15 Attractive Tall Succulents To Make Your Garden Look Like a Dreamland

BY Khushvinder Dagar
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Welcome to our article about tall succulents! Know about these EASY-to-grow plants and fill your spacious garden.

Growing tall succulents is not a walk-in park PARTICULARLY due to their adaptability. However, carefully selecting the variety can make them survive in your zone.

Our horticultural experts at AsterGardening know how to grow Cacti & Succulents. We know how to make your home garden look EXQUISITE and heavenly.

Growing these drought-resistant tall succulents make your garden glow. With the help of this GUIDE, you will know some mind-blowing TECHNIQUES to help them grow.

Get ready to learn about different types of tall succulents and their PROMINENT features. 

Tall Succulents

Advantages of Growing Tall Succulents

Advantages of Growing Tall Succulents

You will get to know many tall succulent plants and their BENEFITS by learning about them.

What I like the most about them is their survival ability in various environments. They are maintenance plants and very EASY to keep.

Here are some of the benefits that you can get from a tall succulent plant;

Drought Tolerant

One of the main benefits of growing tall succulent plants is their drought tolerance. You can grow them in DRY environments.

Their water storage capacity makes them a perfect CHOICE for arid climates.

You will not have to provide much EFFORT to water these plants. Tall succulents are the perfect air purifier and oxygen SUPPLIER for your home.

They need less sunlight and water to grow well. You can keep these plants OUTDOORS as well as indoors.

Cover Space

Succulents grow tall perfectly if you have a high ceiling. These tall plants make EMPTY corners look great and fill the SPACE.

They are best to make your small space look exquisite by filling out the extra AREA. They give your indoor garden a complete revamp.

Succulents stretch to a good EXTENT if they get sufficient sunlight. The tall stems of these plants start to EXPAND. They give a perfect and EXTENDED look to your garden.


Tall succulents, as the NAME suggests, are tall and cover up most of the space of your home garden.

If you are growing them OUTDOORS, they will fill up the space. Your home garden will be covered with these PLANTS.

These plants keep stray animals and other ATTACKERS away from your home garden. They add PRIVACY to your garden and prevent attacks.

Tall succulents are different from other plants. Their stems start SPREADING crazy if you provide them enough sunlight. 

15 Attractive Tall Succulents

Your wait is over. Get ready to BLOW your mind with these amazing plants.

1. Ocotillo


Hardiness Zones: 7 to 10
Family: Fouquieriaceae
Light Requirement: Full sunlight
Mature Size: Twenty feet tall
Flowering Season: Spring
Water Needs: Low
Native Area: Southeastern California into Mexico

Wanna know about a long and thin succulent plant? Ocotillo is the one. Ocotillo is an amazing and UNIQUE plant.

You might confuse this plant with CACTUS. They are both different plants but look alike. You will notice a marble pattern on the SURFACE of the plants.

The SURFACE has blue and green shades and arches in the wind direction. There are also small leaves and RIDGES on the ribs.

I found them EASY to grow as they are lowmaintenance and add perfect VARIETY to your garden.

2. Eve’s Needle

Eve’s Needle

Hardiness Zones: 9a to 11b
Family: Cactus
Light Requirement: A mix of sun and shade
Mature Size: 13 Feet
Flowering Season: Early Summer
Water Needs: Moderate Watering
Native Area: Peruvian Andes

Eve’s needle is a large-GROWING cactus and has a height that grows to the maximum height of 13 feet. It has narrow, long, and SPIKY clusters at the end.

These succulents need DRY conditions. However, you can grow in flooded areas but for a little TIME.

Eva Needles are NON-TOXIC succulents that are normally sold as succulents. They are NATIVE to Mexico and South America.

These plants are cup-shaped and red. They are 3 inches in DIAMETER and grow edible fruits. You can grow them as outdoor plants as well indoors.

Suggested reading: 25 Purple Succulents: Get Year-Round Vibrant Colors

3. Tree Aloe

Tree Aloe

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
Family: Asphodelaceae
Light Requirement: 6 hours of sun
Mature Size: Up to 20 meters
Flowering Season: Summer
Water Needs: Moderate
Native Area: Eastern South Africa

Tree aloe does not need any INTRODUCTION as it is known for resembling aloe vera. It is famous for ORNAMENTAL purposes.

Aloe is a GIANT succulent. It took me no time to grow this tall growing succulent successfully. I have seen them grow 50 to 60 feet with 10 to 20 feet wide leaves.

You will notice some pointed DARK green leaves among the leaf cuttings. They give a MAJESTIC look in any space around your GARDEN or any other area.

4. Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Light Requirement: Full sun
Mature Size: 3 feet tall
Flowering Season: Year Around
Water Needs: Moderate
Native Area: Madagascar

The crown of thorns is the SUCCULENT cactus, with sharp spines of their stems and FLESHY leaves. It can grow 6 feet and 4 inches wide.

This African milk tree also has LONG arms and branches. They are famous for producing small red bell-shaped flowers that you might NOTICE easily.

