House Plants

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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Tillandsia was named after a Finnish professor. The genus contains about 500 different species. You can find Tillandsia anywhere from the southern United States to southern Argentina, and it will grow on almost anything. Learn more about Tillandsia.

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The Vriesea were named after a Dutch botanist. They can grow from five inches to five feet tall, and are found from Mexico to Brazil. Many of them grow well indoors and have been favorites of indoor gardeners for years. Read more about Vriesea.

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Bromeliads are perennial plants that have one seed leaf. Bromeliads commonly grow in the American tropics, and a majority of the species are found in Brazil. These tough, long-lived plants grow well indoors, too. Learn more about types of Bromeliads.

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These bromeliads get their name from the Greek work for "spear tip." These plants grow leaves in a tight, stemless, overlapping rosette that forms a vase which can hold more than a gallon of water. Read more about these clever plants in this article.

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We've given each other flowers for centuries--in love and in mourning, out of joy and out of sadness. Learn about the types and meanings of the different kinds of cut flowers, how to choose them, and how to arrange them for the ones you love.

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Cacti and succulent plants come in a variety of types, sizes, shapes, and colors. Some species of cacti produce leaves, while others are known for producing flowers. They can tolerate a wide variety of climates. Learn about cacti and how to care for these plants.

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Flowers have always played a part in our history. Even primitive man used flowers and plants to beautify his face, body, and his cave. Read this article to learn about the materials and techniques for arranging flowers, and the meanings of flowers.

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Cacti and succulents, tolerant and low maintenance plants, are ideal for busy people and indoor spaces. Cacti come in many varieties, and can survive in any number of light and moisture conditions. Learn about caring for these resilient plants.

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Lycopodium (Lycopodium species) is found at high elevations in tropical regions around the world. It has long, upright stems covered with small, light green leaves. Read more about this easily bendable plant and learns tips for floral arrangements.

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Myrtle (Myrtus communis), is a foliage plant originally from western Asia. It is usually available in fall, winter, and spring. Myrtle will last from one to three weeks and adds texture to any arrangement. Learn more about this fragrant plant.

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Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) originally came from Europe. The fragrant, white flowers hang like small bells on their five to eight-inch stems. Read more about when to buy, how to care for, and how to arrange these beautiful flowers.

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Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is an old fashioned garden flower that originally came from Southern Europe. The flowers look like small carnations and come in white, pink, rose, red, purple, and other colors. Learn more about this cheerful plant.

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Leatherleaf fern is a type of foliage from the Far East. It is available all year around. The glossy, triangular fronds are often used for elegant arrangements and corsages, and they can also be pressed. Learn about care and uses for these ferns.

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Bird of paradise is a flower from South Africa. Birds of paradise have five to seven inch orange and blue flowers. The stems are two to four feet long. Birds are heavy and need good support. Learn more about this colorful and queenly flower.

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Their blooms are very beautiful, but growing orchids is not difficult. Find orchid history, photos, and tips for growing orchids at HowStuffWorks.

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The amaryllis is an easy house plant that produces beautiful, showy flowers in winter. Learn how to care for the amaryllis at HowStuffWorks.

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The schefflera is an easy house plant. Growers often plant multiple trees in one pot to fill it out. Learn how to grow schefflera at HowStuffWorks.

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The sap of the aloe medicine plant offers a soothing remedy for sunburns and other skin irritations. Learn more about growing and using this handy house plant in this article.

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The flamingo flower comes in many varieties and, under good conditions, produces large, colorful, heart-shaped flowers year-round. Learn more about growing and caring for the flamingo flower in this article.

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The Norfolk Island pine makes a wonderful indoor Christmas tree for those looking to spruce up their homes for the holidays. Learn more about growing the Norfolk Island pine tree in this article.

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Hoya, also known as wax plant and porcelain flower has fragrant starlike flowers borne in thick clusters. It is very easy to care for but may take a few years to bloom well. Read more.

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Christmas kalanchoe has glossy green succulent leaves and thick clusters of red, pink, yellow, or orange flowers. It is a demanding house plant but the flowers can last for months. Read about its care.

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Living stones mimic the rocks that are their natural habitat. Learn about this unusual house plant, its flowers, and how to grow it.

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Prayer plant, or rabbit tracks, is known for folding up its leaves at night. They are oval and marked with red veins -- much more decorative than its flowers. Read about this easy house plant.

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House plants can fill your home with the color and beauty of the outside. This extensive article covers all aspects of house plant care, including lighting, watering, temperature, fertilizing and preventing diseases and pests.

By Larry Hodgson