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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

goldfish-plantBotanical Name: Columnea gloriosa (and varying hybrids)

Type: Flowering

Origin: The Goldfish Plant has its origins in South and Central America.

Height: Stems that are not pinched back may grow as long as 90 cm (3 ft).

Soil: This house plant grows best in a potting mix that is peat moss based.

Light: Columnea gloriosa and its many hybrids require lots of bright light in order to bloom, but should not be placed into direct sunlight. 

Humidity: A humidity tray - or room humidifiers - will help to maintain the moderate to high levels of humidity this house plant requires. The foliage of the Goldfish Plant should be misted daily, using room-temperature water (cold water will results in brown spots developing on the leaves). 

Temperatures: Goldfish Plants prefer to be moderately warm, at temperatures ranging between 18 and 24 degrees C (65 to 75 degrees F).

goldfish-plant-gtWater: During spring, summer and autumn, the Goldfish Plant should be watered thoroughly. Between watering sessions, the top 5 cm (2 in) of soil should be allowed to dry out a little. In winter, watering can be reduced to almost allowing the soil to dry out between sessions. 

Fertiliser: A high phosphorus (10-30-10, for example) liquid fertiliser should be diluted (1:1) and fed to the Columnea gloriosa every 14 days during spring and summer.

Propagation: Goldfish Plants can be propagated from stem tip cuttings at around 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in) in length. Ensuring cuttings do not bear flowers, they should be taken in spring or summer and dipped into root hormone powder to improve chances of success. Newly planted cuttings should be kept in a warm, humid and bright area until growth emerges. The new plants will, by the way, not flower until the next summer.

Description and Care Tips 

The exotic perennial Columnea gloriosa is a member of the  Gesneriaceae family and owes its common name of Goldfish Plant to its long, tubular and typically orange-red flowers, which give an impression of leaping fish.

goldfish-plant-woThe long stems of this house plant are densely covered in dark green, thick and waxy leaves. Trailing up to 90 cm (3 ft), these cascade beautifully over the edge of containers, making a particularly spectacular display of foliage and magnificent flowers when planted into a hanging basket or onto a pedestal.

Giving a mature Goldfish Plant plenty of bright, but indirect, light will ensure an abundance of dozens of gorgeous blooms. Keeping the soil slightly on the dry side during the winter months will also help to encourage plentiful flowers in spring, although it is vital not to allow the soil to dry out completely.

Pinching off the Goldfish Plant's growing tips (which can be used for propagation if so desired) will encourage branching and subsequently achieve a much fuller, bushier appearance. In addition, keeping the stems at a maximum of around 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 in) will also prevent them from becoming leggy and bare looking.

As this plant blooms best when it is slightly pot-bound, repotting should only be done when absolutely necessary. When this is the case, the plant should be repotted in spring, using a container with drainage holes to prevent soil from becoming soggy.

goldfish-plant-stGrowers around the world have bred a wonderful variety of Columnea gloriosa hybrids, some of which feature the same fuzzy leaves as the plant's cousin, the African Violet (with this variety in particular, it is vital to prevent fungal issues by avoiding getting the leaves wet). Other hybrids feature yellow or red flowers, and one, 'Fire Light', features leaves with a lovely variegated pattern.

Somewhat sensitive to moisture on the leaves and high heat, Goldfish Plants should be checked for browning of leaves/ leaf drop, as these signs indicate that either the leaves are getting wet or temperatures are too high.

In addition, aphids, mealy bugs and spider mites have a penchant for these plants, so checking regularly for and immediately treating infestations of these pests is vital.

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