3 Popular Large Succulents You Didn’t Have & Know About

3 Popular Large Succulents

When we think of succulents, we usually picture small, interesting looking plants perched atop colorful stones or diverse pots. They come in all hues, shapes and sizes, and some actually look like beautiful sea creatures that escaped the underwater wonder of the world otherwise known as Atlantis. Okay maybe not that extravagant but these mostly small, indoor succulent plants bring a sense of vibrancy wherever they are placed and can survive without much of a fuss!

However, have you ever thought of a gigantic, mammoth sized succulent?

How cool would it be to astonish your neighbors with a plant that as big as the tree on their front lawn? Or perhaps a succulent that looks like it belongs as a backdrop on the set of Lion King? (This would be so cool!)

We have narrowed it down to three stunning large succulents that are sure to catch the attention of everyone who sees them, and this is the good kind of attention. If you don’t like large succulents, stonecrops are your best bet!

3 Popular Large Succulents
3 Popular Large Succulents You Don’t Have @capetowncat23


Agave Ovatifolia – Whale’s Tongue

When looking for an outdoor statement plant, look no further than the Agave Ovatifolia or Whale’s Tongue. This striking perennial succulent is a native to the Nuevo León region in northeastern Mexico. The family name Agave comes from the Greek word ‘agavos’ which means ‘noble’. 

This wonderful architectural centerpiece can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and 6 feet (1.8 meters) wide. This evergreen large succulent shows off chunky, broad grey to powdery-blue, cupped leaves that grow in the compact form of a tightly packed rosette. The pointy leaves are adorned with dramatic teeth (thorns) on the outline of the leaves, and the thorns can grow up to 1-inch long. If you already have one of these beauties, measure it for us, and see how long they actually are!

After about ten years, the plant reaches maturity and will then be ready to bloom, but only once in its lifetime. Dense clusters of yellow-green flowers grow from a magnificent flowering spike that can get up to 14 feet (4 meters) tall. 

Love yellow flowers? Check out our article on Succulents with Yellow Flowers for some awe-worthy additions to your garden.

3 Popular Large Succulents
Agave Ovatifolia @katopin

This set-it-and-forget-it type of plant revels in areas with full sun to light shade and does not like to be disturbed. Like other Agave’s, it does not produce offsets but instead reproduces by means of seeds and bulbils. It prefers well-draining soils, and like other succulents, it is deathly allergic to overwatering. The Whale’s Tongue will produce an off-putting smell as soon as the root rot starts to set in. 

So if you sniff a funky smell around your garden, this might be the reason why. Learn more about root rot here if you’re interested!

A little bit of regular watering during the summer will have it growing bigger in no time, and it is advisable not to water it during the winter. This slow-growing plant is extremely cold hardy, can handle frost like a champ, tolerating temperatures of as low as 5C (41F). No need for any ridiculous plant covers like this right?

When starting off as seedlings or bulbils, experts recommend that you plant this large succulent in early summer and provide extra light during the winter to prevent the plant from stretching. Sometimes we recommend using grow lights if your geographical location is very dim during winter months, especially in Sweden. Here are the top 10 grow lights that succulent lovers use (Community Approved)!

There are some things to note about the Whale’s Tongue; the sharp thorns can get you and stick to your clothes and it is advised to place it somewhere with minimal foot traffic. Also, it does have an irritating sap that can be hazardous to children and pets. The theatrical Agave Ovatifolia looks spectacular in an eclectic patio container or as the focal point of a desert garden landscape.


3 Popular Large Succulents
Whale’s Tongue @francesca_loves_


Aloidendron Dichotomum – The Quiver Tree

If you get the chance to visit the Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens in South Africa, you will not miss seeing a bunch of tall trees that look like forks with broccoli at the top. This striking plant stands tall, overlooking the Northern Cape Richtersveld region in South Africa and at the border with Namibia. Allow me to introduce you to the regal Aloidendron Dichotomum or Quiver Tree— formerly known as Aloe Dichotoma.

This perennial succulent is related to the aloe and had its genus changed in 2013 to aloidendron which is a combination of aloe and dendron. The epithet ‘dichotomum’ points to the way the stem of the plant forks midway into two equal branches. It got the name ‘Quiver Tree’ from the indigenous Afrikaans people who call it ‘Kokerboom’ referring to how they would hollow out the tubular branches to make quivers for their arrows. 

There are three related species of this outstanding large succulent that all live in the same area and have been rated under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

  • VulnerableAloidendron Dichotomum – this is the tallest of the three. 
  • EndangeredAloidendron Ramassisimum – looks like a shrub.
  • Critically EndangeredAloidendron Pillansii – shortest one and has an inflorescence that hangs downwards from the lowest leaves. 
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Aloidendron Dichotomum @targ.official

The numbers of these splendid creatures have dwindled because of climatic conditions, plant collectors, mining as well as goats and sheep eating seedlings as they are herded in close proximity to the large succulent. 

Check out these additional brag-worthy 8 Rare Succulents to add to your collection!

