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.

Jade plant
This easy-to-grow, shrub-like succulent can get quite large over time.
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.

ZZ Plant
This houseplant doesn't need much light or water.
Ponytail Palm
It may look like a tree, but it's actually a succulent.

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This tough vining houseplant grows in most conditions.
This houseplant is easy to grow, too.
Norfolk Island Pine

Greet the holidays with this tabletop, tropical Christmas tree, then keep it around as a dynamic houseplant year-round. Simply provide it with bright light and keep its soil evenly moist.

Place small Norfolk Island pines on tabletops, mantels, and desks. The petite plants are slow-growing. Large Norfolk Island pines can anchor the corner of a room and provide a bold burst of greenery as a focal point.