Indoor growing: Common houseplant identification help

Make sure you can identify the most common breeds of houseplant to ensure your interior foliage enjoys a long, beautiful life.

There are hundreds of species from which to choose when deciding how to adorn your home’s interior with foliage. Getting them through the door is not the problem—taking care of them is. We often discard that handy little plastic stake that gives us a thorough description of our plant and what it needs to survive. Below are descriptions of the ten most common house plants:

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Indoor growing: Common houseplant identification help

  • Ivy: Rich and full. Small, star-shaped leaves and vines that tend to “hug” the items around them.
  • Fichus/Fig Tree: Tall, with slim trunk. Are often top heavy. Small, dark green leaves that grow quickly and drop off when adjusting to new environments.
  • Croton: One of the most eye-catching houseplants. Leaves can range in color from orange to yellow to pink. Long, waxy leaves and a stout trunk.
  • Spider Plant: Reproduces quickly. Thin, solid green leaves, sometimes with a central white stripe. Foliage grows in small, spider-like bunches. Root system is large—very hearty plant.
  • Kentia Palm: Sparse, widely fanned leaves, very elegant. Long-lasting and tolerant of low lighting.
  • Peace Lily: Large, waxy leaves, low bush. Single white lilies sprout high from the top singularly.
  • Dumb Cane: Tall (sometimes 6ft.) with dark, thick green leaves lined in white. SHOULD NOT BE USED NEAR SMALL CHILDREN. Sap is poisonous.
  • Pothos: Small, delicate and bushy with large, bright green leaves with variations of gray or white. Hidden trunk.
  • Hoya: Small, round, waxy leaves that wrinkle when dry. Most often used for hanging. Blooms constantly, producing clusters of stars.
  • Corn plant: Tall with minimal leaves. Similar in appearance to a palm. Trunk is narrow but dense and dark. Green leaves with green stripes.
  • Philodendron: Often grows in small bushes and wraps like ivy. Leaves are medium green with yellow splotches.
  • False Aralias: Often mistaken for Cannabis because of the narrow, sprouting leaves. Grows in bush form.
  • Neanthebella: Very tolerant, sturdy plant. Requires little light or attention. Leaves are thick, green and narrow.
  • Sansevieria: Stiff green leaves—can be dark or light green with or without yellow edges.
  • Warneckei: Short and bushy or tall and cane-like. Leaves are primarily yellow with dark green centers. Ample foliage and long, sturdy leaves.
  • Boston Fern: Light green, serrated leaves. Soft texture. Grows in bush form.
  • Chinese Evergreen: Dark green leaves, some with vegetation.
  • Jade Plant: Thick, waxy pale green leaves with rounded edges. Begins as bush and matures into small trees. Leaves feel similar to aloe plant.
  • Inch Plant: Small and full with very long vines. Leaves are short, vary in color from green to speckled purple/white and grow in clusters. Seems to “fall” from pot.
  • Prayer Plant: Folds up its light green leaves in darkness. Lined with dark green blotches. Grows best in bright light and intense heat.
  • Nephthytis: Full, with larger, dark green leaves near top. Leaves are heart-shaped and often speckled with white or silver.
  • Zebra plant: Minimal foliage with wide, green leaves striped in white. Often sold in 4 in. containers.
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