18 Strange, But Also Beautiful, Houseplants You Never Knew Existed

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You can probably recognize a cactus without a second glance. Even snake plants are becoming more and more common. But what about donkey tails? Or trachyandra (say that five times fast). If you already have a home filled with plant babies that all look the same, you might want to make one of these varieties your next addition.

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1 Nerve Plants


Also known as Fittonia, these plants got their nickname due to their bright leaf veins. Their vibrant coloring and unusual patterns will wake up even the most boring of shelves or counters in your home.

2 Living Stones
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Okay, they're not technically "stones," but lithops — also called pebble plants — mimic minerals quite easily. The smooth succulents disguise themselves as rocks on the dry plains of southern Africa, but the rounded pairs of leaves would do quite well on a very sunny windowsill. Just be careful; "overwatering is the death of lithops," according to .

3 "Black" Succulents

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This plant (scientifically named ) features densely packed clumps of rosettes that are technically green, but are so dark that they often look black to the naked eye.

4 Dolphin Succulents

People are going nuts for and for good reason: The tiny leaves look exactly like swimming dolphins. We know, it's almost too good to be true. If you want your own, the technical name for this variety is Senecio peregrinus.

5 Marimo Moss Balls


Your fish tank is about to get way more playful. You see, these "moss balls" are made out of algae grown in a spherical shape and live in water. To care for them, replace the water every two weeks and keep the plant in low, indirect sunlight.

6 Hoya Kerrii

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Also known as Lucky Heart, this plant is native to Southeast Asia and undoubtedly the most romantic succulent out there. It's a popular gift for Valentine's Day (for obvious reasons) and is super low-maintenance when it comes to care, like most succulents.

7 Zig-Zag Cactus

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Even though this playful plant is technically called Selenicereus Anthonyanus, it's more commonly known by nicknames, such as Fishbone Cactus. Like most cacti, it's relatively low-maintenance and produces colorful pink flowers when it blooms.

8 Trachyandra


No, this isn't a pipe cleaner stuck into a pot of dirt and rocks. This plant exists in real life and is native to eastern and southern Africa.

9 Rose Succulents

$2 for 10 seeds

Technically, these plants are called , but they earned their nickname because they look just like the iconic red flowers you get on Valentine's Day. However, these succulents are much easier to keep alive than roses — all you need to do is water the top of the soil when it's dry!

10 Crassula Umbella

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The nickname for this unique plant is "Wine Cup" — for obvious reasons. It grows to be up to six inches tall when the flower is in bloom, which features yellowish green buds.

11 Euphorbia Obesa


This thornless Euphorbia Obesa resembles a ball, which is precisely why it's commonly referred to as a "Baseball Plant." It can grow from six to 15 centimeters wide and holds water in a reservoir for drought protection.

12 Euphorbia Caput-Medusae

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This succulent is often called "Medusa's Head," since it features many serpent-like stems on it, and is originally native to Cape Town, South Africa.

13 Platycerium


If you want to grow a greenery on the side of your wall, this is the way to do it. Known as a "Staghorn Fern," this variety gets its name for its uniquely shaped leaves that look like, well, animal horns.

14 Euphorbia Tirucalli

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It'll come as no surprise that this plant is often referred to as "Firesticks," thanks to the red color that pops up on the ends of the branches. They can grow to be up to 25 feet tall.

15 Haworthia Cooperi


Even though it might look like it bunch of bubbles settled on it, it's actually those clumps of small rosettes made out of fleshy green leaves that make it so unique.

16 Sedum Morganianum


Commonly known as "Donkey Tail," the Sedum Morganianum produces stems that can grow up to 24 inches long and produces blue-green leaves. It's also native to southern Mexico and Honduras.

17 Corkscrew Grass

$2 for 20 seeds

Even though this grass looks like someone took scissors to it to give it that spiral shape, it grows that way naturally. Since it tends to spread easily when planted in the ground, a pot is the way to go with this stuff.

18 Gentiana Urnula

The layered plated leaves of this plant is part of the reason it's known as the "Starfish Succulent." It's low-maintenance, which makes it an excellent candidate for a rock garden.

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