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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Strawberry Begonia

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.

Christmas Cactus

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.

Burro's Tail Plant

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.


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.

Boston Fern

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.

Golden Ball Cactus

Golden ball cactus catches attention with a clump of yellow flowers at the top of its columns, which are dotted with yellow spines. Learn more about growing golden ball cactus from seed.

Prickly Pear Cactus

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.

False Shamrock

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.


Peperomia is low growing and a good choice for dish gardens. Its many varieties offer plenty of options for gardeners, with leaves from puckered to fleshy. Learn more about planting peperomia, especially in a terrarium.

Moth Orchid

Moth orchid produces flowers varying from white to violet, along with silvery leaves and aerial roots. It's simple to grow in the home, unlike most orchids. Learn more about how to prune moth orchid.

Heartleaf Philodendron

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.

Saddle Leaf Philodendron

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.

Aluminum Plant

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.

Staghorn Fern

Staghorn fern has furry leaves, making this house plant look silver-colored. Bored with hanging plants? Try growing it off the edge of a piece of wood. Learn more about its two types of fronds.

Swedish Ivy

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.


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.

China Doll

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.

Bird's Nest Fern

The bird's nest fern, or spleenwort, is a house plant that loves humidity, but it can be demanding to grow. Learn how to care for the bird's nest fern in this article.

Ponytail Plant

The ponytail plant is a house plant native to Mexico. This house plant can survive for long periods just on the water stored in its trunk. Learn how to care for the ponytail plant.


Begonias, a popular house plant that comes in many varieties and colors, often are planted in hanging baskets. We'll show you how to grow this easy house plant in this article.

Cattleya Orchid

Cattleya orchid, corsage orchid, is one of the better known house plant varieties of orchids. It is somewhat difficult to care for but its beauty makes up for the extra attention. Read more about it.

Old Man Cactus

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.

Peruvian Apple Cactus

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.

String of Hearts Plant

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.

Parlor Palm

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.