This is the succulent that everyone wants to own right now.
If there’s one thing Japan loves, it’s a good dose of “kawaii” or “cute”, and when the natural world delivers it without even knowing, the appeal is almost too much to handle. That’s what happened after this tweet from Twitter user @ appeared online last week, with two images of a peace-sign-pulling-rabbit-plant melting hearts all over the Internet.
モニラリア・オブコニカ うさぎさん… 流通してない… かわいすぎてあたま腐りそう 耳がぎゅんぎゅんのびる。花がさく。 https://t.co/fsgXCYUpzp—
せれりぃ (@celely1128) March 04, 2017
With its collection of furry bunny-eared shoots and tiny finger-like peace signs, everyone has fallen in love with the plant, which looks uncannily like a group of rabbits posing for a photo. One Twitter user was so inspired by the scene that they even sketched a drawing of the cute plant.
田畠は夜中に絵を載せる習性がある (@KarasugiTabasco) March 05, 2017
Though it might look like a miniature field of bunnies, the plant that has social media users letting out a collective “awww” around the country is actually a succulent called Monilaria obconica. During its growing stage, the plant sprouts small rabbit-like ears that end up growing longer and larger, eventually sprouting flowers as the furry beads on its surface work to store water, helping it to retain moisture for weeks at a time.
せれりぃ (@celely1128) March 05, 2017
With tens of thousands of likes and retweets, Twitter users have fallen hard for the cute-looking plant, leaving comments like:
“These really look like rabbits!”
“They’re not just pulling one peace sign, they’re using a double peace-sign, which makes them even cuter!”
“I can’t believe a plant like this exists!”
“I want one of these sooo much…”
“OMG I can’t handle how cute this plant is!”
With so much love for the succulent online, we have a feeling that nurseries around the country will be receiving more requests for the plant in the near future. Let’s just hope everyone who purchases one of these remembers to use water sparingly when caring for the plant so they don’t kill all those adorable green bunnies with kindness!
Featured image: Twitter/@celely1128