17 Plants with Prickly Leaves
28.12.2023 - 12:37
/ Ralph Astley
From the pointy foliage of the holly to the stand-out agaves, plants with prickly leaves can be quite a unique addition to any garden!
Cacti boast a distinctive feature—prickly leaves modified into spines. These water-storing plants need less maintenance and care, making them perfect for forgetful gardeners.
Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis miller
Aloe Vera is popular for its medicinal properties and also looks quite great while being at it. The leaves have small spines and they are super pointy at the ends, too!
Botanical Name: Rosa spp.
Roses are recognized for their thorny stems and serrated, prickly leaves. These natural defenses add an element of protection to the beauty of these flowers.
Botanical Name: Agave spp.
Agaves are the epitome of plants with prickly leaves. Be it a small one or a large specimen, you can notice the spiny ‘teeth’ all around the foliage!
Botanical Name: Ilex spp.
A holiday plant, this one exhibits glossy, serrated leaves. The prickly leaves contribute to their traditional role in winter celebrations.
Botanical Name: Rubus fruticosus
Blackberry bushes offer more than delicious berries — they have thorns and prickly leaves. Pointy leaves or not, these are a must-have in the garden!
Botanical Name: Yucca spp.
Yucca plants stand out with their slender, sword-like leaves. Their leaves have long, pointed tips, and their edges are lined with needle-like prickles.
Botanical Name: Cirsium spp.
Thistles produce purple blooms and prickly leaves that deter herbivores. Despite their pointy appearance, these plants support pollinators and local ecosystems.
Botanical Name: Urtica spp.
Nettles are notorious for their stinging hair and also have serrated, prickly leaves that deliver a mild toxin upon contact.