Naturally, plants are green. This is due to a pigment contained in the leaves called chlorophyll. The leaves produce food for the whole plant through this chlorophyll pigment, and by the process of photosynthesis. Therefore, any plant that has a different color of leaves cannot and doesn’t produce its own food but rely on other plants and organisms for their food.


Here are popular examples of non-green plants:


  • Phantom orchid; also called snow orchid. It is a white beauty that would be perfect for a garden.
  • Monotropa Uniflora; is commonly known as the Indian plant or Ghost pipe. It is also an utterly white plant without no pigment. It derives its food from fungi and grows in dark environments.
  • Orobanche; is known as the Broom plant. This one is a parasite, therefore it is a danger to crops such as beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and egg plants.
  • Senecio hawarthii; the cocoon plant. Just as the name implies, it has leaves that look like a cocoon, with its cylindrical shape. The leaves are also white, with tinges of colors here and there.
  • Mushrooms; are another non-green plant with its dome/umbrella shape. According to scientific research, some mushrooms are eatable and quite nutritious while some others are poisonous and cannot be consumed.

  • Toadstools, molds, and fungi; are also examples of non-green plants.


Although they cannot boast of making their own food, they are a breath of fresh air from the usual green plants, and they have a unique beauty that their colors grant them, making them a great choice for gardens. They also serve a variety of other purposes so though different, they aren’t useless.

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