These succulents are lowmaintenance plants. I grow them in ample SUNLIGHT with enough water supply. They like these conditions and grow effortlessly.

These plants need SHADING during summer.

5. Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Hardiness Zones: 10 to 12
Family: Stonecrops
Light Requirement: 4 hours per day south facing
Mature Size: Up to 5 feet tall
Flowering Season: Spring
Water Needs: Moderate
Native Area: South Africa

Famous by the name Crassula ovata succulent, these are amazing plants. They are tall-growing plants along with DROOPING and extensive branches.

These dwarf jade plants have a HAIRY texture and grow to a maximum height of 15 feet. You might be thinking “Jade plant” is a WEIRD name.

It is called the Jade plant due to its jade-like nature and is used mostly for home DECORATION.

You will have to ensure sufficient sunlight and gain perfect HEIGHT. It is better to place succulents outdoors when it is SUNNY outside.

6. Desert Rose

Desert Rose

Hardiness Zones: 11 to 12
Family: Dogbanes
Light Requirement: Full sun
Mature Size: 3 to 9 inches tall
Flowering Season: Summer
Water Needs: Low
Native Area: Southwestern Africa

Desert rose, also known as the Adenium obesum, is a tall succulent. It is the best plant to cover a LARGE space in your home garden.

As you can predict from the NAME, the desert rose is slow growing succulent. It provides DELIGHTFUL white and pink flower stalks. They are well-known for drawing people’s attention.

This slow-growing plant grows to the maximum height of 10 feet and is 2 to 5 feet wide. You will find them growing in TROPICAL regions.

I provided my desert rose plenty of sunlight to make it grow perfectly TALL and beautiful. These slow-growing plants need well-draining and sandy soil to grow out WELL.

7. Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

Hardiness Zones: 10 to 11
Family: Portulacaceae
Light Requirement: Part shade to full sun
Mature Size: 8 to 12 inches tall
Flowering Season: Summer
Water Needs: Moderate
Native Area: Africa

Elephant bush is known by this NAME, not due to how it looks. It got the name because it is one of the most common FOOD sources for elephants in Africa.

If you grow them in their natural habitat, they can grow to 20 inches.

But you can also grow them in your home garden, but the MAXIMUM height will be 12 inches. In a container plant, it will not grow more than 4 INCHES.

This plant also looks like a JADE plant due to its woody stem but small leaves.

8. Hanging Chain Cholla

Hanging Chain Cholla

Hardiness Zones: 11 to 13
Family: Cactus
Light Requirement: Six hours of sunlight
Mature Size: 1 to 3 m tall
Flowering Season: Spring
Water Needs: Low
Native Area: Sonora

Hanging chain cholla is also scientifically known as Cylindropunita fulgida. They grow to the MAXIMUM size of 9 to 15 feet tall.

These plants resemble cactus and look like a cluster of CACTUSES. Their appearance makes them an excellent choice for an indoor plant.

These lucky plants might be slightly DANGEROUS to touch. When you touch the spins and brush against them, they will get SEPARATED from their main branch.

They can also cause minor WOUNDS on the person touching them or standing close.

9. Snake Plant

Snake Plant

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
Family: Asparagus Family
Light Requirement: Low-light to bright
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet
Flowering Season: Rarely Bloom
Water Needs: Low
Native Area: West Central Africa

Along with many other tall growing succulents, the snake plant is among the BEST. They add a unique look to your garden due to their amazing pattern.

The snake plant is SCIENTIFICALLY known as Sansevieria trifasciata. It is a highly low-maintenance plant, and you don’t need a lot of TLC.

These tall succulents are well known to have BROAD leaves that look like a sword. My garden has a collection of these snake plants. I grow them for their DROUGHT-resistant. 

10. Fox Tail Agave

Fox Tail Agave

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
Family: Asparagus Family
Light Requirement: Bright sunlight
Mature Size: 4 to 5 feet tall
Flowering Season: Summer
Water Needs: Low to Moderate
Native Area: Central Mexico

Fox tail agave is the perfect evergreen succulent plant with a CURVED and gray stem. These succulents, also known as CENTURY plants, can grow to the maximum height of TEN feet.

I admire its leaves with SILVER and light green stripes on the foliage. The reason why I have grown them in my garden over the years.

Fox tail agave can survive desert HEAT due to its DROUGHT-resistant nature. You don’t need to worry about their GROWING conditions as they are low-maintenance.

You only need to grow them in a well-draining sand and gravel soil mixture.

11. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11
Family: Asphodelaceae
Light Requirement: Six hours of bright natural sunlight daily
Mature Size: 12 to 36 inches
Flowering Season: Summer
Water Needs: Low
Native Area: Africa, Madagascar, and Arabian Peninsula

Aloe vera is such a tall succulent that it does not need any INTRODUCTION. As you know how beneficial aloe vera is for your skin and other MEDICINAL purposes.

You can grow aloe vera as indoor and outdoor plants. Please put them in a SMALL pot on your kitchen counter.

Aloe vera can GROW in indirect sunlight compared to mature plants. These plants come from warm CLIMATES and are perfect indoor succulents as well.

