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 light from a North facing window, or in rooms that have windows that let in very little light. Many of the rooms in our homes, especially in winter, most likely meet the low light standards for houseplants.

Asparagus FernAsparagus setaceus: Great for hanging baskets and for cleaning the indoor air during the winter months, the asparagus fern may flower - tiny white blooms.

Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra 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.

Asparagus Fern Cast Iron Plant

Dragon Tree PlantDracaena marginata: This plant is an excellent houseplant for a beginner. It tolerates various light conditions and a range of temperatures. It does well in loamy- well draining soil and was listed by NASA as an excellent plant for removing harmful chemicals from the air.

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

Dragon Tree Houseplant Dumb Cane Plant

Flamingo FlowerAnthurium andraeanum: Blooming more or less continuously in optimum conditions. Needs consisten moisture year round. Loved for it's tropical look.

Lucky BambooDracaena sanderiana: Said to bring good luck and fortune, Lucky Bamboo is nearly indestructible. Their tough stalks can survive in vases of pure water or in containers of soil, and in a wide variety of light conditions.

Flamingo Flower Plant Lucky Bamboo

Maidenhair Fern Adiantum raddianum: - offers stunning foliage and if you can meet its needs, including high humidity, will live a a long time. 

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

Maidenhair Fern Parlor Palm

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

PhilodendronPhilodendron: - A popular plant among beginners.  With its big green leaves, it's kind enough to let you know what it needs.

Peace Lily Philodendron

Ponytail PalmBeaucarnea recurvata: 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.

Pothos - Epipremnum aureum: Also goes by the name devil's ivy because it's impervious to death. These beauties are perfect for offices, or planter shelves where they can show off.

Ponytail Palm Golden Pothos

Prayer PlantMaranta leuconeura: Easy to grow but has specific needs. Indirect light, humidity, water with warm water and feed every two weeks.

Rattlesnake PlantCalathea lancifolia: - 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).

Prayer Palm Rattlesnake Plant - Calathea

Sansevieria or Snake Plant Dracaena trifasciata: - Stiff spear like leaves have a glossy texture. This elegant looking plant has clusters of flowers on thin stalks.

Spider PlantChlorophytum comosum: Incredibly easy to care for and adaptible, the spider plant has very few challenges minus a few brown tips here and there.

Sansevieria or Snake Plant Spider Plant

Triostar Stromanthe Stromanthe sanguinea: A next level plant.  So if you are a beginner with houseplants you might want to stay clear of this beauty until you have a bit more experience under your belt.

ZZ Plant (Zanzibar Gem)Zamioculcas: - Excellent texture and thick straight stems with dark green leaves.

Triostar Stromanthe ZZ Plant

Houseplants - Indirect or Filtered Light

It is much easier to find areas of your home that offer indirect or filtered light as indirect light can be found in areas of the home with east-facing windows or places within rooms that receive filtered full light from a south or west facing window

African Violet - Saintpaulia 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.

Alocasia - Alocasia: Tropical plant also known as Elephant Ears. Alocasia grows well in containers and can grow fast but can be sensitive if not in the right conditions.

African Violets Alocasia

Aloe Vera- Aloe barbadensis: If there is one plant to have, it's an aloe vera for its lovely green spikes but more importantly, for its medicinal uses. It is a succulent and prefers dry conditions, correct soil and proper light.

Areca Palm- Dypsis lutescens: This variety has lush, feathery fronds that add tons of color and texture to the surrounding scenery. Intense, direct sunlight will cause its leaves to turn brown, so similarly to the kentia palm, you’ll want to find that sweet spot on your property that provides just enough light.

Aloe Vera Plant Areca Palm

Birds Nest Fern- Asplenium nidus: Identified by their wavy, crinkly fronds, Bird's Nest Ferns get their name because the center of the fern look like that of a bird's nest.

Cactus - Cactaceae; Juss.: Cactus come in many shapes, sizes and colors and great for outdoors and in as fun, yet hands off houseplants.

Birds Nest Fern Cactus

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

Dragon Tree PlantDracaena marginata: This plant is an excellent houseplant for a beginner. It tolerates various light conditions and a range of temperatures. It does well in loamy- well draining soil and was listed by NASA as an excellent plant for removing harmful chemicals from the air.

