Indoor Gardening

Unique and Unusual Houseplants

This collection of unique and unusual houseplants showcases plants that have interesting leaf shapes and patterning. Although some may be considered rare, I have spotted a fair few of these at local markets as well as larger plant retailers like Bunnings.

Check out our list to find the next plant to add to your collection!

10 Unusual Houseplants with Unique Leaf Patterns and Shapes.

1. Haworthia Cooperi

Haworthia Cooperi, unique house plant.

Haworthias are characterised by their jelly like appearance, with the leaves resembling a clump of bubbles. Haworthias come in a wide variety, but the Haworthia Cooperi is my all time favourite.

Caring for your Haworthia Cooperi is simple; water sparingly during colder weather and regularly during hotter, dry climate weather. Ensure that the soil has dried out completely before you rewater. Make sure that the soil used to pot your haworthia is well-draining to reduce the amount of excess water in the soil, which haworthias will not tolerate. Place your haworthia in a position that it will receive bright light, but not direct sun.

2. Rabbit Succulent

Rabbit succulent,  unusual and unique houseplant.

Rabbits succulents are what they sound like, and resemble little bunny heads with long ‘ears’.

Like the haworthia, to care for your rabbit succulent, the requirements are quite simple. Place your haworthia in well-draining soil, bright light and water sparingly.

3. Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia, unusual and unique houseplants.

Spiral-patterned leaves and vibrant colours are what characterise the Rex Begonia.

To care for your Begonia, water it regularly and mist your plant as it enjoys high humidity. Ensure it has organic well-draining soil for it to thrive.

4. Nerve Plants

Nerve plants or fittonias, unusual and unique house plants.

Fittonias have bright, veiny markings which give them their nickname, nerve plants. They come in a variety of beautiful, warm-toned colours as well as a classic white, so there is bound to be one perfect for your home.

Check your nerve plant’s soil regularly as it enjoys well-drained soil that is kept moist but not overly wet. Water your nerve plant moderately and let it dry out between waterings. Place them in bright, indirect light to allow them to thrive.

5. Lithops

As they look like rocks, Lithops are nicknamed ‘living rocks’. Lithops grow slowly and will die if you overwater them. If you care for them correctly, you might even see them flower!

Lithops are best adapted to direct sunlight, so place them in an area like your window sill that gets the most sun. Water your lithops extremely sparingly as they have a capacity to hold water for months. To ensure that you don’t overwater, place your lithop in a cactus mix or fast draining potting mix.

6. String of Dolphins

The string of dolphins has tiny leaves shaped like breaching dolphins. The name of this variety is Senecio Peregrinus. They are variegated varieties but they are super rare!

Place your string of dolphins in bright, indirect light and well-draining potting mid. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot and aphid infestations.

7. Fishbone Cactus

Fish bone cactus, zig-zag cactus or Selenicereus Anthonyanus. Unusual and unique houseplants.

Also known as the zig-zag cactus or Selenicereus Anthonyanus resemble a fern but are actually a cactus! It is low maintenance and produces beautiful, pink flowers when in bloom.

Place your Fishbone Cactus in indirect light for it to do best. Like other cacti, do not water your fishbone cactus as often as your other plants as it retains water.

8. Sweetheart Plant

Hoya Heart, sweetheart plant, unusual and unique houseplants.

Flat, heart shaped leaves have dubbed the Hoya Heart, or Sweetheart Plant the romance succulent.

Like most succulents, the Sweetheart Plant is extremely low maintenance. It is often sold as a single leaf and is easy to propagate, once fully grown, it takes on the appearance of a viney plant covered in a lush head of hearts.

Sweetheart Plants are quite adaptable to most indoor lighting conditions so place them in moderate-bright light. Neglect your sweetheart plant when it comes to watering and do not overwater it as it will become soggy and cause root rot.

9. Staghorn Fern

Wall mounted Staghorn fern. Unusual and unique houseplants.

Staghorn ferns have leaves that resemble the horns of a stag.

Try mounting your Staghorn fern on your wall to create a vertical garden and a new way of decorating boring walls.

Water your Staghorn fern frequently, but let it dry out between waterings. They will enjoy a high humidity region with indirect to shaded light.

10. Lipstick Echeveria

Lipstick Echeverias are a succulent type with a signature, vibrant red colour. Their shiny, wax-like glossy leaves further seal the deal as the ‘lipstick’ echeveria.

Like other succulents, to care for your Lipstick Echeveria, plant it in a well-draining potting mix, water infrequently and place it in a sunny spot.

That concludes our list of unusual and unique houseplants. I hope you have found one or two to add to your wish list and growing home collection.

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