25 Succulents with Long Stems (With Pictures)

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Many people think of succulents as cute, tiny squat species.

But many species can produce stems up to 5 feet (1.5 meter) long that grow either upwards, outwards, or trail-like vines. 

Check out the 25 most popular long-stemmed succulents to add to your collection. 

Succulents with Long Stems (Hanging or Trailing Stems)

1. String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

As this plant’s name suggests, the string of pearls succulent has long, trailing tendrils with round green growths that resemble small green pearls. 

Its long, draping stems can grow up to 3 feet (90 cm) long.  Because of that, this plant thrives in a hanging basket.

Its white flowers bloom during the summer.

Aside from its draping stems, this plant can grow up to 1 – 2 feet (30 – 60cm) tall and 1 – 2 feet (30 – 60cm) wide. 

String of pearl
String of pearl with long draping stems
(Leonora Enking from West Sussex, England, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

2. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

Also called “donkey’s tail”, this sedum has long trailing stems that can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) long.  It’s one of the popular succulents that grow well indoors and in hangings pots. 

The small leaves range from pale green to blue-green, with a silvery tint. During the summer, the Burro’s Tail produces tiny, star-shaped reddish-pink flowers that grow in clusters at the end of each stem. 

Burro's Tail (Sedum morganianum)
Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
(Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

3. String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii

The String of Hearts probably has one of the longest succulent stems that can grow up to 6-13 feet (2-4 meters) long.

True to its name, the leaves are small and heart-shaped with a characteristic purplish tint.

In the summer and fall, the string of hearts plant produces small white or red blooms. 

It grows quickly, its adult size no more than 1 – 2 inches (2.5 – 5 cm) tall and 1.5 inches (4 cm) wide.  

This plant thrives best in a hanging basket, though it is also used as a ground cover or along stone walls.

String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) 
String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii
(Andrew Butko, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

4. Cliff Stonecrop (Hylotelephium cauticola)

This succulent is a stonecrop hybrid with purplish green leaves and stems that trail, making it excellent in hanging pots and as a ground cover.

The stems can reach up to 1 foot (30 cm) in length.

Clusters of tiny pinkish-white flowers appear during the late summer. 

Hylotelephium cauticola (Agnieszka Kwiecień, Nova, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
Hylotelephium cauticola
(Agnieszka Kwiecień, Nova, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

5. String of Rubies (Othonna capensis)

This trailing succulent is named for its reddish-purple stem, attached to which are tiny green oval-shaped leaves that turn reddish purple when the plant is stressed. 

Its trailing stems can reach up to 8 – 12 inches (20 – 30 cm) long. 

This plant is native to South Africa and has cute tiny yellow blossoms that flower during the spring, summer, and fall.

String of Rubies (Othonna capensis) (Kurt Stüber [1], CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
String of Rubies (Othonna capensis)
(Kurt Stüber [1], CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Succulents with Long Stems and Purple Flowers  

6. Rock Purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora)

This summer-blooming cactus produces long flower stems up to 1 feet (30 cm) tall, each producing a single flower that is cup-shaped and purplish pink.

It grows throughout the desert regions of South America, Latin America, and the American Southwest. 

Rock Purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora)
Rock Purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora)
(Ghislain118 (AD), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

7. Echeveria Taurus (Echeveria agavoides ‘Taurus’)

Native to Mexico and the southwestern US, this succulent can produce long flower stems up to 1 feet (30 cm) tall with both purple blooms and leaves.

The blooming season is short, flowering between June and August. 

The leaves are deep purple and are arranged in a beautiful compact rosette. 

Echeveria agavoides
Echeveria agavoides
(Michael Wolf, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

8. Engelmann’s Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii)

This prickly succulent has long, thick stems that double as the body of the cactus – each cylinder reaching about 12 inches (30cm) in height.

Each stem can have up to 20 blooms, all of them cone-shaped and bright purplish magenta in color. 

