17 Unusual but Exotic Indoor Plants Your House Needs

Exotic Indoor Plants: When decorating our houses, the first thing that comes to our mind is how to make them look greener and lit. We choose different plants to make our porches, galleries, and window panes look better.

unusual but exotic indoor plants

Most people prefer having plants inside the house, resulting in damage to plants, but thanks to technology, we now have plants that can survive indoors. A study says that indoor plants can reduce stress and improve productivity by up to 15%.

Apart from creating a positive atmosphere, indoor plants are a natural air purifier. These plants need the right amount of light, humidity, soil, correct pot size, and temperature to grow.

Why Should We Keep Indoor Plants?

A psychological study stated that having indoor plants reduces stress levels and increases pain tolerance. It also suggested that a human’s subconscious needs to have a connection with nature.

If you think that staying at home would keep you safe from pollution, then you are wrong! Your house is also polluted as the pollutants from around the construction sites and emission of fuel from vehicles enter your home when you open your windows or doors of your balcony to get ‘fresh air.’

Not only that, but the chemical of your wall paint also floats around in the house, adding to the pollution level of the home. Indoor plants help to reduce the pollution level of your house. They make you feel better since the color green is relaxing for the eyes. Having houseplants have more benefits than you might think.

Best Exotic Indoor Plants for Your Home

There are various exotic indoor plants to keep in your house apart from cactus and bonsai. You might not have heard of such plants before, but these will give your house a unique look.

  • Wine Cup

Crassula Umbella, popularly known as Wine Cup, is a species of succulent plant. It requires a lot of sunlight but less water and is easy to maintain. It is given the name ‘Wine Cup’ because of its curved surface. It is one unique kind of indoor plant that will give your house a different look.

  • Madagascar Palm

madagascar palm exotic indoor plant

It is also known as Pachypodium Cactipes, a member of the cactus and succulent family. Don’t get confused by its name as it is nothing like a palm plant. Madagascar palm grows from around 4 feet to 6 feet inside a house and up to 15 feet if planted in the garden. It requires the right amount of sunlight and soil mixture to grow well indoors. Since it is a branchless plant, it grows easily inside the house. This exotic indoor plant has bright yellow flowers, which makes your home look brighter and warmer!

  • Donkey Tail

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Scientifically known as Sedum morganianum, they are another type of exotic indoor plants that can be hanged on balconies to give the house a unique look. It does not look like a donkey tail, but it has thick, fleshy leaves and is also called the horse’s tail or lamb’s tail. The plant is easy to nurture and can go without water for a long time.

  • Butterfly Plant

butterfly plant

As the name suggests, the leaves of this plant look like the wings of a swallowtail butterfly. It is a plant that would grab the attention of your guests because of its unique leaves. It is also known as Christia obcordate. You have to ensure that it is not kept under direct sunlight as it can burn the plant. Keep it under a shade where it can get just the right amount of the sun, and watch it make your house prettier.

  • Trachyandara


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This plant has a unique look as it seems like someone squeezed green color in frozen water. Grow these plants in winter to keep them healthy and add well-draining soil for giving them nutrients. As unique as they look, these exotic indoor plants can give your house a modern look.

  • Corkscrew Albuca

exotic indoor plants

This plant looks like a corkscrew as it has coiled leaves, and they come with soothing vanilla-scented flowers. This plant requires less amount of water as it is a native of the African desert. This plant works as a natural room freshener, so when you have guests around, you know what will be attracting them the most in your house!

  • Lithops


Lithops look like artificial plants that can be used to decorate an aquarium, or they may look like stones that can be used to decorate a water fountain. They are also known as Living Stones that are a member of the succulent family. They come in various colors and are small enough to grow on a windowpane.

  • String Of Pearls

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As the name suggests, the leaves of this plant look like pearls attached to a string, and these plants are also from the succulent family. You can plant them in small pots and hang them in your room, near the window, or in your gallery. These plants will give your house a different look.

  • Crinkle Leaf Begonia


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This plant’s leaves look as if they are crushed like paper and spread back to put it on the branch. These leaves look as if they would fall and scatter if you touch them. This plant is small in size and makes the corners of your house look occupied and prettier.

  • Moon Valley


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The leaves of Moon Valley look like the craters of the moon; hence it is named so. It is easy to maintain, and all you have to do is keep watering it once a week and place it where it can get the right amount of sunlight. This plant would catch all the attention once it grows fully!

  • Coral Berry


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These plants have red leaves; hence they are named so. They come from Central America and belongs to the cactus family. One fun fact about this plant is even though it is from the cactus family, it does not have sharp spikes coming out of it. You can keep it in your gallery near your swing to get a nice fresh feeling while you sip your coffee sitting on the swing!

  • Hoya Obovata


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This plant looks like an artificial plant as the leaves of this plant look as if it is made of rubber. Make sure to keep it under the sun and not water it a lot since it has a good water holding capacity. It will give your gallery a unique look.

  • Calathea Orbifolia

Calathea Orbifolia exotic indoor plants

The leaves of this plant look like they are made from clay. It has unique looking leaves and would grab the attention of people who visit your house. This plant needs a lot of water and fertilized soil, but it does not require much sunlight.

  • Tillandsia

Tillandsia exotic indoor plant

They look like the mini version of an aloe vera plant but the leaves of this plant curls as they grow in length. They require a lot of sunlight, so it is advised to keep them under the sun, and they need less water to give them moisture. Your guests would get confused between Tillandsia and aloe vera!

  • Fishbone Cactus


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You might think that this plant has a weird name, but it is weirder if you come across it. Fishbone cactus has leaves in the shape of a fish’s bone and hence is appropriately named! It is easy to grow and does not require much attention. You can keep it under direct sunlight and should water it often.

  • Chinese Money Plant

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Also known as Pilea, this plant is a cute little version of the regular money plant with disc-shaped leaves. To take care of this plant, keep it under indirect sunlight and not water it often as that can ruin the roots.

  • Greenovia Dodrentalis

Greenovia Dodrentalis exotic indoor plant

This plant looks like roses made from clay. They belong to the succulent family and are the prettiest among them. Keep them in direct sunlight and water them when you feel the soil is getting dry. And also, be ready to answer your guests, telling them that it is not an artificial plant!

Bottom line

These exotic indoor plants can make you feel happy and help you release your stress from your hectic everyday schedule. Your guests would also leave your house feeling happy and stress-free and would want to visit you often. You can also gift these plants to your friends at their house warming party or their birthdays. You can find these plants at your nearest nurseries or online.

One drawback of these exotic indoor plants is that they are quite expensive, but with the kind of benefits they come with, spending so much money becomes worth it. Since they have a unique look, it makes your house look more different and unique. And as they are unique looking houseplants, they are the best option to decorate your home with.

What else could be better than having a natural option? They are easy to maintain and do not require much attention, making you worry less about watering them every day or changing their position according to the sunlight. Apart from that, you can grow them any season, making you think less about what plant to buy for what season. With these plants planted at your home, you would have a clean and fresh environment at your house, making you miss your house more when you are out, traveling, or working!

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