12. Madagascar Palm

Madagascar Palm

Hardiness Zones: 10 to 11a
Family: Dogbanes
Light Requirement: Full Sun
Mature Size: 20 feet in height
Flowering Season: Summer
Water Needs: Low
Native Area: Tapia Forests

The Madagascar palm tree is also known as Pachypodium lamerei. It is a thin and tall succulent and CONTAINS a spiky and bushy crown.

This plant is famous for its tall leaves. These leaves form DIFFERENT branches and give off a unique and incredible.

The presence of Madagascar makes your GARDEN look like a dream. They are intricate slow grower plants.

You only need to provide little water with multiple colorations. They are easy to grow and require LESS water.

You will be amazed by the green, purple, pink, and dark BROWN spikes. The fragrant white flowers or yellow flowers shades of colors look beautiful.

13. Bunny Ear Cactus

Bunny Ear Cactus

Hardiness Zones: 9a to 11b
Family: Cactaceae
Light Requirement: 14 hours of light
Mature Size: 2 to 3 feet tall
Flowering Season: Spring/Summer
Water Needs: Low-Moderate
Native Area: Northern Mexico

The bunny ear cactus is scientifically known as Opuntia microdasys. It is a famous HOUSEPLANT, an attractive and low-maintenance plant.

It is one of the POPULAR species from the Cactaceae family, growing to the maximum size of 2 to 3 feet in height.

You will notice some thick pads and short bristles. These BRISTLES resemble rabbit ears. That is why this plant is also known as the bunny ear cactus. 

14. Organ-Pipe Cactus

Organ-Pipe Cactus

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
Family: Cactus
Light Requirement: Abundant, bright, and direct light
Mature Size: Up to 23 feet tall
Flowering Season: Spring
Water Needs: Low
Native Area: Mexico and Southern Arizona in the US

Organ Pipe Cactus is a true tall succulent. It has the tendency to grow more than 26 feet tall. You can IDENTIFY it properly as it has the perfect shape of an ORGAN-PIPE.

The pipe-like narrow branches originate from the base to make a bunch. They also look like sticks on fire.

I saw them growing in my friend’s YARD, and since then, I deiced to grow them in my home garden. Their perfect structure is what makes them look the BEST.

15. Night Blooming Cactus

Night Blooming Cactus

Hardiness Zones: 10 through 11
Family: Cactus
Light Requirement: 6 hours of direct sun
Mature Size: About 8 feet tall
Flowering Season: Nighttime
Water Needs: Moderate
Native Area: South America

Night-blooming cactus is known as one of the best tall succulent types. If you have a YARD that lacks a tall plant, you must plant this night-blooming cactus.

It is SCIENTIFICALLY known as Epiphyllum oxypetalum. This orchid cactus has dull green leaves.

You might also see greenish-yellow flowers along with PINK and white plant blooms.

Night-blooming cactus is also known as the queen of the night.

The queen of night is one of the few CACTI that grow out in the dark at night time.

FAQs about Tall Succulents

1. Are there succulents that grow tall and then fall over, but that is how they propagate?

The succulents tend to grow tall if they are getting enough sunlight. This plant will fall over as soon as the light is insufficient for them to grow. The plant will start to lean over and stretch out to get closer and then fall over. You can propagate them through stem cuttings.

2. How do you keep succulents from getting too much water?

If you provide the plants with too much mater, they will be under a lot of stress. If you add direct sunlight, it will only compound and add to the problem. It is better to keep them away from direct sunlight. As indirect sunlight is needed to protect them from more shock.

3. Do I need to give my snake plant fertilizer?

Snake plants are native to poor and rocky soil. Please avoid over-fertilizing. You must use premium plant food such as Pennington Ultra Green All Purpose Plant Food. It has a ratio of 10-10-10 that you can feed one with every spring. It gives your snake plant the perfect micronutrient it needs.

4. How do you make your cactus grow straight?

To make your cactus grow straight, replant it in dry soil and pack it with more soil on the cactus base. In this way, you will be helping your cactus to grow upright with more rock.

5. How do you get seeds from ocotillo?

You can collect Ocotillo seeds at the end of spring or late summer. It is better to wait until the flower starts to fade and you can see the seeds clearly. It would help if you took the seeds from the cultivated and wild plants.

What’s Next

You will see many types of succulents, all of which are AVAILABLE in different sizes and SHAPES.

With the help of this article, you can CHOOSE the one you like to grow in your garden.

You have a WIDE variety of choices, including colors, ease of care, and textures. The tall varieties will make an excellent addition to the succulent garden.

You can now grow your favorite tall succulents and make your GARDEN look like a dream. I bet you don’t want to miss their unique CHARACTERISTICS.

Learn more about gardening secrets, including tall SUCCULENTS and other hardy plants.

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Khushvinder Dagar

Hey, I'm Khushvinder. I am a marketer by profession but love the feeling of getting my hands dirty and watching plants grow and have a particular interest in native plants and sustainable gardening practices. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with others and have written articles on gardening for various publications.