This succulent is also called the strawberry cactus or the purple torch, due to its vibrant flowers. It only blooms between April and May. 

Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii)
Engelmann’s Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii)
(Kyle Nessen, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Succulents with Long Stems and Pink Flowers 

9. Deltoid-leaved Dew Plant (Oscularia Deltoides)

The Deltoid-leaved Dew Plant, also known as the “Ice Plant”, is a low-growing succulent that grows to a height of between 6 – 12 inches (15 – 30 cm) tall.

It has unique, triangular gray-green leaves and bright pink daisy-like flowers that bloom during the spring and summer. 

The Deltoid-leaved Dew Plant is a popular houseplant that also serves as an eye-catching ground cover. 

Deltoid-leaved Dew Plant (Oscularia Deltoides)
Deltoid-leaved Dew Plant (Oscularia Deltoides)
(Chhe at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

10. Gollum Jade (Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’)

A type of jade plant, this long-stemmed succulent has distinctive fleshy, trumpet-shaped leaves that are green with a reddish tinge at the ends.

The stem can grow up to 2 to 3 feet (60-90cm) tall, making the succulent a small shrub.

The Gollum jade is native to Africa and, like other jade plants, can grow quite large – up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. 

During the spring, the Gollum jade produces small, star-shaped pale pink flowers. 

Gollum Jade (Crassula ovata 'Gollum')
Gollum Jade (Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’)
(tato grasso, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

11. Chinese Pagoda (Crassula Marnieriana)

Like other crassula succulents, Chinese Pagoda appears as vertical columns with small, stacked leaves like worms. The leaves are medium to light green tinged with red.

During spring, this tall succulent produces tight clusters of pale pink flowers on stems that can reach 8 inches (20 cm) in height. 

Chinese Pagoda (Crassula Marnieriana)
Chinese Pagoda (Crassula Marnieriana)
(Salicyna, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

12. Calico Kitten (Crassula Pellucida) 

The heart-shaped leaves of this succulent range from deep purple to lilac to green to cream, giving it its colorful name.

It’s a small species, growing a maximum mature height of 6 inches (15 cm).

Calico Kitten flowers during the spring in tight clusters of pale pink flowers.

Calico Kitten (Crassula Pellucida)
Calico Kitten (Crassula Pellucida)
(Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man).  Location credit to the Chanticleer Garden., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Succulents with Long Stems and Red Flowers 

13. Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)

Also called the “Red-hot poker” plant or the “Torch lily”, this succulent has stems that can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 meter) tall. This enormous succulent is native to Africa and attracts pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. 

The distinctive flowers are typically bicolored from red, yellow, and/or orange and bloom during the spring and summer. 

Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
(michael clarke stuff, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

15. Woolly Rose (Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’) 

This beloved succulent is named for the tiny white hairs that give this plant a fuzzy appearance.

While the rosettes are short, it can send flower stems measuring between 8 – 10 inches (20 – 25 cm) tall, with reddish-orange blooms that grow from late spring through the early summer. 

14. Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

As this succulent’s name suggests, the Flaming Katy has bright reddish-orange flowers that grow in tight clusters atop stems that can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) long.

The flowers come not only in red, but pink, orange, yellow, and white as well. 

They have wide, flat leaves, giving the plant a width of about 10 inches (25 cm). 

Native to Madagascar, the Flaming Katy has a long blooming season, producing flowers between the months of February and June.

As cheerful as this plant is, keep in mind that it’s easily stressed and cannot withstand the cold. Even a short period of chilly temperatures can kill it. 

Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
(I.Sáček, senior, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

16. Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)

Native to Thailand, this succulent has unusually shaped vibrant red flowers that grow atop stems that can reach between 1 – 6 feet in height.

This plant’s adult height is about 2 ft if grown indoors, and 3 – 6 ft outdoors. 

The crown of thorns produces a milky sap called latex which is toxic and irritating to the skin and eyes.

