Hanging succulents are seeing an explosion in popularity in recent years. They have a very low maintenance nature that makes them very desirable as houseplants, and they can add beauty to any room you introduce them to. Since most hanging succulents are easy to take care of, they’re a great fit for beginner gardeners.
If you’re someone who likes to have succulents and you’re considering adding hanging baskets to your home, you’re most likely curious as to what hanging succulents you can add to them. A lot of succulents come with trailing, hanging, or cascading habits that work well hanging out of the sides of your planters.
We’ve picked out the 25 most popular hanging succulents that look lovely in many different sized containers, and you can mix and match them to create a fun, whimsical look in your room.
1. Burro’s Tail (Sedum Morganianum)
Burro’s tail or Sedum morganianum is an extremely popular houseplant. It is a very eye-catching cultivar that has luxurious, long stems that drape gracefully over the side of your hanging baskets or terrariums. The leaves are plump, and they dangle from the stem and overlap one another to create the illusion of a tail. This is where the plant gets the name. The leaves feature a green coloring and have a dusting of pale blue, waxy powder.
This powder is why it’s a good idea to not touch the plant with your fingers as the oil can easily rub the wax away. If you should touch it, the wax will come back in short order. The plant will seldom produce flowers. However, if it does, they’re star-shaped, small, and unscented. Generally speaking, this pretty hanging succulent does wonderfully indoors. However, as the plant starts to mature, it does tend to get heavy. You’ll need a sturdy hanging basket to prevent it from crashing to the floor.
2. Calico Kitten (Crassula Pellucida Variegata)
This aesthetically pleasing succulent is perfect for areas that experience drought. The Calico Kitten is a very long trailing type of hanging succulent that has pretty, heart-shaped leaves on it. The leaves will come in shades of pink, rose, green, and cream combinations. When it’s happily stressed, the leaves will take on a darker and deeper shade of whichever color they are. You can also expect it to produce smaller white flowers in the spring.
This is an excellent plant to put in hanging baskets that spill over borders, retaining walls, and planter bowls. However, this particular hanging succulent is sensitive and it’ll require more care from you. It’s not recommended for beginner gardeners, but it’s nice for people with experience.
3. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera Bridgesii)
The Christmas cactus is rumored to bloom around Christmastime each year, and this is where the name comes from. It’s a very unusual but popular cactus, and the leaves will serve as stems while the plant bodies are flattened. These flat, small stem segments are rounded, and they have very small serrations on both sides. The flowers will bloom in the late fall or early wintertime before Christmas, and they form at the ends of each stem.
This hanging succulent has flower coloring that ranges from pink and white to yellow, red, or purple. However, they’re usually a bold carmine red with a purple tinge at the center. Putting this plant in a hanging basket will help the bright green, long stems stand out as they spill over. With the bright flowers blooming in the winter months, they can act as a pretty holiday decoration.
4. Dancing Bones (Hatiora Salicornioides)
Even though the name of this hanging succulent sounds ominous, it may just be the perfect choice for your garden or home. It’s a very unique-looking plant that produces very contorted and interesting stems. The deep green foliage is very distinct, and it provides nice visual interest when you plant it.
During the spring and winter months, this hanging succulent blooms with small yellow flowers at the end of each shoot. This plant maxes out at 20 inches long, and it can be slightly bushy and compact. Placing this plant in a hanging basket and giving it room to trail and hang can lend a unique, fresh look.
5. Elephant Bush (Portulacaria Afra)
The Elephant Bush is native to South Africa, as the name may have suggested. It serves as a valuable food source in the elephant’s native habitat. The primary features of this hanging succulent are the brown stems that contrast nicely with the small, green leaves. They can get several feet high in their native habitat with the right nutrients and care. You can choose from two varieties when you get this plant, including outward and downward growth habits.
You can add this hanging succulent to spillers that grow on the edges of your baskets if you make arrangements. If you’re in a hot planting zone, this choice will be perfect as it loves full sun and heat. It’s a very simple looking plant, but it goes wonderfully in minimalistic designs.
