7 Rare Air Plants You Need in Your Home

Air plants are so cool, that even the common varieties seem rare to us!

Here’s a fun fact, all air plants can grow without any soil. Isn’t that amazing? No other plant can do that… sounds pretty rare to us already!

But today, we thought we’d share some real rare air plants with you. These plants are on the list because they’re hard to come by or because they have unusual characteristics that are just worth checking out.

If you’re a Tillandsia (air plants) collector, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on these seven rare air plants, so keep reading for some hard- to- find air plants!

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rare air plants @saltyhogcreations

Tillandsia Ionantha ‘Druid’

The leaves on Tillandsia Ionantha plants usually turn bright red in direct sunlight, but this special cultivar is different. Its leaves grow in clumps and turn a beautiful orangey pink color before they bloom and after they soak up a lot of sunshine. The rest of the time, the leaves are a green color.

This cultivar also has different colored blooms than the original plant—they’re bright white instead of dark purple. We like the colors of this cultivar better because they look so tropical! Plus the bright colors just scream rare!

What do you think?

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Ionantha ‘Druid’ @thegoodest

Tillandsia Tectorum

This rare air plant has a ton of white fuzz on its leaves, but it’s not mold—it’s trichomes! Trichomes are structures on the leaves of air plants that help them absorb nutrients from the air and water. Very few air plants have this many fuzzy trichomes on their leaves, so that’s what makes the Tillandsia Tectorum a rare air plant!

This plant may look like it’s covered in snow, but it’s actually native to the deserts of Peru. It does quite well in the heat and doesn’t need much water to thrive. Its abundance of fuzzy trichomes help it absorb and store lots of water, just like succulents!

We recommend you check out our watering air plants article if you’re unsure of how much water you need to give your air plants, which isn’t that much at all.

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Tectorum @naobon_

Tillandsia Cacticola

This rare air plant got the name “Cacticola” because it grows on cacti—how cool is that! It’s hard to find because it doesn’t produce very many offsets unfortunately, but it’s worth tracking one down.

It produces beautiful lavender blooms that grow on a long stem high above the plant. The flowers last for a few months, which is a little unusual for a flowering air plant, so you’ll get to enjoy them for a while!

This plant is prized for its flowers, but we think its leaves are pretty cool too. They’re silvery green, slightly curly, and form a pretty rosette.

Tillandsia Cacticola plants are native to northern Peru, so they like moderate humidity, plenty of bright, indirect sunlight, and warm temperatures. If you do manage to get your hands on one, remember to take good care of it!

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Cacticola @tillymandias

Tillandsia lonantha ‘Fuego’

“Fuego” means fire in Spanish if you didn’t know, and these little air plants sure are fiery! They turn bright red before they bloom and retain that color for a few months after, which is unusual. Usually air plants revert back to their original color shortly after blooming, which is why we’re calling this cultivar a rare air plant!

These plants only grow to be two inches tall, so they’re great for small terrariums. Check these hanging terrariums out from Mkono, they’re so cool and the perfect size for these tiny fiery air plants!

Even though they’re small, they’ll be the star of your plant collection with their bright red leaves and vibrant purple, yellow, and red blooms! Especially if you use those terrariums we mentioned, they’ll be the star of the room or home!

Tillandsia Streptophylla

Tillandsia Streptophylla plants are known for their beautiful, curly leaves. Their nickname is actually Shirley Temple (not to be mistaken from the cocktail) because their curly clumps of leaves look a lot like her hair!

Tillandsia Streptophylla plants are native to Central America, Mexico and the West Indies, so they’re used to drier climates. They’re considered to be xeric plants, so they retain water well and don’t need to be watered too often. If you’re guilty of frequently forgetting to water your plants, then this is the one for you!

This rare air plant is especially hard to find in a large size, so bonus points if you can track down a jumbo one! If you get your hands on a Tillandsia Streptophylla that is quite large, let us see it in the Succulent City Plant Lounge, i’m sure all the exclusive members would love to see your beautiful plant!

Tillandsia Funckiana V. Recurvifolia

This is the rarest variety of Tillandsia Funckiana, and we can see why! Its leaves are extremely unique and look like pine branches. Its leaves also recurve, or bend backward, which is how this variety got the name “Recurvifolia.” Neat, huh?

Tillandsia Funckiana plants are native to Venezuela, so they like bright, indirect sunlight and warm temperatures. They’re pretty hardy, though, so they’re good plants for people who don’t have the greenest thumbs!

