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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8 months 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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8 months ago

Again, looking very much like their namesake.

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#3

Bunny Succulents

Bunny Succulents

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Troux
Community Member
8 months 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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8 months ago

Bonsai Tree's final form.

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#5

Trachyandra

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Troux
Community Member
8 months ago

Perfect for Medusa!

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#6

Albuca

Albuca

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Raine Soo
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months 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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8 months 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)
Community Member
8 months ago

Lots of love.

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#10

Succulent

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

Love the colours on this one.

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#11

Euphorbia

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

Cake icing.

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#13

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

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Daria B
Community Member
8 months ago

Now those are some huge potato crisps/chips

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#14

Stapelia

Stapelia

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Barbara
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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#15

Dolphin Succulents

Dolphin Succulents

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Troux
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

Like waves ... mesmerizing.

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#17

Unusual Succulent

Unusual Succulent

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Kate Tora
Community Member
8 months 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.

Dynein
Community Member
8 months ago

Yep, these are tilandsias, also known as "air plants". They are related to bromeliads, which all have structures on their leaves that function as a kind of punctual roots; i.e. they can absorb water via their leaves. For bromeliads, these structures are clustered toward the bottom of the leaf, close of the stem. Tilandsias went all the way. What little roots they still develop mostly function for attachment to a surface. Their leaves have what looks like a silvery patina - the water-absorbing structures. They can get their water from moisture in the air (and most of their nutrients from dust) and are therefore great for bathrooms! Though outside of tropical climates they should still be regularly sprayed with distilled water, or bathed in tap water (not sprayed with tap water - the water will evaporate but minerals will build up on the leaves and might kill the plant). I have several hanging by the bathroom window :-)

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Elly Clifton
Community Member
8 months ago

They are air plants, part of the Bromeliad plant group, not succulents

Annabeth Chase
Community Member
8 months ago

jeeeellyfish plaaant

Sheri Lattimer
Community Member
8 months ago

The one on the right has the face of the Lorax.

Emily Foltz
Community Member
8 months ago

This is not a succulent at all. It’s an air plant glued to a seashell.

Tia G
Community Member
8 months ago

Those are air plants in a type of sea shells for display that is not a part of those plants.

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
8 months ago

Sea Urchin shell.

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spirit wolf
Community Member
8 months ago

They look rasta.

divydumdrop hello
Community Member
8 months ago

this is an air plant not a succulent

Seabeast
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like jellyfish.

Daria B
Community Member
8 months ago

They look like the kind of monsters that would attack you in a humid cave, or something like this.

Sally White
Community Member
2 months ago

An Air plant, majic. Really cool

Lillian Cutler
Community Member
2 months ago

This isn’t a succulent, it’s an air plant

Nel Totx
Community Member
3 months ago

They look like Ernie and Bernie

Sue Stewart Colbert
Community Member
5 months ago

Not a succulent that's an Air plant

Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
7 months ago

They look like jellyfish in this picture.

Judy Perham
Community Member
7 months ago

So this is what they use for those ALIEN movies

Elaine Dodge
Community Member
7 months ago

LOVE.THIS.

Nurse Bambi
Community Member
7 months ago

Octopuses....leggy this one is.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
8 months ago

Triffids!

Max Schlimgen
Community Member
8 months ago

They look like the ships form war of the worlds

Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
8 months ago

jellyfish succulent

Nikki Samaniego
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

This is an air plant/epiphyte, not a succulent; it's name is Tillandsia bulbosa.

Viv Hart
Community Member
8 months ago

Look like sea-urchin shells!

May Day
Community Member
8 months ago

They come down at night and..........

Nikki Samaniego
Community Member
8 months ago

Now this one is an epiphyte, it's not a succulent (Tillandsia bulbosa)

Irene Carlyle
Community Member
8 months ago

lovely and amazing! made my eyes pop!

