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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

HydrangeaBotanical Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

Type: Flowering

Origin: Hydrangea macrophylla originates from Japan.

Height: Hydrangeas kept indoors grow to heights of around 60 cm (2 ft).

Soil: In particular blue varieties of this house plant require lime-free, peat-based potting mixes.

Light: These plants should be provided with a minimum of four hours worth of bright, but indirect light per day.

Humidity: Hydrangea macrophylla is quite comfortable in environments with average levels of humidity.

Temperatures: Cool to average temperatures ranging between 7 and 18 degrees C (45 to 65 degrees F) are best for this house plant.

Hydrangea-gtWater: The potting mix for Hydrangeas must be kept evenly moistened throughout their growing and flowering seasons. Soggy soil should, however, be prevented by providing adequate drainage. To prevent the potting mix from becoming alkaline, lime-free water should be used. During the winter months, the potting mix should be kept just barely moist.

Fertiliser: A balanced (10-10-10) liquid fertiliser should be diluted (50:50) and fed fortnightly to the plant throughout spring and summer. Alternatively, a slow-release fertiliser can be used (once in spring, then again in summer).

Propagation: Hydrangea macrophylla can be propagated via stem tip cuttings. The best time to take these cuttings - which should measure approximately 10 cm (4 in) - is spring or, at the latest, in early summer. The cuttings should root well in moistened potting mix.

Description and Care Tips 

While there are dozens of Hydrangea species, Hydrangea macrophylla is the best choice for indoor growing. Available in hundreds of different varieties, this species - also known as the 'Mophead' Hydrangea - certainly knows how to really show off in style.

The woody stems of this perennial shrub are densely covered by deep green, large oval leaves. In summer, huge round clusters of red, pink or white; violet-blue or blue small flowers all but completely cover this house plant. 

Hydrangea-woOne of the main factors to remember when caring for Hydrangea macrophylla is that this plant needs moist soil - allowing it to dry out is likely to kill it. First signs of the soil getting too dry are yellowing leaves that eventually fall off. Provision of adequate indirect light (see above) is also vital for the health of this house plant.

The choice of potting mix is also important, as varying pH factors can change the colour of a plant's flowers. It should, however, be noted that not all varieties will change colour, so it is important to get the desired colour and then attempt to maintain it, rather than hoping to achieve a specific colour by varying the soil's pH factor.

In essence, blue Hydrangeas require acidic soil with pH factors of 5.5 or below. Adding sulphur while the plant is in bloom will also help to maintain the lovely blue colour.

Neutral pH factors ranging between 5.5 and 7 can result in purple flowers or a mix of blue and pink flowers, while alkaline soil with a pH of 7 or higher is best to maintain the colour of pink varieties.

Unless size control is necessary, Mophead Hydrangeas do not require pruning, although cutting back approximately one third of the plant's older stems will result in a fuller, bushier appearance. If pruning is required, it should be done after the last of the flowers have faded away, avoiding damage to stems - and subsequently endangering the health of the plant - by tearing. Using sharp and clean pruners, stems should be cut - just over 1/2 cm (1/4 in) above leaf axles - at an angle of 45 degrees.

Hydrangea-stTo over-winter an indoor Hydrangea, the plant should be repotted once flowering has finished, followed by cutting back stems by half. Kept cool throughout most of the winter months, the plant should then be moved into a slightly warmer environment near the end of winter in order to encourage blooming.

Dried Mophead Hydrangea flowers make exceptionally beautiful additions to dried flower arrangements. To preserve the colours of the flowers, flower stems should be allowed to dry while still on the plant. Once blooms have a papery feel to them, the stems can be cut off. All leaves should then be stripped off, followed by hanging the stems upside down (this will prevent bending) in a dry, dark room to finish drying. 

It is, by the way, best to keep stems separate during this final drying period, as bunching them together will not only prolong drying, but may also cause some of the flowers to get squashed. Dried in this fashion, the flowers will turn to beautifully soft shades of rose, violet, blue and green.

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