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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

grape-hyacinthBotanical Name: Muscari spp.

Type: Flowering

Origin: Grape Hyacinths originate from Western Asia.

Height: Muscari spp.varieties can grow to heights of around 10 to 20 cm (4 to 8 in).

Soil: This plant will do well in any quality potting mix and can also be quite easily grown in water.

Light: During the cold treatment (see below) the Grape Hyacinth's bulbs need to be kept in the dark (covered with a pot, box or black bag). Flowering plants need lots of bright, but indirect light and should not be placed into direct sunlight.

Humidity: Muscari spp. are happy with average levels of humidity, so no measures to raise levels are required.

grape-hyacinth-gtTemperatures: This is one house plant that likes to be kept cool - temperatures are best kept at 4 to 18 degrees C (40 to 65 degrees F) to prolong blooming.

Water: The soil for this plant needs to be kept evenly moist.

Fertiliser: There is no need to fertilise the Grape Hyacinth.

Propagation: Once forced into blooming indoors, Grape Hyacinths do not bloom again. They do, however, produce offsets that can be planted outdoors. For this purpose, the foliage should be allowed to die off naturally before cutting it off. The bulbs then need to be stored in a dry, cool place for the summer and can be planted in the garden during the autumn. 

Description and Care Tips

Grape Hyacinth bulbs produce thick, upright flower stems surrounded by arching, narrow leaves. Each flower stem carries a cluster of lightly fragrant, rounded flowers (resembling a bunch of grapes) in lovely shades of lavender-blue, purple, white or pink (depending on variety). 

Naturally flowering in spring, Muscari spp. can be forced into blooming during the winter months by tricking them into behaving as though they had a cold winter rest followed by the warmth and light of spring. When forced indoors, flowers will last for a month or so, providing temperatures are kept low (see above).

Forcing Grape Hyacinth Bulbs

grape-hyacinth-woFor mid-winter blooms, it is best to start this process during the month of October, although anytime during autumn is fine - in any case, bulbs will require a cold treatment lasting for 10 weeks in order to bloom.

Begin by filling a pot - which must be at least 7 cm (3 in) deep and have drainage holes - loosely with a quality potting mix. Set the bulbs loosely (do not press them in) into the potting mix with the pointed end up. They should be close without touching one another, and the tips should be level with the rim of the pot. Add potting mix to the top, ensuring the tips remain exposed.

After watering the pot thoroughly and discarding the drained off water, move the pot into a cool - minimum temperature should be around 4 degrees C/ 40 degrees F - dark place (basement, garage or even a fridge, as long as it is guaranteed temperatures do not drop to freezing point). If necessary, cover the pot with a box, an upturned pot or a black bag to keep it dark. 

The pot needs to remain in this location for 10 weeks, keeping the potting mix barely moist throughout. When the new shoots reach a height of about 5 cm (2 in), move the pot to a slightly warmer - 10 degrees C (50 degrees F) - location with low light. Increase watering slightly to ensure the soil is kept evenly moistened. 

grape-hyacinth-stMove the pot gradually closer to a sunny window over the next couple of days. To make sure the plant grows evenly, turn the pot regularly (quarter turn per day). Once fully in bloom, the plant should be kept at a temperature of around 18 degrees C (65 degrees F) in a bright location (but out of direct sunlight) to prolong blooming.

Alternatively, place the bulbs into paper bags for the chilling period, then place them into hour-glass shaped hyacinth bulb vases once they begin to sprout. The vases should be set in a cool, bright location, and the bottom needs to be kept filled with water. It is, however, essential to ensure the bulb does not sit in the water, as this will cause it to rot.

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