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.
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.
African violet grows furry leaves and flowers in several colors except red. They can be tricky, preferring strong light but not hot temperatures. Learn more about how to maintain flowering.
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.
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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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, 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 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.
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.
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, 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.