17 Incredible Houseplants You Need Right Now

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1. Silver Vase Plant

 

A perennial that prefers bright light indoors. It sometimes takes a year or two to flower fully, but it grows easily and can last a surprisingly long time.

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2. Monstera deliciosa

 

Matisse knew the deal. A dramatic climbing plant that can thrive even in indirect light. It loves the heat, though, so make sure it’s somewhere at least somewhat warm in the winter.

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3. Fire Pencil Cactus

 

Also known as Firesticks. It’s native to Africa and grows really fast as long as you keep it in full sun.

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4. Starfish succulent

 

Colloquially called a succulent, but maybe not even a succulent? Still amazing, though. Unfortunately these guys are really rare (mostly found in Peru and China) but if you’re feeling super adventurous you can order the seeds yourself.

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5. Lucky Bamboo

 

Pretty low maintenance — just keep it out of direct sunlight and, if you want it to twist and curve, just periodically turn the stalk. No wires necessary.

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6. River Spiderwort

 

Technically an invasive species, but also regularly kept as a houseplant. Also known as Small-Leaf Spiderwort, Inch Plant, Wandering Trad, Wandering Willie and Wandering Gypsy.

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7. Staghorn Fern

 

Basically a vegetarian-friendly version of a moose head on the wall. So cool. One thing to keep in mind is that you should be regularly soaking the mount to give the fern enough moisture.

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8. Vermont African Violet

 

Almost every variety of African violets grow easily and quickly, just keep it near a bright window.

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9. Sago Palm

 

Actually a cycad and not a palm. Cycad’s have been around since dinosaurs — literally — and sago palms specifically are sturdy but grow pretty slowly.

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10. String of Pearls

 

A pretty damn elegant creeping succulent that sometimes flowers and sometimes doesn’t. Just be sure to pot in a hanging basket so the pearls can trail down.

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11. Hoya Plant

 

There are around two hundred species of Hoya, but they are typically tropical plants that need relatively high heat and humidity. The incredible, symmetrical blooms can be breathtaking.

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12. Echeveria Blue Curls

The most psychedelic succulent. Most commonly found in Mexico, Central and South America.

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13. Air Plants

 

These bromeliads are so adaptable because they only use their roots to attach themselves to something. Most importantly, they need air circulation and only an occasional misting.

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14. Sensitive Plant

 

A Brazilian plant with a strange evolution quirk where the leaves can curl up on contact as protection from a potential predator. This folding can even be set off by too-harsh sunlight, so be wary.

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15. Peace Lily

 

Super beautiful and also listed on NASA’s “Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants”? Yes, pls.

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16. Zebra Cactus

 

Known for being easy to grow and super durable, zebra cacti need very little attention and minimal watering. Also, it kinda looks like they’ve been bedazzled.

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17. Donkey’s Tail Plant

 

A trailing succulent that can grow up to two feet long. Wants, needs, craves full sunlight.

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Important note for pet owners:


Make sure you know what houseplants are dangerous to animals. More info here.

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