19 Prettiest Weed Strains in the World
To help you bring some new colorful plants to your garden, I’ve decided to make a list of the most beautiful strains I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.
I’ve decided to place them into 3 separate categories:
- Strains that have black and gray phenotypes
- Strains that have the purple and pink phenotype
- Brightest strains
Strains that grow black/gray nugs and leaves are the latest trend in cannabis growing.
It’s all about black weed now. It’s almost as if black was the new purple.
Some strains have a genetic trait which adjusts the color of the flowers and leaves when certain conditions are applied. These conditions include specific temperatures, type of nutrients, and many other variables.
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Images of a strain dubbed Black Diesel have been circling the internet for a while now. At first, people didn’t believe how intensely black the nugs grew.
As you can see on the image above the nugs are practically black from all the dark calyxes. The buds are usually large and quite thick, however not all Black Diesel plants seem to share this trait.
The Black is another black strain, although its nugs are not really that dark. It was discovered in during the 1980’s, but it didn’t become popular until 2008.
The plant is known for having a dark complexion all over the bushy canopy, and gorgeous pale flowers. The peak of its beauty is during the flowering phase because the sleek black leaves look like huge fingers.
Black Dog is a prominent West Coast strain that’s been gaining popularity over the last couple of years. This strain is very interesting to watch because as grows and flowers very rapidly.
It’s known for going early into flowering, yet turning into a seriously resinous strain with very high THC levels.
The colas are very tall and they stick out from the canopy. The leaves are bright green throughout its life until the last month of flowering when both the leaves and flowers start becoming blackish in color.
Dark Devil is a cross of Big Devil XL and an unknown Ruderalis plant. It is a magnificent mixture of genetics which makes this strain a simple must have for growers.
Its colas grow to a medium size and the buds themselves have a powerful fragrance. This is an autoflower version, so they don’t tend to grow really too big, but they sure are beautiful.
The leaves are dark green by default, but sometimes they express a light green outline.
Buds vary from dark green to purple and black, and they provide a great contrast to the leaves which are in much lighter hues.
The Black Domina is a beautiful strain that will grab the attention of your guests as soon as they enter the garden. This strain has very thin leaves that stick out from the colas stacked with thick purple flowers.
However, the thing that makes the Black Domina stand out are her incredible pistils. The pale white-yellowish pistils and purple flowers look like something straight out of an alien movie.
Purple Kush is one of the many strains carrying the purple phenotype. This strain has been hugely popular for more than 20 years and it still has a strong genetics.
The nugs on Purple Kush are not necessarily thick and dense, as they usually grow somewhat thin. However, this strain really brings a plethora of colors, including orange and purple buds, and some extremely green leaves.
It grows short and bushy like most Indicas and these vibrant colors will definitely breathe new life into your garden. You can also try growing its close cousin Purple Afghani and get similar result if you’re lucky.
This is another one of those strains that has a crazy contrast in the color of the flowers and basically the entire cola, comparing to the leaves.
Frisian Duck is an unknown cross. Some people assume that this strain is a cross of a Webbed Hawaiian and an Aussie Bush Sativa, or maybe Pinot Green. Others say it’s a cross of Frisian Dew and Ducksfoot, but it’s impossible to say with absolute certainty.
These plants prefer growing outside on the sun as they have a lot of Sativa genetics. Keep them in soil, and feed them with lots of carbon dioxide for maximal growth.
The Big North
I heard about the Big North just a few days ago, when a friend told me about the monster his acquaintance grew. It’s a cross of Big Bud and Northern Lights, that resulted in a ghostly colossus.
As you can see, the buds are eerily bluish with a very light leaf complexion. The plant got topped a few times and grew over a dozen huge colas. It doesn’t grow too much in height, but it will spread out all over the place.
Unfortunately you’d have to attempt to cross those two strains, and chances are that you won’t hit this combination even if you tried your best. But that shouldn’t prevent you from trying.
Grape Ape is a legendary strain that gave its genetics to many famous strains, such as Grandaddy Purple, Sour Grapes, 3xPurple, and Cherry OG Kush.
