15 Unusual Houseplants to Make Your Home Unique

If you want to make your home a little more unique, there are plenty of options. The key is finding houseplants that fit with the style and color of your dream home, as well as how much time and efforts you are willing to put into caring for them. 

If your house isn’t ready for something like an aloe plant or snake plant (both great options), here are 10 unusual houseplants that might be perfect. Keep reading!

String of Pearls

The string of pearls succulent is native to South Africa, and it has a fleshy stem and fleshy leaves that look like little strings. This plant is also called “Paphiopedilum” or “elephant’s foot.” It is unique in appearance, with its long stems and round leaves. This plant can be grown indoors or outdoors. 

You will need to give this succulent very little water and no direct sunlight, so if you want it as an indoor houseplant, it should be placed in a sunny window with artificial light or under fluorescent lights.

Zebra Haworthia

The Zebra Haworthia is a lovely succulent plant that is very easy to grow. It’s also known as the Zebra Plant, Zebra Cactus, or simply Haworthia. The white stripes on its leaves are striking and make it a great focal point in any room. Because they are so easy to care for, they are great for beginners who want to start their collection of indoor plants but need help knowing where to start.

The Zebra Haworthia has small white stripes along its dark green leaves, which makes it an ideal addition to any home decorating scheme. To keep your Zebra plant happy and healthy, follow these tips:

  • Place it in indirect light, so it doesn’t burn up if placed in direct sunlight all day long.
  • A good temperature range would be 15°C/59°F – 22°C/71°F.
  • Keep well watered without over-watering (you can tell when this happens because leaves will begin turning yellow).

Bat Flower

Bat flower (Tacca Chantrieri) is a succulent plant that grows like a rosette with dark green leaves with purple spots and red edges. The flowers are large, white, and fragrant.

Bat flowers are easy to care for and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It requires good drainage but prefers moist soil conditions. Bat Flower likes bright but indirect lighting and will thrive with 14 hours of sunlight each day in summer months when it becomes dormant during fall through spring months.

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Echeveria Elegans

Echeveria Elegans is a succulent plant native to Mexico and Central America. It can be grown as a houseplant in temperate climates. It is also known as the “Mexican Hen & Chick” because of its distinctive rosette shape.

Although it’s sometimes grown outdoors in gardens and pots, you can also keep this plant indoors year-round if you live in USDA hardiness zones 9b. 


Calathea, also known as prayer plants, is a genus of flowering plants that grow as epiphytes. The term refers to how they grow on other plants and trees. They do not need soil to survive but instead attach themselves to other plants with their roots. Calatheas are native to tropical regions of South America, Central America, and the West Indies.

Lifesaver Cactus Plant

The lifesaver cactus is a succulent plant known as the barrel cactus. It’s not really a cactus, but it does share some similar traits with its cousins of the same family: low-light requirements, a wide base, and a long stem. The lifesaver cactus can be kept in low light conditions, making it an ideal houseplant for beginners who don’t have time to care for their houseplants daily. You only need to water this cactus plant once or twice every week and give it plenty of sunlight if you want it to thrive.

Ribbon plant

The ribbon plant is succulent with a very distinctive look. It grows spirals, with the leaves curling around the stem. The ribbon plant is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant (though you don’t have to worry about producing sharp thorns).

The ribbon plant comes from Asia and Africa but has become popular in many parts of the world for its ease of cultivation and ability to grow in low-light conditions. Because it has thick leaves that can store water for up to six months, it makes an excellent addition if you want something that can survive with less care than most other houseplants.

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Dolphin Succulents

Dolphin succulents are related to aloe vera. They have large, fleshy leaves that resemble the fins of a dolphin. This makes them a great choice for anyone who loves aquatic animals or wants their home to look like an aquarium!

Dolphin succulents are easy to grow and propagate, making them a great plant for beginners. They are also drought tolerant, so they don’t need much water or sunlight to thrive. In addition, they can survive in low light conditions. But you should still keep your dolphin succulent in darkness. 

