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Home » A – Z Index List of House Plants – House Plants Expert

A – Z Index List of House Plants – House Plants Expert

by Elyssa Goins
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Caring, propagation, descriptions, and other information for each species are provided. House plants include foliage, flowering, succulents, and cacti. The indoor house plants are given their main common name used and botanical/scientific name.

Flowering House Plants

red Amaryllis houseplants


Bulb flowering type plants produce a cluster of attractive trumpet-like flowers in different color variations. A great houseplant choice.

an african violet plant with green leaves surrounding it

African VioletSaintpaulia

African violet care information guide: Belonging to the Saintpaulia Genus with many species. Growing conditions, possible problems, pictures, and descriptions.

pink red angel wing begonia houseplants

Angel Wing BegoniaBegonia Coccinea

This plant is from a large genus named Begonia. The Angel Wing Begonia is one of the most popular species from the genus.

a white pot with a red barberton Daisy surrounded with green leaves houseplants

Barberton DaisyGerbera Jamesonii

A flowering pot plant displaying striking flowers. What a perfect houseplant.

a beach spider lily covered on top of its leaves

Beach Spider LilyHymenocallis Littoralis

This amazing bulb-based plant “beach spider lily” enjoys environments that are downright aquatic and easy to maintain.

a pink belladonna lily on the yard

Belladonna LilyAmaryllis Belladonna

Also known as the naked lady because of the bare flower stalks that appear without leaves.

an orange bird of paradise plant in a green background

Bird Of ParadiseStrelitzia Reginae

The Bird of Paradise is a delightfully easy-to-care-for plant that enjoys warm, balmy days year-round.

red blushing bromeliad houseplants

Blushing BromeliadNeoregelia Carolinae

An interesting species from the bromeliad family produces a red center within the rosette of leaves.

purple Busy Lizzie houseplants on top of its leaves

Busy LizzieImpatiens Walleriana

Grown for their attractive blooms outdoors (just about everywhere) and indoors when given enough bright light.

white Calla Lily houseplants

Calla LilyZantedeschia Aethiopica

Keeping this rhizome happy indoors is a matter of paying attention to some very basic growing conditions.

A Coral Berry plant on a pot placed on a red cloth inside a room

Coral Berry

Also known as the Christmas berry because it produces bright red berries which last well past Xmas time.

a yellow Corsage Orchid with its leaves

Corsage Orchid

The Corsage orchid is not the easiest of orchids to care for due to its humidity and temperature needs. Can you grow houseplants like this?

a Cyclamen Persicum plant with red, white, and pink flowers

Cyclamen Persicum

A small and attractive flowering houseplant is grown during the winter.

an Eternal Flame plant on a pot with a white background

Eternal Flame

Named Eternal flame for its attractive yellow bract.

False Shamrock houseplants

False Shamrock

A bulbous type species which blooms small trumpet-like flowers and has attractive triangular purple leaves.

a flamingo flower plant with its green leaves and red flower

Flamingo Flower Plant

The beautiful waxed effect flaming flower plant (scientific name: Anthurium scherzerianum) makes a great ornamental plant that stands out looking lush.

a flaming sword plant in a brown flowering pot with a white background

Flaming Sword

This species features a red sword-like flower head that can grow up to 2ft tall and attractive mottled leaves.

a flowering maple plant in a garden

Flowering Maple Plant

The flowering maple (scientific name: Abutilon hybridum) is part of a large plant genus of flowering and foliage-type plants.

the orange flower of a Kaffir Lilly plant with its green leaves

Kaffir Lily Plant

Caring advice and description of the kaffir lily plant, (botanical name: Clivia miniata), also the common name bush lily.

the coned-shaped flower of the lollipop plant

Lollipop Plant

The lollipop plant (Botanical name: Pachystachys Lutea) is a sub-tropical species that produces small white flowers from a beautiful cone-shaped bract.

