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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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Indoor house plants are a joy to behold and will make an environment altogether more pleasant. Just like other plants, they will assist in turning carbon dioxide into new oxygen, making the air in the room fresher and healthier. While some consist purely of often very attractive foliage, others will occasionally flower, providing a splash of colour. Although even exotic variations are typically comparatively easy to care for, knowing what a plant needs is important if it is to survive.

Light Requirements

One of the errors many people make when trying to look after indoor house plants is placing them into the wrong position. This may sound strange, but like garden plants, some indoor plants love to sit in bright sunlight, while other species much prefer to be tucked away in a shady corner. Others still need a combination of the two. Essentially, an indoor house plant's growth is regulated by two factors of lighting. One of these factors is the amount of light, or, to be more specific, the number of daylight hours the plant is exposed to. 

Factor number two is the intensity of light the plant receives. Levels of intensity required by indoor house plants can range from full shade to full, intense sunlight, and anything in between. The light intensity requirements of indoor house plants can basically be split into four main categories, namely fully shaded, partly shaded, bright and sunny. Grower's instructions on plants will use these categories for placement suggestions. Knowing what is meant by these terms will help to give the plant the best possible chance to thrive. So what sort of position do these terms suggest?

Fully shaded, or shady, Locations

Indoor house plants with a preference for shady locations should be placed in the corner of a room, a hallway or staircases. They will be fine near a window that is shaded by trees, but need to be a minimum of six feet away from windows facing south or south-west. 

Partly shaded Locations

Plants that prefer partial shade, or low light, are best placed in or near east facing windows, where they will only receive a few hours of cool morning sun, or in a window that faces north. These plants need to be at least three to five feet away from any windows facing south-west or south.

Bright Locations

For indoor house plant that like bright, indirect sunlight, a position about four to five feet from west or east facing windows, or three to five feet from south-west and south facing windows will be ideal. In short, a place where the plant can receive several hours worth of daylight without being directly exposed to sunlight is perfect.

Sunny Locations

A window sill flooded by sunlight, positions within two feet of south or south-west facing windows or a sun room will provide indoor house plants that like lots of sun with all the light they need. During summer, it i, however, wise to check them regularly, as extremely hot summers may result in even these plants being scorched.

Signs of too much Light

If indoor house plants are getting too much light, their leaves may begin to look faded or even become totally dry and fall off. Scorched, brown patches on the leaves also point to too much light, as will wilting during midday periods.

Signs of not enough Light

Insufficient light can be detected through spindly growth, often leaving long spaces between individual leaves. A lack of growth, new leaves being consistently smaller than already existing ones, yellow and falling off lower leaves and new shoots reaching for light are also signs of insufficient lighting. On variegated leafy indoor house plants, a lack of light may result in the leafs turning a solid colour.

The Prayer PlantExceptions to the Rule

While it is generally best to follow the instructions provided, sometimes a plant will have other ideas. The prayer plant, Maranta leuconeura kerchoviana, for instance, is typically sold with instructions to keep it in a partially shaded position. A few years ago, the author and her neighbour each bought one of these plants. The author simply stuck her plant into a south-facing window.

Within a couple of weeks, the plant exploded with growth, having to be re-potted and separated at least once a fortnight to keep up with its space requirements. Her neighbour's plant, on the other hand, was placed into the suggested partially shaded position. Its leaves very quickly turned a solid green and the plant simply would not grow until it was placed into a window. Strangely enough, some of the separated parts of both plants then preferred partly shaded positions. A little trial and error is obviously necessary, and by looking out for the signs, mistakes can soon be rectified. 



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