Beautiful weed strains

Contrary to how movies depict cannabis buds, they come in various colors outside their typical green, dried-tea leaf look. 

We have colorful buds in the first place because of beautiful weed strains like Purple Haze and Granddaddy Purple, which produce uniquely colored flowers. 

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How does weed get its color?

Plenty of factors affect the color of your cannabis plants. A couple of examples are genetics, light, temperature, and pH level. 

Ultimately, genetics determine whether your plants will produce colorful cannabis buds.

Only some strains can create more of a certain chemical compound that’s necessary for producing colorful buds.

The chemical compound is called anthocyanins, a flavonoid and plant pigment that gives some weed plants red, blue, or purple colors

To truly bring out these colors in the most beautiful weed strains, you need to lower the temperature around your plants.  

Typically this is done during cannabis’ flowering stage.

ph levels
PH Levels

Anthocyanin and pH

In the right conditions, your weed plants will begin to change color. As the temperature around your cannabis drops, the plant’s chlorophyll breaks down, leaving the anthocyanins as the dominant plant pigment. 

Light also affects anthocyanin accumulation in your cannabis plants. 

Depending on what type of grow light you use and what color of light it shines–typically, anthocyanin prefers blue, blue-green, and green light–it may encourage anthocyanin accumulation. 

While light and temperature help draw more of the anthocyanins out of your plants, the soil’s pH level (where your plants get their nutrients) determines what color your weed will take. 

It’s not the only factor since genetics often comes first when determining the color of cannabis. 

However, adjusting the pH level to encourage a specific type of color to pop can help make your buds more vibrant.

With all that said, the takeaway for you as a grower is that despite factors that encourage the dominance of anthocyanin in your plants, it may not yield any notable results if you’re growing a strain that doesn’t have any history of producing colorful buds. 

If you want to grow some beautiful weed, you need beautiful weed strains like Gelato and Northern Lights that are guaranteed to produce colorful buds.

Keep in mind: the color of buds doesn’t necessarily mean that the strain is potent. 

Color can only tell you the type of experience to expect. Typically warmer-colored buds are known for an uplifting and energizing buzz, while darker-colored ones relax.

Common colors in Weed

colorful weed
Colorful weed


Violet is one of the more well-known colors that weed produces. 

You can see it in strains like Purple Haze and any cannabis strains included in our purple mix pack.


Indigo-colored strains are also a type of purple weed strain. For instance, Agent Orange produces deep purple plants despite its name. 

Another example is Super Silver Haze, whose plants have purple patches.


Blue cannabis strains are another common color for weed. 

If you want to grow some for yourself, we recommend our blue mix pack, which includes Blue Cheese and Blue Haze.


The predominant color for cannabis is green. 

Most strains don’t have anthocyanins as their dominant pigment; instead, their chlorophyll gives buds their standard green color.


Sativa strains mostly produce warm-colored buds, and there’s no better example of it than Green Crack

Aside from its name, this strain has buds with a greenish-yellow color. 


Orange-colored buds can either mean the strain has orange flowers or orange pistils. 

It’s more common for the latter rather than the former. An example of this would be Tangie, a strain that produces vibrant orange pistils.


Red cannabis is considered extremely rare, like in the case of Pink Flower Shaman, a red strain that’s difficult to come by.

Four best beautiful strains to grow at home

Northern Lights Strain
Northern Lights

Northern Lights strain

This strain deserves its place here as one of the most beautiful weed strains because of its shimmering, crystal-like coating, enhancing the purple streaks on its leaves and buds. 

Brassy orange pistils add a touch of warm colors. The combination of its purple leaves, dark-olive buds, and orange pistils makes Northern Lights one of the prettiest weed strains that you can grow at home.

Plant type90% Indica 10% Sativa
THCUp to 18%
CBDInsignificant amount
ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean | Mold Resistant
Plant sizeAverage
Flowers9 weeks
Yields12 to 16 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellCitrus | Earthy | Lemon | Pine | Skunky | Spicy | Sweet
EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Sleepy | Uplifted
AwardsCannabis Cup

Despite its colorful appearance, Northern Lights provide a relaxing experience

When toked, you’ll feel a sense of relief wash over your body while your mind fills with euphoria.

