The Most Unusual Flowers You’ll Find Online Today

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: October 14, 2022
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We won’t dispute with you if you think all blossoms are lovely. Red roses and white daisies, though, can get old after a while. Unfamiliar and uncommon flowers, like most things in life, are a little more fascinating than the standard selections. Your day might be much improved by getting a glimpse of a flower that few people will ever see or by adorning your home with tropical flower arrangements. 

The problem is that not everyone is aware of these lovely, secretive blooms. You can view some of the unusual and exotic flowers we’re about to introduce to you on Instagram.

1. Allium Atrosanguineum

A perennial herbaceous plant called Allium atrosanguineum grows from a subterranean bulb. The plant finally generates a cluster of growth in addition to a cluster of grass-like leaves and a flowering stem that is between 7 and 60 cm tall. The bulbs are developed on a short rhizome. It’s said to taste similar to an onion. 

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2. Semi-Double Zinnias

The plants, which reach a height of about two feet, thrive from pinching and deadheading. This zinnia series is older and susceptible to powdery mildew. Compared to the typical flower, they contain two rows of pedals.

3. Ratibida columnifera f.pulcherrima

a unique greyish-brown columnar cone and multicolored blooms make this botanical variety intriguing. This uncommon, slightly odd, yet attractive perennial grows an abundance of showy 2″ reddish-brown “Mexican Hat” flowers from June through September. It grows quickly, carefree, and easily in regular or even bad soil, looks nice in both wild and ordered gardens, and makes a very enjoyable cut flower. 

4. Mountain Bluet 

The mountain bluet is a great plant for a rock garden or border. From late spring to July, blue blooms emerge from beautiful buds, leaving behind a profusion of robust, silvery-green fuzzy leaves and woolly stems. They thrive in damp soil with direct or indirect sunlight.

5. Hawaiian Hibiscus 

Hawaiian hibiscus” refers to seven species of hibiscus of the genus Hibiscus as well as the Chinese hibiscus, a closely related species of flower but not one that is indigenous to Hawaii. Oddly enough, the flower you’re probably imagining right now is the Chinese hibiscus, which is the most widespread ornamental species in Hawaii.

6. Toad Lilly

Native to the Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu, the hairy or Japanese toad lily is valued for its intriguing foliage and orchid-like blossoms. It grows on shaded rocky cliffs and steam banks in its natural habitat.

7. Hoya Carnosa

A porcelain flower or wax plant is a regularly growing houseplant. It has long, thin vines covered in waxy, leathery leaves that are typically deep green but can occasionally be silvery or milky white. High humidity is ideal for wax plants, and spraying the foliage benefits them. Star-shaped flowers with parachute-shaped bunches, a fragrant scent, and the potential to yield sticky sap are present.

8. Celosia

Celosia blossoms are an excellent choice for bouquets because they are somewhat waxy and stiff. The plant produces an abundance of vibrant flowers all over its surface, and they last for a very long time. Celosia blooms age naturally on the plant, losing all traces of their former color and resembling straw in appearance.

9. Cardoon

Thanks to its massive, thorny, nearly dagger-shaped gray-green sweeping leaves and a statuesque, vase-shaped frame, Cardoon is an architectural marvel with striking texture. In the middle of June, it is covered in spherical, purple, thistle-like flowers. Cardoon can grow to a maximum height and width of 5 feet. This native to the sunny, well-drained hillsides of the southwest Mediterranean is a near relative of the artichoke.

10. Chinese Lantern 

Chinese lantern is a hardy perennial that may be planted in the ground or in containers and offers bright fall interest. It has medium-sized, 3-inch-long leaves that clump together. Summer brings the appearance of little white bell-shaped blooms, however, they are unimportant. The flower and fruit are shielded by the 2-inch-wide papery pod known as a calyx. The leaves and all of the fruits, including the berries and seed pods, are extremely poisonous.

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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