10 Hanging Succulent Varieties

String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) and Nodding Violet (Streptocarpus Caulescens) hanging plants.

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Adding a trailing plant to your collection is a great way to free up some floor space or make use of those large windows that are looking a little bare, and hanging succulents are a great low-maintenance option.

These 10 attractive hanging succulent varieties have a trailing habit that means they will look fantastic draped from hanging planters, tall shelves, or window ledges. They can also add contrast in a container garden with other succulents that have an upward growth habit.

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    String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

    Senecio rowleyanus house Plant (string of pearls) branches and leaves.
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    The string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) is perhaps the most popular hanging succulent thanks to its impressive trailing appearance and ease of care. They are fast-growing under the right conditions and can reach lengths of three to four feet long. String of pearls are toxic to cats, dogs, and humans if ingested, so they should be kept in a high position out of reach of pets.

    • Light: Bright, direct sunlight.
    • Water: Water once the ‘pearls’ have a puckered appearance.
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    String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)

    Ceropegia woodii also called String of Hearts or Chain of Hearts, modern house plant in a flowerpot against white wall.

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    String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) is another gorgeous trailing succulent characterized by colorful heart-shaped leaves that grow on thin stems. They are easy to propagate and can be fast-growing when grown in the right conditions - with stems reaching as long as four to five feet. The string of hearts is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans, so it may be a better choice compared to the string of pearls if you have pets.

    • Light: Bright, indirect light.
    • Water: Water once the soil is dry.
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    String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)

    String of bananas plant in a white pot on a gold tray.

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    Another hanging succulent in the Senecio genus is the string of bananas (Senecio radicans). Characterized by fleshy, banana-shaped leaves and long trailing stems, this succulent is known to be easier to care for than its relative the string of pearls since it grows faster and its stems are thicker and less delicate. Unfortunately, the string of bananas is also toxic to cats, dogs, and humans if ingested.

    • Light: Direct sun.
    • Water: Allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings.
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    Donkey’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

    A donkeys tail (burro's tail) plant in a white pot on top of a stack of books.

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    Donkey’s tail (Sedum morganianum), also commonly known as burro’s tail, is a perennial succulent with trailing stems that can reach up to 60cm long. It is a popular houseplant because of its drought-tolerance and the pleated appearance of its fleshy leaves. It is non-toxic to pets and humans.

    • Light: Direct sun.
    • Water: Allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings.
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    String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus)

    A string of dolphins plant in a white pot on a wood side table.

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    The string of dolphins (Senecio peregrinus) gained its name because its leaves resemble a pod of jumping dolphins! Its stems don’t usually get as long as some of its relatives in the Senecio genus and tend to top out at about one to three feet long, but it still has a trailing habit. The string of dolphins is considered toxic to cats, dogs, and humans if ingested.

    • Light: Direct sun to medium light.
    • Water: Allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings.
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    String of Beads (Senecio herreianus)

    Close up macro cactus succulent Senecio herreianus Curio herreanus string of beads string of watermelons in white flower pot on blue background

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    Often confused with the string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus), the string of beads (Senecio herreianus) is a trailing succulent that can be distinguished based on the oval shape of its fleshy leaves. Also commonly known as string of tears, its stems can grow between three to four feet long. Like all plants in the Senecio genus, it is considered toxic to cats, dogs, and humans. 

    • Light: Direct sun.
    • Water: Water once the ‘beads’ have a puckered appearance.
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    Rat Tail Cactus (Aporocactus flagelliformis)

    Rat tail cactus in a terracotta pot on a white ledge.

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    The rat tail cactus (Aporocactus flagelliformis) is an attractive cactus variety characterized by long, trailing stems that can grow up to four feet long.

    Compared with most cactus varieties this species is fast-growing and its stems can grow as much as one foot per year in length. Keep the rat tail cactus in a safe spot that is out of reach as its spiky flesh can easily injure curious pets or children. 

    • Light: Direct light.
    • Water: Keep the soil moist during the growing season.
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    String of Nickels (Dischidia nummularia)

    String of nickels (Dischidia nummularia) in hanging baskets.

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    The string of nickels (Dischidia nummularia) is a tropical succulent grown for its attractive, coin-shaped foliage that ranges in color from pale green to a stunning silvery-green. Unlike other high-light succulents, the string of nickels can still do well in lower-light conditions and grows well indoors as houseplants. The trailing vines of a string of nickels can reach three to four feet in length. Be aware that this species is mildly toxic if ingested.

    • Light: Bright indirect light to medium filtered light.
    • Water: Keep the soil evenly moist but avoid waterlogging.
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    Fishbone Cactus (Disocactus anguliger)

    Fishbone cactus (zig zag cactus) in a terracotta pot on a white shelf.

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    Another hanging succulent that is revered for its unique appearance is the fishbone cactus (Disocactus anguliger), also commonly known as the zig-zag cactus. This species has an upright growth habit as a young plant, and, as it matures, the leaves begin to fall and develop more of a trailing habit As a result, these succulents do well in hanging baskets as well as regular planters. Fishbone cactus plants are non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans.

    • Light: Bright, indirect light.
    • Water: Water once the soil is dry.
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    String of Rubies (Othonna capensis)

    String of rubies in a white pot on a white ledge.

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    The string of rubies (Othonna capensis) is a fast-growing trailing succulent that is characterized by a reddish-purple stem and thin, bean-shaped leaves that turn bright red when exposed to direct sun. The stems of a non-toxic string of rubies can grow up to a foot long and can be propagated easily.

    • Light: Medium-light to direct sun.
    • Water: Allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings.