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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Purple passion vine has clambering branches and toothed leaves that are completely covered in purple hair making it look soft and velvety. It is easy to care for but do not overfeed it. Read more.

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Snake plant grows over one and one-half foot high. Its leaves come in green- and yellow-striped varieties. Given preferential light, it will bloom nicely scented flowers. Learn why snake plant is easy to grow.

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Strawberry begonia sprouts tiny plants from its stolons. Furry leaves are yellow-green interspersed with silver on the top and cordovan beneath. Strawberry begonia occasionally blooms. Learn more about where to display it.

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Christmas cactus does not produce spines but does have toothed margins as a defense mechanism. It blooms in a variety of colors late in the year. Learn about how to encourage flowering.

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Burro's tail plant gets its name from the lengthy stems that produce round leaves, giving the appearance of a tail. Flowering isn't common, and it drops leaves when disturbed. Learn how to use fallen leaves.

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Cineraria, an inviting plant with blooms similar to daisies, comes in a variety of colors. Though often given as a gift, it can have whitefly and aphid infestations. Learn how long to display cineraria.

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English ivy has glossy leaves that come in many different shapes and colors. It will climb most anything and is great for creating "living sculptures." Read about its various uses and preferred conditions.

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Boston fern, easily recognized by its long stems that grow over the edges of its container, comes in green and golden varieties. Learn more about how to prune Boston fern.

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False shamrock appears similar to clover except it has leaflets in the shape of triangles, which close up at night and reopen at daybreak. Learn how to prevent false shamrock from going dormant.

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Heartleaf philodendron looks good displayed from a hanging basket or trained on a trellis. A robust plant, it survives what some gardeners would consider neglect. Learn more about preventing skimpy heartleaf philodendron.

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Saddle leaf philodendron needs lots of space to grow, as it spreads its big, glossy leaves to five feet across. Learn why to provide enough light for saddle leaf philodendron.

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China doll sprouts leaves that look like feathers. Be prepared to pinch it more often starting one year after it's purchased. That's when the artificial growth retardant wears off. Learn which potting mix to use.

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Prickly pear cactus produces clumps of prickles with hooked barbs, perfect for self-defense. Though rare inside the home, blooms come in a variety of striking colors. Learn more about recognizing this cactus.

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Aluminum plant, a quick grower, comes in creeping and upright varieties. Though the flowers are unremarkable, the leaves range from green to a dark brownish gold. Try restarting it from stem cuttings for best results.

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Swedish ivy, though not known for its flowers, does exude a scent if touched. Pinching its verdant leaves stimulates branch growth in this bush-like plant. Learn how to use older plants.

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Aralia grows almost gnarled stems and branches, perfect for that bonsai look without the fuss. Be sure to maintain consistent conditions, or it will drop its leaves. Learn what light intensity it prefers.

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Old man cactus probably got its name from being covered in downy, white hairs. Read more to learn why this easy-to-care-for house plant is not as gentle as it seems.

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Peruvian apple cactus is a tall, green, spiny house plant that will live almost anywhere but only really thrives in a sunny spot. Read more about this easy-to-care-for, typical cactus.

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String of hearts plant is one of the more curious house plants. Read how its vines bear tubers, which can take root if put in soil and find out how to care for it.

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Parlor palm, or good luck palm, is a slow-growing house plant with bright green, fan-shaped leaves. It is quite easy to care for under the right circumstances. Read more about its flowers and needs.

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Spider plant, also known as airplane and ribbon plant, grows rosettes of grasslike leaves with long flower stems. Read about the best ways to care for this easy house plant.

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The century plant derives its name from the legend that it blooms only once in a century. Learn more about this long-lived house plant in this article.

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The cast-iron plant, or parlor palm, is a hardy house plant. Named for its strong constitution, this plant is great for people without a green thumb. Learn how to grow it in this article.

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Swiss cheese plant is a house plant that grows to almost three feet in width. It produces leaves filled with holes and slices. Learn more about how to produce flowers from your Swiss cheese plant.

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The Chinese evergreen is a hardy, handsome house plant that's great for adding color to rooms in any house or apartment. Learn more about growing and caring for the Chinese evergreen in this article.

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