Tall Succulents: 18 Amazing Plants That You Can Grow

Succulents are among the most interesting plant species to grow. In addition to their exotic and unique looks, most species are very easy to grow and maintain as long as you get the conditions right.

However, one characteristic that many popular succulents share is being noticeably short. But luckily, there are plenty of tall succulents out there that you can grow if you have the right conditions!

In today’s guide, we’ll walk you through 18 of the most impressive succulents that you can grow tall. Let’s dive right in!

1. African Milk Tree

African Milk Tree

The African Milk Tree is a tall succulent shrub that is botanically known as “Euphorbia trigona” and is commonly grown as a hedge but also as houseplants.

The plant’s most characteristic feature is its branching triangular stems with prickly spines. Despite the name, the milky sap of the plant is quite irritating to the skin.

The plant is native to various regions in Central and Southern Africa and goes by many common names, such as “Cathedral Cactus” and “Good Luck Cactus”.

However, since it grows fleshy leaves, it isn’t an actual cactus. The plant grows up to 4 ft indoors but can go as tall as 8 ft when grown outdoors. Another advantage of growing it outdoors is the beautiful flowers that bloom in spring and summer.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the most popular succulent species out there due to its attractive looks, easy maintenance, and its gel extract that is great for hair and skin as well as other health benefits!

One thing you should know is that aloe vera is a large group of succulents that includes hundreds of species, and luckily, some of them can grow up to 3 ft tall, especially when grown outdoors.

The secret to growing aloe vera vertically instead of horizontally is sunlight exposure, so make sure that the plant gets around 8 hours of direct sunlight daily to reach impressive heights!

Read more: How to Arrange Succulents for an Eye-Catching and Long-Lasting Arrangement

3. Snake Plant

The snake plant is another extremely popular succulent that a lot of people love to grow for one simple reason: the plant is incredibly easy to maintain!

Originally native to the tropical region of West Africa, Dracaena trifasciata thrives indoors as well as outdoors and also survives several weeks without any water, making it an ideal choice for beginners.

The plant grows considerably tall for a houseplant, but you should expect it to reach up to 8 ft when grown in full soil.

4. Ocotillo Plant

If you’re looking for a succulent that can grow incredibly tall, you shouldn’t look further than the Ocotillo plant.

This one is botanically known as “Fouquieria splendens” and is native to the American Southwest, especially the Sonoran Desert, the Chihuahuan Desert, and parts of the Colorado Desert.

This plant is capable of growing as tall as 20 to 30 ft in the right conditions, but you can also grow it indoors in a rocky garden. The plant is known for its clusters of fiery red blooms at the tip of each stem.

5. Sticks of Fire

Sticks of fire

The scientific name of this succulent is “Euphorbia Tirucalli” but it also goes by various common names depending on its variety, such as “Red Pencil Tree”, “Finger Tree”, and “Milkbush”

This one is also known as “Sticks on Fire” because it has stick-like stems with red tips that look like smoldering sticks.

The plant is native to various tropical and subtropical regions, including Madagascar, India, and the Arabian Peninsula.

When grown in warm climates as well as full sun and soil, the plant can grow anywhere between 4 to 8 ft.

6. Fox Tail Agave

The Fox Tail Agave, also known as “Agave attenuata” is a beautiful succulent that grows symmetrical rosettes and grows up to 5 ft in the right conditions.

Although the Mexico native plant thrives in dry, well draining soil, it can’t tolerate excessive heat, which makes it suitable for moderately warm regions. This means that you can grow it easily in a rock garden.

Another reason that makes it a perfect succulent for beginners is that it is highly resistant to diseases and infections.

7. Candelabra Spurge

Another succulent that belongs to the huge Euphorbia genus and grows very tall wherever it grows is the Candelabra Spurge, scientifically known as “Euphorbia ammak”.

This unique plant is originally native to the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, and in perfect conditions, it can reach up to 15 or 20 ft.

Candelabra Spurge’s unique appearance and drought tolerance come with the added perk of being a disease, pest, and animal resistant plant.

Make sure that you’re extra careful while handling this plant because, in addition to its spines, its milky sap can be quite irritating to the skin and toxic if ingested.

8. Crown of Thorns

The Crown of Thorns is another member of the Spurge family, which is botanically known as “Euphorbia milii”.

The plant is originally native to Madagascar and is characterized by its red flowers that bloom all year round.

This succulent is a ‘slow and steady’ type of grower, especially when grown indoors in containers (up to 4 ft). However, it can reach its maximum height of 6 ft when grown in full soil and full sun.

Keep in mind that the plant is very toxic to humans, pets, and animals in general if ingested, so make sure that you grow it in a spot with limited access.

9. Century Plant

The Century Plant is known for its long lifespan, but despite its name, it can only grow for 30 years, which is still impressive for an agave succulent.

The lengthy lifespan of the Agave americana isn’t the only special aspect of its growth pattern.

This one grows to around 6 to 8 ft tall and wide for most of its life, but it produces a 12 to 20 ft tall blooming stalk as it approaches its final days, also known as quiote. The Century Plant thrives in quick drying soil, such as sandy ones.