6. Hindu Rope (Hoya Carnosa Compacta)
Hindu rope falls into the wax plant family, and this hanging succulent has a very unusual structure that is common with hoyas. It has curled, fleshy leaves that crowd together, and it makes the thicker vines look like ropes. The leaves are either dark green and solid in color or they’re variegated white and green. They also look glossy and waxy. If you take care of this hanging succulent well, it grows star-shaped flowers in clusters.
However, the prettiest point to these flowers is the glassy appearance that makes them look like they’re porcelain. The vitality is what makes this plant excellent for your home, but it doesn’t climb like many hoyas do. Instead, the stems get heavy and droop over the edges of your container. This makes them excellent for a hanging succulent garden.
7. Ice Plant (Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis)
The ice plant is a great hanging succulent to add to any floral environment as it’s a very low-growing specimen that comes with pretty reddish-hued stems. The leaves are a greenish-gray color with a rubbery texture. Both the leaves and stems on this plant come covered in transparent bobbles that give the look of the plant being covered in tiny ice beads, and this is where the name comes from. However, the main drawing point of this plant is how it produces daisy-like, shiny flowers.
8. Kenya Hyacinth (Sansevieria Parva)
Kenya Hyacinth is a hanging succulent that is part of the hardy snake plant family. It makes a great outdoor or indoor plant as it grows well in both areas. Generally, this is a slower growing plant with reflexing, narrow leaves that can get up to an inch wide and 16 inches long at full maturity.
The leaves will grow out in small rosettes, and the plant sends out longer stolons that end in very small plantlets, making this a nice choice for hanging baskets. It produces small spikes of smaller pink-hued flowers, and the smell can lighten your mood.
9. Lantern Flower (Ceropegia Haygarthii)
This takes the title as one of the most unusual looking hanging succulents on the list. The common name for this plant came from the fact that the flower has a lantern shape to it. The cage-like flowers can trap insects that feed on the plant’s nectar. They are roughly four centimeters long with a cream-colored tube that has a maroon-purple flecking at the base.
On the inside of the flower, you’ll find hairs that point downwards to help trap the flies in. It’s a semi-evergreen plant that is very strong growing and twining succulent. It features ovate, small leaves and stalks that are only a few millimeters thick, and it can get up to nine feet long. This length makes it a great choice as a hanging basket succulent.
10. Little Missy Sedum (Sedum Little Missy)
Little Missy Sedum is a sun-loving hanging succulent that is very easy to care for. It comes with heart-shaped, tiny foliage that is variegated, and it has pink edging. This is a fast-growing plant that can grow several inches in a month or two, and putting it inside of a hanging basket gives it a chance to spill over the edges to create a living decoration for your home. The summer makes the plant more attractive as small white flowers start to bloom.
11. Monkey’s Tail (Hildewintera Colademononis)
Falling into the cactus family, Monkey’s Tail gets the name from the draping, long stems that feature bristly white spines. The stems have a yellowish green coloring to them, and they can get up to eight feet long when you care for them properly. However, it’s important to note that this plant will grow upright first before the weight of the stems drags them down over the sides of the pot.
This hanging succulent produces flowers in the winter that are bright red, and it increases the plant’s beauty. It’s one plant that is highly recommended for beginners because it has straightforward care requirements. The combination it offers of trailing, long stems and white bristles with bright red flowers is a very eye-catching site.
12. October Daphne (Sedum Sieboldii)
This hanging succulent takes the title for having some of the most gorgeous foliage out of any sedum plant. It’s a very colorful pick that has light green leaves with light pink coloring at the tips. The leaves form in threes around the plant’s stems, and the pink color gets stronger during the hotter summer months. It’s a low spreading cultivar that forms a nicely rounded mound, and it has horizontal branches that will spread out as it grows. This is why you want to plant it into the center of your pot.
When fall comes around, it’ll form star-shaped, bright pink flowers in clusters at the edge of the plant’s stem. The stems will get up to 12 inches long at full maturity, and it drapes nicely over your basket. The fall will bring out more colors for the plant, including shades of orange, yellow, red, or pink.
13. Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis Chamaecereus)
A pretty cactus to add as a hanging succulent is the Peanut Cactus. It offers ½ inch wide stem joints that are roughly the size of a peanut, hence the name. This plant grows best in a container because of the low-growing and small growth habit, and it has several crowded finger-like stems that feature white, short bristly spines that surround the six or nine ridges on the plant’s stem.
