Top 8 houseplants in full sun without watering

Welcome to our guide on the top 8 houseplants that thrive in full sun without the need for frequent watering. Are you looking to add a touch of greenery to your sun-drenched spaces but don't want to constantly worry over watering schedules? You're in the right place!

In this blog, we'll introduce you to a selection of resilient and low-maintenance houseplants that flourish in bright sunlight and have excellent drought tolerance.

It's important to note that while we say "full sun," it doesn't imply leaving our plants exposed to sunlight indefinitely. Doing so could lead to leaf scorching. Instead, it means these plants can handle several hours of direct sunlight, sometimes even up to 6 hours, without harm.

Remember, everyone needs a break – even our green companions! So, let's ensure they get their well-deserved rest periods too! 😄

Now, let's dive in and discover the 8 perfect sun-loving companions for your living space, that don’t require a lot of water!

1. Yucca Elephantipes

The Yucca plant, also known as the Palm Lily, is native to the dry regions of Central and North America and the Caribbean. Its green leaves sometimes have creamy-white highlights and sharp edges, giving it a highly attractive and decorative appearance. Yucca thrives in a sunny position during the entire year but appreciates light shade during the intense summer sun. It's an easy-care houseplant, requiring minimal watering and well-drained soil to prevent root rot.

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2. Beaucarnea Recurvata

The ponytail palm, scientifically called Beaucarnea Recurvata, is a charming, low-maintenance plant, known for its thick trunk and grass-like leaves. Native to Central America, this plant thrives in sunny locations, where it can absorb large amounts of light. Its trunk acts as a water reservoir, sustaining it during periods of dryness, and requires watering only once every two weeks.

Despite its elegant appearance, the ponytail palm has a playful side - its trunk often earns it the affectionate nickname of "elephant's foot", due to its resemblance to, you guessed it, an elephant's foot! This hardy plant brings a touch of exotic beauty to any space.

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3. Sansevieria Trifasciata Moonshine

If you're looking for a beautiful and unique plant, look no further than Sansevieria Trifasciata Moonshine, also known as snake plant. With its upright, silvery-tinted leaves, this snake plant stands out from the crowd, earning it its nickname. Although less common than its sibling ‘Sansevieria Futura Superba’, it makes a charming addition to any plant collection!

Snake plants are known for their air-purifying qualities, and thrive in bright, sunny locations. They are remarkably easy to care for, requiring only watering once every two weeks. A tip to avoid over-watering: check the soil with your finger and allow it to dry out completely between waterings.

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4. Aloe vera

The best way to look after the Aloe vera is to water it every 2 to 3 weeks in spring and summer, and even more sparingly in autumn and winter. But there’s more… This amazing plant is quite special! Inside the leaves, you'll find a gel that can be used in all sorts of ways and has been helping to treat health problems for thousands of years. This plant can even cool your skin if you've been sunburned. Yes, it's crazy!

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5. Dracaena Golden Coast

The Dracaena Golden Coast owes her name to its golden outline in the green foliage. She is really easy to take care of and also really strong. Your companion doesn't need much water, water it once a week or every two weeks, but don't worry, it won't be upset if you forget to water it once. A tip to help it grow is to repot it into larger pots to boost its growth!

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6. Ledebouria Socialis

This magnificent plant, also known as leopard lily, won't require much maintenance from you. When you give it the right care and lots of love, it can produce beautiful flowers for you. Like most succulents, the Ledebouria Socialis doesn't need much water, so if you want to test your green thumb, this plant will be perfect for you!

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7. Crassula Garnet Lotus

This succulent LOVES a good sunbath. The Crassula Garnet Lotus colored in soft green with a touch of lilac, will thank you if you put it in direct light, and she doesn't need much watering! What a delight! Are you convinced that you need her now?

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8. Euphorbia Trigona ‘Rubra'

This succulent also loves sunlight, and if it doesn't get enough of it, it will let you know by making its red coloring disappear... In addition, don't be alarmed if the Euphorbia Trigona ‘Rubra' loses some leaves in winter - everyone needs a good rest! But don't worry, they’ll grow back in spring. Just like other succulents, the Euphorbia Trigona ‘Rubra’ is not a big drinker, always allow the soil to dry thoroughly before watering again.

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A final tip: keep in mind that the best indoor plants for full sun, all have to be gradually acclimatized to direct sunlight, otherwise they will get scorched foliage.

We hope that after reading this blog, you'll be able to make your home greener with lovely sun-loving plants, without having to worry about them.

Which one do you like the most? If you're buying sun-loving houseplants to put in your windows, post them on your social networks with #PLNTS so we can see how they thrive in your home! Discover all houseplants that love the sun and tolerate drought on our website.


Meet Emmie, our new intern! She's a total houseplant enthusiast and her home is like a mini jungle because of all her plants. Emmie brings a real love for greenery to the team and is eager to soak up new plant knowledge!

March 19, 2024
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