House Plants

High Light Plants


Azalea

 

Azaleas lead the pack among the most popular flowering plants. Their bountiful, colorful, and long lasting flowers, combined with a compact growth habit and the ability to be planted outdoors, makes them an ideal choice for gift-giving. A popular Mother's Day gift presented to appreciative Moms everywhere!

Ponytail Plam

Beaucarnea recurvata

The extremely slow-growing pony tail palm makes a surprisingly interesting desktop plant. Indoors, these novel miniature palms are often grown in shallow pots, with a tuft of strappy green leaves emerging from a bulbous stem that seems to erupt from the soil. Given time and the right conditions, these plants will grow into respectable specimen plants, up to 6 feet in height or more.

Reiger Begonia

Begonia x hiemalis

Rieger Begonias are an excellent mixer for annual plantings offering attractive glossy foliage and plentiful blooms. Bring indoors to bright, filtered light to enjoy a second burst of blooms in the winter. Flowers in shades of red, white, yellow, orange, and pink.

Codiaeum (Croton)

Codiaeum variegatum pictum

Crotons are houseplants that normally have variegated leaves with brilliant shades of yellow, red, and green. Crotons originated from Indonesia so they adapt well in the warm climates of homes. A fairly easy plant to grow indoors.

Weeping Fig

Ficus Benjamina

Ficus benjamina, commonly known as the weeping fig, Benjamin's fig, or ficus tree is often sold in stores as just ficus. It is a tree with gracefully drooping branches and glossy leaves, oval with an acuminate tip. A ficus tree is a very popular houseplant in temperate areas due to its elegant growth and tolerance of poor growing conditions.

Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoide

The gardenia is an old-fashioned fragrant beauty that makes a great gift. The quest for the perfect scented creamy-white blossom makes growing gardenias a rewarding hobby for even the amateur horticulturist.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus are tropical plants well suited to be grown indoors since they prefer conditions that appeal to people. Growing hibiscus in pots is not too difficult with care. Potted hibiscus are known to become very old, forty years or more is not that rare!

Hoya

Hoya carnosa

Commonly known as Wax Plant, Hoya Carnosa is a tough tropical plant. They have a thick waxy leaf and exquisite clusters of small star-shaped waxy flowers. Often used in hanging baskets, Hoya flowers release a fragrant scent during the evenings while in bloom. The hoya adapts readily to the conditions in most homes.

Juniper Bonsai

Juniperus

This is the plant most often associated with bonsai. The juniper has a bright green, low spreading and cascading style.

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe pinnata

Kalanchoes are characterized by opening their vibrant colorful flowers by growing new cells on the inner surface of the petals to force them outwards, and on the outside of the petals to close them. Cultivated as ornamental houseplants and rock or succulent garden plants hence its thick leaves and foliage. Commonly purchased during the Chinese New Year for decorative purposes.

Stephanotis floribunda

Madagascar Jasmine

Stephanotis isn't the easiest plant to grow in Boulder. It loves very bright light and a humid climate. We can easily supply the light but our climate is anything but humid. it's beautiful, strongly perfumed, waxy tubular flowers still make it well worth the effort. Even when not in bloom, the glossy green leaves growing on vines that may reach ten feet make it a beautiful indoor houseplant that can be supported by a trellis or wrapped onto a wreath shaped frame.

Low light Plants


Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema

Known for its lush diversified foliage and easy to care for disposition, the Chinese Evergreen is a favorite indoor plant. Its large, pointed, dark-green leaves are heavily streaked with white, cream or silver and white.

Dracaena (many kinds)

 

The Dracaena family of diverse shaped plants consist of over 40 assorted species ranging in shape and sizes. A popular house plant used to decorate many spaces including homes, offices, and malls.

Homolamena

 

Homalomena is a genus of tropical foliage plants loved for its romantic leaf shape. These perennials, which are desirable for their deeply green, glossy foliage, have heart-shaped leaves that look somewhat like they've been polished. Compact and slow-growing, these evergreen plants are perfect for container growing.

Kentia Palm

 

Homalomena is a genus of tropical foliage plants loved for its romantic leaf shape. These perennials, which are desirable for their deeply green, glossy foliage, have heart-shaped leaves that look somewhat like they've been polished. Compact and slow-growing, these evergreen plants are perfect for container growing.

Prayer Plant

Maranta

Prayer Plant earned its name because of the way its leaves fold together at night, resembling hands closed in prayer. Prominent, oval-shaped leaves have a spectacular light-and-dark-green feathered pattern with red veins, and are often red underneath.

Philodendron (many kinds)

 

Philodendrons have served as a mainstay in interior decor for generations. This is partly due to the ease of care because if you watch for the signals, the plant will tell you exactly what it needs. Philodendron house plants thrive indoors year round without complaint making it a great first plant for inexperienced houseplant owners.

Devil's Ivy

Pothos

Pothos plants are a staple among household favorites. One of the more favored varieties features a dark, glossy green leaf "blotched" with white. A must-have vine plant for beginners.

Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

 

Sansevieria known as Snake Plant is one of the most carefree house plants you can grow thriving in just about any light. Classified as a succulent house plant, it grows stiffly upright sword-shaped leaves. Common varieties have leaves that are edged with yellow or white.

