What better than low light succulents to boost your living room appeal?
These tiny plants are so versatile and easy to grow you won’t even notice them. You don’t have to waste time or effort, not even a bit of money.
And what’s even better, they thrive even in DARK PLACES. You can grow them effortlessly even if you can’t keep them under the sun.
There’s literally no drawback to getting one of these.
So, why don’t you check some of the best shade-loving succulents? We’ll show you all about them below!
19 Best Low Light Succulents to Bring Home
1. Aloe Vera (Aloe spp.)
If there’s a plant that needs no introduction, that’s the aloe vera.
There are many advantages to growing one aloe indoors.
First, obviously, it can withstand the lack of bright sun (even though it prefers A LOT OF IT).
Second, it doesn’t require much water.
Third, it is cold-hardy to temperature even below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
And finally, it is one of the cutest plants out there.
With over 250 aloe varieties, including variegated, bi-colored, climbing, and even miniature ones – there’s enough to pick from.
DON’T DISMISS THIS: The plant has medicinal properties, making it a lovely and valuable addition to your indoors.
2. Bear Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa)
Among cute succulents, few can match the Bear Paw.
The name comes directly from its appearance, a paw-like leaf shape that’s almost impossible not to love.
Why is it such a great addition to your indoors? Because it grows in a fun way when you leave it under shade. The tiny paws and chicks grow together, making it even more fun to see.
This is a cold-hardy plant as well, resistant temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit. And what’s even better, it survives with little watering.
CONSIDER THIS: If temperatures go lower than they can resist, there’s a high chance it will go into semi-dormancy. That means it will probably lose a few of its leaves (BUT WON’T DIE).
3. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
Also found as the ‘Donkey’s Tail,’ this unique succulent looks great wherever you place it.
Its temperature range goes from 35 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (but can resist temps as low as 0 degrees for a few days).
While the plant PREFERS full-sun exposure of at least 8 hours a day, you can grow it inside. In this case, it may not grow as expected – but will survive.
The exciting part? Its stems will stay smaller but will achieve a beautiful hanging pattern indoors.
With weekly watering and a warm environment, this plant won’t have any problem lasting a long time.
INTERESTING FACT: Even indoors, the plant may produce pink-to-read blossoms. When that happens, it will undoubtedly be the cutest plant in your house.
4. Candle Plant (Senecio Articulatus)
Also known as the ‘Picket Plant,’ this strange little fellow THRIVES in the shade.
While a succulent who appreciates some light, it still tolerates indoor areas without problems. And even then, it can grow to about 2 feet in height.
The cute part is how it grows. Its waxy stem and uniquely shaped leaves make it a definitely hard-to-ignore plant.
You won’t have any problem making it work indoors as long as temperatures stay above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, it will likely go dormant in winter, so don’t worry if the leaves disappear.
WORTH KNOWING: The plant produces small cup-shaped flowers directly from the main stem with a pink to purple color.
5. Echeveria (Echeveria spp.)
For low-light environments indoors, few plants can match the Echeveria in growth.
Why? It tends to reach for the sun whether you plant it close or far from windows. This makes it grow much larger than the typical succulent (it can grow up to 8 inches per year).
But it’s still a good-looking plant, growing green leaves and sometimes boasting purplish tones around.
The most fascinating part is the temperature range: they are cold-hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
PLUS: You can leave an Echeveria without water for up to two weeks without any problem. In humid areas, it won’t suffer even without any watering.
6. Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
It’s a GORGEOUS addition to any indoors—the Flaming Katy sports thick and large leaves, plus a dark-green tone impossible to dismiss.
Of course, you can grow it inside without problems, as it can withstand low-light environments without much trouble.
The problem is that growing indoors will make it grow lanky over thick and fleshy. But that wouldn’t make it any less beautiful.
As long as temperatures stay over 50 degrees Fahrenheit and it is not overwatered, it will thrive.
TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER: It blooms every 6 months, producing pastel-colored flowers in small bunches. The flower SHINES when this happens.
7. Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum)
It looks like any other succulent, with spiky leaves and a dark-green color (often pink and purple edges).
But there’s something about it that other succulents don’t offer: it produces little offsets consistently. Even in small containers, you’re likely to see these petite chicks growing around the main plant.
Sooner than later, you can have a pot full of these little succulents – looking gorgeous!
Another feature to consider is that the Sempervivum genus produces cold-hardy plants (withstand -10 degrees Fahrenheit with no problem).
And lastly, they thrive in partial shade without problems. As long as you don’t overwater, they will live for long.
WATCH OUT: The white and sometimes red flowers are a sight to behold. Alongside the dense growth of its offsets, this plant will take over your heart with ease.
8. Holiday Cacti (Schlumbergera)
Few cactuses are as beautiful as the Holiday Cactus.
Not only you’ll find the fun stem shape attractive, but when the rose-purple flowers bloom, YOU’LL BE MINDBLOWN.
The name comes from the bright flowers that make it look colorful. But there’s another reason: it blooms in winter at around Christmas time.
It’s not a picky plant, so growing it indoors won’t be much of a problem. You need to ensure at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit and water it once a week at max.
WORTHWHILE FEATURE: It tends to bloom a lot faster when planted indoors, so you may see flowers as early as late fall.
9. Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)
One of the weirdest succulents you can get: the Rhipsalis is never a bad addition to any indoors.
Why do we think so? It all starts with the long and thin cylindrical stems. These stems tend to grow hairs. And depending on the species, you may even spot tiny spherical flowers (they grow in clusters).
Of course, growing it indoors is totally possible in temperatures no less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. And with weekly watering, it will thrive for years.
