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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As we learn more about plants, we make discoveries that result in plants moving from one plant genus to another; meaning name changes are required.  African violets used to be known as Saintpaulia, but their botanical name has now been changed to Streptocarpus.  I’ve left…

Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Straight’ is a rhizomatous plant from Tropical Africa that has specialised underground storage organs to store water and energy; these reserves enable this species to survive the dry seasons in Sansevieria cylindrica‘s homelands of Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  NB: The correct botanical name…

Schlumbergera, are a group of epiphytic cacti that are more commonly known as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cactuses, so called, as these Schlumbergera plants usually flower at these celebratory times of year: in November, December, March, and April, though plants can flower anytime from October…

Schlumbergera, are a group of epiphytic cacti that are more commonly known as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cactuses, so called, as these Schlumbergera plants usually flower at these celebratory times of year: in November, December, March, and April, though plants can flower anytime from October…

Scindapsus pictus trebie is an evergreen climbing plant that’s makes a decorative houseplant.  Plants produce these beautiful thick, heart shaped green leaves that are coloured with a pretty silvery variegation.  Each leaf is rather subtly outlined with silver, it’s really very pretty.  This is a…

Soleirolia soleirolii (also known by its common name of Mind-Your-Own-Business) is a fast-growing, ground-covering perennial.  The stems of Soleirolia soleirolii root readily, which helps this plant to spread rapidly.  I must warn you, whether you grow this plant indoors or outside, Soleirolia soleirolii can be an…

Spathiphyllum wallisii is known widely by its common name of Peace Lily.  This is such a charming name and very fitting, as the flowers appear like a white flag for peace or a candle of hope.  In Europe, Spathiphyllum wallisii is often grown as a houseplant. …

Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Bingo Cupido’ (‘Spapril’) (PBR) is a regular sized Peace Lily plant that has been bred to produce larger sized flowers.  This plant displays a more floriferous habit with a greater number of flowers held during each flowering period, as well as more frequent…

Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ is my favourite Peace Lily.  This magnificent cultivar is an absolute thing of beauty complete with utterly gorgeous, giant sized, ribbed, glossy green leaves.  I’ve been head-over-heals in love with Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Sensation’ since I first spotted this plant – it was…

Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ is a tender perennial that makes a super houseplant. Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ was bred by Dibleys Nurseries.  The parent plants of Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ are part of an ongoing breeding program, which started over 20 years ago.  Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ first flowered…

Sweet Pepper ‘Redskin’ (Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group) F1) is a naturally dwarf sweet pepper cultivar.  These diminutive looking plants produce large sized green fruit that start off green but eventually ripen to red.  The Royal Horticultural Society has awarded Sweet Pepper ‘Redskin’ with…

Sweetcorn ‘Bodacious’, also known by its botanical name of Zea mays ‘Bodacious’, is a sweetcorn cultivar, that’s idea for forcing inside to grow and eat as sweetcorn shoots. To see more houseplant pages and information on growing a wide range of indoor plants, please click…

Tillandsia usneoides is an air plant, which is also known by its common name of Spanish moss.  Tillandsia usneoides belongs to the Bromeliaceae family.  Tillandsia usneoides can be found growing in a wide range of sub tropical and tropical habitats, it is often seen growing in…

Tradescantia (Continental Group) ‘White Giant’ is a hybrid Tradescantia cultivar with variegated leaves that are striped with attractive fresh-green and white colours.  Tradescantia ‘White Giant’ produces white flowers in summertime; the blooms are pretty short-lived. When I was a child, I passionately and intensely despised…

Tradescantia cerinthoides ‘Nanouk’ is a striking plant with variegated leaves that look as if they have been artistically painted in complementary shades of ivory, green, and pink.  Each Tradescantia cerinthoides ‘Nanouk’ plant’s variegation will vary according to the lighting and growing conditions the plant experiences.  A Tradescantia…

Tradescantia fluminensis can be found growing in the wild in the region that stretches from South Eastern and Southern Brazil through to North Argentina, where the plants grow primarily in the wet tropical biome.  Common names for Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ include Spiderwort and Inch Plant,…

Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Pixie’ is a very pretty form of Tradescantia with attractive, small, oval-shaped leaves in shades of greyish-green that take on a strong purple tint when the plants are grown in bright, south-facing rooms.  This Tradescantia has an upright growing habit but will…

Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’ is an intriguing Tradescantia cultivar with olive-green coloured foliage that turns a deep purple colour in light and bright rooms.  I admire this plant’s foliage as it retains an underlying tone of olive-green beneath the purple, which looks beautiful.  This is a…

I am such a fan of Tradescantia sillamontana, I adore this Tradescantia’s woolly foliage!  If I was designing a house for a houseplant flower fairy, the blankets on the fairies’ beds would be made from cosy Tradescantia sillamontana leaves and where these thick leaves have a…

Tradescantia spathacea ‘Concolor’ is an upright-growing Tradescantia that forms compact plants made up of handsome rosettes of attractive green foliage.  The pointed leaves are large in size; the foliage is nice and smooth with a lovely sheen.  This plant’s white flowers are borne within green…

Tradescantia zebrina ‘Burgundy’ is a charming, naturally trailing, sprawling plant with silver and burgundy striped leaves.  Leaf colour will vary on individual plants according to the light levels and different growing conditions the plants experience.  Plants grown in areas that enjoy brighter sunlight, which are…

Tradescantia zebrina ‘Superba’ are attractive trailing plants with handsome purple and silver variegated foliage.  Each leaf displays wide bands of silver either side of a central purple stripe and every leaf is enhanced with a fine purple outline.  NB: The purple colouration is more subtle…

Tradescantia zebrina ‘Violet Hill’ is a tender herbaceous perennial that’s a popular houseplant.  With its maroon and silvery-grey coloured foliage, this plant is really quite striking and it’s easy to grow, too! This is a super choice of plant to grow in an indoor hanging…

This is Zamioculcas zamiifolia.  The plant’s botanical name is a bit of a mouthful, so Zamioculcas zamiifolia is more commonly known as the ZZ plant.  Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a tuberous, evergreen perennial plant with glossy green leaflets, which originates from Africa and other warm countries, where…

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