Common Types of Succulents

Common Types of Succulents
Common Types of Succulents

Succulents are plants that are drought-tolerant because of their thick fleshy leaves adapted to supply water. Succulents have deep broad roots compatible with a dry season and places like deserts. Imagine having succulents as house décor because it releases enough amount of carbon dioxide to filter the air that surrounds you.

In this post, I will share with you some of the most common types of succulents that you can grow anywhere such as on your desk to make a pleasing impression, at your garden as unique incorporation with a variety of plants, or simply in your home to reduce stress and radiates positive energy.

Because succulents have similar characteristics and cute appearances, it’s really hard to choose which ones are better among all of them. But I will describe each succulent plant in terms of maintenance, temperatures, their specific succulents’ family, and how to prevent them from rotting.

So, without further ado, here are the common types of succulents. I hope you love them too.

Aloe Vera

It is also known as a medicinal plant belongs to the Asphodelaceae family of succulents. We can grow Aloe Vera anywhere because of its versatile qualities. It can live with a bright indirect light and it needs water for about 3-4 weeks. It is a very useful type of succulent because it can cure certain skin allergies and irritations.

Have been exposed under the sun for hours and got sunburned? Just put Aloe Vera. Having a bad day because of your frizzy hair? Apply Aloe Vera. It has been our companion for decades and with just a touch of its moisturizing gel, we have found an instant home remedy. Aloe Vera also grows little flowers so it’s not just used for medicine but also for aesthetic purposes.

Senecio Serpens

It is also known as Blue Chalksticks. This kind belongs to Asteraceace family of succulents. This plant can grow indoors or outdoors under full or partial light preferably 6-8 hours a day and better to store in a place with 20-55 degrees temperature. This succulent doesn’t need a lot of water intake because it commonly grows up to 8 inches tall and 3 and a half feet wide if planted outside.

If you’re eager to look for landscape plants around your fences or in front of your house, the Blue Chalksticks is perfect because of its cute leaves and the little white flowers.

Kiwi Aeonium

Kiwi Aeonium belongs to the Crassulaceae family of succulents. Kiwi Aeonium has strokes of red and green colors like Kiwi fruit and known for its attractive rose pattern plus its vibrancy is undeniably mesmerizing.

This succulent type doesn’t need water at all because it prefers dry soil and will maintain its condition with good temperature. For decoration, it is great to hang under the porch or on the balcony so it could keep your home alive.

Aeonium Arboreum

This succulent variety belongs to the Crassulaceae family of succulents. Aeonium Arboreum also called Irish Rose because of its elegance. This plant is green and red in color with oval-shaped leaves. This succulent could grow 3 inches tall with yellow flowers that give perfect harmony of colors.

It’s best to keep indoors because it needs a temperature below 50 degrees. This succulent plant doesn’t demand much water so you can go on a vacation for a month without watering it.

Adenium Obesum

Adenium obesum belongs to the Oleander family of succulents. Are you fond of watching fairy tales where plants bloom? This plant has a variety of bright shades and shaped like Groot sitting on a pot because of its large root that can be seen above the soil. This kind of succulent can use as decorations for studios of fantasy movies because of its magical features.

Christmas Carol

Christmas Carol is from the Asphodelaceace family of succulents. Like Christmas, it’s the wonderful plant of the year, but this succulent can live regardless of the season. It’s like a starfish with a combination of red and dark green colors. It can have full nourishment with indirect light and keep a temperature above 70 degrees.

Unlike any other succulents, it is prone to root rot if improperly watered. This plant can grow up to a foot tall and bloom flowers during the summer season. This is perfect with pot and white pebbles on the surface, an adorable houseplant indeed.

Beaucarnea Recurvata

This succulent type is also called the Ponytail Palm. It is under the Asparagaceace family of succulents. If you have seen any of this type, you will never demand an explanation of why it is called that. It looks like a curly tall grass bind in a ponytail and it has a big trunk for a water source. You should probably plant it outside because it can grow up to four feet tall.

It has a very weird light policy because you need to let it exposed to bright light for half of the year and otherwise on the other half. You need to water it once every two weeks and the temperature below 50 degrees may lead to root rot. This could be a great decoration along the corridors with pretty cool pots.

Delosperma Sphalmanthoides

This one is also known as Tufted Ice from the family of Aizoaceae. This plant is very simple yet beautiful. It is more like a water plant that serves as a shelter for fishes. Exposure to light can be partial or full and it barely survives in places with temperature below 55 degrees. You need to water it once a week to avoid drought. Long rectangular pots will do because sprawling Tufted Iced with flowers will be an amazing view.

Drosanthemum Speciosum

This succulent plant is one of the largest succulents that belong to the Aizoaceace family of succulents. It can get two feet tall and blooms flower in three colors; yellow, red, and orange. Its flowers have an incredible ability to open in the afternoon only during hot days. This plant is not just your average succulent because its flower will absolutely catch your attention; perfect for landscape arts.

Euphorbia Milii

The Euphorbia Milii is from the Euphorbiaceae family of succulents. This succulent type should keep in a place with a temperature between 65 and 75 degrees. It survives mostly in a tropical country that’s why it needs to expose to full sunlight. You need to keep it dry every two weeks for proper growth. It has a smooth leaf that sooner turns into grey.

Succulents can let you live mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy. First of all, they can purify the air and prevent you from breathing toxins that cause sickness. They can boost productivity that’s why most workaholics put succulents on desk to help them focus at work.

There you go you have my most common types of succulents. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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