Variegated Philodendron Minima

10 of the Most Expensive Plants In The World

Beauty and rarity are two of the head turner traits that make plants attractive. The lovely blooms add vibrancy to a room while its lush leaves give character to an empty space. People can get drawn to the greens and feel the need to get a hold of natures’ expensive creations — even if it means taking a giant cut from their savings.


Plants vary in shape, color, kind, and of course, in price. As bizarre as it may sound, there are plants that can be as expensive as your house and even more than your total salary of 10 years of employment. Some plant keepers may think that no one in their right mind would spend such amounts to purchase a plant, well deep-dyed green thumbs think otherwise. 

Life is constantly changing. Little do we know it, but plants are suddenly today’s luxuries. Coming from different parts of the world, the worth of several plants are based on its origin and uniqueness. Other reasons why a plant can be pretty high-priced include: the variety may bloom only once a year; it takes a whole lot of effort to grow, or it is nearly extinct.

You’re probably wondering if those reasons justify investing in a costly plant collection. The wealthiest of the wealthy don’t think twice about spending so much money on plants because they are either fascinated by such a rare species or mesmerized by its beauty. Some find that expensive plants make good adornments in their homes, while others like them simply because they can afford them.

Here are the top ten most expensive plants and the reasons why their leaves and flowers cost a lot. Read more and become fascinated as each plant unfolds its one of a kind characteristics.  

10 of the Most Expensive Plants

1. Old Pine Bonsai Tree

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A century-old Pine Bonsai Tree is the most expensive plant of its kind. Sold at the International Bonsai Convention in Takamatsu, Japan, its auction price reached 1.3 million dollars. The tree was proclaimed to be over 800 years old, which makes it exceptionally recognized because of its age.

A bonsai tree is a type of shrub or an ornamental plant that thrives in a small container pot without growing into a full-sized trunk. They are dwarfed artificially and grow mature while still remaining a petite size. Japan, as well as many Asian cultures, cultivate bonsai is part of their ancient practices.

Considered as living art because of its aesthetic appearance, bonsai trees are delicately crafted over decades to represent a share or virtue of resemblance of human nature. The care and effort in creating a bonsai reflect in its price tag. Young bonsai do not cost as much as the old ones because the prices climb higher with age.

2. Monstera Obliqua

Monstera Obliqua

The hearts of green-lovers are captured by the plant Monstera Obliqua. The plant does not have bright-colored flowers, tall leaves, or even an attractive fragrance. However, the lack of such features is what makes it unique and magnetic.

Right now, a Monstera Obliqua costs $3,000. It is available on eBay and in both online and offline markets. The plant is indeed high-priced yet you cannot even ask for a discount for all the holes in its foliage.

Monstera Obliqua’s foliage has large holes in its entirety. While it’s uncommon to appreciate holes in your plant’s leaves without blaming the worms, the structure makes Monstera Obliqua’s look as delicate as a fabric lace. Turns out, many people are immensely fascinated by it.

The plant originated in Central and South America. Deemed as a plant that has more holes than leaves, the most known of its kind are situated in Peru. There is a variety of Monstera Obliqua that has less fenestration called Bolivian. 

3. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid

Gold of Kinabalu Orchid

Costing about $6,000 per piece, the Gold of Kinabalu Orchid has remarkable beauty and only appears in the country of Malaysia at their National Kinabalu Park. A Kinabalu is a rare kind of orchid that grows exclusively on the months of April to May. Before one could see its full blooms, it will first take years after being planted.

When the time comes that it finally lets people witness its bud opening, many guarantees that it is quite a sight. The Gold of Kinabalu Orchid has green petals that are complemented with a dash of red stripes. Of all the varieties of orchids on the planet, Kinabalu is recognized as the rarest one.

Paphiopedilum rothschildianum or commonly known as Rothschild’s slipper orchid belongs to the family of the Corypetalum group characterized as orchids with horizontal petals giving the plant a peculiar appearance. Because of Kinabalu’s impressive and unique formation, it is now one of the world’s most expensive orchids. 

4. Half Moon Philodendron Pink Princess

Half Moon Philodendron Pink Princess

People love pink in their plant collection, which makes the Half Moon Philodendron Pink Princess in demand these days — even while having a price tag of $ 1,299. Named by the 2019 Horticulture Week as a must-have plant, it gained more patrons and fame for its pink leaves. Aside from its interesting color, a pink Philodendron can thrive not only in soil but in water too.

Pink Philodendron, or also known as Blushing Philodendron, is a native plant from the country of Columbia. Its leaves have a wide arrow form mostly in green color. Pink, rose and copper shades also manifest in some of the Philodendron types.

Despite its price, the Pink Philodendron does not require a lot of attention from its keeper. It only has basic needs that regular plants require. A Pink Philodendron will grow healthy with an adequate amount of water, good soil type, balanced humidity, and a proper container. 

