Aralia Plant – Balfour

Balfour Aralia is an evergreen plant native to Africa, Asia, Australia, parts of North and Central America, and South America. The distinct leaves of a Balfour Aralia Plant look like leathery round dinner plates about 1″- 2″ in diameter which is how it got its nickname, the Dinner Plate Aralia.  The leaves of a Balfour Aralia can range in color from light green to dark green and some varieties have green and cream colored variegated leaves. Aralias are not a good houseplants for beginners since they are easy to over- water resulting in root rot. Aralia Plants quickly drop leaves if not cared for properly. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants


Alocasia Plant – macrorrhiza

An Alocasia Plant, native to Asia, is also called an Elephant Ear Plant or African Mask Plant. Alocasia Plants have large, dark-green, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with wavy edges.  If you are searching for a dramatic, very different looking plant that can be as small as 6″ or as tall as a tree, an Alocasia Plant is a great choice. These plants do require extra care and attention. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

Calathea Plant

Calathea  Plants are native to Africa, the West Indies, and Central and South America. All Calathea Plants are treasured for their large, oval, distinctly patterned, and vibrantly colored leaves. The beautiful striped leaves of a Calathea Lineata Plant grow at the end of long stems and require quite a bit of care to stay looking good. Indoors, a Calathea Lineata Plant rarely grows larger than about 2ft. wide and 2ft. tall. A Calathea Lineata Plant requires high humidity to keep its leaves from getting brown edges and is not an easy-care plant,  but like many unusual houseplants, well worth the effort.

Episcia Plant

Episcias are lovely trailing plants native to Central and South America, Brazil, and the West Indies. An Episcia Plant is grown for its colorful textured leaves and small but pretty flowers. The most popular variety of the Episcia Plant is the Flame Violet which has silver veined leaves and bears tubular orange-red flowers about 3/4″ in size. The Episcia has never become as popular as its close relative the African Violet because they require more care. Episcias grow in a very unique manner. Each plant sends out runners called stolons which trail over the edge of the container or across the soil in the pot. New plants are propagated from these runners.

This is a beautiful unique houseplant, but not for beginners.

Stromanthe Tricolor Plant

Stromanthe sanguinea  (sometimes referred to as Tricolor or Triostar Stromanthe), is a plant native to the rain forests of Brazil. This variety of the Stromanthe Plant has beautiful leaves in different shades of white, red, pink, and green. Stromanthe Plants make a great plant to give as a  Christmas present if you’re tired of Poinsettias. A Stromanthe Plant can be grown indoor or outdoors, but will not survive a hard freeze. Since a Stromanthe Plant is a relative of the Prayer Plant and a member of the Maranta family, its leaves fold up at night as though praying. Stromanthe Plants produce reddish pink flowers in the spring, but they can’t compete with this plants dazzling leaves. A Stromanthe Plant is a spectacular looking plant, but challenging to grow, definitely not for beginners.

Miniature Rose Plant

Miniature Roses, beautiful little hybrid plants that trace their parents back to China, usually appear in stores around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. These indoor houseplant Roses  look lovely when first purchased but are difficult to keep indoors on a permanent basis. Enjoy your Miniature Rose Bush plant your home  and then put it outside as soon as the weather permits. Miniature Roses grow much better outdoors in the fresh air and bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. A Miniature Rose Bush plant produces small flowers about 1”-2” (2.5-5cm) in size in red, yellow, pink, white, peach, and orange.  Since this plant is a hybrid of the regular rose, it needs the same type of care and attention.

Maidenhair Fern

The Maidenhair genus of ferns, which originated in the Brazilian tropics, contains almost 200 different species and can now be found growing in temperate climates throughout the world. The graceful fronds can sometimes reach 20-24 inches in length and are covered in tiny triangular bright green leaflets called pinnae. During the spring, a Maidenhair Fern may produce fronds that seem to have tiny dark brown “spots” on the underside of the leaf edges. The “spots” are really fern spores and this is how the fern reproduces in nature. These specialized fronds do not live as long as regular fronds and if you don’t like the way they look just cut them off; it won’t hurt the plant at all. Although this plant does require more attention, with the proper care a Maidenhair Fern can live for a long while, growing more beautiful with each passing year.

Jasmine Plant

Jasmine Plants are very fragrant indoor flowering plants that originated in China and the tropical areas of Asia. The buds of the Jasmine Plant are often more fragrant than the flowers. An indoor Jasmine Plant has shiny oval leaves and white waxy 1” tubular flowers that develop from pink buds. The Jasmine Polyanthum variety is a twining, climbing plant with long, slender, trailing stems and is one of the easiest varieties of the Jasmine Plant to grow indoors. Another good indoor variety is Jasminum sambac or “Maid of New Orleans.” Under the right conditions Jasmine Plants can bloom several times a year, filling your home with a beautiful scent. The flowers of a true Jasmine Plant (Oleaceae Family) are nontoxic if eaten. The flowers of false Jasmine Plant (Loganiaceae family) such as Yellow Jasmine or Carolina Jasmine are very poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants [Paperback]is an excellent reference to keep around if you have young children and pets.. If you are unsure whether you have a true or false Jasmine Plant always err on the side of caution and keep the plant away from children and animals.

Calathea Roseopicta Plant

Calathea Plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies, are grown primarily for their beautiful, brightly colored, upright, oval leaves. There are over 300 different types of Calathea Plants, many being man-made hybrids created by tissue cultures. The various Calathea varieties have leaves with a purple undersides and various vibrant colorful patterns on the top side. Indoors, a Calathea is a table plant or short bush that rarely gets bigger than  24” tall and 24”-26” wide. A Calathea Plant, with its exotic foliage, is difficult to care for, but like many other fussy plants, well worth the effort.

Hibiscus Plant

Hibiscus Plants can be found outdoors in tropical and sub-tropical areas throughout the world. Hibiscus Plants also do well as indoor houseplants in warm, temperate climates. There are hundreds of varieties of Hibiscus Plants and all bloom indoors when given the right conditions, though the flowers may be smaller than if the Hibiscus Plant had been grown outdoors. Many of the new varieties of Hibiscus Plants are hybrids grown from tissue cultures in the greenhouse. Hibiscus Plants, upright, woody bushes with dark glossy maple-leaf shaped foliage, bear beautiful flowers in hundreds of color combinations such as orange, red, yellow, pink, and white. The size of the blooms on Hibiscus HousePlants may be as small as 2” or as large as 10”-12.” A Hibiscus Bush can reach 1ft-15ft in height depending on whether it’s planted in a pot or outside in the ground. Hibiscus Plants can also be used as a topiary or bonsaiLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at Plant.