7 Beautiful Indoor Flowering Succulents to Grow

Indoor flowering succulents are a great addition to your indoor plant collection. For one, most succulents are low-maintenance, surviving some of the harshest conditions. Additionally, they usually have a long lifespan and are very visually pleasing.

Some indoor flowering succulents that you should consider include baby toes, baseball plant, ghost plant, Hindu rope, baby necklace, and hoya kerrii.

So, where do you start with your flowering succulent journey? Continue reading this article to learn about seven plant options to grow!

1.   Baby Toes

Fenestraria rhopalophylla

Kicking off the list with one of the cutest flowering succulents, we have baby toes, also known as Fenestraria rhopalophylla. This plant is native to the arid and semiarid areas of Namibia and South Africa. And like most succulents, it grows best in well-drained, sandy soils.

Baby toes also need direct, full sun and little watering. Since it naturally inhabits deserts, Fenestraria rhopalophylla grows well in a hot, dry climate. That makes hardy zones 10a, 10b, 11a, and 11b ideal for those succulent plants to flourish.

As the name implies, the plant resembles a group of baby toes. That’s because this flowering succulent has cylindrical, fleshy foliage with varying elevations. However, the plant’s mature size is usually no longer than 3 inches. Plus, the leaves are arranged in a rosette pattern.

Those baby-toe-resembling plants bloom in the summer and fall, giving daisy-like flowers. Typically, the flowers are small, around 2 inches, and they vary from bright yellow to white.

What’s more, baby toes succulents are perennials. So, you get to enjoy those cute plants for a long time!

2.   Baby Necklace

Another adorable succulent plant making this list is Crassula rupestris, commonly known as the baby necklace. Similar to baby toes, the plant is native to southern Namibia and prefers the same growing conditions.

Those flowering succulents can range from 6 to 12 inches long. Even under the appropriate conditions, baby necklace plants can take 5 years to reach a mature height of 3 feet.

What makes this succulent visually appealing is its foliage arrangements. Typically, the plant has a thin, woody stem near the base but is fleshy at the growing tip. The leaves are oval with a tapering end. Usually, the foliage is green, but red or orange shades can outline the edges.

As for the order, the baby necklace’s leaves follow an opposite arrangement. Additionally, every four leaves form a rosette shape along the stem.

Baby necklace plants flower between June and September. The blooms sit on the apex, and they’re usually grouped in clusters.

What’s more, the flowers range from white to pink and resemble a star. Combined with the chain of rosette-shaped foliage, you can see why baby necklace plants are visually appealing.

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3.   Baseball Plant

You’ve probably seen baseball succulents before since they’re quite a popular choice for indoor plants, thanks to their natural appearance.

As the name implies, baseball plants, or Euphorbia obesa, resemble a ball. That fleshy, bulbous structure is the only stem those plants have. As the plant ages, the stem becomes more elongated and reaches around 8 inches.

Covering the spherical stem are characteristic v-shaped, spiny markings. The plant grows simple leaves that drop off as soon as they form. In the summer, those perennial succulents produce complex flowers known as cyathium.

For those who don’t know, cyathium is a cup-shaped flower. Inside that closed cup are a single female organ and five reduced male flowers. The complex flowers are usually yellow.

The blossoms tend to grow at the apex of the stem. However, they aren’t that significant in appearance.

Baseball plants are low-maintenance. They need direct, bright light but can tolerate shade. And because they prefer dry soil, you don’t have to water those succulents regularly. Additionally, you don’t need to apply fertilizer. Just a regular cactus and succulent potting mix will do.

That said, it’s worth mentioning that baseball plants are mildly toxic. So, make sure to keep them out of children’s and pets’ reach.

4.   Pincushion Cactus

Pincushion Cactus

Like baseball plants, the pincushion cactus (Mammillaria) is also spherical to cylindrical. However, the latter succulent produces more colorful flowers.

Native to the US and South America, the pincushion cactus thrives in direct, bright light. Unlike baseball cactuses, those spherical succulents prefer some partial shade in hot weather.

Additionally, you should slow down on watering pincushion cactuses during the winter and move them to a cold location. As surprising as it seems, low temperatures encourage flowering in Mammillaria plants.

The spherical, green stem usually reaches 6 inches. As for the leaves, they’re needle-like and cover the entire plant. Pincushion cactuses flower in the spring.

As you might have guessed, the flowers grow at the tip of the stem. The blossoms are small, usually less than an inch. They have a funnel shape and a wide range of vibrant colors, including:

  • Gold
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Burgundy
  • White
  • Pink
  • Green

5.   Ghost Plant

Like pincushion cactuses, Graptopetalum paraguayense, commonly known as ghost plant, is native to North America. You can also find those succulents inhabiting Mexico.

What makes ghost plants great is that they can tolerate different hardiness zones. Ideally, Graptopetalum paraguayense thrives in hot, dry climates, like in zones 9 to 11.

However, they can grow in zones 7 and 8—even outdoors! That’s because those succulents survive temperatures as low as 10ºF. Still, you need to provide winter protection to ensure the frost doesn’t kill ghost plants.

Now, you must be wondering, why do people call Graptopetalum paraguayense “ghost plants”?

This has to do with their foliage. Ghost plants grow oval leaves that are thinner toward the tips. The foliage arrangement is a rosette.

Additionally, the succulent plants cover their leaves with a white-powdery coating known as pruinose. That gives a nice contrast with the bluish-green, fleshy leaves.

So, as you can see, ghost plants have a lot going on in their foliage. That’s what makes those plants aesthetically pleasing—even before they flower! In the spring, the succulent plants boast beautiful white to yellow, star-shaped flowers.

6.   Hindu Rope

A Hindu Rope Hoya Plant in a Green Pot

Hindu rope plants are succulent perennials native to Eastern Asia and Australia. Although the plant isn’t huge, it’s bigger than most succulents on this list, reaching 15 inches.

Interestingly, those perennial succulents, also known as Hoya carnosa, don’t have a typical cactus structure. They resemble vine plants but with slightly fleshy stems. The leaves are elliptical and green.

During spring and summer, you can see those semi-succulent plants flowering. The former plant forms an umbel, a cluster of numerous short-stalked flowers hanging from one common point. However, the distinctive flower arrangement isn’t the only fascinating part of Hoya carnosa.

The flowers are waxy, star-shaped, and range from white to dark pink. What’s more, tiny hairs cover Hindu rope’s waxy flowers, giving them a shiny surface.

7.   Hoya Kerrii

Hoya kerrii, or lucky heart, is another Hoya plant variety making this list. Like the Hindu rope, Hoya Kerri is equally breathtaking. The former species also resembles vine plants.

However, unlike the Hindu ropes, Hoya kerrii reaches an impressive length of 13 feet! So, this Hoya variation is a great option if you’re a fan of climbing plants.

What’s interesting about lucky heart plants is their leaf shape. As you might have guessed, the foliage has a heart shape and is slightly thick. The climbing succulent plants have the same distinctive flower arrangement and shape as Hindu rope.

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Wrapping Up

As you can see, you can find several lovely indoor flowering succulents that’ll make a great addition to your houseplants. If you’re looking for small flowering cactuses to fit in corners or on shelves, then the baby toes and baby necklace might be a fit.

You can also grow baseball plants and pincushion cactuses to add shape variety to your collection. And for those looking for succulents that resemble vine plants, Hoya plant species make an excellent choice.

The good news is that most succulents are low-maintenance. Plus, they’re perennials, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to enjoy those flowering cactuses for a long time!