This plant also has the lines that you find on the outside of a peanut shell. These spines are soft, and this makes it safe to have around children and pets. Mature plants can get up to six inches, and this will still hang over your basket despite not being overly long. However, the flowers are the real selling point of this plant, and they come in a bright reddish-orange coloring and are five centimeters wide.
This plant produces these flowers from a very early age, and the flowers look like they’re bigger than the stems themselves. Having this plant in your home can provide an eye-catching decor piece, especially in late spring or early summer as this is when the flowers bloom.
14. Porcelain Flower (Hoya Pachyclada)
Hailing from the Hoya genus, this hanging succulent is called the Porcelain flower. It doesn’t have a vine like many options on the list, and it’s much slower growing than other Hoya options. The plant stems are very thick and short, and they have green leaves with bright red edges that can grow up to 0.25 inches thick. This plant produces stunning white flowers that look wonderful in flower arrangements, and this is where the name comes from.
The flowers will form a perfect ball with 20 to 25 of them gathering in a single large cluster. It has a very citrusy smell that is very refreshing when you walk by it. If you put this hanging succulent in a hanging basket, it allows the stems to drape over the edges as the foliage grows and the plant matures. The flowers will bloom throughout the spring months.
15. Rat Tail Cactus (Aporocactus Flagelliformis)
If you’re looking for a versatile hanging succulent that can grow in virtually any conditions, this is a great choice. It’s commonly called the Rat Tail Cactus because it has very long, trailing stems that can get up to four feet long and ½ inch in diameter at full maturity. These slender, long stems are very flexible, and this makes them a great candidate for hanging baskets. The stems can hover over the edges.
You’ll find brown bristly hairs covering the limp stems, and they can be sharp. So, you should be very careful when you handle them. During the spring, the plant starts to produce flowers, and the flowers are a pretty crimson-pink color with a tubular shape. This boosts the plant’s aesthetics when the stems drape out of the side of the pot.
16. Ruby Necklace (Othonna Capensis)
This is a very fast-growing succulent that has bean-like, narrow foliage. It can grow up to two inches in an upward manner before it starts to trail downward under its own weight. The bean-like foliage on this plant can range in color from purple to green when it’s happily stressed. This makes the plant have brightly colored, long stems in a ruby red color, and this is where the name comes from. Another great point to this hanging succulent is the yellow, small, daisy-like flowers it produces. With this look, you can easily see why this plant stands out in your space.
17. String Of Bananas (Senecio Radicans)
This hanging succulent is part of the Senecio family, and this means that it’s also related to the String of Tears and the String of Pearls we talk about later. The String of Bananas grows the same way the other two do, but the leaves have a very distinct banana shape to them that sets this plant apart.
As the stems cascade, it looks like a small string of bananas. The chains can easily get up to five feet long if you don’t trim it, and this means it’ll spill over the sides of your hanging basket and drape down. During the winter and spring months, this hanging succulent provides even more interest for your room as it produces smaller white flowers.
18. String Of Buttons (Crassula Perforata)
This hanging succulent is native to South Africa, and the String of Buttons offers pretty triangular-shaped leaves that stack on top of one another as it spirals around the plant’s stem. It’s a type of Jade plant, and the leaves are a greenish-gray color with a pink tint along the edges if you hang it in the light.
At full maturity, this plant will get up to two feet tall, and it will grow in an uprighit pattern at first. However, as it matures, the stems will start to bend down and spill out the sides of the pot. During the spring months, this plant offers pale yellow, small, star-shaped flowers.
19. String Of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)
This is an unusual plant that has pretty heart-shaped foliage to it. The entire plant has a very eye-catching silver, dark green, and purple leaves that are very eye-catching when you see them. All of these colors combine in a single string. Even though the foliage is very full in appearance, it’s not an extremely bush vine for your hanging baskets. Instead, this plant stays on the wispy side for looks.
During the summer, the flowers will look like tiny purple lanterns that contrast nicely with the darker foliage. Also, this is a very large plant, and it can easily have vines that trail up to nine feet each at full maturity. So, you want to ensure that you give it plenty of room to grow and trail.
