February 26, 2017
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.