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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.

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

golden-trumpetBotanical Name: Allamanda cathartica

Type: Flowering

Origin: The Golden Trumpet Vine originates from Brazil.

Height: Not pruned, this house plant can reach heights of up to 2.4 m (8 ft). Dwarf varieties grow up to 38 cm (15 in) in height. 

Soil: Allamanda cathartica can be planted in any high quality potting mix.

Light: Golden Trumpets need plenty of bright light, including a minimum of 4 hours worth of direct sunlight per day.

Humidity: This tropical plant requires moderate to high (50 per cent and upwards) levels of relative humidity. Levels can be raised using a humidifier or a wet pebble (humidity) tray.

Temperatures: The frost-tender Allamanda does not like to be cold in any way, although it will tolerate winter temperatures down to 16 degrees C (60 degrees F). Ideal temperatures for this house plant range, however, between 18 and 27 degrees C (65 to 80 degrees F).

Water: Golden Trumpet plants need to be watered thoroughly, allowing the top layer (5 cm/ 2 in) of potting mix to dry out between watering sessions. Drainage trays must be emptied immediately to prevent the soil getting soggy.

golden-trumpet-gtFertiliser: Allamanda cathartica needs to be fed with a high-potassium - diluted (50:50) - liquid fertiliser on a bi-weekly (every two weeks) basis, starting in spring and on into autumn. 

Propagation: Early spring is the best time to take and root (in moistened soil) Golden Trumpet stem tip cuttings (8 to 10 cm/ 3 - 4 in long). Using a heat mat will produce the best results.

Description and Care Tips

Like the pink-flowered Mandevilla, the Golden Trumpet belongs to the Apocynaceae family, which is also commonly known as the Dogbane family. Similar to other members of this family, the Golden Trumpet has a milky sap that is considered to be poisonous (likely to cause serious skin irritations). In addition, all of its parts are cathartic, meaning they induce accelerated evacuation of the bowel.

The stunning beauty of this tropical twining vine does, however, make the effort of wearing gloves while handling the plant well worth it. 

golden-trumpet-woThe whorled, leathery and deeply veined leaves of Allamanda cathartica are bright green - ranging into light green - and, combined with the plant's twining habit, make this a highly attractive plant at the best of times. 

The main attraction of Allamanda cathartica, however, are its stunning, 7.5 to 10 cm (3 to 4 in) wide, trumpet-shaped flowers. Typically bright yellow in colour (although there are now some varieties featuring creamy coloured flowers), these magnificent blooms gradually unfold from the scrolled flower buds that emerge from the plant's stem tips in summer. Blooming lasts from summer right through into autumn.

Some Golden Trumpet cultivars have been specifically bred to provide beautiful fragrances. One of these cultivars features darker leaves than the original species and brown, furry buds.

To grow and bloom well, Allamanda cathartica needs to be given plenty of bright light. The plant can be moved outside (into a semi-shaded position) during the summer to increase its blooming power. It must, however, be returned to a sunny spot inside before temperatures are likely to drop below 16 degrees C (60 degrees F), as it does not tolerate being cold.

Golden Trumpets can be trained to grow up and through a supporting trellis, which will really show off its spectacular flowers. If size needs to be controlled, this house plant can be pruned back by as much as half its size in early spring. 

In addition to keeping the size under control, this pruning will also encourage more flowers, as will cutting off spent blooms.

golden-trumpet-stSpring is also a good time to repot the plant. As Allamanda cathartica grows well in comparatively large containers, it can be repotted into pots a size larger than the previous year every spring. Naturally, it is important to use containers with drainage holes to prevent soggy soil.

After the plant has flowered, it will produce prickly seed pods, from which - when the pods have dried and break open - winged seeds will emerge and fly about. Although Allamanda cathartica is an evergreen, its growth will slow as winter approaches, and the plant should be given a winter rest. 

While it is important to keep this tender plant at room temperatures, watering should be reduced slightly - though not enough to allow the potting mix to completely dry out.

Both aphids and mealy bugs do, by the way, like to make a meal out of this house plant, so it is important to look out for and immediately treat infestations.

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