that look like fiery orange-colored sticks. These succulents prefer full sun and weekly watering but are for the most part easy to care for. Be sure to plant this succulent in a cute succulent pot that accentuates its colorful stems.

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Sansevieria trifasciata or Snake plant in pot at terrace condominiumFeelPic/Getty Images

Snake Plant

The Snake Plant is a popular choice for many plant mamas. It features long narrow leaves that are incredibly durable. Considered one of the easiest succulents to care for, the snake plant requires watering about once a month in the winter. It does well in bright spots as well as less bright spots of the home. If you want your snake plant to grow, keep it in a well-lit area. If you like it as a small succulent, keep it in a darker part of the house.

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Zebra Plant

The Zebra Plant is an eye-catching dark green succulent with white horizontal stripes along its spiky leaves. It is small, grows slowly and can withstand long periods with no water. It can also handle very dry air, which makes it easy to keep alive indoors. Let the soil completely dry between waterings; then soak it well. (Psst: These recycled glass jars make excellent succulent planters.)

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Crassula ovata, known as lucky plant, jade plant, or money tree in a white pot in front of a window on a rainy day, selected focus, narrow depth of fieldfermate/Getty Images

Jade Plant

The Jade Plant, also known as “the money tree,” is a popular houseplant due to its symbolism—it’s thought of as a plant that brings fortune and wealth. Plus, it’s stunning! To help a jade plant thrive, you’ll want to plant it in a wide pot that is a bit more on the shallow side since jade plants tend to grow outward. They require six hours or more of sunlight per day, and in warmer seasons they typically require more water than in the winter season.

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Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana), also written Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë, is a genus of about 125 species of tropical, succulent flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, mainly native to the Old World. Only one species of this genus originates from the Americas, 56 from southern & eastern Africa and 60 species in Madagascar. It is also found in south-eastern Asia and China. Most are shrubs or perennial herbaceous plants, but a few are annual or biennial. The largest, Kalanchoe beharensis from Madagascar, can reach 6 m (20 ft) tall, but most species are less than 1 m (3 ft) tall.Petchjira/Getty Images

Kalanchoe (Flaming Katy)

Kalanchoe is a popular succulent for its constant floral blooms, so if you like having a bouquet of flowers around, you’ll love growing these little potted flowers indoors. To properly care for Kalanchoe, keep them in direct sun for four hours each day with regular watering and good drainage. When growing succulents with floral blooms, like this one, it’s a good idea to trim the blooms once they begin to fade.

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Burro’s Tail

Burro’s tail is a must-have succulent in any home. It adds a fun texture and soft color to your collection with strands of leaves that appear woven together. These plants work great in windowsills or as hanging plants. If you introduce them to the sun gradually, they can thrive in full sun. To help them grow longer strands,  give them cactus food in the growing season.

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Hens and Chicks

This Hens and Chicks is a classic—it starts out very small and is easy to propagate. The rosettes come in a variety of greens and reds, and they look amazing grouped with other types of succulents in one pot. Like many succulents, these desert blooms thrive indoors and outdoors. When planted outdoors, these succulents attract pollinators, which is a great way to invite birds and butterflies into your garden.

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Aloe succotrina and Aloe vera are plant species popularly known as slug, natural gel and aloeGraiki/Getty Images

Aloe Vera

This well-known succulent is easy to find and makes a cheerful houseplant. Similar to other succulents, Aloe Vera requires sandy, well-drained soil and plenty of indirect sunlight throughout the day. And it isn’t phased by dry indoor air. Plus, if you get a burn or irritated skin, break off a piece of the plant and put some of the clear liquid inside on the affected area.

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Moonstones or Sugar Almond Plant -Pachyphytum oviferum-, succulentHorst Sollinger/Getty Images

Pachyphytum

Do you often forget to check on your houseplants? You’re in luck! Pachyphytum thrives with very little attention. These succulents only need watering when their soil feels dry to the touch. With leaves that are long and pointed, this style adds sophistication to any space. As soon as your plant is getting a little bit big, give it a trim. Read our guide on how to propagate succulents so that you can multiply your collection.

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Hannah Pugh
Hannah Pugh is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home. She focuses on writing affiliate content product reviews, newsletters and recipe collections. In her free time, she can be found sipping coffee at cafes, reading or rock climbing with her husband.