Buying rare plants

How and where to buy rare plants

This post has come from the most frequent question we get on this blog and instagram – “Where can I buy this plant in my country?”

Unfortunately many plant sellers can’t transport plants between countries so it can be difficult to find a source within your own location.  Due to this I have consolidated a list of the most requested plants and where to buy them by region.

1. Variegated Albino Monstera

This is by far the most requested – if you are wondering why, you will want to see our rapid growing monstera cutting here.  There are a number of ways to buy this plant, and the most common and affordable is cuttings.  This means that you buy a leaf cutting from a larger plant which usually has a root.  When you get the cutting, with correct care, it will grow into a healthy plant, and can grow really quite quickly (a new leaf each month!).  The down side of buying cuttings is that they are very sensitive and so are at risk of dying.  This post explains the trick to ensuring your best chances of survival.

Europe & UK

Variegated cuttings

Variegated monstera seeds

USA & Canada

Variegated cutting

Partially white three leaf plant

Small variegated monstera

Variegated monstera with damaged leaf

Small albino cutting – sold for $265

Variegated seeds


Variegated seeds

Mostly White Variegated Monstera

Variegated monstera plant (Large) sold for $1,025

Variegated monstera plant (small)  sold for $460

Ultra rare variegated monstera OBLIQUA sold for $4,850

STUNNING large variegated monstera sold for $1,305

Variegated monstera (Large) sold for $1,025

2. Medinilla Magnifica

The Medinilla Magnifica is truly a stunning plant, if you want to see more we have an entire post on this plant here.  These are very rare and a truly unique plant to add to your collection.

Europe & UK

Medinilla small plant

Medinilla Magnifica seeds

USA & Canada

Medinilla seeds


Medinilla seeds

3. Pilea Peperomiodes

This plant is now very popular and is relatively easy to care for, but not easy to find.  We have a few posts (here and here) on this plant showing how they grow over time.  They are incredibly easy to propagate so once you have one you can replicate it into many more!

Europe & UK

Pilea small plant

Pilea larger plant

USA & Canada

Pilea Peperomiodes


Pilea Peperomiodes



4. Frangipani or Plumeria

This is another plant which is incredibly easy to propagate but in some parts of the world very rare.  They grow beautiful and fragrant flowers.  To see a growth progress post on this, click here.  If you have your own growth story to share, please get in touch!

Europe & UK

White/yellow flower seeds

Mixed colour flowers plant

USA & Canada

Frangipani plant pink flowers

Frangipani cutting white/yellow flowers


Deep red flower stem cutting

Tricolour flower frangipani potted

5. Seagrape aka coccoloba uvifera

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De la familia #Polygonaceae, #Coccoloba uvifera, la uvita playera, es un árbol que al parecer puede llegar a alcanzar los 8 metros de altura, aunque solo me topé con los que aún no sobrepasaban los 4 metros. Es una especie dioica, así que para que de frutos tiene que haber polinización cruzada entre un árbol con flores masculinas y uno con flores femeninas. Su fruto verde, en racimos, al madurar toma un color morado y es comestible, de sabor dulce y usado para preparar mermeladas, vinos y postres. La semilla que ocupa el gran 85 por ciento del cuerpo del fruto, una vez extraída, debe sembrarse inmediatamente pues tiene una vida muy corta, al parecer es muy difícil mantener su viabilidad artificialmente. Por ser muy tolerante al efecto del salitre, esta especie está ampliamente distribuida en las playas tropicales del golfo de México, del mar Caribe, las islas Bermudas y las Guayanas. Según Nathaniel Lord Britton, lo más probable es que la uva de mar haya sido la primera planta americana vista por Cristóbal Colón cuando llegó a San Salvador / Guanahani. #Coccolobauvifera Del libro “Árboles Comunes de Puerto Rico y las Islas Virgenes” 1977 dice: “Anteriormente se vendían los frutos maduros en conos formados al enrollar las hojas. Los primeros colonizadores españoles a veces usaban las hojas gruesas y verdes como un substituto del papel para escribir mensajes con un alfiler u otra punta aguda.”

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This is another one which is incredibly rare in some locations – and in others it is incredibly common! It is relatively slow growing but once it does grow it produces grapes which you can actually eat, and even make jam from!

Europe & UK

Seagrape seeds

USA & Canada

Seagrape seeds US


Seagrape seeds Australia


8. Oxalis Triangularis

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The Oxalis Triangularis is one of my favourite plants (especially the purple variety) and always reappears during the month of March for St. Patrick's Day! 🍀 Did you know that this plant is edible? The leaves taste exactly like the sour skin of grapes and can be used in salads, soups, sauces, or as seasoning! 🍇 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thehouseplantinsider #houseplants #plants #houseplantlover #indoorgarden #indoorplants #plantlover #crazyplantlady #crazyforplants #houseplantcare #plantcare #plantlife #plantlove #plantstagram #plantaddict #allaboutplants #plantphotography #urbanjungle #houseplantcommunity #plantsofinstagram #plantaofig #houseplantjournal #houseplantclub #plantsmakepeoplehappy #oxalisplant #oxalistriangularis #edibleplants #woodsorrel #shamrockplant #stpatricksday

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The purple triangle shaped leaves of this plant not only are striking, but they also close up at night time – much like prayer plants.

Europe & UK

Oxalis 10 x bulbs

USA & Canada

Small Purple Oxalis Triangularis


Oxalis Triangularis small plant

7. Nasturtium

Nasturtiums are relatively easy to grow and actually produce edible flowers! They are increasingly popular to add to food and can be found online in both plants and seeds.

Europe & UK

Nasturtium seeds Europe

USA & Canada

Nasturtium seeds America


Nasturtium seeds Australia

vareigated adansonii
photo from etsy seller: hopehappyshop

8. Monstera Adansonii

This plant also comes in a variation of variegated adansonii which is truly a showstopper.

Buy Monstera Adansonii online – UK

Monstera Adansonii – USA


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