25 Irresistible Houseplants That Will Beautify Your Home

The houseplant trend is on the rise, with more and more people discovering the joy of cultivating indoor plants. And it’s no surprise why. Houseplants not only add beauty and elegance to any home but also provide numerous benefits for our well-being.

Several varieties of houseplants line a bright counter
So many houseplants…so many possibilities…

If you’re new to the world of houseplants and in need of some inspiration, look no further. This guide showcases some of the most popular indoor plants that are beloved by plant enthusiasts of all levels. From succulents to tropicals, this list offers a diverse range of options to suit everyone’s taste.

Top 25 Popular Houseplants Growers Love

A potted violet is set against a bright yellow wall
The best thing about houseplants? It doesn’t matter where you live—you can have them all!

In this list, we’ve handpicked some favorite houseplants that are adored by plant keepers. Our selection includes a variety of plant types, sizes, and colors, each with its unique features such as stunning blooms and intriguing textures. No matter your level of interest or expertise, you’re bound to find the perfect plant companion among these recommendations.

1. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

A hardy snake plant sits on a table in a living room
Snake plants are hardy and strikingly beautiful.

Known for their resilience, snake plants are adored for many reasons. These tough plants require minimal care, thrive in low-light conditions, and have striking, blade-shaped leaves that resemble a starfish. With various varieties available, featuring highly variegated leaves, snake plants are a versatile addition to any plant collection.

2. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Hardy pothos are easy to grow and propagate
Pothos are the perfect choice for beginners.

Pothos is a timeless classic and a staple in many plant collections. Known for their low maintenance and vining growth habit, pothos plants are ideal for hanging planters. They thrive in low-light conditions and can be grown in both water and soil. With a wide range of colors and variegation patterns available, pothos plants are a favorite among plant enthusiasts.

3. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ plants are easy to care for
ZZ plants are hardy and require minimal watering.

The stately ZZ plant features glossy ovate leaves and is available in both green and dark varieties. Known for their resilience and adaptability to low-light conditions, ZZ plants are favored by those seeking an easy-to-care-for houseplant. Additionally, ZZ plants can be propagated easily via underground rhizomes.

Further reading:  Create Your Stunning Air Plant Terrarium

4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

A bright green spider plant, a classic houseplant
Spider plants are a classic choice for any home.

Spider plants are crowd favorites, thanks to their delicately arching, grass-like leaves. With options for solid green or variegated colorings, spider plants are hardy and beginner-friendly. Although adaptable to different lighting conditions, they are often kept in hanging baskets to protect their delicate leaves.

5. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

A tall, established lucky bamboo plant is potted into soil
Lucky bamboo can be grown in water or soil.

Contrary to its name, lucky bamboo is not a true bamboo but a type of dracaena. With bright green, grass-like leaves and segmented stems, lucky bamboo adds an elegant touch to any space. Although typically grown in water, potted lucky bamboo in well-draining soil can provide healthier growth.

6. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Cast iron plant is extremely hardy
Cast iron plants thrive in adverse conditions.

Named for its toughness, the cast iron plant is native to East Asia and gained popularity due to its ability to thrive in low-light environments. With lance-shaped leaves and fine lines, this evergreen plant adds a touch of color to any interior.

7. Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)

Staghorn ferns grow naturally in crooks of trees
Staghorn ferns can be mounted on driftwood for a unique look.

Staghorn ferns are unique epiphytic plants with pale green leaves that resemble the antlers of a stag. Often mounted on driftwood or wooden plaques, these ferns bring a touch of nature indoors. They require higher humidity levels, making them ideal for misting or placing near a humidifier.

8. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

A peace lily in bloom
Peace lilies are known for their beautiful blooms.

With their elegant white or cream flowers, peace lilies add a touch of beauty to any space. While they require regular watering, they are otherwise hardy and beginner-friendly. However, it’s important to note that peace lilies are toxic to pets, so caution is advised.

9. Philodendron (Philodendron spp.)

Philodendrons grow in a vining nature that is good for hanging baskets
Philodendrons look stunning in hanging baskets.

Philodendrons offer a wide variety of choices, from upright tabletop plants to trailing vines that are perfect for hanging baskets. With heart-shaped leaves and trailing stems, these plants resemble pothos and are easy to propagate. For a fuller look, consider planting multiple stems in a single pot.

10. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English ivy plants make nice hanging plants
English ivy makes a lovely hanging plant.

English ivy, although commonly grown outdoors, can be a beautiful addition to indoor spaces. It adds a touch of elegance, but caution is advised as its roots can damage walls and masonry. English ivy thrives in terrariums and can be pruned to fit in smaller spaces.

11. Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia spp.)

Dieffenbachia has lovely foliage displays
Dieffenbachia is known for its impressive foliage.

Dieffenbachia, also known as dumb cane, features stunning foliage with highly variegated leaves. Its light coloration makes it an excellent choice for adding brightness to any indoor space. With various cultivars available, such as ‘Camille,’ ‘Carina,’ and ‘Camouflage,’ dieffenbachia offers plenty of variety.

Further reading:  The Fascinating Philodendron Jungle Boogie

12. Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata)

Two-toned foliage on Friendship plant
Friendship plants have unique two-tone foliage.

Native to South and Central America, friendship plant is a bushy and vining houseplant. Its two-toned leaves come in a range of colors, creating a highly textured appearance. While it thrives in high humidity environments, friendship plant can be a bit challenging to grow. However, it does well in terrarium setups.

13. Monstera (Monstera deliciosa)

Mature monstera plants produce edible fruit
Monstera plants have iconic leaves and can produce edible fruit.

