Looking to take add some zen to your home? Invest in a plant. A 2015 study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that interacting with indoor plants can reduce stress. And they also serve as natural air purifiers (!!).
Whether you're a newbie to the plant parent life or just want something kill-proof (because you already don't have the best track record), experts recommend sticking with succulents. According to Juliette Vassilkioti, co-founder and president of My City Plants, succulents are a breeze to take care of at home. "They’re low-maintenance, very forgiving, and low-watering frequency plants," Vassilkioti says. In fact, she doesn't water her succulents unless the soil is bone dry, and she advises new plant parents to do the same.
Once you've found the perfect succulent, you're ready for the next step: potting. "When buying succulents, look for pots with drainage holes so excess water is able to drain away," says Joyce Mast, Bloomscape's Plant Mom. Without an escape route for water, your succulent could develop root rot and die. But don't panic—the chances of that are slim, since succulents don't require a lot of watering in the first place. Plus, the plants listed below are pretty hard to kill.
Can't wait to get started? From the tall and green to the tiny and prickly, these are the 25 best, expert-approved succulents for you to grow at home.
You might know this succulent by its other (more intimidating!) name, the "snake plant," thanks to its shape and sharp leaves. But the Sansevieria is nothing to fear. It's super low maintenance and can thrive in full sun or low light, Mast says. Plus, Vassilkioti calls it one of the most powerful air purifiers when it comes to indoor plants.
This cactus look-alike will add a modern, desert vibe to any space. It can grow up to 9 inches tall—making it a great home office desk addition or entryway plant.
Bright green paddle-like pads grow on top of each other, making for a unique plant structure. This guy will make any room look elevated with little to no effort. "The Prickly Pear is perfect for those who want more green in their environment, but have limited time to care for plants," Mast says.
These shiny, lime green, oval-shaped leaves on the jade plant will brighten up any room. Plus, jade often blooms small pink or white flowers, adding another pop of color to your space.
You've definitely seen this flower-shaped succulent alll over Instagram (amirite?!). Fair warning, succulents that look like flowers are more difficult to care for and shed leaves more often, according to Vassilkioti. But they're not unmanageable. If you're up for the slight challenge and craving the aesthetic, go for it.
This whimsical little succulent boasts curved branches that all grow to different heights. If you want to add some pint-sized pizazz and personality to your space instantly, pick up a fairy castle cactus.
Most people don't realize this one is even a succulent, Mast says. (#TheMoreYouKnow, ya know?) But this two-for-one, low-maintenance plant can produce gorgeous tiny flowers and thick verdant leaves. Mast's favorite Kalanchoe is the Calandiva, shown here.
Although the ponytail palm looks like your typical palm tree, it's actually a succulent which means you can grow this fun-shaped plant right in your own home. Bonus: It's pet friendly!
Looking to fill up a space? The Mezoo Trailing Red plant runs over its pot and Mast loves the way the silvery leaves hang down. Added perk: "It produces magenta dime size flowers that close at night," Mast points out. Have a small space? Don't worry—when this one grows, you can easily move it outside since it thrives in both environments.
The Haworthia plant is the perfect starter succulent. It's slow growing and stays small. You can add it to any terrarium or a tiny pot, Mast says. And you'll never have to worry about this one outgrowing its space or taking over yours.
This carefree cactus is too adorable. Its stems will drape over any pot or planter, making Burro's Tail the perfect arrangement for hanging baskets.
The Golden Barrel Cactus is extremely low-maintenance, Mast says. It's circular shape makes it unlike other succulents and will stand out in any space, too. Fair warning: It's covered in spines, but grows fairly slowly indoors.
The Bulwinkle Cactus features large pads that stick out on its sides, reminding you of a traditional cactus. But with enough sunlight, it can produce small, red flowers, Mast says. It's also pairs well with the Golden Barrel and Fairy Castle Cactus, which Bloomscape just launched as a trio.
Vassilkioti has a pencil cactus in her own living room. Why? Obviously, because of its fun shape (duh!). But also because it's sooo low maintenance. Once a month watering is often all this succulent needs.
Forget easy care (though you only have to water the Sweetheart Hoya when its soil has dried out). It's the heart-shaped leaves that send this succulent over the top. This one makes for a great gift to an S.O. or bestie that could use some extra love.
This tall, stalky succulent is often applauded for it's ability to treat a sunburn (whew!). But it also makes for a great easy-care house plant.
It looks a lil funky at first, but the Woody Senecio is a hidden gem. With little water and full sunlight, this succulent can produce pretty yellow blooms.
The Pincushion Cactus comes in tons of varieties. But this rounded succulent's best asset by far is the daisy-like flowers that grow on top of it.
Talk about making a statement. The Sticks on Fire succulent creates an ombre hue from top to bottom. This succulent feeds off of natural light, so make sure to put in near a window. Water sparingly, and watch it grow.
Bright indirect or filtered light (a.k.a. through open blinds or a curtain), along with one or two waterings a month will keep this cheerful plant looking good.
The brownish red-speckled tips on the Panda Plant are what make it so unique. Add this blooming succulent to your home office desk to liven up the space.
This trailing succulent plant would make a great gift for someone who loves the sea. Its leaves actually look like jumping dolphins. For such an unusual plant, it requires little to no maintenance, but will add so much to any living environment.
Often called the Happy Bean, the Pincushion Peperomia's leaves will grow long and tall, just like bean stalks. Just plop this succulent on your windowsill, as it thrives off bright, natural light.
You probably guessed the meaning behind this enduring succulent. The powdery wax coating and its inability to die is exactly how this plant got its name. Green thumbs are not required when taking care of the Chalk Liveforever. It's super low-maintenance and drought tolerant.