Common houseplants like Dracaenas, Orchids, Pothos and Bamboo are beautiful, but just wait until you see the likes of Marimo Moss Balls, Hoya Kerrii, and Trachyandra – your houseplant collection will never be the same again.
1. Black Succulents
Do you prefer the darker things in life? Get ready to expand your succulent collection with these handsome black succulents.
The perfect treat for your dark soul, Sinocrassula yunnanensis is a dark variety of succulent that grows in tightly packed rosette clumps.
The pointed leaves are reminiscent of pine cones or hedgehogs, whichever you prefer, and they are actually a very dark green, so dark they look black.
2. Hoya Kerii
The Hoya plant comes in several varieties, all of which make great houseplants. The Kerii assortment, also known as the Sweetheart Plant, is our favorite by far thanks to its unique shape that looks like a heart.
The quirky heart-shaped leaves have made this plant an instant sensation that is easy to grow and cheap to buy – win-win!
This plant is very comparable to the Lucky Bamboo. It makes a great gift for friends, or for yourself.
Native to southern and eastern Africa, the Trachyandra resembles tentacles or spaghetti and will certainly spark conversation.
4. Rose Succulent
Yet another incredible succulent to add to your list of must-have houseplants, the Rose Succulent looks like a perfect rose.
Technically known as Greenovia Dodrentalis, the curved layers look like rose petals. Only, unlike roses, they’ll stay in bloom for much longer and are easier to care for.
Largely found in the Canary Islands, this plant will make your home look like it came from the pages of a storybook.
5. Crassula Umbella
The Crassula, also known as ‘Wine Cup’ succulents, grow up to 6 inches tall when in bloom, Yet, the most unique part of this plant is the little upside-down umbrellas they have.
While they are easy to grow, you’ll have to watch out for mealy bugs and fungal diseases. Don’t overwater this plant, like any succulent, it prefers dry conditions.
This plant is typically started by division, leaf cuttings, or offsets.
“Plants can be easily propagated from a single leaf: sprout leaves by placing them into a succulent or cacti mix, then covering the dish until they sprout,” explains worldofsucculents.com.
6. Euphorbia Obesa
The Euphorbia Obesa, also known as the baseball plant, is grouped with succulents and woody plants. It gets its nickname from the fact that it looks like a ball with little sprouts coming out of the top.
This low maintenance houseplant does well in hot and arid climates. There’s a water reservoir at the center to help it survive droughts.
It is endangered in the wild due to poaching and over-collection, as well as the fact it grows slowly, and the pod only contains two to three seeds.
7. Marimo Moss Balls
This plant may look like those cheap fake plants you see at Home Goods, but it’s the real deal. These small squishy balls of algae resemble moss but are strikingly beautiful.
In the wild, they are found rolling at the bottom of rivers, hence how they become round in shape. In Japan, they are often treated as pets and considered a lucky charm.
Typically found at stores that carry aquatic plants, you can grow them yourself by placing the baby moss balls into warm, clean water. You don’t need a large container, just make sure they aren’t crowded and have plenty of space.
They need some light; even regular household light is adequate. Just make sure they don’t have direct sunlight, or they will turn brown.
8. Living Stones
Lithops Plants, also known as Living Stones, look like cloven hooves or hearts with a plant that sprouts from the center.
These small plants are a type of succulent that is native to South African deserts, yet they are easy to find at local nurseries and plant stores.
They thrive in well-compacted and sandy soil. All they need is a little water and prefer hot temperatures, so if your house is an ice box this might not be the plant for you.
9. Fishbone Cactus
Technically known as Selenicereus Anthonyanus, this cool looking plant is better known simply as the Fishbone Cactus.
Also known as Ric Rac and Zigzag Cactus, the Fishbone Cactus has a unique pattern that resembles the spine of a fish skeleton.
When in bloom, the low maintenance plant produces a pretty pink flower.
Even if you tend to kill every plant you’re tasked with caring for, this plant is hardy enough to survive under your care.