a yellow lycaste orchid

Lycaste OrchidLycaste

There are around 30 species of Lycaste and many of these are hardy and easily obtainable.

a Madagascar Jasmine plant inside a house

Madagascar Jasminetephanotis Floribunda

A flowering climbing vine that blooms white-colored fragrant flowers in the right conditions.

a medusa's head plant

Medusa’s Head PlantTillandsia Caput Medusae

The Caput Medusae has been added to the unusual plant section for its obvious bizarre look. An air plant is also known as Medusa’s Head.

moth orchids with pink flowers inside a house

Moth OrchidPhalaenopsis

The moth orchid like other plants from the orchid displays many bright colorful flowers.

an ornamental pepper plant with its red and yellow fruits

Ornamental Pepper PlantCapsicum Annuum

A flowering pot-type species grown for its attractive fruit.

a peace lily with white patches and shiny green leaves

Peace LilySpathiphyllum Wallisii

Shiny green leaves and white spathes make this attractive

a red poinsettia plant placed on the tiled floor

PoinsettiaEuphorbia Pulcherrima

The red bract type is the most popular grown for the Christmas holiday period.

a poison primrose on a white flower pot inside a room with a cabinet and curtain in the background

Poison PrimrosePrimula Obconica

Small clusters of flowers in different color variations.

a queens teers with petals  blended with colors of green, pink, red and yellow

Queens TearsBillbergia Nutans

The queen’s tears is a bromeliad plant that is easy enough for most growers to grow indoors.

a fuchsia rose of china plant

Rose Of ChinaHibiscus Rosa-Sinensis

All about the Rose of China (botanical name Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis). Caring, information, and advice.

a scarlet star plant with pink flower and green leaves in a flower pot with white background

Scarlet StarGuzmania Lingulata

A popular bromeliad species are grown for its green leathery foliage and bright red or orange bract.

a slipper orchid inside a house

Slipper OrchidPaphiopedilum

There are more than 80 different species (plus many many hybrids) of paphiopedilum.

a paphiopedilum concolor plant with leaves on the background

The One Colored Paphiopedilum ConcolorPaphiopedilum Concolor

From the Paphiopedilum genus which is suitable for growing indoors, with the correct conditions and care provided.

an Urn plant with spiky petals and green leaves in the background

Urn PlantAechmea Fasciata

The Urn plant is also known as the silver vase plant (scientific name: Aechmea Fasciata).

a colorful winter cherry plant on a flower pot covered with an orange cover

Winter CherrySolanum Capsicastrum

You will find it’s a popular ornamental plant to buy at Christmas time, sold in many stores.

Foliage Type Plants

an aluminum plant on a blue flower pot with green leaves in a white background

Aluminum PlantPilea Cadierei
An easy-going house plant that is generally simple to please.

an areca palm with green leaves on a pot inside a flower shop

Areca PalmDypsis Lutescens
A cane-type palm growing up to 8ft tall with multiple stems.

an arrowhead plant with its green heart-shaped leaves

ArrowheadSyngonium Podophyllum
Very similar species as the Philodendron and from the same family.

a bird's nest fern growing on a tree branch

Bird’s Nest FernAsplenium Nidus
A popular fern plant that displays attractive 2 ft long fronds once it matures.

a Boston fern hang in a balcony

Boston FernNephrolepis Exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’
One of the easier ferns to grow indoors. Add this to your houseplants collection.

a broadleaf lady palm in a pot placed in the corner oof the room

Broadleaf Lady PalmRhapis Excelsa
A popular indoor plant species which looks elegant standing in offices, hotels, living rooms, and conservatories.

a canary date palm with long fronds and thin straight leaflets

Canary Date PalmPhoenix Canariensis
A tough palm displaying long fronds with thin straight leaflets.

a cast iron plant on a light brown flower pot placed on a dining table inside a white painted room with picture frames in the background

