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Best Houseplants to Grow for Homes of All Sizes

Picking which houseplant to take home can be quite an overwhelming decision whether you are a novice or an expert gardener. The following table can help narrow down your shortlist by allowing you to select houseplants based on factors such as their maintenance level and suitability to location.

Plants Watering Sunlight Details
African milk treeDeciduousBright, indirect sunlight
Crown of thorns plantPerennialat least 3 to 4 hours of bright, direct sunlight per day
MonsteraPerennial5 to 8 hours of bright indirect light
Maidenhair fernPerennialbright indirect light or 2 hours of direct sunlight
Magnolia treePerennialat least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day
Lucky bamboo plantPerennialbright indirect sunlight
Jade plantPerennial4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily
InchplantPerennialbright indirect sunlight
Honeysuckle plantPerennial6 or more hours of sunlight each day
Ghost plantPerennialat least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight
Garlic plantPerennial6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day
Fiddlehead fernPerenniallight to partial shade
Elephant ear plantPerennial3-5 hours of direct light
Dumb cane plantPerennialbright, indirect sunlight
Date palmPerennialfull sun
Chinese money plantPerennialbright, indirect light to filtered sun
Palm treePerennial6 to 8 hours of bright light per day
Chinese evergreen plantPerennialindirect sunlight
Cat PalmPerennialbright, indirect light
Catnip plantPerennialat least 6 hours of sunlight per day
Arrowhead plantPerennialbright indirect light
Areca palmPerennialat least 6 hours of indirect sunlight per day
Corn PlantEvergreen Perenniallight shade or gentle filtered sunlight
Sago palmEvergreen Perennial4 to 6 hours of filtered sunlight each day
Rattlesnake plantEvergreen Perennialmoderate, indirect light
Prayer plantEvergreen Perennialmoderate indirect light
Ponytail palmEvergreen Perennialbright indirect light to full sun
Polka dot plantEvergreen Perennialbright indirect sunlight
Philodendron plantEvergreen Perennialmedium-bright indirect sunlight
Ivy plantEvergreen Perennialbright indirect light
Nepenthes plantPerennial14 to 16 hours of indirect light per day
Peace LilyPerennial10-12 hours of indirect sunlight a day
Hens and chicks plantEvergreen Perennialat least 6 hours of full sun everyday
YarrowPerennialat least 6 to 8 hours of sun a day
St John's wort plantPerennial8 hours of full sun every day
Pothos plantEvergreen Perennial10-12 hours of indirect sunlight everyday
House CactusPerennial6 hours of sunlight
Bird's nest fernPerennial1 -2 hours of direct sunlight
Angel's trumpets plantPerennial6 hours of direct sunlight
Aloe Vera PlantPerennialabout 6 hours of direct sunlight
Dahlia plantTender Perennialat least 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight a day
Bromeliad plantPerennialbright, indirect light
Rue plantEvergreen Perennialat least 6 to 7 hours of sunlight per day
Parlor palmEvergreen Perennialmedium to bright indirect light
Gardenia plantEvergreen Perennialat least 4 hours of sun daily
Foxtail fernEvergreen Perennialpartial shade with bright indirect light
Croton plantEvergreen Perennial6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day
Lemongrass PlantPerennial6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily
Peony plantPerennialat least 6 to 8 hours of sun each day
Lemon BalmPerennialat least 5 hours of direct sunlight a day
Kangaroo Paw PlantPerennialat least 6 hours of direct sunlight
Hosta PlantPerennialabout 2 hours of daily sun exposure
Butterfly BushPerennialat least 8 hours of direct sunlight
Bee BalmPerennialat least 6 hours of direct sunlight
ZZ plantPerennial8-12 hours of indirect or filtered sunlight
Yucca plantPerennial3 to 6 hours of direct sunlight throughout the day
Wisteria plantPerennialfull sun, at least 6 hours per day
Syngonium plantPerennialbright indirect light
Succulent plantPerennial4-6 hours of sunlight a day
String of pearls plantPerennial6-8 hours of indirect sunlight
Spider plantPerennial8-10 hours of medium to bright, indirect sunlight
Snake PlantPerennialmore than 5 hours of indirect sunlight
Hoya plantEvergreen Perennialmedium to bright, indirect light and 2 to 4 hours of direct sunlight
Fittonia plantEvergreen Perennialbright, indirect sunlight
Aralia fabian plantPerennial
Heliotropium plant
Russian sage plant
Royal poinciana tree
Rocktrumpet plant
Rhododendron plant
Redclaws plant
Rangoon creeper plant
Radiator plant
Pigmyweeds plant
Ogre ears plant
Lily of the nile plant
Lemon lime maranta plant
Leather flower plant
Laceleaf plant
Gold dust plant
Skimmia plant
English laurels plant
Echeveria plant
Dracaena plant
Crassula tetragona plant
Climbing hydrangea plant
Christmas cactus plant
Centennial hop plant
Ceanothus carmel creeper plant
Candytuft plant
Brazilian rain tree
Boston ivy plant
Baby rubber plant
Atemoya tree
Satin pothos plant
Spurges plant
Coffee plantEvergreen Perennialbright indirect light
Ostrich fernDeciduouspartial shade to full shade
Boston fernEvergreen Perennialat least 2 hours of indirect sunlight per day
Asparagus fernEvergreen Perennialbright indirect light
Azalea plantEvergreen Or Deciduous Depending On The Variety4 to 6 hours of sunshine each day
Kentia PalmEvergreenbright, indirect light to dappled sun
Coconut PalmEvergreenat least 6 hours of direct sunlight
String of hearts plantEvergreen4-6 hours of bright indirect sunlight
Staghorn fernEvergreenbright indirect light
Pygmy date palmEvergreenpartial shade to full sun, with at least 4 hours of direct light a day
Money treeEvergreenbright and indirect sunlight for 6-8 hours daily
Majesty palmEvergreen4-8 hours of bright, indirect light per day
Fiddle Leaf FigEvergreenat least 5-6 hours of sun a day
Dwarf umbrella treeEvergreenat least 4 hours of bright indirect light
Willow treeDeciduousat least 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight per day
Ginkgo treeDeciduousat least 4 hours of sunshine every day
Stonecrop plant
Chinese pistache treeDeciduousat least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day
Caladium PlantBoth Annual And Perennial2 to 4 hours of direct sunlight per day
Lupin plantBoth Annual And Perennialat least 6 hours of full sun each day
Begonia plantBoth Annual And Perennial4 to 6 hours of direct morning sun a day
Whitespire birch tree
Watermelon peperomia plant
Virginia creeper plant
Vine plant
Viburnum plant
Venus slipper plant
Trumpet vine plant
Tiger bark tree
Sweet potato vine plant
Swallowtail plant
Widow's thrill plantPerennialAn hour of sunlight