The Quiver tree has thick, dark green leaves that grow in the shape of a rosette at the tips of stumpy tree branches. The leaves are curved and taper gradually, giving the illusion of a crown, growing as high as 6 meters up in the air. The branches of the Quiver Tree are covered in a white powder that helps to reflect off the sun’s heat. The plant has three water reservoirs – the fleshy leaves, the swollen fibrous stem, and the roots. 

The Quiver Tree develops an inflorescence that grows in an upright manner at the top of the leaf rosettes. The plant bears racemes that grow to 150 mm long that later mature to produce up to 30 bright, yellow flowers at a time. The plant tends to bloom in late September. After blossoming, paper-like seeds burst open from spherical capsules and they are often pollinated by birds, bees, ants, and the wind. 

The Aloidendron Dichotomum can only grow from seeds and the best time to plant them is between March and April. Potting of seedlings can be done once they reach 30 – 50 mm in length or when they are about 3 years old. Their architectural shape and distinct look have made the Aloidendron Dichotomum a well sought after plant, especially in South African gardens and driveways. Large, potted Quiver Trees make gorgeous statement plants when placed at entrances, courtyards, and patios.

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The Quiver Tree @a.cooper.adventure


Adansonia Digitata

Hailed as the ‘Defining icon of African bushland’, the Adansonia digitata, or African Baobab, holds the right to be called the largest succulent plant in the world. Also known as ‘The Tree of life’, this mammoth beauty can grow between 5 to 30 meters (16 to 98 ft) tall with a trunk diameter growing between 7 and 14 meters (23 to 46 ft). The baobab’s growth rate is determined by rainfall and groundwater and has been known to store up to 120,000 liters of water in the trunk.

The scientific name Adansonia digitata is derived from the French explorer and botanist Michael Adanson, who studied the tree in 1749 in Senegal. Digitata refers to how the compound leaves of the plant (usually five to seven) are shaped like the digits on the hand. There are nine official species of the baobab tree, with 6 being natives of the island of Madagascar, 1 from Australia, and 2 in Africa and Arabia. The Adansonia digitata has its origins in North Eastern, Western, Central, and Southern Africa as well as Oman and Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula and the Penang district of Malaysia.

All baobab trees are deciduous, which means they annually shed their leaves during the dry seasons, remaining leafless for 9 months in a year. They look like a tree that has been planted upside down, with the thick, wide branches spreading out on top of the tree like roots that were meant to be in the ground. The African baobab has a shiny and smooth trunk and the roots can be taller than the tree itself.

With all this talk about these African- native succulents, check out our article on additional 8 Popular Succulents from Africa. You’ll be surprised how many of them are common household plants!

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Adansonia Digitata @chubbyplantpeople

The Adansonia digitata produces flowers once a year at the beginning of the rainy season, and will bloom about four weeks later. The flowers are significantly huge, white and heavy, drooping down like a pendulum from long stalks attached to branches. Larger, older baobabs can grow hundreds of flowers, but the flowers only bloom for one night before they rot and die. The flowers have 5 leathery petals with hair-like structures on the inside. After blooming, the flowers tend to have a putrid smell.

The African Baobab gives off fruits that are shaped like an oblong guard and hang down like the flowers, giving the tree the local name ‘dead-rat-tree’. The fruits have a velvety shell and can weigh up to 1.5 kg. Mostly eaten in Africa, the fruit has a tart, acidic, citrus flavor, and is crammed with healthy nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates and phosphorus. Monkeys find the fruit hard to resist, giving the succulent its other name, ‘monkey-bread-tree’. In Angola, the fruit is boiled, dried then used as a base for an ice cream called gelado de múcua

Fruits, yes! Some succulents are edible believe it or not. Check out which succulents to add to your next grocery list in our article here!

Baobabs are ninja plants because they can tolerate the heat, flourish on poor soil and survive drought. They prefer well-draining soil, but potted plants can do well in cactus soil mix. You can order seeds, cuttings, or even young plants online and give your neighbors something to really talk about. If you really want to get into it, literally, you can visit the Big Baobab Bar in South Africa and have a drink inside a 6000-year-old Adansonia digitata!

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Adansonia Digitata @diarmuidgavin

There you have it— the big, bigger, and biggest of the succulent world! The greatest thing about our modern tech world is that you can find seeds and young plants of all three succulents online. So if you were thinking of changing things up a little in your garden, why not try something big!

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Large VS Small Succulents: Which Ones are Your Favorite?

Large VS Small Succulents Which Ones are For You

Do you prefer large succulents? Or do you love small ones? Or maybe you are confused about which side to pick. In trying to improve your patio, front porch, or making your house beautiful, selecting the right succulents that satisfy your needs matter. Whether large or small, succulent’s preference depends on the goals you want to achieve in the long run. Both choices are right in the end. This article covers information that will help you in decision making. But before that, let’s have a glimpse on how to plant your succulents to grow large or small.

