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.

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.

Sago palm is not really a palm but a relative of coniferous plants. Its fernlike leaves will slowly grow up to six feet long. Read about uses and caring for this very easy house plant.

Florist's cyclamen is a house plant that prefers cool temperatures to grow its lovely butterfly flowers of white, ink, red, or purple. Read about caring for this beautiful but demanding plant.

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.

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.

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.

Venus's fly-trap fascinates most people because it is a meat eating house plant. It is a small, demanding plant best suited for terrariums. Read about the special care and conditions that will help it thrive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Weeping fig, also called benjamina fig and tropical laurel, is a popular indoor tree but also demanding. It is especially sensitive to being moved around, which can cause great leaf loss. Read more here.

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.

Nerve plant's leaves are heavily veined in pink or white. They are borne in pairs on creeping stems. This plant is rather demanding and does best in a terrarium. Read about its preferred conditions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dwarf schefflera, or umbrella bush, is a house plant that is very easy to care for. When pinched regularly this plant will grow full and staking will not be necessary. Read more about its care.

Hibiscus, also called rose of China, is a very attractive indoor shrub. Its main attraction is its large hollyhock-like flowers with delicately crinkled petals. Unfortunately they are short-lived. Read about this demanding house plant.

Lady palm has leaves that look like they were cut with zig-zag scissors. Its stems become wrapped in brownish fibers. With time, it grows several feet high. Learn more about where to display lady palm.