Plants are a great way to bring some life into your home, and if you’re anything like me they can quickly become a big part of your family. Not only do they bring joy in all the different shapes, sizes and colors but most of them also purify the air. Plants are a great way to elevate a healthier living space for you and your family, so start building your own personal forest now, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with your home quickly becoming a jungle!
1. Zebra plant (Calathea zebrina)
This attractive little houseplant is loved for its unique foliage, along with its stunning flowers. The leaves are large and waxy with a handsome dark green, contrasted by its soft white veins. It is immediately obvious how this plant got its common name of Zebra Plant. Their flowers can take a little coaxing to bloom, but once they do, prepare to fall in love!
2. Snake Plant
Snake plants are amazing. They improve the air quality of your home, they are super easy to take care of, and they produce beautiful green patterns that will brighten up any home! Seriously, they’re amazing, go pick one up right now. The Snake Plant (or Sansevieria) is an incredible plant for indoor spaces because it is a superb air purifier. Studies, including those performed by NASA, have consistently shown the plant to remove toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides. If it’s good enough for scientists who launch people into space, then it should be a natural fit for any home!
3. Resurrection Plant
The Resurrection Plant is a botanical wonder known for its ability to come back to life again and again -- even after completely drying out. This dramatic little tumbleweed curls into a tight ball during dry weather in its native habitat, only to unfurl its lacy deep green fronds when exposed to moisture again. This is an incredible plant for those that lack a green thumb, these hardy and cute little survivors will thrive wherever they go. If you forget to water them and it seems like they’ve perished, just add a little water and they’ll come roaring back to life!
Begonias come in an incredible amount of different colors, shapes, and sizes. Foliage begonias, like rex begonias, are grown for their fancy leaves that have many beautiful colors highlighted by unusual markings and swirls in the foliage. They make a sensational statement when grown on a partially sunlit windowsill. Begonias will brighten up the darker areas of your home with their colorful blooms. Unlike most flowering plants, which require at least a half-day of full sun, begonias actually prefer growing in the shade! They also never have down time. Once begonias start flowering, they bloom continuously from summer to frost.
5. Pebble Plant (Lithops)
These adorable little succulents are perfectly adapted to growing indoors, more so than that of any other succulent house plants. They don’t need much light and require little water, but once they find their groove they will produce the most unique array of color combinations. They are cute and soothing to look at, perfect for any coffee table or nightstand.
6. Staghorn Fern
In the tropics, Staghorn Ferns grow to truly massive proportions, jutting dramatically out of the nooks of trees. Their roots hold them in place, and they absorb water and nutrients through their fronds. They’re beautiful air plants that can be mounted on wood and give your home a show-stopping aesthetic! Have them in the warmer parts of your home, and put them up high, they love to hang out and flaunt their beautiful green fronds.
7. Donkey’s Tails
Donkey’s Tails are an amazing succulent that look similar to a vine of grapes. They’re much easier to take care of than most other plants and tend to thrive anywhere you put them. The donkey tail succulent will shine in a hanging pot. It looks stunning with the stems hanging dramatically over the side of a pot or shelf. They are a bit delicate when handling them so extra caution is needed when moving them around, but once you find them their spot they will brighten and thrive.
Alocasia plants make a statement with their bold, arrow-head-shaped leaves and tall stems. Some Alocasia plants can grow to be 8-10 feet tall but don’t fret about it taking up too much room, you can tailor it to any size with the right pot. Alocasia are stunning tropical plants with a deep lovely green tone. Native to the tropical area in the South Pacific Islands, particularly the Philippines, Alocasia plants will love the extra humidity in a bathroom or kitchen.
9. Dancing Plant
Known in Hindi as Dudli, this captivating little plant actually dances! There are few better ways to expand the flow of your home than with a cute little dancing plant. The chemical reaction that causes this is known but it’s still not entirely understood as to why it evolved with a love to groove. The dancing plant is a lovely perennial that matures to three or four feet tall and blooms happy little purple flowers. The space below the smaller leaflets on the branches are responsible for the Dancing plant’s beautiful movements!