It’s not too potent that you’ll find yourself couchlocked, but it’s not too light that you won’t feel anything.

For easy growing, try our Northern Lights autoflower.

Northern Lights Strain

Buy Northern Lights feminized seeds

  • 90% Indica 10% Sativa
  • THC levels up to 18%
  • Best indoors and in sunny climates
  • Comfortable and easygoing high
Gelato Strain

Gelato strain

If you’re looking to grow one of the most beautiful strains of weed, look no further than Gelato

It combines the beauty of its parent strains (sunset sherbet and thin mints GSC), giving it purple buds with orange pistils and vibrant green sugar leaves.

Plant type55% Indica 45% Sativa
THCUp to 20%
CBDInsignificant amount
ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean | Temperate
Plant sizeCompact
Flowers10 – 14 weeks
Yields16 to 18 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellCitrus | Earthy | Fruity | Sweet
EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Uplifted

When it comes to experiencing Gelato, you’ll find that it has the same flavorful tokes and potent effects that Girl Scout Cookies is known for; this means sweet flavors that are tied to a heavy-handed high.

In fact, Gelato is known for its potency and is not recommended for the inexperienced.

Like the high it gives, Gelato isn’t easy for new growers, so Gelato autoflower exists. It’s a more accessible alternative to growing this potent strain.

Gelato Strain

Buy Gelato feminized seeds

  • 55% Indica 45% Sativa
  • THC levels up to 20%
  • Fun grow with above-average yields
  • Deep relaxation paired with crystal clarity
Gorilla Glue Strain
Gorilla Glue strain

Gorilla Glue strain

Gorilla Glue (GG4) is more known for its pungent smell and strong effects than the appearance of its buds, yet those with keen eyes will be able to see the beauty in them. 

This high-resin strain produces dense trichomes that will cover the buds of your cannabis, giving them a frosty appearance – and it’s that white layer of frost that gives Gorilla Glue its beauty and why it’s one of the most beautiful weed strains on this list.

Plant type50% Indica 50% Sativa
THCUp to 26%
CBDInsignificant amount
DifficultyEasy to grow
ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean
Plant sizeTall
Flowers8 weeks
Yields16 to 18 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellCheese | Earthy | Pine | Pungent | Sour | Sweet
EffectsEuphoric | Uplifted
AwardsCannabis Cup | Jamaican World Cup

Because it has such dense trichomes, Gorilla Glue packs quite the punch. 

However, despite having such a strong sedating quality, it does balance it out by providing touches of happiness and euphoria that help ease you into bed.

And unlike its effects, Gorilla Glue is an easy strain to cultivate, but it can be easier if you choose to grow Gorilla Glue autoflower.

Gorilla Glue strain

Buy GG4 feminized seeds

  • 50% Indica 50% Sativa
  • Extreme THC levels up to 26%
  • Easy to grow in- and outdoors
  • Great relaxing, late-night high
Bubble Gum Strain
Bubble Gum strain

Bubble Gum strain

Bubble Gum is one of the other pretty weed strains on this list that produces buds with a layer of frost. 

Like Gorilla Glue, this strain has dense trichomes that coat the surface of its buds and even its leaves. 

On the note of its leaves, once you flush this particular strain, you’ll see its leaves turn either red, purple, or blue.

Plant type50% Indica 50% Sativa
THCUp to 17%
CBDInsignificant amount
ClimateIndoors | Steppe | Mediterranean
Plant sizeCompact
Flowers9 weeks
Yields14 to 16 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellBerry | Earthy | Fruity | Sweet
EffectsEuphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Uplifted
AwardsCannabis Cup | Spannabis Champions Cup | Expo Grow

When toked, this strain will alleviate any negative feelings that you might have floating around your head, replacing them with euphoria and happiness

Its balanced high also provides a gentle body buzz to help you relax.

