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12 Types of Hanging Succulents (With Pictures)

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Are you a succulent lover or looking to add an air of sophistication to your garden or home? If yes, consider hanging succulents. Hanging succulents are gorgeous and a popular trend in gardening and decor.

Their adaptive nature makes succulents suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Hanging succulents are ideal for decorating. You can also use them to separate your garden into distinct areas.

In this article, you’ll learn about 12 types of hanging succulents you should be using in your garden or home.

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The 12 Most Common Types of Hanging Succulents

1. Strings of Pearls

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Scientific Name: Senecio rowleyanus
Mature Stem Length: 1–3 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Both
Soil Type: Well-draining, sandy soil
Light: Bright light

This fascinating succulent is one of the most popular hanging succulents native to South Africa. It has small leaves arranged in a string-like pattern. That’s why it’s named after a pearl necklace. These leaves can grow up to 3 feet long and be as thin as a quarter inch.

Water the strings of pearls twice a week in the summer and once a week in the winter, but only when the soil is dry throughout the pot to avoid over-watering.

Strings of Pearls thrive in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate medium light. If you’re looking for an easy-to-care-for hanging plant, this hanging succulent is the best bet.


2. Burro’s Tail

Scientific Name: Sedum morganianum
Mature Stem Length: Up to 4 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Both
Soil Type: Dry, sandy soil
Light: Bright light

Burro’s tail is one of the most popular hanging succulents because of its amazing trailing stems. It’s native to Honduras and Southern Mexico.

This succulent is a slow-growing, drought-tolerant plant that can reach up to 4 feet in length. The dense, fleshy leaves form a thick stem that trails down the pot.

It has blue-green leaves and produces tiny pink flowers in the winter. This plant needs bright light and well-draining soil to thrive, but it can tolerate low-light conditions as well.

These succulents grow best outdoors in hanging baskets or pots where they have space to trail over the sides. If you’re growing them indoors, give them enough room so that their stems don’t get too crowded.


3. String of Hearts

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Scientific Name: Ceropegia woodii
Mature Stem Length: 4 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoors
Soil Type: Well-draining, sandy soil
Light: Bright and direct light

The string of hearts is not just a name. The leaves of the String of Hearts resemble tiny, heart-shaped beads. It’s sometimes called rosary vine or sweetheart vine as well. This hanging succulent is native to Southern Africa.

The plant is identified by its trailing stems that can grow up to 4 feet long. It will bloom small, white flowers at the end of the stems in suitable conditions.

This hanging succulent is easy to propagate. You can plant the stems in soil, either in hanging planters or a pot with soil in it. It thrives in bright, indirect light. Ensure you water it when the soil feels dry to the touch.


4. String of Nickels (Button Orchid)

Scientific Name: Dischidia nummularia
Mature Stem Length: Up to 9 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoors
Soil Type: Epiphyte mix that’s well-draining
Light: Indirect light, morning light

This succulent has an interesting appearance and an unusual name because the leaves are shaped like nickels. It gets its name from the small, half-moon-shaped leaves that grow along the stems. You can find the string of nickels in the tropical regions in Australia and India.

The String of Nickels has beautiful, round, fleshy green leaves that grow in opposite pairs.Its stem can grow over 8 feet long.

The plant has white and green colors, but it produces small, white flowers. You can plant it in a pot to control its growth and display the unique foliage of this plant.


5. String of Dolphins

String of Dolphins Succulents
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Scientific Name: Senecio peregrinus
Mature Stem Length: Up to 3 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoors
Soil Type: Well-draining, arid soil
Light: Shade, Indirect, or filtered sunlight

The String of Dolphins is another hanging succulent that you can use for indoor decoration using a hanging basket. This plant is native to Southwest Africa and

has round, dark green leaves that look like dolphins jumping from the water’s surface. You can place it anywhere on the balcony or near the window. No matter where it is, it will enhance your home decor with its unusual appearance.

The long stems will trail over the edge of a pot or hanging basket. The foliage is fleshy and will store water for dry spells. You can create an attractive arrangement by combining them with other succulent vines.


6. Ruby Necklace (Little Pickles)

Scientific Name: Othonna capensis
Mature Stem Length: 2–3 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Both
Soil Type: Well-draining, acidic soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5
Light: Full sunlight

The Ruby necklace is native to South Africa. It has a lovely color pallet of purple, green, and pink with leaves that hang down from a thin stem. This plant is drought tolerant, but you need to keep it in a bright spot. It’s best to keep it moist in the summer and dry in the winter.

The succulent has long trailing vines. The effect is unique and appealing to those who like to admire their plants from a distance.

This succulent is known for its red coloration on the edge of its leaves. It makes a beautiful hanging plant. You can also use it as ground cover in rock gardens or in planters where it can spill over the edges.


