Aralia Plant – Balfour

An 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 resemble leathery, round, dinner plates about 1″- 2″ in diameter, which is how the plant got its nickname, the Dinner Plate Aralia.  The leaves can range in color from light green to dark green and some varieties have green and cream colored variegated leaves. Aralias are not  good houseplants for beginners since they are easy to over- water which results in root rot and leaves falling off.  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


Aralia Plant


Alocasia – Jewel Alocasia

This Alocasia plant, native to Asia, is also called a Jewel Alocasia or an Alocasia Nebula. Alocasia plants have large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with prominent veins.  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


Alocasia macrorrhiza

Calathea Plant

Calathea  plants are native to Africa, the West Indies, and Central and South America. All are treasured for their large, oval, distinctly patterned, and vibrantly colored leaves. The beautiful striped leaves grow at the end of long stems and require quite a bit of care to stay looking good. Indoors, a calathea plant rarely grows larger than about 2ft. wide and 2ft. tall. This plant requires high humidity to keep its leaves from getting brown edges. A calathea 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.



Episcia Plant

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.

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.

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 sometimes reach 20-24 inches in length and are covered in tiny, triangular, bright green leaflets called pinnae. During the spring, a maidenhair fern produces fronds that seem to have tiny dark brown “spots” on the underside of the leaf edges. The “spots” are really fern spores; 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.

Calathea 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 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, with its exotic foliage, is difficult to care for, but like many other fussy plants, well worth the effort.

Hibiscus Plant

Hibiscus plants are found outdoors in tropical and sub-tropical areas throughout the world. They also do well as indoor plants in warm, temperate climates. There are hundreds of varieties of Hibiscus and all bloom indoors when given the right conditions, though the flowers may be smaller than if it had been grown outdoors. Many of the new varieties of Hibiscus are hybrids grown from tissue cultures in greenhouses. 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 may be as small as 2” or as large as 10”-12.” A Hibiscus bush can be 1′-15′ in height depending on whether it’s growing in a pot or planted outside in the ground. These plants can also make beautiful topiaries and Bonsai PlantsLearn how to grow bonsai plants, and which plants make the best bonsai plants at

Ti Plant

A Ti plant, also called a Hawaiian Ti Plant or Hawaiian Good Luck plant, is one of the most colorful foliage plants you can purchase. The cane-like woody stems produce sword-shaped leaves 2ft.-5ft. in length and 5″ to 7″ in width. Leaf color can be maroon, purple, rose, yellow, pink, green or a mixture of these colors.  When young, a Ti plant can be a small table plant, as it matures these beautiful plants become exotic looking floor specimens. There are many similarities between Hawaiian Ti plants and dracaenas. The major difference is that dracaenas are easy- care plants while Ti plants require quite a bit of extra care. A Ti lant is not a good choice for someone new to caring for houseplants.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common plants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants