Succulents come in a variety of shades, colors, textures types, and even rarity levels. Some of them are so unique and exotic that they can even fetch a high price in the market. These plants are exceptional and hence effortlessly capture the attention of onlookers.
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.
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 plant is usually thick and fleshy because of these factors. At times, these storage mechanisms are guarded by thorns to discourage any thirsty predators from attacking the plant. This survival strategy makes succulents stand apart from other plants.
This red and violet beauty is ‘The Ruby Necklace’ from South Africa. The jewel-toned lush green leaves contrast with the bright yellow daisy-like flowers, which bloom from May till June.
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These small and compact plants contain irregular and distinctive patterns on their short, chubby leaves. The color of the leaves varies between green and grey combined with cream and yellow streaks. Often branched, the succulent has short stouts that grow up to 6 inches long.
Originating from Mexico, Mocinianum is the most beautiful plant among sedums. It has lush green thick rosettes, which have many tiny hairs covering its skin. These tiny hairs are the reason why it has a bluish touch. When winters arrive, the white, fairy-like flower blooms open, and the red anthers add glitter to gold.
This plant that has a leather feel is also a native of Africa. Its short thick leaves with unusually flat tips resemble horse teeth. The single-line row arrangement created is its most distinctive characteristic that grabs attention.
The wedged leaves and the brown marbled appearance of this plant have earned it the name ‘Chocolate Drops’ and ‘Calico-Heart’. These small grey-green plants occasionally bloom indoors with tubular flowers that are pinkish-white in color.
This Mexican succulent with bluish-green fleshy leaves which are shaped like saucers, is also known as ‘The Blue Rose’. The small evergreen leaves hug the center creating overlapping circles. This rosette formation is beautiful, and it certainly makes the succulent attention-grabbing.
My favorite is the Moon Cactus. This plant has red, yellow, and orange pigmentation in varying degrees, making it an absolute treat to set your gaze upon. The green-grey spherical bottom is broad, with narrow edges marked with a notch. This South American cactus grows yellowish-orange funnel flowers.
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These star-shaped plants can appear in a range of bright green and dark green. This South African plant has pointed leaves, as the word ‘cuspidatus’ suggests.
Aeoniums are giant daisies with fleshy petals in green, yellow, and garnet colors. Let me introduce you to the show stopper enchantress ‘Zwartkop’ in magenta-black color. On the top of the spiky stem, delicate pretty flowers gather together to add to its beauty.
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‘The Wine Cup’ is a perfect blend of round structured leaves which are fused with branchless erect stems. The green leaf with a striking red bottom has a very classy look. This exotic succulent is 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
Another species from South Africa is called ‘Split Rocks’, which resemble Lithops. This plant has a pair of green leaves with a cleft separating the two. The dark spots and irregular arrangement is why it’s called Split Rocks. It smells like a coconut when the large yellowish-orange or white-pink daisies bloom.
Similar to ‘Echeveria.’ This cactus flashes its beautiful flowers. Although they look alike, sempervivum enjoys winters, while echeveria detests cold. One has smooth flesh, and the other has tender meat.
This succulent can’t wait to bloom at your place.
Originating from Africa, this spherical succulent is called ‘The Basket Ball Plant’ Surrounded by many male flowers, the female flower contains a milky white, latex-covered sap. The little ones have tiny hairy bracts with yellow pollen surrounding them. When in full sun, it appears purplish-brown.
The fleshy grey-green leaves earned it the title of ‘The Crinkle Leaf Plant.’ The triangular leaf 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.
The Pebbled Tiger Jaws called Faucaria Tigrina has white pointed speckled edges which are fang-like. It has earned this name because of the oval fleshy leaves whose shape resembles that of canines. When this African plant blooms, large yellow flowers develop.
Isn’t it eye-catching? You should consider getting the seeds of this plant! The Tigrina will be another great addition to your garden.
I have compiled together 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 the 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-green leaves|
|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 inches||unbranched stem|
|Pleiospilos Nelii||egg-shaped||new leaves grow at a right angle to splits||stem less|
|Sempervivum||star-shaped||spreads rapidly||narrow and point|
|Euphorbia Obesa||spherical||becomes taller with age||look like a basketball|
|Adromischus Cristatus||triangular||grows upward out of a central base||fuzzy appearance|
|Faucaria Tigrina||fang-shaped||less growing reaches only 15 cm||soft teeth-like edges|
Some exotic succulents include 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 you planning to welcome one of these stunning plants to your garden? You might also like to visit our excellent post about the type of succulents
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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