The 8 most exotic plants in the world

Springtime is the time to dedicate oneself to gardening, while observing nature as it provides us with an infinity flowers. But, let's face it, after a while you get bored of always seeing the usual daisies, the usual tulips and the usual violets. Not to mention roses, which have now become really trivial.

If we are serious about making a gift, or if we want to change the landscape of our balconies or flower gardens a little, it's time to go further and find new botanical specimens to grow in pots, to give as gifts or simply to enjoy their perfume.

Today we offer you 8 strange, colourful, hard to find and, in some cases, quite smelly plants. Extreme gardening will be the last frontier to be discovered.

Psychotria elata

You have to be forgiven for something, but you think that giving roses would be too trivial? No problem, we have the solution for you: the kiss plant. The Psychotria elata, also known as "The kiss flower", has two sticky inflorescences that exactly resemble lips. A plant that is certainly inviting, and far too explicit.

But showing up with a bouquet of these flowers on the first date could be excessive, better wait for the second date, at least. 

Anguloa Uniflora

It might be a good idea to put it in the crib, as long as it blooms during the night between 24 and 25 December. A bit complex, but it can be done.

It might be a good idea to put it in the crib hut, you just have to be careful to make it bloom in the night between 24 and 25 December. A little complex, but it can be done.

Solanum ovigerum

It would be nice to be able to grow eggs. That's right, I just said eggs, but don't think of the classic omelette: I'm talking about the fruits of Solanum Ovigerum, a plant similar to eggplant and with fruits that exactly resemble eggs. We could also create witty Easter eggs to give to those relatives who really dislike us and see what they will do when instead of chocolate they find eggplants inside.

Rafflesia arnoldii

If you are not afraid of growing very, very large plants, and you have very patient neighbours, and you don’t mind strong smells, then you can amaze your friends by growing a beautiful Rafflesia Arnoldii. One of the three national flowers of Indonesia, considered the plant with the largest flowers in the world as it reaches one meter in diameter, but above all famous for its terrible and nauseating smell.

On the other hand, if they call it "The corpse plant", there must also be a reason...

Lithops

Who said that stones have no feelings and no emotions? Just start planting Lithops and you will see it’s absolutely not true! Also known as "Living Stones", the Lithops are there, still, with nothing happening… and then, suddenly, a flower appears from what seemed to be a mineral.

It will also be true that nothing is born from diamonds, but sometimes something beautiful can shoot out of stones.

Peperomia Jayde

There are those who decide to buy fake flowers, just to avoid problems with gardening while having a house full of colour. If, on the other hand, you want to experience the thrill of having a real plant that looks fake, we recommend the Peperomia Jayde. Its leaves are very shiny and seem to have been waxed.

You know when they say: "So true it seems fake"? This is it.

Tacca Chantrieri

We are used to associating plants with relaxing thoughts, or the tranquility that flowery landscapes infuse us with. You might change your mind by looking at the Tacca Chantrieri.

It is enough to tell you that it is usually called "The Bat Plant" because its petals resemble wings, and it is surrounded by fluff. Not suitable for those who are afraid of vampires, we recommend it exclusively for Batman fans.

Orchis Italica (Plant of the naked man)

Also because when we say naked man we really mean naked. Yes, you can see everything. Keep out of reach of children.

Also because when we say naked man we mean just all naked. Yes, you can see it all. Keep out of reach of children.

Do you have strange plants in your house or is your thumb so green that you can grow anything in any environment? Let us know, we love Nature very much!