Tillandsia Bulbosa Belize

This large rare air plant got its name because of its round, bulbous base. It has smooth, wavy leaves that remind us of snakes. A lot of people say this plant looks like a sea creature, though! Not sure if that’s scary or awesome…

This Tillandsia is native to Belize and is another one that’s hard to kill. It doesn’t need very much water—you can get away with misting it twice a week. The only thing it doesn’t handle well is low light, so make sure you put it in a bright corner of your home! If your home is lacking sunlight but you want to keep this plant indoors, you might need to bring on the handy grow light from a reputable company like Ankace.


Those are the seven rare air plants that we think you need to complete your air plant collection!

Which one is your favorite? We love the Tillandsia Tectorum because it looks like it’s covered in snow! Let us know which ones you love in the comments section below or join the conversation in the Succulent City Plant Lounge.

Thanks for reading about these rare air plants, if you know an air plant that deserves to be on this list, please don’t be shy, let us know below!

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Happy planting! ?

8 Blue Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden

Don’t get us wrong, we love green succulents—but there’s something extra special about colored succulents. It’s a fun, unexpected surprise for a leafy plant to be anything but green. That’s why blue, purple, and other brightly colored succulents are some of our favorites.

If you don’t own any colorful succulents yet, we’re here to introduce you to some of the best blue ones. You’ll need to add these eight amazing blue succulents to your cart after reading this post, so we apologize in advance for fueling your plant addiction!

Aloe— ‘Blue Sky’

We go nuts for succulents with contrasting colors! This beautiful Aloe cultivar has orange spikes that perfectly compliment its pale blue leaves. Excuse us while we go buy one (or ten).

This Aloe loves full sun and high temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees. Strong, bright light will make its colors even more vibrant.

It flowers throughout the spring and summer and produces pretty orange blooms. You’ll also be glad to know that it sprouts lots of offsets. You can use them to grow brand new Blue Sky plants that you can fill your garden with!

Echeveria— ‘Blue Prince’

Echeveria 'blue prince' succulent plant
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We’re in love with this dark blue Echeveria! It’s native to Mexico and needs bright sunlight to achieve full vibrancy. If you want your plant to look as gorgeous as the one in the photo above, then make sure you give it plenty of bright, filtered sunlight.

When it gets enough sunlight, this plant’s leaves start to turn copper around the edges. It also sprouts reddish flowers that contrast beautifully with its dark blue leaves.

If you’re thinking about bringing it indoors once in a while, this blue succulent planter can be a great touch!

Senecio Mandraliscae— ‘Blue Chalksticks’

Senecio mandraliscae 'blue chalksticks' succulent plant
@worldofsucculents

This succulent is sometimes called Blue Fingers, and you can see why. Its blue leaves look like a bunch of long spindly fingers. These leaves can grow to be 18 inches tall, which is pretty large for a succulent. Between the height and the bold blue color, this plant will be the highlight of your garden!

Blue Chalksticks plants, not to be mistaken from these chalk sticks, spread out and make great groundcover. They’re fire resistant, so if you live in an area that’s prone to wildfires, they’re great plants to have in your garden.

These plants also attract pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. Can’t you just see yourself sipping some coffee by your window while a green hummingbird flies around your beautiful Blue Chalksticks?

Echeveria— ‘Blue Bird’

Echeveria 'blue bird' succulent plant
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Isn’t this Echeveria gorgeous? We love succulents with rosettes, especially if they’re colorful. This Echeveria reminds us of flowers, especially Blue Lotus Flowers. We think that it’s such a pretty, delicate addition to any garden container.

Blue Bird plants are about as delicate as they look. You can’t leave them out in the cold or else their leaves will get brown and mushy. They prefer partial shade to full sun, perfect for indoors, so you’ll have to watch out for signs of sunburn like brown spots if you put them in a sunny location. You’ll have to be careful with the watering too, as overwatering can lead to root rot and pest infestations.

We think that the extra TLC this plant needs is worth it, though… just look at how beautiful it is! I’m sure a great modern planter like this will create great contrast with this echeveria too.

Stonecrop— ‘Blue Spruce’

This succulent is called the Blue Spruce Stonecrop because its leaves look similar to the needles on blue spruce trees. In the summer, it sprouts tall pink stems topped with bright yellow flowers. This plant spreads out well and makes pretty ground cover. It looks great in containers and arrangements, too. (Check out this geometric glass terrarium for plants).

You’ll be glad to know that this plant needs very little attention and can survive in harsher conditions. It can thrive in full sun and doesn’t need a lot of water. If you live in a hot area of the country that doesn’t get much rain, Blue Spruce Stonecrops are the plants for you!

Echeveria— ‘Blue Waves’

Echeveria 'blue waves' succulent plant
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We think that this stunning Echeveria looks like ocean waves and sunsets on the beach! It has blue leaves that remind us of seafoam and leaf tips that glow pink like the setting sun. It looks great in arrangements with other pink, blue, and purple hued succulents.

