Aralia – Balfour

A 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 and leaves falling off the 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

 

Chinese Evergreen Plant

A Chinese Evergreen Plant is one of the easiest and best-looking houseplants to have in your home or office. Aglaonemas, the scientific name for Chinese Evergreen Plants, are a hardy hybrid from the Aroid family and originally came from the subtropics of Southeast Asia. Chinese Evergreen Plants can be used as upright table plants or, as they get larger, bushy floor plants. All of the many Chinese Evergreen Plant varieties have long shiny leathery leaves with unique patterns of green, gray, and cream. NASA lists the Chinese Evergreen Plant as one of its top ten plants to clean the air of harmful toxins.

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

Dracaena Lemon Lime

The Dracaena Lemon Lime Plant, native to Africa, is a very close relative of the Dracaena Warneki (green and white striped leaves) and the Dracaena Janet Craigi (solid green leaves). The Dracaena Lemon Lime has 12”-24” long sword shaped leaves with bright green and yellow stripes. Like other Dracaena plants, the leaves of a Dracaena Lemon Lime are arranged in a rosette and grow off a very thick stem. A Dracaena Lemon Lime is very easy to care for and can easily reach a height of 5-7ft. indoors. It also makes a beautiful bush. Because of the bright colors in the leaves, a Dracaena Lemon Lime needs a little more light than other Dracaenas. It’s a great plant to brighten up any room in your house.

These plants are considered by the ASPCA to be poisonous to cats and dogs. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

Philodendron Selloum

A Philodendron Selloum or Tree Philodendron is native to South America, but also grows outdoors on the East and Gulf coasts of the United States. Indoors, the easy-care, self-heading Philodendron Selloum takes up a lot of space, often spreading 5ft. or more with 2ft.-3ft. leaves. The dark green, shiny leaves are large and deeply lobed. A Selloum does grow a trunk as it matures, but the huge drooping leaves usually hide it.

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

 

Dracaena Compacta Plant

The Dracaena Compacta Plant, a compact, slow growing member of the Dracaena family,  is native to South East Africa. It is often referred to as Dracaena fragrans or Dracaena deremensis. The closest relative of the Compacta is the Dracaena janet craig, but the Compacta Plant is quite different in appearance. The Dracaena Compacta has a thick green stem and several clumps of short dark green leaves 2″-4″ in length. It’s a beautiful addition to homes or offices, but it’s the most difficult and most expensive dracaena to care for.

Dracaena compacta plants are considered by some to be slightly poisonous, especially to dogs and cats. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in 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..

 

 

 

Geranium Plant

GeraniumPlants are very popular outdoor plants, but they also make great indoor flowering plants. Geraniums are part of the genus Pelargonium which means “stork” in Latin. Native wildflowers and herbaceous perennials are the real members of the Geranium genus. There are over 200 Pelargonium species, most of them originating in South Africa. Geranium Plants come in a variety of colors, white, pink, salmon, red, fuchsia, lavender, leaf patterns, round, segmented, lacy, flower size, single or double bloom, and leaf color, green, green and white, or multicolored. Geranium Plants can be a compact upright plant or a graceful hanging vine. The vibrant Geranium flowers do not have an appealing aroma, but there are several Geranium varieties that have leaves with lovely scents such as rose, lime, peppermint, lemon, orange, or lime. Geranium Plants are a great addition to your indoor plant collection, but will only bloom if you keep them in very 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. or direct sun for at least 6-8 hours a day.

These plants are considered slightly 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

Agave Plant

The Agave Plant, which originated in Mexico, the Southwest US, and Central & tropical South America, is an easy care, impressive looking succulent plant that makes a great indoor or outdoor plant. It’s a common misconception that Agave plants are a type of Cactus Plant. There are over 450 varieties of Agave Plants available, from small to huge, chose one that will not outgrow your room if you plan to keep it indoors. Agave Plants are very slow growing plants that need little care as long as they are getting plenty of very bright light. These succulent plants have multi-layered rosettes of thick fleshy leaves with spiny margins that end in a sharp point. houseplants. The sap of an Agave Plant is quite irritating and the spines and sharp points are painful. 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

 

Dracaena Reflexa – Song of India Plant

This hardy decorative houseplant, formerly called Pleomele reflexa, is native to Madigascar, Mauritius, and other islands of the Indian Ocean. The regular Dracaena Reflexa has dark green leaves. The Dracaena Reflexa, Song of India, has yellow stripes on the leaves while the Dracaena Reflexa, Song of Jamaica, has off white stripes on the leaves. All varieties of Reflexa have short, narrow, pointed leaves that are spirally arranged on the stem and tufted at the ends of branches. A Dracaena Reflexa is a slow growing plant that can be used as a table plant, bush, or short tree.

Dracaena reflexa plants are considered by some to be slightly poisonous, especially to dogs and cats. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants