A typical houseplant of choice for many is succulents due to their simplicity, low care requirements, and ability to find the perfect fit for any space. However, when you think of a succulent, the ones that probably come to your mind are Aloe plants, basic cacti, snake plants, and Jade plants. But there are so many other options to get your creative juices flowing to personalize your space.
This article is created to introduce you to the vast world of unusual succulents to bask in their unique characteristics.
When bringing any plant into your home garden, you need to ensure that you actually like it and that the level of maintenance it requires is something you can provide. Some plants need watering every day, bright sunlight, fertilizer weekly, and high humidity levels, while others only need watering occasionally and sunlight. Finding the plant that fits into the time your lifestyle will enable it to provide is crucial.
Indoor succulents are fun, and with the wide varieties available, it allows you to find the one that fits your lifestyle and the ability to find one that simply fits into your style.
Here are 8 unusual succulents to check out:
Facts: The Senecio Peregrinus is most commonly called a Dolphin succulent. It gets the name Dolphin succulent from the leaves appearing as swimming dolphins. The Dolphin succulent is perfect for hanging baskets or scaling down stairwells. Once a Senecio Peregrinus reaches maturity during the blooming season, it will produce clusters of delicate white flowers with a heavenly cinnamon scent.
Care: Dolphin succulents are simple plants. They will get burnt if left in direct sunlight, so; finding a sunny window spot with light filtered through a sheer curtain is best. They do not like to be left soaking in water and will do best with a thorough watering and then dry out before watering again. Dolphin succulents only need to be fertilized once or twice yearly, ideally in early Spring, right before blooming seasons.
Lipstick Echeveria Succulents
Facts: The Lipstick Echeveria has decedent triangle-shaped lime green foliage with red edging. The red edges are where it gets the name Lipstick Echeveria. These unique succulents are popular because they are non-toxic to people and pets, making them a great choice to add to your home.
Care: Lipstick Echeveria are not cold hardy. They will thrive best indoors, with temperatures ranging from about 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The Echeveria needs to be watered once the soil is dried out; if oversaturated or allowed to sit in water, they will quickly decay. Allow your succulent to find a home near a window that receives plenty of bright; indirect sunlight is best; direct sunlight could cause the lime leaves to burn.
Hoya Heart Succulents
Facts: Hoya hearts, known to many as sweetheart plants or Valentine plants. These plants are named after their thick heart-shaped leaves. These succulents’ “lovely” shape is sure to make a statement no matter the location indoors. The Hoya heart is given as a quirky Valentine’s gift to show your love. These succulents are slow growing, but they can become a massive bush of green hearts and are super easy to propagate if given the proper care.
Care: These heart-shaped plants prefer temperatures between 60- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. The Hoya heart can tolerate low light conditions but never full shade. However, given their already slow-growing nature to help them reach their full potential quicker, bright indirect light is always best. You only want to water a Hoya heart a few times a month when the soil is dried out inches beneath the surface.
Facts: Rose succulent, also known as the mountain rose. If you love the ordinary Rose, then the Rose succulent will surely catch your eye. The Rose succulent is just that; a succulent that shapes into beautiful roses and is typically green yet, some can be a dusty rose color.
Care: The Rose succulent is susceptible to sunburn, so while it loves bright sunlight, it does best when receiving direct light during the morning hours and shaded in the afternoon when sunbeams are at their harshest. These succulents do well in low humidity and only need enough water for the soil to be slightly moist to touch.
Facts: Baby toes succulents get their name from their resemblance to tiny infant toes. These succulents are fun and adorable little plants to add to any space.
Care: Baby toes are like mother nature’s way of saying you’re welcome and providing you with the cutest succulent that requires the least amount of care besides relatively bright sunlight. Baby toes are drought-tolerant, resilient tiny plants, and so easy to care for a baby could do it.
Facts: Himalaya plants are unusual in appearance. They have long green bean-shaped leaves that give off the impression of having a garden chandelier if in a hanging basket. These succulents are not only unique in appearance but also regarding their blooming seasons. Most plants will go dormant in the cooler months. Senecio Himalaya blooms in the winter months producing yellow-golden flowers that make you feel sunshine in your soul.
Care: The majority of succulents are easy to care for, which is no different for the Himalayas. The Himalaya succulent requires minimal water and thrive in bright indirect sunlight. The Himalaya can store water in its stems, meaning if you forget to water it occasionally, it will be forgiving.
Crassula Buddha’s Temple
Facts: Crassula Buddha’s Temple is an intriguing succulent. These succulent leaves stack on top of each other forming column shapes giving your plant depth. Crassula’s leaves are heart-shaped, flat, silver to grayish green in color, and will produce pink and white flowers. These succulents are really something special to look at.
Care: Crassula Buddha’s Temple are great indoor plants to have if you have one crucial ingredient. Bright, sunny windows. The Crassula needs bright, indirect sunlight; it will survive in partial shade but will not thrive. Cassulas should never be overwatered; allowing plant soil to dry out between watering will prevent too much water from rotting out the Crassulas plant roots.
Silver Dollar Plant
Silver Dollar plants are known to be money plants – Facts!. They represent wealth and well-being. However, the silver dollar plant to gardeners is often recognized as weeds quickly becoming unruly if not maintained. Indoors though, the silver dollar plant will be a beautiful, unique succulent that produces delicate purple flowers.
Care: The Silver Dollar plant is hands down an excellent plant for those of us that struggle with our green thumbs. These succulents do not care what type of soil they have; they can grow in bright light or low light and appreciate a little water making them very drought friendly.
Succulents are some of the best indoor plants due to their unique characteristics and ease of care. When considering an indoor succulent, consider one from our list of unusual succulents. If you’re looking for color, a blooming succulent is excellent, or if you want color without blooms, check out Lipstick Echeveria or a Rose succulent.
Succulents, in general, are fantastic gifts because they are so versatile and can easily fit into most people’s lifestyles without quickly dying if neglected. Though, a few of the all-time favorite succulents to gift are Baby Toes, Hoya Hearts, Rose succulents, and Dolphin succulents due to their unusual but eye-catching appearance.
If you want a plant to show off more of your style and personality, then finding an unusual succulent can help your creativity shine.
Just like every other plant, each succulent will have its own individual care requirements. However, a good baseline for most succulents is bright indirect sunlight, only water when the soil is thoroughly dry, and keep indoor temperatures between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yes, a rose succulents’ leaves will form the shapes of small roses. It does not feel like flowery leaves as an ordinary rose would, but it gives you the same beautiful rose shapes in green or dusty pink colors.
Believe it or not, many succulents produce blooms. It may not be noticeable from the first appearance unless you catch them during their blooming seasons. From the above 8 unusual succulents, the Silver Dollar, Crassula Buddha’s Temple, Himalaya, and Dolphin succulents will produce flowery blooms.