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6 exquisite plants that will make your friends jealous

Hosting a hangout at your place and want to show off? We've got just the right plants in this list to impress your friends! The best part about these plants is that despite their rarity, they are fairly affordable. Whatever their price tag, they make a priceless first impression.

Chinese Evergreen Tricolor (aglaonema pictum Tricolor)

Price: $50-$200

Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor, also known as the “camouflage plant,” is a rare houseplant highly prized for its unique foliage. Despite it's rarity, its price is starting to come down, but on average it costs $40-$100 depending on the size of the plant. The best thing about the Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor is that it's a relatively easy plant to care for, just remember this plant grows in the jungle understory, so it likes medium to bright, indirect light, lightly moist soil, and warm, humid conditions.

Jewel Orchid (Ludisia discolor) Price: $20-$70

This little plant is among the most unusual plants to come across, as it's foliage is very distinct and sparkly in person. Ludisia developed on the rain forest floors, so they don’t like a lot of natural light and thrive in humid environments. In fact, too much sunlight can wash out their distinctive leaf colors. You can grow jewel orchids indoors as a houseplant, and it’s easily propagated by breaking off a piece of rhizome and rooting it.

Variegated Alocasia (Alocasia macrorrhiza variegata)

Price: $50-$230

A true stunner, the Variegated Alocasia is one plant that is highly sought after in the plant hobby simply because of its white variegated leaves and sheer size of the plants leaves. It's quite similar in size to the Variegated Monstera, but is significantly cheaper in comparison.

Alocasia Tiny Dancer Price: $15-$150

This Alocasia plant is pretty new to the hobby. It was cultivated back in 2013 and is distinguished for its upward-facing, cup-like leaves that carry the illusion of little dancers. This is a small plant, unlike regular Alocasia plants. and because of this, it is a lot more manageable for indoor settings and takes up less space! Perfect for us, more room for plants! Philodendron Melanochrysum

Price: $30-$125

This rare type of vining philodendron has grown in popularity due to their gorgeous, velvety foliage that appear in shades of dark green with brilliantly contrasted yellow veins. While these plants can be difficult to come across, they are easy to care for and appreciate warm conditions, dappled light, and consistent watering. Butterfly Plant (christia obcordata)

Price: $10-$30

Due to the very delicate nature of this plant, it is not shipped very often and is instead available commonly in seed form. But don't worry! Under the right conditions, this plants grows in no time! The shape of its leaves is charismatic as they look exactly how butterfly wings do, hence, the butterfly plant!

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