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House plants bring the fresh beauty of the outdoors inside your home. Learn about different kinds of house plants and how to care for them.

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Doritis Orchid

Doritis pulcherrima orchid blooms in colors ranging from dark purple to pale pink. Read about doritis traits and growing conditions in this article.


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