If you’re looking to add some color and life to your garden, consider adding some trailing and hanging succulents. There are many different varieties of succulents that make great trailing plants, and they come in a variety of colors so you can find the perfect ones for your garden. In this blog post, we will discuss 26 of the best trailing and hanging succulents for your garden!
In this article:
- What are trailing succulents?
- Facts about trailing succulents.
- Types of Trailing and Hanging Succulents
- 1. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum).
- 2. Calico Kitten (Crassula Pellucida).
- 3. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera Bridgesii).
- 4. Climbing Aloes (Aloiampelos).
- 5. Dancing Bones (Hatiora Salicornioides).
- 6. Elephant Bush (Portulacaria Afra).
- 7. Ice Plant (Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis).
- 8. Kenya Hyacinth (Sansevieria Parva).
- 9. Lantern Flower (Ceropegia Haygarthii).
- 10. Little Missy (Sedum ‘Little Missy’)
- 11. Mezoo Trailing Red (Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis).
- 12. Monkey’s Tail (Hildewintera Colademononis).
- 13. October Daphne (Hylotelephium Sieboldii).
- 14. Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis Chamaecereus).
- 15. Porcelain Flower (Hoya Pachyclada).
- 16. Rat Tail Cactus (Disocactus Flagelliformis)
- 17. Ruby Necklace (Othonna Capensis).
- 18. String of Bananas (Senecio Radicans).
- 19. String of Buttons (Crassula Perforata).
- 20. String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii).
- 21. String of Nickels (Dischidia Nummularia).
- 22. String of Pearls (Curio Herreanus).
- 23. The Hindu Rope (Hoya Compacta).
- 24. Trailing Jade (Senecio Jacobsenii).
- 25. Variegated Trailing Jade (Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’).
- 26. Wax Plant (Hoya Carnosa).
- Caring for trailing succulents.
What are trailing succulents?
Trailing succulents are a type of plant that typically have long, thin stems and leaves. They are often used as decoration in gardens or homes, as they can add a touch of greenery to any space.
Trailing succulents are relatively easy to care for, making them ideal for those who do not have a lot of time to dedicate to plant maintenance.
If you are interested in adding a trailing succulent to your collection, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, trailing succulents need plenty of sunlight in order to thrive. Be sure to choose a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
Secondly, these plants do not require a lot of water. In fact, too much water can actually be detrimental to their health. Be sure to allow the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions.
Facts about trailing succulents.
Trailing succulents are a type of plant that can grow long, thin stems. They are perfect for hanging baskets or trailing down shelves and windowsills. Trailing succulents come in many different varieties, including Sedum, Echeveria, and Sempervivum.
Trailing succulents are easy to care for and require little water. They are perfect for people who want to enjoy the beauty of plants without having to worry about watering them frequently.
Trailing succulents are also known for being very tolerant of neglect. If you forget to water them for a week or two, they will still be fine. However, if you forget to water them for a longer period of time, they may start to wilt.
Types of Trailing and Hanging Succulents
1. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum).
Burro’s Tail is a succulent plant that is native to Mexico. It gets its name from its long, tail-like stems that can grow up to four feet in length.
The leaves of the plant are fleshy and blue-green in color. The flowers of the plant are small and white.
Burro’s Tail is a popular plant for growing in gardens and as houseplants. The plant is easy to care for and does not require much water.
2. Calico Kitten (Crassula Pellucida).
Calico Kitten is a small, perennial, succulent plant that is native to South Africa. The leaves are fleshy and green with white spots. The flowers are white with pink or red streaks.
Calico Kitten is a popular houseplant because it is easy to care for and can tolerate neglect. It does best in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate some direct sun.
The plant is drought tolerant and does not need to be watered often. Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.
This plant is perfect for anyone who wants a low-maintenance houseplant that is still beautiful and interesting. The variegation on the leaves makes it stand out from other succulents.
3. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera Bridgesii).
Christmas cactus is a popular type of cactus that is often used as a holiday decoration. The plant is native to Brazil and gets its common name from the fact that it blooms around Christmas time.
Christmas cactus is not actually a cactus, but a member of the Schlumbergera family. These plants are easy to care for and make great houseplants. Christmas cactus can be propagated by taking stem cuttings and rooting them in soil.
4. Climbing Aloes (Aloiampelos).
Climbing Aloes are a genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, native to southern Africa. The genus comprises four species, all of which are climbers.
They are evergreen succulents with thick, fleshy leaves and stems. The flowers are borne on racemes or panicles and are typically red, orange, or yellow.
The best-known species is Aloiampelos ciliaris, which is native to the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is a scrambling climber with orange flowers and can reach up to 15 m in height. It is commonly known as the trailing aloe or climbing aloe.
Aloiampelos decumbens is a small, compact plant with yellow flowers. It is native to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
Aloiampelos comptonii is endemic to the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. It is a scrambling climber with orange-red flowers and reaches up to 12 m in height.
5. Dancing Bones (Hatiora Salicornioides).
Dancing Bones is a delightful little succulent that is perfect for trailing over the edge of a pot or hanging basket. The stems are thin and delicate, with tiny leaves that are arranged in an alternating pattern.
The leaves are fleshy and have a light green color, with a red tip. The flowers are white and they appear in clusters at the ends of the stems.
Dancing Bones is native to Brazil, and it is a member of the cactus family. The plant gets its name from the way the stems look like they are dancing when they sway in the breeze.
Dancing Bones is a low-maintenance plant, and it is easy to care for. It does not require much water, and it can tolerate some neglect.
6. Elephant Bush (Portulacaria Afra).
Elephant bush is a beautiful, trailing succulent that is native to South Africa. It has long, green leaves that are often tinged with red or purple. The elephant bush is a fast-growing plant and can reach up to six feet in length.
This hardy plant is drought-tolerant and can thrive in both full sun and partial shade. Elephant bush is an excellent choice for those who are new to growing succulents.
7. Ice Plant (Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis).
Ice plant is a sun-loving plant that’s often used as groundcover.
It has fleshy, blue-green leaves and produces masses of pink, white, or purple flowers from spring to fall.
Ice plant is tolerant of poor soil and drought, making it an ideal choice for hot, dry locations.
8. Kenya Hyacinth (Sansevieria Parva).
Kenya Hyacinth is a succulent plant that is native to Kenya. It is a member of the Asparagaceae family and is closely related to the snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata).
Kenya Hyacinth is a small, evergreen succulent that grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The leaves are green with a yellow margin and are arranged in a rosette pattern.
The flowers are white with purple stripes and bloom in the summer. Kenya Hyacinth is a drought-tolerant plant that can grow in full sun or partial shade. It is an easy plant to care for and is often used as a houseplant or groundcover in gardens.
9. Lantern Flower (Ceropegia Haygarthii).
Lantern flower, or Ceropegia Haygarthii, is a trailing succulent that is perfect for adding a touch of greenery to any space. This plant is native to South Africa and can be found in a variety of colors including green, pink, and purple.
The lantern flower gets its name from its unique blooms which resemble miniature lanterns. This plant is easy to care for and requires very little maintenance.
10. Little Missy (Sedum ‘Little Missy’)
Little Missy is a trailing succulent that is perfect for adding a touch of green to any space. This hardy plant can tolerate neglect and poor lighting, making it ideal for busy people or those who don’t have a lot of experience with plants.
Little Missy is also a great choice for those who want to add some color to their space, as its leaves are a vibrant green.
11. Mezoo Trailing Red (Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis).
Mezoo Trailing Red is a perennial succulent with beautiful red flowers. The plant is native to South Africa and thrives in well-drained soil. Mezoo Trailing Red is an easy plant to care for and is drought tolerant.
