Which are the most exotic succulents in the world. You'll love each one of them

Some of the most exotic succulents are Othonna Capensis, Pachyphytum Compactum, Sedum Mocinianum, Haworthia Truncata v. Maughai, Adromischus Maculatus, Echeveria x. Imbricate, Gymnocalycium Mihanovinchi, Haworthia Cuspidata Variegate, Aeonium, Crassula Umbella, Pleiospilos Nelii, Sempervivum, Euphoria Obese, Adromischus Cristatus, and Faucaria Tigrina

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March 30, 2021

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Succulents come in all shapes, shades, sizes, colors, and textures. Every succulent has its unique characteristics. Some look spiky as yet others might have long trailing stems. They even vary in texture.

The Ruby Necklace, Little Jewel, Living Rock Cactus, Calico-Hearts, Blue Rose, Moon Cactus, Wine Cup, Basket Ball Plant, Crinkle Leaf Plant, and Pebbled Tiger Jaw are some of the most exotic succulents from around the world.

Let’s have a look at some of the most unusual and alien-looking succulents from around the world. Wine Cup and Moon Cactus are my personal favorite.

Get to know the succulents

Succulents mostly grow in a dry, arid climate, where they have to resist drought. They adapt to their environment by storing water in their leaves, stems, or roots. The storage area of the plant is usually thick and fleshy. At times these storage mechanisms are guarded by the thorns coving them. This survival strategy gives each succulent its uniqueness.

15 most exotic succulents

1. Othonna Capensis:

The Othonna Capensis

This red and violet beauty is ‘The Ruby Necklace’ from South Africa. The jewel-toned lush green leaves have contrast with bright yellow daisy-like flowers, bloom from May till June.

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2. Pachyphytum Compactum:

The Pachyphytum Compactum

These small and compact guys contain irregular and distinctive patterns on their short, chubby leaves. The color of the leaves varies between green grey combined with cream and yellow streaks. Often branched, the rounded massed succulent has short, up to 6 inch long stouts.

3. Sedum Mocinianum:

The Sedum Mocinianum

Originated from Mexico, Mocinianum is the most beautiful plant among sedums; the lush green thick rosette has many tiny hairs cover its skin. These tiny hairs are the reason why it has a bluish touch. When winters arrive, the white, fairy-like flower blossom open, and the red anthers add glitter to gold.

4. Haworthia Truncata v. Maughanii:

The Haworthia Truncata V. Maughanii

This leather-like fellow is also a native of Africa. Its short thick leaves with unusually flat tips are much like horse teeth. The single-line row arrangement created is its most distinctive characteristic that grabs all the attention.

5. Adromischus Maculatus:

The Adromischus Maculatus

Wedged leaves with chocolate-covered marbled appearance earned it the name ‘Chocolate Drops’ and ‘Calico-Heart. These small grey-green mats occasionally bloom indoors with tubular flowers white-pink in color.

6. Echeveria X. Imbricata:

The Echeveria X. Imbricata

The Mexican species with blue-green fleshy leaves shaped like a saucer is also known as The Blue Rose. The small ever-greens hugging the mother creates overlapping circles. On edge reside orange bell flower spikes.

7. Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii:

The Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii

My favorite is The Moon Cactus. It has red, yellow, or orange pigmentation. The green-grey spherical bottom is comparatively broad, with narrow edges marked with a notch. This South American cactus grows yellowish-orange funnel flowers.

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8. Haworthia Cuspidata Variegata:

The Haworthia Cuspidata Variegata

These star window-shaped plants are a blend of bright green and dark green. Our South African friend has pointed leaves, as the word ‘cuspidatus’ suggests.

9. Aeonium:

The Aeonium

Aeoniums are giant daisies with fleshy petals in green, yellow, and garnet colors. Let me introduce you to the show stopper enchantress ‘Zwartkop’ with magenta-black color. On the top of the spiky stem, dedicated small, pretty flowers gathered together adds to the beauty.

