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The history of houseplants goes back to the ancient Egyptians and beyond. If you'd like to read a quick history of how plants moved inside, click on the caveman.









        The plants listed below are just some of the most popular houseplants,
although availabilty is often seasonal.
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Alocasia 
Alocasia x amazonica "Polly"

 This plant has more than a dozen names including African Mask, Jewel Alocasia, Elephant Ears and Alocasia Alligator.  At maturity it can be 2' - 3' high and the same wide. Spoiler alert: The plant is highly toxic to humans and pets if ingested.

Water: Evenly moist. Don't let soil dry out.
Light: Medium to bright but NO DIRECT SUN

 

 



























Asparagus Fern 
Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'

A shrubby plant with fine textured "needle-like" leaves.  A good hanging plant with long trailing stems.  With it's delicate foliage it can set off flowering houseplants in displays.

Water: Moderate, the root ball should not be dry in the summer 
Light:Bright location, although not in full sun 

 

 

Aloe spp.

A stemless, rosette forming succulent plant, with a low growing habit.  Amongst the favorite species in this large group are A. aristata, A. variegata, (also called Partridge-breasted aloe), A. humilis, and the medicinal A. vera, used to heal burns.

Water: Minimal, during active growth, less in the winter.

Light: Medium to bright

 

 Partridge-Breasted Aloe

 

 

 

Aglaonema 
Aglaonema commutatum

Commonly called "Chinese Evergreen" this plant comes in a variety of leaf colorations and shapes. Its ability to tolerate low light makes it the "Go To  Plant" for offices, restaurants, etc. Spoiler Alert: the fruits are poisonous. 

Water: Keep moist at all times 
LightBright indirect light for variegated varieties, green varieties need less light 

 

Calathea

Marantaceae Calathea

Calathea plants are among the most beautiful of all foliage plants. The upper side of their leaves display a variety of colors including silver, green purple and cream.The underside is usually a rich maroon color. They are close kin to the Maranta Prayer Plant which also has incredibly intricate and beautiful foliage. Although not considered an easy-to-care-for plant, a little extra attention reaps big benefits with this houseplant.

Light: Light shade indoors. Direct sun will fade the leaves and can burn them.
Water: High humidity. (It's best to set the plant on a pebble tray with water in it.) Keep soil moist in spring and summer

 

 

Cast-Iron Plant 
Aspidistra elatior

A very easy plant to care for, but can be very frustrating because it doesn't grow fast.  Its ability tolerate outright neglect is why it got its common name. The plant has large shiny, dark green, leathery leaves. A great floor or table plant, its "Milky Way" variety has yellow stars (spots) sprinkled across its dark green leaves.

Water: Moist, but make sure that it is not over watered, tolerant of dry conditions. 
Light: Bright light to shade, no direct sunlight

 

 

 

Croton
variagatum
var.pictum

Crotons are tough, incredibly beautiful houseplants that will reward you for the care you give it. That care can include an occasional trip to the bathroom during a shower to soak up the humidity. The reward is strikingly colorful leaves The leaves of a Croton plant vary from smooth and glossy to puckered and leathery and vary in shape and color.  Another member of the Euphorbia family and a cousin of the Poinsettia, the stems like all their relatives contain latex, which can cause skin irritations. 

Water: Moist, but make sure that it is not over watered, tolerant of dry conditions. 
Light:
Bright light to shade, no direct sunlight. Low light greens the plant up.

 

 

 

Madagascar Dragon Tree 
Dracaena sp.

 A large genus with many well-known species; D. draco, D. deremensis, D. fragrans, and D. marginata.  The many colorful cultivars can be used as desk or floor plants.

Dracaena makes an excellent central element for indoor planters.

Water: Moderate, sparingly in the winter 
Light: Bright light, but no direct sunlight. Variegated varieties need more light than green varieties 

 


Ficus sp.

There are many popular species in this large genus; F. elastica, the Rubber Tree; F. benjamina, the Weeping Fig; F. lyrata, the Fiddlehead Fig; and F. pumila, the Creeping Fig.  All species have nice, shiny foliage and are capable of becoming large plants for floor use only.  F. pumila is used as a hanging basket or ground cover in planters.

Water: Moderately, don't let the rootball dry out in the summer.  Reduce watering in the winter. Mist to keep the leaves humid. 
Light: Very bright, but no direct sunlight 

 

 


Nerve Plant 
Fittonia verschaffeltii

A low growing, spreading plant sporting beautiful leaves with prominent white veins.  There are varieties such as, F. verschaffeltii  var. argyroneura , with rose-pink veins.  There is also a dwarf version of this plant.  Best used in a humid environment such as a terrarium.

Water: Water moderately with lukewarm water, mist occasionally
Light: Bright to shade, no direct sunlight
 

 

 

English Ivy 
Hedera helix

A climbing plant with many cultivars of different leaf shapes and variegations.  Because of its habit, English Ivy is used in hanging baskets, accent folisge in planters or trained onto a topiary wire frame.

