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There are plenty of unusual cactus houseplants in the world. From the exotic look of stapelias to the fragrant aroma of peperomia, there are so many kinds of cacti houseplants for you to choose from. But did you know they also make the best houseplants? Check out this article on our blog for more details about these exciting plants and unusual cactus houseplants!
 

Why should I get a cactus as a houseplant?

 

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Everyone can grow a cactus. Unusual cactus houseplants are perfect for you if you have no idea how to take care of houseplants and with little time and energy to do so. As succulents, they don’t need much water and light. Meaning, they will survive in the most lightless corners of your home as well as under the brightest windows of your house.
 
There are more than enough reasons why people all over the world prefer keeping them as indoor plants. Their strange shapes also look beautiful inside glass or ceramic pots that match their colors. You can start by supporting one of these cacti houseplants: Century plant, Christmas cactus, Crab cactus, Elephant’s foot, Fishhook Cactus, Crown of thorns, Barrel cactus, and Donkey tail.
 

Unusual Cactus Houseplants to Get, 

  Plus some succulents that are not quite cactus!

 
However, if you want something unique and unusual for your home or office decor, here are some unusual cactus houseplants that you might like:
 

Christmas Cactus
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The “Christmas Cactus” is a popular houseplant because it blooms at Christmas time. In addition, a Christmas cactus blooms at the end of winter, making it an ideal plant to have indoors during this time of year. It is a thick cactus that blooms in brilliant shades of pink, red, and white. This is truly one of the most unusual cactus houseplants you can get. 

Elephant’s foot (a type of century plant)

 
This succulent is among the unusual cactus houseplants you can find. It has peculiar-looking leaves and can grow to be over three feet tall. Like the other plants on this list, Elephant’s foot also belongs to the succulent family. It doesn’t need much water or light because it stores them inside its body. So the only thing you have to do is occasionally let some air inside its pot.
 

Fishhook Cactus
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The Fishhook Cactus gets its name from the hooked spines that cover each areole along its stem. It is one of the best unusual cactus houseplants you can get. However, what makes these plants genuinely unique is their flowers. They’re tubular, just like candy corn! They usually grow to be about 2 feet tall. These plants have yellow, cream, pinkish or reddish flowers that bloom from the tip of their stems.

Peperomia
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Peperomias are small plants that have ovate leaves and a creeping habit. These leaves can be smooth or covered with tiny hairs depending on the species. Their color ranges from green to bronze, and they produce delicate star-shaped blooms. Peperomia obtusifolia is one of the most popular species of peperomia because it grows well as a houseplant. This is due to its tolerance for low light conditions. It prefers warmer temperatures and humidity, which makes it perfect for growing indoors. It is also great to grow in places where it’s too cold or dry outside during the winter months.

Crab Cactus
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These strange succulents are also known as the “crab cactus” because of their claw-shaped stems and small spines. Their flowers aren’t as bright as those of a Christmas cactus. However, they’re just as beautiful with petals that range from red, orange, yellow, pink, and white. They usually have around 5 petals on each flower and can grow up to 4 inches in diameter. The flower makes it one of the most unusual cactus houseplants you can have at home. 
 

Prayer Plant
Maranta leuconeura, Prayer plant. Rhizomatous foliage plant with beautiful oval green leaves with dark patches on either side of the leaf royalty free stock photography
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This plant belongs to the Maranta family. It has incredibly waxy leaves, which makes them look as if fur covers them! These plants are so famous for being furry that even a variety of these gets called the “Fuzzy Wuzzy Plant.” Prayer plants are tropical plants, so they do best when you keep them indoors near a sunny window.
 

 

Barrel Cactus
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The Barrel Cactus is famous for its cylindrical shape and spines that form distinctive rings along its body. It is truly one of the best unusual cactus houseplants. It blooms in summer and sometimes even falls with flowers that range from red to pink or purple, depending on the species. The barrel cactus is a popular houseplant because it’s easy to care for and requires little water.

Christmas Candle
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The “Christmas Candle” is a type of Euphorbia that produces tall, narrow stems with white or purple spines. On occasion, it also has small delicate flowers as well as tiny berry-like fruit. They’re popular as indoor plants because they can produce flowers at any time of the year indoors. One thing you have to make sure of, though, is to water them sparingly. This is because they don’t like water too often and prefer soil that’s bone dry before watering again.

Pincushion Cactus
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This prickly cactus gets its name from the dense cluster of spines that form a ball shape on its body. Sometimes these cacti even have sharp bristles that resemble pins or needles. The pincushion cactus is easy to grow as a houseplant because it doesn’t need much water or light. Plus, they’re very slow-growing, so you don’t have to worry about them outgrowing their pot quickly.
 

 

 

 

 

Six-Day Burro’s Tail
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These unusual succulents belong to the Crassula family. These can turn from grayish-green with age. They grow in long vines with fleshy green leaves and sometimes small white flowers. Six-day burro’s tails are popular as indoor plants. This is because they only need minimal care such as infrequent watering and prefer living in indirect sunlight with 4-6 hours of exposure daily.

