Whether you are looking for rare plant varieties or those that offer flamboyant looks, you have a wealth of choices to make when it comes to unusual weird houseplants to pick.
In this article, we will walk you through all the Top unusual Houseplants that you can grow which are sure to add more decor to your home.
Unusual Houseplants That You Can Grow
Although the plants that we are going to list below are unusual or even rare, they are also more difficult to grow indoors than any other houseplant.
These plants includes:
1. Desert Rose
The desert rose, (Adenium obesum) is a type of plant that grows in the arid regions of Africa and the Middle East.
This flower has striking 2-inch bell-shaped flower clusters blooming in a host of colors from pink, red, rose, white, purple, or a mix of two hues with yellow throats.
These flowers can be single, double, or triple.
It tends to thrive in either a hot or dry climate and when grown indoors, it typically grows around 3 feet tall and can live hundreds of years.
Despite its complex appearance, desert roses are easy to care for.
All it just needs is a very little water and high-level sunlight to thrive and glow more.
Keep it in a cool sunny window and when outdoor temperatures rise above 70 F.
2. Corkscrew Plant
Corkscrew plants (Albuca Spiralis) is a type of plant that looks small in stature but they are most certainly big in looks. They are also attention-getters and are sure to be a conversation piece inside your home with their unique good looks.
The plant’s leaves are usually around 6-12 inches long and are most abundant during winter.
The amount of twisting on the tip of the plant is affected by the amount of light that the plant is able to absorb. For instead, a less light depicts a less twisting.
3. Madagascar Palm
Madagascar palm (Pachypodium lamerei) is an unusual plant with its silvery, prickly trunk and a crown clustered with green leaves.
It’s a slow grower too, so you will have many years watching it mature.
It can grow 20 feet tall in the wild but can be dwarfed to a size of fewer than 6 feet when potted indoors.
It is important to keep this plant in a sunny location that also has a water spacing.
When planting this flower, you should use a well-draining soil, such as cactus soil, and fertilize it with a low-nitrogen formula every 5 weeks in spring and summer.
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Echinopsis (Echinopsis calochlora) certainly deviates from the typical cactus forms.
It usually starts growing as a small sea urchin-like mound, of about 4 inches in diameter with many thorny ribs, it blooms with huge 6-inch white flowers only at night.
It can be found growing along rocky soils in South America.
For this plant to grow, you will need a light loamy soil topped with pebbles or crushed seashells with a little water, especially in the winter months.
5. Banana Shrubs
The banana shrub (Michelia figo) is named for its sweet tropical scent, but it is not related to the fruiting banana tree that you know.
It is a species that originates from the magnolia family and it exhibits similar cup-shaped blooms on compact shrubs that usually don’t exceed three feet in container culture.
For this plant to grow and glow, you need to provide it with partial sun, moderate watering, and average room temperatures.
6. Climbing Onion
The climbing onion (Bowiea volubilis) is a great specimen for those who are starting up newly in houseplants.
It tolerates a wide variety of environments though it usually requires a small trellis to boost their growth.
The bulb puts out vigorous shoots of lacy foliage in the spring and goes dormant in the fall.
So, if you are considering going for this plant, you need to provide it with full sunlight and keep it in a dry place.
7. Venus Flytrap
Venus Flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are the most well-known rare houseplant.
It produces a low-growing green rosette that is around 5 inches tall and 8 inches wide, which is made up of around eight bristly leaves.
The top of each green leaf contains the bristly, hinged trap, which snaps together when an insect triggers the fine hairs inside.
It can take up to a week or more for the Venus Flytrap to fully digest the imprisoned insect.
Once digested, the trap opens again waiting for the next catch which is sure to grab everyone’s interest watching the little plant consume its meal.
A mature plant of this species produces long stems containing white cup-shaped flowers in springtime.
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8. Common Sundew
Sundews (Drosera rotundifolia) is the best choice for someone who loves carnivorous plants or for a garden that is going into it.
It is also one of the most common and easiest plants to grow.
The sticky and sugary substance covering its tentacles and the red color attracts unsuspecting insects.
The insects remain stuck in the substance and are slowly digested by the sundew.
9. Coffee Plant
The coffee plant (Coffee arabica) is indeed the same plant that contains caffeine headaches.
Coffee plant is a member of the gardenia family, so you can expect fragrant white flowers to precede the red berries that yield coffee beans.
Coffee plants throw in complete Humid conditions and moderate light. Plants can grow quite large, but you can prune them back severely and they will grow back to flowering size within a year.
10. Dolphin Succulent
Dolphin Succulent (Dionaea muscipula), also called String of Dolphins is rightfully named with its unusually shaped foliage resembling the graceful mammal.
It is a bit hard to find this plant but nevertheless easy-to-grow, unusual houseplants that are sure to grab attention wherever they are placed.
The green, thick, and fleshy dolphin-shaped leaves line green fleshy stems that can grow 1 to 3 feet long, which make a hanging basket stand out. If the dolphin-shaped leaves were not interesting enough, each leaf contains a long translucent line that allows light to get to its interior so the plant can tolerate lower light conditions.
As a bonus, white pom-pom-like flowers bloom on green fleshy stems. Dolphin Succulent plants will shine planted in a dish garden with like plants, in hanging baskets, or used in a single container where they can showcase their eye-catching and unusual look.
11. Purple Shamrock
The purple shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) bears stunning reverse triangular leaves that are set for the three that range from deep purple to magenta.
The stems emerge from underground tubers that look a little like pine cones.
Each day, it will move and turn towards the light in the morning and afternoon, then close up its leaves at nightfall.
Although purple shamrock is a fairly easygoing plant, it prefers bright, mostly indirect light and a cooler spot within the home.
12. Paddle Plant
Paddle plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) forms a tight cluster of large fleshy leaves from a central rosette.
It tends to grow to a length of 6 inches, each leaf overlapping slightly with neighboring leaves.
Leaves are grey-green, but the margins turn flashy red when exposed to the full sun.
Although the paddle plant will fully mature after 3 to 4 years and bear fragrant yellow flowers, it dies off after it blooms. Not to worry though, the mother plant will produce plenty of offsets so you can start the process anew.
13. Lifesaver Plant
The Lifesaver plant (Huernia zebrina) is one of the most bizarre-looking plants you can grow.
The waxy flowers look like plastic, but these are very real plants that are native to South Africa.
To grow properly, lifesaver plants need sandy soil and full sun for the best vigor. As you are adKeep the petite plants on a windowsill where you can admire their strange anatomy up close.
14. Living Stones
These are unusual houseplants that have different varieties that vary in shape of the plant, and color, with some varieties colored pink, green, brown, rust, and gray.
Plants stay flush to the ground, growing only a couple of inches tall with one or several bulbous sets of leaves seemingly fused.
Once a leaf pair of this plant matures, a yellow or white daisy-like flower emerges from the fused area which is a perfectLiving Stones are a perfect choice for novice gardeners or those who desire a plant to add to their houseplant collection.
15. Bat Flower
Bat Flowers (Tacca chantrier) are the Asia sporting bat wing-shaped flowers that grow up to 12 inches across and which are dark purple.
Once a plant develops at least two leaves, it starts to bloom and can produce eight flowers each year.
The almost black flowers stand out against the large, glossy green foliage.
It needs a good air circulation, a proper watering and taking care of your plant as well as the garden.
We hope that you have selected two or more Houseplants that will help to add more beauty to your home and your indoor garden.
All you need to do is to know how to care for each of them through providing adequate sunlight and enough water supply and many more!
If this article was helpful, we will be glad to get a review from you about the houseplant that you tried.