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22 Insanely Cool Conversation-Piece Plants For Your Garden

You, too, can harness a bit of nature's weirdness.

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2. White Alpine Strawberries

They're sweeter than regular strawberries, with a hint of pineapple. "Closely related to wild or woodland strawberries, the alpines are considered a gourmet strawberry. Producing throughout the summer, alpines are easy to grow, either in beds or containers. They are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 3a through 8b." Buy them here.


15. Prickly Caterpillar Beans

"Caterpillar Beans were grown in the 1880's as a curiosity, usually to surprise unsuspecting dinner guests. They were not meant to be eaten, (they're too prickly), but are harmless and quite amusing." Yes indeed! Get the seeds here.


19. Birds of Paradise Flowers

"We have had great success with the following potting medium for strelitzias: 2 parts loam, 2 parts sand, 3 parts 12 cm bark, 3 parts compost and 1/2 part bone meal, and 1 part Bounce back® or 1 part 3.1.5 fertilizer." The instructions are complicated, so grow if you dare. Get the seeds here.