Krazy Kat
Community Member
8 months ago

Still really cool to grow upside down, the planter just adds to the plant making it look unique

Fernleaf
Community Member
8 months ago

look like jellyfish to me

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
8 months ago

I have one, I thought it was called an "air plant". don't plant in dirt.

Joshua SZABO
Community Member
8 months ago

#jelly fish life

Teri Campisi
Community Member
8 months ago

Pretty neat

Anita Floyd
Community Member
8 months ago

All I want to know is what planet this came from.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
8 months ago

Unique.

Pie Friendly
Community Member
8 months ago

Oopsy daisy ...

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
8 months ago

looks like War of the Worlds...

Caroline Driver
Community Member
8 months ago

MY daughter loves jellyfish, she'd like one of these, and maybe she'd have a hard time killing it! I might look into doing one of these one day, if I can find a flat urchin exoskeleton

meh
Community Member
8 months ago

War of the Worlds!

Alexis Treese Espinoza
Community Member
8 months ago

These are also not succulents, they’re tilandsias

Karen Winegardner
Community Member
8 months ago

Look like alien life forms!

Cindy Jarrett
Community Member
8 months ago

Jelly fish Succulant...just an idea?? 😘

Denver Grant
Community Member
8 months ago

Those are air plants. Tillandsia C. Medusae, to be specific. I have three.

Lynn Morello
Community Member
8 months ago

Look like Aliens.

Sherie May
Community Member
8 months ago

Not actually a succulent, a member of the bromeliad family.

Brandon Sergent
Community Member
8 months ago

Farpoint station.

Kathleen Holmes
Community Member
8 months ago

Dr. Seuss?

JoAnna Volante
Community Member
8 months ago

Not a succulent. That’s a tillandsia in a sea urchin.

miley stewert
Community Member
8 months ago

t=how are they evan staying up

Osprey
Community Member
8 months ago

Isn't that an air plant? Bulbosa?

Xutong Hei
Community Member
8 months ago

why are they floating

Serenity Ferguson
Community Member
8 months ago

Wait a second it's a land jelly fish

Sandra Wolf
Community Member
8 months ago

Why is this not called a Lovecraft succulent???

Megan Shannon-Marshall
Community Member
8 months ago

Tillandsia Bulbosa

Megan Shannon-Marshall
Community Member
8 months ago

Tillandsia Bulbosa , Air Plant

XinYu Choong
Community Member
8 months ago

i thought it was like a jelly-fish plant XD

cat man
Community Member
8 months ago

i have those

Cat Anderson
Community Member
8 months ago

jelly fish

pei meow
Community Member
8 months ago

These are really alien looking

Linda HS
Community Member
8 months ago

Rasta plant😺

Christine Vaughn
Community Member
8 months ago

Look like UFO's..love these.

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
8 months ago

A growing UFO with tendrils/tentacles.

Margie S.
Community Member
8 months ago

The 'planters look like sea urchin shells.

Jennifer Foster
Community Member
8 months ago

They are.

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
8 months ago

Jellyfish?

Raine Soo
Community Member
8 months ago

Now, this one is truly bizarre.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

These are cool.

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#18

Mermaid Tail Succulent

Mermaid Tail Succulent

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Raine Soo
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

Like a beautiful sculpture!

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#22

Gentiana Urnula

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Chancey
Community Member
8 months ago

These look like they should be in a Lichtenstein painting.

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#23

Stringofpearls

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Raine Soo
Community Member
8 months 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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8 months ago

the green part looks like a red blood cell

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#25

Lithops

Lithops

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Troux
Community Member
8 months ago

This one would be improved with some googly eyes!

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#26

Aeonium

Aeonium

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Catlady6000
Community Member
8 months ago

Fibonacci would be proud

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#27

Klubrostok

Klubrostok

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Seabeast
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months 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
8 months ago

I'll name this plant the Aloe Vulva.

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#30

Stapelia

Stapelia

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Dynein
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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