Schefflera Elegantissima

A schefflera elegantissima, native to New Caledonia, has many different names depending who you ask: false aralia, dizygothica elegantissima, spider aralia. Whatever you call it, this is a beautiful plant with long, narrow, serrated leaves in a palmate (finger-like) arrangement. The color of the leaves starts out as a reddish, coppery green and gradually turns into a lovely dark green. The plant can be used as a table plant or as a 4-7ft floor plant as it matures.

 

 

 

Alocasia – Nebula

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

Hindu Rope Plant

Unique Hindu rope plants, Hoya carnosa compacta, are draping succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." 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 plants 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 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.

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.

 

 

Episcia Plant

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 begonias have large, “angel wing” shaped, dark green leaves, often with metallic silver specks. The underside of the 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 depends upon how much light the plant gets. Angel Wing begonias are beautiful, easy- care, flowering plants that brighten your home all year. They 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

 

Angel Wing Begonia

Pygmy Date Palm

The dwarf pygmy date palm, Phoenix roebelenii, 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. The pygmy date palm grows very slowly, reaching a maximum height indoors of  4-5 ft. (1-2 meters). This palm 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 plants (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 plants, 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.

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

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