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The 20 Most Expensive Plants Money Can Buy


The most intricate gift that nature has given us is plants. These lovely plants can even give us rare flowers which we can give as gifts to our loved ones or keep as decorative plants. Some plants, however, are more expensive than others.

20. Philodendron Luxurians Choco - ($345)

This species of Philodendron is a slow climber, and it has green leaves which have red cataphylls. It is considered one of the most gorgeous species of the Philodendron family. The leaves of the plant are large heart-shaped, with yellowish-green markings. It is native to Colombia, where it was found growing in the tropical rainforest. It is mainly grown in gardens and homes for decoration. There needs to be bright indirect light, organic, well-drained soils, moderate humidity, and organic fertilizer for the cultivation.

19. Saffron Crocus - ($1200-$1500 per pound)

The Saffron Crocus is one of the most expensive plants. This plant is not only an ornamental type, but it is also used as a spice for food preservation and gourmet. Due to its versatility, it was dubbed the most expensive plant globally. Having this type of flower in your house will leave you with an unforgettable feeling because you would have spent a jaw dropping amount of money. According to Bobvila, if you wanted a supple chilly taste in your food, then you would need about 80,000 Saffron Crocus grounded into powder which would cost thousands of dollars.

18. Half-moon philodendron pink princess - ($1299 per piece)

The half-moon philodendron pink princess is a beauty that is entirely on-demand. It was named as a half-mast plant in the 2019 culture week which made it gain more attention due to its natural looking pink leaves. It is an attractive plant because it does not thrive only in soil but also in water.

17. Monstera Obliqua Peru - ($1500)

The Monstera Obliqua Peru is a rare plant found in the tropics and is known for climbing. It is native to Central America and Trinidad. The name obliqua is a Latin name meaning oblique, which is used to describe the physical appearance of the leaves. This plant has very complex species that are available in different forms and varieties. The most common and sought-after type is the Monstera Peru. Some other species are Suriname, Bolivia, Tena, Amazonas, and Panama.

16. Philodendron Patricia - ($ 2000)

This remarkable plant is a rare tropical plant that is native to Colombia. It is an exciting plant to grow. They can grow on their own in the wild, but they need care if you decide to grow them at home. For cultivation, you must be aware of factors like water, temperature, and light that contribute to the plant's growth. The plant needs well-drained soils and a regular supply of water. There needs to be light to aid in the process of photosynthesis so that the leaves can form chlorophyll. The temperature needs to be an average of thirty two degrees Celsius as high temperatures will affect the plant.

15. Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata - ($2029)

This species of Monstera is native to the tropical rainforests of Central America. It is also known as the split-leaf Philodendron. It is an evergreen climbing plant that can be grown as an indoor plant. As an indoor plant, it has a moderate growth rate, and it can grow to a height of one to two feet every year. Its leaves are glossy with a heart shape. As the plant grows, it develops aerial roots that support the stems and the leaves to grow up to three feet.

14. Monstera Obliqua - ($3000)

The Monstera Obliqua can be purchased on eBay both on their online and offline stores. It has a unique structure with large pores in its foliage, and it is one of the most fascinating plants. According to Homeluxurys, the large pores make the plant look like a delicate fabric lace which is something that always catches the attention of onlookers or potential buyers.

13. Philodendron Spiritus Sancti - ($4995)

These stunning plants are endangered species that are native to the Brazilian city of Espirito Santo. They are beautiful aroids with only a handful left in the wild. The majority of this species is grown privately as compared to the rainforest. The rarity of the plant makes it so expensive that it can even be intimidating to think of purchasing one of it. It is easy to grow these plants as long as you are able to create natural conditions like those found in the wild. The main challenge will be to find the perfect spot during cultivation since it's a large wild plant.

12. Variegated Monstera - ( $5000)

Variegated Monstera is a rare plant which makes it expensive. The leaves appear like a half-moon which is caused by mutation during photosynthesis, and they are white and green in color. The size of the variegation will determine the price of the plant. The Monstera with white variegation is rare and more delicate than those with green variegation. The white patches tend to interfere with photosynthesis, which is an excellent deal in plants. The interference with photosynthesis leads to less production of chlorophyll which is the green coloring matter in plants.

11. Tulip bulb - ($5700)

The tulip bulb is one of the oldest plants. It is a genus known for blooming in spring or having the characteristic of herbaceous geophyte. Initially, this plant came from Holland, but it has evolved in both cultivation and the growing method over time. According to Balconygardenweb, this has caused the tulip bulb to change drastically, even in price. Back in the 17th century, the plant was sold for a whopping $5700.

10. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid - ($6000 per piece)

The Gold of Kinabalu Orchid is a magnificent plant that only thrives in Malaysia at their famed National Kinabalu Park. It is a rare kind of orchid that only grows in the months of April to May. What adds to its rarity is the fact that it takes months before it fully blooms. The plant has beautiful green petals that are adorned with dashes of stripes.

9. Hoya Carnosa Compacta - ($ 6500)

The Hoya Carnosa belongs to the Hoya Family, which has around 300 species. There are other species called Hoya Krimson Queen and Hoya Tricolor. This is an evergreen plant that originates from Australia and East Asia. It grows slowly, and it requires minimum supervision for it to grow. The conditions for growth are simple. It requires indirect light and water. The soil should be allowed to dry completely in between watering if it is grown in a pot. The leaves of the plant are dark green, which makes it perfect if you want to decorate your home with hanging pots.

8. Variegated Philodendron Minima - ($8150)

This gorgeous plant is known for its glossy foliage and light green color. The standard price of the plant ranges from about $20-$50 but it was sold at $8150 in an auction. The variegated variation has a different price range.

7. Philodendron Joepii - ($10,000)

It is one of the most endangered plants as it is considered extinct. The plant was first discovered in Eastern Guiana by Joep Moonen during his trip; that is why the plant is named after him. The leaves have an odd shape, making the plant look like insects have chewed it. The plant does well in medium indirect light if you want to cultivate it, but it can also survive in lower indirect light. As the number of light increases, so should the frequency of watering. According to Ruralsprout, it survives in temperatures of 18-23 degrees Celsius. It is pretty easy to grow this plant since the owners can observe what the plant needs. Philodendron Joepii is known to have purified properties, and it can also be used to decorate your office or home.

6. Philodendron Billietiae Variegated - ($12995)

Philodendron Billietiae is a plant that produces gorgeous orange flowers, and it has star-shaped leaves. The long leaves stretch so that the plants receive sunlight that is needed for photosynthesis. If you are a lover of plants, the Philodendron Billietiae should be on top of your list. This plant is mainly grown in areas with moist and well-drained soils. Moderate humidity is also an essential factor to consider during the planting season. Philodendron Billietiae is a climbing plant, and as it grows, it should be allowed to climb up the poles. If it is grown in high humidity, the plant will develop aerial roots, making the plant look even more stunning. If you want to purchase Philodendron Billietiae, you can find it on ebay at five thousand dollars

5. Monstera Adansonii Variegata - ($38000)

Monstera adansonii originates from South America. Some species were also found in Central America and Mexico. These plants grow wildly in the tropical rainforests, and they depend primarily on indirect sunlight. Through evolution, the leaves have maintained a large heart shape with holes so that they can maximize the amount of sunlight that they absorb. The holes in the leaves enable the plant to withstand high winds and heavy rains by allowing excess water to pass through the holes. Since the plant originates from the rainforest, it will require water and direct sunlight if you decide to grow it in your home.

4. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid - ($200,000)

The Shenzhen Nongke Orchid is an artificial orchid that is currently priced at $200,000. It is found in China, and the Chinese natives took about eight years to cultivate the plant entirely. According to Thespruce, these orchids are unique because they take about four to five years before they finally bloom. Its overall charm is in its shape, fragrance, and colors, which have the ideal features that anyone would love in a flower.

3. Bonsai Plants - ($1.3 million)

The Bonsai tree is an art form, and you either have the skill or you don’t. It was first auctioned for $1.3 million at the International Bonsai Convention in Takamatsu. Buying one of these can be very expensive, and keeping it alive is even more difficult. New growers who get it right can supplement their income nicely by selling bonsai plants. The beauty about growing these to resell is that you don’t need a massive area to do so; they take up very little space. Once you get the formula of growth right, you could be making money from fun and relaxing activities.

2. Juliet Rose - ($15.8 million)

Juliet Rose an elegant peach rose flower which has a deep apricot heart. The petals are voluminous and have a soft peach that is heartwarming. This flower is a classic symbol of romance. It smells like a mixture of fresh lemon and forest green. According to Balconygardenweb, during the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006, it was sold for $15.8 million because of its elegance and blushing beauty, making it one of the most expensive plants to be ever sold.

1. Kadupul Flower - (Priceless)

The Kadupul flower is priceless. It is native to the nation of Sri Lanka and is one of the most expensive plants that one can gift you. This flower is so rare and exceptional and blooms only for a few hours during night time. Everyone from across the globe travels just to look at the magnificent elegance of the Kadupul flower. It is a cactus species, and it cannot be sold or harvested. The flower cannot be purchased with any amount of money or gold, and the people of Sri Lanka heavily protect it. It is definitely one plant that is hard to acquire.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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