Houseplants Varieties Based On Their Love of Light

When looking for the best houseplants, it is important to take into consideration the amount of light in your home as well as the amount of maintenance the plants will require. There are many types of great houseplants. You just need to find the right match to your environment and your time available to care for and maintain your plants. Typically houseplants with low light requirements are the easiest to maintain. Some common houseplants that you can find at SummerWinds Nursery are listed below. Please note that varieties may vary by location.

Houseplants- Low Light

These plants do well with indirect light from a window.

Peace LiliesSpathiphyllum: Grow well in low light and will produce white cupped flowers.

Calathea – There are a few varieties of Calathea and all are colorful with often unusual markings. Two of the most popular species are Calathea lancifolia (Rattlesnake calathea), and the Calathea ornata (Pinstripe calathea).

Peace Lily Calathea

Chinese EvergreenAglaonema: Grow in a nice full shape. Known for large glossy oval-shaped leaves with small flowers and foliage of various colors.

ZZ PlantZamioculcas: Excellent texture and thick straight stems with dark green leaves.

Red Aglaonema ZZ Plant

Cast IronAspidistra elatior : Very hearty, tough plant. Can survive most conditions. Excellent choice if you don't have a lot of time to care for plants, but still want the benefits they provide.

Parlor PalmChamaedorea elegans: Very popular houseplant with rich green, slightly arched and slender leaves. Perfect for small spaces.

Cast Iron Parlor Palm

Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law's Tongue Sansevieria: - Stiff spear like leaves have a glossy texture. This elegant looking plant has clusters of flowers on thin stalks.

Dumbcane Dieffenbachia: - Broad-leaved foliage plant with thick succulent stems. Popular for its ease of care and comes in a variety of leaf patterns.

Snake Plant Dumbcane

Houseplants that love that bright sunshine

Elephants EarAlocasia amazonica ‘Polly’ Beautiful houseplant that has bright white veins protruding from a dark background. Arrow shaped leaves can reach over a foot in length. A difficult plant to grow, does well in a bright bathroom.

•Aloe Vera – Not only is this plant easy to care for, it's a great plant to have on hand for its topical uses.

Elephants Ear Aloe Vera

Jade Plant Crassula Ovata: This truly is an easy succulent to grow and care for. It's a slow growing plant that prefers direct light. It's considered a "lucky plant" to have or to give as a gift.

Croton Plant Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum: This brightly colored plant requires attentive care. As the plant matures, the leaves change color and become brighter.

Jade Plant Croton Plants

Sago Palm Cycas revoluta : Sago Palm is not actually a palm but rather a cycads - a plant that has been around since prehistoric times. Note - they are poisonous.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Ficus lyrata: Like many ficus, sometimes, you have to move the plant until the plant performs as if content. This plant needs consistent bright light, by a sunny window if possible. Once you notice it starting to lean towards the light, turn it every month or so.

Sago Palm Fiddle Leaf Fig

Kalanchoe Kalanchoe blossfeldiana: commonly called kalanchoe, is a dark green, succulent perennial with scallop-edged leaves and large umbels of flower clusters held above the foliage. Grows upright with multiple branches. Long bloom time, the bright red, pink or yellow flower clusters will last for weeks.

Succulents Succulent plants are the trend for house plants. This easy to care for plant group offers a diverse selection of beautiful plants for your home. Can be planted alone or as a companion plant. Colors range from blue-green to pinks, yellows and more.

Kalanchoe Succulents

African VioletsSaintpaulia ionantha: - Delicate, slightly furry looking and simply lovely. These old time favorites look great in vintage containers and are perfect for a bright window and indirect light.

Ponytail Palm Tree Beaucarnea recurvata: - Unlike the name suggests, Ponytail Palm Trees are neither palms nor trees but rather a member of the agave family.

African Violets Ponytail Palm Tree

BromeliadsBromeliaceae: - They are related to the pineapple and can add incredible tropical color to your home. Simply water overhead into the center cup of the plant and place in an area with lots of bright light. May need additional humidity if your home is in a dry climate.

Asparagus Fern dwarf umbrella tree: - When you aren't sure which plant to get for a sunny area of your home, you can error on the side of an Asparagus Fern. It adds a nice pop of lush green color with fun texture. It has sharp thorns and is toxic to dogs and cats.

Bromeliads Asparagus Fern

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