Like most Echeverias, it can’t handle temperatures below 30 degrees. You’ll have to take it inside when it gets cold to prevent the water in its fleshy leaves from freezing. We don’t mind bringing this plants indoors… having it inside with us gives us more chances to admire it!

If you have this beauty please share it with everyone in the Succulent City Plant Lounge, spark a conversation with us here! Every single day a succulent lover is asking for help and guidance, maybe you can help out.

Ferocactus Glaucescens— ‘ Blue Barrel Cactus’

This cactus got its name because of its pale blue color and round, squat shape. It has about a dozen deep ribs and lots of sharp spines. Just like many of the other succulents on this list, it loves full sun. It has beautiful yellow blooms that last from spring to late summer. It also sprouts round, white fruit. In theory, this fruit is edible—it’s not toxic or poisonous—but we’ve heard that it’s as sour as lemons, so we don’t recommend eating it!

Barrel Cacti take a long time to grow, and even longer to form the mound that you see in the photo above, but we think they’re worth the wait! Mature plants look like sculptures when they grow in mounds and can add a lot of character to your garden.

Pachyveri— ‘Jeweled Crown’

Jeweled Crown plants are a hybrid of Echeveria and Pachyphytum succulents. That’s why this plant looks a lot like the Echeverias in the photo above.

Jeweled Crown plants have tight rosettes that loosen with age and slightly pointed leaves. This plant is mainly a blue-green color, but it also has a bit of pink on its leaf tips.

Just like a real jeweled crown, the colors in this succulent really shine when you put it in the sun. It can handle high temperatures, too, so don’t be afraid to keep it outside during the summer. Bring it in for the winter, though—it can’t handle temperatures below 20 degrees even for short periods of time.


There you have it! That’s our list of eight blue succulents we can’t live without. Let us know which ones you’re planning on buying in the comments below. Personally, I might have to buy the blue chalksticks succulent plant, it just looks like beautiful algae flowing in the ocean floor.

Enjoyed learning about 8 Blue Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden? If so, you’ll really enjoy the ebook about Rare Succulents You Wish You Knew About. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents.

Anyways, thanks for reading about these eight blue succulent plants and like always, happy planting!


8 Rare Succulents Worth Exploring

You are thoroughly familiar with the fat-plant block. You know about the ghost plants, the Lithops, the jades and a handful different types of Echeveria.

You are surprised when people confuse a Euphorbia with a Cactus.

People call you the cactus connoisseur. Highly knowledgeable in Kalanchoe and Pachphytum. However, your thirst of exploring unique succulents is far from being quenched.

There exist rare succulents that are quite different from your usual jade plant tucked away in the office corner. These succulents portray certain colors and special anatomical adaptations which makes it seem like they hail from a different planet.

These succulents are not only hard to care for but also difficult to find commercially. That’s why they are rare succulents. Having a successful garden or nursery of rare succulents can be straining because either they’re hard to grow, or don’t root easily. Or maybe they fail to produce seeds or even fail to propagate because of the few offsets they produce.

Thanks to tissue culture, finding rare succulents is slowly becoming a reality. Let’s check out these 8 rare succulents.

Othonna Capensis— “Ruby Necklace”

Othonna Capensis Ruby Necklace succulent plant
Othonna Capensis – “Ruby Necklace”@juicyplants

It is sometimes known as “Little Pickles” when it has not turned purple/red and when having purple stems, its referred as “Ruby Necklace.” It hails from Africa, particularly South Africa and Africans call it “Bobbejaankool.” Othona is a fast-growing and trailing succulent herb that spreads a lot. Its leaves resemble cucumber prickles, cylindrical in shape and gray-green. The othona succulent trails downwards after growing to about 2 inches (5 cm) in height.

The beans are either green or purple with the stems ranging from purple to bright red. Small, daisy like flowers which are yellow in color and that grow on red stems can appear around the year.

The capensis plant requires very little care and can thrive in any soil as long there’s good drainage. Othona’s daisy like-flowers and fleshy leaves makes them suitable in any desert garden or as houseplants or even specimens in greenhouses. Typical small planters like these may not be the best though, be sure to do the correct research on what planters will be best for these rare succulents.

Like most succulents, these water-wise plants prefer deep watering once in a while. The soil should dry completely between the watering. During growing season, water the plants regularly and cease during the dormant period. If you’re not sure how or when you should water your succulents, be sure to check out our extensive article about that, it’s helped over 2000 succulent lovers.

The othona plant will do well in full sun setting as well as in half-shaded positions.

