Succulents come in a huge range of shapes and sizes and we have collected some of the weirdest and most fantastic looking in this list. We also did a little research and found some places to purchase them if you live in the USA. Read on to learn about our favorite weird succulents:
Our first succulent is the Lithop. These mysterious little guys are native to Southern Africa. Sometimes called pebble plants or living stones, Lithops have evolved to look like stones as camouflage against hungry pests.
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The leaf markings of any one particular lithop plant change very little from year to year, and no two plants have markings exactly alike!
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These adorable succulents have been growing in popularity recently and for a good reason – the leaves look like tiny jumping dolphins! This plant is a hybrid of the string of pearls plant and the hot dog cactus.
The dolphin succulent originated in Japan and are a little harder to find than the others on this list but many growers have them available.
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Crassus is a genus of plant that has produced many striking varieties of succulent – one of them is the Crassula Umbella, also known as the ‘wine cup’ succulent. Its main characteristic is the perfoliate leaves which gives it the cup shape. ‘Perfoliate’ is a latin term which literally translates to “with leaves that are pierced.”
They are quite easy to maintain as an indoor houseplant; give it plenty of light and water moderately.
Despite our best efforts we haven’t found any online sources to buy the amazing Crassula Umbella so our advice is to try local growers and plant swap meets. If you find one of these weird succulents online let us know!
Haworthia Cooperi Truncata
This juicy little guy is a favorite among plant parents, mainly due to its translucent, grape-like leaves that grow in a cluster on the top of the plant. These unique leaves are fenestrate leaves (aka window leaf) which allow more light to flow into the center of the plant and increase the photosynthesis area.
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Next on the weird succulents list is the Moraea Tortillis or Spiral Grass and is easily recognized by the curly, twisting forms of its leaves. Native only to regions in Namibia and South Africa, this succulent stays low to the ground and is suitable for both indoor pots and outdoor planting.
It’s not actually grass, so remember to care for it like a container plant! Granular soil mix, lots of sun and moderate water is what it needs to prevent spiraling out of control!
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Which plant can grow up to 150 leaves in a spiral formation? The Aloe Polyphylla! Also known as the Spiral Aloe, this evergreen succulent is also native to South Africa.
Its foliage can grow either clockwise or counterclockwise, and this spiral shape gives the leaves maximum light in a small amount of space. It loves full sun and prefers well draining soil with a sandy or gravelly mixture (such as pumice rock or lava rock).
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Euphorbia Obesa (Baseball Plant)
This strange succulent doesn’t have a spine or leaves – it’s a solitary plant that grows into a big round ball shape, and sometimes produces odd little flower clusters on the top. This unique form has definitely earned its spot in our list of weird succulents.
Their origin is in Great Karoo, South Africa, usually 300 to 900 meters above sea level, although over-harvesting is bringing them close to extinction in the wild. To look after this ball of joy, keep it in a sunny position in well draining soil. It likes an occasional drink but keep it dry during the winter.
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Monilaria Obconica (Bunny Succulents)
I’d have to be hopping mad not to include the Monilaria obconica in our list! These succulent plants went viral on social media when people realized they look a lot like bunnies. As they grow, the ‘ears’ get longer and they also produce small flowers when they bloom! You might’ve noticed the leaves have small glittering droplets on them, which are storage cells for water during the dry months.
Just like real bunnies, these weird succulents can be reproduced rapidly. You can either take a cutting or grow from seed. If you’re taking a cutting, make sure it contains at least one branch and a fraction of root from the main body of the plant.
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This little succer is one of three types of succulents from the “Volcanic Echeveria” genus. While its blue and green hues are enough to captivate any plant lover, it also changes color and shape throughout the seasons!
With some TLC, this echeveria can grow up to 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter. To keep this plant happy, be careful not to trap any water in the leaves after watering and remove dead leaves from the bottom when you can.
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Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’
This garden succulent grows in columns, containing thin square-shaped leaves tightly packed together. Its scaly full grown appearance resembles a Chinese temple, which is where it gets its name. Its beautiful silvery green leaves have a white powdery surface to retain moisture as well as protect itself from strong sunlight.
This weird succulent is native to South Africa and Mozambique, but you can grow them as indoor houseplants by using cactus compost and placing them in bright, airy conditions. They can grow to 15cm tall, and in summer, they’ll bloom pink flowers on the top!
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Greenovia dodrentalis (Rose Succulents)
Can’t decide between the beauty of a rose or the everlasting life-span of a succulent? Why not have both! The greenovia dodrentalis, or more commonly named ‘rose succulents’, bloom frequently in clusters and mimic the appearance of rosebuds.
The advantage to these fairytale-esque plants is that they can survive with minimal water in a sunny spot, much like their native habitat in the Canary Islands. To propagate these small succulents, you can take the pups or offsets that are produced over time and plant them in new soil.
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Sedum Rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ (Pink Jelly Bean Succulent)
Possibly one of the easiest succulent plants to grow (no really, you can drop one of the leaves on the ground and it will take care of itself), the Sedum Rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ is appropriately nicknamed the ‘pink jellybean succulent’ due to its shiny bean appearance.
Its name comes from the vibrant colors witnessed in the aurora borealis (northern lights) and aurora australis (southern lights). Another common name is “Stonecrop”, which stemmed from the joke that only stones need less care than this plant.
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