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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Leatherleaf Fern

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.


The echeveria cactus, a rosette forming succulent plant, has foliage that comes in a variety of shapes and colors. Unlike other plants that have flowers growing from the center, the echeveria does not die after blooming. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Holiday Cactus

The flowering holiday cactus (schlumbergera) from South America is named for the time of its flowering. Most varieties grown in trees and have no spines. The leaves can grow anywhere from one to two feet in length. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Rat Tail Cactus

The rat tail cactus (aporocactus flagelliformis), a flowering plant, has thin stems that can grow five feet long. Reddish-brown spines cover the stems. Two or three red flowers can grow and last for several days. Learn how to care for this cactus.


Melocactus, a ribbed, ball-shaped flowering cactus from Mexico, develops a cap on the top of the plant at maturity. It was one of the first cacti ever seen by Europeans. Bright light and heavy soil are required for maximum growth. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Bird of Paradise

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.


Eremurus came from the mountains of west and central Asia. It has very tall stems covered with small, star-shaped flowers, which come in white and shades of yellow, cream, pink, salmon, and orange. Read more about choosing and arranging Eremurus.


Feverfew flowers originally came from South Africa have small, white, flowers on branched stems. It has a strong, mum-like smell. It used to be popular as filler in arrangements, just like baby's breath. Learn more about this tall, beautiful plant.


Freesia flowers originally came from South Africa. Freesia are fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers that grow on wiry stems. Most are white, cream, and yellow, but they may also come in bolder colors. Learn more about how to choose and care for freesias.


Ixia (Ixia hybrids) is a flower from South Africa. Their name comes from the Greek word for bird lime. Ixias have flat flowers on wiry stems, and are available in bold color combinations. Learn about the perky touch Ixias can add to any arrangements.

Nananthus schoonesii

The nananthus schoonesii, a small South African succulent, and has single, daisy-like flowers. The flower is large compared to the rest of the plant, which is a contrast the name nananthus, which means dwarf flower. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Spider Cactus

The spider cactus is a type of cactus named for the pattern of its sharp spines. The plant can take on a brownish color in very bright light. A cousin of the spider cactus is parasitic, and requires other plants for survival. Learn more about the spider cactus.


The rebutia, a small flowering cactus, is ball- or barrel-shaped, features spiral tubercles, and thrives indoors. A flowers tend to come in a wide variety of colors, and can sometimes grow larger than the plant. Learn how to care for this cactus.


Stapelia, a type of succulent plant, features grey-green stems that resemble cactus. It is a member of the milkweed family, and can usually be identified by the star-shaped flowers that smell like rotting meat. Learn more about this plant and how to care for it.

Haageocereus chrysacranthus

The haageocereus chrysacranthus, a columnar cactus found in Peru, has numerous ribs and fine needlelike spines. In order to produce a cactus that is fatter in appearance, provide it with plenty of food, water, and bright light. Learn how to care for this cactus.


The agave is a type of flowering cactus used for producing tequila and rope. The plant is similar in looks to the African Aloe plant. The main difference between the two plants is the way in which they flower. Learn how to care for this cactus at HowStuffWorks.

Alluaudia procera

The alluaudia procera cactus from southwest Madagascar can grow quite tall and is covered in sharp thorns. It has been known to reach a height if six feet when grown indoors, and a height of thirty-six feet in the wild. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Calibanus hookerii

The calibanus hookerii cactus from Mexico, a tolerant, tough plant, has tuberous roots and grasslike leaves. It was bred to withstand dry air and soil, and can withstand less than ideal conditions for years. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Eulychnia saint-pieana

The eulychnia saint-pieana, a tall flowering cactus from Chile, features white tufts and edible fleshy fruit. The flowers stay open day and night. Heavy soil with excellent drainage is important if the plant is to reach full size. Learn how to care for this cactus.


The ferocactus, a barrel-shaped cactus found in Mexico, has long, heavy, hooked spines and prominent ribs. Certain varieties are also called the devil's tongue cactus due to the long, borad, red-colored spines. Learn how to care for this cactus.


The aeonium is a type of flowering cactus found in the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean region of North Africa. Aeoniums typically look like hens or chickens on top of a thick stalk. Flowers tend to be yellow in color. Learn how to care for this cactus.


Senecio are a large group of plants that belong to the daisy family. Learn about the different varieties of senecio and how to care for them.

Laelia Orchid

Laelia orchids can grow colorful flower sprays up to ten feet long. Learn about the traits and growing conditions of Laelia orchids in this article.

Lockhartia Oerstedii Orchid

Lockhartia oerstedii, or braided orchid, blooms red spotted, yellow flowers. Read about this orchid's traits and growing conditions in this article.

Lycaste Orchid

The Lycaste orchid grows a single, fragrant flower. Learn about this orchid's characteristics and best growing conditions in this article.