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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

florist-chrysanthemumBotanical Name: Chrysanthemum morifolium; Chrysanthemum x morifolium

Type: Flowering

Origin: Chrysanthemum morifolium originate from China

Height: Florist Chrysanthemum grow to heights ranging between 30 and 60 cm (12 to 24 in).

Soil: Chrysanthemum morifolium typically grow best in potting mixes based on peat moss.

Light: This house plant needs lots of sunlight, but must also have sufficient darkness throughout the night in order to bloom abundantly.

Humidity: Average levels of humidity are adequate for this plant.

florist-chrysanthemum-gtTemperatures: To prolong blooming, plants are best kept in temperatures ranging between 13 and 18 degrees C (55 to 65 degrees F).

Water: To prevent foliage wilting, the soil should be kept evenly moistened at all times.

Fertiliser: Potted Florist Chrysanthemums typically do not require fertilising, but those planted out should be given a slow-release 5-10-5 or 5-10-10 fertiliser in spring.

Propagation: This house plant can be propagated from seeds or stem/ leaf cuttings, which should be taken in spring.

Description and Care Tips

Cultivated in China for two millennia under the name of Chusan Daisy, Florist Chrysanthemums, which are often simply referred to as Xants or Mums, were introduced to Japan  - by Buddhist monks - during 400 AD, where they became so popular, the imperial family adopted them as their emblem. Some Japanese cities host spectacular Chrysanthemum exhibitions each year even today. The plants reached Europe during the late 18th Century, and were initially known as Pompon Chrysanthemums.

A member of the Asteraceae family, which includes more than 1,000 genera and around 20,000 different species, the Florist Chrysanthemum has dark green foliage and may feature daisy or anemone-like, pompon shaped or spider-like flowers. 

florist-chrysanthemum-woOriginally golden yellow (hence its name Chrysanthemum, which essentially means Golden Flower), this plant is now available in a plethora of colours, including white and off-white; pink, red, and burgundy; yellow, bronze, lavender and purple.

To keep it flowering for longer, the plant should be placed into a well-ventilated, cool - but sunny - position and watered regularly, as dry roots will cause the foliage to wilt and stunt formation of buds. 

Part of the Florist Chrysanthemum's popularity is due to the wealth of meanings associated with its flowers. In addition to this flower symbolising fidelity, joy, long life and optimism, red flowers are said to convey love; white flowers are used to symbolise loyal love and truth, and yellow flowers are often used to symbolise slighted love. 

In Italy and parts of Germany, Florist Chrysanthemums are associated with funerals, and many refuse to have them in their house  - especially if white or yellow -for any other reason. This is based on a superstition that having these flowers in the house will result in a funeral becoming necessary - and is a real shame considering their beauty.

Used in ancient China as a medicine, or fermented into wine, the petals of Chrysanthemums are said to be edible and can be used in salads, sprinkled on top of clear soups or in tea. Chrysanthemum flavour tea is said to be useful as a relaxant. It should, however, be noted that the leaves of this plant are toxic and should never be ingested.

As it is not possible to get this plant to bloom again indoors, it is often thrown out after flowering has ended. This is a shame, as this comparatively easy to grow plant can be cut back (down to 7 to 10 cm/ 3 to 4 in) and transferred into the garden, where it will require fertilising (see above) in spring. 

florist-chrysanthemum-stPinching growing tips out every two to three weeks, starting when new spring growth has reached 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 in) and ending in early summer, will result in the plant becoming bushier and producing more flower buds. Deadheading spent flowers will also encourage prolonged blooming. 

As Chrysanthemum morifolium is susceptible to various common pests (in particular aphids and spider mites) and diseases (including powdery mildew, septoria leaf spot and verticillium wilt), it is vital to regularly check for signs of such problems and deal with them as soon as possible to prevent spreading infestations/ infections.

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