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Ugliest Plants in the World

Ugliest Plants in the World

Most plants bring delight to people, especially green-fingered individuals who love cultivating various species. However, not every plant is pleasing to the eye — some of them even look so bad that they are tagged as one of the ugliest plants on Earth.

5 of the Ugliest Plants You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

When thinking about flowers and plants, most of us get the green and relaxing perception of these animate objects. They even enhance the feel of our gardens and add a little prettiness to the most basic backyards.

However, some types completely break the norm. Most people consider them ‘ugly plants’ either due to the way they look and smell, or the nasty effect they can have on the human body.

From succulents to flowers and mushrooms, here is our garden experts’ list of the most unsightly plants from across the planet.

1. Corpse flower


If the name of this plant has already creeped you out, wait until you discover how it smells! The Amorphophallus titanum, otherwise known as the Corpse Flower, is one of the world’s ugliest flowers and its odour is like that of a rotting animal.

This plant only blooms every four to six years within its 40-year life expectancy, and it can grow up to 5 feet high!

2. Stinky squid


This one is actually a mushroom that was first reported in Pittsburgh, North America in 1915. Its body resembles that of a puffball at first and then later splits to form a stalk with arms that taper.

Commonly found at the edge of the woods, a lot of people also tag the Stinky Squid’s putrid smell like that of ‘rotting meat’.

3. Birthwort


Birthwort is a widespread species, and it appears in various climates. Also called as pipe vines, this plant is an intertwining stem with simple leaves.

Aside from its appearance, the Birthwort is a poisonous plant, and has been known to cause thousands of kidney failures in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. These people were believed to have unintentionally consumed the plant through contaminated flour.

4. Elephant’s trunk


Elephant’s Trunk is a succulent native in Southern Africa. Its thick ‘trunk’ consists of dense spines and a crown on top which appears during the winter months. It also blooms velvet-textured flowers from August to October.

5. Monkey cups


More commonly known as the tropical pitcher plant, the genus Nepenthes is a carnivorous species mostly found in the tropical areas of India, Malaysia, and Australia. It is a vine-forming plant which produces pitchers to trap insects.

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