The plant can be propagated by stem cuttings. Mezoo Trailing Red is a beautiful plant that makes a great addition to any succulent collection.
12. Monkey’s Tail (Hildewintera Colademononis).
Monkey’s Tail is a cactus that is native to Bolivia. It gets its name from its long, tail-like shape. The plant can grow up to 15 feet tall and has green or blue flowers. Monkey’s Tail is a slow-growing plant, but it can live for many years.
13. October Daphne (Hylotelephium Sieboldii).
October Daphne is a beautiful succulent that is native to Japan. The plant gets its name from the Greek goddess of hunting, Daphne. October Daphne is also known as Sedum Sieboldii and Japanese Stonecrop.
The plant grows to about 12 inches tall and has blue-green leaves that turn red in fall. The flowers are pink and bloom in October. October Daphne is a great plant for gardens and containers.
The plant is drought tolerant and does not need much water. October Daphne can be propagated by stem cuttings.
Stem cuttings should be taken from the plant in spring or summer. The cutting should be about four inches long and have at least two leaves.
The cutting should be placed in a pot with well-drained soil. October Daphne can also be propagated by seed. Seeds should be sown on the surface of well-drained soil in spring or summer.
14. Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis Chamaecereus).
Peanut cactus is a small, round cactus that is native to Bolivia. The plant has many small, sharp spines and grows to a height of about 30 cm (12 in). The flowers are white or pink and bloom in the spring.
The Peanut cactus gets its name from its shape which resembles a peanut. This cactus is also known as the “golden ball cactus” or the “ball cactus”. Peanut cactus is a popular plant for gardens and homes.
This cactus is easy to grow and care for. It does not require much water and can tolerate some neglect. Peanut cactus is an ideal plant for beginner gardeners. The plant is also known to be resistant to pests and diseases.
15. Porcelain Flower (Hoya Pachyclada).
Porcelain flower (Hoya pachyclada) is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae, native to Thailand.
It is a twining vine growing to 20 m (66 ft) tall, with leathery, lanceolate leaves and fragrant white flowers with purple centers. The specific epithet pachyclada means “thickened flower”.
16. Rat Tail Cactus (Disocactus Flagelliformis)
Rat tail cactus is a vining cactus that is native to Mexico. The plant gets its common name from its long, thin, rat-tail like stems.
Rat tail cactus is a fast grower and can quickly reach up to 15 feet in length if left unchecked. The plant produces small white flowers that bloom in the summertime.
17. Ruby Necklace (Othonna Capensis).
Ruby Necklace is an annual succulent with a sprawling habit, growing to 18 inches (45 cm) wide and 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The leaves are round to oval, fleshy, and green to purple in color.
The flowers are small and white, borne on inflorescences that emerge from the leaf axils. Ruby Necklace is native to South Africa and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Ruby Necklace is a succulent that is easy to grow and care for. It does best in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Water Ruby Necklace sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between watering.
18. String of Bananas (Senecio Radicans).
String of Bananas is a very popular and easy to grow houseplant. It gets its name from its long, cascading stems that are covered with small, banana-shaped leaves.
String of Bananas is native to South Africa and prefers warm, humid conditions.
String of Bananas is an excellent plant for beginners because it is very easy to care for. It is tolerant of a wide range of light conditions, from bright light to low light, and can even tolerate some direct sun.
String of Bananas is also very drought tolerant and can go long periods without water. The only thing this plant doesn’t like is cold temperatures.
19. String of Buttons (Crassula Perforata).
String of Buttons is a small, succulent plant that is native to South Africa. The leaves are round and fleshy, and the stems are slender and creeping.
The plant gets its name from the way the leaves are arranged in pairs along the stems, which resemble buttons on a string.
String of Buttons is a drought-tolerant plant that can survive in a wide range of climates, making it an easy plant to care for.
