Welcome to the wonderful and weird world of succulents! These ornamental plants come in some very surprising shapes that make them look like something from a fantasy illustrator’s dreams. Bored Panda’s green thumb employees have delicately grown and cultivated this list about some of the most awesome succulents you’ll ever see. So scroll down, upvote your faves, and share this post with your plant-loving pals.

If you keep any succulent-buddies at home or at work, we’d love to see photos of them in the comment section below, dear Pandas. We’d also appreciate it if you could share any tips for growing them. You know, for those of us who give our succulents a bit too much love, attention, and water.

Succulents are excellent at surviving in dry climates and nearly all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. Succulents are very popular plants. Odds are that if you stroll through any office, you’ll spot at least one of them. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to take care of their succulents—I can tell you from firsthand experience that it’s a lot harder than it should be!

#1

Clear Succulent Plant

Clear Succulent Plant

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Dynein
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1 month ago

There's a few plants that have these kind of "widnows" on top of their leaves (google "leaf window"). They are adapted to very harsh, hot climates. The windows allow them to remain mostly buried in the soil and keep the photosynthesizing part of the leaf protected from the harsh conditions while still being able to collect light.

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#2

Rose Succulents

Rose Succulents

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Again, looking very much like their namesake.

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#3

Bunny Succulents

Bunny Succulents

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Troux
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1 month ago

Is this how they harvest hops?

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Some of the fantastically strange plants like the mermaid tail or the opal-like clear succulents look like they’re from another planet and something that aliens keep on their alien desks in their alien offices.

If you want to get one of these peculiar succulents for yourself or for your loved ones as a gift, the mermaid one is called a crested Senecio Vitalis while the clear one is the Haworthia Cooperi plant.

Haworthia succulents are popular because of their “leaf windows” which let in a lot of light for the plant. The “windows” also minimize water loss from evaporation because the rest of the plant is buried underground. Haworthia plants also have accordion-like roots that pull them deeper into the ground so that they can thrive.

#4

Unusual Succulent

Unusual Succulent

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Troux
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1 month ago

Bonsai Tree's final form.

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#5

Trachyandra

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Troux
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1 month ago

Perfect for Medusa!

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#6

Albuca

Albuca

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Curly Q's.

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According to Reddit, Haworthia plants are easy to take care of and are great succulents for beginners: just pop them on the windowsill and they’ll be happy. Especially if you plop it into some gritty soil.

In general, succulents need plenty of light and you need to rotate them occasionally so all parts of it can enjoy the sun and to help it grow straight.

Overwatering is a big no-no, so check the soil regularly: if it’s dry, get your watering can ready. Also, keep in mind that succulents need more water during Spring and Summer and barely need any in Fall and Winter when they’re ‘resting.’ Finally, wipe the dust off your succulents to help them grow and become your picture-perfect plant-pals.

#7

Lithops

Lithops

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Troux
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1 month ago

They look like brains but also like candy and now I feel a little like a zombie...

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#8

Echeveria

Echeveria

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LilicatUK
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1 month ago

That's just one type of echeveria, they come in many beautiful colours

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#9

Conophytum Bilobum

Conophytum Bilobum

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Lots of love.

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#10

Succulent

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Love the colours on this one.

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#11

Euphorbia

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

I honestly thought this was a beaded pincushion upon first glance. I had to Google it, and supposedly it is called "euphorbia obesa" and it does indeed look like the photo above. Pretty amazing!

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#12

Aztekium

Aztekium

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V
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1 month ago

Cake icing.

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#13

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

Now those are some huge potato crisps/chips

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#14

Stapelia

Stapelia

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Barbara
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a flower.;.A very hairy one, though!

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#15

Dolphin Succulents

Dolphin Succulents

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Troux
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1 month ago

Fun fact: A group of dolphins is called a pod. Now I know why!

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#16

Boophone Haemanthoides

Boophone Haemanthoides

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Kevin Donegan
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1 month ago

Like waves ... mesmerizing.

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#17

Unusual Succulent

Unusual Succulent

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Kate Tora
Community Member
1 month ago

Just wanted to mention that the top part is a planter and the bottom is the plant itself. Still cool tho, since they grow upside-down.

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#18

Mermaid Tail Succulent

Mermaid Tail Succulent

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The fronds look like they're waving about in the air.

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#19

Pageae

Pageae

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

These two succulents have gotten more lip action than I have in months.

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#20

Orbea Variegata (Starfish Plant)

Orbea Variegata (Starfish Plant)

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Dynein
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1 month ago

Ooh, I have this one too! Cool plant, awesome flowers which are made to resemble rotten flesh from the color and surface structure (Yes, you read that right. It's called a carrion flower). Striking and beautiful, needs a lot of hear and sun. But it's best put in a more airy place where you wont stay long enough to be bothered by the occasional waft of air blowing the smell into your direction... the flowers smell like rotting flesh, too, after a day or two. Thankfully not that strong, you hardly notice from about a meter away, but you definitely don't want to have it close to your couch.

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#21

Myrtillocactus Geometrizans Succulent

Myrtillocactus Geometrizans Succulent

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Troux
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1 month ago

Like a beautiful sculpture!

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#22

Gentiana Urnula

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Chancey
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1 month ago

These look like they should be in a Lichtenstein painting.

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#23

Stringofpearls

Stringofpearls

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I've had these in my house before. They hated me. :(

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#24

Crassula Umbella

Crassula Umbella

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FurryPotatoCat
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1 month ago

the green part looks like a red blood cell

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#25

Lithops

Lithops

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

This one would be improved with some googly eyes!

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#26

Aeonium

Aeonium

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Alessandro Chaves Morgan
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1 month ago

woah

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#27

Klubrostok

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Seabeast
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1 month ago

"Don't you stick your tongue out at me, young lady!"

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#28

Bowiea Volubulis

Bowiea Volubulis

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Nicole Perlowsky
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1 month ago

I did look at the entire photo before 100% concluding... anything Bowie is gonna be cool! I didn't really doubt it tho' :) #should2did

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#29

Unusual Succulent

Unusual Succulent

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

I'll name this plant the Aloe Vulva.

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#30

Stapelia

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Dynein
Community Member
1 month ago

Another carrion flower.... do beware of the smell. They are pollinated by carrion flies.

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