Different Types of Succulents You’ve Likely Never Seen Before

Have you fallen in love with succulents after seeing some stunning succulent planters? Maybe you have a saw a succulent wreath or living wall planted with succulents that made your jaw drop. I have to admit that the occasional succulent garden design makes me want to move to a warm climate where I can grow many different types of succulents in the ground. But the popularity of succulents is leading to some boring succulent plant collections.

Let’s look at some different types of succulents that will help you add some variety to your succulent garden.

What do I mean by boring succulent collections? If you go to the garden center you will see the same succulent varieties every time you visit. With popularity comes homogeneity. The same echeverias, sempervivums, sedums and crassulas populate all of the big box garden centers because they are the ones being used in trendy garden crafts. However there are a lot of unique succulent varieties that can help you create an interesting succulent garden.

Loving Lithops


Living stones by Andesine via CC BY 2.0

Lithops are better known as living stones because of their unusual characteristics. Looking at them you may think they look like small pebbles and stones just laying on the ground. These succulents are really different and a great addition to any succulent garden. In southern Africa, where they originate, looking like little stones rather than like a juicy plant means you have better chances of survival. Other small, low-growing plants similar to living stones would be babies’ toes,  Titanopsis and mimicry plant.

Happy with Haworthia


Haworthia truncata by Mike Keeling via CC BY ND 2.0 

Like the Lithops above, the Haworthia genus is native to southern Africa. Unlike Lithops, most of the members of this succulent family don’t look like stones. You may be familiar with Haworthia fasciata, which looks like a tiny aloe. Haworthia cooperi looks like a bundle of small, green bubbles. H. retusa, H. turgida and H. venosa are also great succulents to add to a potted succulent garden. Want to learn more about this genus? There’s an International Haworthia Society for lovers of this genus of plants.

Hurrah for Huernias


Huernia by Mike Keeling via CC BY ND 2.0

The genus Huernia has to be one of my favorites for those gardeners who are looking to add some interesting and different types of succulents. These fleshy and columnar succulents can look like you’re growing a pot full of finger tips. But when the plant comes into bloom there is no ignoring it. Aside from being colorful, the flowers emit a scent that resembles carrion to attract flies and other insects to pollinate the blooms.

Did these three examples of different types of succulents that go beyond the usual echeverias and sedums pique your interest in weird plants? Maybe you would like donkey’s tail, Adenium obesum, baseball plant, and Orbea variegata just to highlight a few. But I would recommend visiting some photo galleries, forums and groups on Facebook that specialize in interesting and different types of succulents if you want to grow an unusual succulent collection.

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