This variety grows beautiful wide leaves with a dark, sometimes almost black outlines. The nugs tend to be huge and extremely potent.
Grape Ape is known to get purple from time to time as it carries the purple phenotype. It is relatively skunky, but can also smells of grapes, making it a perfect outdoor addition.
Pakistani Chitral Kush
Another beautiful strain from the Kush family, the PCK is a full-blown Indica with awesome genetics. It probably has the most diverse color palette of all Kush strains, as you can see on the image above.
It grows very short relatively quickly, and it also carries the purple phenotype. That is why it’s sometimes called Purple Pakistani or Purple Chitral. This strain has many phenotypes and it’s kind of like a Kinder Surprise you because you never know how it will come out when you plant a PCK seed.
Red Poison Auto
Red Poison is a cross of Green Poison and Pakistani Kush, the one I just spoke about. Keep in mind the heritage when buying seeds, as sometimes you just might get lucky like this grower.
This is an auto-flowering strain with a medium THC content. It is easy to grow and it looks very exotic, compared to the strains that didn’t make it on this list.
It starts showing red and purple colors on the flowers and leaves as soon as it starts going into the flowering phase. It grows up to 120cm in height, which is great because you may have to top it only a couple of times.
This strain is another legendary cross of two epic strains – Trainwreck and Mendocino Purps.
Purple Trainwreck isn’t purple at all, it just has a misleading name.
It grows very short and bushy with a really strong stem, and you can expect lots of colas peeking through the canopy. The leaves are very wide, a direct result of exceptional Indica genes.
They love to grow in soil, so keep them outside and they’ll be happy plants with potent nugs.
Bubblelicious is one of the newest strains out there. It has a very nice mix of green, pink and gray. It is a medium tall sativa that prefers growing outside.
If you’re extremely lucky one of your Bubblelicious plants may carry the pink phenotype, similar to Pink Kush. This phenotype is known to bring out pink pistils in this strain, after which it got its name.
Bubblelicious is also known for their wonderful scent of bubblegum, which means the fragrance will probably visit your neighbor’s yard.
For a little while, Pink Kush was the fan favorite among Canadians. This strain also gets its name after the pink phenotype it carries, although if you don’t acquire seeds with really stable genetics you might not get that particular phenotype.
Pink Kush is very resinous and tends to have relatively pale nugs. When the pink pistils decide to come out, they are easily visible because of the contrast.
The best way to check for this trait is to look on the back side of its leaves.
Bubble Gum and Bubble Gum Kush
These two strains have to go one alongside each other. Bubble Gum was first grown in Indiana by an anonymous grower. After that, it got widely popular, and became one of the top picks in the Netherlands.
We got Bubble Gum Kush by combining this strain with an undisclosed Kush variety.
They both give off a powerful sweet scent, almost as if you were chewing a piece of gum. These strains grow short and bushy, with long colas sticking out from the canopy.
They share a common deep green color in the leaves, with ghoulish white nugs. The nugs are very resinous and resilient, meaning they can be grown both indoors and outdoors.
Peach Purée is one of those strains that you could just sit around and stare at it for days, as it has colors on top of colors.
Aside from high CBD levels, this strain draws great traits from both of its parents. Peach Purée is a cross of Sweet Diesel and California Orange.
As you can see on the image above, this combination gives an incredible versatility of colors and a variety of phenotypes. Just perfect for a mother/father of your next cross.
Gorilla Glue #4
Do you want your garden to really smell like cannabis? Well then you should get yourself some Gorilla Glue, or more precisely Original Glue, because that’s what it’s usually called nowadays.
GG#4 came to us as a cross of Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel.
Superior genetics made this strain a fan favorite all across North America. This strain also has a lot of resin, which makes its flowers appear like tiny apparitions at night.
It grows mostly sideways, so its bushes get both huge and skunky!
Black Cherry Cheesecake
This is also one of the strains with a purple flower and green leafs which heavily contrast the flower. It’s a cross between Black Cherry Soda, Super Silver Haze, and Cheese, which means truly epic genetics.
This strain has beautiful thick pink-tinged purple flowers, and the buds smells like cherries and sugar. The leaves are pretty elongated and they tend to have a purple complexion at the tip.