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum

Often given as a sympathy gift, a mature and healthy Peace Lily is very full in leaf foliage and flowers. The strong stalks are long with deep green leaves 5 to 7 inches long that taper to a defined point. The lily flower is simplistic and elegant in design starting out pale green in color then evolves to a snow white flower with a yellow center.

ZZ Plant

Zamiaculeas zamifolia

A beginners ideal house plant, the ZZ Plant is easy-going, forgiving if you forget to water, tolerates low light, and rarely needs fertilized. Gaining in popularity with its style, it has thick, upright stems bearing narrow, dark-green glossy leaves.

Medium Light Plants


Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus radicans

A great houseplant for the hanging basket, the Lipstick plant takes lower light levels and dry conditions with ease. This easy grower has cascading, shiny green leaves with burgundy underneath. Rich red flowers resembling lipstick emerge from black calyces with waves of blooms appearing throughout the year.

Anthurium

 

Anthuriums are an attractive houseplant with their beautiful glossy green leaves. If they are given enough light, they will reward you with waxy, long lasting flowers in reds, oranges, pinks or white.

Calathea (many kinds)

 

The Calathea species includes some of the most beautiful and dramatic tropical foliage plants in the world. The species is generally known for boldly marked, upright, oblong leaves in a dazzling array of colors held on long, upright stalks.

Bamboo Palm

Chamaedorea

Native to Mexico and Central America, the Bamboo Palm is very hardy and provides a fantastic tropical effect indoors or out. Surprisingly, this beautiful clumping or clustering palm is usually used as a house plant in containers. It has graceful green fronds held upright by strong bamboo-looking stalks that can grow as tall as ten feet.

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum

A resilient houseplant that is easy to care for and fun to hand down from generation-to-generation. It multiples with ease when long shoots grow flowers at the end and sprouts out new baby spider plants.

Grape Ivy

Cissus

Grape ivy makes a wonderful decor accent to any garden or room. A slow growing ivy, the grape ivy has compound leaves that are shiny, dark green and pointed. The leaves of the grape ivy grow off the long, trailing stem of the plant making it a perfect plant for indoor hanging baskets.

Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia is easy to care for and an extremely common house plant. The foliage entails elliptical shaped leaves; however, the colors can vary greatly between type from all green, cream with green borders or a mix between the two. Note: The Dieffenbachia contains a toxic sap thus giving the name Dumb Cane, so please keep out of reach of small children or animals that may try to chew or eat the plant.

Rubber Plant

Ficus elastica

The Rubber Plant is popular because it is very easy to care for and grow. They are vigorous growers and can get big rather quickly without requiring much attention. A Rubber Plant can be an attractive focal point in a room or just add a bit of ambiance. Note: Be aware that the milky sap of Ficus elastica is toxic if ingested, so please keep out of reach of small children or animals that may try to chew or eat the plant.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Ficus Lyrata

Enormous leaves shaped like violins give the Fiddle Leaf Fig its name and a dramatic accent. This tropical native features bold, prominently veined leaves with wavy edges. The naturally glossy leaves will keep clean by wiping them often with a damp cloth.

Ming Aralia

Polyscias

Ming aralias have distinctly beautiful foliage that gives them a wonderful exotic Asian appearance. They are a bit tempermental and should be kept warm and away from drafts. Unlike plants that branch sideways, the Ming aralia tends to grow only vertically. The upward reaching stalks carry compound leaves with up to seven opposite leaflets.

Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia is grown for its colorful, textured foliage. These fancy- leafed begonias produce striking, large leaves streaked, veined, or splashed in shades of silver, pink, purple, cream, green, or burgundy.

Umbrella Tree

Schefflera

The Schefflera species have a distinct tropical appeal as an indoor plant. The larger schefflera (commonly called the umbrella tree) features long, shiny, oval green leaves that droop gracefully from a central stalk. A mature schefflera might have 12 or 16 leaflets from a single stalk growing 6 - 12 feet indoors.

Orchids

Cattleya

 

KAT-lee-ah Cattleyas are among the most popular orchids. Their culture is often used as the basis for comparison with other types of orchids. Cattleyas and their related hybrids come in many colors, shapes, forms and sizes. Culture varies only slightly among most of these. This sheet is a general guide to basic cattleya culture. Like many other cultivated orchids, cattleyas are epiphytes, or air plants. They have developed water-storage organs, called pseudobulbs, and have large, fleshy roots covered with a spongy, water-retentive velamen.

Miloniopsis

Miltonia

Mil-TOH-nee-ah Including Miloniopsis (mil-toh-nee-OP-sis) These striking orchids, which are also known as pansy orchids, owing to their similarity to garden pansies, are enjoying increasing popularity. Miltoniopsis are cool-growing orchids that originate in higher elevations of the Andes in Columbia, Panama and Ecuador. .

Dancing Ladies

Oncidium

On-SID-ee-um This is an extraordinarily large and diverse New World genus with an equally diverse number of habitats. Oncidiums may originate anywhere from sea level in the tropics to the high elevations of the Andes. This obviously makes cultural generalizations difficult. More specific instructions may be available from the grower.

The Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis

A resilient houseplant that is easy to care for and fun to hand down from generation-to-generation. It multiples with ease when long shoots grow flowers at the end and sprouts out new baby spider plants.