13 Common Houseplants to Grow and Brighten Up Your Home


Long the reigning king of the houseplants, this attractive vining plant comes in many different varieties

Snake Plant

It’s no wonder these houseplants have been popular forever: Snake plants are (almost) impossible to kill and will forgive you if you forget to water


Also known as Swiss cheese plant (for all the holes in its leaves!), this is a dramatic-looking favorite that loves moderate to bright light

ZZ Plant

ZZ plant, which is short for Zamioculcas zamiifolia, is one of the easiest plants to grow, which accounts for its popularity. It’s tough as nails and will tolerate low light or forgetful plant parents

Peace Lily

Peace lilies have glossy leaves and pretty spoon-shaped white flowers. They tolerate low light but bloom better in medium to bright light. Keep the soil evenly moist

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera grows in the landscape in warm climates, but in the colder parts of the country, it’s a popular houseplant. Its thick stems contain a gel-like substance that actually has been studied for burns

Moth Orchid

This orchid may look exotic, but it’s actually a reliable bloomer with the proper conditions. Give it bright, indirect light (but not direct sunlight). Water when totally dry.


This succulent, which remains a small houseplant, has exploded in popularity the past few years for its shiny, thick leaves and easy-care attitude

Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk pine are attractive little trees that have soft needles and an elegant form with the branches arching slightly downward

Money Tree

Popular since the 80s, this plant may have a braided stem or bonsai form. It’s an easy-care plant, which accounts for its popularity. Give money tree moderate to bright light (in low light levels


Succulents of all sorts have been extremely popular in recent years, but these two are must-haves because of their delightful forms: String of pearls looks like a beaded necklace

Christmas Cactus

Native to Brazil, this succulent can live for decades and is available in a number of pretty colors including red, pink, lavender, peach and white


With both upright and climbing types, you can’t go wrong with philodendrons! With more than 400 different species and dozens of different varieties

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