Snake Plants are succulents native to tropical West Africa. Sun worshipers, they store water in their fleshy leaves, allowing them to stand firm and tall in direct sunlight. Counterintuitively, as well as loving the sun, they're shade tolerant too – ideal for coping with the fluctuations of a typical British Summer.
Dracaena is incredibly varied as a family, but they all share similar characteristics in that they are fabulous air purifiers and are remarkably unfussy about the conditions you keep them in. Keep the temperature between 15 and 32°C (more than doable in most homes) and your Dracaena will thrive.
Codiaeum are wonderful, highly decorative foliage plants but, they can be tricky to look after if you’re not thinking about temperature. Warm, humid and plenty of bright indirect sunlight is the way to go.
A native to Southern Mexico, the Sedum Burrito has distinctive trailing stems covered with plump green leaves. Content in most household temperatures, you can expose this easy to care for plant to high twenties and as low as 5°C without any issues.
Euphorbia trigona rubra (African Milk Tree) and Euphorbia erytrea (Desert Cactus) are part of a family originating from Africa, so heat is firmly in these guys’ wheelhouse. With a cool look and easy to look after attitude, they’re the perfect accessory for warm cozy rooms.
Strelitzia are famed for their lush, tropical foliage and the elegant “Giant White Bird of Paradise” prefers to be kept in warmer temperatures around 21-28°C. Perfect for a warm room in the house. Do make sure your plant is out of direct sunlight though – although it loves the heat, bright sun can scorch its leaves.
Occasionally referred to as the ‘plant of immortality’ it’s easy to see how Aloe Vera acquired that name as they can survive in all manner of environments and require minimal attention. Simply leave your plant in direct sunlight, keep the temperature above 10°C, water it every now and again and you’ll have a healthy Aloe vera.
The Pony Tail Palm’s other common name is Elephant's Foot and, much like an elephant, these forgiving and versatile plants thrive in warm conditions. Storing water in their swollen base and stem, these succulent plants can take direct sunlight and are easy to look after (as long as you don’t overwater them!).
Cacti and Succulents
Cacti and Succulents tend to prefer warmer temperatures and usually do well in extreme heat around the home. You don’t usually need to pay much attention to most cacti and succulent houseplants during the summer months (other than monitoring moisture levels and being mindful of sun scorching) but make sure that during the winter months they’re in draft free locations and are kept in parts of the house that you keep consistently warm such as the living room.
Check Hortolgy’s Plant Care & Info Guides
Every one of our plant product pages includes hints, tips and recommendations on how to keep your plants in great health. Scroll down past the description and you’ll see advice on the temperature conditions they do best in. Have a look at the Light conditions too – you'll find advice on whether you need to avoid strong sunshine.