If you want to increase the odds of your Bubble Gum producing red leaves, you can try growing Bubble Gum autoflower which combines this 50/50 strain with ruderalis genes.

Gorilla Glue Strain

Buy Bubblegum feminized seeds

  • 50% Indica 50% Sativa
  • THC levels up to 17%
  • Easy to grow
  • Soothing body & mind effect

Try your hand at these colorful strains

You can also grow the most beautiful weed strains by getting our colorful weed mix pack. It contains three of the strains mentioned in this article. 

Purple Haze Strain
Purple Haze Strain

Purple Haze strain

Purple Haze is a sativa-dominant strain that unsurprisingly produces deep purple buds that resemble lavender. 

Plant type30% Indica 70% Sativa
THCUp to 20%
CBDInsignificant amounts
ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean | Temperate | | Steppe | Mold Resistant
Plant sizeAverage
Flowers9 weeks
Yields14 to 19 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellBerry | Blueberry | Earthy | Fruity | Spicy | Sweet
EffectsCreative | Euphoric | Happy | Relaxed | Uplifted

When it comes to cultivating Purple Haze, you’ll find that it’s an easy strain. We recommend Purple Haze for any new grower that wants to explore and grow purple strains for themselves.

Purple Haze Strain

Buy Purple Haze feminized seeds

  • 30% Indica 70% Sativa
  • THC levels up to 20%
  • Great yield & easy to grow
  • High energy long-lasting buzz
Blue Haze Strain
Blue Haze strain

Blue Haze  strain

True to its name, this cannabis strain produces vibrant blue buds that can help with stress and pain relief while also providing a body high to help you relax.

Plant type20% Indica 80% Sativa
THCUp to 20%
CBDInsignificant amount
ClimateIndoors | Mediterranean | Continental
Plant sizeAverage
Flowers10 weeks
Yields14 to 17 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellBlueberry | Strawberry

Unfortunately, Growing Blue Haze is anything but relaxing. While it is fairly easy to cultivate, it’s known for not being able to handle sudden shifts in both temperature and humidity levels.

If you want to grow Blue Haze at home, use an indoor setup that can provide a constant temperature and humidity level.

Blue Haze Strain

Buy Blue Haze feminized seeds

  • 20% Indica 80% Sativa
  • THC levels up to 20%
  • Best when grown indoors
  • A clear-headed, full-body high
Super Silver Haze Strain
Super Silver Haze strain

Super Silver Haze strain

Enjoy frost-laden buds and faded orange pistils for a streak of color.

Plant type10% Indica 90% Sativa
THCUp to 18%
CBDInsignificant amounts
ClimateIndoors | Temperate  | Mold Resistant 
Plant sizeTall
Flowers9 weeks
Yields19 oz per 3x3ft
Taste & SmellEarthy | Herbal | Lemon | Skunk
EffectsCreative | Energetic | Euphoric | Happy | Uplifted

Outside of its appearance, Super Silver Haze is a well-known and well-loved strain for growing in all kinds of growing setups.

Its only concern is height since Super Silver Haze plants tend to grow tall.

Super Silver Haze Strain

Buy Super Silver Haze feminized seeds

  • 10% Indica 90% Sativa
  • THC levels up to 18%
  • Tall plants for in- and outdoors
  • Award-winning, potent, mood-booster


Growing the most beautiful strains of weed isn’t hard. In fact, most of the strains on this list aren’t that demanding for new growers. 

The only tricky thing is finding the right strain that carries the right genetics for producing colors.

With ILGM, you won’t have to worry about finding high-quality seeds

We carry various cannabis seeds with the genetics you’re looking for, including cannabis strains guaranteed to produce colorful buds. 

Visit my online store when you’re ready to grow something pretty!

Happy Growing,


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Robert Bergman is an Amsterdam-based marijuana grow expert who has years of experience from small grows to massive operations. His passion for growing lead him to develop his own Gold Leaf strain. Now, Robert is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with the world.... [Read full bio]

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