There's a lot to love about having low-water, easy-care cacti and succulents in your home. One of my favorite things about them is the amount of variety they offer. There's a wealth of colors, shapes, and sizes, so it's easy to get just the look you want. Not sure where to start? Here are four favorites.
Red African Milk Cactus
(Euphorbia trigona Rubra)
Hailing from Africa, look to this succulent to add height and color to your home. It can grow more than 5 feet tall in time (it's slow growing, though, so you don't need to worry about it outgrowing its space anytime soon). It's characterized by impressive stems flushed with burgundy-purple. The tops of the branches have small, oval leaves popping from the sides. It often branches as it grows, creating an elegant candelabra look.
Just give it lots of bright light and water as the potting mix dries out. Buy it now!
Bunny Ears Cactus
(Opuntia microdasys var. Pallida)
Providing a softer, more whimsical look than a lot of other common cacti, Bunny Ears Cactus is a relative of Prickly Pear Cactus. It grows rounded, flat pads dotted with clusters of tiny short yellowish spines. When happy, it produces little yellow flowers, but the architectural forms the pads grow into is the main attraction. While it's easy to grow, this cactus is also easy to propagate, so you can readily share starts with your friends and family.
Like most other cacti, it wants an abundance of bright light and watering only as the potting mix starts to dry out. Buy it now!
Like Bunny Ears Cactus, Paddle Plant gives a strikingly different look than a lot of other common cacti and succulents because of its large, flat, paddle-shaped leaves. They're a lovely blue-green color that can act both as a complement or a contrast to other varieties you grow it with. Or display it on its own as a focal point on your favorite desk or tabletop.
Keep it happy by giving it plenty of bright light and water it as the potting mix dries out. Buy it now!
First Lady Echeveria
(Echeveria First Lady)
Showing off large, ruffled leaves, this low-water Echeveria is a standout in any home or office. Indoors, it's usually a gray-green color, but give it enough light and the frilly edges take on a pink blush. Provide even more light and you'll see the pink tones extend farther into the foliage. It's a fairly large plant that can eventually grow about 12 inches wide, helping it to become even more eye-catching as it ages. It can produce clusters of pinky-orange flowers.
Get the most from it by giving it lots and lots of light. Avoid overwatering; only water as the soil starts to dry out. Buy it now!
Written by Justin Hancock