Weird plants to grow indoors

Weird plants to grow indoors

Weird plants to grow indoors

Mehmet Ali Yalcin

A science geek at heart, Mehmet Ali discovered his love for plants at a young age. His backyard was filled with a lush garden containing fruit trees, mangoes, and chilies. During his college days, his love for plants blossomed. His fascination with different plant species led him to study Botany and Zoology at Dokuz Eylül University, and he gained the first place award in the university’s plant science competition. After college, Mehmet started experimenting with indoor plants.

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While growing indoor plants may not seem exciting, there are many reasons to care about it. When it comes to growing your own flowers, herbs, and veggies, it’s a fun and efficient way to cut down on food costs. Even if you live in a tiny apartment, you can still grow your own food to enjoy a more diverse diet. Finally, having a few indoor plants around can beautify your home.

This article covers a collection of weird, interesting, and uncommon plants you can grow indoors. The plants are divided into three categories. The first includes plants that are difficult to find, which is a nice piece of trivia for your next plant-related party conversation. The second group includes plants that are commonly found outdoors, but they have been successfully brought into a home. Finally, there are plants that are commonly found in pots. This includes species that thrive indoors, such as cacti and succulents.

Flowering species

Learn how to grow some weird and wonderful flowering plants.

Plants of the first group

When growing plants outdoors, you’re bound to come across many different species. Even though these plants may not be the ones that are common and present in your region, they may still be new to you. In this article, I’m listing plants that are difficult to find, and they are often out of reach because you’re not likely to see them growing in an outdoor garden.

1. Hypericum perforatum – St. John’s wort

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An easily recognizable plant that blooms in spring, St. John’s wort is actually an herb and not a flower. St. John’s wort is the medicinal herb that’s popular for its ability to heal and revitalize the body. This plant was used to treat wounds and infections, as well as mental disorders. Due to its healing qualities, St. John’s wort is a common addition to cosmetics, soaps, and topical ointments.

2. Liriope muscari – purple lilyturf

If you are into flower arranging, purple lilyturf may be for you. Purple lilyturf is one of the best flowers to use for flower arranging because of its beautiful, soft purple blossoms. The flowers can be brightened up by keeping it in full sun.

3. Melastoma malabathricum – blue morning glory

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Usually used as a perennial, the blue morning glory is best known for its beautiful blue flowers. Morning glories are widely popular for their capacity to be trained and used as a flower decoration.

4. Acalypha acutifolia – waxweed

Acalypha is one of the fastest growing plants in the garden. Waxweed is an annual that often makes the transition from perennial to annual in early summer. Acalypha is known for its specific role in certain ayurvedic preparations, but this plant is often considered a weed. If you want to get a more detailed description of this plant, you may check out my article on the origins of ayurvedic medicines.

5. Bocconia frutescens – butterfly pea

Photo courtesy of Claire Collins.

Butterfly pea is a flowering plant that’s usually referred to as a climber. Its beautiful blooms can be found on the trellis and ladders. While the butterfly pea has the potential to become a showy flower, its often time-consuming to grow. Fortunately, growing butterfly pea in a pot is easier, as it requires less time and more importantly less watering.

6. Mimulus polyphemus – poisonflower

Photo courtesy of Michael Martz.

While poisonflower is not the most attractive plant, this herb is often used in a medicinal preparation. Its use is a reflection of the plant’s ability to cause hallucinations.

7. Amorphophallus Konjac

If you’re looking for the best air plants for your home, the konjac is a safe choice. When growing it, you should keep in mind that it does require a lot of light. Konjac is often used to cook because it is starchy, but it also helps with low-calorie diets.

8. Antirrhinum majus – snapdragon

If you’re a fan of traditional kites, snapdragon will be your best bet. The snapdragon is best known for its colorful blooms, but it is also used as a food item.

9. Midsomer Violet – violet

Midsomer violet is a member of the campanula family, and they are one of the most common flowers you can find in almost any garden. You can find these in abundance in urban areas, and they can grow quite well indoors. Midsomer violets thrive best in full sun and lots of water.

10. Pachysandra procumbens – Japanese spirea

Photo courtesy of Michael Martz.

In the urban gardens, this plant is known for its dense green foliage and bright orange or red flower. The flower is less commonly available than other pachysandra species. The variegated foliage will also cause a conversation starter.

11. Panicum kansumense – giant brome grass

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