20. String Of Nickels (Dischidia Nummularia)
This is one of the most exotic and uncommon houseplants that you can get on this list. However, even if they are, they’re still a very beginner-friendly plant to grow. This plant got the name due to the fact that it has round, firm leaves that look like coin strands. Some people even say that these growths look like a magnifying glass. The color of the leaves can be anything from a shade of bronze to a very light olive green.
This hanging succulent has an epiphytes classification, and this means that it can grow on other structures instead of planting it in the ground. It can spread between 8 and 10 feet at full maturity, and this makes it an excellent choice for your hanging baskets. The pale yellow or white flowers it produces add more beauty to this plant, even if they’re on the smaller side.
21. String Of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)
This unique-looking hanging succulent comes with pea-shaped leaves that grow on very thin, long stems. This is the reason you’ll hear it called String of Pearls or the String of Beads plant.
These rounded leaves store water, and this gives the entire plant a succulent, drought-tolerant nature. The leaves come with tiny slits in the center, and these serve as tiny windows for light to enter the plant during photosynthesis. This plant has very weak surface roots that have thin stems that can get up to three feet long. They can adapt to virtually any growing environment, and they look pretty in a host of locations.
You’ll get white, small, fuzzy flowers on this hanging succulent, and they smell like spiced vanilla cinnamon when you walk by them. All you have to do is give this plant a space where the temperature stays between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit, adequate sunlight, and fertilizer for them to be happy. This plant’s hanging foliage makes it great to fill in a hanging basket.
22. String Of Tears (Senecio Herreianus)
String of Tears has a structure that looks very similar to the String of Pearls. The only difference between the two hanging succulents is that this one is far more compact, and it has pea-like, spherical foliage. It also offers semi-translucent, vertical lines that run from the tip to help with photosynthesis. This is a trailing, slow-growing succulent that offers tendrils that get up to 90 centimeters from tip to tip. It blooms during the summer months to offer pretty white flowers with a cinnamon scent.
You should note that this particular plant will need more room for its trailing habit, and this is what makes it a nice choice for larger hanging baskets. As the trails spill out of the sides of the baskets, the plant takes on the look of a beaded necklace.
23. Trailing Jade (Senecio Jacobsenii)
Trailing Jade comes outfitted with thick succulent stems, and it also offers egg-shaped, green, fleshy leaves that are between two and three inches long. The leaves will overlap with one another along the stems, and during the winter months, it develops a pretty purple blush.
It forms rayless, bright orange composite flowers during the fall months, and you’ll get a cheesy scent with it. Both the flowers and leaves on this hanging succulent stand upright from the stems to add to the aesthetics. It can get up to four feet long at full maturity, so planting it in a basket will allow the stems to drape over the edges.
24. Variegated Trailing Jade (Crassula Sarmentosa)
This is simply a variegated version of the trailing jade plant, as the name suggests. It’s a scrambling succulent that can reach up to a foot tall at full maturity, and it has minimal branches from the base. It offers reddish-hued stems that get up to three feet in an arching growth habit before trailing down, making it a perfect hanging succulent.
The leaves are oval with pointed tips, and they have toothed margins for more interest. They’re green-colored, and the edges are a light yellow color. Star-shaped, white flowers will show up in the late autumn months, and this adds to the plant’s beauty. When you put it under a strong sun, the foliage will all take on a red tinge to add more visual interest.
25. Wax Plant (Hoya Carnosa)
The final hanging succulent on the list is the Wax Plant, and it’s native to Australia and Eastern Asia. This plant produces branching stems that can get up to 20 feet or even longer. It has light to dark green leaves that are fleshy and thick. When the flowers bloom on this plant, you’ll see a star shape in thick clusters. The flowers are usually a bright white with a dark pink center, and both the leaves and flowers have a waxy and shiny appearance.
These 25 hanging succulents allow you to fill out your hanging baskets with bright, pretty, and eye-catching plants. You can mix and match several plants in the same basket, or you can set up multiple baskets and hang them around your home to show off your collection.
Jen is a master gardener, interior designer and home improvement expert. She has completed many home improvement, decor and remodeling projects with her family over the past 10 years on their 4,500 sf Victorian house. She is also a passionate farmer who keeps goats, chickens, turkeys cows and pigs on her farm, and an instructor for her community’s Organic and Sustainable Farming project.