Cast Iron PlantAspidistra Elatior
Receives its common name for its ability to withstand neglect. A nice and easy-to-care-for foliage plant.

a Chinese evergreen with green leathery leaves

Chinese EvergreenAglaonema
Grown primarily for the attractive leathery leaves.

a coral bead with multiple green fruits growing on top of the leaves

Coral BeadNertera Granadensis
With its picky watering and light demands, the coral bead plant has proven difficult for beginner houseplant growers.

a corn plant with its green leaves

Corn PlantDracaena Fragrans
Well-known indoor houseplants that are grown in many homes and offices.

a creeping fig on a strawberry flower pot in a white background

Creeping FigFicus Pumila
Climbing and low-growing houseplants from the Ficus genus.

a Cretan brake fern with its green leaves on a pot

Cretan Brake FernPteris Cretica
One of the easier ferns to grow indoors and a bit more forgiving than other houseplants.

a croton plant with the outstanding color of its leaves

CrotonCodiaeum Variegatum
Not an easy species to grow, although its foliage is outstanding in color.

a dumb can plant on a flower pot placed in the corner of the room

Dumb CaneDieffenbachia Amoena
Its easy-to-care-for style and resilience to neglect to make these wonderful house plants.

an elephant's ear plant with its big green and white leaves

Elephant’s EarAlocasia Amazonica
A foliage plant with very distinct-looking leaves – but it does flower.

a European Pan Palm on a square pot with its massive leaves with white background

European Pan PalmChamaerops Humilis

Also known as the dwarf fan palm or Mediterranean dwarf from the Chamaerops genus.

a fiddle leaf fig inside a room

Fiddle Leaf FigFiddle Leaf Fig – Ficus Lyrata
This grows to become a large ornamental houseplant with large leaves for a ficus.

a golden pothos plant placed beside the beige colored wall of a staircase

Golden PothosEpipremnum Aureum
A climbing species that grows well indoors with the correct care given.

a green velvet alocasia with curtains in the background

Green Velvet AlocasiaAlocasia Micholitziana
Striking arrow-shaped leaves displaying thick white veins and a green velvety surface.

a Hawaiian Ti with its striking leaves in the backyard

Hawaiian TiCordyline Fruticosa

An exotic-looking foliage houseplant with striking leaves.

a heart of Jesus plant placed on a purple flower pot with soil

Heart Of JesusCaladium

The caladium is a tuber species that display attractive bicolor leaves.

a heart leaf philodendron

Heart Leaf PhilodendronPhilodendron Scandens

More easy-to-grow and maintain climber houseplants.

a Kentia palm plant sitting in the corner of a flower shop with a basin beside it

Kentia Palm PlantHowea Forsteriana

The kentia palm plant has the scientific name of Howea Forsteriana. This is a British favorite and fast-growing with wide leaflets.

a lucky bamboo plant inside a glass type flower pot placed in front of the mirror of the CR sink with its reflection

Lucky BambooDracaena Braunii
Easy-to-grow houseplants that can thrive in soil or water.

a Madagascar dragon tree in a white flower pot placed beside a brick-designed wall

Madagascar Dragon TreeDracaena Marginata
Most definitely one of the easiest indoor plants to grow and maintain. Dracaena Marginata trees can grow up to 6ft high. Great looking houseplants.

a maidenhair fern with its green leaves placed inside a flwoer shop

Maidenhair FernAdiantum Raddianum
A tricky fern to grow indoors. More suited for terrariums and conservatories.

a Mexican fortune tree in a shop in front of a tranquil buddha water feature

Mexican Fortune TreePachira Aquatica
A tree-type plant growing up to 10ft tall or even kept to bonsai size indoors.

a parlor palm plant with a mug designed flower pot with a white background

Parlor PalmChamaedorea Elegans
The parlor palm (Chamaedorea Elegans) is the most popular of this selection. See advice and information.

a calathea makoyana, parlor plant, in a white flower pot with

Parlor PalmCalathea Makoyana
This species, Peacock Plant is a popular Calathea also named Cathedral Windows because of its patterned leaves.

a pin stripe calathea

Pin Stripe CalatheaCalathea Ornata

The Ornata is known for its large leaves that have a distinctive pattern and effervescent colors.

pygmy date palm in pot

Pygmy Date PalmPhoenix Roebelenii

An easy to care for plant that displays very narrow arching leaflets compared to other palms.

