Succulents are a dream come true for every gardener. Their charm and their ability to survive in harsh conditions with minimal care, sets them apart from the regular plants. Along with regular varieties, some rare succulents have also come into the the sight.
With the increasing love for succulents, a lot of succulent varieties are now comfortably available.
But, hardcore succulent lovers always search for a different variety that could complete their garden’s essence and could add distinctiveness to it. Their quest to add more vibrancy in their garden makes them adopt rare succulents. Which is hard to find and sometimes hard to grow, because of the rare and unique surroundings, they have come from.
Some genuine online and offline stores can help in bringing these unusual varieties to your home. But, before choosing some for your home, the course of action says that a garden lover should try to accumulate more info about these plants.
Popular types of rare succulents
Paper Spine Cactus, Tephrocactus Articulatus
This unusual looking bushy cactus is covered with long and thick paper-like spines, spreading out in multiple directions. Their stem segments are quite fragile, and they fall off frequently, but the good thing is that they grow back quite effortlessly. Their yellow centered white flowers are a mesmerizing sight, and their alien structure catches the attention of every person. They ask for good sunlight for growth but are habitual to arid climates as like most of the cacti varieties. However, they need watering in summers but can pass through a good time in winters without water. These rare succulents add a gorgeous landscape to your home’s ambiance.
Living Rock Cactus, Ariocarpus Trigonus
This Texas and Mexican native is a rare addition to the bouquet of succulent lover’s garden. It has got a big round stem covered with wooly hairs, used to store water for the dry winters. On the top of the stem, one can find a bunch of green-pointed leaves protruding in every direction. They blossom with multiple flowers circled all around the plant, depending on the varieties of this species; their 1-2 inch wide flowers could be of white, magenta, yellow, or cream. They love sunlight like other cacti, but up to a limit. However, they also like watering in summers only when the soil is bone dry.
Crompton Carousel, Echeveria X Imbricata
This variegated Hens and chicks look very attractive with its blue-gray leaves covered with green stripes. Pretty hard succulents to find, these are one of the most sought after Echeveria variety, decorated with four to six inches wide cluster of leaves. Yellow and orange-colored flowers bloom on its elongated stems. These plants do not perform very well with direct sunlight, as they might have a sunburn in continuous exposure. Like other succulent varieties, they prefer well-drained soil; and require frequent watering in summers, but only when the soil is too dry.
Little Jewel, Pachyphytum Compactum
Native to Mexico, this beautiful closely packed rare succulents have grayish-green leaves with whitish veins near its edges. It gives them the gemstone kind of look due to their compactness. Thick fleshy leaves of this plant are tubular and pointed at the top, are mostly matted in blue-green color, and may acquire the light purple shade in full sunlight. Although they can thrive in the shade, they are not quite good with frosts and therefore need proper care in winters. In the late spring of every year, beautiful red to orange flowers of barrel shape blossom on long stems of about 12 inches above the foliage. These plants require more water in winter, as in winter, their growth season activates.
These winter growing rare succulents are native to arid regions of South Africa and Namibia, where they have access to sunlight and space. These slow-growing succulents have pea shape greenish structures with dark green dots over it. These stemless plants thrive in winter rains but do not need it in summers.
Spidery petals of flowers of this succulent are nocturnal, and are mostly in the shade of ivory white, cream, light yellow, and are very mildly scented. They close their petals in the day time and blossom in the fall months every year. They need proper ventilation to grow and stay in the same pot for a long time so avoid repotting them frequently.
Ruby Necklace, Othonna Capensis
Small bean-shaped leaves entangled on the thin bright-colored stem like a ruby necklace, trailing downwards in your indoors. These are a fabulous addition to a home garden, with their fleshy leaves and daisy-like flowers bring a distinct charm to the place. Small and beautiful yellow flowers blossom on the elongated red stems all over the year.
They are winter-growing rare succulents which go to hibernation in summers, and therefore needs lesser watering in summers. It is a drought-resistant variety and needs full sunlight to thrive to attain its healthy color. In lack of it, the stems may change color and texture. This fast-growing succulent needs proper ventilation and a deep and wide container for flourishing.
Calico Hearts, Adromischus Maculatus
They are recognized by their spotted gray-green-brown oval leaves, with woody stems connected them to the roots. Wedge-shaped glossy leaves rest on the short twig of it, lying down on the ground curving downwards or upwards. They grow up to the height of six to eight inches when subjected to ideal conditions.
These rare succulents require partial sunlight to thrive and blooms in the month of summers. Their flowers are tubular in shape and yellowish-green in color. It grows faster in the spring months and requires watering only when the soil is bone dry. This succulent is a pretty good choice for beginners due to its easy to fulfill demands.
Star Window Plant, Haworthia Cuspidata
Thick and fleshy, closely packed decoration with dark green markings in the top areas; they are beautiful two-tone bunches of charm. The word “cuspidata” is derived from Latin and refers to their pointed leaf apex. Their rosette grows into a size of around four inches and offsets freely to form a dense cluster.
In summers, you can have the white-tall flowers with brownish-green veins on them. From spring to fall, you should water this plant nicely, but the winters only ask for just enough water to avoid the shrunk leaves. They can be easily propagated; by leaves, seeds, or offsets. And are safe for humans and pets, because of their non-toxic nature. But definitely these rare succulents are attention grabbers for all.
Sand Dollar Cactus, Astrophytum Asterias
A native to Texas and Mexico, this succulent is a rare spineless cacti species. A green globe decorated with multiple yellowish cushioned circles is an eye-catcher due to its unusual appearance. It is also called sea urchin cactus or star peyote. And is a popular variety among the succulent lovers.
Their popularity, however, is threatening their existence in wild habitat. It is a slow-growing rare succulents species, which thrives the most in summers. They are quite hardy but are prone to rotting if exposed to overwatering and excess moisture. So, water them only when the soil is too dry. If they are kept dry, they are resistant to frost in winters and ask for a cool place in winters.
Rose Pincushion Cactus, Mammillaria Zeilmanniana
This Mexican species grows in volcanic rocks in canyon walls and deciduous forests. Their crown of beautiful pink flowers is pretty attractive and therefore makes them a widely cultivated variety in succulent gardens. Glossy and green globular stems of this plant six cm high are the base for the gorgeous flowers.
Flowers bloom near the top in a circular array, originating from the areoles on the stem. They flower in the summers, sometimes followed by bright-colored fruits. Room temperatures are enough for this cactus. However, they do best when they get exposed to sunlight and proper ventilation.
Final thoughts on rare succulents
These unique plants tempt every succulent lover to have in their succulent gardens, but as they are rare sussulents, they are not widely available. However, you can buy these enchanting varieties at the Walmart stores nearby or recognized online platforms at affordable prices.
Now, as you have gone through this blog, we hope it must have inspired you to adopt these beauties. So, what do you think? When are you planning to have one in your succulent gardens? Let us know what your experience was after having one, and drop in your queries if you want to know more about more blossoming charmers.