Water: Regularly, mist when warm; less water in the winter 
Light: Bright to shade; less bright light in summer 
 

 

 

Prayer Plant 
Maranta leuconeura

A bushy plant with large attractive foliage with beautiful markings.  There are two varieties that offer different leaf patterns. The Red Herringbone variety has very exotic leaves with colors of red, maroon, light and dark green and yellow. The plant's common name comes from the fact that its leaves come together in a vertical position at night as if praying.  Maranta has a low and slightly creeping habit and best used as a table plant or in a garden room. It is also a great addition in a European Basket or Dish Garden because of the leaf markings and colors.

Water: Use room temperature water frequently, never let he plant dry out, mist leaves regularly 
Light: Bright to partial shade, no direct light in the winter 
 

 

 

Philodendron spp.

Heart-leaf Philodendron, the plant that most people are familiar with, is just one member of this huge, diverse family of houseplants. Be sure to explore the red-leaf, velvet-leaf, splitleaf and fiddle-leaf varieties. Some species will climb if given support like a plank or a moss pole. Philodendrom plants are perfect for hanging baskets, office-desk plants, and floor plants. They grow extremely fast if given proper conditions and are among the top plants for cleaning the air of toxins. 

Water: Keep moist, but do not drown; wipe leaves off with moist cloth regularly 
Light: Moderate to partial shade 

 

 

 

SILVER SQUILL

                                                     Ledebouria Socialis

     

Also called the Leopard Plant or Leopard Lily because of its unique spotted foliage, Silver Squill grows from bulbs and likes to be treated as a succulent. Grown primarily for its foliage, it does have small delicate blooms that appear at the end of thin wirery stalks. Although often utilized as a stand alone houseplant, Silver Squill is an excellent accent plant in dish gardens or European Baskets.

NOTE: If ingested, this plant can be very toxic to children and pets, especially, cats.

Water: Moderately dry
Light: Light to bright but will tolerate lower light
 

 

 

Swedish Ivy 
Plectranthus australis

A popular hanging basket plant, if kept in a humid environment.  Prune young plants to keep them full and bushy.  Swedish Ivy will flower late fall to winter.  The variegated species, P. madagascariensis 'Mintleaf'  is very popular.   This plant is often used as an annual in containers outside in the summer because it trails very nicely.

Water: During active growth, water moderately, keep dry in the winter 
Light: Bright and sunny 

 

 

Snake Plant 
Sansevieria trifasciata

Don't take this as a challenge but this succulent is very hard to kill. The plant's name comes from the varied snakeskin like markings on it stiff, glossy leaves. The leaves vary from tall pointed sword-like blades to short rosettes, like the Birds-nest snake plant pictured, that are perfect for desks or tables. Colors on the leaves include green, grey, silver and yellow. Snake Plants are a member of that group of air-cleaning houseplants that remove toxins from the air in the home or office. With proper care they grow extremely fast and are known to break their containers so repot every spring into a container one size larger than the current size. Sanseveria will tolerate low light conditions which make them a common sight in restaurants, malls, offices, etc.

Water: Very little, only when bone dry.  Too much water can kill the plant. 
Light: Bright light, but will tolerate less light 

 

 

Peace Lily 
Spathiphyllum sp.

This plant that has dark green, glossy foliage and an exotic white or cream colored blooms which last a long time.  Available in several sizes it makes beautiful houseplant for the table or floor.  Peace Lilies are a favorite choice for offices and work spaces because of their dramatic appearance and ability to tolerate low light, (Low light affects the plant's ability to bloom but not the health of its foliage) which is why this plant makes both the "Foliage Plant" list and the "Blooming Plant" list. S. 'Mauna Loa' is the larger plant with which most people are familiar. It blooms almost year round.

Water: Moderate, spray foliage occasionally 
Light: Light to partial shade; more in winter 

 

 

Wandering Jew,  
Inch Plant 
Tradescantia sp.

An easy to grow houseplant mostly seen in hanging baskets.  Prune to maintain bushiness and reduce scraggly stems.  There are several species, T. albiflora, T. blossfeldiana, T. fluminensis, T. zebrina, and cultivars that offer many different choices in foliage and flower color.  The flowers of some varieties can be showy but small.

Water: Keep moist all year 
Light: Light to bright, variegated varieties need more light 

 

 

Zeezee Plant

       Zamioculcas zamiifolia

     

A very easy houseplant which is often called the Eternity Plant for good reason. Green glossy leaves reach enthusiastically up and out of its container. At maturity it is 2-3 feet high and 2-3 feet wide. Zeezees will tolerate neglect but prefer regular watering and good light. Low light will slow the plant's growth but not kill it. It can go long periods without water and will go dormant eventually if not watered. People tend to throw them out at this point but restoring regular watering will revive the plant.

Water: Moderately dry
Light: Light to bright, will tolerate low light 

 

Dieffenbachia
Dumb cane

Dieffenbachia plants have some of the most colorful foliage of all the houseplants. They are considered easy care plant and problems with dieffenbachia plants can be easily overcome in most situations. The most common problem with growing dumb cane dieffenbachia is too much moisture. Overwatering is a common problem with many houseplants so plant the dumb cane in a well-draining soil and water lightly, keeping the soil  moist, but not soggy. There is a wide variety of sizes and leaf patterns that dieffenbachia come in and a little research can result in a plant that can be a major accent in your home.

 

Water: Moderately dry
Light: Light to bright, will tolerate low light 

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