Large VS Small Succulents Which Ones are For You
A planter with succulents held by hand @viveiroterraboa

Tips to Keep Your Succulents Small

The way you care for your succulents would determine how small or large they become. Different techniques apply to different types of succulents. Examples of small ones include Christmas cactus, lithops, jade plants, and air plants. Below are some guidelines to follow to achieve this:

  1. Pruning– leafy succulent are likely to have numerous leaves. To stop this, use sharp scissors to get rid of the excess, old and unwanted leaves. Plants like jade and Christmas cactus are easier to prune.
  2. On the other hand, Aloe Vera and snake plants require a little more effort. Use a sharp knife to trim them according to your desires. You can get rid of the flower stalks.
  3. Break the pups that sprout on their base– it’s not rare to find a baby plant growing to the size of the parent plants. To create more space, repot them, or dispose of the buds to prevent them from developing further.

If you have limited space in your home to nurture succulents, keeping small ones will work for you. All you need to do is to dispose of little plants, or plant the plants into new pots, and enjoy a view of healthy and amazing succulents.

Check out our article “9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors” for a list of succulents you can try to get for inside your home.

Tips for Growing Large Succulents

How large can a plant grow? Each succulent is different, some are small enough to fit on a window sill, and others grow a few feet tall, while others grow up to 40 meters. Understanding the needs of each succulent you keep, enables you to provide sufficient care. Exposing them to enough light will allow them to grow to the maximum. Don’t forget to water and grow them in well-draining soil.

Check out “What Is A Whale’s Tongue? Agave Ovatifolia” for a look at a large succulent you can try growing outdoors.

Although they grow slowly and take a while to notice a significant difference, succulents grow. They thrive all their lifetime.

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Large succulents growing outside @kay_by_krazy

Small Succulent Arrangements

The space between one plant and the next determines how well they thrive. The following are some of the advantages of organizing your small succulents so they thrive.

  1. Fitting the succulents together enhances their shape making them more beautiful and pretty
  2. When you want to arrange the succulent plants, particularly for an event or for as a gift, planting them close together is the way to go. It’s not only easy to carry, but the person to whom you gift would love it.
  3. Easy to take care of -Plant the succulents in different pots. Moving from one place to the next becomes easy. Also, when you notice one succulent plant is elongating, you can quickly move it to another location for it to access enough light.

Looking for arrangements for a special occasion? Be sure to check out our article “Best Succulent Arrangements You Have to See” for a guide on succulent arrangements.

Disadvantages of small succulent arrangements

Small succulent arrangements have various limitations. Some of which include:

Difficult to water. Since there is barely enough space from one succulent to the next. Watering becomes a little tricky. The water has a hard time reaching the roots. You need to use a watering can with small spouts to push the water from the leaves into the roots.

They might not look uniform. At times planting different succulents plants in a separate pot may bring out conflicting looks. You should use the same types of containers to plant.

Grows at a slower rate. Succulents planted in an arrangement have limited development. There is little room for them to spread and enhance their growth.


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Potted succulents @cactos.tudosobre

Large Succulent Arrangement

If you are not afraid of the changes that large succulents bring, nothing can stop you from choosing large ones. Like small arrangements, the sizeable arrangement has its upsides and downsides. At first glance, large succulent plants appear appealing to the eyes of many. Just like a magnet, they attract individuals, making them fall in love with how they look. The plants get bigger and broader fast as compared to the small arrangement. With lots of spaces, air flows quickly through the soil and dries it. They need well-draining soil, and this arrangement ensures you meet this condition.

In case there is a problem with one of the succulents, you can quickly identify and solve it. The problem can be a plant that isn’t receiving enough water or seeking enough light. Besides, they are easy to water. With each space between the succulents, each plant gets enough water to sustain them. Lastly, they are easier to prune, clean, and trim because of the area. Finally, the spaces in between and this may encourage you to purchase additional plants resulting in more of them in your garden.

Check out our article “3 Popular Large Succulents You Don’t Have” for some large succulents you probably never knew about. Check ’em out!

Disadvantages of large succulent arrangements

As much as their advantages this arrangement has, every right side has the wrong side. The following are some of them:

They are root bound hence produce more roots than leaves. Unfortunately, the plant may not appear as you would love to as roots end up filling most of the planter or pot.

Sometimes, large succulent arrangements don’t look impressive or significant at first sight. But, you can solve this problem by filling the gaps with top dressing or decorating rocks. The rocks are safe and wouldn’t harm the plants in any way.

Be sure to check out our article “Top 7 Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden” or “Best Gardening Tools for Succulents” for more ideas on arranging your succulents either small or large.

Large VS Small Succulents Which Ones are For You
Various succulents in a bowl @thewanderingdesert

One sure thing about large versus small succulents arrangements is that it depends on you. What you prefer, your desires, and lastly your interest. Both have their pros and cons. whichever size you choose, your little jungle at home would always look fabulous. Ensure that you meet all the conditions suitable for your plants to flourish.

Which succulent fascinates you? Is it large or small? The ball is in your court.

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Happy Planting! ?