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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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daffodilPlant Summary

Botanical Name: Narcissus spp.

Type: Flowering 

Origin: Daffodils originate from Europe.

Height: Miniature varieties of the Daffodil will grow to heights of around 15 cm (6 in), while regular varieties can grow up to 46 cm (18 in) tall.

Soil: Narcissus spp.grow best in peat-moss based soil, or, to be more precise, potting mix.

Light: This plant likes indirect bright light. Turning the pot every now and then is recommended, as Daffodils lean towards light while growing.

Humidity: Average levels of humidity will be adequate for this house plant.

daffodil-gtTemperatures: Being spring flowers, Daffodils like to be cool. Temperatures around 16 degrees C (60 degrees F) are optimal.

Water: The soil needs to be checked frequently to ensure it remains lightly moistened, as Daffodils are thirsty, especially while growing.

Fertiliser: A diluted (to half its strength) balanced fertiliser should be fed to daffodils every two weeks.

Propagation: It is not possible to force Daffodil bulbs into blooming indoors for a second year. They can, however, be kept planted outside, although it may take a couple of years before they bloom again even there. To keep them, their foliage should be allowed to naturally die back. The bulbs should then be stored in a dry, cool place until autumn, when they can be planted in the garden.  

Description and Care Tips

Naturally blooming in spring, Daffodils can be forced to bloom from mid-winter to early spring. The process of forcing them is comparatively easy and should be started between October and November.

To force Daffodils, a 15 cm (6 in) deep, wide pot needs to be filled loosely with a suitable potting mix. The bulbs are then set - nose end up - into the soil, taking care not to press them in too much, as the soil needs to be loose enough to allow the tender roots to grow into it. The bulbs should not be allowed to touch, and their tips should be roughly at level with the rim of the container. A little extra potting mix is then added to barely cover the bulbs' noses. 

daffodil-woUnless the bulbs were purchased pre-chilled, the pot then needs to be stored in a cool - temperature should be between 4 and 7 degrees C (40 to 45 degrees F), not freezing - and dark place for 8 to 10 weeks. Regular checking to ensure the soil remains moist is essential throughout this period, which is known as the 'cold treatment' period. A refrigerator, unheated garage or basement will be perfect. Potential damage caused by the ethylene gas given off by ripening fruit/ vegetables needs to be avoided by keeping the pot well away from such fruit/ vegetables.

When the young shoots reach a height of around 5 cm (2 in), the pot can be moved into a slightly warmer (maximum temperature 10 degrees C, or 50 degrees F, low light position. Moving the pot slowly and gradually closer towards a sunnier place will result in the Daffodils lasting longer. To ensure the plants grow evenly, the pot should be turned daily.

Once in full bloom, the potted Daffodils can be placed into direct sunlight. Keeping temperatures down to a maximum of approximately 16 degrees C (60 degrees F) will help to make the flowers last for a month or so.

daffodil-stAs far as varieties are concerned, there are plenty to choose from. Shades range from white and pink to cream, yellow or orange. The cup, often also referred to as the trumpet, may contrast in colour from the surrounding petals, some of which may be frilly. Some varieties offer double blooms or blooms with  two colours, too. 

Then, of course, there are the miniature varieties, which are especially good for indoor use and make a charming display when planted closely together in a pretty pot. On some of the larger varieties, by the way, the flower heads tend to get rather heavy. To avoid them breaking off, they should be staked.

Although mixing colours in one pot is a tempting thought, it should be avoided, as Daffodil varieties tend to flower at different times. The most attractive displays are achieved with just one variety per container.

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