Aralia – 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 – 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

Hawaiian Schefflera Plant

An Arboricola, or Hawaiian Schefflera Plant, originally came from Taiwan and can be grown as an indoor houseplant or an outdoor plant in moderate climates. Hawaiian Schefflera plants can be as large as 8ft specimen trees with beautiful braided trunks or as small as 5″ and be used in dish gardens. Arboricola plants are perfect table or floor plants for home or office. They are also an excellent choice if you want to try your hand at the art of bonsaiLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at Houseplant411.com. Hawaiian Scheffleras are bushy upright houseplants with masses of small, shiny, leathery leaves. The regular Hawaiian Schefflera has solid green leaves, the Capella variety has gold and green leaves, and the Hawaiian Schefflera Trinette has white and green leaves.

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

Ficus Alii Plant

The Ficus Alii Tree, or Amstel King Tree as it is sometimes called, is a large houseplant that originally came from Asia, Malaysia, and India. The Ficus Alii tree was first grown commercially in Hawaii where it got the Hawaiian name Alii which means “king.” Although a Ficus Alii Tree is closely related to the Ficus Benjamina, the Alii variety is much more tolerant and forgiving. A Ficus Alii rarely sheds leaves, tolerates lower light, and allows you to move it around without going into shock. A Ficus Alii Tree does grows about 25% slower than a Ficus Benjamina.

The leaves of  a Ficus Alii plant are quite different than those of the usual Ficus trees we are familiar with. Ficus Alii plant leaves are medium green, long (3″-10”), narrow, willow-like, and thick. The newer King Alii Ficus plants have wider leaves than the original Ficus Alii trees. New growth on a Ficus Alii Tree is a pretty reddish bronze color until the leaves mature to a natural green color. If you want a Ficus Tree in your home or office, a Ficus Alii is a great alternative to the finicky Ficus Benjamina.

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

Sago Palm

A Sago Palm is not really a palm but a member of the Cycad family and a relative of conifers and ginko trees. Cycads, often called “living fossils,” are one of the oldest most primitive plant families and have not changed very much in the last 200 million years. A Sago Palm has a very rugged trunk 1”-12” in width depending upon the age of the plant. The trunk is topped with stiff narrow arching fronds that grow in a circular pattern. Indoors this plant can reach a height of 6ft. (1.8 m). The Sago Palm, native to the Far East, is a very elegant slow growing plant.

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

 

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.

Podocarpus Plant

A Podocarpus is a very dense, upright, slow growing evergreen plant that originally came from China and Japan. It has long slender dark green leathery leaves. A Podocarpus grows straight up with very little side branching unless it is actively pruned. This plant is relatively simple to care for and adapts well to various conditions. It is easily trained to be a bonsaiLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at Houseplant411.com or a topiary. When planted outside in the ground a Podocarpus grows quite large, but when used indoors or on the porch as a potted plant, it remains a small tree or shrub.

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

 

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 Houseplant411.com Plant.

Schefflera Plant

Schefflera houseplants, native to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, are often called Umbrella Trees because of their large, shiny, dark green leaves that drape down like the spokes of an umbrella. Each Schefflera leaf grows at the end of a long stem and consists of several smaller leaflets. Schefflera Plants usually have multiple trunks. The newer Amate variety of the Schefflera Plant, which is grown from a tissue culture, has larger glossier leaves. A Schefflera Amate houseplant requires less light, is more resistant to spider miteSpider Mites, members of the Acari family, are small insects about 1mm in size. The most common indoor plant mite is the red spider mite (also called the two-spotted spider mite.). These pests lay their eggs on the under surface of leaves and produce fine webbing especially where the leaves are attached to the stem. Spider mites are hard to see with the naked eye, and may appear only as small red dots. They are more often recognized by the gritty feel of the leaf when you run your finger down it’s length, or by the appearance of discolored leaves due to the sucking action of the mites. The best way to prevent spider mites is to keep your plants clean and dust free. Treat spider mites by spraying every ten days for a month with a product such as Safer Insecticidal Soap., has a better developed root system, and is very symmetrical and full. A Schefflera Amate Plant is a little more expensive than a regular Schefflera Plant, but well worth the extra cost.

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

 

Ponytail Palm Plant

The first thing you need to know about this easy care plant is that a Ponytail Palm is not really a palm. A Ponytail Palm is a relative of the Yucca plant, a member of the Agave family, and closely related to the Lily Plant. A PonyTail Palm is unique succulentLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com, there are no two of these palms that are exactly alike. A PonyTail Palm has a large swollen base that some say resemble an elephants foot. The thin trunk of a PonyTail Palm is topped with flat dark green grass-like leaves. The leaves of a Ponytail Palm are about an inch wide and often 5-6 ft long and the edges can be quite sharp. A Ponytail Palm,  sometimes referred to as a Bottle Palm or  Elephant Foot, is a slow growing very different looking plant that thrives on neglect. Put a Ponytail Palm in 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., water sparingly, and watch it grow.