The 5 Famous Mexican Succulents

Famous Mexican Succulents

Lots of things we love originated in Mexico—tacos, chocolate, popcorn, and some of the most beautiful succulents out there! You can thank Mexico for great chocolate and popular succulents like the burro’s tail, ponytail palms, and the adorable bunny ears cactus. What a country!

Mexico has the perfect, warm climate for succulents, so they thrive there. If you head down there on vacation, you’ll see all of these popular succulents from Mexico and many more—it’s pretty much a succulent lover’s paradise!

We apologize if this post gives you the travel bug and makes you want to see all these gorgeous Mexican succulents in their native habitat!

5 Most Popular Succulents from Mexico
5 Most Popular Succulents from Mexico @off.the.clock.cookies

Burro’s Tail—Sedum Morganianum

We were surprised to learn that the burro’s tail, one of our favorite Mexican succulents, is native to southern Mexico! In 1935, a botanist from San Francisco, named Eric Walther, came across the burro’s tail at a nursery in Veracruz, Mexico. He was the first to bring it back to the States and describe it in detail. He was also responsible for naming it—he called it Sedum morganianum after one of his friends, Dr. Morgan.

The burro’s tail is one of our favorite Mexican succulents because it’s so gorgeous! It has long, pale green stems that spill out over the sides of planters. For that reason, it looks especially good in hanging planters, like this one
This succulent got the nicknames burro’s tail and donkey’s tail because people say its long, trailing stems look like animal tails. We don’t really see the resemblance! We think this Mexican succulent is much prettier than a bunch of hairy tails and just what your succulent collection is missing!

Take a more in-depth look at the Burro’s Tail with our article, here!

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Burro’s Tail @teammaeri

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Ladyfinger Cactus—Mammillaria Elongata

The ladyfinger cactus has long, cylindrical stems that can grow to be up to 6 inches tall. The stems kind of look like fingers and are around the same size as them, so that’s how this cactus got the unique name ladyfinger. It’s also sometimes called the gold lace cactus because it has golden-yellow spines and produces bright yellow flowers in the spring.

This succulent is native to central Mexico and loves warm climates! It does really well outdoors if you plant it in full sun in a container, like this one, or in the ground. It doesn’t need much watering or maintenance because it has tubercles, which are small round nodules on the stem of the cactus. They expand to allow for increased water storage, so your succulent will only need a drink every once in a while.

A low-maintenance cactus that’s as pretty as it is practical? Sign us up!

We also have an article dedicated to the Mammillaria Elongata cactus, check it out here! You’ll learn about its additional nickname!

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Ladyfinger Cactus @teammaeri

Ponytail Palm—Beaucarnea Recurvata

Ponytail palms are so unique! We think they need to be talked about in the succulent community more often. They’re a type of succulent that can grow up to 30 feet tall. But don’t worry—you can still grow them indoors! Ponytail palms are super slow growers; if you keep them inside, they usually don’t get to be more than a few feet tall.

Despite their name, these Mexican succulents aren’t trees—they’re just succulents with thick, woody stems. The woody stems and long, curly green leaves make them look like palm trees, though, which is probably how they got their cute tropical name! They’d look adorable in a bright tropical planter like this one.

This succulent is native to semi-desert areas of southeastern Mexico, so it loves bright sunlight and warm temperatures. It’s a hardy little plant, so you won’t kill it by bringing it inside into lower light conditions. Just make sure you keep it near the brightest window in your home to soak up as much sun as possible!

The Ponytail Palm makes an awesome indoor succulent for homes and offices that don’t receive optimal sunlight. 

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Ponytail Palm @calabresegreenhouse

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Blue Agave—Agave Tequilana

Did you know that this variety of agave is used to make tequila? It’s native to Jalisco, Mexico and it’s the only variety used to make Mexico’s most popular drink. Mezcal, another popular Mexican drink known for its smoky flavor, can be made from over 30 different varieties of agave. But not tequila! Grab a bottle of agave-made margarita mix, you won’t regret it! (We’ve tried this on Cinco de Mayo this year, it was fantastic!)

Besides being one of the tastiest plants on the planet, it’s also one of the prettiest. It has gorgeous bluish-green leaves that are arranged into a large, open rosette. It can get to be pretty large—it’s not unusual to see a blue agave that’s five feet tall and wide. When it gets to be that size, it has a dramatic, striking look that will be the highlight of any garden!

Agave makes beautiful additions to outdoor gardens, as you can see in the below picture! Check out what succulents will complement your Agave in your garden with our article 5 Best Outdoor Succulents!

Bunny Ears Cactus—Opuntia Microdasys

The bunny ears cactus is probably one of the most popular succulents out there! It’s taken the succulent world by storm because its leaves look just like bunny ears. It makes the most adorable little decoration for Easter, especially if you put it in this planter. It has a bunny on it to match your bunny cactus… how cute is that?!

We have Mexico to thank for the beautiful bunny ears cactus, specifically northern Mexico. Just like all the other succulents on this list, it needs lots of bright direct sunlight to stay healthy. Make sure to keep it near a window so its bunny ears don’t start to droop!

Learn more about the Super Cute Bunny Ears Cactus here.


5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Bunny Tail Cactus @pinkandplants

Those are five of the most popular succulents from Mexico. Which one is your favorite? We have a serious soft spot for the bunny ears cactus and that adorable little planter. Let us know what your favorite Mexican succulent is down in the comments section!

Many of the above succulents and cacti appear in more articles from Succulent City. Give Pachyphytum Oviferum — Moonstones Succulent, or The 7 Best Succulents for Wedding Arrangement a read today!

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Thanks for reading, happy succulent planting!

Succulent City chief editor


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