Peperomia Plant – caperata

There are over 1000 varieties of Peperomia Plants that are mainly native to Central and South America. All Peperomia Plants, which belong to the Pepper Family, are semi- succulentLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.coms with very similar care requirements.  The leaves of Peperomia Plants are thick and plump and can be rippled or smooth and shiny. The colors of the leaves of Peperomia Plants come in various shades of green, red, gray, & cream, displayed in solid, marbled and striped patterns. The flowers of a Peperomia Plants are tiny & inconsequential, growing in clusters on upright conical spikes. When small, Peperomia Plants can be used in dish gardens and terrariums. Compact Peperomias are ideal for tables and some varieties make excellent hanging plants. Most Peperomia Plants never grow taller than 12”-18.” The most popular Peperomia Plants, used as houseplants, are the caperata and the obtusifolia.

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.

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.

Swedish Ivy Plant

Swedish Ivy plants did not originate in Sweden nor are they an ivy plant. However, Swedish Ivy plants did  become popular originally as a houseplant in Sweden and Swedish Ivies do have long cascading stems like a regular Ivy plant. Creeping Charlie is the nickname for a Swedish Ivy because it’s a “creeping” plant, is native to Africa and Australia, and is closely related to mint. A Swedish Ivy is a lush almost succulentLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com- like trailing vine with thick, bright green, shiny scalloped leaves and looks best in hanging baskets. It produces delicate, white, tubular-shaped flowers when given enough 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.. Some varieties of Swedish Ivy  have a special aroma when touched. You can hang a Swedish Ivy outside in partial shade during the summer, but bring it indoors before the temperatures dip below 50 degrees. A Swedish Ivy  is a fast- growing, easy- care plant that is great for beginners.

Kangaroo Paw Fern

Kangaroo Paw Ferns, native to Australia and and some parts of New Zealand, are epiphytic evergreens with firm leathery fronds that are oddly shaped and vary in size. It’s an example of a rhizomatous fern. The Kangaroo Paw Fern only grows to be about a foot tall but can spread out to 2-3 feet in width.  I really like how different this easy care plant is and think it looks very attractive in a hanging basket or set on a table in a pretty pot.

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

 

 

Begonia Rex

A Begonia Rex plant, also called a Painted-Leaf Begonia, a Fancy-Leaf Begonia, or King Begonia, is a colorful perennial flowering plant that originally came from India. A Begonia Rex is grown for its large colorful leaves rather than its small pink flowers. The leaves  come in a variety of shapes, sizes, color combinations, and patterns. Begonia rex plants are not easy plants to care for, especially for beginners; but don’t give up. Eventually you’ll find the right combination of water, light, food, and humidity that will make your Begonia Rex plant thrive.

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

 

Selaginella Plant

There are about 700 varieties of Selaginella Plants which are often referred to as Spikemoss or Arborvitae Ferns. Selaginella Plants are very diverse in their size and in the ways they grow.  Many Selaginella Plants can be found growing wild in tropical America, Asia, China, Japan, North America, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. Selaginella, and, depending upon the variety, may be a creeping, climbing, or trailing plant. Selaginella kraussiana, which is also called Spreading Club Moss or Trailing Moss, grows about ½ inch high and has a limitless spread. S. kraussiana has very small bright green leaves that overlap on trailing jointed stems. Selanginella martensii is a small bushy plant that grows about 7-9” tall and just as wide. S. martensii has thick, multi-branched stems filled with small green leaves. When S. lepidophylla, a native of desert and semi-desert regions,  doesn’t get enough water, the leaves roll into tight brown balls (a phenomenon known as cespitose) and the plant becomes totally dormant. Once this Selaginella Plant gets some moisture, the leaves open up, turn green, and the plant starts to grow again. This is why the  Selaginella lepidophyllagets is called the “Resurrection Plant.”

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 have very attractive leaves. 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 underside. 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 plantLearn 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