You can probably recognize a cactus without a second glance. Even snake plants are becoming more and more common. But what about donkey tails? Or trachyandra (say that five times fast). If you already have a home filled with plant babies that all look the same, you might want to make one of these varieties your next addition.
No, this isn’t a pipe cleaner stuck into a pot of dirt and rocks. This plant exists in real life and is native to eastern and southern Africa.
2 Crassula Umbella
The nickname for this unique plant is “Wine Cup” — for obvious reasons. It grows to be up to six inches tall when the flower is in bloom, which features yellowish green buds.
3 Euphorbia Obesa
This thornless Euphorbia Obesaresembles a ball, which is precisely why it’s commonly referred to as a “Baseball Plant.” It can grow from six to 15 centimeters wide and holds water in a reservoir for drought protection.
4 Euphorbia Caput-Medusae
This succulent is often called “Medusa’s Head,” since it features many serpent-like stems on it, and is originally native to Cape Town, South Africa.
If you want to grow a greenery on the side of your wall, this is the way to do it. Known as a “Staghorn Fern,” this variety gets it’s name for its uniquely-shaped leaves that look like, well, animal horns.
6 Euphorbia Tirucalli
It’ll come as no surprise that this plant is often referred to as “Firesticks,” thanks to the red color that pops up on the ends of the branches. They can grow to be up to 25 feet tall.
7 Haworthia Cooperi
Even though it might look like it bunch of bubbles settled on it, it’s actually those clumps of small rosettes made out of fleshy green leaves that make it so unique.
8 Sedum Morganianum
Commonly known as “Donkey Tail,” the Sedum Morganianum produces stems that can grow up to 24 inches long and produces blue-green leaves. It’s also native to southern Mexico and Honduras.
9 Corkscrew Grass
Even though this grass looks like someone took scissors to it to give it that spiral shape, it grows that way naturally. Since it tends to spread easily when planted in the ground, a pot is the way to go with this stuff.
10 Gentiana Urnula
The layered plated leaves of this plant is part of the reason it’s known as the “Starfish Succulent.” It’s low-maintenance, which makes it an excellent candidate for a rock garden.