Growing houseplants is a wonderful way to add attractive foliage and flowers to indoor spaces. There's a houseplant for every living space, from small-scale terrariums to miniature trees. Every type of houseplant has particular growing requirements as well as preferences for sun and moisture. The Houseplants section of the Better Homes and Gardens Plant Encyclopedia can help sort out any questions you might have, as well as inspire you to add different varieties of indoor houseplants to your growing routine. Our dictionary of houseplants allows you to search by common or scientific name, as well as learn about care tips and ideal growing conditions for each plant. View a list of houseplants by common name or scientific name below.
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Jewel Orchid

The maroon, almost black leaves of jewel orchid are the eye-catching attribute of this beautiful houseplant. Yes, it does flower, but the petite white flowers often take a backstage role to the bold, striped foliage. Jewel orchid has growing requirements similar to other plants in the orchid group, although jewel orchid grows best when its potting media does not dry out, making it an excellent plant for terrariums. It will add instant interest and quickly become a living focal point in any room, as long as it gets medium light.
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Jade plant

A branched, succulent shrub commonly grown indoors, jade plant features thick, woody stems and glossy green, fleshy, oblong leaves up to two inches long. Happily, this low-maintenance plant lives a long time—taking on the appearance of a miniature tree as it ages. And it’s very easy to propagate. Just stick its leaves—stem side down—into the soil, where new roots will grow.
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Black pepper

Grow your own peppercorns with this lovely houseplant. A vine that produces chains of small round fruit, black pepper thrives in full or part sun and indoor temperatures above 65 degrees F. By selecting the time of harvest, all four types of peppercorns -- black, white, green, and red -- can be harvested from the same plant. Black pepper is a slow-growing vine, and plants take three to four years to start flowering and fruiting. Wait to water black pepper until the soil is visibly dry. When watering, thoroughly saturate the soil until a little water runs out the bottom of the pot.
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ZZ Plant

Sporting leaves that appear to have been polished to a magnificent luster, ZZ plant adds a pop of interest to any setting. ZZ plant is also called arum fern, cardboard palm, eternity plant, and aroid palm. Add ZZ plant to your indoor collection for an instant touch of horticultural glamour or use it as a bold interior decor piece in the center of a table or on a shelf. This easy-to-grow houseplant thrives in low light conditions, tolerating rooms that sport east- or north-facing windows with ease. With its shimmering appearance, ZZ plant makes a great gift and the perfect houseplant for even those friends who claim they can’t grow anything.
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Ponytail palm

Equipped with a massive bulbous trunk for storing water, ponytail palm tolerates long stretches of dry conditions. An easy-to-grow houseplant, ponytail palm thrives in dry interior environments common in winter. Simply place it near a bright window and water occasionally. It’s an eye-catching plant that is perfect for tabletops, nightstands, and coffee tables. Slow-growing and ranging in size from less than a foot tall to more than 6 feet when grown indoors, this desert native maintains its size for years. If you want a large ponytail palm, purchase a good-size plant to begin or plan to wait several years for your houseplant to grow. Regular fertilization will also push your plant to grow faster.
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One of the easiest houseplants to grow, pothos is a tough vining plant that grows in most conditions, including water or dry soil. It is a helpful plant as it is rated as one of the best houseplants for filtering the air of toxins.
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The long, trailing stems from just one plant can completely transform your living room.
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Snake Plant

This houseplant is nearly impossible to kill.
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A symphony of leaf shapes, colors, and textures gives this diverse group of houseplants great character. It’s challenging to choose a favorite, as each displays the intricate beauty of nature with colorful veining and texture-rich leaves that beckon you to reach out and touch them. Also called friendship plant, pilea is easy to grow in medium light, making it perfect for everywhere: desktops, nightstands, sunny tabletops, and more.