The plant blooms year-round indoors. Besides red, the flowers can also be pink, yellow, or white. 

Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
(Dandarmkd, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Succulents with Long Stems and White Flowers 

17. Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ (Aeonium davidbramwellii

Aeoniums are generally tall succulents.  But the Aeonium ‘Sunburst’, also called the Copper Pinwheel, is one of the tallest.  It can grow up to 1 – 2 feet (30-60 cm ) tall, with white flowers atop long stems that appear during the summer.

This succulent has variegated green and yellow striped leaves.

Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ (Aeonium davidbramwellii) 
Aeonium ‘Sunburst’
(Aeonium davidbramwellii)  (H. Zell, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

18. Zwartkop (Aeonium arboreum)

This succulent is most often known as the Black Rose, due to its unusual shape and pigment.

It has rosette-shaped leaves that grow atop stems up to 2 feet (60cm) tall, with yellow flowers that bloom between July and August.

This dramatic plant is an eye-catching addition to any outside garden or indoor windowsill. 

Zwartkop (Aeonium arboreum)
Zwartkop (Aeonium arboreum)
(el cajon yacht club, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

19. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) 

This plant native to South Africa is one of the most recognizable succulents there is, with its characteristic smooth, bulbous leaves and long, winding stems. 

The jade plant can grow quite large, up to 5 ft (150 cm) tall, and produces small, star-shaped white or pink flowers during the late winter and early spring. 

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) 
(NasserHalaweh, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

20. String of Buttons (Crassula perforata)

This unique succulent has the appearance of stacks of buttons in vertical columns.  

The long stems can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall.

During spring, it produces cheerful clusters of white or pale yellow flowers.

String of Buttons (Crassula perforata)
String of Buttons (Crassula perforata)
(Mostafameraji, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

21. String of Bananas (Senecio radicans) 

An unusual plant native to South Africa, String of Bananas is named for its small, plump green leaves – shaped like bananas – and fragrance similar to vanilla and cinnamon.

Its trailing stems reach up to 6 ft (1.8 meters) in length.

Fuzzy white flowers bloom during the spring. 

String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)
String of Bananas (Senecio radicans) 
(KaitM42, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Succulents with Long Stems and Yellow Flowers

22. Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense)

Also called the Mother-of-Pearl plant, the leaves of this succulent grow in a pointed, gray-green rosette.

While common varieties are small – growing 6 – 12 inches (15 – 30 cm) tall – others are much larger, with trailing vines studded with rosettes that grow between 2 – 3 feet (60 – 90 cm) long

The dainty yellow flowers of the Ghost Plant emerge during the spring atop tall, slender stems. 

Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense)
Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense)
(Harald the Bard, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

23. Jelly Bean Plant (Sedum rubrotinctum)  

Also known as “Pork and Beans,” this adorable succulent has reddish bean-shaped leaves that lend it its common name. The more stress the plant is under, such as less-than-ideal temperature or light, the darker red the leaves become.  Jelly bean plant can also grow aerial roots out of the stems when they are dehydrated and do not get enough light.

A low-growing succulent, it can grow to a height of 6 – 12 inches tall and produces tight clusters of tiny yellow flowers during the spring and summer. 

24. Mexican Peacock Echeveria (Echeveria Peacockii)

Native to Mexico, the Mexican Peacock Echeveria blooms in the summer and spring with nodding, bright tiny orange flowers on stems reaching up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. 

It has silvery green leaves.

25. Silver Sedum (Sedum Treleasei)

The stems of this succulent can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and produces clusters of tiny yellow flowers atop 6-inch (15 cm) stems.

The plump leaves are gray green in color, but pale to a golden hue when exposed to more sunlight.

Native to Mexico, this plant flowers during the late winter and early spring. 

Silver Sedum (Sedum Treleasei)
Silver Sedum (Sedum Treleasei)
(cultivar413, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)


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