Not everyone has space for large, plush plants. What is there to do when you want to flex your green thumb, but you don’t have an outdoor garden or extra space inside? You turn to the perfect succulent that is perfect for tight spaces, of course! Succulents grow in all shapes and sizes and, thankfully, there is no shortage of small succulents. 

Bear Paw succulent
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Bear’s Paw

Bear Paw succulents are small clusters of chubby stems and leaves. Bear Paws can grow up to 6-12 inches tall but will only spread about six inches wide, meaning they won’t take up much room in a pot on a table. 

Black Prince

A variety of Echeveria, the Black Prince succulent is a wonderfully dramatic succulent fit for any space. Most succulents have green leaves, but the Black Prince has nearly black leaves. The best part of Black Prince succulents is that they only grow about four inches tall if you’re tight on space. 

Burro’s Tail

Burro’s Tail grows downward instead of upward, so you can tuck this place in a hanging pot in the corner of your room. You won’t have to give up any extra room for this succulent that hangs about one foot long

Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is certainly not the easiest succulent to grow on this list, but it does make the list of small-space succulents. The plant overall is small enough to fit into a medium-sized pot that can be placed on any surface. The stems may stick out but can be pushed down to fit in most spaces. 


With a little research, you’ll see that there are many varieties of Echeveria succulents. You have choices when it comes to this succulent, but most choices will boast small sizes of less than four inches tall. You can mix and match varieties in a rock garden or choose which one you like the best. 


Haworthia are touted for being small succulents that do well in a pot on a sunny windowsill in any apartment. Their appearance is one of the most unique on the list too; the leaves on this succulent look almost like washboards! 

Hens and Chicks

Hens and Chicks are known as one of the smallest succulents, so you won’t have to worry about space here. Each succulent is less than five inches tall. Hens and Chicks can spread wide if allowed, but fewer succulents mean fewer spread. You can have a number of Hens and Chicks succulents without taking up too much room in your space. 


Hoyas are a variety of wax plants. You’ll need a little more room than some other succulents on this list, but height is more important than width with Hoya succulents. Hoya grow about one foot wide and about 2-4 feet tall if grown under the best conditions. 

Jade Plant

Jade plants are a popular indoor house plant for a variety of reasons. You won’t be able to put a Jade plant in the corner of a table, but it will be happy enough in a pot off in the corner of the room. Your Jade plant will grow a few feet tall and wide, but it won’t take up much more room than the pot. 


Also known as Stone Plants, Lithops are a good choice if you don’t have room for far-spreading succulents or plants. Each Lithop only grows about one inch high and 1-3 inches wide. You’ll have tons of room for your necessities in a tight space – or other succulents.  

Panda Plant

Panda Plants looked like – you guessed it – panda paws. Panda paws can grow up to two feet tall, which can put a squeeze on the amount of space you have, but this succulent variety doesn’t spread wide. A Panda Plant in a pot won’t take up much more space than other succulent varieties that are shorter. 

Pencil Cactus

If you search for a Pencil Cactus, you might be shocked to see the massive sizes that they can reach outside. Some Pencil Cacti can grow up to 30 feet tall, which is certainly not possible for any indoor space – tight or not! 

Snake Plant

Snake Plants are a wonderful choice for indoor tight spaces because they come in so many different sizes. You can find snake plants that are small enough for windowsills or large enough to put in a more substantial pot. Snake Plants also grow upward rather than wide, so they can be tucked into corners. 

Spider Plant

Spider Plants are another common indoor plant. You can put Spider Plants in a regular pot on at table or windowsill or in a hanging pot. If Spider Plants are healthy and growing well, then they can grow to 1-2 feet tall, but again, they are bushy and hanging, so Spider Plants will not be a nuisance in a small space. 

Sticks on Fire

Sticks on Fire are known for their bright red tips. Like a Pencil Cactus, Sticks on Fire to grow to some extreme sizes outside. Indoors, you’ll find that your Sticks on Fire only grow to about three or four feet tall

String of Pearls

String of Pearls are another hanging plant that grows about a foot or two tall. This is another great option if surface space is limited because String of Pearls can be put in a pot that hangs from the ceiling or other higher point. 

Zebra Plant
Zebra Plants make it onto nearly every list of small space succulents. With their bushy, dark green leaves and white stripes, you’ll be able to recognize them anyway. Even with their unique visuals, they only grow 1-2 feet tall, so they do not take up tons of space when you don’t have it.