5. Juliet Rose

Juliet Rose

Make way for Juliet Rose as it flaunts its stunning beauty that amounts up to $15.8 million, making it the most expensive flower. Roses are customarily breathtaking, but Juliet Rose just takes the cake among its kind. The shape, thickness, pattern, and soft touch of pink pigment are absolutely immaculate.

Showcased at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006, Juliet Rose made its first impression on the public after 15 years of cultivation and breeding just to create a flower that will blow the world. The Juliet Rose sensation then started right after the event.

The Juliet Rose breaks the belief of a symmetrical structure as its petals and overall appearance are in unparalleled form. It has transfixing buds with different shades of pink. As they bloom, a magnificent and full opening with subtle dark hues forms toward the center of the rose.

David Austin is the genius who created the Juliet Rose that amounted to $5 million. The efforts are clearly paid off knowing that the flower has grabbed more attention as it reaches its highest selling point.

6. Variegated Philodendron Minima

Variegated Philodendron Minima

Trade Me in New Zealand is an online store or trading website that is holding the record of selling a Variegated Philodendron Minima that costs $8,150. The plant is the most expensive item the store has ever sold.

The Variegated Philodendron Minima has glossy foliage that has a deep-lobe light green color. The standard price for a regular Philodendron only ranges from $20 to $50, but the variegated one has a different price range. One can identify the structures of variegated minima through its blocks, streaks, and spots.

The most notable one is its blocks. Variegated minima have a pattern block that is inexpressively pleasing because of its neat formation in the foliage. Its leaves are divided into green, lighter shade, and even yellow hues.

Variegated minima require a sensitive growing method. The flowers and leaves of variegated minima best thrive when placed in a well-lit position inside the house or in the garden. It also needs to maintain its moisture most of the time, and so keepers should avoid overwatering the plant.

7. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

The Shenzhen Nongke Orchid is a man-made orchid that costs $200,000. Chinese agricultural scientists took 8 years to cultivate this specific type of orchid. Even with this long duration, plant-lovers say it was worth the wait.

Talking about patience and waiting, a Shenzhen Nongke Orchid takes four to five years before it will finally reveal its blooms. But when it does, people will find themselves in awe because of its rare yet exceptional beauty. Its overall charm, including shape, fragrance, and colors, are the best features anyone looks for in a flower.

Not only can it fill the cravings of the eyes, but the Shenzhen orchid can also satisfy a hungry stomach as it is created edible for humans. The orchid has a delicate flavor that one would not expect to come from its kind. Many investors and plant enthusiasts were willing to get a Shenzhen orchid — yet only one man brought home the most expensive orchid ever sold in the world.

Shenzhen Nongke Orchid breeders are continuing to improve cultivation methods, seeing how the flowers are in demand in the high-class market. Part of the effort is innovating possible solutions that will speed up the production.

8. Tulip Bulb

Tulip Bulb

During the 17th century, the Tulip Bulb made history because of its golden price of $5,700. If the amount is expensive in recent times, it pays a hundred folds back in the day. The plant came from the country of Holland.

With a combination of red, pink, and yellow colors, the Tulip Bulb was hailed as the most beautiful and pricey plant in the country at that time. Aside from its appearance, people are fond of the plant because it lasts longer than other flowers in the country.

The Tulip Bulb is a genus that mostly blooms in spring. It has the characteristics of herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes, which means that it has a formation of bulbs. From the past up to modern times, the Tulip Bulb keeps on evolving when it comes to cultivation and growing methods. 

With over 150 species and 3000 varieties, tulips are extremely flexible in expressing different beauty forms. The Tulip Bulb buds are greatly known for their symmetrical sizes. While this one only sprouts with a single flower bud, the other types appear to bloom with four varieties in a single stem. 

9. Saffron Crocus

Saffron Crocus

Saffron Crocus cost $1,500 per pound. The plant is not only an ornamental type, as it can be used as spices for food preservation and gourmet. Because of this, the Saffron Crocus was recognized as the most expensive spice in the world.

Getting the flower in your kitchen will never be the same after spending a lot of money, as it’s mainly sold per pound. However, getting a flower will not produce spices. One would need at least 80,000 Saffron Crocus to be ground in order to produce the chili taste. 

Saffron Crocus is also called Crocus Sativus or Autumn Crocus. It belongs to the family of Iridaceae. Its kind is known for having filaments inside the flower that could produce spices. 

10. Kadupul Flower

Kadupul Flower

Located in the country of Sri Lanka, the Kadupul flower is in utmost uniqueness and incomparable beauty that no living man can ever price. Due to its rarity, the Kadupul flower is crowned as the most expensive flower on the planet. The Kadupul flower only blooms once a year and usually opens up its stunning petals at night time.

People from different corners of the world travel miles just to see the majestic elegance of the Kadupul Flower. It cannot be purchased with any amount of cash or gold. There will be serious reprimanding for those who will try to cut or smuggle a stem.

The Kadupul flower is tightly protected by the people of Sri Lanka. As part of their cultural treasures, they would love the tourists to enjoy it with their eyes only. The flower does not have a price yet, which is what makes it extravagant and high-valued.