Rabbit's Foot Fern

Rabbit’s Foot FernDavallia Fejeensis

Fairly easy to grow for a fern with great-looking rhizomes. These houseplants love moisture.

Rattlesnake plant

Rattlesnake PlantCalathea Lancifolia

Popular species from the calathea genus displaying long upright patterned leaves.

Rose Painted Calathea

Rose Painted CalatheaCalathea Roseopicta

This Calathea has a clump forming habit and displays the most striking leaves with purplish colored backs.

Rubber Plant

Rubber PlantFicus Elastica

One of the ficus greats with large glossy oval shaped leaves.

Sago palm

Sago PalmCycas Revoluta

An interesting species which only grows up to 2 feet tall indoors (it’s not a palm).

sentry palm

Sentry Palm Plant
Howea Belmoreana

The sentry palm plant is similar when comparing it with the kentia. The scientific name is Howea Belmoreana and it’s also known as the curly palm.

Song of India

Song Of India PlantDracaena Reflexa

Another great-looking foliage houseplants from the dracaena genus.

Spider plant

Spider PlantSpider Plant – Chlorophytum Comosum

Information about the popular Spider Plant (botanical name Chlorophytum Comosum). Caring, facts, and advice.

swiss cheese plant

Swiss Cheese PlantMonstera Deliciosa

A great-looking foliage plant that grows taller than most indoor houseplants.

umbrella tree

Umbrella TreeSchefflera Actinophylla

An evergreen tree-type species which grows up to 10ft or more tall. These are classic houseplants.

venus fly trap

Venus Fly Trap PlantDionaea Muscipula

The Venus Fly Trap is one of the plant species that consumes prey in order to nourish itself.

wandering jew

Wandering JewTradescantia
This species is a low-growing plant suitable for planting in hanging baskets.

weeping fig

Weeping Fig TreeFicus Benjamina

The weeping fig is part of the Ficus plant genus (scientific name: F. benjamina) and tree-like, in looks. With large arching branches and long pointed leaves.

zebra plant

Zebra PlantAphelandra Squarrosa

Striking foliage makes this plant well worth the attention it needs.

zebra plant

Zebra PlantCalathea Zebrina

From the Marantaceae family of houseplants.

zz plant

ZZ PlantZamioculcas Zamiifolia

The worst thing you can do to a ZZ plant is overwater it, otherwise it survives well.

Succulents and Cacti

Aloe Vera

Aloe VeraAloe

Aloe Vera are common houseplants that have many potential health benefits. An indoor Aloe is easy to grow and not demanding.

living stone

Argyroderma testiculare

A living stones plant that blooms a beautiful daisy-like flower at the end of fall – the beginning of winter.

baby rubber plant

Baby Rubber PlantPeperomia obtusifolia

Although this plant can flower its main attraction is the foliage.

bunny ear cactus

Bunny Ear CactusOpuntia Microdasys

The bunny ear cactus, also known as the polka dot cactus is a very popular plant.

century plant

Century PlantAgave Americana

A tough succulent species that’s easy to grow indoors and can grow over 1m tall with large toothed leaves.

christmas cactus

Christmas CactusSchlumbergera Bridgesii

Christmas cactus are ideal houseplants if a grower likes to see flowers blooming from November – January.