10. Spineless Yucca

The Spineless Yucca is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a tall succulent that you can grow indoors.

The versatile plant can reach up to 30 ft when grown outside but grows to a suitable 5 ft tall when grown indoors.

The plant is botanically known as “Yucca elephantipes” because it grows from a thick cylindrical stem that looks like an elephant’s leg.

Make sure that you keep the succulent in sandy soil and provide it with full sun exposure for optimum growth.

Also Check: How Long Can Succulents Go Without Water?

11. Prickly Pear Cactus

The Prickly Pear or Opuntia is a flowering succulent that belongs to the cactus family, which is why it’s also known as “pear cactus”. In optimal conditions, Prickly Pear Cacti can grow anywhere between 8 to 20 ft.

In addition to the flowers, the plant is also known for its edible fruit that is commonly enjoyed in the Mediterranean region as well as Mexico, although you’ll need to carefully remove the spines.

12. Fishhook Barrel Cactus

The Fishhook Barrel Cactus, also known as “Ferocactus wislizeni”, is a uniquely shaped cactus that is originally native to Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and various parts of Mexico.

The slow growing plant is capable of growing anywhere between 10 to 12 ft tall, but it also exists in multiple varieties that are limited to less than 3 to 4 ft tall.

Fishhook Barrel Cacti are ideal for growth under full sun exposure. Also, make sure that you use well-drained soil and water it regularly during its growth periods but let the soil completely dry out between waterings.

13. Queen of the Night

The Queen of the Night is a flowering cactus that goes by many names, including “princess of the night”, Dutchman’s pipe cactus,  Jungle Cactus, and botanically as “Epiphyllum oxypetalum”.

The reason why it’s called the queen of the night is that it blooms a beautiful white flower once every year at night that wilts in the morning.

This impressive succulent grows up to 10 ft high and around 3 ft wide. Compared to the other succulents on the list, this one might require extra effort because it’s not drought resistant, but it’s still easy to grow.

It requires full sun exposure along with light shade as well as well drained soil that is rich in organic nutrients.

14. Desert Rose

If you want your succulent to be both tall and beautiful, you should keep this one in mind!

The Desert Rose, also known as “Adenium obesum” is a slow growing succulent that blooms beautiful pink and white flowers and thrives in warmer climates that are similar to its tropical and desert origins in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Provided with optimal growth conditions, the plant can grow as high as 10 ft while spanning up to 5 ft wide.

The plant is also characterized by its fleshy and thick base that rests atop a well draining soil that is watered regularly while giving the plant time to dry out between waterings.

15. Madagascar Palm

Madagascar Palm

Despite the name, Madagascar Palm isn’t a true palm. Instead, it’s a succulent that is originally native to both Madagascar and South Africa.

When grown outdoors, the plant can reach up to 19 ft in height, which is why it’s commonly called a palm. However, if you want to grow it indoors, the highest it usually gets is around 6 ft tall.

The plant is characterized by its large trunk that grows slightly narrower as you head up. The plant is highly resistant to drought and can survive with very little water, but you must keep it warm at all times.

Madagascar Palm thrives in full sun exposure, which is also essential for the plant to bloom its lovely flowers in summer.

16. Mother of Millions

The Mother of Millions, also known as “Chandelier Plant” and botanically as “Kalanchoe delagoensis” is a special succulent that belongs to the Crassulaceae family.

This one was previously known as “Bryophyllum delagoense” and is often confused with its close relative “Devil’s Backbone” or “Mother of Thousands”.

The plant is originally native to the Madagascan tropics, which is why it makes for a perfect houseplant.

The plant typically grows up to 7 ft when grown outdoors but is usually limited to 3.3 ft when grown indoors.

Like most succulents, the plant grows well in full sun exposure but will also thrive in partial shade.

17. Eve’s Needle Cactus

Next up, we have Eve’s Needle, which is a succulent known scientifically as
“Austrocylindropuntia subulata”.

This one is originally native to the mountainous regions of the Andes, particularly in Peru. In optimal growth conditions, the plant can grow as large as 13 ft tall. However, you should expect it to grow much shorter when cultivated in sub-optimal conditions.

The plant requires indoor potting in winter because it can’t tolerate cold weather, so make sure that you take it inside when temperatures dip in winter.

Whether indoors or outdoors, the succulent cactus thrives on full sunlight exposure, which is why it’s usually kept near a kitchen window.

18. Jade Plant

Lastly, the Jade plant is one of the most popular houseplants and succulents out there. This one belongs to the Crassula genus, and is scientifically known as “Crassula ovata”, although it also goes by “Money Tree”, “Friendship Tree”, and more.

The plant typically thrives in poor types of soil, which makes it ideal for beginners. It typically requires very little watering with plenty of time between sessions.

The succulent is also flexible when it comes to sunlight exposure, as you can provide it with full or partial sunlight, although full sunlight is essential for reaching impressive heights of up to 8 ft.

Wrap Up

With that said, you now have a brief overview of some of the most popular succulent species that you can grow tall!

As you can see, some of these species can be grown indoors while others will only thrive outdoors, so make sure that you check their ideal conditions before growing one.