10 Low-Light Succulents That Thrive In Shade

by Steve

Haworthia attenuata - Zebra Plant

Haworthia attenuata - Zebra Plant

Succulents add an aesthetic value to our living areas, and they have gained popularity globally among plant lovers. Do you have flowers on the patio and balcony, and you still want to add more? Why don’t you try growing some succulents indoors?

Various types of succulents thrive well in low light areas. In this article, we are going to share with you these fantastic succulents that you can grow inside your house or office. They require minimal care, and you will enjoy an elegant ambiance indoors without the need to use indoor grow lights.

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1. Holiday Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Schlumbergera plants are epiphytes which are native to rainforests of Brazil. They have gained a lot of popularity in many regions, and you can easily spot them in homes or offices due to their unique stems and striking pink flowers.

If you have a loved one who you want to gift a houseplant, then you should consider Holiday Cactus. You can offer it as a gift item during festive seasons such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter holidays.

They produce hanging beautiful and eye-catching flowers, making them ideal for use as indoor houseplants.

Schlumbergera plants do not require much care nut you need to water them more times compared to other indoor succulents for optimal growth. 

Holiday Cacti stems are always green, and they have joints that can appear either as flat, leaf, or bottle-shaped depending on the species.

Schlumbergera can be grown in pots or containers and flourish in low light conditions or sheltered areas.

2. Zebra Cactus (Haworthia attenuata)

Just as the name suggests, Zebra Cactus is an elegant succulent that has striking white stripes on the leaves that resembles those of a zebra. It’s a slow-growing succulent that you can easily grow indoors in a pot or container.

Zebra Cactus (Haworthia attenuata) requires low levels of natural light and watering. You can have them in your office or home, and they complement other arts and décor in your living areas, making it look dazzling. 

During the early summer, Zebra Cactus usually bloom small greenish-white flowers.

3. Aloe Vera (Medicinal Aloe)

Aloe Vera is one of the most popular succulent globally. The good news is that it can thrive well in low light conditions, and you can grow it indoors or in a sheltered outdoor area. Aloe Vera is also known as Medicinal Aloe or Aloe Barbadensis. 

They come in different varieties ranging from the dark green types to the creamy-white horizontal striped Aloe. You can grow them in pots or containers and place them in your sitting room or office for a unique elegance.

Aloe Vera succulents are easy to grow and maintain since they require minimal care. Just water them once a week, and they will flourish.

4. Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

Snake plant is also known as Sansevieria trifasciata and is a very common succulent that you can easily spot either in an office setup or home. It’s a tropical plant that originated in West Africa, and it’s known for its straight green leaves with yellow stripes on both ends that grows from the basal rosette.

The snake plant requires minimal care, and it can still do well if you water it once a week. It thrives in low light areas, making it a perfect succulent choice for growing indoors. In other regions, the Snake plant is also known as “Mother-in-law’s tongue.”

5. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

Burro’s Tail succulent is also known as Sedum Morganianum, and it’s easy to propagate and grow in the shade. These trailing succulents have vines that grow and spread rapidly, and they do well when placed near walls in containers.

Sedum morganianum is a low light trailing succulent and require minimal care and watering. However, Burro’s Trail leaves are very soft, and they do fall-off easily when frequently disturbed. 

Therefore, ensure that you have placed them in a safe and secure area with minimal interference for the best experience.

6. Gollum Jade (Crassula Ovata)

 Gollum Jade is another easy to grow houseplant succulent, which is also known as Crassula Ovata or Ogre Ears since its young leaves resemble the ears of Ogre-Shrek.

It does well in areas with low light supply, and it can still flourish even in neglect. You can water it once a week, and it will thrive well and produce dark green leaves that grow upwards and thick stalk.

Gollum Jade succulent can be grown in a pot or containers, and you can place them either in your sitting room corner or in an office desk.

7. Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ plant succulent is native to East Africa, and it’s one of the easiest houseplant succulent that you can grow indoors. Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a drought-resistant plant that does well in the low light environment and requires minimal care.

It grows to produce shiny leaves coupled with stylish dark green stalks to give your house or office a unique refinement. It’s a perfect choice when looking for an indoor succulent that can complement your other interior décor.

In other regions, Zanzibar Gem or ZZ plant is also referred to as “Eternity plant” or “Aroid palm.”

8. String of Pearls (Senecia Rowleyanus)

String of Pearls succulent is also referred to as “Senecio Rowleyanus,” and it grows in a trail of long tendrils with small green round leaves that look like green pearls.

It does well in low light conditions, and it gives the best decorations when placed on a hanging basket or in a window box. 

The long tendrils of small green round leaves sprouts and grow on all sides of your hanging basket to give your room a unique green décor.

9. Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)

Mistletoe Cactus is also referred to as Rhipsalis baccifera, and it grows in cylindrical form stems that can hang up to 10 feet long. It’s one of the houseplant succulents that are very attractive and easy to grow indoors in low light conditions.

Mistletoe Cactus bloom beautiful white flowers, and you can trim the stems to your desired height. For best results and experience, try growing them in a hanging basket or window box, and they will definitely transform your living areas.

As a drought-resistant succulent, it does not require much attention, and it can even flourish when you water it once a week.

10. Gasteria Plant

“Gaster” is a Latin name used to refer to a stomach shape. Therefore, Gasteria plant got its name Gasteria from its flowers, which looks similar to the shape of a stomach.

Gasteria plant is also a drought-resistant succulent which grows with long, thick, green leaves with white bumps, and blooms stomach like flowers.

There two common varieties of Gasteria succulent plants, which are grown as houseplants. They include; Bicolor and Liliputana. 

These Gasteria plant species thrive indoors in low light conditions, and you can grow them in pots, containers, or in a wooden box in sheltered areas.


If you have been looking for low light succulents that you can grow indoors, we believe that you can get one of our above list that suits your taste. 

As a rule of thumb, ensure that you have selected the right varieties of houseplant succulents and use containers with enough drainage holes to avoid root and stem rot.

Author’s Bio;

SteveMk is an urban gardener and a blogger at FancyGardening.com. He writes about Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Lawn care, and Homesteading. During his free time, he likes listening to music, travelling, and watching movies.

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