Unique Cacti You Can Grow Indoors

Cacti are some of the most interesting plants on the planet. Almost every species is unique its own way. Most of them are easy to grow indoors and capable of surviving a wide range of climates. Here’s a list of some of the most unique cacti you can grow indoors.

Opuntia microdasys
Opuntia Microdasys

Opuntia Microdasys

Also known as the bunny ear cactus, this low-growing cactus originates from Northern Mexico but is now a common piece of living décor in many homes across the world. It is called the bunny ear cactus because it has no central stem but is instead composed of many different oval shaped pads. They greatly resemble bunny ears or the ears of a certain cartoon mouse. It is also sometimes called the polka-dot cactus.

Euphorbia Caput-Medusa
Euphorbia Caput-Medusa

Caput Medusae

Caput medusae roughly translates to “head of Medusa.” If you’re familiar with Greek lore, this is the woman cursed by Aphrodite to live with snakes on her head for hair. The Medusa’s head plant, as it is also known, got this name because of its many tubular stems that grow and curve in different directions resembling snakes. It is tough to grow this plant inside, but if you can manage it is unique and rewarding.

Astrophytum Capricorne
Astrophytum Capricorne

Astrophytum Capricorne

The goat’s horn cactus is a somewhat rare cactus that is very tolerant to drought and a variety of different climates. It looks very strange with a dull, greyish color, egg-shaped stem, and dozens of curved spikes. However, once it flowers it produces a very beautiful yellow flower with red in the center.

Astrophytum Asterias
Astrophytum Asterias

Astrophytum Asterias

A big name for a small cactus. It is more commonly known as the sea urchin cactus, the star cactus, or the sand dollar cactus. This particular cactus is native to the United States and Central America. It is small, spineless, and round. The body is then divided into several segments, which creates the appearance of a star on top of the cactus.

Oreocereus Celsianus
Oreocereus Celsianus

Oreocereus Celsianus

This strange and unique cactus is called “old man of the mountain” because of its many long, grey hairs. It originates from the Andes area of South America. These cacti can grow up to ten feet tall if planted outdoors, but when grown in a container they tend to remain much smaller. It thrives in cooler temperatures with little water.

Echinocereus
Echinocereus

Echinocereus

The echinocereus is actually an entire genus of cacti and most are referred to as a hedgehog cactus. They are perfect for beginners because of their small size. They are small, bushy, and have long, curved spines. Their flowers are bright red and many of them are edible as well as the fruits they produce. The flowers also tend to survive longer than most other cacti.

Schlumbergera also known as Christmas Cactus
Schlumbergera also known as Christmas Cactus

Zygocactus Truncatus

The Christmas cactus is as unique as it is beautiful. It is a hanging cactus that produces very bright and vivid flowers that may be red, yellow, pink, or orange. They tend to grow hanging from trees in the wild in areas with high humidity but can survive perfectly well hanging indoors. The flowers usually grow horizontally from the plant and the top side of the flower grows differently from the bottom side.

5 Of The Weirdest, Most Bizarre Plants On Earth

The Earth is a green planet, filled with many different species of plants. Plants live in virtually every environment, from the Arctic to the oceans, and we pass by thousands of different types every day. While many of these plants seem perfectly ordinary to us, there are also many species that are truly bizarre and strange.

While some of these plants live in far-off parts of the world, others can be seen surprisingly close to home. You may also be able to see specimens at a conservatory or a garden center. These plants truly demonstrate the diversity of God’s creation.

1. The Skunk Cabbage

skunk cabbageHave you ever been taking a hike and been sure that you smelled a skunk? What you smelled may actually have been a skunk cabbage, which is a North American plant that grows in swamps and other wet areas. The plant has huge flowers that are purple or yellow in color, and it looks like something from outer space.

Parts of the plant are edible and were used for food by Native Americans. However, other parts, such as the flowerheads, contain a deadly poison called calcium oxalate. This corrosive toxin can cause severe injury or even death.

2. The Giant Hogweed

Giant HogweedThis invasive weed is spreading through many parts of the United States and poses a real danger to people. The sap exuded by the hogweed can cause a dangerous reaction when it is exposed to sunlight. Getting some sap on your skin can cause lesions and burns as soon as you go out in the sun. These wounds can sometimes take years to heal!

3. The Corpse Flower

corpse flowerTitan arum, known as the “corpse flower,” is not actually a single flower, but is a stalk made of many tiny flowers. It can grow up to a height of 10 to 15 feet and blooms only once every 7 years. When the flower blooms, it produces an intense smell that resembles the odor of rotting flesh, which gives it its name. The flowers are the largest in the world.

4. The Rafflesias Flower

This is another flower that is legendary for its intense odor. The Rafflesias grows in the jungles of Southeast Asia and can reach a size of as much as 4 feet Rafflesias Flowerin diameter. Unlike the “corpse flower,” these plants are parasitic and lives off the nutrients that it absorbs from other plants.

The odor produced by the flower is intended to attract carrion beetles. These beetles come to the flower and pollinate it, just as bees pollinate many other species of plants.

5. The Bristlecone Pine

The bristlecone pine tree grows in the arid conditions of the American West. Some of these trees are the oldest living organisms on Earth. The age of one tree has been calculated at more than 5000 years!

Bristlecone PineBristlecone pines can tolerate soil conditions that very few other plants can live in. This means that they are capable of thriving in areas that are often quite barren and lifeless. They can grow in alkaline soils, and they are also quite tolerant to wind, cold, and aridity. Because of the poor conditions in these areas, they tend to grow very slowly.

As you can see, the world is filled with bizarre and unusual plants. Even in your own backyard, there may be plants growing that are a lot stranger than you might think. These 5 species are just a small sample of the many strange plants in the world. The next time you go outside, pay attention to the plants you pass by. You never know what you might see!