Marijuana is one of the most complex plants in the world. It’s also capable of producing stunning and unique flowers. Each strain has its own aesthetic and appearance, so some are just prettier than others. From bright colors to eye-catching leaf structures, beautiful weed plants are a sight to behold. So, if you’re growing or purchasing weed based on its looks and bag appeal, it's important to know – what are the best looking varieties of weed? Here’s our in-depth guide on some of the most colorful weed strains, along with our chosen list of the top five prettiest marijuana strains on the market.
What Factors Contribute To The Look Of Weed
Weed has come a long way from the sub-par bags of brick product that you have to search for a glimpse of green. With genetic advancements and new techniques implemented by cultivators, colorful marijuana buds have never been so prevalent. The best looking weed may vary from person to person depending on personal taste, but a few factors contribute to what anyone might consider pretty marijuana: color, trichomes, and structure. So, let’s talk about these traits before revealing our top five most beautiful weed plants.
Leaf And Bud Color
From famous ‘purp’ strains to vibrantly bright greens, each nug you come across will have a different shade or color than the rest. This is primarily due to the genetics or make-up of each strain, including the unique content that each plant contains and the levels of the following phytochemicals that affect the color of leaves and buds specifically:
- Anthocyanins - Anthocyanins are pigment molecules that produce varied colors depending on pH and lighting used. It’s responsible for blue, purple and even red strains.
- Chlorophyll - Chlorophyll is responsible for the green coloring in weed plants and is the most prominent pigment in plants, representing 70% of all pigments.
- Carotenoids - As chlorophyll levels drop, carotenoids are able to synthesize in the later growth cycles of plants. Carotenoids like lycopene are quite common and create orange, yellow or red hues.
There’s nothing quite like a heavy crystal coating of diamond-like trichomes to make a marijuana bud that much more stunning. Trichomes are not only the powerhouses of potency and pungent scents for plants, but they also add to pretty marijuana traits. The number of trichomes present on weed plants is dependent on the strain’s genetics, as well as environmental factors like light. The frosty coating of microscopic and ‘mushroom’-shaped trichomes have the ability to make some colorful weed strains shimmer with their shine, which together with pistils poking out here and there makes for a beautiful sight.
Lastly, a plant’s growth structure and stature can affect a strain’s ability to be considered some of the best looking weed. Starting with Indica and Sativa plants, each genetic profile grows to different heights and widths, and differs in bud site amounts and even branch structure. This means that some beautiful weed plants grow tall and skinny while others may be naturally wide and bushy. In addition, each strain produces varied sizes and shapes of buds. Certain genetics may be prone to fluffy or popcorn-sized nugs, while others produce beautifully shaped, dense and hefty-sized versions.
Herbies' Top 5 Best Looking Weed Strains
At Herbies, we consider every plant successfully grown to be beautiful. But of course, there are a few that really stand out from the crowd. We took the time to review the most popular strains and compiled the best looking weed strains if you’re seeking the cream of the crop. So, without further ado, here is our list of the top 5 most beautiful weed plants to grow for pretty marijuana.
Purple Urkle is a strain that comes to us from a few of the most notable ‘purps’ available. While its origins are somewhat unknown, its lineage is said to come from the legendary Cali strain, Mendocino Purps, meaning this pretty marijuana radiates with deep rich purple colors for a stunning appearance. No matter its origins, Purple Urkle is a gene that’s abundant in anthocyanins, which produces its gorgeous violet hue. Grow-wise, Purple Urkle remains short and stocky like most Indicas and takes up less space height-wise than most.
For some weed strains, it's not the prominent color but rather the beautiful contrast of colors. This is the case for Red Mandarine and its robust red hues that highlight its brilliant and bright green leaves. Red Mandarine is a rare genetic profile that produces bulbous buds that are beautifully colored, too. This pretty marijuana strain has a rosy type glow that’s highlighted by an abundance of crystal-like trichomes. As for growing, Red Mandarine is as equally aesthetically pleasing, with a compact and somewhat cute autoflowering structure.
It wouldn’t be a beautiful weed plants list without mentioning the classic Granddaddy Purple strain. These genes come from another colorful weed strain on our list, Purple Urkle crossed with Big Bud, which produces an alluring aesthetic by mixing the best of both legendary worlds. Granddaddy Purple’s nugs are vivid with lively purple hues and covered with a frosty layer of glistening trichomes. Even better, this compact Indica plant produces big, dense and abundant buds, making it a show-stopper to watch grow, too.
Purple Lemonade is a strain that’s brilliant with purple hues, which are beautifully accented by classic deep greens. The rare gene is one of the most advanced purple strains on the market today, and glistens in any space with its contrast of colors sprinkled with bright orange pistils. To add to this, the stunning weed variety produces multiple bud sites, scattering your plant with its colorful marijuana nugs. The plant’s ideal internodal spacing also helps this colorful weed strain shine when growing.
It’s not hard to guess the color combination that The Black strain has to offer. This unique plant is insanely rich in such deep purple shades that upon harvest, the buds appear black in color. The lineage of The Black is unknown, but what we do know is that its frosty trichome-coated leaves turn darker as its lifecycle ends. Even the trichomes and hairs on this strain are purple, adding an extra layer of dark and luscious hues to enjoy.
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Grower
Like the common phrase, beauty is in the eye of the beholder... depending on your preference, the beauty of weed is subjective, to say the least. However, no matter your taste, it’s hard to deny that our top 5 beautiful weed plants produce some of the most stunning marijuana buds out there. If you’re seeking a colorful weed strain to grow or show off with, these genetics are the ones to seek out.
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