Succulent plants store water in their leaves, making them drought-tolerant. If you tend to neglect your houseplants -- you'll find succulents easy to grow. They don't need much attention to really thrive, just an occasional gulp of water and plenty of sunshine.
Want easy success with succulents? Here are some of the tried-and-true succulent plants you can grow in your home.
Small jade plants make beautiful additions to succulent dish gardens. And colorful, too -- when exposed to sunlight, the leaf tips turn red. As it grows, easy-care jade just gets more attractive. Known botanically as Crassula ovata, this succulent will eventually grow into a many-branched tree.
Haworthias make ideal houseplants. Give them plenty of bright, indirect sunlight and warm temps and you'll find they're easy to please. Haworthia stays small, so it won't crowd other succulents in a dish garden. Easy to grow...plays well with others...and good-looking too. What's not to love?
Growing in a rosette, Echeveria is stunning all on its own. But it just gets better. Echeveria grows offsets in abundance, giving you lots of these gray-green succulent plants to enjoy. Its leaves are also easy to propagate -- just set them on top of the soil and they'll readily take root. This is a plant that keeps on giving. Want more? In summer, tall flower stalks will appear with bright pink and yellow blooms.
One of the few succulent plants grown just for its blooms, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a stand-out. Give it plenty of sunshine and this beauty will reward you with colorful flower clusters -- that may be pink, red, yellow, white, orange or purple. Those glossy, scalloped leaves retain water so Kalanchoe won't be as thirsty as your other flowering houseplants.
Best known for the soothing properties of its sap, Aloe Vera is a handy houseplant to keep around. Pot this succulent in a terracotta pot with cactus potting mix, place it near a sunny window and you'll find it's trouble-free. And it keeps on giving -- Aloes grow offsets that can easily be propagated for more plants.
Jelly Bean (Sedum rubrotinctum) is a sun-loving Mexico native. It makes a beautiful addition to a succulent dish garden, adding color with its sun-kissed leaves. S.r. 'Aurora' is a new pink cultivar that's getting a lot of attention.
One of the toughest plants anywhere, Sansevieria is drought-tolerant and adapts to just about any type of sunlight. Indoors, it's practically carefree. Its unusual upright growing habit and patterned leaves makes it a nice contrast among leafy foliage or feathery fronds.
Usually thought of as desert natives, succulent plants also include tropical cacti -- such as the Christmas cactus -- that originate from rain forests. Give this tropical plant higher-than-average humidity and you'll find it's easy to please. The big payoff is the gorgeous, pendant blooms that grace homes during the holidays -- in shades of pink, red, purple or white.