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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Baby tears plant looks good draping out of its container but can also maintain a moundlike shape with pinching. It does well in humid climes but prefers well-circulated air. Learn why to use it in a terrarium.

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Peace lily, or spathe flower, is the not-so-constant gardener's dream. Very easy to care for, it can grow with little light exposure. Learn why it looks great even when not flowering.

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Streptocarpus has a unique texture to its leaves and bears flowers directly out of its leaves. Although it does not like summertime, it blooms regularly given right conditions. Learn when to prune leaves.

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Arrowhead vine grows on a trellis or drapes nicely from suspended pots. Leaves often have streaks of color and actually turn palmate with the passing of time. Learn more about its water requirements.

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Air plant completely changes color when in bloom. Most of its varieties sprout silver or green leaves. Because it doesn't have many roots, submerge it when watering. Learn more about unique display options.

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Wandering Jew plant is related to spiderwort, obvious with its stems that trail and pointy leaves. Leaves, striped on top, have burgundy bottoms. Learn how to keep them looking their best.

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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.

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Cissus, or grape ivy, is a climbing plant with shiny, compound leaves. They are relatively easy to grow and thrive when subjected to harsh pruning. Read about how to care for this plant.

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Calamondin orange is a close relative of the true orange and a decorative house plant, which grows very bitter fruit. Read about caring for this demanding plant and learn which pests to look out for.

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Jade plant is a thick-stemmed succulent plant with fleshy leaves edged in red. It's very easy to care for and will survive even under quite adverse conditions. Read about this African native.

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Earth star, or star fish, plant has rosettes of tough, prickly edged leaves with stripes in various greens. In the middle it bears small, unimpressive flowers. Read about these easy-to-care-for bromeliads.

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Umbrella plant is an easy house plant to care for when kept moist, although one should watch out for spider mites. Read about its flowers and how to treat it for best results.

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Hare's, squirrel's, or deer's foot fern are nicknames given to this plant because of its thick hairy rhizomes that look much like animal paws. Read about caring for this easy house plant.

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Mother-in-law's tongue, or dumb cane, has toxic sap that can cause a painful loss of speech if ingested. This easy-to-care-for house plant produces thick green stems with white to yellow marbled leaves. Read more.

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False aralia, also known as threadleaf and finger aralia, is a small tree with coppery leaflets joined in a fingerlike pattern. Read more about this easy-to-care-for house plant, its growth, and preferences.

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Golden barrel cactus, or mother-in-law's cushion, forms a single, large globe. Its ribs are lined with hooked spines. It needs little nourishment but prefers full sun. Read about this special plant and its care.

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Pothos, or devil's ivy, is a hardy and very easy house plant to care for. It has heart-shaped leaves marbled with yellow and white that can grow quite large. Read about its care.

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Episcia has hairy leaves with a metallic sheen and come in colors from green to bronze, red, and white. It has small, predominantly red trumpet-shaped flowers and is great for terrariums. Read more about episcia.

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Euphorbia succulents come in an enormous variety. Most are cactuslike in appearance with the most popular ones being priced for their flowers. Read about its toxic sap, different varieties, and caring for euphoria.

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Poinsettia blooms in early winter and is popular around Christmas. It has green leaves with red, white, or pink flowers. It is demanding and needs several hours of daily darkness to rebloom. Read more.

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Japanese aralia is a fast-growing shrub with leathery leaves. It is quite demanding to the point where touching newly formed leaves can permanently damage them. Read about this brightly colored house plant.

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Rubber plant usually has just one single trunk but can be pinched back to encourage more to grow. It has thick, leathery leaves often with a red mid-vein. Read more about this demanding house plant.

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Gardenia is a small shrub that bears highly perfumed white flowers for which it is specifically grown. Read about the conditions that will provide the best setting for this temporary house plant to thrive.

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Oxtongue is a succulent with thick leaves that are often covered with white wartlike protuberances or white spots. After a cool winter rest it bears tall stems with pink, yellow, or red flowers. Read more.

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Ruby ball cactus is a bright red "ball" that grows atop a cactus base which it depends upon in order to absorb solar energy. It's short-lived but easy to care for. Read more about it.

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