16 Succulents that Grow Tall
Succulents are a beautiful and easy to maintain plant. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. One thing that succulents do not have is height. There are some varieties of succulents that grow tall, but they are few and far between.
This is our list of 16 succulents that grow tall.
The ocotillo is found in the desert regions of the southwest United States and Mexico, as well as Central America. It has a strong stem that’s covered in spines which protect it from other plants trying to take over its territory.
A member of the agave family, it can grow up to 20 feet high with a trunk measuring up to an inch in diameter. Its flowers are long, tubular and emerge from the upper nodes along its main stem. They have a light yellow color with numerous stamens that give off an unpleasant odor when they bloom between April and June.
The ocotillo is also known as “the singing plant” because the wind moving through its long, thin leaves creates a humming sound.
Height: Upto 20 feet
The giant agave is native to the Sonoran Desert in Mexico.
It’s a succulent that grows taller than 20 feet with leaves reaching up to 12 inches long and one inch wide. The stem can grow up to 15 feet tall which bears a spike of lanceolate, light green leaves measuring about six inches long and two inches wide.
The flower grows to be about six inches long and is yellow in color with purple stripes on the outside.
It blooms between March and May, sending up a tall spike of many white flowers that can reach 12-18 feet high into the air.
Height: Up to 20 feet
Senita cactus (Pachycereus schottii)
The Senita cactus is a desert plant with small, green or yellowish-green needles.
It grows in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and the Chihuahuan and Mojave deserts of southern California. The name “senita” means little old woman which refers to its very slow growth rate. Its flowers are white and bloom in the spring.
Height: Up to 16 feet
Golden Barrel Cactus
The golden barrel cactus is a member of the cactaceae family and can be found in southern Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
It’s one of the largest species of barrel cacti, growing to heights of up to 3 feet tall. They have large spines on the outside which are brown in color and range from one to six inches long.
Their flowers grow up to 12 inches high, have a yellowish-green coloring with a red tinge at the base of each petal. They bloom between March and May but only on mature plants that are eight years old or more.
Height: Upto 3 Feet
The saguaro cacti is the largest, most iconic and best-known species of columnar cactus in North America.
It’s found throughout the Sonoran Desert from southeastern California to western Texas and northern Mexico. It has a green body with dark red ribs that get lighter as they reach higher up its trunk which can grow up to 60 feet in height.
The saguaro has a large, white flower that blooms between March and June which reaches heights of 12-24 inches high. It produces fruit with seeds inside around April or May but only when it’s been pollinated by the organ pipe cactus.
Height: Upto 60 feet
A member of the cactaceae family, hedge cactus is found in southern California and Baja.
Hedge catus gets its name from its appearance which resembles a shrub or “hedge” as it has many branches. This tends to stick close to the ground with the occasional taller branch.
It has dark green, spiny leaves which grow to be an inch long and have a white or yellowish-green coloring on the underside. The flowers are small with petals that can range from light pink to deep purple in color. They bloom between March and May but only when pollinated by another cactus.
Height: Upto 20 feet
Fishhook Barrel Cactus
Fishhook barrel cacti are found in the deserts of Arizona, California and Sonora. They have green leaves with light green or white ribs which grow to be up to six inches long. The flowers can range from yellowish-orange with pink ends on mature plants to red when they’re flowering but only if pollinated by another cactus.
Height: Upto 12 feet
The snake plant is a succulent that grows taller than 10 feet with leaves reaching up to 12 inches long and one inch wide. The stem can grow up to 9 feet tall which bears a spike of lanceolate, light green leaves measuring about six inches long and two inches wide.
It’s named after its tendency to be shaped like the letter “S” when it grows in pots or containers but doesn’t have any poisonous properties as some people believe.
Height: 8 inches to 12 feet
Yucca is a plant that can grow up to 12 feet in height and it usually has brown or grayish-green leaves.
It’s found throughout the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. The flowers range from white to yellow at their peak which bloom between April and June but only if pollinated by another cactus species such as the soaptree yucca.
Height: Upto 12 feet
African Milk Tree
African milk tree is a common name for the species of plant known as Euphorbia trigona.
It’s found in Africa and has light green leaves. The flowers are white or cream-colored, blooming between December and March but only when pollinated by another cactus such as the African tulip yucca.
Height: Upto 12 meters
Palmers agave is a species of perennial succulent that can reach heights up to 4 feet in height.
It’s found throughout the Southwestern United States and Mexico, spreading outwards from its original habitat which was believed to be Central America or Baja California.
Height: Upto 4 feet
Hanging chain cholla
The hanging chain cholla is a variety of the tree cholla cactus that grows up to 10 feet in height.
It has clusters of spine tipped branches that grow thinner towards their tips which resemble, and are named for, chains. The flowers bloom between May and September but only if pollinated by another species such as the teddy bear cholla or claret cup hedgehog cacti. Height:
Height: Up to 10 Feet
Organ-Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus Thurberi)
Organ- pipe cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States and Mexico.
It’s named for a cylindrical shape that resembles an organ pipe with its spines resembling pipes on it. The flowers bloom between March and May but only when pollinated by another cactus such as the hedgehog or claret cup, depending on where you are located geographically, This cactus can grow upto 26 feet tall.
Height: Upto 26 feet
Burbank’s Spineless Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Burbank’s spineless cactus is a variety of the prickly pear that grows up to 6 feet in height.
It has light green or brownish-green pads which grow six inches long and can be found throughout the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. The flowers range from orange to red when they’re flowering and the plant can grow up to 6 feet in height.
Height: Up to 6 Feet
Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia)
Prickly pear cactus is a type of succulent that can grow up to 8 feet in height. It’s found throughout the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. Some varieties in these places grows as long as 12 feet. The pads are usually grayish-green or yellow which grows six inches long and the flowers come in an array of colors including red, orange and pink. The pads are also known for their spines which can grow up to three inches long on the smaller varieties.
Height: Upto 8 feet
Queen of the night
Queen of the night is a type of cactus that grows up to 12 feet in height.
It has white to pink flowers. Flowers bloom at sunset and can also be found throughout the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. The plant needs pollination from other species such as the hedgehog or claret cup yucca. This will depend on your geography.
Height: Up to 12 feet
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