This list of best trailing succulents is exciting if you’re a succulent lover. Grow them in your hanging baskets or tall-narrow pots and see the fat stems dangling down!
Annuals, ferns, and some perennial foliage plants are not the only option to grow in baskets and window boxes. For a change and due to their low maintenance, you can also try these hanging succulents below.
Not just in containers, these trailing succulents will also look well in your garden.
1. Climbing Aloes
Botanical Name: Aloiampelos Ciliaris
Aloe genus consists of more than 500 flowering species. Among those species climbing Aloe is an excellent choice for trailing plant. Not only they are easy to start and grow but produce a range of flower colors. The slender succulents have become favorite ornamental plants for gardeners all around the world. Check out aloe varieties you can grow in containers.
2. Burro’s Tail
Botanical Name: Sedum Morganianum
Also known as donkey’s tail, you can propagate and grow it easily. The trailing foliage of this hanging succulent grows about 2-3 feet long. In summers, beautiful red and pink flowers adorn it. Do not overwater, as it can lead to root rot. Plant them in a hanging basket and locate where it gets full sun.
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3. Trailing Jade
Botanical Name: Kleinia petraea (Senecio jacobsenii)
Gardeners also know it by other names such as weeping jade and vining jade. Ovate shaped leaves on thick succulent stems give it an unrivaled elegance. In winters, leaves blush in the pretty shade of purple. Apart from being low maintenance, once established this succulent is extremely drought tolerant.
4. Variegated Trailing Jade
Botanical Name: Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’
Trailing jade belongs to the genus Crassula. It rises around one foot in height with branches growing about three feet tall and can be trained to grow upright, outward or trailing down. Variegated leaves with yellow border and green center are definitely a show stopper. For this plant to attain the most vibrant color, keep it in the sun.
5. String of Buttons
Botanical Name: Crassula Perforata
Small shrubby succulent sprawling over the rim of the pot or hanging basket looks terrific. The leaves develop reddish pink color on the edges if grown in ample sunlight. Compared to other succulents, it grows fast but prefers well-draining soil and less watering.
6. Ruby Necklace
Botanical Name: Othonna Capensis
This plant bears yellow flowers which resemble daisies and looks so beautiful with the purple backdrop. The blooms open only in the sun. Leaves are long, narrow and bean-like and grow on the purple trailing stem. Overall the plant is very colorful with foliage ranging from green to purple and burgundy.
7. Wax Plant
Botanical Name: Hoya Pachyclada
Wax plant is much slower growing than other species of Hoya genus. Thriving in well-draining soil and warm, humid conditions, it produces white and glossy flowers in springs and summers. Leaves are thick and green with slight red around the edges and of course, waxy in appearance.
8. String of Hearts
Botanical Name: Ceropegia Linearis
Knowing where this plant gets its name from is a no-brainer as the leaves resemble heart symbol and come in a beautiful shade of blue-green, silver and purple. As the stems are long and dangling, it’s one of the best trailing succulents. We also added it in our list of heart-shaped plants here.
9. String of Pearls
Botanical Name: Senecio Rowleyanus
Easily to grow, this beautiful succulent for a hanging basket is drought tolerant, favorable, if you forget to water often. The leaves are spherical, pea-like and light-green. Because of the uniquely shaped foliage, it piques up interest almost immediately. It’ll do well in partial sunlight, away from scorching afternoon sun.
10. Lantern Flower
Botanical Name: Ceropegia Haygarthii
Plants that produce unusual bloom require special care often, which is not the case here. A little bit of shade and regular watering is all they need. Do not overwater. Keep them either as a climber or trailing plant. The choice is yours!
11. String of Nickels
Botanical Name: Dischidia Nummularia
As the leaves are round and flat resembling coins hanging on a string, it is also commonly known as “String of coins.” Planted and prized for the ornamental value, either grow it in a hanging basket or keep it in a tall pot to see the stems dangling down fabulously.
12. String of Beads
Botanical Name: Senecio Herreianus
It is very similar to the succulent “String of pearls.” Only the foliage or beads are slightly different in shape and possess somewhat pointed and oval characteristic. An interesting addition to hanging baskets or ground cover because of the long stems growing up to three feet in length.
13. String of Bananas
Botanical Name: Senecio Radicans
Originating from South Africa, its an extremely hardy plant. As the name suggests, small banana-shaped leaves grow from the long trailing stems. Cinnamon scented small white to yellow flowers further enhance its beauty. As it’s propagated from cutting you can have as many plants as you like.
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14. Calico Kitten
Botanical Name: Crassula pellucida ‘Variegata’
It’s a colorful specimen; the foliage is variegated with a blend of green, purple, cream color on the surface and pink on the edges. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful combination of colors on any other succulent. The look equally charming in hanging baskets, pots or even as the ground cover.
15. Rat Tail Cactus
Botanical Name: Aporocactus Flagelliformis
If you think that the name is unique just wait till you see it. The long thick stems with tiny needle-like spines can grow to about one meter in length, spread out and look exotic. Even the flowers are showy with large pink petals and curve outward. Ideal for hanging basket and towering pots!
16. Monkey’s Tail
Botanical Name: Hildewintera Colademononis
Originating from Bolivia, the uniquely attractive stems surely turn heads. The stems grow to a whopping length of 2.5 m and are covered with soft spines until the end. Numerous white hairy spines completely engulf the stem and resemble the monkey’s tail. It’s embellished by red to magenta colored flowers of around three inches.
17. Little Missy
Botanical Name: Sedum ‘Little Missy’
This mat-forming little sedum has tiny rosettes of variegated green leaves with beautiful pink and pale green borders. It’s perfect for hanging baskets and small containers due to the shallow root system. Keep the plant in full sun to part sun, water moderately, all the other growing requirements are similar to other sedum cultivars.
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18. October Daphne
Botanical Name: Sedum sieboldii
One of the best trailing succulents that we couldn’t miss in this list due to its round serrated foliage of blue-green color, which is edged with pink lines. October Daphne is known for its rosy pink flowers that appear in fall and looks great in a hanging basket.
19. Mezoo Trailing Red
Botanical Name: Dorotheanthus-bellidiformis ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’
This tropical succulent plant is one of the best plants for hanging baskets. The fat trailing stems prefer full sun to show lush and waxy deep green or variegated foliage and year-round red daisy-like flowers. In a cool climate, grow it as an annual or as a perennial, indoors. In a hot climate, USDA Zone 9b-11, this can be your next favorite plant for the balcony garden.
Botanical Name: Selenicereus anthonyanus
Also known as Zig-Zag cactus or orchid cactus due to its unique stems and nocturnal flowers. It can be an interesting addition to your hanging baskets.