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

Hindu Rope Plant

Unique Hindu Rope HousePlants, Hoya carnosa compacta, are draping succulentLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com vines that produce clusters of star-shaped waxy flowers. The thick, twisted, curly, cupped leaves of a Hindu Rope Plant are why it’s often called Krinkle Kurl. Hindu Rope HousePlants can be found in solid green or with variegated leaves. This type of Hoya Plant is very easy to care for as long as you have plenty of light and are careful with your water.

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.

Hoya Shooting Stars Plant

The Hoya Shooting Stars Plant is native to Thailand and Malaysia. White blooms on the Hoya Shooting Stars plant appear in large clusters, with the waxy petals leaning back behind the center of the flower, like shooting stars. There are over 200 species of the easy to grow almost indestructible Hoya Plants. Hoya Plants are often referred to as Wax Plants because of the waxy nature of their leaves and flowers.  Hoya Plants grow best hanging in front of a bright sunny window. Even a houseplant novice will be successful growing a Hoya Plant.

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.

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia Plants, first found in South America, make up a large portion of the Cane Begonia Group. All Cane Begonia Plants have long stems with “joints” on them. The leaves and flowers of Begonia Plants grow out of these joints. Angel Wing Begonia plants have large, “angel wing” shaped, dark green leaves, often with metallic silver specks. The underside of the Angel Wing Begonia plant leaf is usually a deep red. Angel Wing Begonias produce hanging clusters of delicate flowers in red, white, orange, or pink. The intensity of the color of the flowers and leaves of Begonia Plants depends upon how much light the plant is getting. Angel Wing Begonia Plants are beautiful, easy- care, flowering plants that brighten your home all year. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in my book Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

 

 

Phoenix Roebelenii

The Dwarf Date Palm originated underneath the canopy of dense tropical forests in Africa and Asia. This helps explain why this plant does so well in the indirect light found in homes and offices. A Dwarf Date Palm is a very slow growing palm that reaches a maximum height of about 4-5 ft. indoors (1-2 meters).  It produces arching, graceful fronds about 3ft. or .9 meters in length with delicate leaflets on them. These fronds develop off of a stately central trunk. Like most palms, the Dwarf Date Palm is an excellent clean air plantCertain houseplants clean the air of harmful chemicals..

 

 

 

Moses in the Cradle Plant

Moses in the Cradle Houseplants (Tradescantia spathacea) have many alternative names such as Moses-in-a-Boat, Boat Lily, Cradle Lily, Moses-in-the-Bullrushes, and Oyster Plant. Whatever you want to call them, these colorful houseplants, native to Mexico, the West Indies, and Central America, are easy to care for and produce very attractive. Moses In the Cradle Plants produce rosettes of long, waxy, sword-shaped leaves that are glossy green or green, purple, and white striped on top and a rich purple on the under side. The very small white flowers, tucked away in a purple boat shaped bract, give Moses-in-the-Cradle Houseplants their many common names. Treat a Moses-in-the-Cradle Plant as you would a Succulent PlantsLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com and it will grow beautifully.

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

Bleeding Heart Vine Plant

A Bleeding Heart Vine Plant, native to tropical west Africa, is grown for its masses of beautiful bi-colored flowers. Each flower on a Bleeding Heart Vine is made up of a corolla or inner group of bright red petals that emerge from a white calyx or outer part of the flower. The Bleeding Heart Vine’s nickname, the “Bag Plant” refers to the shape of the outer white petals. When planted in a container, a Bleeding Heart Vine can grow up to 3 feet in length, outside in tropical areas, it often reaches 15 feet. A Bleeding Heart Vine has twining stems with large attractive dark green leaves. You can place a trellis in your container to help a Bleeding Heart Vine grow tall or place it on a shelf or in a hanging basket.

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

 

 

Easter Lily Plant

The Easter Lily Plant or Lilium longiflorum is a plant native to the Ryukyu Islands of Japan and Taiwan and before the start of the Second World War all of our bulbs came from there. After 1941 commercial production of Easter Lily bulbs shifted to the United States. Ten farms situated along the California/Oregon coast today produce almost all the Easter Lily bulbs. The bulbs are picked in the fall and then shipped to greenhouses around the country. The commercial greenhouses plant them in pots and force them to bloom in time for Easter. The Easter Lily Plant is the fourth most popular potted flowering plant, behind the poinsettia, mum, and azalea. This is amazing when you realize that poinsettias are sold for around six weeks, mums & azaleas all year, and Easter Lily plants for only two weeks.

Easter Lily Plants bear a number of trumpet shaped, white, fragrant, outward facing flowers that are said to represent “purity, virtue, innocence, hope, and life. According to legend, Lilies grew where Jesus’ sweat fell to the ground during his final hours on the Cross. Churches are filled with Easter Lily Plants during Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus.

When buying an Easter Lily Plant select a medium sized compact plant that has numerous dark green leaves down to the soil line and flowers in different stages of opening. There should be just one or two partially open blooms, and three or four plump unopened buds. That way you’ll have flowers opening and lasting for several days.

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