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  • Born and educated in Germany, I came to live in the UK in 1982. After working in various jobs over the years, I am now a freelance writer. I have a passion for wildlife and nature in general and love my family, my dog Jet, writing, music and dragons.
  • Born and educated in Germany, I came to live in the UK in 1982. After working in various jobs over the years, I am now a freelance writer. I have a passion for wildlife and nature in general and love my family, my dog Jet, writing, music and dragons.

A - Z Plant List

A - B - C - D/E

F - G - H/I/J

K/L - M - N/O

P - Q/R - S

T to Z


The A - Z of House Plants is currently under construction. Plant names will be linked to their corresponding articles as they are added. Please be patient - there are a lot of plants, and there may be days when only one or two articles can be added at a time. In the meantime, why not take a look at some of these general care articles:


A brief Guide to Potting Mixes


When and how to repot House Plants


Grooming House Plants - the Basics


Indoor House Plants and Light


Ten House Plants tolerating low Light Conditions


Indoor House Plants and Humidity Levels


Watering Indoor House Plants


Fertilising House Plants


To save readers having to scroll through the whole alphabet when looking for a specific plant, each section will be moved to its own page once all corresponding articles have been added. 


Yet to come: 




(Haworthia species)

Heartleaf Philodendron

(Philodendron scandens)


(Helleborus niger)


(Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Hyacinth Flower

(Hyacinthus orientalis hybrids)


(Hydrangea macrophylla)




(Impatiens hybrids)

Iron Cross Begonia

(Begonia masoniana)

Ivy Geranium

(Pelargonium peltatum)


(Ixora coccinea)



Jade Plant

(Crassula ovata)

Janet Craig Dracaena

(Dracaena deremensis)

Japanese Aralia

(Fatsia japonica)

Jasmine Plant

(Jasminum polyanthum)

Jerusalem Cherry

(Solanum pseudocapsicum)



Kaffir Lily

(Clivia miniata)

Kentia Palm

(Howea forsteriana)



Lady Palm

(Rhapis excelsa)

Lantana Plants

(Lantana camara)

Lily of the Valley                                      

(Convallaria majalis)

Lipstick Plant                                          

(Aeschynanthus lobbianus)

Living Stones                                           

(Lithops species)

Lucky Bamboo                                        

(Dracaena sanderiana)



Madagascar Palm                                    

(Pachypodium lamerei)

Maidenhair Fern                                       


Mandevilla Plant                                       

(Mandevilla hybrids)

Martha Washington Geranium                   

(Pelargonium domesticum)


(Medinilla magnifica)

Ming Aralia                                              

(Polyscias fruticosa)

Miniature Roses                                        

(Rosa chinensis hybrids)

Mona Lavender                                        

(Plectranthus hybrid)

Money Tree Plant                                     

(Pachira aquatica)

Moses in the Cradle                                 

(Tradescantia spathacea)

Mother of Thousands                                

(Kalanchoe daigremontiana)

Mother-in-Law's Tongue/ Snake Plant        

(Sansevieria trifasciata)



Nerve Plant                                              

(Fittonia verschaffeltii)

New Guinea Impatiens                              

(Impatiens x hawkeri hybrid)

Norfolk Island Pine                                   

(Araucaria heterophylla)



Oleander Plant                                         

(Nerium oleander)

Orchid Cactus                                         

(Epiphyllum species and hybrids)

Ornamental Chili Pepper                           

(Capsicum annuum)



Paddle Plant                                            

(Kalanchoe thyrsiflora)

Panda Plant                                            

(Kalanchoe tomentosa)


(Viola x wittrockiana)

Paperwhite Narcissus                               

(Narcissus jonquilla)

Papyrus Plant                                          

(Cyperus papyrus)

Parlor Palm                                             

(Chamaedorea elegans)

Parrot Flower                                           

(Heliconia psittacorum)

Passion Flower                                        

(Passiflora caerulea)

Peace Lily


Peacock Plant                                         

(Calathea makoyana)


(Peperomia caperata)

Periwinkle Flower                                     

(Catharanthus roseus)

Persian Shield                                         

(Strobilanthes dyerianus)

Persian Violet                                          

(Exacum affine)

Piggyback Plant                                      

(Tolmiea menziesii)

Pink Calla Lily                                         

(Zantedeschia rehmannii)

Pink Quill                                                

(Tillandsia cyanea)

Pitcher Plant                                           

(Nepenthes hybrids)


(Plumeria rubra)

Pocketbook Plant                                    

(Calceolaria herbeohybrida)


(Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Polka Dot Plant                                       

(Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Ponytail Palm                                          

(Beaucarnea recurvata)

Pothos/ Devil's Ivy                                    

(Epipremnum aureum)

Powder Puff Tree                                      

(Calliandra haematocephala)

Prayer Plant                                            

(Maranta leuconeura)

Primrose Flowers                                     

(Primula hybrids)

Purple Heart Plant                                    

(Tradescantia pallida)

Purple Passion Plant                                

(Gynura aurantiaca)

Purple Shamrock                                     

(Oxalis regnellii)

Pygmy Date Palm                                     

(Phoenix roebelenii)



Queen's Tears                                         

(Billbergia nutans)



Rabbit Foot Fern                                      

(Davallia fejeensis)

Rex Begonia                                            

(Begonia rex)

Rosary Vine                                            

(Ceropegia woodii)

Rubber Plant                                           

(Ficus elastica)



Sago Palm                                              

(Cycas revoluta)

Satin Pothos                                           

(Scindapsus pictus)

