17 Unusual but Exotic Indoor Plants Your House Needs

Having exotic indoor plants can brighten our porches, galleries, and windowpanes.

unusual but exotic indoor plants

Plants suffer damage when people bring them inside the house, but we can now keep plants inside thanks to technology. A study says that indoor plants can reduce stress and improve productivity by up to 15%.

Apart from promoting a pleasant atmosphere, houseplants purify the air. In order to grow, they need the right amount of light, humidity, soil, pot size, and temperature.

Why should we keep indoor plants?

A psychological study found that having indoor plants reduces stress and increases pain tolerance. Likewise, it suggests that the subconscious needs to be connected to nature.

If you think that staying at home would keep you safe from pollution, then you are wrong! If you open the windows or doors to your balcony to get ‘fresh air,’ you enter your home with the pollutants from construction sites and vehicle emissions.

Moreover, wall paint chemicals are also transported around the house, adding to the amount of pollution in the house. Increasing the number of plants can help. Because green is a relaxing color, it makes you feel better. Your home can benefit from houseplants in more ways than you think.

Apart from cactus and bonsai, there are many exotic indoor plants you can keep inside the house. You might not be familiar with these plants, but they’ll add a unique touch to your house.

Wine Cup

Crassula Umbella, commonly known as Wine Cup, is succulent. It needs a lot of sunlight but less water and is easy to maintain. Since it has a curved surface, it is named ‘Wine Cup.’ You can use it as an indoor plant to give your home a unique look.

Madagascar Palm

madagascar palm exotic indoor plant

Pachypodium Cactipes is a cactus and succulent species. Don’t be confused by the name, as it is nothing like a palm tree. Within a house, Madagascar palms grow four to six feet tall, and in the garden, they grow up to 15 feet tall. To grow well indoors, it needs the right amount of light and soil. Because it is a branchless plant, it grows easily in the house. The bright yellow flowers of this exotic indoor plant make your home look warmer and brighter!

Donkey Tail

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Another type of exotic indoor plant that looks great hanging on balconies is Sedum morganianum. The plant looks nothing like a donkey tail, but it has thick, fleshy leaves and is also called the horse’s tail or the lamb’s tail. It can survive without water for a long time and is easy to grow.

Butterfly Plant

butterfly plant

The leaves of this plant resemble the wings of a swallowtail butterfly. Ideally, this plant would draw the attention of your guests due to its attractive leaves. Christia obcordate is another name for it. Ensure that it is not kept in direct sunlight because it will burn the plant. Make your house more beautiful by placing it under a shade where it can get just the right amount of sun.



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There’s something unusual about this plant since it looks like someone squeezed green color into frozen water. To maintain healthy plants, grow them in winter with well-draining soil that gives them nutrients. With their unique looks, these exotic indoor plants are a stunning addition to any home.

Corkscrew Albuca

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The coiled leaves of this plant look like a corkscrew, and it produces flowers with a vanilla scent. As a native of the African desert, this plant requires little water. When you have guests around, you know what will be attracting them the most in your home: this plant works as a natural air freshener!



As Lithops look like artificial plants, they are typically used in aquariums or fountains to decorate them. Living Stones, as they are also called, are part of the succulent family. Colorful and small enough to grow on windowpanes, they are available in a variety of colors.

String Of Pearls

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Another succulent, leaves of this plant resemble pearls strung together. It’s simple to plant them in small pots and then hang them in your room, near the window, or on your gallery walls. They will make your house look different.

Crinkle Leaf Begonia


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The leaves of this plant appear to be crushed like paper and spread back to put on the branch. They look as if they would fall to the ground if touched. Small in size, this plant helps your house look more occupied and attractive around the corners.

Moon Valley


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The leaves of Moon Valley resemble moon craters, hence its name. All it requires is regular watering once a week and placement in the sun so it can get enough light. Once it grows to its potential, this plant will be the talk of the town!

Coral Berry


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Since the leaves on these plants are red, they are given their name. A member of the cactus family, they are native to Central America. The interesting thing about this plant is that it comes from the cactus family but does not have sharp spikes. Keep it near your swing in your gallery to experience a nice fresh feeling while you sit on the swing and drink your coffee!

Hoya Obovata


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The leaves of this plant look like they are made of rubber, so it looks like an artificial plant. Make sure it gets plenty of sunshine and doesn’t require much water since it holds a lot of water. This will give your porch a unique look.

Calathea Orbifolia

Calathea Orbifolia exotic indoor plants

The leaves of this plant look like they are made of clay. There is something unique about its leaves, making it a great houseplant. While it needs a lot of water and fertilized soil, it does not need a lot of sunlight.


Tillandsia exotic indoor plant

This plant looks like a mini aloe vera plant, but its leaves curl as they grow. As they require a lot of sunlight, it is recommended to keep them under the sun, and they need less water to stay hydrated. When they see the plant, your visitors might confuse Tillandsia with an aloe vera!

Fishbone Cactus


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Though it might have an odd name, you will find it to be even weirder if you come across it. In keeping with its name, the fishbone cactus has leaves that resemble fish bones. The plant grows quickly and requires little maintenance. If you want it to grow well, do not keep the plant in direct sunlight and water often.

Chinese Money Plant

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This plant, also called Pilea, has cute, disc-shaped leaves like a money plant. If you want to take good care of this plant, keep it under indirect sunlight and don’t water it frequently since this will ruin the roots.

Greenovia Dodrentalis

Greenovia Dodrentalis exotic indoor plant

This plant looks like roses made from clay. They are the prettiest members of the succulent family. Water them when the soil starts to feel dry, and place them in direct sunlight. Also, be ready to tell your guests that it is not an artificial plant!

Bottom line

With exotic indoor plants, you can relax and reduce stress from a hectic schedule. Besides feeling happy and stress-free, your guests would desire to return often to your house. Also, you can gift these plants to your friends at their housewarming parties or on their birthdays. You can find these plants at your local nursery or online.

The only drawback to these exotic indoor plants is that they are quite expensive, but when you consider the benefits that come with them, spending so much money seems worthwhile. With their unique way of looking, they give your house a distinct look. Since they are unique houseplants, they are the best option for decorating your home.

A natural option couldn’t be better, right? Unlike plants that require daily watering or changing their positions to follow the sun, these plants do not require much care and attention. The main advantage is that they can be grown throughout the year, so you need not worry about choosing the right plant for the season.

Having these plants at home would create a fresh atmosphere that would make you miss your house when you are out, traveling, or at work!

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