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10 Most Unusual Succulents For Your Garden

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Succulents are great plants because they can grow anywhere in the garden or in a windowsill container. You can use them to decorate the garden pathways or old tree stumps and unsightly boulders. Succulents aren’t very demanding either so you can easily grow them in less than ideal conditions especially if the climate is hot and is prone to droughts.

Unusual Succulents For Your Garden

Spiral Grass

Spiral grass

Moraea tortili or spiral grass

Moraea tortilis or simply Spiral Grass is an interesting looking succulent with curly leaves. Found in South Africa and Namibia, Spiral Grass is fairly easy to grow. It requires plenty of sun, moderate watering, and well-drained soil. It can grow in rocky clay soil as well as in a container.

Lithops Optica

Lithops Optica

Lithops Optica

An aptly named eye-like Lithops Optica is another unusual succulent that can be green or purple blooming with a small white or yellow flower between pebble-like leaves. This succulent too grows in a well-drained soil and is best planted in summer.

Chandelier Plant

Chandelier plant

Bryophyllum tubiflorum or chandelier plant

Bryophyllum tubiflorum or as it is also called a Chandelier plant has small but very unusual leaves. It also has a very peculiar color pattern. This one can grow in a light shade and as many succulents needs little water.

Euphorbia obesa

Euphorbia Obesa

Euphorbia obesa

Found in South Africa Euphorbia obesa is endangered in its natural habitat but is thriving across botanical gardens. The plant has a spherical shape that elongates as it ages. It has decorative ribs and blooms at the top. Its coloring is especially interesting as it can develop in red-ish stripes.


Crassula 'Red Pagoda'

Crassula ‘Red Pagoda’

Crassula is another interesting succulent plant. Its flat paddle-like leaves create layers and layers of beautiful patterns. Crassula genus includes many species but you can tell them apart by their peculiar leaves. Most impressive species are Crassula capitella with its red tips, Crassula Budha’s Temple, Crassula Alstonii, Crassula ‘Celia’, and Crassula ‘Red Pagoda’. Honestly, we probably could do a whole top of just the Crassula genus’ species.

Jelly Bean Plant

Jelly bean plant

Jelly Bean plant

Sedum rubrotinctum is a fun-looking succulent from Mexico whose leaves turn red at the tip (or fully) and are shaped as jelly beans. Growing in full sun jelly bean as most succulents prefers well-drained soil and requires moderate watering. The downside of this beautiful plant is that its leaves are toxic to pets and may cause irritation in skin.


Titanopsis Hugo Schlechteri

Titanopsis Hugo Schlechteri

Titanopsis is another genus of super cute and interesting succulent plants. Its leaves are shaped like some kind of mushrooms or coral reefs and some even produce flowers that sometimes look a lot like sunflower.

Echeveria Raindrops

Echeveria 'Raindrops'

Echeveria ‘Raindrops’

This one looks more like a regular plant with broad leaves that look more like petals and are arranged more like a flower. Each leaf develops a bulge as the plant ages thus giving the Raindrops its name. The plant can grow in sun or shade and requires little water.

Haworthia Cooperi

Haworthia Cooperi

Haworthia cooperi

Haworthia Cooperi has amazing semi-transparent leaves that look like small balloons filled with water. The green stripes at the bottom add eerie magic to them making the little balloons look like live water worlds.

Gentiana Urnula

Gentiana Urnula

Gentiana Urnula

Native to China and Peru, Gentiana Urnula is a a very eye-catchy perrenial plant with succulent leaves and very interesting shape. The plant loves full sun and blooms with pink, white and purple flowers.

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