These plants will do best with indirect sunlight coming into your home at least once per day; this way, they will receive enough energy from the sun’s rays without getting burned by too much direct light on their leaves (which would cause them to become damaged). If you are looking for some indoor plants that purify the air of chemicals like formaldehyde while still being beautiful additions to any room of your house, then this may be an excellent option!

Bunny Succulents

Bunny Succulents are a unique succulent that looks like a bunny. They are easy to care for and can grow in the dark. You can plant them in pots or allow them to spread over the ground. They are also known as “Baby Toes” because of their rounded shape—they look like little fingers. And they have tiny hairs on their leaves that look like whiskers too!

Philodendron Cordatum ‘Heartleaf’

If you like the look of philodendron plants, then Philodendron cordatum Heartleaf is for you. This attractive plant has heart-shaped leaves that are dark green with a white stripe on edge. It is a tropical plant that can grow up to approximately 10 feet tall and needs bright light and regular watering, so keep it near your kitchen window or in another sunny spot in your home.

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Club Moss

Club moss is a small, slow-growing plant that can be used in terrariums or as an accent in your home. It’s not toxic to pets or humans and has low maintenance. It’s an excellent choice for beginner gardeners who want to try their hand at growing houseplants but don’t want to invest too much time or energy into the process. The most important thing about club moss is where you plant it. n

The soil must always be moist, so make sure you buy a pot with enough drainage holes. There should be at least one per inch of pot diameter. When planting this houseplant in water, ensure no chemicals are used on your tap water before using it on club moss—the plant will absorb these chemicals through its roots!

Umbrella Papyrus

The umbrella papyrus is an excellent choice for beginner gardeners because it’s easy to care for and is not picky about light conditions or soil type. The plant grows in water, which means that you don’t need to worry about feeding it or keeping it watered. It does best with indirect sunlight but can adapt well to low-light environments (and even artificial light)

If you are looking for an easy indoor plant that won’t require much attention, this may be the species for you. The umbrella papyrus can grow up to six feet tall, so ensure you have plenty of room before taking one home from the store.

Corkscrew Grass 

Corkscrew grass (also known as curly lippia) is a tropical plant that requires warm temperatures and humidity to thrive. It’s grass and has been used as an ornamental in gardens since the 17th century. It grows fast, so if you want something to make your home stand out while adding greenery, corkscrew grass might be a good option.

In addition to being an attractive plant, it also cleans the air by removing toxins such as nitrogen dioxide, trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and formaldehyde from indoor air. This makes it great for use in the bedroom or other rooms where you spend time breathing deeply.

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is a type of aquatic plant that’s often used as a decorative addition to homes. While it is technically not bamboo, it does belong to the same family as water lilies.

Lucky bamboo can grow up to 6 feet tall, so keep this in mind when placing it in your home; however, if you don’t have much floor space available and just want something pretty to look at while lounging around on your couch or window seat, lucky bamboo is an excellent choice because they stay small (and make a great temporary table-top accent).

The stems are long and thin, with nodes along their length where leaves grow. Each stem has one leaf at each node—this gives them the appearance of being covered in tiny leaves instead of having bare stems like most other plants do.

Ponytail Palm

The Ponytail palm is not actually a palm tree but rather a succulent. It’s also known as elephant foot because it looks like elephant feet once it starts to develop the bulbous trunk. It grows slowly but eventually can get up to 20 feet high. It looks best when planted indoors and in a fairly small pot, so its foliage will cascade down from its trunk. 

This plant has large leaves at the top that have quite wide veins. Ponytail palms require very little light and almost no water, making them one of the best low-maintenance houseplants for beginners!

The best way to grow ponytail palms is indoors in warm areas with indirect sunlight. The leaves are large and have wide veins that give them a bold texture that contrasts nicely against this succulent plant’s flat trunk. The ponytail palm requires very little light and almost no water, making them one of the best low-maintenance houseplants for beginners!

Unusual Houseplants for Your Home

Whether you are trying to bring a little bit of the outdoors in or just want something different, these unusual houseplants are sure to add some flair to your home. They are also great for people with black thumbs who struggle with keeping plants alive!

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