15 of the Craziest-Looking Flowers From Near and Far

A few of these blooms belong in a vase, the rest seem to belong on Mars.

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A few of these blooms belong in a vase, the rest seem to belong on Mars.

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Flickr/Ruth Hartnup
Powder Puff Flower

Related to , this fluffy bloom (also known as a calliandra) looks like a firework.

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Passion Flower

The passiflora family has about 500 different species, all with a unique structure.

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Feather Celosia

The has spiky blooms that introduce a bold shape to your garden.

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Lollipop Plant

This distinctive plant, which has banana-like flowers, is a good option for an

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Protea

These unusual flowers remind us a bit of artichokes. They're also older than you think: Some of its ancestors date back to more than .

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Rafflesia

It's the largest flower in the world (blooms can reach up to 40 inches in diameter), yet doesn't have leaves, a root, nor a stem. Unfortunately, it's also one of the stinkiest flowers, with some describing its aroma as akin to .

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Joshua McCullough
Peruvian Lily Vine

Vibrant, clustered blooms give this South American vine a showstopping appeal. It's like a chandelier of flowers!

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Yellow Slipper

Don't these bulbous flowers remind you a little bit of marshmallow Peeps?

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Barringtonia Edulis

Also known as Vutu Kana, this is the flower of a tropical evergreen. To us, it brings to mind the image of a bottle brush.

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Getty ImagesDan Rosenholm
Dahlia "Pink Giraffe"

This rare dahlia may look like something you'd see in a jungle, but it .

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Cockscomb

Though it might look a little bit like a brain (sorry), we'd like to think that this is more like a velvet ruffle.

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Wine Cup

With its electric color scheme, this rare South American flower, known as Geissorhiza Radians, is like a living Warhol print.

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Spider Iris

Also called the "sea spider," this flower is unlike any iris you've seen. Not only does it have a dramatic black color, it .

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Getty ImagesHeinrich van den Berg
Large Pitcher Plant

The pitcher part of this plant can .

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Silversword

This otherworldly plant is related to the daisy. It grows on a dormant volcano in Hawaii, and can have .

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