Christmas cheer

Christmas cheerSedum Rubrotinctum

Very close relative to the Jelly beans plant displaying leaves that turn red in sunlight.

coral cactus

Coral CactusEurphorbia Lactea Crest

The Coral cactus is much like the name states in one sense and not in another. It’s similar looking to coral but not an actual cactus.

donkeys tail

Donkeys TailSedum Morganianum

The Donkey’s tail is a trailing succulent species suitable for growing in a hanging basket.

easter cactus

Easter CactusHatiora Gaertneri

Tropical cactus requires a certain amount of regular water in order to survive and make good houseplants.

housetree leek

Housetree LeekAeonium Arboreum

Rosettes of leaves grow on tall woody stems. There are three main varieties of these houseplants.

flaming katy

Flaming KatyKalanchoe Blossfeldiana

The flaming Katy is the most popular succulent plant from the kalanchoe genus. Growers can motivate the Blossfeldiana to flower after its first bloom.

Goats Horn Cactus

Goat’s Horn CactusAstrophytum Capricorne

The Goats horn cactus has joined the unusual plant section (it’s as weird as they get). Houseplants to ponder.

Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel CactusEchinocactus Grusonii

Globe-shaped type cacti suitable for growing in conservatories, on patios, or other indoor glass-type rooms.

Jade plant

Jade PlantCrassula Ovata
Jade houseplants are also known as the money plant very popular houseplants. Scientific names Crassula argentea. C.ovata, and C.portulacea.

Jelly Beans plant

Jelly BeansSedum Pachyphyllum
The Jelly beans display small finger-like succulent leaves that develop red tips and make great houseplants.

lithops fulleri

Lithops fulleri

The Lithops fulleri is a living stones plant displaying green grayish foliage and mottled markings at the top.

lithops optica rubra

Lithops optica ‘rubra’

A species from the Lithops genus displaying attractive purple club-shaped leaves.

mother in laws tongue

Mother In Laws TongueSansevieria Trifasciata

Snake Plant Types

The mother in laws tongue (also known as snake plant) is a flowering species that is primarily grown for it’s slick looking long leaves.

mother of thousands

Mother Of ThousandsBryophyllum Daigremontianum

Named Mother of Thousands because of the many thousands of plantlets it produces.

orchid cactus

Orchid CactusDisocactus Ackermannii

The Orchid Cactus (forest type cacti) blooms multi-petalled bright funnel shaped flowers.

pandra plant

Panda PlantKalanchoe Tomentosa

From the kalanchoe genus makes a nice addition to any succulent plant collection, grown indoors.

parallel peperomia

Parallel PeperomiaPeperomia puteolata

Semi-succulent species from the large peperomia genus of plants.

peruvian apple cactus

Peruvian Apple CactusCereus Peruvianus

The apple cactus (also known as columnar, column, hedge cactus and others) displays a prominent ribbed column stem with brown colored spines.

pincushion peperomia

Pincushion PeperomiaPeperomia ferreyrae

Semi-succulent species from the large peperomia genus of houseplants.

red tail cactus

Rat’s Tail CactusDisocactus Flagelliformis

Advice about the Rat’s tail cactus (scientific name: Aporocactus Flagelliformis or Disocactus flagelliformis). Caring needs and guides.

tiger jaws plant

Tiger JawsFaucaria Tigrina

This species flowers at the end of summer and display jaw-like leaves that are toothed.

trailing jade plant

Trailing JadePeperomia rotundifolia

Trailing jade is a semi-succulent suitable for hanging baskets and windowsills

truncate living stone

Truncate Living StoneLithops pseudotruncatella

A species from the living stones plant types displaying olive green and brown foliage.

watermelon peperomia

Watermelon PeperomiaPeperomia argyela

Low-growing bushy type houseplants with striking leaves.

zebra haworthis

Zebra HaworthiaHaworthia Fasciata/Attenuata

Similar in appearance and has the same care needs as the Aloe houseplant. Thick and warty leaves.

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Samantha Kennedy
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