Houseplants

This page lists many of the houseplants that I have written about on pumpkinbeth.com.  Click on the name of each plant for more information and links to further articles.

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Actiniopteris australis is a tender fern that requires warm temperatures to flourish.  This pretty little fern can be found growing in the wild, in a wide range of countries and locations, including: Madagascar, Australia, Africa, and Asia. Producing very pretty, palm like fronds on a…

Aerangis mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species is found growing upon trees, in forests, close to streams, pools, and springs. Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty, beautiful white, fragrant…

Aglaonema ‘Cutlass’ is a lovely, easy-to-grow houseplant, with long, slender leaves.  Each leaf is coloured with a soft green variegation, which is complimented by a darker green coloured trim that encircles the leaf and forms irregular splashes over the leaf. This is another plant that…

Albuca spiralis ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ is a fascinating plant, with intriguing dark green coloured, corkscrew shaped leaves.  This is an amazing plant; its leaves form perfect corkscrew curls: it’s utterly mesmerising!  Albuca spiralis ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ produces fragrant yellow and cream coloured flowers, which are borne on…

Aloe vera is a really interesting, evergreen, tender succulent.  This is a plant species that has many uses, Aloe vera is an attractive, rosette forming, decorative, tender succulent, which is a popular houseplant, and it’s also a useful plant for a medical garden, in tropical climates.  There are…

Anthurium ‘Mini Jungle’ is an evergreen perennial.  This hybrid Anthurium is a tender plant that can be grown outdoors in a warm climate, or indoors in the cooler regions of the world, where Anthurium ‘Mini Jungle’ makes a fantastic houseplant, or a good choice for a…

This Arnemia fern species makes an attractive, finely feathered fern, which requires high humidity and warm temperatures to grow well.  I have found that Arnemia will not tolerate the compost around the plant’s roots drying out, so if you’re growing this plant ensure that you…

Asparagus setaceus is such a delicate and attractive looking plant; I love its ferny foliage!  Asparagus setaceus is often referred to as the Asparagus fern – it’s not actually a true fern, it’s a plant that resembles a fern.  This tuberous perennial is so pretty,…

Aspidistra elatior is a herbaceous perennial from China, Japan, and Taiwan.  This species produces large, lance shaped leaves, in a dark bottle green colour, with a lovely glossy finish.  If you fancy something a bit different, look out for variegated, spotted, or striped leaf forms,…

Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) is a very versatile and attractive fern, which produces delightfully ruffled, fresh green coloured fronds.  This is a great choice of fern to grow as a house plant or to plant inside a terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden.  Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy…

Begonia Beleaf Lima Love = ‘Krbelle01’ (PBR) makes a handsome houseplant.  This is quite a striking plant, with its lime green coloured leaves.  The foliage is quite amazing to look at; each Begonia Beleaf Lima Love leaf is highlighted with a dark maroon coloured edging. …

Begonia rex ‘Escargot’ is a rhizomatous perennial that produces these striking patterned leaves that spiral attractively.  This Begonia cultivar’s eye-catching, spiralling form is rather like the coiled form of snail shells, hence the name ‘Escargot’. This Begonia makes a handsome houseplant.  If you’re considering growing Begonia…

Biophytum sensitivum is an amazing plant!  Biophytum sensitivum originates from India and South Africa, where it can be found growing in wet, boggy soils near streams and waterfalls, where it is shaded by taller trees and shrubs. Biophytum sensitivum is such an interesting, fascinating plant!  Resembling…

Callisia repens is a low growing, tender herbaceous perennial plant from Mexico, North, Central, and South America.  Plants thrive in partially shaded conditions, in shallow, free draining, acid soils.  This easy-to-grow plant readily adapts to a range of circumstances; tolerating both brighter and more shaded…

Callisia repens ‘Turtle Bambino’ is a small, evergreen perennial succulent, with a naturally bushy, creeping spreading growth habit  Plants produce many tiny grey-green coloured ovate leaves.  The underside of each leaf is tinged with purple. This is tender plant that grows well in warm conditions. …

Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii is an evergreen perennial; it’s a tuberous, perennial, trailing vine that produces pretty heart-shaped, variegated leaves.  This is an attractive and rather charming plant, which originates from Zimbabwe.  Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii makes an excellent houseplant!  It’s ideally suited to growing…

Chilli peppers (also known as chillies, chile peppers, and by their botanical names of Capsicum annuum, Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum baccatum, Capsicum pubescens, and Capsicum chinense) are a group of tender vegetables that flourish in warm and sunny conditions.  Gardeners can grow green, white, red, yellow,…

Chlorophytum comosum is usually harder to find than the more commonly found, variegated forms of Chlorophytum comosum.  However, this all green form is easier to grow than the variegated types of spider plant.  Chlorophytum comosum copes better with lower light levels and this form is more resilient than…

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ is a a widely available form of Chlorophytum comosum, a tender, houseplant, which is usually known as the spider plant.  Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ differs from the spider plants that were commonly seen growing inside homes in the1970s, as this spider plant has slightly wider…

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Ocean’ is a new form of the spider plant, this plant produces wider leaves that are much shorter in length than the traditional spider plants that were seen in the 1970s, giving this newer cultivar a slightly spiky appearance. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Ocean’ is…

The common name of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is the spider plant.  This is an easy to grow, tender plant, that grows exceptionally well as a house plant.  Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ can be grown in a hanging basket, where the plant will make a lovely feature.  Over time,…

Curio rowleyanus is a tender succulent, it’s widely known as the String of Pearls plant. This is an intriguing plant.  Curio rowleyanus plants have an interesting and quite charming appearance.  String of Pearls plants resemble rows of petit pois peas, held together on strands of gossamer-fine thread…

Deinostigma tamiana originates from Vietnam, where this small plant species can be found growing in damp soils.  This plant’s form is most pronounced in younger plants; Deinostigma tamiana plants form attractive rosettes.  These plants have a similar growth habit to that seen in their relations –…

Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ is a hybrid Dendrobium orchid, that was created by crossing Dendrobium kingianum with Dendrobium ‘Mini Pearl’ (Dendrobium ‘Mini Pearl’ was created by crossing Dendrobium canaliculatum with Dendrobium bigibbum).  This new orchid is very popular with indoor gardeners.  Dendrobium ‘Berry Oda’ produces stems…

Epiphyllum anguliger is quite an extraordinary looking cactus.  This plant is also known as the Fishbone Cactus, the Rick Rack Cactus, and the Zig Zag Cactus, as Epiphyllum anguliger plants produce these marvellous leaves that display a mesmerisingly wavy, zig zag form. It’s not only…

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