5 Rare and Unusual Indoor Succulents You Want to Have

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Most types of succulents are great to keep as indoor plants. They are low-maintenance and because the majority come from hot and dry climates, they can take some neglect.

Indoor succulent collections often start with an Echeveria or Jade plant. They’re like the gateway to the world of succulents. Once you had those for a while, maybe even propagated a few leaves here and there, you probably want to expand your succulent horizon a little.

There are many rare and unusual looking succulent species to choose from. Plenty of eye-catching varieties, and weird and wonderful different leaves to start collecting.

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite rare succulents from my collection.

5 Rare and Unusual Succulents you Want to Have.
Xerosicyos danguyi, Crassula rupestris marnieriana, Crassula Buddha’s Temple, Senecio barbertonicus, Sansevieria Cylindrica

Basic General Succulent Care

Before we dive into the unusual succulents, let’s start out with a few basic succulent care pointers.

These are some general guidelines on how to care for your succulents. Do research specific succulents in case they have any special care needs.

And don’t forget to leave a comment down below. Let me know what your favorite succulent is!

Succulents Want Sunshine

The natural habitat of most succulents is hot, dry and very sunny.

In your home, place the plant in a spot with ample sunlight. Find the windowsill that provides the most sun.

If you can’t provide your succulents with enough natural light, it might start stretching out, trying to reach the light. If this happens, move your plant closer to the window, or get a special plant grow light. These lamps don’t have to be super expensive and will supply your plant with the light it needs.

Succulents Don’t Want Too Much Water

Since nearly all succulents come from hot climates, they are not used to a lot of rain. So don’t water your plant too often.

Because succulents are used to dry conditions, you don’t want them to be sitting in wet soil too long. Make sure the soil is completely dried out before you water.

In winter water even less. Succulents store water in their leaves so they can can handle some drought.

Succulents Need Good Drainage

Help your succulent by providing it with plenty of drainage.

Choose a pot with drainage holes on the bottom. This helps to drain any excess after you water your succulent.

And use well-draining cactus and succulent soil. You don’t want soggy soil. Welldraining makes the roots happy.

Related Reading: How to Grow Succulents Indoors. All the general care information to keep your succulents alive.

Frithia pulchra - Fairy Elephants Feet

Frithia pulchra – Fairy Elephants Feet

The Frithia pulchra ‘fairy elephants feet’, and the very similar looking Fenestraria rhopalophylla ‘baby toes’, both relatives of living stones, blend perfectly into their rock-filled natural habitat.

The way they survive their hot and sunny climates is to go underground. The tubular leaves almost completely disappear into the ground leaving just the top visible. These tops are translucent like windows, allowing light to penetrate and reach the inside of the leaf.

Give your plant as much sun as possible and be careful not to overwater.

I got my Frithia pulchra from a specialist succulent grower. The baby toes Fenestraria aurantiaca a bit easier to find.

Senecio barbertonicus - Himalaya

Senecio barbertonicus – Himalaya

The Senecio barbertonicus ‘Himalya’ is such a fun succulent. Sometimes named Mountain Grass after its needle-like leaves growing like a grass bush.

What’s great is that this succulent can be placed somewhere with bright, indirect light, but also does well in light shade or direct sun.

Easy to care for, just watch out not to overwater. Slow down on watering in winter.

Crassula rupestris marnieriana - Hottentot

Crassula rupestris marnieriana – Hottentot

This stacked Crassula is also known as Jade Necklace or Worm Plant. I started mine from a small stem cutting. It’s growing up wild and fast.

It has small round leaves on a woody stem like a beaded necklace. More direct sun will turn this Crassula redder, less light will keep this plant more green.

If your stacked Crassula is stretching and you see empty spaces on the stem between the leaves, it is your plant stretching out to get more sun.

In the case of this type of succulent, it will grow new stems right from where the open space is. So as long as the etoliation is not too severe, it will fill itself right back up.

Or you can remove the stretched out parts of the stems, and water root these stem cuttings. Stacked Crassula are very easy to grow roots in water and regrow from stem cuttings.

Xerosicyos danguyi - Silver Dollar Plant

Xerosicyos danguyi – Silver Dollar Plant

When the succulent grower had some Xerosicyos danguyi plants for sale, I knew I had to get one. These are special to find.

The round matte green leaves give this unusual vine succulent its common name the silver dollar plant.

It likes to climb, or when it grows larger the vines cascade down turning it in to a great hanging plant!

The Xerosicyos danguyi is very drought tolerant and will show you it needs water when the leaves start to look shriveled.

Fun tidbit: it’s a relative of the cucumber.

Crassula - Buddhas Temple succulent

Crassula – Buddha’s Temple

Last but not least, the Crassula Buddhas Temple. Natures art at its best. A small symmetrical column of perfectly stacked leaves. This amazing variety is a hybrid of Crassula pyramidalis and Crassula perfoliata.

The Buddhas Temple is low-maintenance and very drought tolerant. Give it plenty of light. Narrower growth will show when it likes more light. Winter growth is often easy to point out.

New growth branches out at varying levels from the sides of the column.

Crassula Buddhas Temple
Crassula Buddhas Temple

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