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Best Succulents for Low Light Environments

Succulents are a fascinating group of plants. Their characteristic trait is their fleshy parts that store moisture. That gives these species an edge in arid conditions. While they are drought-resistant, it doesn’t necessarily follow that they must have bright sunlight. As you’ll see, many tolerate low-light environments and even thrive in these places.

Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)

The Jade Plant is probably one of the easiest succulents to grow. It handles less-than-ideal conditions if you forget to water it. You can also propagate it from a single leaf. However, it should see some indirect light once in a while for optimal health.

Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)

The Mistletoe Cactus is one of the only cactus species of the Old World. Its name is something of a misnomer since it does best in tropical conditions instead of deserts. It grows wild in Central America and the southern United States.  It will look stunning, with its fronds cascading out of a hanging planter, replicating its rainforest habitat.

Candle Plant (Senecio articulatus)

The Candle Plant is an unusual species that looks like something prehistoric. Its name refers to its cigar-like trunk. Curiously shaped leaves are the other defining feature. Like many succulents, you should wait until the soil is dry before watering it. Its only downside is that it’s poisonous to pets.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The Snake Plant is an excellent beginner’s choice because it’s so hardy. Even those with so-called brown thumbs will have luck with it. It is tolerant of various situations. It’s also low maintenance. You can split it to add more plants to your household. You may also know it by its other name, Mother in Law’s Tongue.

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

If you’re looking for something different, the Ponytail Palm fits the bill. Its long, narrow fronds give it a graceful appearance. It’s an excellent choice if you need to fill a larger place in your living room or bedroom. Its spread is about 4 feet when fully grown.

ZZ Plant (Zamiacaulcas zamiafolia)

The ZZ Plant gets its moniker from the first letters of its scientific name. This African succulent will get only about 2 feet high. It’s incredibly hardy and will fare well in low-light conditions. It has a beautiful form that makes it an attractive focal point for a room. Unfortunately, it’s toxic to humans and pets.

Aloe Vera (Aloe vera)

Aloe Vera is probably one of the most recognizable of the succulents. However, hundreds of subspecies exist, such as the Tiger Aloe and Lace Aloe. Like the Mistletoe Cactus, it is also tropical plant that does well in average household humidity. Its claim to fame is its topical use for burns and wounds. Research suggests that it can be efficacious.

Final Thoughts

While these succulents can tolerate low-light conditions, it’s best not to make these places their permanent home. Like all plants, they need at least some sunlight to carry out photosynthesis. Putting them into a sunny room every few months will ensure they have the light they need to flourish.

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