Ball Cactus
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The ball cactus is also known as the Mammillaria and the pincushion cactus because of its bulbous shape. This variety of cactus can grow up to 4 inches tall and 2-5 inches wide, although they remain a manageable size as a houseplant. They have around 8 thin branches with small tubercles that produce white or purple flowers during the summer months.

Crown of Thorns (a type of Euphorbia)
Euphorbia Milii crown of thorns cactus plant in sunlight. It is a spiny shrubs and cactus like shrubby plant on woody stem. Succulents tropical species grown as royalty free stock photos
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This succulent has slender branches and spines that usually grow around 4-5 cm long. They tend to resemble roses which makes it easy to see why this plant got its name! The Crown of thorns comes in almost every color: red, pink, white, and purple. They have a long blooming season so that they can flower at any time of the year too! These plants are famous for being easy to grow indoors because they’re very undemanding for sun exposure and water.
 

Snake Plant
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Also named as “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue,” this succulent is a type of Dracaena that has stiff, leathery leaves with silver streaks along with them. It produces small white flowers if you give it enough sunlight. But, the best thing about this plant is its ability to cleanse indoor air from pollutants like formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide. This makes snake plants popular houseplants in areas with a lot of pollution due to their ability to filter the air in your home.

Queen of the Night Cactus
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The “Queen of the Night” blooms only one night every year, but it’s worth waiting for! The Queen of the Night produces beautiful white flowers that can reach up to 18 inches in length! These cacti are popular as indoor plants because they only grow at night and need a lot of light during this time. However, people say that this plant can’t handle direct sunlight. With that, you have to make sure to put them under indirect light.
 

Basil Boxwood
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This plant belongs to the boxwood family and has small green leaves with a grayish color. It is another type of succulent that doesn’t require much maintenance. This makes it an excellent houseplant for people who aren’t used to taking care of plants!
 

Desert Cottontop Cactus
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The desert cottontop cactus grows from 15-20 cm high and has several bright yellow flowers on top. Sharp bristles cover the wavy stems of this cactus and protect the plant from hot, dry weather. It’s easy to grow as a houseplant because it can handle indirect sunlight for 4-5 hours daily and thrives in dry soil conditions.

Easter Lily Cactus
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This beautiful desert cactus belongs to the Stenocereus family. It produces white or purple flowers during its blooming season, usually around springtime (hence the name). Easter lily cacti are perfect indoor plants. They only need direct sunlight for 3-4 hours every day, so you don’t have to put them lightly for extended periods.

Lemon Ball Cactus
Lemon Ball cactus with shining yellow thorns. Notocactus. Close up. Lemon Ball cactus with shining yellow thorns. Notocactus. Parodia royalty free stock image
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The lemon ball cactus is a type of hedgehog cactus that produces yellow flowers when in bloom. It’s one of the many types of succulents with thick spines around its edges, and they usually grow up to 4-5 cm long! This plant is an easy grower as a houseplant because it only needs indirect sunlight for 5 hours daily and very little water. In addition, the Lemon Ball cacti are so undemanding, which makes them popular indoor plants!
 

Fruit Salad Plant
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This unusual succulent comes from Madagascar and can survive well both indoors and outdoors. They’re also known as “Crown of Thorns,” which makes sense since their spiny branches resemble thorns rising from their leaves. In addition, they’re straightforward to maintain as houseplants. They only need direct sunlight for 4-5 hrs per day and average watering conditions!
 

Biznaga Gigante
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The Biznaga Gigante is another type of cactus that’s native to Mexico. This desert beauty has long green stems with sharp spines growing out from them, making it a perfect addition to your indoor garden! The Biznaga Gigante isn’t difficult to grow either. It thrives in moderate light conditions, so you don’t have to put the plant in direct sunlight all the time! They are also known for being good air purifiers, making them great succulents for your home too!
 

Pom Pom Cactus

 
This rare type of cactus is native to Madagascar and has long green leaves with reddish-purple tips! The Pom Pom Cactus only grows to about 2-3 inches tall, making it an excellent houseplant for those who don’t have much space available. It doesn’t require direct sunlight, but you should place this in indirect light for several hours per day. You should also water it well.
 

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
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The Panda Plant comes from Madagascar. It can produce small white flowers during the blooming season. With that, this plant is quite popular as an indoor plant among flower lovers! Furthermore, this succulent is easy to grow as a houseplant. It only needs indirect sunlight and average watering conditions! This means you can grow it without doing much. All you have to do is provide the right conditions, and the plant will thrive on its own!

Bunny Ear Cactus (Opuntia microdasys)
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The Bunny Ear Cactus is a very popular houseplant because it’s easy to grow and handle. This cacti species comes from Mexico and has long green spines, making it look like it has bunny ears! They can produce yellow flowers when in bloom. They need direct sunlight for about 4 hours every day during the blooming season. However, they don’t need much water, so they’re an ideal choice for people who want a low-maintenance succulent that still looks great!
 

