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The Best Succulents for Growing in Partial Shade

A common query from many people is which succulents can be grown in an office or area where there isn’t a lot of light.

While the majority need light there are some that can cope with some shade – remember, no plant can grow effectively in deep shade! Here is a list of some of the best and easiest succulents for partial shade.

  • Aloe variegata – the Partridge-Breasted Aloe. This medium sized green and white striped plant has smooth, erect triangular leaves and produces spears of orange to coral coloured flowers
  • Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ – A small, plant with variegated strap-like leaves that grow in whorls. It has spikes of orange flowers and grows slowly to reach a height of 8″
  • Sansevieria trifasciata – Snake Plant. A tall and very attractive dark green, frequently striped with white or yellow, plant. The leaves are long and spear shaped, but plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes that are readily available
  • Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ – This twisted cousin of the Money Plant, is a medium to large, shrub-like plant. It has dark, fleshy leaves with a slight twist with indentations in them
  • Aloe aristata – the lace aloe. This slow-gowing delicate aloe has a soft rosette of slightly speckled green leaves edged with white waving filaments.
  • Epiphyllum anguliger – the fishbone or rich-rac cactus. This epiphytic cactus has long wavy edge leaves and produces beautiful scented creamy-white flowers in late spring early summer.  It prefers humid and shady conditions and is best in hanging baskets or placed on a high shelf where it can drape beautifully.
In winter, the rule of thumb is the colder the environment the plants are in - the drier you should keep them.