7. The Hindu Rope

Scientific Name: Hoya carnosa ‘Compacta’
Mature Stem Length: 3 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoors
Soil Type: Well-aerated, fast-draining soil
Light: Bright, indirect light

The Hindu Rope plant is an evergreen perennial that grows rosettes of thick, leathery leaves. The leaves have red margins and a tubercular surface with light green centers.

This succulent is a twisted wonder. The leaves come out at odd angles, and each leaf has a different shape. It will drape over the side of your planter, growing towards the light source. It is one of those plants you have to see to understand its uniqueness.

The flowers are bright pink and bell-shaped. It looks great in pots or hanging baskets and does well indoors as a houseplant.

The succulent is native to Australia and Asia.


8. String of Bananas

Scientific Name: Senecio radicans
Mature Stem Length: 3 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoors
Soil Type: Well-draining, porous soil
Light: Bright, indirect sunlight

The String of Bananas plant is a trailing succulent with long stems that look like banana bunches. It has tiny leaves only about a quarter inch long. They appear in clusters along the stems. It is called the String of Bananas because it looks like bananas on a string. The leaves have the shape and color of bananas. They are even green when young and turn yellow as they mature.

Bright light will bring out the best color in this hanging succulent, but it also does survive in low light.

The flowers grow on short stalks along the stem. Also, you must hang the plant. This way, the vines have room to grow.

The fleshy stems of this succulent plant are susceptible to rot if overwatered, so be sure to let the soil dry out between watering. Also, use a pot with lots of drainage holes.


9. Calico Kitten

Scientific Name: Crassula pellucida variegata
Mature Stem Length: 1 foot
Indoor or Outdoor: Both
Soil Type: Fast-draining, sandy soil
Light: Plenty of sunlight and sometimes shade

The Calico Kitten is an adorable plant. It has tiny leaves and stems that resemble a cat’s tail. It’s also sometimes called the Curly Sue because of its little curly spirals. Calico Kitten is also native to South Africa.

This is an easy plant to maintain. It prefers light shade to full sun but will tolerate some shade if needed. Keep the soil moist but always allow it to dry out before watering again.

The plant has round leaves with white, green, and pink stripes. This color combination is reminiscent of kittens and is why it was given its name.

Its trailing vines can reach about a foot long. It makes it an excellent plant to use as a hanging basket or in a pot where it can cascade over the side.


10. October Daphne

Scientific Name: Sedum sieboldii
Mature Stem Length: 4 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Both
Soil Type: Well-draining, poor soil
Light: Plenty of sunlight and some shade if there’s extreme heat

The October Daphne is a shrub with shiny, oval-shaped green leaves that grow in pairs along the stems. This perennial plant can grow up to 4 feet long. It has a cascading habit with long stems that branch from the main stem.

The leaves are oval and often turn a reddish color during the winter season. Also, the flowers are a delicate pink and white and have a lovely fragrance. You can smell them throughout your entire home!

The soft pink flowers adorn the top of the stem in the summer months and are attractive to butterflies. This succulent is ideal for hanging baskets. It originates from several regions of Japan and China.


11. Kenya Hyacinth

Scientific Name: Sansevieria parva
Mature Stem Length: 5 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoors
Soil Type: Draining, cactus mix
Light: Partial sunlight

Kenya hyacinth is a succulent vine that grows in partial sun with regular water during warm weather. You can water it less often, but make sure the soil is not bone-dry.

It has glossy pointed leaves that grow on long vines and will drop to create a lush hanging basket. The flowers are bright red. They’re perfect for adding a pop of color to your outdoor landscaping or indoor decor.

This succulent plant will adapt well to direct light, but it’s best to keep it out of the sun during the hottest part of the day to prevent scorching.


12. String of Buttons

Scientific Name: Crassula perforata
Mature Stem Length: 2 feet
Indoor or Outdoor: Both
Soil Type: Rocky, sandy soils
Light: Six hours of partial to full sun

The String of Buttons is one of the most common succulents for hanging planters. They are native to South Africa, where they spill over rocks.

These succulents have a distinct look with tiny round leaves that grow on each other in a line. The leaves are also flat and disk-like, resembling buttons, hence the name. They can be green or brownish-green with red tips. In their natural habitat, they are semi-succulent. It means they can store most of their water in their leaves but not in their stems.

This plant needs more water than most succulents and will die if you don’t water it well. The leaves detach from the vine easily, making it easy to propagate.garden flower divider

Conclusion

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many different succulents out there. Don’t worry! Many succulent varieties hang well on their own. They don’t need a lot of help getting to where you want them. Take your tastes into consideration as well. What looks nice to you may not be as attractive to others.

The best way to learn which hanging succulent is suitable for you is to have fun creating many designs with different species. If you’re looking for an interesting way to add a natural sophistication to your home or garden, try planting some hanging succulents!


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