Here is a list of the most common houseplants that are suitable for indoor gardening. The houseplants in this list are mostly easy-to-grow, low maintenance, hardy plants that fit the busy lifestyle of us, the city gardeners.
The Exceptions – Houseplants That Need Full, Direct Sunlight
Besides the following plants, which need to grow in direct sunlight – full light, the houseplants in my list require low to moderate daylight, indirect sunlight, or diffused light.
- Codiaeum (Croton)
- Pelargonium (Geranium)
- Setcreasea purpurea (Purple heart)
Suggested Way of Using This Houseplant List
And as you notice, I have only put the scientific name, common name, and a photo of each houseplant in the list. There are so much information on houseplants available online. Hence, I don’t think my extra words will make much difference. However, I believe that you will find this list helpful, for I haven’t seen many extensive lists of houseplant with photos.
So, I would suggest you to first check out this list and find the houseplants that you are interested in. Then, do a google search to learn more about the water needs, light requirements, care methods and such of the plants.
Cheers and have fun!
Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen)
Anthurium (Tailflower, Flamingo-Flower)
Aphelandra (Zebra plant)
Araucaria (Norfolk island pine)
Aspidistra (Cast iron plant)
The Bromeliads are a large family of plants, and one of the hardiest kind of house plants. I have two Tillandsias (a.k.a. air plants) and have made the simple yet elegant tabletop garden – I Love Air Plants.
Calathea (Peacock plant)
Ceropegia woodii (Rosary vine)
Chlorophytum (Spider plant)
Cissus antarctica (Kangaroo vine)
Dracaena (Dragon plants)
Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia)
Fittonia (Nerve Plant)
I like Fittonia. I have had my Fittonia planted in hydroculture, as well as used it as one of my “ingredients” for my tabletop garden – Bento Box.
Helxine (Baby’s tears)
Hoya (Wax plant)
Impatiens (Patient Lucy, Busy-Lizzie, touch-me-not)
Maranta (Prayer plant)
Monstera (Swiss cheese plant)
Note: Monstera is often confused with the split-leaved philodendron, and is sometimes sold under the name Philodendron pertusum.
Saintpaulia (African violet)
Sansevieria (Snake plant)
Schefflera (Umbrella tree)
Scindapus (Devil’s ivy, Pothos)
Setcreasea purpurea (Purple heart)
Nephthytis (Arrowhead vine)
Tradescantia and Zebrina (Wandering Jew)