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20 Low Light Succulents For Indoor Spaces

20 Low Light Succulents For Indoor Spaces

Succulents are trendy plants that come in all sorts of colors, shapes and textures. Their ability to store water in their thick leaves and stems makes them perfect for forgetful plant owners. While most succulents need plenty of direct sunlight, there are varieties that can adapt to lower light conditions indoors.

If your home or office lacks bright sunny windows, don’t worry! These 20 low light succulent varieties can survive and even thrive in dimmer spaces.

1. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

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The jade plant’s small fleshy leaves grow in opposites pairs along woody stems giving it an eye-catching appearance. This succulent can slowly grow into a small tree reaching 3-4 feet tall. Jade plants need at least a few hours of bright, indirect light each day.

2. Christmas Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

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Kalanchoes bloom with long-lasting clusters of tiny red, orange, yellow or white flowers. The dark green, scalloped leaves form a compact rosette shape and only need medium light conditions to stay happy.

3. Zebra Plant (Haworthia attenuata)

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As its name suggests, zebra plants have pointed fleshy green leaves with unique white horizontal stripes. This small, low-growing succulent does well in medium to low light homes and offices.

4. Bear’s Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa)

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The unusual bear paw succulent produces furry pale green oblong leaves that closely stack together forming a fuzzy “paw” shape. It’s a slower grower that won’t mind medium to lower light areas.

5. Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense)

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With its pale whitish-green hue and plump rosette shape, the ghost plant gets its spooky name. It does surprisingly well with just a few hours of brighter indirect light each day.

6. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

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This trailing succulent forms thick blue-green stems densely packed with fleshy tear-drop shaped leaves. Hanging burro’s tail plants only need medium to lower indoor light. Excess direct sun can cause the leaves to shrivel.

7. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

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The soft fuzzy leaves of the panda plant appear almost white thanks to their dense covering of tiny hairs. This succulent forms a rounded mound shape and thrives in medium indirect light conditions.

8. String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

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String of pearls is a unique succulent with long trailing stems holding rows of pea-sized fleshy green “pearl” leaves. It does well in partial shade or lower light spaces, just make sure not to overwater.

9. Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)

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With its triangle stem segments and wicked spines, the crown of thorns is a tough succulent built to withstand medium to lower light settings. It’s covered in bright red or yellow floral bracts during its bloom period.

10. Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

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Closely related to the Christmas kalanchoe, flaming katy also produces bright flower clusters in red, yellow or orange shades. Its green fleshy leaves will do fine without much direct sunlight indoors.

11. Moonstones (Pachyphytum oviferum)

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These succulents have smooth, rounded pale blue-green leaves growing in an orderly rosette pattern. Moonstones are accustomed to growing under low light conditions like shade from shrubs or trees.

12. Green Pearl Necklace (Senecio rowleyanus)

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Another variety of the string of pearls, this trailing succulent has rounder, fuller pea-shaped leaves densely strung along its stems. It grows best in partial shade or medium to lower indoor light.

13. Mother of Thousands (Bryophyllum daigremontianum)

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This easy-care succulent is named for its prolific growth habits, sending off tiny plantlets from notches along its wide, wavy-edged leaves. Mother of thousands does just fine in medium light conditions.

14. Donkey’s Tail (Sedum morganianum burro)

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A compact variant of the burro’s tail, donkey’s tail also has fleshy bluish-green tear drop leaves trailing down its stems. It’s slightly more forgiving of bright light but also grows well in lower indoor settings.

15. Chocolate Soldier (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

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Chocolate soldier gets its name from the dense brownish fuzz covering its wide green leaves. This fuzzy kalanchoe variety thrives under medium to lower light conditions away from direct sunlight.

16. Baby Sunrose (Aptenia cordifolia)

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Perfect for hanging baskets, baby sunrose has long trailing stems covered in rounded green leaves that take on a rosy hue when exposed to brighter light. But it does just fine with typical medium to lower indoor lighting.

17. Climbing Aloe (Aloiampelos ciliaris)

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As its name implies, the climbing aloe sends out long rosette-covered stems that trail or climb up supports. This spiky succulent can adapt to quite low light, indirect light situations indoors.

18. Starfish Flower (Stapelia gigantea)

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The unusual starfish flower succulent doesn’t look like much until its large cabbage-like rosette sends up thick, star-shaped blooms. This low-light plant produces highly scented (and not very appealing) flowers.

19. String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)

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Like pearls and bananas on a string, the plump barrel-shaped leaves of this trailing succulent variety look good enough to eat! String of bananas thrives in lower light areas with growth staying compact.

20. Drunkard’s Dream (Orostachys iwarenge)

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With thick silvery-green rosette leaves, the drunkard’s dream succulent makes a striking accent plant for shadier indoor spots. Its name comes from the plant’s resemblance to a spinning pinwheel when viewed from above.

Whether you live in a dim apartment or work in a windowless office, these low light tolerant succulents can bring life and color to your surroundings. Give them well-draining soil and avoid overwatering, and these unique easy-care plants will put on a show!

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