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The five best exotic and rare plants that you can have at home

Nothing makes a home look better than a beautiful and well-cared for plant.

Beyond the usual cacti, monsteras, and what are known as “mother-in-law’s tongues” (Sansevieria Trifasciata), there are some rare plants that can give your home that unique touch that is so difficult to achieve.

Forget about renovating your furniture, textiles or the color of your walls: an exotic plant with the right planter can do much more for the decoration of your home than any of the previous alternatives (and it will be much cheaper).

Top 5 unusual plants

As rare as they are beautiful, these five species that we have selected will surprise you. Not only for their extraordinary forms (bubbles, spirals, diamonds, etc.), but also for the ease of caring for and maintaining them. Your visitors will be amazed to see that you live with such special plants. They can also make an excellent gift for someone who is moving into a new home soon.

Haworthia Cooperi

We start the list with a name as curious to pronounce as the shape of this succulent. If you take a look at its lines, you will see that they create a beautiful set of delicate, almost crystalline bubbles that overlap one another.

From Namibia and other areas of South Africa, this succulent is one of the most unusual and original plants you can have at home. It doesn’t need special care, but it does need hours and hours of light. So we recommend placing it near windows or openings where it receives abundant natural light indirectly. However, you must be especially careful when handling it as its incredible leaves can break easily.

Procedente de Namibia y de otras zonas de Sudáfrica, esta suculenta es una de las plantas curiosas y más originales que puedes tener en casa. No necesita cuidados especiales, pero sí horas y horas de luz. Por ello te recomendamos situarla cerca de ventanas o vanos a través de los que reciba de manera indirecta abundante iluminación natural. Eso sí, debes ser especialmente cuidadoso a la hora de manipularla pues sus increíbles hojas pueden romperse con suma facilidad.

haworthia cooperi
crassula umbrella

Crassula Umbrella

We continue with the succulents, this time in the form of a wine glass. As you hear it: this option is almost a work of natural engineering. It also comes from South Africa.

The most characteristic of this strange plant are its dark green leaves, some with earthy and reddish tones. When fully open, they have an almost perfect circular appearance. Meanwhile, during growth, they present a particular inverted umbrella shape, hence their name (umbrella).

Regarding maintenance, it only needs indirect natural light and a cool place to grow to its full glory. It does not require excessive watering and is very resistant to weather changes. It’s perfect if you want to have a unique specimen at home without spending all day applying special treatments!

Trachyandra Tortilis

Continuing our tour of the most decorative African succulents in the world. In this case, we want to give all the prominence to the Trachyandra. It is the most special, delicate and almost artistic example of the entire list.

Its leaves twist forming spirals of impressive delicacy. If you can afford to observe it for a few minutes, you will see how they move in a slow but beautiful dance. These curly leaves, with linear trace and intense green, can reach up to 60 centimeters in height.

As a plant accustomed to hours and hours of scorching sun, watering it once a week will be more than enough to keep it perfect. This species blooms between the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Its flowers can be grayish or white, even slightly pink. If you also choose a pot that matches its style, you will get the most out of it and it will shine in all its splendor.

However, we must warn you that it is very difficult to find in nurseries and specialty stores. If you are lucky enough to locate it, we recommend that you do not hesitate and get one. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

Trachyandra Tortilis
Gentiana urnula

Gentiana Urnula

This plant is one of the most photogenic in the world. Its striking green hue contrasts fantastically with the stones of an indoor rock garden.

Its rarity lies in the arrangement of its leaves: they grow in the form of concentric diamonds. Its perfect geometry reminds us of how wonderful nature is by itself.

Like the others, you just need to place it in a bright place and water it once every two weeks. The Gentiana Urnula needs to be hydrated by immersion, so we recommend choosing a high-quality pot that can withstand its watering.

Pachira Aquatica

Pachira Aquatica, also known as Guiana Chestnut, is ideal for adding green to dull interiors. This specimen does not stand out for its leaves, but for its unique trunk. In a braid form, you will find it incredible when you see it live for the first time.

Originating from South America, it is a type of plant that needs a lot of light to grow properly. It tolerates cold little, so if you live in a region with low temperatures in winter, you will need to give it special treatment. As for watering, it should be moderate. Once every two weeks is sufficient.

Keep in mind that we are talking about an indoor tree, so it can easily reach thirty centimeters tall. Its palm-shaped leaves can measure up to 35 centimeters.

One last tip about the Guiana Chestnut: if you want it to adapt well to your home and grow without problems, choose planters that increase in size. If you have a large living room, it will capture everyone’s attention.

Did you know any of these rare plants? They are not commonly found in greenhouses and gardening centers, but experts do not hesitate to place them at the top when it comes to interior design. They are also very easy to care for, so you won’t have to worry too much about this point. You now have no excuse not to incorporate one of these wonderful specimens into your home.

Pachira aquatica
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