Monstera plants are beloved for their iconic, glossy leaves with a pierced form, earning them the nickname “Swiss cheese plant.” These large plants add a dramatic touch to any interior. Mature monstera plants may produce edible fruit, but caution is advised, as unripe fruit can cause irritation.

14. Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)

White and green arrowhead plant leaves
Arrowhead plants have uniquely shaped leaves and variegation.

Arrowhead plants, with their arrow-shaped leaves, come in various colors, including green, pink, and tan. Their marbled coloration adds an extra dimension to their foliage. These adaptable plants can trail naturally or be trained to climb, making them suitable for hanging baskets or trellising.

15. Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)

Grape Ivy has glossy, oak leaf-shaped leaves
Grape ivy stands out with its unique leaves.

Grape ivy, also known as oak leaf ivy, offers unique angular leaves with a glossy appearance. With its draping stems, grape ivy is perfect for hanging baskets or tabletop displays. Proper watering is essential, as this plant is prone to root rot and prefers well-draining soil.

16. Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)

Bird's nest fern grows naturally in crooks of trees
Bird’s nest ferns add a touch of vibrancy to any space.

Featuring bright green, blade-shaped leaves with a slight wave, bird’s nest ferns offer a vibrant addition to any interior. Placing them in contrasting pots, such as terracotta, enhances their striking appearance. Bird’s nest ferns thrive in high humidity environments, making them perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.

17. Oyster Plant (Tradescantia spathacea)

Oyster plant leaves with a sheen of purple color
Oyster plants bring colorful foliage to your space.

Also known as Moses-in-the-Cradle, oyster plants are beloved for their striped, purple-colored leaves. Their bright hues intensify with increased light exposure. Easy to grow and closely related to Tradescantia zebrina, oyster plants are compact and well-suited for smaller spaces.

18. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Prayer plant has colorfully lined leaves that follow the sun throughout the day
Prayer plant leaves move with sunlight.

Prayer plants sport distinct, colorful leaves that follow the sunlight throughout the day, resembling hands in prayer. With their eye-catching foliage, prayer plants add a unique touch to any space. They are relatively easy to care for and bloom small purple flowers during the warmer months.

19. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade plants make good bonsai tree plants
Jade plants are excellent choices for bonsai enthusiasts.

Jade plants are popular succulents that are loved for their low maintenance and unique tree-like appearance. With various cultivars available, including compact forms suitable for bonsai, jade plants are versatile and offer plenty of options for plant enthusiasts. Care should be taken not to overwater them, as they prefer dry conditions.

Further reading:  Fiddle Leaf Fig Care Guide: Tackling Common Problems

20. Rattlesnake Plant (Goeppertia insignis)

A green and purple variegated rattlesnake plant
Rattlesnake plants feature stunning leaves with vibrant colors.

Rattlesnake plants are a must-have for any prayer plant lover. These plants boast highly patterned leaves with vibrant red undersides, making them the stars of any plant collection. Non-toxic and primarily grown for their foliage, rattlesnake plants are visually captivating.

21. Purple Passion Plant (Gynura aurantiaca)

Fuzzy, fun-looking purple passion plant
Purple passion plants bring a splash of color to your space.

Also known as velvet plant, purple passion plants feature long, jagged leaves covered in a soft purple fuzz. Mature plants bloom bright orange flowers that contrast beautifully against the purple foliage. Their trailing nature can be pruned for a more vertical appearance, and cuttings are easily rooted to propagate new plants.

22. Fiddleleaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

Fiddleleaf fig trees bring height and drama
Fiddleleaf figs are dramatic and make a statement.

Fiddleleaf figs make a bold statement with their iconic fiddle-shaped leaves. These large plants reach a height of about 6 feet, adding drama and elegance to any space. While they require consistent watering, they are less prone to leaf drop compared to other fig species.

23. Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)

Money plant has uniquely shaped leaves
Money plants add interest and contrast to your collection.

Money plants, with their saucer-shaped, glossy leaves, offer a distinctive and unique look. Thriving in a variety of conditions, these popular plants easily self-propagate, making them ideal for sharing with friends. Despite their name, money plants are harmless and unrelated to stinging nettles.

24. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Rubber plant is a visually striking addition to the home or office
Rubber plants deliver visual impact with their large, glossy leaves.

Rubber plants are visually striking, with their deep green, oval leaves and occasional white latex sap. While they were historically used to produce natural rubber, they are now commonly kept as ornamentals. Rubber plants thrive in bright, indirect light but can adapt to lower light conditions.

25. African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

African violets, a favorite flowering houseplant
African violets bring delicate flowers and cheer to your space.

African violets are classic favorites known for their fuzzy leaves and colorful flowers. With a wide range of hues and frilly petals, these flowering plants add a cheerful touch to any interior. African violets prefer bottom watering to avoid wet leaves and are often potted in self-watering planters to maintain moist soil.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many varieties of houseplants add contrast and interest
A variety of houseplants will complement each other and add brightness and interest to your home or office space.

Summary

Houseplants sit in plant stands in a fine arrangement
There’s no reason to choose just one type of houseplant!

There is an extensive selection of houseplants to suit every individual’s preference. From easy-care succulents to hanging plants and mini trees that create a “wow” factor, the right plant can transform your living space. This article has covered some of the most popular houseplants, but if you’re still searching for the perfect plant, check out our guide on non-toxic plants for homes with children and pets for more delightful options.

For more information on houseplants and to explore a wide variety of options, visit Ames Farm Center.