The 11 Best Trailing Succulents

There are about 10,000 succulent species out there.

This is an advantage to you as a houseplants enthusiast, right?

You get a variety – in more ways than you can wish for. In terms of color, shape, and size; everything you want is taken care of. You know what else? The growing habits. Sure, succulents have the appeal of being compact for a larger part. They can fit into their assigned spaces for the longest time. It is just one of the reasons for its popularity. But what if you are the type that prefers some dangling stems in your gardening resume? What options do succulents offer you?

As mentioned – more than you can wish for. But for a start, grab yourself this list of 11 best trailing succulents. Also, be sure to check out “16 Types of Succulents” for more variety to your succulent shopping list.

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Variety of Succulents @plantsofjoy

1. Monkey’s Tail (Hildewintera colademononis)

This hairy beauty is a Bolivian native and produces multiple stems – that develop later on as it grows.

The entire stems are usually covered with soft white hairy spines. The spines, though, still allow the light green color of the stems to shine through. Add on it the bright red flowers that the stems bring forth once and you’ll have a complete sight to behold.

The stems can grow to a length of up to 2 ½ meters. Check out our piece on the monkey’s tail in “The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus“.

2. The String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

Endemic to South Africa, the plant offers so much versatility as far as the potting containers are concerned. From teeny teacups to hanging baskets – everything goes. And it is sure to turn heads.

It has globular pea-like leaves with a light-green color.  The stems can attain a length of nearly 1 meter.

As with any other succulents, it is easy to care for. The only thing you want to watch out for is the frost – the two don’t get along well. And it’s the plant that will always give way.

3. Rat Tail Cactus (Aporocactus flagelliformis)

Mexico is the home to this third entry. Want a leggy succulent ideal for both indoor and outdoor growth? The rat tail cactus is your best option.

The green stems are covered with fuzzy-like small fine hairs and can grow up to 3 ft. The flowers are conspicuous and can be either red or pink.

Take a look at more info having to do with the Rat Tail Cactus in “The Rat Tail Cactus: Everything You Need To Know”

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The Cactus Like a Rat Tail @cactusmagazine

4. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

The burro’s tail is native to southern Mexico.

It has long flat pointy leaves that are either light-green or blue-green. The plants can grow to as much as 4 ft. from the hanging basket. Their flowers come out during the summer – taking on either a pink or red pigment.

The burro’s tail boosts of being easy to propagate which has made it a popular option among the trailing succulents. Check out this piece on the Burro’s tail, “Sedum Morganianum— the Burros Tail Succulent Plant

Just remember to give it full sun exposure. It loves that!

5. Calico Kitten (Crassula pellucida variegate)

Remember the variety that comes with succulents? The colors aspect to be precise. You can find lots of it in this single plant.

The heart-shaped variegated leaves come in a combo of colors – pink, cream, purple and green. Good luck with finding any succulent with this diversity. What’s more, the color can vary depending on the amount of sunlight the plant is exposed to. For full sun exposure, the leaves turn into a dark purple hue. This jewel bears white flowers. Check out other amazing colored succulents in “8 Blue Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden

6. The String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)

This hardy plant is native to South Africa.

It gets its name from the characteristic banana-shaped green leaves. Flowers can take on a lavender, white or yellow color. On top of the nice aesthetics, the flowers also produce an inviting cinnamon scent.

One huge advantage of this plant is its rapid growth.

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The Shape of a Banana @alby.and.co

7. Wax Plant (Hoya pachyclada)

It’s endemic to Asia, Australia and the southern parts of India. This is the second plant here tolerant of both outdoor and indoor growing conditions.

The leaves are green for a larger part with the regions towards the edges being red. The spring and summer are the best periods to experience the full beauty of the wax plant. During these seasons, it puts out showy white blooms.

You’ll do the plant well by providing it with partial shade.

8. Ruby Necklace (Othona capensis)

This South African native is another multi-colored trailer. The leaves are bean-shaped and blue-green. The stems on, their part, are purple. The plant bears yellow flowers. And the colors here are not a faded lot – they are as bright as you can imagine.

That with their blend makes the ruby necklace an invaluable leafy jewel.

Want more options in succulents from Africa? Take a look at “8 Most Popular Succulents from Africa” for more.

9. Climbing Aloes (Aloiampelos ciliaris)

The climbing aloe is native to South Africa. It’s a hardy plant that, just like the string of bananas above, grows rapidly. In fact, it has the highest growth rate among all the aloes.

The green fleshy leaves have white soft hair-like teeth (ciliaris) growing along the margins. The leaves are curved downwards and act as anchors for the plant as it climbs. Blooms are orange-red and come out between November and April. Take a look at another type of Aloe you probably didn’t know about in “Aloe Aristata— the Torch Plant“.

You can easily propagate the climbing aloe via cuttings.

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Resident to South Africa @tristellarel

10. The String of Nickels (Dischidia mummularia)

The plant gets its name from the appearance of its leaves – round, flat and bluish-grey. More like pieces of coins. The flowers are creamy-white.

Its natural habitat (the tropical rainforest) calls for a different ball game in caring for them, but not so much. You will need to provide it with soil that is specifically made for epiphytes, more humidity than your average succulents and indirect light.

11. Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)

The peanut cactus is originally from Argentina.

It grows in clamps with individual stems reaching a length of 10cm. Soft small spines that are white cover each stem. The stems bear showy orange flowers. Check out another type of cactus, like the star cactus in “Everything You Didn’t Know About the Star Cactus—Astrophytum Asterias“.

Remember to keep the mix as dry as possible during winter.

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The Cactus Like Peanut Emerged in Argentina @vanlivingco

That was it! 11 best trailing succulents! Of course, there is more. We are talking about succulents, remember. Options are endless!!

But hey, there is always a starting point, right? You can start with a few and add on as time goes by. You can extend your collection to include the entire list – and then some more. Who said you can’t have it all? Let us know in the comments below the types of succulents you have in your house.

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