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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

hyacinth-flowerBotanical Name: Hyacinthus orientalis hybrids

Type: Flowering

Origin: Hyacinth Flowers originate from Turkey.

Height: Hyacinthus orientalis hybrids can grow to heights of approximately 20 to 20 cm (8 to 12 in). As the flower heads tend to get quite heavy, they may require staking.

Soil: These house plants are quite content with any quality potting mix and can also be grown in water.

Light: During the cold treatment (see below), bulbs need to be kept in the dark. Once shoots appear, they need to be gradually moved into bright positions.

Humidity: Hyacinthus orientalis hybrids are happy in areas with average levels of humidity. 

hyacinth-flower-gtTemperatures: Hyacinth Flowers are best kept comparatively cool at temperatures ranging between 7 and 18 degrees C (45 to 65 degrees F).  

Water: The potting mix for these house plants should be kept evenly moistened.

Fertiliser: Fertilising is not required for these plants.

Propagation: Hyacinth bulbs that have been forced to bloom inside will not bloom again. They do, however, produce offsets that can be stored in a cool, dry location (after foliage that has been allowed to naturally die back has been cut off) until being planted in the garden in autumn. 

Description and Care Tips

Although Hyacinth Flowers can be purchased in full bloom from florists during the winter months, it is far more fun - and quite easy - to purchase bulbs, force them and watch them grow from scratch (see how below).

Each individual bulb will produce a thick stem - surrounded by upright, narrow leaves -  carrying dozens of waxy, small flowers. Highly fragrant, these flowers may - depending on variety - be anything from white through a host of pastel colours to deep, vibrant reds, blues and purples.

Forcing Hyacinth Flowers

hyacinth-flower-woThe process of getting the naturally spring-flowering Hyacinth Flower to bloom in the middle of winter is known as forcing. This essentially involves tricking the bulb into acting as though it has gone through the cold winter months before coming into the sunshine and warmth of spring - subsequently forcing it to bloom at a time when it would not normally do so.

For this reason, it is first of all necessary to give bulbs the cold treatment (this is not necessary if pre-chilled bulbs were purchased). Best started in October (if blooms are desired during mid-winter), this is done as follows:

  • Fill a shallow (minimum 7 cm/ 3 in deep) container with drainage holes loosely with a good potting mix
  • Set bulbs closely (though not touching) with their pointed end up into the mix
  • Keep the tips of the bulbs level with the rim of the container and do not press them into the mix (mix should remain loose to allow roots to easily grow through it)
  • Loosely cover with more potting mix (leave tips exposed)
  • Water thoroughly
  • Discard drainage
  • Move container into a cool (not below 4 degrees C/ 40 degrees F) and dark location (if necessary, cover with a box/ upturned flower pot)
  • Do not store pot/s near ripening vegetables/ fruit, as the ethylene gas they give off may damage bulbs
  • Keeping the potting mix barely moist, leave pot/s in cold storage for around 12 weeks

By the end of this period, the emerging shoots should have reached a height of around 5 cm (2 in). The pot can now be moved into a slightly warmer (10 degrees C/ 50 degrees F) location with fairly low light intensity. Watering should now be increased sufficiently to keep the potting mix evenly moistened.

hyacinth-flower-stThe plant can then be moved gradually - over a period of a few days - towards a sunny window. In order to ensure even growth, the pot should be turned daily. Once in full bloom, the plant should be kept in bright, but indirect sunlight to prolong blooming.

Alternatively, bulbs can be given the cold treatment in a paper bag. Once sprouting, they can then be placed into the top section of hour-glass-shaped Hyacinth vases, the bottom of which should be kept filled with water. To prevent the bulb from rotting, it is vital to ensure it does not actually sit in the water. 

Staggering the start of cold treatments/ planting bulbs - perhaps at weekly intervals - will provide a succession of flowering Hyacinths throughout winter and early spring.

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