Scarlet Star                                             

(Guzmania lingulata)

Scented Geranium                                   

(Pelargonium species and hybrids)


(Schefflera actinophylla)

Sensitive Plant                                         

(Mimosa pudica)

Shamrock Plant                                       

(Oxalis species)

Shrimp Plant                                           

(Justicia brandegeana)

Siam Tulip                                               

(Curcuma alismatifolia)

Spider Lily                                               

(Hymenocallis littoralis)

Spider Plant

(Chlorophytum comosum)

Split-Leaf Philodendron                             

(Philodendron bipinnatifidum)

Staghorn Fern                                          

(Platycerium bifurcatum)

Strawberry Begonia                                  

(Saxifraga stolonifera)

String of Pearls                                        

(Senecio rowleyanus)

Swedish Ivy                                             

(Plectranthus species)

Sweet Potato Vine                                   

(Ipomea batatas)

Swiss Cheese Plant                                 

(Monstera deliciosa)


Thanksgiving Cactus                                

(Schlumbergera truncata)

Ti Plant                                                   

(Cordyline terminalis)

Tiger's Jaw                                              

(Faucaria tigrina)


(Tulipa hybrids)


U - V - W

Urn Plant                                                 

(Aechmea fasciata)

Venus Fly Trap                                        

(Dionaea muscipula)

Wandering Jew                                        

(Tradescantia albiflora)

Wax Begonia                                           

(Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)

Wax Plant                                               

(Hoya carnosa)

Weeping Fig                                            

(Ficus benjamina)

Windmill Palm Tree                                  

(Trachycarpus fortunei)


X - Y - Z


(Yucca elephantipes)

Zebra Plant                                              

(Aphelandra squarrosa)

ZZ Plant                                                  

(Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

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crocusPlant Summary

Botanical Name: Crocus bulb hybrids

Type: Flowering

Origin: The corms of hybrids available originate from Asia, Europe and North Africa.

Height: A Crocus will grow up to a height of approximately 20 cm (8 in).

Soil: Any general purpose, good quality potting mix is acceptable for Crocus bulb hybrids.

Light: During their cold treatment, corms need to be kept in the dark. This needs to be followed by accustomising the young plants to brighter conditions (see below). Blooming plants like bright light, but need to be kept out of direct sunlight.

Humidity: Undemanding, the Crocus is happy with average levels of humidity.

crocus-gtTemperatures: This is one house plant that prefers to be a little cooler - temperatures ranging between 6 and 16 degrees C (40 to 60 degrees F) will encourage blooming for weeks.

Water: Until growth emerges, watering should be done sparingly. Once growing, the soil needs to be kept moist evenly. It is vital to check regularly, as these flowering plants tend to be very thirsty.

Fertiliser: From the moment the Crocus is planted until it begins to bloom, the Crocus should be fed once a month with a balanced, diluted (1:1) liquid fertiliser. Fertilising should stop once blooming.

Propagation: Indoors, corms will not bloom more than once, although they may produce offsets (which will mature over a few years). They can, however, be kept and used outside. Once the foliage has died back, they should be stored somewhere dry and cold. In autumn, they can be planted outside and left to the care of Mother Nature. When they are ready, they will bloom. 

crocus-woDescription and Care Tips

Crocus hybrid bulbs are not actually bulbs, but corms. These corms produce masses of gorgeous cup-shaped flowers in a range of colours, including white, yellow, lavender and purple. Some blooms are plain coloured, while others feature stripes. All of them have bright orange stigmas. The leaves of the Crocus are upright, slender and usually striped in green and white.

One of the first flowering plants to herald spring, the Crocus often pops its lovely, colourful blooms through the last remaining layers of snow. Luckily, it is not necessary to wait for spring in order to wait for these lovely blooms, because the Crocus can be forced to flower indoors during mid-winter. The best time to start the forcing process is in October.

crocus-bloom.jpgThe first step of the forcing procedure is a 12 week cold treatment. Naturally, if pre-chilled corms are purchased, this step can be omitted. To begin, a shallow pot - which needs to be a minimum of 7 cm (3 in) deep - is filled loosely with a good potting mix, leaving enough space to accommodate the corms on top  - the tips should end up roughly at the same level as the rim of the pot. 

Several corms can then be set closely, but never touching, into the pot with their pointed end facing upwards. They should not be pressed into the soil, as it needs to remain loose enough to allow the roots to grow easily into and through it. The corms are then barely covered with additional soil. While it is tempting to mix Crocuses, it should be noted that different varieties tend to have different flowering periods. It is best to keep each pot to a single variety.

After watering thoroughly and allowing excess liquid to drain off, the pot needs to be moved into a cool - around 4 degrees C (40 degrees F) - and dark spot. A refrigerator, an unheated garage or a basement are ideal, as long as temperatures will not drop to freezing point. They can be kept in the dark by placing another pot, a box or a black bin liner over the pot, but it is necessary to allow for access, as the soil needs to be kept moist throughout this stage. 

crocus-stOnce the shoots reach a height of around 5 cm (2 in), the pot can be moved to a slightly warmer - around 10 degrees C (50 degrees F) place. Light conditions in the new location need to be low to begin with. The little plants can then be accustomised to brighter light by gradually moving them closer to a sunny window over a few days. 

To ensure even growth, the pot should be turned every day. When the Crocus is in full bloom, it needs to be in a bright place, but out of direct sunlight. This, and keeping temperatures comparatively cool (see above) will prolong the blooming period substantially.

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