You Can Buy These Glow-in-the-Dark Succulents at Aldi This Week

published Oct 19, 2019
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Did you know there’s such a thing as a glow-in-the-dark succulent? As if succulents weren’t already enchanting enough — between the pink, rose-shaped ones and the ones sold in a mini toilet — one also looks like the glow-in-the-dark stars of your childhood bedroom come to life. The plant, officially named Glowing Star in the Dark, is currently available at certain Aldi locations for $5.99, so now is your chance to adopt one (or a mini constellation) of your own.

The Glowing Star in the Dark is a relatively new plant, according to Grower Direct. Introduced in fall 2012 at the FloraHolland trade fair, it’s a special variety of echeveria, a genus of flowering succulents, that gives off a bright green light in the dark. Gardening Express says its glowing properties come from “a special coating applied throughout the cultivation process.” While the details are a grower’s secret, the plant is non-toxic, so you can add it to your succulent collection without worry.

The plants work similarly to plastic glow-in-the-dark stars in that they “charge” during the day by absorbing light from the sun or from a lamp. At night, they radiate that light back into the darkness. This process, also called phosphorescence, happens thanks to substances called phosphors, which store light energy, then slowly release it, as explained by Physics.org. For the best glowing effect, make sure to give your plant access to plenty of light during the day.

Garden Express calls the Glowing Star in the Dark very easy to care for because they’re “extremely tolerant of dry conditions,” whether you’re conserving water or happen to be a forgetful plant parent. In warmer weather, they can live inside or outside, but during the colder months, bring them indoors and let them light up your room.

The succulents are not available at all Aldi locations, and they are listed in Aldi’s weekly ad, so they may not last long.