Terrarium Plants

This page lists many of the terrarium plants that feature in articles I’ve written for pumpkinbeth.com

Click on each plant’s name to discover more information and find every article which mentions that particular plant.

Click here to see a list of a wide range of terrarium, bottle garden, and vivarium plants, including ferns, orchids, and other terrarium plants.  This planting list also includes the details of the nurseries and suppliers where I have purchased my plants.

Click here to view a choice of planting lists of orchids suited to growing in cool, intermediate, and warm temperatures.

Click here to see a list of mini miniature sized orchids, truly tiny plants to grow inside terrariums, vivariums, and bottle gardens.  This list also includes the details of the nurseries and suppliers, where I have purchased my plants.

Click here to see a list of terrarium plants and ferns – this list doesn’t contain any orchids, just fantastic plants, including ferns, that are perfectly suited to growing in terrariums and bottle gardens!  This list also includes the details of the nurseries and suppliers, where I have purchased my plants.

Click here to view all of my articles about setting up terrariums and bottle gardens.

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Phalaenopsis wilsonii is a miniature orchid species that’s endemic to Yunnan, in China.  Plants from this versatile orchid species are capable of growing as an epiphyte – when they grow upon trees, or as a lithophyte – when the plants grow over rocks.  This miniature Phalaenopsis…

Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’ is also known by its common name of the Blue Star Fern.  Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’ is a great terrarium fern!  Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’ thrives in evenly moist compost, in very humid growing conditions.  This fern will flourish in an area…

Pilea cadierei has incredible obovate leaves in an amazing silver colour with attractive green veining over each leaf.  The silver and green colour combination really stands out and emphasises the true silver colouration of this interesting plant’s leaf.  The common name for Pilea cadierei is the…

Pilea cadierei ‘Ellen’s Silver’ is an attractive plant with silvery foliage.  The leaf colour on these plants is amazing; the foliage almost looks as if it has been painted with liquid silver!  This is such an eye-catching and stunning little plant with a naturally bushy…

Pilea depressa is a prostrate, mat forming, creeping plant, which produces an array of teeny, tiny leaves.  This is an attractive plant at first glance, but when you make time to take a closer look at Pilea depressa‘s miniature leaves, you’ll discover that this plant…

Pilea hitchcockii is a handsome little plant with attractive pointed leaves in intriguing shades of deep grey and chocolate-maroon, with tints of silver.  There’s a real depth to Pilea hitchcockii’s leaf colour; the combination of complimentary colour tones and such delicate and pretty serration along…

Pilea involucrata is a bushy plant with gorgeous deeply-grooved, fantastically textured leaves!  Pilea involucrata requires some humidity to grow well, so this is an ideal plant to include inside a terrarium.  Pilea involucrata grows well in low light levels, semi shade and bright but indirect,…

Pilea involucrata ‘Moon Valley’ is an upright-growing and naturally bushy plant, which features characteristically blistered leaves that almost resemble the surface of the moon.  I adore Pilea involucrata ‘Moon Valley’ – it’s such a gorgeous plant!  This is a fast-growing plant, which is resilient and…

Pilea involucrata ‘Norfolk’ is quite a remarkable looking plant, each leaf looks as if it has been knitted!  This dark-leaved plant has a striking appearance and will really stand out.  Pilea involucrata ‘Norfolk’ is an easy to grow terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden plant that…

Pilea libanensis is a very pretty terrarium, vivarium, bottle garden or houseplant, which is also known by the common names of grey baby tears, or grey angel tears; I am sure that this plant has a great many other common names too.  Pilea libanensis is often…

Pilea microphylla is a low-growing tender perennial; it’s a native plant of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and nearby countries.  This is a very small-leaved plant with teeny, tiny leaves that measure just 1-2mm (0.04-0.08″) in size.  At first glance, Pilea microphylla looks rather similar to mosses…

For ages Pilea peperomioides was a plant that folks grew at home, visitors admired, and friends and families shared, but this plant was never, ever seen in nurseries or garden centres.  It’s taken a while, but at last, the garden centres and nurseries have finally caught…

Pilea peperomioides ‘Bambino’ is a smaller cultivated form of Pilea peperomioides.  My Pilea peperomioides ‘Bambino’ plant is around 15cm (6 inches) tall. This is a tender plant, which makes a super houseplant!  I am currently trialling growing my Pilea peperomioides ‘Bambino’ plant inside a terrarium, but…

Pinguicula are a very interesting genus of  carnivorous plants, they are often known by their common name – Butterworts.  There are a great many species of Pinguicula; wild plants can be found growing a wide range of locations including across America, Europe, and Asia. Inside…

Platycerium bifurcatum is also know as the Staghorn Fern; this is a stunning evergreen fern that naturally grows as an epiphyte – establishing itself on the trunks and branches of trees in its native environment in the treetops and rainforests of Java, Polynesia, Australia, and…

Platystele examen-culicum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Colombia and Ecuador. Platystele examen-culicum grows well in a humid environment, with filtered light, and cool to intermediate temperatures. Platystele examen-culicum produces such tiny, minute flowers, which are not easy to view without a…

Platystele misasiana is a mini miniature orchid species that’s endemic to Colombia.  In the wild, Platystele misasiana can be found in forests at around 200m above sea level.  These orchids grow in Colombia’s cloud forests, where they enjoy cool, moist, and shady growing conditions. This…

Podangis dactyloceras is a miniature orchid species, which originates from Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zaire, where this orchid grows as an epiphyte, growing upon trees, near waterfalls and rivers, in evergreen rainforests. Podangis dactyloceras is a miniature orchid species that grows best in warm to hot…

Polypodium formosanum is a fern that originates from the island of Kyushu, in Japan; this same fern species can also be found growing in Taiwan, in China.  Polypodium formosanum’s common name is the Grub Fern, the Green Caterpillar Fern, or Blue Feet – after this fern’s…

Polystichum tsussimense is a pretty little fern.  If you have a steamy, frequently used bathroom with room for a new plant, Polystichum tsussimense will grow happily here.  Although, for best results I’ve found Polystichum tsussimense is more successfully grown as a bottle garden, terrarium, or…

Porroglossum echidna is a mini miniature sized orchid species, from the cloud forests of Colombia and Venezuela.  Plants grow at a range of locations in these mountainous regions, at heights from between 2500m and 3200m above sea level. This cute little orchid species flourishes in…

Porroglossum muscosum gets its genus name – Porroglossum – from the Greek for ‘far, far away’ and ‘tongue’ – a reference to these plants flowers’ distinctive lip.  While the specific epithet, this plant’s species name – muscosum – means mossy – a reference to the…

Porroglossum schramii is a mini miniature sized orchid species from the humid cloud forests of Ecuador.  Plants can be found growing in mountainous areas, in locations that range from 1500m to 1800m above sea level.  Porroglossum schramii blooms regularly throughout the year.  This orchid’s flowers are…

Psygmorchis pusilla is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in humid forests in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, and other exotic locations, where the plant colonises the outer branches of trees. Psygmorchis pusilla is a delightful, fan shaped, miniature…

Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ is a variegated fern that is also known by its common name of Silver Lace Fern.  Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ requires bright, filtered light, (but take care to avoid harsh, direct light, which will damage this fern’s fronds) and high humidity to flourish. …

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