Hanging succulents: 5 specimens that will amaze you

Hanging succulents: the 5 most beautiful for decorating your home and outdoor area

the hanging succulents are increasingly being chosen not only to embellish balconies and gardens, but also and above all to furnish homes and small outdoor areas. Their reduced need for care, combined with singular and unusual shapes, make them perfect for giving joy to the environment. But what are the variety best suited for this purpose?

Although the hanging succulents they tend to adapt easily to different exposure conditions, it is always useful to ask your trusted botanical supplier for help. Above all to verify if the chosen species can survive the typical climate of their place of residence. Here is some useful information.

Hanging succulents: characteristics

By hanging succulents – also called drooping succulents – we mean a group of plants belonging to the largest family of succulent, which also includes Stapelia and Crassula Ovata. Although their growth modes are different from more common varieties – such as the classic cactus, for example – they do not represent a genus in their own right.

Like all succulent plants, even the pendants see a structure composed of aquifer parenchyma. These are special plant tissues, very fibrous and fleshy, capable of retaining large quantities of water. This allows these specimens to survive for a long time even in adverse conditions, such as the great drought that characterizes their countries of origin.

On the other hand, most of the hanging succulents originate from the desert areas of Mexico, where rain can be absent even for several months. This evolutionary strategy, or the ability to accumulate large quantities of water (also common to Agave and Prickly Pear), has allowed these plants to adapt to both the high temperatures of the soil and the enormous temperature variations that occur during the night.

Almost all of the falling succulent plants are imported on the territory of the boot. However, thanks to their great adaptability to changes in the climate, they have perfectly managed to integrate into the seasonal and temperature cycle typical of the Mediterraneo.

Hanging succulents: most famous varieties

Hanging succulents, that is, with the aerial parts that tend to face downwards, represent a much smaller group than succulents in general. Yet this does not mean that there are few cultivable varieties: below, some advice on the most famous and appreciated.



L’Epiphyllum it represents one of the most common hanging succulents in Italy, also because it is very easy to grow. Belonging to the family of Hylocereeae, and known to most as “mother-in-law’s tongue”- a name that it also shares with a famous variety of Dracena – this plant is characterized by its length and its unique leaves.

The variety exhibits long, tapered and flat panel growth. And, although their profile is angular, this plant has no thorns. Its main peculiarity, however, is the production of splendid e showy flowers, usually red, fuchsia or purplish: they appear on the extremities of the aerial parts and are characterized by long petals distributed in a flat cap.

It can be grown both indoors and outdoors, also because it can withstand up to 7-10 degrees centigrade. Obviously, in the middle of winter it will be necessary to find a sheltered place or cover it with a breathable sheet.



L’Aporocactus – Also known as Disocactus – is one of the most unique hanging succulent plants. At first glance it takes on the appearance of a dehydrated vegetable, as if its leaves had collapsed due to the lack of water. In reality, this is precisely the posture that the plant assumes when it is in full health and, therefore, it should not alarm the lovers of the green thumb.

The plant is characterized by very thin and tapered stems, like small cacti, with a soft consistency. Testing this consistency by hand is difficult, however, as the stems are covered with small but painful thorns. THE flowers instead they are showy, erect and colorful: the most common variety blooms with splendid cyclamen shades, but there is no lack of fuchsia, red and orange.

Sedum morgan

Sedum Morganium

If you want to give a touch of originality to an outdoor area, perhaps a portico with exposed beams, the Sedum morgan it is a relapse that cannot be missed. Belonging to the large crassule family, it is also called “donkey tail” due to its unique appearance.

The plant produces numerous stems, which cascade down along the profiles of pots. On the same stems appear many small leaves, round, squat and fleshy: these grow side by side, recreating beautiful geometric games.

The plant is to be counted among the succulents with flowers, the latter of a pink or red color, small in size but very characteristic. Since it is one of the longest-growing specimens, it is also ideal for creating beautiful ones vegetable walls, from top to bottom.

Senecio rowleyanus

Senecio rowleyanus

Originally from Central America, the Senecio rowleyanus it has gained some popularity due to its immediately recognizable shapes. Not surprisingly, it is also called “Rosary plant”: Its stems and its small leaves recall one of the symbols of the Christian tradition.

Always drooping, it has very thin stems – almost as if they were strings of string – covered with some cylindrical capsules. The plant also produces white flowers, very delicate and with soft petals, and tends to keep small in size. In fact, hanging stems rarely exceed one meter in length: it is therefore the perfect variety to hang inside the apartment, as it will not take up too much space.

Drosanthemum hispidum

Drosanthemum hispidum

Also known as beard of Jupiter, the Drosanthemum hispidum it is the perfect example to embellish the garden, especially if you have walls or terraces on several levels.

This succulent indeed comes with a bushy habit, with very close stems and small and oval leaves, covered with a mild down. The flowers are numerous and showy, almost exclusively cyclamen or lilac in color. Lying on a low wall, it recreates the typical and compact effect of a beard on a man’s face: given the colorful flowers, it was therefore dedicated to the god Jupiter.

Grow in pots or in the garden


Hanging succulents can be easily grown both in glass that in garden, inside or outside your home. Obviously, the care needs may differ from variety to variety, but they all tend to share some characteristics in common: here are the most important.

Necessity of plants

Generally speaking, all succulents – including therefore also hanging succulents – need:

  • Mild climate and on average humid, with minimum temperatures not lower than 5-10 degrees centigrade;
  • Soft soil and draining, to avoid water stagnation, always slightly moistened;
  • Direct exposure to the sun or, for the varieties with more delicate flowers, in dim light;
  • Infrequent watering, if even the normal seasonal rainfall can suffice outdoors.

All the main varieties of hanging can be cultivated by cuttings: it is sufficient to obtain a sprig of stem, about ten centimeters long, place it in peat and sand until the roots appear and then transfer it to the final residence.

Care advice

There are not many care needs for hanging succulents, even if some maintenance operations must be carried out cyclically.

First, it can serve the repotting when the plant will appear too showy: the roots need to develop in depth. Again, when the stems are too long you can proceed to pruning. On the other hand, there are no large parasites of these plants, also because some are full of thorns, however we must pay attention to aphids and scale insects.

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