EXCITING FACTOR: Its stems can grow up to 3 feet long, sometimes hanging from pots or baskets, making it look even more enticing.
10. Orchid’s Cactus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)
Popular cactuses are always worth a try. The Orchid’s is one of those.
The name comes from the STUNNING flower it produces. This flower appears at night and lasts for only a couple of days (sometimes just hours).
And there’s something else you will love: the plant looks NOTHING like other cacti. In fact, it seems more like an evergreen plant.
Despite that, it can still survive under the shade with temperatures higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
THE BEST PART: The leaves tend to form drooping forms, so planting them in places where you can see them hang can be a great idea.
11. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
The Panda Plant would be the perfect explanation of a succulent for its looks and growth needs.
A set of hairy leaves with a thick body makes it IRRESISTIBLE. They are attractive enough to make any place a lot cuter with a soft-gray tone and brownish edges.
Often growing no more than 20 inches and spreading slowly, these succulents survive indoors with no problem.
KNOW THIS: It also produces flowers, often in pink or white, that resemble their own leaves a lot. So you’re likely to get in love at first bloom.
12. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Don’t get confused by its name. This is not a palm but a succulent. And sure enough, it’s also a low-light variety.
The best part about it would be the dense growth. Its thin leaves tend to form round-shaped foliage, with drooping forms.
You can grow it in temperatures as low as 45 degrees Fahrenheit, even if it doesn’t receive much light.
Also, you won’t have to water them much.
ALSO CONSIDER: The bulbous trunk tends to form a thick bottom, producing a bottle-like shape that’s always attractive to look at.
13. Scarlet Ball Cactus (Parodia haselbergii)
Once this little cactus blooms, you’ll be completely sold on it.
The beauty is extreme, especially with the red flower that blooms every few months.
But the significant part is how resilient this cactus is. Given low-light conditions and decently warm environments (over 40 degrees Fahrenheit), it won’t have any problem growing.
It typically grows in small clusters, but you can also grow it as a standalone body.
WHAT’S SO GREAT: You’ll find the gray-and-green body with a spiky surface to be extremely good-looking. Those who like cactuses will probably ADORE this one.
14. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
You’ve seen this one before many times. And it’s not a mistake why: the Snake Plant grows almost anywhere.
This includes shades places like the darkest indoors. If you can keep temperatures over 30 degrees, it will have little to no problem growing FOREVER.
It’s probably the easiest to grow, as it requires little watering, rarely gets affected by disease or pests, and can last several decades.
EVEN THEN: You will still find it a gorgeous plant with its variegated leaves. And when the white flowers appear, they will become a great addition to your home.
15. String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
The name comes from the shape of its leaves and the way it grows.
Long, thin stems that flow all through the sides, tangling and reaching far, plus the heart-shaped leaves are never easy to ignore.
What sets this one apart is the ability to grow almost ANYWHERE. From low-light environments, with little watering, and even in hanging baskets – it always thrives.
You’ll still love the unique colors it sports, especially the variegated kinds.
ALSO WORTHWHILE: Its stems can quickly reach over 3 feet long, reaching far down and to the sides (crawling and climbing like a vine).
16. String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
Another plant that LOVES to crawl and climb like a vine is the String of Pearls.
As you can guess by the name, its circular-shaped leaves are UNIQUE. Even as a succulent, it’s one of the rarest but most attractive (especially when the tiny white flowers appear).
But its main advantage is the ability to grow in low-light places with temperatures at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Like other string plants, this one works as a hanging succulent or viny alternative, making any indoors a lot cuter.
WHAT TO KNOW: The stems are long but dense, meaning you’ll see them almost always hanging from wherever it’s growing (a cascading effect).
17. Wax Plant (Hoya obovata)
A popular houseplant and a gorgeous one at that, the Wax succulent survives with little output (thrives even).
The exciting part is how large the leaves are and how the vine-like stems grow. You can see the plant growing to the sides, climbing, and crawling all around.
Like the name says, its leaves are waxy and often feature little spots all across the surface.
The best feature? They can handle full-shade environments with temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
DON’T DISMISS THIS: You’ll also see the plant blooming directly from the stem, producing small clusters of pink-to-purple flowers that will catch anyone’s attention.
18. Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Rare plants are surprisingly resistant to low-light environments, like the ZZ Plant (its other casual name).
The Zanzibar Gem grows well in the shade as long as you can keep the environment warm (higher than 60 degrees Fahrenheit).
If you manage to keep it healthy, the plant will look GORGEOUS. Its thick, waxy leaves with a dark-green tone will make you love it.
And when the small yet good-looking purple-to-read flowers appear, you’ll love it even more.
BE AWARE: This plant is poisonous to mammals. So be careful with your pets, children, and other adults.
19. Zebra Cactus (Haworthia pumila)
A combination of a cactus and an aloe, the Zebra Cactus features the most attractive colors of its kind.
Like the name says, it sports zebra-like white marks across the dark-green leaves. This will make it an excellent addition to any living room.
But the real advantage comes from its ability to grow practically anywhere. You’ll have to keep the place warm, though. No less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit if you want it healthy.
If you can ensure that, you’ll love it. You won’t have to water it much, and it will still grow beautifully without taking much space (it often stays under 5 inches tall).
SURPRISING FACT: A Zebra cactus will live even if you water it once a month. But we recommend doing so whenever the soil dries to keep it healthier.
Bring a Low-Light Succulent Home TODAY!
So, did you find the plant you were looking for?
There are enough low light succulents to bring home that you shouldn’t have any problem now.
As long as it meets your demands and looks good enough in your living room, there’s a HUGE chance it will make the place a lot cuter.
What are you waiting for then? Boost your indoors appeal with one of these NOW! You won’t regret it.