Houseplants

This page lists many of the houseplants that I’ve written about on pumpkinbeth.com.  Click on the name of each plant to discover more information and find 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 ‘Christina’ is a handsome, easy-to-grow houseplant.  ‘Christina’ produces leaves that are marked with mottled, frayed stripes of soft green and bottle-green coloured variegation; every leaf is encased by the same bottle-green coloured trim, which forms a substantial outline around each leaf.  This Aglaonema cultivar…

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…

Alocasia × amazonica ‘Polly’ is a striking looking plant that absolutely commands attention!  This tender plant produces dramatic dark bottle-green coloured, heart shaped leaves that are highlighted with a silvery veining that contrasts quite spectacularly with the deep racing green colour of the leaf.  Alocasia…

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 ‘Parvati’ is an evergreen fern with very pretty lacy fronds.  A hybrid fern from Australia, Asplenium ‘Parvati’ is also known by its botanical name, Asplenium dimorphum x difforme (x Parvati).  This fern’s common name is the ‘Mother Fern’, as it produces new baby ferns…

Asplenium antiquum ‘Osaka’ is a gorgeous, tender fern that produces these absolutely fabulous undulating evergreen fronds.  This tender fern makes a superb houseplant!  Asplenium antiquum ‘Osaka’ has an architectural elegance, which compliments a wide variety of home decor styles.  I love these ferns; they’re so…

Asplenium nidus is a gorgeous fern from Australia, Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi, New Guinea, Christmas Island, and the Philippines.  In the wild, Asplenium nidus often grows as an epiphytic fern, making its home on the branches and trunks of trees in rainforests.  Epiphytic plants are different…

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…

Basil is probably my favourite herb.  There are a stunning selection of basil varieties available, each with their own flavour.  Different basil types each have their charm and depending on the variety will produce tiny, small, medium, or extra-large sized leaves.  I adore the flavour…

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 maculata is a tender plant from South East Brazil.  These interesting plants are grown for their stunning foliage, which is dark green in colour and liberally decorated with marvellous silvery-white coloured polka dot markings over the top sides of the leaves; this area of…

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…

Begonia rex ‘Helen Teupel’ is a tender plant that produces a striking display of variegated foliage.  ‘Helen Teupel’ leaves range from being pink or a silvery-green in colour with deep chocolatey-brown markings that highlight the leaf veining and are most concentrated down the centre of…

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,…

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