Chinese Evergreen Dumb Cane Plant

Drawf Citrus - Even with the right lighting conditions and temperature, tasty citrus can be grown indoors.

Firetail Chenille - Acalypha poiretii: This evergreen plant offers a lovely red caterpillier-like bloom and looks great hanging in the home.

Drawf Citrus Firetail Chenille

Hoya - Hoya: Available in a many varieties hoyas are a next level plant. Hoya's offer a thick leaf with a waxy feel.

Jade Plant- Crassula ovata: A symbol of good luck, Jade plants are stunning when conditions are right. Water is key.

Hoya Jade Plant

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.

Kentia Palm - Howea forsteriana: Kentias are a surprisingly hardy variety of tropical palm, and they can withstand much cooler conditions than many of their counterparts, so they make a fantastic indoor plant. They’re quite slow growers, so their size won’t get too hard to manage.

Kalanchoe Kentia Palm

Monstera or Swiss Cheese Plant - Monstera deliciosa: Tropical plant that is loved for its broud green leaves and natural leaf-hoes, called fenestrations.

Nerve Plant - Fittonia albivenis: is a tropical plant with interesting leaves of pink and green, white and green, or green and red where the vein takes on a much lighter hue.

Monstera Nerve Plant

Peperomia or Radiator Plants - Piperaceae: This cute little plant is growing in popularity and is available in many varieties including Watermelon and Ripple

PhilodendronPhilodendron: A popular plant among beginners.  With its big green leaves, it's kind enough to let you know what it needs.

Peperomia Philodendron

Ponytail PalmBeaucarnea recurvata: 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.

Pothos - Epipremnum aureum: Also goes by the name devil's ivy because it's impervious to death. These beauties are perfect for offices, or planter shelves where they can show off.

Ponytail Palm Pothos

Prayer PlantMaranta leuconeura: Easy to grow but has specific needs. Indirect light, humidity, water with warm water and feed every two weeks.

Sago Palm - Cycas revoluta: Despite their name, Sago Palms are not actually Palms but they are tropical plants that appreciate bright but not direct light.  Sago Palms also need ample humidy.

Prayer Plant Sago Palm

SansevieriaDracaena trifasciata: - Stiff spear like leaves have a glossy texture. This elegant looking plant has clusters of flowers on thin stalks.

Umbrella PlantSchefflera: This plant will tell you what it needs.  If it's not getting enough sun, it becomes leggy.  The key to a happy Schefflera is proper watering.  Allow the soil to to dry out before thoroughly soaking.

Sansevieria Schefflera

Staghorn Fern - Platycerium alcicorne:  Also known as elkhorn fern or antelope ears, Staghorn Ferns are easy to care for with bright indirect light.

String of Hearts - Ceropegia woodii: This succulent, trailing vine is perfect for planting in hanging baskets or in pots on shelves or window sills.

Staghorn Fern String of Hearts

String of Pearls - Senecio rowleyanus: a treasured succulent that is perfect for hanging baskets or draped down a shelf.

Succulents - Available in an assortment of sizes, shapes and colors, succulents have been a long time favorite.  

String of Pearls Succulents

Arrowhead Plant - Syngonium podophyllum: The arrowhead plant will begin to vine as it grows older. It can be placed in a hanging basket or trained to go up a trellis or pole.

Tillandsia - Also known as air plants for obvious reasons.  Available in all shapes and sizes, Tillandsias are low maintenance provided you have adequate light and know the key to watering.

Arrowhead Plant Tillandsia

Houseplants that love that bright sunshine

Plants that prefer bright Light – usually means a sunny, southern or western facing window that receives direct light. They require a minimum of five to six hours of sunlight every day. During the winter months, this can be a challenge which often leads one to moving a plant closer to the sunny window. However, with the sun often comes a cold draft from the window which the plant cannot tolerate.

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

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.

Croton Plant Fiddle Leaf Fig

Norfolk Pine Araucaria heterophylla

Peruvian Cactus Cereus peruvianus

Norfolk Pine Peruvian Cactus

Rubber Plant  Ficus elastica

Yucca Cane  Yucca: This slow growing houseplant is drought tolerant, making it a wonderfully low maintenance plant.

Rubber Plant Yucca Cane

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