15 Striking Houseplants with Large Leaves to Transform Your Indoor Spaces

Are you looking to bring a touch of nature and make a bold statement in your indoor spaces? Look no further than houseplants with large, showy foliage. These stunning plants with their big leaves can serve as focal points, adding a touch of green and a bucolic look to any interior. Whether you have a minimalist or maximalist style, a modern or rustic decor, incorporating one or more of these large-leafed plants will quickly create an oasis of well-being in your home or apartment.

1: Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Let’s start with a plant that lives up to its name. The Swiss Cheese Plant, also known as the Split Leaf Philodendron, has huge, weird-looking leaves that can grow over 18 inches across. The foliage is so large that it develops deep lobes, holes, and cuts, which add to its decorative value. While it rarely blooms indoors, when it does, a large cream-colored spade with a pale yellow spadix becomes an eye-catching focal point. Just be cautious, as this plant is toxic to cats and dogs. The Swiss Cheese Plant’s lush and tropical forest look is perfect for creating a green oasis in any indoor space.

2: ‘Emerald Queen’ Philodendron (Philodendron ‘Emerald Queen’)

The ‘Emerald Queen’ Philodendron is a climber with elongated, drooping, heart-shaped leaves that can reach 18 inches in length. Its glossy and leathery foliage adds a touch of fresh and exotic natural beauty to any indoor space. This variety is ideal for offices or elegant living rooms. While it requires regular watering and average air humidity, it is not high maintenance.

3: Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum)

Prepare to be amazed by the giant foliage of the Crystal Anthurium. Although its leaves can reach 30 inches long, they are slightly smaller indoors. These colossal, leathery, deep green, and glossy heart-shaped leaves have lovely bright ribbed veins and a drooping habit, making them real show-stoppers. The blooms, about 5 inches long, are greenish with red hints and a yellow spadix. This variety is mainly grown for its large and beautiful foliage, which changes every four to six weeks, providing an ever-changing display.

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4: Blushing Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens)

Originating from Colombia, the Blushing Philodendron features tough-looking, leathery leaves that can be 16 inches long. Not only do these leaves have an elongated heart shape, but they also exhibit a continuous fusion of shades, from bright orange and red to dark green with purple blushes. The blooms, with a white spadix and a ruby red spathe, add a showy touch. This variety is perfect for creating a sense of lush intensity in indoor spaces, making it ideal for shady corners.

5: Round Leaf Plant (Calathea orbifolia)

The Round Leaf Plant, a variety of Prayer Plant from Bolivia, boasts perfectly round leaves that can grow up to 10 inches in diameter. These beautifully grooved leaves alternate shades of bright and darker green, resulting in a glossy and lush appearance. While the Round Leaf Plant rarely blooms indoors, when it does, the white flowers with purple dots resemble bright and cheerful butterflies. This plant is ideal for brightening up and decorating rooms, even in low-light conditions.

6: Ray Palm (Licuala grandis)

Ray Palm is not just a houseplant with large foliage; it is a work of art. Its heart-shaped leaves, reaching 22 inches across, are pleated like Chinese fans, with notched edges. Bright green in color, they grow with an upright and horizontal habit atop a brown, hairy, and straight trunk. The greenish-yellow flowers droop from the top and are followed by large clusters of bright red berries. This Australian plant adds an exotic touch to any large indoor space.

7: Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum)

The Leopard Plant, native to East Asia, features big, round leaves that are about 12 inches across. These glossy, leathery, and mid-green foliage spreads horizontally to the ground, complemented by clusters of bright yellow flowers. With its eye-catching leaf shape, the Leopard Plant adds an artistic look to any modern or traditional decor.

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8: Seguine Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia var. seguine)

The Seguine Dumb Cane boasts the largest leaves among all dumb cane types. These leaves can reach up to 12 inches long and come in attractive shades of green, often variegated. The broad, elliptical leaves form lush and vibrant clumps that bring a breath of fresh air to any indoor space. Additionally, Seguine Dumb Cane purifies the air, making it a perfect choice for homes and offices.

9: Angel Wings (Caladium spp.)

Angel Wings are houseplants with impressive size and color. The leaves, reaching about 12 inches long, are tender-looking and arrow-shaped, coming in various colors and patterns. Whether you choose the pure snow white ‘June Bridge,’ the bright green ‘Red Flash’ with a crimson patch, the pink and white ‘Pink Cloud,’ or the white and green ‘Gingerland’ with striking purple dots, these plants will transform your room into a rainbow garden.

10: ‘Black Coral’ Elephant Ears (Colocasia ‘Black Coral’)

If you’re looking for a dark giant houseplant that demands attention, ‘Black Coral’ Elephant Ears is perfect for you. With leaves that reach a whopping 3 feet long, these glossy and leathery dark purple leaves add a touch of drama to any space. The plant’s massive petioles and drooping “ears” further enhance its sculptural value. ‘Black Coral’ Elephant Ears is the epitome of impressive and unique foliage, transforming any room into a showstopper.

11: ‘Fireworks’ Rex Begonia (Begonia ‘Fireworks’)

Rex Begonia ‘Fireworks’ may be smaller compared to other houseplants on this list, with leaves reaching 8 inches in length, but its colorful display makes up for its size. These heart-shaped and multicolored leaves feature deep maroon margins, concentric areas of pale pink, green, cream, and blue-white, and a decorative spider-shaped patch in the center. The ‘Fireworks’ begonia is a vibrant and decorative variety that will add a pop of color to any dull indoor space.

12: Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

For a tall indoor plant with big, broad foliage, look no further than the Fiddle Leaf Fig. With leaves that can reach 18 inches in length, these oval-shaped, wavy-edged leaves create an elegant and lush presence. The slender branches and trunk resemble the shape of a violin, adding to the plant’s sculptural and decorative value. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is an ideal choice for adding a fresh and exotic touch to any indoor space.

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13: Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

The Bird of Paradise is a queen among floral houseplants, with massive foliage and mind-blowing flowers. Its pointed, folded, and leathery deep green leaves can reach lengths of up to 2 feet and grow upright on huge petioles. The bird-like blooms, with their bright orange, blue, purple, and violet petals, resemble the feathers of an exotic bird. This plant is a true beauty and has become popular as a cut flower.

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14: Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

The Southeast Asian beauty, Rubber Plant, derives its name from the unique texture of its foliage, which looks elastic and rubbery. With leaves that can be 14 inches long, they are oval, broad, and divided by a clear line running through the middle. The color of the leaves ranges from mid to deep green, sometimes with purple-red tones. Rubber Plants are low maintenance and often chosen for their forgiving nature, making them a favorite in both office and home spaces.

15: Round Leaf Prayer Plant (Calathea orbifolia)

Known for its broad, oval-shaped leaves that can reach 12 inches across, the Round Leaf Prayer Plant is a favorite among houseplant enthusiasts. These leaves have a glossy sheen and feature stripes of pale and mid-green radiating from the midrib. Held on long petioles, the leaves arch and nod, creating a lush and sumptuous effect. This variety of Prayer Plant thrives even in low-light conditions, making it a popular choice for brightening up any indoor space.

Wow, what a trip! Exploring these exotic rainforest giants with their huge leaves has been truly captivating. Now, it’s your turn to bring these beautiful plants into your home and transform your indoor spaces into green oases. With their amazing colors and mind-blowing blooms, these houseplants will add a touch of nature and create a stunning visual experience. Get ready to embark on this foliage-filled journey and let your imagination run wild! Ames Farm Center is a great place to start your plant-shopping adventure.