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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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Plant Summary

flame-violetBotanical Name: Episcia cupreata

Type: Flowering

Origin: Episcia cupreata originates from Colombia and Venezuela.

Height: Flame Violets will grow to around 15 cm (6 in) in height.

Soil: Ideally, Flame Violets should be potted in a peat moss based or African Violet potting mix.

Light: Episcia cupreata should be given plenty of indirect bright light.

Humidity: This plant requires high levels of humidity. Levels of relative humidity below 50 per cent need to be raised with the help of humidifiers or wet pebble trays. Misting is not an option, as water will cause spots on the leaves, which are also prone to fungus infections.

Temperatures: The Flame Violet prefers to be kept cool, especially when blooming. Night temperatures should range between 13 and 18 degrees C (55 to 65 degrees F), and day temperatures should not exceed 24 degrees C (75 degrees F).

Water: From spring to autumn, the potting mix needs to be kept evenly moistened. Watering should be reduced during the winter months.

flame-violet-gtFertiliser: Episcia cupreata needs feeding with a diluted (half and half) liquid 10-10-10 fertiliser once a fortnight from spring through into late autumn. 

Propagation: Flame Violets can be propagated from stem cuttings (single leaf) taking during spring, or via their stolons, or runners, which have little new plants on their ends.

Description and Care Tips 

The showy leaves of Episcia cupreata combine varying shades of coppery brown and green, often marked with silver or pale green veins. Growing in a rosette and reaching length of 5 to 8 cm ( 2 to 3 in), the have a lovely metallic-sheen, which makes this plant simply irresistible, even before its tubular, dainty bright flowers start emerging in spring.

Typically red, though pink, yellow or orange on some varieties, these flowers rise up above the foliage on their stems. With their tips flaring out like little trumpets, each flower features a yellow eye deep in the trumpet's centre, and some may feature fringed edgings. With a little loving care, Flame Violets will continue to bloom throughout the summer and into autumn.

Direct sunlight may scorch this house plant's leaves, and should therefore be carefully avoided, as should drafts and blasts of hot/ cold air from heat or AC vents. To prevent flower buds from shrivelling before they get a chance to open and leaves developing unsightly brown edges, humidity levels must be kept fairly high. 

flame-violet-woIf a plant refuses to bloom, it often helps to remove the stolons, or runners, it produces. There is no need to discard the removed runners, as they can be used to propagate Episcia cupreata (see below).

To prevent soil sickness, the Flame Violet should be repotted every two years or so. As it roots shallow and tends to spread, a shallow, wide pot is ideal. Alternatively, this plant can be placed into a hanging basket, allowing its stems to trail down the side. A similar effect can be achieved by placing the plant's pot onto a pedestal or the edge of a shelf.

Pinning the Flame Violet's stolons down into the pot/ hanging basket will create a much fuller, beautifully lush appearance. Once the container is adequately filled, additional stolons can be allowed to hang over the side, where they will continue to grow and eventually produce their own flowers and runners. The effect of this display is stunning, to say the least.

There are two effective ways of propagating Episcia cupreata. One method is to dip the cut end of stem cuttings first into water, then into hormone rooting powder. The cutting is then placed into moist potting mix, which needs to be firmed down around the stem to keep it upright. 

With the pot completely covered in plastic to retain moisture, root development should begin within around one month. A month or so later, it should be possible to see formation of small plantlets from the cutting's base.

flame-violet-stAs mentioned earlier, the stolons produced by the Flame Violet offer another opportunity for propagation. They can be either cut off and rooted in moist soil (again in a pot covered in plastic) independently from the parent plant, or rooted while still attached. To root the plantlet on the end of a stolon still attached to the original plant, a small pot filled with moistened potting mix needs to be placed close to the parent. 

The free plantlet-end of the stolon is then placed on top of the soil in the little pot and pinned into place. Paper clips or hair pins are ideal for this purpose. Once roots have been established, the stolon can be cut away from the parent.

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