It grows rapidly (7 to 9 weeks), and Black Cherry Cheesecake plants are usually very resistant to mold.
Sour Apple is a cross between Sour Diesel and Cinderella 99. It is a sativa-dominant hybrid that first became popular in the Washington State area.
This strain is a gorgeous cross with lots of different phenotypes that come out depending on the amount of light, temperature, and nutrients it’s being fed with.
Just like Black Cherry Cheesecake, Sour Apple also grows between 7 and 9 weeks, and it gives off a distinct sour-apple candy aroma that will definitely attract visitors to your garden.
The flowers are usually purple, but they can also express lime green hues.
The world’s best cannabis seeds and clones to grow in ‘22
Good news, America: The nation’s army of weed growers in 2022 is going to fire up hundreds of metric tons of the most explosively tasty, time-stoppingly beautiful bud ever conceived on planet Earth.
Pot law liberalization has triggered a Golden Age of cannabis genetics—putting the loudest, most diverse ganja aromas and effects at the fingertips of gardeners big and small.
Major nurseries like Dark Heart Nursery in Oakland, CA, hold strain openings like fashion shows for the $18.3 billion legal industry. Los Angeles’ Seed Junky Genetics sold $1,000 clones of Super Runtz at The Emerald Cup on Dec. 11—200 of them. Champion breeders like Exotic Genetix have released $900 seed packs with NFT art direct to a rabid fanbase. It all sells out—powering more than 2,278 metric tons of legal US pot production annually.
Leafly’s annual “Best cannabis seeds to grow” synthesizes the quantitative with the qualitative: We pair strain search and menu trend data with breeder interviews, and event and store reporting; plus, we smoke hundreds of flavors, and grow a few pounds.
Go ahead and bury us. We’re seeds. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)
Leafly News’ product picks are independent, and cannot be influenced by advertising. We’d love to fill our garden with these cultivars—the newest of the new and those re-mixed from the best of the present and past.
Get ready for all the Cakes, Mints, Cookies, Zkittlez, GMOs, and sativas you could spend a lifetime trimming. Whatever you smoke, now is the time to score some awesome seeds so you can pop them by spring, and have a pound laying around by Thanksgiving. This is Leafly’s Best cannabis seeds and clones to grow in ‘22.
Cake and Mints varietals for ‘22
Best-selling Wedding Cake and Kush Mints cannabis families combine in Humboldt Seed Company’s filthy new Poddy Mouth, which is Humboldt Pound Cake x Mtn Top Mint.
Emerald Cup-winning Ridgeline Farms named and endorsed this outdoor-optimized exotic. It can test beyond 30% THC while looking bonkers and smelling like soft, sweet, minty fuel. Sheesh!
For ’22, Humboldt Seed Co. has 85 regular, feminized, autoflower, or combo seed products, from 45 strains, in six states. They’re emblematic of how West Coast breeders own the strain game, thanks to decades of experience, plus baseball field-sized farms to test out thousands of new varieties at once.
There are so many tasty mint and cake strains out there this year.
See also: Mint a pound with Tiki Madman’s mints crosses like Apple Fritter Bx or Gelatti Mints, available online; in California, get clones of Purple City Genetics’ Gush Mints crosses, or Hendrx Nursery’s Candy Chrome No. 5 (Runtz x The Menthol).
Contemporary GSC and Gelato strains
Strawberry, fuel, and cookies terpenes with a new level of exotic bling make Cherry Cosmo an early star of 2022. Highly regarded breeder Exotic Genetix has folded Cookies upon Cookies in his Baker’s Dozen strain (Milk & Cookies x Rainbow Chip). His Jan. 25 release of Baker’s Dozen crosses includes Cherry Cosmo (Red Pop x Baker’s Dozen), which promises an explosive, cosmic, indica-hybrid space trip.
Exotic Genetix’s breeder Mike (aka “Mr. Stimmy”) has a massive series of indoor grow rooms to experiment—constantly ratcheting up the definition of “Zaza.”
