10 Amazing Types of Succulents Every Plant Lover Needs to Know

Dolphins and zebras and pandas, oh my!

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If it seems like every day there's a cool new succulent to add to your houseplant collection, it's because there are basically endless varieties of these drought-resistant (and often tiny and adorable!) plants to choose from, as they're found in more than 60 different plant families. And there are even quite a few popular plants out there that you might not even realize are succulents, like snake plants and ZZ plants.

In any case, whether you want to add more succulents to your current troupe of plants or you're looking for the right plants to start your indoor garden, these are 10 of the most interesting—and some of the most popular—succulents out there. Plus, they represent a wide range of succulent styles, from the waxy leaves of echeveria to the fuzzy ears of the rabbit succulent, alongside surprisingly colorful options like the moonstone succulent.

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Donkey's Tail
Sedum Morganianum succulent plant isolated on gray background
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Sedum morganianum, the donkey's tail succulent, starts out as a little succulent with rows of teardrop-shaped leaves, but since it's a trailing plant, eventually they'll sprawl over the edge of the pot like vines or a hanging plant.

Moonstone Succulent
moonstone succulent pachyphytum oviferum
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Appropriately named given its almost opalescent-looking hue (that can range from pink to blue!) and rounded, fleshy leaves, the moonstone succulent (Pachyphytum oviferum) is an adorable—and colorful—addition to any houseplant collection.

Hoya Heart
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Hoya kerrii plants, also sometimes called sweetheart plants, are a sweet little succulent with heart-shaped leaves. They're often sold as clippings of single leaves that have been replanted to look like individual hearts sprouting out of the soil, but you can also buy them as the original plants and let their vines grow.

Lipstick Echeveria
Red echeveria agavoides succulent plant
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If you want a bold pop of color amongst all your greenery, add lipstick echeveria (Echeveria agavoides) to your plant roster. Sometimes they're all red, like the ones pictured here, but you'll also often see them as green with striking red tips.

Zebra Plant
haworthia fasciata
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Not to be confused with aloe these striped, spiky little plants (AKA Haworthia fasciata) are one of the most popular succulents out there—and it doesn't hurt that it's an easy one to care for if you're a plant parent beginner.

Panda Plant
Panda Plant in pink pot
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With brown or deep red-tipped gray-green leaves covered in fuzz, the panda plant (Kalanchoe Tomentosa) is a soft and stunning alternative to the waxy-leaved succulents you typically think of.

Rabbit Succulent
monilaria obconica rabbit succulent
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Over time, the ears of these tiny bunnies (AKA Monilaria obconica) will grow while the base they've sprouted from stays relatively the same size, meaning eventually they won't really look like rabbits anymore. But, even when they sprout up, they're still a unique, beautiful little plant.

Jade Plant
Succulent houseplant Crassula in a pot on a white background
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Also called the money plant or lucky plant, the jade plant (Crassula ovata) has a thick woody stem that sprouts waxy, teardrop-shaped leaves. Some jade plants even develop reddish tips, and they can also flower.

Ox Tongue
Gasteria plant
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With short, wide-but-spiky leaves covered in little white spots (sort of like a tongue!) Gasteria verrucosa is another great beginner-friendly succulent, as it's easy to care for—and another plant commonly confused with aloe.

Dolphin Succulent
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Dolphin succulents, or Senecio peregrinus, are another trailing plant with a fun twist: Their leaves look like jumping dolphins. The dolphin succulent was actually created by crossing the string of pearls plant with the hot dog cactus (fascinating, right?).

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