Pachyphytum Compactum— “Little Jewel”

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Pachyphytum Compactum – “Little Jewel” @succulentleaf_uk

This beautiful succulent is short-stemmed with neatly set rosette almost at the crown. The plant is characterized with grey-white leaves embedded with bold white veins and tips that are purple in color.

The flowers are located in the center of the plant and are pale yellow while the other entire part of the flower is pinkish orange.

Pachyphytum can tolerate intense sunlight and high heat but will die in temperature below -6°C as it does not tolerate frost. (Talk about being afraid of the cold).

This succulent doesn’t complain of poor soil conditions as long as the drainage is good and it loves full or partial sunlight.

Watering should be done carefully. Pachyphytum is likely to die from over-watering than under watering. Before you water the plant, let the soil dry out completely.

Conophytum Subglobosum

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Conophytum Subglobosum @urbanxerophile

Think these are Lithops? You’re forgiven. They do resemble them in so many ways, though! Conophytum is a stemless and slow-growing succulent with small flowers having spidery petals.

This particular succulent is perennial and forms huge mounds of pea-shaped heads. They require little water and a full sun or light shade.

They are also called “living pebbles.”

Ariocarpus Trigonus— “Living Rock”

Ariocarpus Trigonus succulent
Ariocarpus Trigonus – “Living Rock” @vudhibhong

It’s a geophytic cactus that is rosette-forming and rises slightly above ground level. It is rounded at the top with a globose stem and it is yellowish-green in color. They produce beautiful yellowish-white flowers punctuated with reddish mid-ribs.

Ariocarpus trigonus is mainly a low-lying succulent that grows up to 10 inches tall and spreads up to 12 inches wide.

Ariocarpus need to be grown in soil only specified for cacti. Using generic soil mixes will make it difficult for drainage and aeration. These succulents need plenty of sun. However, in regions that are dry and very hot, they can be killed by excessive sunlight. In such cases, a shade cloth would be of benefit or even moving the plants from the sun in the hottest hours during the day.

Your Ariocarpus will do just fine in low humidity and room temperature. Only water the Ariocarpus when it is completely dry. It is paramount to wait for the soil to dry out so that you can water it again. Watering during winter is discouraged.

Tephracactus Articulatus— “Paper Spine Cactus”

This is a bushy succulent that is segmented and slow growing to a height of 30 cm. The segments can fall easily as they are loosely attached to each other.

Embedded on the segments are flat papery spines that make the plant quite handsome.

Tephracactus has bell-shaped flowers which are white with a yellow center.

As with all cacti, Tephracactus requires little water, plenty of sun and lots of light. In hot and arid areas like the American Southwest, these plants can be planted outside and left alone. If you need to replant or repot any succulent, not just rare ones, read everything you need to know in order to repot your succulent plants.

Haworthia Truncate v. Maughanii

Haworthia Truncate v. Maughanii succulent plant
Haworthia Truncate v. Maughanii @sandyssucculentgarden

A very showy plant with snow-flake like design at the apex. Its leaves resemble a fan with a warty surface and a transparent blunt end. Its rosettes are medium sized and stemless which are slow in proliferating.

Haworthia is easy to cultivate, however, it is slow growing and may take a couple of years to produce attractive heads.

It prefers sandy-gritty soil and since it can easily get root rot, it needs good drainage. During the dry season, watering should be done regularly.

Keep the plant shaded during summer and get locations with diffuse light.

Adromischus Maculatus— “Calico Hearts”

Adromischus Maculatus succulent
Adromischus Maculatus— “Calico Hearts” @visitdesertcity

Native to South Africa, this little gem is also known as “Chocolate drops.” It’s a unique succulent with oval-like, wedge-shaped leaves punctuated with chocolate color marks giving it a marbled appearance. It has a very short and partly woody stem, with fibrous roots.

Adromischus has tubular flowers which are pale yellowish green in color. It doesn’t mind cool and frost-free conditions if kept away from water during winter.

It grows fairly slowly and thrives in soils with good drainage.

Echeveria x Imbricata

Echeveria x Imbricata
Echeveria x Imbricata @elartedelassuculentas

It’s one of the most sought-after, beautiful, and versatile rosette forming succulents. Its rosettes are 15-20 cm wide while the plant is typical a slow grower. It is very stable and robust type of hybrid which makes it easy to grow. Its leaves are blue-green in color and it freely produces offsets.

This hybrid succulent results from a cross done in the early 1870’s between Echeveria gibbiflora and Echeveria glauca.

Does well in well-drained soils that are sandy, in partial shade or in the sun.


There they are! 8 awesome rare succulents that are worth exploring when you feel like you need more succulents in your garden. These are definitely quite the rare ones to catch. Be sure to read how you can propagate these rare succulents correctly too. You don’t want to have a rare succulent die on you, that’d be terrible!

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