20. String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii).
String of Hearts is a beautiful, heart-shaped leaf succulent that is perfect for any indoor plant enthusiast. This easy to care for plant can be grown in a pot or hanging basket, and will thrive in bright indirect light.
String of Hearts are native to South Africa and Madagascar, and are part of the milkweed family. These trailing plants can grow up to three feet long, and produce small white flowers.
21. String of Nickels (Dischidia Nummularia).
String of Nickels is a succulent vine that is native to tropical regions of Asia. The plant gets its common name from the shape of its leaves, which are small and round like coins.
String of Nickels is a fast-growing plant that can reach up to 20 feet in length. The plant produces white or green flowers that bloom in the summer.
String of Nickels is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to care for. The plant prefers warm temperatures and bright, indirect sunlight.
Water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch. Fertilize the plant once a month during the growing season.
22. String of Pearls (Curio Herreanus).
String of Pearls is a beautiful, interesting succulent that is native to Madagascar. It is a member of the Curio genus, which contains about 60 different species.
The String of Pearls plant gets its name from its long, slender leaves that look like beads on a string. This unique plant is perfect for adding some visual interest to your home or office!
23. The Hindu Rope (Hoya Compacta).
The Hindu Rope is a beautiful and unique houseplant that is perfect for anyone looking for something a little different.
This plant is native to southeastern Asia and has long, slender leaves that are variegated with shades of green, yellow, and white. The Hindu Rope is an easy plant to care for and is tolerant of both low light and high humidity.
24. Trailing Jade (Senecio Jacobsenii).
Trailing Jade is a succulent native to South Africa. It has long, trailing stems with blue-green leaves. The leaves are fleshy and have a slightly waxy coating. Trailing Jade is an easy plant to care for and makes a great addition to any succulent collection.
Trailing Jade is a drought tolerant plant and can withstand long periods of dryness. However, it does prefer some humidity and will do best if watered regularly during the growing season. Trailing Jade is a fast-growing plant and can quickly become leggy if not pruned regularly.
25. Variegated Trailing Jade (Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’).
This plant is native to South Africa, so it does best in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sun, but it will scorch if left in direct sun for too long. Water when the soil is dry to the touch.
Allow the plant to dry out completely between waterings to prevent root rot. comet has beautiful, variegated leaves that are green with white streaks running through them.
The leaves are ovate and slightly succulent. This plant can grow to be about 12 inches long. It is a beautiful plant that does well in hanging baskets or as a trailing plant in mixed succulent arrangements.
26. Wax Plant (Hoya Carnosa).
Wax plant is a beautiful houseplant that is easy to care for.
The plant gets its name from the waxy, fleshy leaves.
Wax plants are native to Southeast Asia and India.
They are part of the Apocynaceae family, which includes oleander and milkweed.
Wax plants are evergreen vines that can grow to be 20 feet long.
The plants are often found in humid tropical forests.
Wax plant flowers are small and fragrant.
They grow in clusters and can be white, pink, or red.
Caring for trailing succulents.
Trailing succulents are a great way to add a touch of greenery to your home, without taking up too much space. They’re easy to care for, and can thrive in both bright and low-light conditions.
To keep your trailing succulent healthy, water it when the soil is dry to the touch. If the leaves start to look wilted, that’s a sign that it’s time to water. Be sure to drainage holes in the pot, so the roots don’t get waterlogged.
Fertilize your trailing succulent every few months with a succulent-specific fertilizer, or a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half strength.
In the spring and summer, you may see your trailing succulent produce flowers. These are typically small and pale in color. If you want to encourage flowering, make sure it’s getting enough light.
If you notice the leaves of your trailing succulent turning yellow or brown, that’s a sign that it’s not getting enough light. Move it to a brighter spot, and cut back on watering.
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So there you have it, some of the best trailing and hanging succulents for your garden. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect plant for your space. Be sure to give them plenty of light and water, and they’ll thrive in no time. Thanks for reading!