Did it grab your attention? Let’s Get It then.

10. Crassula Umbella:

The Crassula Umbella

‘The Wine Cup’ is a perfect blend of round umbrella structured leaves fused with branchless erect stems. The raise edged green leaf with striking red bottom gives it a very classy look. The green bottomed, round, with pink edges floret, makes it even more pleasing to one’s eye.


Crassula Umbella is easy to grow. Although, they are very likely to get affected by mealybugs and fungal disease. That shouldn't stop you from adopting them. If it does (or you fear it may ever happen to you), take a look at this post on How to Kill Mealybugs on Succulents

11. Pleiospilos Nelii:

The Pleiospilos Nelii

Here is another species from South Africa, also called ‘Split Rocks,’ which resemble Lithops. This alien is a pair of green leaves with a cleft separating the two. The dark spots and irregular arrangement is why it’s called a Rock. It smells like a coconut when the large yellowish-orange or white-pink daisies bloom.

12. Sempervivum:

The Sempervium

Similar to ‘Echevia.’ This cactus flashes its fairy crown blossoms. Although they look alike, sempervivum enjoys winters, echevia avoids cold. One has smooth as the other has tender flesh.

The Fairy Crown can’t wait to bloom at your place.

13. Euphorbia Obese:

The Euphorbia Obese

Originated from Africa, this spherical succulent is called ‘The Basket Ball Plant.’ Surrounded by many male flowers, the female flower has a milky white, latex-covered sap. The little ones have tiny hairy bracts with yellow pollen surrounding them. When in full sun, it becomes tinged with a purplish-brown shade.

14. Adromischus Cristatus:

The Adromischus Cristatus

The fleshy grey-green leaves earned it the title of ‘The Crinkle Leaf Plant.’ The triangular flesh gets crinkled at the top as it grows upwards from the center. In spring, red-white tubular flowers pop their heads out from the tall stems of this hairy plant.

15. Faucaria Tigrina:

The Faucaria Tigrina

The Pebbled Tiger Jaws called fauceria tigrina has white pointed speckled edges, are fang-like. Its name comes from the oval, canine-tooth, oval fleshy leaves. When this African blooms, large yellow flowers develop.

Isn’t it eye-catching? The Tigrina will be another great addition.

Identify your succulents

I have compiled together with the shape, growth habits, and unique characteristics of the enlisted succulents in a table to make it easy for you to choose which ones of these stunning plants you would like to bring home.

Succulents Shape Growth Habits Unique Characteristics
Othonna Capensis pickle shaped grown in spiral patterns ruby-red color in sunlight
Pachyphytum Compactum grape shaped slow growing grey-blue jewel like leaves
Sedum Mocinianum compact with oval-shaped leaves fast growing super thick glossy leaves
Haworthia Truncata V. Maughaii horse-teeth grows in shade of bushes unique leaves that look like horse teeth
Adromischus Maculatus drop Shaped 2-3 new leaves every year leaves resembling a chocolate drop
Echevia X. Imbricate rose shaped slow growing showy every-greens
Gymnocalycium Mihanovichi broad-spherical grow up to only 1-1/2 inch lack of chlorophyll
Haworthua Cuspidata Variegate loose rosette offsets freely to form clusters wide variation in leaves
Aeonium daisy-shaped grows about 3 feet tall monocarpic
Crassula ‘Umbella’ umbrella shaped grows up to 3 inch unbranched stem
Pleiospilos Nelii egg-shaped new leaves grow at a right angle to splits stem less
Sempervivum star-shaped spread rapidly narrow and point
Euphorbia Obesa spherical becomes taller with age look like a basket ball
Adromischus Cristatus triangular grows upward out of a central base fuzzy appearance
Faucaria Tigrina fang-shaped less growing reaches only 15com soft teeth like edges

Are you planning to welcome one of these stunning plants to your garden? You might also like to visit Top 10 succulents for home before making the right choice.

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!



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