- Stank House
- Gas Basket
- Purple Pineapple
“He throws away plants that other breeders would kill to have in their garden,” said seed seller Luscious Genetics, in a Leafly interview. “That level of discernment is superhuman. He just knows his shit.”
There’s so many phenomenal GSC genetics out there.
See also: Compound Genetics Exotic² (Red Pop x Apples & Bananas); Ethos Genetics’ End Game R2; Seed Junky Genetics’ Jealousy crosses, like Zealousy; or Cookies+Compound Genetics Lemonchello 28 x Jet Fuel Gelato seeds; Wyeast Farms’ line of creamy, sweet, spicy, cinnamon-tinged Horchata crosses; Capulator’s Booty Clapper; and Lovin In Her Eyes’ Spanish Moon S1.
Cookies+Compound Genetics serves piping hot seed packs in ’22. (Courtesy Cookies)
Zkittlez’s hottest progeny
Rainbow Belts 3.0
Grab some Cup-winning, hyper-giddy, candy-aisle terpenes for ‘22. Breeder Archive Seedbank has mastered the genetics of Rainbow Belts and Moonbow, and thus the future of Zkittlez flavors.
The smell? “Zkittlez plus limey, candied, petroleum-fumed dank,” Archive Seedbank stated in an email announcement.
The effect? Bright, neon flavor meets intense, face-melting, OG power.
“I’m always looking for that sweetness in the strains that I love to smoke,” said Ellen Holland, author of 2021 book “WEED: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Cannabis.” “I really like the zkittlez and that uplifting, bright, bergamot, fruity flavor that it brings to the crosses of zkittlez.”
Archive Seeds breeder Fletch knows the hash heads need resin, too. Rainbow Belts 3.0 seed packs contain “Dry, sandy resin phenotypes that are packed with Gobstopper, Blue Sour Patch, tropical Zkittlez overtones.”
Get your debit card ready. Rainbow Belts 3.0 (Rainbow Belts #20 x Moonbow 112 F2 #60) 12-packs of regular seeds go on sale Feb. 1 at Archive Seedbank and select sellers.
Tropical candy terps get even louder with Terphogz Geneticz cross of Z3 and Papaya—Zazaya. Lip-smacking, Hi-Chew flavor meets high-key glee in this next-level flower designed for hashmakers. Keep a close eye on these influential hash strain designers, as the broader market coasts on their wake, said Luscious Genetics co-owner David.
“Growers are looking at a plant and taking into consideration trichome head size and gland size because extraction is such a large portion of revenue,” he said. “The bigger the trichome, the thicker the stalks—they know it’s going to yield more extract.”
I mean, you stick with the Terphogz when you can. I do, anyways.
Ellen Holland, author, ‘WEED: A Connoisseur’s Guide’
“It’s going to be super-tasty—the smells going to be really intense on those ones—because they have so much more resin,” said Holland. “I mean, you stick with the Terphogz when you can. I do, anyways.”
The Terphogz team backcrossed the original Zkittlez with Hindu Kush to start their Z3 line—which includes Cakez (Z3 x Ice Cream Cake) and Grapefruit Zruntz (Zruntz x Grapefruitz). We’re hearing about feminized Terp Hogz seeds for spring ‘22.
See also: Masonic Seed Company’s Wilmint; Bloom Seeds’ Rainbow Guava; Clearwater Genetics + Tiki Madman project’s Devil Driver; and Swamp Boys Seeds’ Guava Now N Later (Now N Later x White91 x Guava Jelly).
Savory terps of today
Meat Breath crosses
Savory terps have gotten more acrid, funky, weird, and potent in 2022 to counterbalance all the sweet dessert strains. We’re here for it.
The modern savory terp movement has built a home base around GMO Cookies, OGKB, Mendo Breath, and their offspring.
“Anything GMO is going to get gigantic,” said Luscious Genetics.
Thug Pug Genetics breeder “Gromer” comes out of early retirement this winter with Meat Breath crosses, another successor to Peanut Butter Breath. Divisive and unforgettable, this is the modern analog to old-school Cheese or Cat Piss.
“There’s something intriguing about pungent odor, especially if it’s related to an existing bodily musk. We’re drawn to that,” said Luscious Genetics.
