17 drought-tolerant plants that do not need much water

17 drought-tolerant plants that do not need much water

Skip the guilt of forgetting to water by growing these drought-tolerant indoor plants that don't need frequent watering. These easy-care houseplants tolerate a little neglect (and many prefer to be kept on the dry side). So go ahead and enjoy its beautiful green appearance without the stress of keeping it watered.

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Snake plant

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The dark green, sword-like leaves of snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) Give them a bold look, often enhanced by silver, cream, white or yellow coloring. Better yet, these water-less plants can survive for weeks without a drizzle of moisture, making them ideal for forgetful gardeners. Snake plants tolerate low to bright light and grow up to four feet tall.

Ponytail palm

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Thanks to its thick trunk-like stem and horsetail palm (Peucarnia recurvata) It can store moisture long-term, so it easily tolerates a missed watering or two. It gets its name from the long, narrow leaves that grow from the end of its single stem, making it look like a lively, cascading ponytail. This drought-tolerant indoor plant may need watering every two weeks during the warmer months, but during the winter, you can extend it to only watering every three or four weeks. Horsetail trees tolerate low to bright light and can eventually reach 10 feet tall (but you can limit their growth by keeping them in a smaller pot).


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Spiky succulent plant with plump, toothed leaves and cactus (Aloe veraIt is famous for its ability to soothe burns. These are easy-to-care for indoor plants that don't need water very often, so you can let the soil dry out between waterings. Aloe vera grows slowly, like most succulents, but with patience it will reach three feet tall and wide. Keep it in bright light, but don't put it in direct sunlight, or your plant may get sunburn.

Boro tail

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With one look at the tail of a donkey (But Morgan)You can see how this gray-green succulent plant got its name. A member of the Sedum genus, donkeytail has lush, almost bean-shaped leaves that overlap on the trailing stems. Young leaves fall off easily; Pot them to start new plants if you want. Water this houseplant like any other succulent (allow the soil to dry out before giving it more water), and keep it in bright light. With proper care, a donkey's tail may eventually reach a length of several feet.

Sago palm

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The sago palm is slow growing (rolled sika) It is one of the popular and durable houseplants that does not need much water and is easy to care for. They add a touch of the tropics to any room. The dark green leathery fronds on a mature plant will extend up to three feet tall. Sago palms like well-drained soil, so forgetting to water this plant won't kill it, but overwatering will. Give your palm a drink when it's about to dry out, and keep it in medium to bright light—eventually, it can grow up to five feet tall.


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A popular choice for households and offices, pothos (Epiperimnus golden) A hardy, drought-tolerant houseplant with attractive, shiny leaves. Its vines spread up to eight feet or more, and you can find varieties with variegated leaves (look for 'Marble Queen') and bright green leaves (such as 'Neon'). Pothos has gained its popularity for being one of the most popular perennials that does not need daily watering – it tolerates low to bright light and dries out between waterings. It is also very easy to create new plants from cuttings.


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It is known as the zebra plant because of its white-striped leaves. Haworthia fasciata Excellent for decorating your windowsill. One of the easiest indoor plants that does not require water, it thrives with minimal care. It tends to stay less than a foot tall and wide, and is usually more compact than that. Like most succulents, zebra succulents do best in bright light, and prefer to have the soil in their pot dry out slightly between waterings. Due to its unique spines and striped colors, it is a favorite for modern decor.

Cast iron factory

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As you might guess from its common name, cast iron plant (aspidistra elator) Practically indestructible. If you have trouble keeping plants alive, this hardy houseplant tolerates low light, low humidity and infrequent watering. It has broad, dark green leaves, and some varieties have variegated foliage. Cast iron plants are also very popular in outdoor gardens with temperatures above freezing. They tend to grow about two feet tall and wide.

Bull tongue

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The rough, gray-green leaves of borage (Gasteria bicolor) Make a unique addition to your indoor plant collection. These drought-tolerant plants that don't need water often need bright light to thrive, and when they get enough of it, borage produces spikes of rose-red flowers in the spring. In winter, this hardy plant can go weeks without water. It tends to stay on the small side but can reach three feet tall in the right conditions.

ZZ Factory

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Leathery leaves of ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamifolia) It almost looks plasticky because it's so hard and shiny. ZZ plants require a little more care than their artificial counterparts, as they do not need to be watered more than once in a while. This drought-tolerant houseplant is happiest in bright light, but will also tolerate low-light areas of your home. All ZZ plant varieties are slow growing, but eventually grow three feet tall and wide.

Jade plant

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The thick stems and plump leaves of the jade plant (Crassula ovoid) grows to look like a small tree over time. However, it is a drought-tolerant succulent that doesn't mind a bit if you let the soil in its pot dry out almost completely before watering it again. If you move it outside during the summer, the extra sun and warmer temperatures trigger a growth spurt, which may help your plant approach its maximum height of six feet.

Rabbit ear cactus

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True to its name, the rabbit's ear cactus (Opuntia microdasis) They grow long, flat pads that resemble rabbit ears. This gentle, drought-tolerant cactus doesn't have any sharp spines, but its pads are full of hairy spines that can irritate your skin if you brush on them. When given plenty of bright light, the rabbit's ear cactus produces lemon-yellow flowers in the spring and can grow up to 2 feet tall.

Bishop's cap cactus

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Besides being almost as weak, the roof cover cactus (sidereal star myriostigma) It is distinguished by its exciting star shape and blue-green color. Place it in a south-facing window, and it may produce small yellow flowers in spring. Like most cacti, bishop's hats are drought-tolerant indoor plants that do not need watering more than occasionally when the soil in their pots is completely dry. It will stay small, especially in a small container, but this cactus can grow up to four feet tall.

Panda plant

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Aside from being fun to look at, it's a panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) It's fun to touch too. Its silvery leaves have a soft, furry, almost felt-like texture. Make sure this houseplant gets plenty of bright light, and let the soil dry out between waterings. Over time, pandanus plants grow up to three feet tall.

Living stones

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Not just living stones (Lithops The prosecution.) Plants that do not need much water, but they are among the unique succulents that you can grow indoors. They look almost like gravel and need just as much attention as actual rocks. Keep it in bright light, water it every few weeks during late spring to summer, and stop watering it well while it's dormant in the winter. Live stones will not grow more than an inch or two tall, but they are still best kept in a pot with plenty of space because their root system is extensive.

Corn plant

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Although it is known as the corn plant, Dracaena fragrant It is not related to the food crop after which it is named, although its belt-like green leaves resemble corn. You can also find varieties with silver and chartreuse colors. This easy-to-care-for houseplant tolerates a little neglect with how much you water it, and will bounce back quickly if it happens to dry out too much. It will reach three feet tall if grown in bright light (although it will tolerate low light).

Golden barrel cactus

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If you live in an area that stays warm year-round, you may see the famous golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grossoni) Included in external gardens. But fortunately, those who have to deal with snow and ice every year can also grow it as a houseplant. This drought-tolerant plant is distinguished from other cacti by its long, golden-yellow spines. It's a slow grower, but eventually, it will stretch to 1 foot tall as long as it gets plenty of bright light.

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