Lechuguilla (Agave lopheantha)
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This plant is scarce because it’s tough to find! The Lechuguilla comes from the desert areas of Mexico and needs direct sunlight for 4-5 hours each day. It can survive well in dry conditions but you should water it once every 2 days during the blooming season! You also need to make sure you place it where there are no drafts near the leaves. This plant is perfect for cactus lovers who want something unique and rare, making a great decoration piece!
 

The Hens and Chicks Cactus (Echeveria elegant)
Succulent Hens And Chicks Cactus. A flat of sempervivum (hens and chicks) plants for sale in individual plastic pots stock photos
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The Hens and Chicks cactus is a type of succulent that spreads out small rosettes. They thrive in moderate light conditions, so they only need indirect sunlight for 4-5 hrs per day! When it comes to water, this plant’s roots are susceptible, so you should only water them once every 2 weeks during the active growth period. You can also consider these cacti if your goal is to have an indoor garden without too much maintenance because they’re perfect low-maintenance plants!
 

The Dessert Spoon Cactus

 
The Dessert Spoon cactus is a succulent that doesn’t need much sunlight to survive; it only needs indirect sunlight for 4-5 hours per day. It can also grow well in dry areas, and the plant’s leaves look like spoons! These desert beauties can survive well even with little watering, making them great houseplants for beginners because they’re easy to care for. Dessert Spoon Cactus is one of the most excellent unusual cactus houseplants you can get.
 

Iloche (Haworthia fasciata)
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Native to South Africa, this type of cacti is popular among cactus lovers because of its resilience and low-maintenance requirements. The Cloche requires direct sunlight only during its blooming season, but other than that, you have to place it in indirect sunlight for 4-5 hours per day. Watering is also kept to a minimum with this plant because it doesn’t need much. Watering once every 2 weeks should be enough!
 

The Strawberry Hedgehog Cacti (Echinocereus)
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This type of cactus comes from Mexico and has long spines, making it look like a tiny hedgehog! The Strawberry Hedgehog Cacti thrives in moderate light conditions; indirect sunlight for 4-5 hours per day should be enough. It can’t go without water either. This makes them one of the most unusual cactus houseplants in the world. You should water them once every 2 weeks during the active growth stage. However, you should also reduce watering during the winter season to every month.

The Bear’s Paw (Copernicia Alba)
Cotyledon tomentosa Bears Paw succulent cactus plant in a flower pot. Cotyledon tomentosa Bears Paw succulent cactus plant in a flower pot on nature background stock photos
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Native to South America, this plant only needs indirect sunlight for about 5 hours each day to grow well indoors. It would be best to place it where there are no drafts nearby because it can cause damage to the leaves. Like other cacti, it can survive well with little watering (every 3 weeks), and this plant is also known to produce flowers during the warmer months.

Prickly Pear Cactus
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All of these unusual, prickly houseplants will look great in your home or office! In addition, the prickly pear cactus produces fruit that you can eat or use in cooking. It requires full or partial sunlight and you can water it every 1-2 weeks.
 
However, it’s always best to research more about a plant before you bring them home because this way, you’ll know how to care for the plant properly. Prickly pear cactus is truly one of the best unusual cactus houseplants to get. 
 

The String of Pearls Succulent
Succulent string of pearls hanging in a pot. Succulent cactus string of pearls or string of beads with teardrop-shaped leaves, hanging in a pot in plant store stock images
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A string of pearls succulents produces flowers on tall stems with long, dangling leaves. It looks impressive when you place them in a hanging basket! Just make sure that the string of pearls is not exposed to direct sunlight or drafts because it can cause damage to the leaves.
 

Ponytail Palm Trees
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They are attractive to look at because of their tall, slender stem decorated with leaves. The name ‘ponytail’ comes from the fact that the trunk’s appearance resembles a ponytail! You should water these plants once every two weeks during the active growth stage. Also, you should give less water during the winter months. If you are looking for some unusual cactus houseplants for your home, this one is a must-have.

Growing unusual cactus houseplants and succulents in pots

 

You can also grow succulents in pots to add some color and texture to your home decor. Succulents look great in any pot, so choose whatever color or pattern you like best. Place them near the windows, but not too close because they can get sunburned quickly. If you’re more of a beginner, we recommend that you start with small succulent plants and herbs to learn the basics before moving on to larger plants.
 
What’s more, if you want to improve your skills and grow your cacti from scratch, we suggest that you take a DIY class at some point! They’re great for those interested in learning how to care for plants properly without having to make mistakes first-hand. Just make sure that the classes are reputable and taught by an experienced instructor who knows what they are doing.
 

Conclusion on Unusual Cactus Houseplants

 
So, if you’re looking for some unusual cactus houseplants that are easy to care for and will add some color to your home or office, consider buying one of these! They’ll liven up your space. We hope this article was helpful!

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