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These Dolphin Succulents Are the Houseplants of our Dreams

Love dolphins so much you wish you could keep them as pets? Well, you can't do that. But you CAN get dolphin succulents, aka Senecio peregrinus.


Love dolphins so much you wish you could keep a pod of them in your home? Well, you can't really do that. Sorry. But you can get yourself a more manageable substitute: Meet dolphin succulents, a low-maintenance plant with leaves that look like tiny, breaching cetaceans.

According to Japanese pop culture blog Rocket News, these unique houseplants have stolen the hearts of Japanese people on Twitter and Instagram, like kao77neko whose comment basically translates to "hella dolphins!!!"

Couldn't have said it better ourselves, kao77neko.

These charming plants go by the scientific name Senecio peregrinus, but in Japan they're also nicknamed "dolphin necklaces."

According to gardening Instagram account itsasucculentworld, dolphin succulents are the hybrid babies of the hot dog cactus (Senecio articulatus) ...

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Daderot

... and the string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus).

Photo credit: Flickr, ClatieK

Only in the succulent world would a hot dog and a pearl make a dolphin.

Despite their much thicker leaves, all three of these plants belong to the daisy family, Asteraceae.

These little green dolphins aren't the only plants to remind us of adorable mammals. Another succulent, the fuzzy Monilaria obconica looks like a family of bunnies sprouting out of tubes.

With plants this cute (and poop-free), you might never need a pet again.

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