How to Select a Houseplant

Here are some tips to help you select a houseplant that's right for you and the location where you want to grow the plant in.

Amount of Natural Sunlight

Unfortunately, not all of us are fortunate enough to have a south-facing window which gets a substantial amount of sunlight throughout the day compared to the other three sides. Those who live in places that get less than six hours of natural sunlight might find their houseplant options a bit more limited as certain plants are known to thrive only when they get sunlight throughout the whole day.

Don't be discouraged though! There are plenty of houseplants that are quite tolerant of low-light conditions. You could also make use of grow lights to make up for a lack of natural sunlight. This works well for those who want to grow houseplants in windowless rooms.

Watering and Maintenance

Overwatering or underwatering tends to be the number one reason for dying plants. You need to also select houseplants based on the amount of care and effort you are willing to put in. Be realistic with yourself. Will you have frequent moments when you forget to water a plant? In such cases, you may want to opt for a houseplant that has drought-tolerant properties. These plants may also work better for those who may not be home for extended time periods due to work or other commitments.

Plant's Size When Mature

A lot of people underestimate how large certain species of houseplants can grow up to! Make sure there is enough space in the room where the houseplant will be grown in. The size of the planter or container should also provide ample space so that you aren't having to repot the plant frequently as it continues to grow.

Houseplant Toxicity to Pets

Certain species of houseplants may contain compounds and chemicals that are toxic to dogs and cats. Sago palms, for example, aren't recommended in a pet household because they contain a toxin called cycasin, which is known to cause liver damage. Something as harmless as an aloe vera plant can also be toxic to dogs when ingested.

Unique Properties like Air-Purifying

Realistically speaking, a single houseplant isn't going to make much of a difference to the indoor air despite the benefits that others may claim around a plant's air-purifying property. It's a nice-to-have but a factor that isn't worth too much consideration when you pick a plant for your home.