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 year 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 year 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 year 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 year ago

Bonsai Tree's final form.

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#5

Trachyandra

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect for Medusa!

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#6

Albuca

Albuca

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Raine Soo
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1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

They also look like recreational drugs from anti-drug pamphlets.

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Nadine
Community Member
1 year ago

I have a lithops and I love it! It looks like a butt, lol. A few weeks ago, it opened up and a new lithops came out of the old one. So strange. You can see a few going through this same process in the photo.

ZombieGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

Are lithops hard to care for? I'm new to succulents and have wanted to get a few more to add to my collection...the lithops are so cute!

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
1 year ago

Also called stone plants. Love these little guys

CodingGirl04
Community Member
1 year ago

They are supposed to look like rocks for protection, but are very beautiful and strange plants

LittleMissLotus
Community Member
1 year ago

They kinda thicc

Nicole Perlowsky
Community Member
1 year ago

Is there a relationship to corals?

Sarah Ryan
Community Member
1 year ago

Elephant feet for days, so cute! <3

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 year ago

aka living stones

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Colors are extraordinary.

XinYu Choong
Community Member
1 year ago

the first picture look the the brains got flatened out

Cat Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

love all the colors

Olivia Adler
Community Member
1 year ago

These are my favorites since I was a kid.

Paula Lozar
Community Member
1 year ago

Those interesting patterns on top are actually translucent so the inside of the plant can get the sunlight it needs to grow. (I love lithops.)

Paula Lozar
Community Member
1 year ago

I adore lithops. (I didn't know until recently that those top layers with the interesting markings are actually translucent, and most of the growth takes place INSIDE the plant!)

Cami Buster
Community Member
1 year ago

There are lithops farther down, as well

R L
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful patterns and colours

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like photocopies of people's butts

MsM
Community Member
1 year ago

hahaha Yes, McSandyBUTT :-D

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Some look like brains just better looking.

Kikkupop
Community Member
9 months ago

There was one nice one of these selling in a shop and when I went there to get it I was $1.50 short, and then I went again with more money but it was gone!!

Areefa Khan
Community Member
1 year ago

If Pokemon had Succulent gyms... these would be their badges

Tova Rafuse
Community Member
1 year ago

i have some i call the butt cactusus

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 year ago

I had a green Lithops - means 'stone', but didn't realise they come in so many colours.

Maggie Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

I have only seen one color of these. I didn't know they came in that many colors. They are beautiful!

nala simba
Community Member
1 year ago

Pebbles,.

Susan Miller
Community Member
1 year ago

They are really succulent looking!

Just Carmen
Community Member
1 year ago

I didn't know they came in all these colors. So pretty!

Fernleaf
Community Member
1 year ago

some look like eyes

Ingela Axelsson
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like candy..

Myxomatosis
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

My favorite. The brain succulent. And looks like cell division.

jburgh
Community Member
1 year ago

These are awesome, but hard to keep alive.

Teri Campisi
Community Member
1 year ago

The top picture looks like soles to miniature tennis shoes to me!

Anita Floyd
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like alien Willie Wonka candy!!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

First pic. tiny feet. Second pic. They all pop up and yell Surprise!!

Pie Friendly
Community Member
1 year ago

Top ones not so pretty; bottom ones indeed like candy!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful and unique!

Lelly Taffyn
Community Member
1 year ago

these are SO amazing!

Maria Makiling
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely, stonecrop!

Lisa Hallman
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, lil shrek butts

Sherie May
Community Member
1 year ago

Very difficult to keep, I have tried for years and finally gave up. I have killed far to many.

Brandon Sergent
Community Member
1 year ago

Forbidden candies.

Lynn Hussey
Community Member
1 year ago

Now These I've heard of! Cool !

Wendy Dyson
Community Member
1 year ago

Incredibly beautiful

Roger Mcclanahan
Community Member
1 year ago

Easter eggs

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd love to have buttons like these cheery, colorful fat little butterballs.

Denis Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

Must have brai..er..plants. Must have plants...brain plants.

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
1 year ago

brains harsh

Jazz Akins
Community Member
1 year ago

Booty, booty,booty,booty rocking everywhere 😆

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like brains... but also butts. Brain butts! Wait no... Buttbrains! Or as common folk call it; buttheads.

Olivia Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

my mind is blown

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MacDudu
Community Member
1 year ago

Sweeties!

Olivia Smith
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1 year ago

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Linda HS
Community Member
1 year ago

Candy...😝

Susan Kennedy
Community Member
1 year ago

Baby toes!

Gigmeister
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope.... these aren't baby toes. Baby toes is another succulent.

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vogonpoet
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1 year ago

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This made me think of my son and where his birthmark is... One day he will show ALL the girls

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#8

Echeveria

Echeveria

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LilicatUK
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1 year 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
1 year ago

Lots of love.

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#10

Succulent

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year 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 year 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 year ago

Cake icing.

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#13

Kalanchoe

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Now those are some huge potato crisps/chips

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#14

Stapelia

Stapelia

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Barbara
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1 year 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 year 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 year ago

Like waves ... mesmerizing.

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#17

Unusual Succulent

Unusual Succulent

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Kate Tora
Community Member
1 year 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 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Like a beautiful sculpture!

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#22

Gentiana Urnula

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Chancey
Community Member
1 year 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 year 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 year 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 year ago

This one would be improved with some googly eyes!

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#26

Aeonium

Aeonium

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Catlady6000
Community Member
1 year ago

Fibonacci would be proud

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#27

Klubrostok

Klubrostok

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Seabeast
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1 year 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
1 year 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 year ago

I'll name this plant the Aloe Vulva.

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#30

Stapelia

Stapelia

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Dynein
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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