What Are the Tallest Succulents Types?

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Succulents are popular, easy-to-grow houseplants, but most of them are small or even tiny. Succulents are also slow growers, it takes many years or even decades to grow to the mature size. Nevertheless, succulents provide an exotic feel to indoors, without much effort.

In this article, we are going to tell you, which succulents grow the tallest. So, you can easily pick one suitable for your home, office, or classroom.

Tall Succulents

Succulents or succulent plants are plants with parts that are thickened and fleshy to retain water. This means they do not need watering as often as other leafy houseplants. A lot of succulents do not require direct sunlight to grow, making them ideal houseplants for lazy or inexperienced indoor gardeners. Although the taller succulents do need more exposure to sunlight.

#1 Ponytail Palm

Contrary to the popular name, the Ponytail palm or Elephant’s foot plant is a giant succulent. Outdoors elephant’s foot can grow up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall. This succulent can also easily grow indoors but requires bright indirect light. It won’t flower indoors, which shouldn’t be a problem since it looks perfectly tropical without the flowers.

It has long curly leaves and a large caudex to retain water. With this plant, you can just place it indoors in a bright spot and water it every two weeks. That’s all the care it needs. Outdoors Ponytail palm grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11.

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Elephant’s foot plant growing outdoors Source: Starr

#2 Aloe Tree

Aloidendron barberae or the aloe tree is a massive succulent plant native to South Africa. It can grow up to 60 feet (18 m) tall and is usually grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. It can be grown indoors, but will need a lot of room to grow. It has no relation to aloe vera.

#3 Spineless Yucca

Spineless Yucca or Yucca elephantipesis is also a large tree-like succulent. It can grow 30 feet (9 meters) tall outdoors, indoors it most likely won’t grow taller than 6 feet (1.8 meters). Spineless yucca has light-green, pointy sword-shaped leaves. Like the elephant’s foot plant, spineless yucca is native to Mexico. This specimen can easily be grown indoors with little to no care.

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Spineless Yucca growing in Hawaii Source: Starr

#4 Ocotillo

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) is a semi-succulent desert plant, which is closely related to tea and blueberries. It grow 33 feet tall (10 meters). It can easily be grown indoors in containers. Ocotillos have fiery red tube-shaped blooms.

Ocotillo in a desert Source: Christine

#5 Joshua Tree

Yucca Brevifolia needs a lot of space to grow. Mature Joshua trees can grow up to 30 feet in height and width. It has thick short dried pointy leaves. Joshua tree is easy to propagate. It does need a lot of light to thrive.

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Joshua trees growing in California Source: Don

#6 Sticks on Fire

Euphorbia tirucalli is a very unique looking succulent. It is native to Africa and produces poisonous latex that can cause blindness. It can reach up to 23 feet in height (7 meters). It’s cylindrical fleshy red stems look really attractive. Best not to grow this plant near pets and children due to its toxicity.

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Sticks on fire Source: Mike

#7 Snake Plant

Dracaena trifasciata is a common houseplant you can find in gardening stores all over the world. It is extremely easy to grow, it barely requires watering, and is not fussy about sunlight. It shouldn’t be placed in full sun for extended periods as its stems will get scorched.

This plant is also a known natural air purifier! Snake plants will even tolerate very low amounts of light. There are many variations of snake plants such as:

  • ‘Hahnii’
  • Rhino Grass
  • Variegated Snake Plant
  • Bantel’s Sensation
  • ‘Twist’
  • Cylindrical Snake plant
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Variegated Snake Plant Source: NC State Extension Gardener

#8 Crown Of Thorns

Euphorbia milii is a woody succulent subshrub native to Madagascar. It can grow almost 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall. It has small red, pink, or white flowers. This plant is sometimes used to deter snails and mollusks. Crown of Thorns has gotten the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. It is easy to care for and be grown in containers indoors.

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Crown Of Thorns Source: Geoff


Succulents are easy-to-grow plants that give an exotic feel to any setting. Most of them are quite small, but there are tall succulent varieties out there that can be grown indoors.

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