Humboldt Seed Co.’s Nat Pennington has come around to pungent garlic terps, he said. “It’s funny because I was resistant at first. Of course, you try GMO and you understand.”
“If you’re in that savory category, that’s gonna be probably stronger and more fuel forward and gassy,” said Holland.
Need more stank? See also: Humboldt Seed Company’s Garlic Budder (GMO x Fortune Cookies); Swamp Boy Seeds’ Maconga (White Uchem x GMO/TK Skunk); Archive Seedbank’s Show Time (NorCal Cat Piss x Dosidos); Rebel Grown’s Double OG Chem S1.
Super stellar sativas
Super Lemon Pupil
Enough with the dense, dark, sedative Cookies strains. Give us longer, lighter, brighter sativas, too, in ‘22.
Got a foggy garden? Sativas can be more mold-resistant and far more unique than the next version of Gelato, Holland said. “They don’t have as gigantic of buds and don’t get problems like mold on the inside you can’t even see, or a caterpillar crawling halfway through it.”
“If you’re going to grow it yourself it might be easier to start with something that has a more sativa-leaning profile,” Holland.
Mass Medical Strains is a proud, old-school sativa lover, and has proclaimed 2022 the #yearofthehaze. First in their string of releases: Super Lemon Pupil—a Franco Loja-selected cut of Super Lemon Haze crossed to Mass Medical’s Star Pupil.
Super Lemon Pupil buds get big but stay mold-resistant. (Courtesy Mass Medical Strains)
Lemon, lacquer, European haze, and citrus will perfume your grow room. It’s super zippy—with a very sharp and uplifting profile.
“The power of the Haze mixed with the vibe of the Pupil is simply perfection,” Mass Medical Strains wrote to Leafly. “Effects can border on psychedelic, inspiring new ways of thinking and enhanced perception and awareness.”
Ready for a spirit journey? Mass Medical also touts Thug Pug collaboration Anaphylaxis (PB Breath x Deadly Sativa). “If you are struggling with anxiety or depression this one might be best avoided, it could be tough to handle unless you feel ready for the intensity.”
Mass Medical Strains award-winning, powerful Anaphylaxis (PB Breath x Deadly Sativa) (Courtesy Mass Medical)
There’s way more landrace, or legacy, strain work out there. See also: Aww yeah, Hendrx Nursery’s Santa Cruz Blue Dream x Old Dave Skunk; Archive Seedbank’s Island Girl, combining Dosidos to a mix of Malawi, 95’ NL5, Haze F2, Sensi Star, and Molokai Frost; and Masonic Seeds’ Wilson the World landrace uses the hash-dumper strain Wilson to bulk up to Kishkak, Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, or Saipan.
Here’s a high-yield, farming-friendly, modern sativa for the hash heads. Raspberry Parfait is raspberry and vanilla yogurt-flavored yoga fuel. Humboldt Seed Co.’s unique sativa-dominant cross of Truffula Tree x Shiska Berry bursts with long sesquiterpenes, giving it extra-robust shelf life, and making for phenomenal extracts.
Humboldt Seed Co. did a Raspberry Parfait extract collaboration that they hope will take home an Emerald Cup in 2022. You can take home Raspberry Partfait seeds from California stores.
Our ‘22 motto is: “Smoke the weed you want to see in the world,” and man, we’ve missed Strawberry Cough.
Major clone seller Dark Heart Nursery agrees. This year they’re bringing out Starberry Cough—a Kyle Kushman-selected cross of the fruity euphoria of Strawberry Cough with the energizing rush of Stardawg.
The cross gives old school Cough some modern bling, terps, and yield, marrying the sweetness of strawberries with the gasoline of Chemdog. Dark Heart Nursery clones are available at licensed California retail stores.
OK—we’re leaving out some legendary breeders and essential new crosses, but we don’t want to overwhelm anyone. Look out for more 2022 Leafly seed guides focused on autoflowers and high-CBD strains, and heck, maybe even pure throwback nostalgia strains. (Anyone got some solid Blue Dream or Urkle cuts? Asking for a friend.)