17 Most Popular Houseplants

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Houseplants add style to our homes and clean our air. Even if you're not an experienced plant parent, these popular houseplants will thrive in ordinary indoor conditions with minimal care.

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    Fiddle Leaf Fig

    Fiddle Leaf Fig in Bedroom

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    Homeowners rely on Ficus lyrata to provide a fresh, modern twist in their decor, even in smaller spaces. Natural light is important for the large leaves to engage in photosynthesis, so place it close to a south or east-facing window. Allow soil to dry between waterings.

    • Light: Bright light
    • Water: Dry between waterings
    • Color Varieties: A variegated cultivar has creamy leaf margins
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    Chinese Money Plant

    Chinese Money Plant

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    Pilea peperomiodes is at home in minimalist and contemporary surroundings. The circular leaves are produced with abundance in average soil and indirect light. Mature Chinese money plants have a slightly cascading habit that looks great in hanging baskets.

    • Light: Indirect light
    • Water: Regular watering
    • Color Varieties: Green
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    Spider Plant

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    Chlorophytum comosum has been a popular houseplant for decades, but this throwback plant is still relevant in any setting where you desire a low maintenance specimen that also purifies the air. The arching leaves make these plants great for pedestals or hanging baskets.

    • Light: Indirect light
    • Water: Average to dry
    • Color Varieties: 'Bonnie Variegated' has white striping
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    Peace Lily

    Peace Lily

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    The graceful white spathes of the peace lily have long been rendered in silk plants, but there's no reason to go fake when the living specimens of Spathiphyllum wallisii are so easy to grow. Peace lilies do well in low light, but need regular moisture.

    • Light: Low light
    • Water: Moist
    • Color Varieties: 'Domino' has white stippling on leaves
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    Air Plant

    Air Plant Terrarium

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    The Tillandsia genus has breathed new life into the terrarium hobby. Although these plants do grow without any soil, they still need bright light and weekly watering, which you can achieve with a heavy spritz from a spray bottle or by dunking the whole plant in water.

    • Light: Bright light
    • Water: Weekly misting
    • Color Varieties: 'Tricolor' has reddish leaves; 'Abdita' has pink leaves that darken to red upon flowering; 'Huamelula' has salmon leaf tips
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    Aloe Vera

    Aloe Vera Houseplant

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    The gel from cut Aloe barbadensis leaves is widely used in first aid remedies and cosmetics, adding function to form as a houseplant. Like most succulents, it prefers dry sandy soil and bright light. Healthy plants will produce pup offsets to replace any leaves you might harvest.

    • Light: High
    • Water: Dry
    • Color Varieties: 'Christmas Carol' has red leaf edges; 'Walmsley's Variegated' has cream streaks
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    Jade Plant

    Jade Plant

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    You can't go wrong with a Crassula ovata in a bright room: It's every bit as pretty as those trendy faux plants you see at the hobby store, only fake plants don't continue to grow and become more stately over time like real jade plants do. Water sparingly and add supplemental lighting if leaf drop occurs.

    • Light: High
    • Water: Dry
    • Color Varieties: 'Calico Kitten' has pink and cream leaves; 'Variegata' has cream streaking
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    African Violet

    African Violets

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    Although referred to as a single specimen, the Saintpaulia genus encompasses about 20 species and many more hybrids to bring delicate blooms to your home or office. Use a soil-free mix to encourage good air circulation, and water moderately at the soil level to prevent spotting on the leaves.

    • Light: Indirect light
    • Water: Light, regular moisture
    • Color Varieties: Thousands of cultivars available; flowers may be pink, blue, purple, or white, with picotee or stippling
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    Snake Plant

    Snake Plants

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    Sansevieria trifasciata is about as close as it gets to a plant-it-and-forget-it houseplant. The plant tolerates a wide range of moisture, soil, and light conditions. You can find variegated types, and the plants also look great grown in metal or concrete containers for industrial chic.

    • Light: Low to high
    • Water: Low
    • Color Varieties: 'Bantel's Sensation' has cream leaves; 'Black Gold' has thin gold edging; 'Gold Hahnii' has wide gold bands
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    Bromeliad

    Bromeliads

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    In their native habitat, plants in the Bromeliaceae family grow as epiphytes nestled in trees. That means two things for their care: they like filtered light, and good aeration around their roots. Orchid potting medium works well. Fill their stiff leaves with distilled water to further mimic nature's way.

    • Light: Filtered or indirect
    • Water: Medium
    • Color Varieties: Orange, yellow, red, white, pink, and purple varieties available
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    Lucky Bamboo

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    The ability to grow in water and the pliable stems that you can weave into grids or braids make Dracaena sanderiana a handsome statement in any small space. Lucky bamboo ceases to grow when you clip the top, making it easy to manage, unlike the bamboo that grows outdoors. Grow in low light or artificial light.

    • Light: Low
    • Water: High
    • Color Varieties: Green
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    Ivy

    Ivy Houseplant

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    A container of trailing Hedera helix is an instant upgrade for your kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere you have bright light and some humidity. Cooler rooms that remain at or below 70 degrees Fahrenheit will also extend the life of these Northern European natives.

    • Light: Medium to high
    • Water: Medium
    • Color Varieties: Green, variegated
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    Dumb Cane Plant

    Dumb Cane Plant

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    The common name 'dumb cane' doesn't do much to describe the elegant Dieffenbachia, which exhibits large speckled and splotched leaves in humid areas with bright light. Provide moderate moisture, and keep the toxic leaves away from kids and pets.

    • Light: Medium to bright
    • Water: Medium
    • Color Varieties: 'Honeydew' has gold leaves; 'Mary' has splotches of cream; 'Snow' has white speckles
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    Basil

    Basil Plants

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    Your favorite herb just became your favorite houseplant. Basil loves warm temperatures and lots of light. Trim off flowers to keep those fragrant leaves coming. Try cinnamon basil or purple basil for something different.

    • Light: Bright
    • Water: Moist
    • Color Varieties: 'Dark Opal' and 'Purple Ruffles' have purple foliage
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    Umbrella Plant

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    If you have a yen for tropical plants, check out the Schefflera arboricola, which can grow up to ten feet tall in the jungles of Taiwan. You can check this growth in containers, especially with slow growing variegated cultivars like 'Gold Capella' or 'Sunburst.'

    • Light: High
    • Water: Medium
    • Color Varieties: 'Sun Burst' is a gold variegated type; 'Janine' is a white variegated type
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    Croton

    Croton Plants

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    Codiaeum plants offer that colorful pow that neutral gray or taupe rooms need. Bright light is essential for good leaf coloration and plant health. Leaf form varies from paddle-like to grassy and narrow, but all have stripes or splotches of yellow, red, orange, or pink.

    • Light: High
    • Water: Medium
    • Color Varieties: Orange, white, yellow, red, pink, purple
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    Philodendron

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    Whether trailing from a basket or growing up a trellis, Philodendron scandens is the classic low-care houseplant that thrives in all light conditions. You might see the heart-shaped leaves growing to giant proportions outdoors in frost-free zones, but it's just as happy in your bedroom.

    • Light: Low to high
    • Water: Medium
    • Color Varieties: 'Brandi' has silver variegation; 'Micans' has purple tinted leaves; 'Prince of Orange' has orange tinted leaves