6 Rare Houseplants You Didn’t Even Know You Wanted


Fiddle Leaf Figs are so last season. *wink* 

I’ve been spotting rare houseplants in a lot of restaurants and shops lately, so I decided to do a roundup of rare under-the-radar not so popular houseplants.

Trust me, you’re going to want to snag one (or all) of these beauties for your home ASAP so you can say you had one before they were everywhere!

No boring last-season houseplants for your home because you’re better than that.


6 Rare Under-the-Radar Houseplants


1) Tricolor Stromanthe

The Tricolor Prayer Plant is a fairly easy to care for houseplant that loves bright indirect light. The tops of the leaves are variegated white and green, and the undersides are a beautiful reddish-pink. The Tricolor Stromanthe prefers high humidity and would love to live in your well-lit bathroom!


Photo from Amazon


2) Tradescantia zebrina (AKA Spiderwort or Inch Plant or Wandering Jew)

This is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. I find that the most difficult thing about growing Spiderworts in your home as a houseplant is getting the moisture levels stable.

It thrives with moist soil but HATES if it remains soggy for too long because they can easily develop root-rot. I have mine in a self-draining planter, in well-draining soil that is 20% organic perlite and gravel in the bottom.


Photo from Amazon


3) Greenovia Rose Succulent 

Your typical freshly cut roses are beautiful, but eventually, wither up and die. Want your roses to last longer? Meet the Greenovia Rose Succulent!

Succulents are plants with leaves and/or swollen stems that store water. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word “sucus”, meaning juice or sap. Succulents are relatively easy to care for because they love being ignored. Currently, in our home, we have over 10 varieties of succulents!


Photo from Etsy Seller


4) Monstera ‘Variegata’

The Variegated Monstera requires similar care to that of the solid green Monstera deliciosa. The main difference is the white portion of the variegated Monstera leaves cannot absorb light, so the plant needs to work twice as hard to photosynthesize. Low-light conditions are not ideal so you should keep your variegated Monstera in bright ambient light to keep it thriving & happy.


Photo from Etsy Seller


5) Albuca Spiralis (AKA Frizzle Sizzle)

Native to South Africa, Albuca ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ is recognizable by its distinctive leaves, which are narrow, spiral tipped with glandular hairs. I love it because the blossoms smell slightly sweet with a hint of vanilla.


frizzle zille plant

Photo from Etsy Seller


6) Calathea Plant

This plant loves moisture and humidity!!  Like many plants, Calatheas are very good at removing toxins from the air which makes it one of my favorites! I have mine hanging in a wall-planter in our foyer.


Photo from Etsy Seller


These rare houseplants are so interesting because they are not your average color or shape! I want a Variegated Monstera so badly, but I am content having others on my list.


6 rare houseplants


  1. Tricolor Stromanthe
  2. Tradescantia zebrina (AKA Spiderwort or Inch Plant or Wandering Jew)
  3. Greenovia Rose Succulent 
  4. Monstera ‘Variegata’
  5. Albuca Spiralis (AKA Frizzle Sizzle)
  6. Calathea Plant


rare unusual houseplants

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