by Clyde Robinson
Bored of ordinary petunias and cacti around your apartment? Why not try houseplants of a more peculiar nature that will most certainly astonish your guests? Check out some of the weirdest and most interesting houseplants we've chosen for you and hit up the local florist's store to step up your home decor!
Venus Flytrap by Jason
Don't get scared by the monstrous appearance of this carnivorous plant! The Venus Flytrap is especially loved by children, who are thrilled by the fact that it feeds itself by catching little insects. Its tempting red leaves edged with lines of "teeth" and a sweet smelling nectar are all a lure to flies in the house. However, they are not so easy to grow: their natural habitat can be found in humid swamps that you are not very likely to recreate in your house. Maybe try the bathroom…
Air Plants by Ryan Somma
Air plants originate from South American rain forests and show us how magical and mysterious Mother Nature can be — they possess no roots whatsoever! Their leaves are designed to take in all the necessary nutrients and moisture so that they do not require soil to develop. Air plants allow heaps of designer possibilities, as you can place them virtually anywhere to grow. Their downside is that they grow rather slowly.
by Thomas Brown
The most "interactive" plant in the Houseplant kingdom. As soon as sensitive plants feel your touch, they move instantly. Just a few people resist the temptation to nudge the plant leaf by leaf and watch it fold up. If you are a more extreme type, try gently shaking the whole plant, just to see what looks like an immediate death of the plant… Luckily, it gets back in shape within 20 minutes! The good news is that sensitive plants are easy to grow and do not require any extra care.
Living Stones by Andesine
These amazing succulents from South Africa took on resemblance to stones so they would not be eaten by wild animals, and they succeeded above all expectations! If you scattered them around your garden and somehow managed to keep them alive, you would have grave difficulties with their recognition. Their perfect camouflage is only broken while they are in bloom; it is interesting that the flowers are beautifully bright coloured and must catch the attention of every living creature in the desert. To treat Living Stones well, read up on growing cacti in general.
While you usually know purple passions for their beautiful leaves covered in vivid purple fuzz, it can turn into a housewife's nightmare if the orange flowers it produces are not removed on time – its air-filling smell resembles stinky rotten meat! As soon as you spot the buds, throw them out, before it's too late…