14 POPULAR TYPES OF SUCCULENTS

Learn about succulents, one of the easiest plant types to take care of! 

written by Samantha Agostino

Succulents are a go-to plant for all plant parents, regardless of experience level. These plants are easy to take care of and come in so many different varieties, finding a succulent you'll love will take no time at all!

1. SEDUM 

Sedums, also known as Stonecrops, are thick-leaved plants that grow in star-shaped clusters. These are drought tolerant and low maintenance plants, making Sedum growing conditions very manageable. 

Sedum Light Requirements: Full Sun
Sedum Water Requirements: Water every 10-14 days 
Sedum Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Sedum Humidity: Average Humidity (40%) 
Popular Sedum Species: Sedum morganianum, Sedum clavatum, Sedum nussbaumerianum

2. ECHEVERIA

Echeverias are larger growing succulents, native to mountainous regions such as Mexico and Argentina. There are over 150 different echeveria types, in an abundance of colors!

Echeveria Light Requirements: Full Sun
Echeveria Water Requirements: Water every 10-14 days 
Echeveria Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Echeveria Humidity: Low Humidity (20%) 
Popular Echeveria Species: Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg', Echeveria agavoides, Echeveria elegans

3. SEMPERVIVUM (HEN & CHICKS)

Sempervivums, or more commonly referred to as Hens & Chicks, grow in rosette formations with pointed leaf tips. These plants are fairly resilient and are hardy enough to withstand winter weather

Sempervivum Light Requirements: Full Sun
Sempervivum Water Requirements: Water every 10-14 days
Sempervivum Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Sempervivum Humidity: Low Humidity (20%)
Popular Sempervivum Species: Sempervivum Black, Sempervivum Ruby Heart, Sempervivum tectorum

4. HAWORTHIA

Haworthias are hardy succulents that come in many different shapes and color variations. Most notable are the Haworthias with spikes and white dots adorning their leaves. These plants are easy to care for and forgiving of negligence. 

Haworthia Light Requirements: Filtered Sun or Partial Shade 
Haworthia Water Requirements: Water every 10-14 days
Haworthia Temperature: High Temperature (75°-90°F)
Haworthia Humidity: Low Humidity (20%)
Popular Haworthia Species: Haworthia cooperi, Haworthia cuspidata, Haworthia truncata

5. CRASSULA

Crassulas are a popular succulent due to their large assortment of colors, textures, and shapes. You more than likely have seen or heard of the most popular Crassula, The Jade Plant. These plants are hardy and quite resilient! 

Crassula Light Requirements: Filtered Sun 
Crassula Water Requirements: Water every 14-21 days
Crassula Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Crassula Humidity: Low Humidity (20%)
Popular Crassula Species: Crassula ovata, Crassula cotyledonis, Crassula perforata, Crassula muscosa

6. KALANCHOE 

Kalanchoes are slow growing succulents most popular for their varied leaf shapes and assorted flowers. These plants are easy to care for and have over 100 species. 

Kalanchoe Light Requirements: Full Sun or Filtered Sun
Kalanchoe Water Requirements: Water every 14-21 days
Kalanchoe Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Kalanchoe Humidity: Average Humidity (40%)
Popular Kalanchoe Species: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, Kalanchoe tomentosa, Kalanchoe daigremontiana,

7. COTYLEDON

Cotyledons are a smaller genus of succulents, consisting of only 10 species. The most popular species is the Cotyledon orbiculata, which has many subspecies to choose from!

Cotyledon Light Requirements: Full Sun or Filtered Sun
Cotyldeon Water Requirements: Water every 7-10 days
Cotyldeon Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Cotyldeon Humidity: Average Humidity (40%)
Popular Cotyldeon Species: Cotyledon orbiculata, Cotyledon tomentosa

8. ALOE


Aloe is one of the more easily identifiable succulents and also one of the easiest to care for! You've most likely seen Aloe Vera as it's a common houseplant both for its look and healing properties

Aloe Light Requirements: Full Sun
Aloe Water Requirements: Water every 14-21 days
Aloe Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Aloe Humidity: Average Humidity (40%)
Popular Aloe Species: Aloe barbadensis, Aloe perfoliata, Aloe jucunda

9. SENECIO

Senecios are drought-tolerant succulents that vary in shape, color and size. This genus of plants is made up of over 1,000 species, so there are plenty of options to choose from!

Senecio Light Requirements: Full Sun or Filtered Sun 
Senecio Water Requirements: Water every 14-21 days
Senecio Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Senecio Humidity: Low Humidity (20%)
Popular Senecio Species: Senecio haworthii, Senecio cephalophorus, Senecio kleiniiformis

10. HOYA


Hoya plants are slow-growing, often trailing succulents. Some species of Hoya are a little trickier to care for than others, but the variety makes it easy to find one best suited to your lifestyle!

Hoya Light Requirements: Filtered Sun or Medium Light 
Hoya Water Requirements: Water every 7-10 days
Hoya Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Hoya Humidity: Average to High Humidity (40-80%)
Popular Hoya Species: Hoya carnosa, Hoya obovata, Hoya kerrii

11. DRACAENA/SANSEVIERIA

The Dracaena is a large genus that includes many species. The Sansevieria, formerly its own genus, has since been absorbed into the large Dracaena genus. You may known the most popular of its kind, the Snake Plant

Dracaena/Sansevieria Light Requirements: Filtered Sun
Dracaena/Sansevieria Water Requirements: Water every 10-14 days
Dracaena/Sansevieria Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°- 85°F)
Dracaena/Sansevieria Humidity: High Humidity (60-80%)
Popular Dracaena/Sansevieria Species: Dracaena trifasciata, Dracaena fragrans, Dracaena marginata, Dracaena cylindrica

12. AGAVE


Agave is a genus of succulent most commonly found in arid, desert environments. Though these pretty blue plants are slow-growing, they do get rather large! 

Agave Light Requirements: Full Sun
Agave Water Requirements: Water every 10-14 days
Agave Temperature: High Temperature (75°-90°F)
Agave Humidity: Low Humidity (20%)
Popular Agave Species: Agave americana, Agave attenuata, Agave desmettiana

13. GASTERIA

The Gasteria is a succulent closely related to Aloe. These plants are the perfect pick for anyone looking for something unique, as they come in a variety of shapes and textures. 

Gasteria Light Requirements: Filtered Sun or Partial Shade
Gasteria Water Requirements: Water every 10-14 days
Gasteria Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Gasteria Humidity: Low Humidity (20%)
Popular Gasteria Species: Gasteria liliputana, Gasteria batesiana, Gasteria acinacifolia

14. PILEA

The Pilea genus is primarily made up of succulents, but does have some species outside of this classification. If you're looking for a hardy Pilea, try out the Chinese Money Plant!

Pilea Light Requirements: Filtered Sun
Pilea Water Requirements: Water every 10-14 days
Pilea Temperature: Moderate to High Temperature (60°-85°F)
Pilea Humidity: Average to High Humidity (40-80%)
Popular Pilea Species: Pilea peperomioides, Pilea cadierei, Pilea depressa, 

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