10 most wanted rare plants: selected by our PLNTScommunity
If you are a true plantlover (just like us), your home is probably full of beautiful plants. Our motto is: ‘there’s always room for more’! Our PLNTScommunity show us a great variety of plants: from common houseplants to most wanted and highly sought-after plants. The appearance of a rare plant can vary from big or small leaves to colourful or white foliage, but what makes a plant a rare one? Some plants can be scarce because the total population of the plant species may just have a few individuals or it can only be found in a narrow geographic range.
It made us wonder what is the top 10 most wanted rare plants… So we did some research and asked our community to help us out! We received many suggestions of a great diversity of special plants. Although they are all specials, only some of them can be the most wanted. We proudly present the top 10 most wanted rare plants, selected by our lovely PLNTScommunity!
1. Monstera Thai Constellation
The Monstera Thai Constellation is by far the number one most wanted rare plant, according to our community. This beauty has yellow variegated leaves which can grow pretty big. Her size is what makes her extra special and even though she is pretty rare, she is super easy-to-grow and low maintenance. She originates from Thailand, but not in the way you might think. She was developed in a tissue culture laboratory in Thailand, that’s how she got the name. Cool, right?!
2. Alocasia Frydek Variegata
A solid second place for the Alocasia Frydek Variegata. This tropical beauty originates from regions of Southeast Asia. The plant has broad, dark green leaves with silver speckles on them, giving her foliage a sort of metallic look. Every once in a while, this popular and rare variegated plant can be found in our shop. Her beautiful heart-shaped leaves and capability to grow very big make her quite the catch!
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3. Monstera Adansonii Variegata
The Monstera’s are pretty popular in this rare plant list! The Monstera Adansonii Variegata is probably the most common one. She is a rarely-seen cultivar sister of the Monstera Adansonii, which combines the typical charm of the Monstera with beautiful tonal explosions of light whites and fresh greens. This variegated houseplant has small leaves and can grow as climbing or trailing plant. She also goes by the nickname ‘Cheese Plant’ or ‘Monkey Mask’, thanks to her many holes.
4. Philodendron Florida Ghost
The Philodendron Florida Ghost is a beautiful climbing plant. This rare plant has leaves that can reach a size of about 35cm that will keep developing. Every new leaf has a white colour that will fade into a more yellow colour and eventually will transform to light- or dark green. She’s almost like a chameleon, right?! The leaves from this plant can also have a ‘mint’ like colour and remain like this for a longer period of time. This way, one Florida Ghost can look completely different from another.
5. Philodendron Florida Beauty
Another very popular Philodendron Florida variegation is the Philodendron Florida Beauty, also called Magic Mask. She looks a bit like the Florida Ghost, but she has a different type of variegation. The Florida Beauty comes with yellow and white patches which are divided into similar parts. Besides that, the variegation won’t disappear. This rare beauty is a real must-have!
6. Anthurium Warocqueanum
All the way from the wet forests of Colombia comes this beauty: the Anthurium Warocqueanum. Because of her difficult name, she is also known as the Queen Anthurium. She is an absolute must-have for rare plant collectors, but she can be quite tricky to take care of. She is especially wanted for her leaves, which are dark green and feel almost like velvet. Her leaves can get quite large and impressive and can grow up to 1 meter or more! She loves high humidity, so if you have a spot left in your greenhouse cabinet, she’s your girl!
7. Monstera Albo Borsigiana
This beauty looks a looks a lot like her sister the Monstera Thai Constellation, but the Monstera Albo Borsigiana is very different. The Monstera Albo has huge white spots on the leaves. Sometimes half the leaf can be white, but some of the neighboring leaves can be solid green. This means that this plant requires a bit more attention to make sure it stays variegated. Nevertheless, it’s a real beauty and an eye-catcher in every room. We totally get why so many PLNTSlovers voted for this one!
8. Musa Aeae
This pretty plant is also a real rare one! The Musa Aeae is the variegated version of the Bananaplant. She originates from Indonesia and is a real tropical plant. The leaves are green and white variegated and almost look like a camouflage print! Even the peel on the fruit of this Bananaplant is variegated, how funny is that? Although it’s very unlikely that she will grow bananas when kept indoors, she is a real statement piece and she can grow very tall with the right care! We love this special plant.
9. Philodendron Plowmanii
The Philodendron family is also well represented in this list and the Philodendron Plowmanii is no exception! Her leaves make the Philodendron Plowmanii extra rare and even more unique. You won’t find big leaves like these on many Philodendrons! The creamy coloured veins create a gorgeous contrast with the green shades of the heart-shaped leaves. This tropical beauty deserves a spot in this top 10!
10. Monstera Deliciosa Aurea
Another one that looks almost the same as the Thai Constellation and Albo Borsigiana is the Monstera Deliciosa Aurea, also referred to as the Monstera Borgsigiana Aurea. In contrast to her sisters, the Aurea is characterized by yellow variegation that occurs in a ‘splotchy’ pattern. The leaves of this beauty are more compact and has, most of the time, less variegation than the other variegated Monstera varieties. The Monstera Deliciosa Aurea has two kinds of plant tissue presented, which are rare to find in nature. This makes her a real rare plant!
Woo-hoo! These are the top 10 most wanted rare plants, selected by our community. Did your favourite make the final cut? Hopefully we’ve inspired you to start (or keep) collecting many more of these rare beauties. We have a big collection RarePLNTS to make it easier for you!
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