House Plants Encyclopedia A-Z

Now you can find your plants the easy way, by their common names in the House Plants Encyclopedia A-Z.

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Here you'll discover profiles and care tips, plus pictures for identifying house plants. (Finally, you can get a positive I.D. on that exotic plant-in-a-basket you received for your birthday.)

Don't know where to start? The House Plants Encyclopedia A-Z is divided into 3 parts so you can find plants by category -- foliage, flowering or succulent varieties. They're listed by the house plants common names, followed by their botanical names.

Just click on a link below to go to the plant's profile page.

Foliage Plants

Common Name (Botanical Name)

Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)
Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
Asparagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri')
Baby's Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii)
Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata)
Brake Fern (Pteris cretica)
Button Fern (Pellaea rotundifolia)
Caladium (Caladium x hortulanum)
California Pitcher Plant (Darlingtonia californica)
Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis)
Cardboard Palm (Zamia furfuracea)
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Cat Palm Tree (Chamaedorea cataractarum)
China Doll Plant (Radermachera sinica)
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)
Christmas Palm Tree (Veitchia merrillii)
Clubmoss (Selaginella kraussiana)
Coffee Plant (Coffea arabica)
Coleus Plant (Coleus blumei)
Copper Plant (Acalypha wilkesiana)
Coral Bead Plant (Nertera granadensis)
Coral Berry (Ardisia crenata)
Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
Corona Prayer Plant (Calathea corona)
Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila)
Croton or Joseph's Coat (Codiaeum variegatum)
Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
Elephant's Ear (Alocasia amazonica)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
European Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis)
False Aralia (Dizygotheca elegantissima)
Fiber Optic Grass (Isolepis cernua)
Ficus Alii (Ficus binnendiijkii 'Alii')
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis)
Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers')
Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata)
Gold Dust Plant (Aucuba japonica)
Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)
Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens)
Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum)
Iron Cross Begonia (Begonia masoniana)
Janet Craig Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis)
Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica)
Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
Juncus Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus 'Spiralis')
Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)
Ming Aralia (Polyscias fruticosa)
Money Tree Plant (Pachira aquatica)
Moses in the Cradle (Tradescantia spathacea)
Nerve Plant (Fittonia verschaffeltii)
Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)
Ornamental Chili Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
Papyrus Plant (Cyperus papyrus)
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
Peacock Plant (Calathea makoyana)
Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)
Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus)
Piggyback Plant (Tolmiea menziesii)
Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes hybrids)
Pleomele (Dracaena reflexa)
Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
Pothos or Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
Purple Heart Plant (Tradescantia pallida)
Purple Passion Plant (Gynura aurantiaca)
Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
Rabbit Foot Fern (Davallia fejeensis)
Rex Begonia (Begonia rex)
Rosary Vine (Ceropegia woodii)
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)
Schefflera (Schefflera actinophylla)
Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica)
Snow Bush (Breynia nivosa)
Spider Plant or Airplane Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Split-Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)
Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)
Sundew Plant (Drosera rotundifolia)
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus species)
Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomea batatas)
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
Ti Plant (Cordyline terminalis)
Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula)
Wandering Jew (Tradescantia albiflora)
Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
Windmill Palm Tree (Trachycarpus fortunei)
Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa)
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

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Flowering House Plants

Common Name (Botanical Name)

Achimenes (Achimenes hybrids)
African Lily (Agapanthus africanus)
African Violet (Saintpaulia)
Air Plant (Tillandsia ionantha)
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrids)
Amazon Lily (Eucharis x grandiflora)
Angel Trumpet Plant (Brugmansia x candida)
Angel Wing Begonia (Begonia x corallina)
Anthurium Plant (Anthurium andraeanum)
Azalea Care (Rhododendron simsii)
Banana Shrub (Michelia figo)
Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)
Begonia (Begonia x hiemalis)
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae)
Bottle Brush Plant (Callistemon citrinus)
Bougainvillea Plant (Bougainvillea glabra)
Camellia (Camellia japonica)
Campanula Flowers (Campanula isophylla)
Candy Corn Plant (Manettia inflata)
Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus hybrids)
Celosia Plumosa (Celosia argentea var. plumosa)
Cigar Plant (Cuphea ignea)
Crocus (Crocus hybrids)
Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)
Daffodils (Narcissus spp.)
Dragon Wing Begonia (Begonia hybrids)
Dutch Iris Bulbs (Iridaceae x hollandica)
Dwarf Chenille Plant (Acalypha pendula)
Dwarf Irises (Iris reticulata)
Easter Lily Care (Lilium longiflorum)
Firecracker Flower (Crossandra infundibuliformis)
Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis)
Flame Violet (Episcia cupreata)
Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzerianum)
Florist Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Flowering Maple (Abutilon hybrids)
Freesia Flower (Freesia hybrids)
Fuchsia Plant (Fuchsia hybrids)
Gardenia Care (Gardenia jasminoides)
Geranium Care (Pelargonium x hortorum)
Gerbera Daisy Care (Gerbera jamesonii)
Glory Lily (Gloriosa superba)
Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa hybrids)
Golden Lotus Banana (Musella lasiocarpa)
Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)
Golden Trumpet (Allamanda cathartica)
Goldfish Plant (Columnea hybrids)
Grape Hyacinths (Muscari spp.)
Hellebore (Helleborus niger)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
Hyacinth Flower (Hyacinthus orientalis hybrids)
Hydrangea Care (Hydrangea macrophylla)
Impatiens (Impatiens hybrids)
Ixoras (Ixora coccinea)
Jasmine Plant (Jasminum polyanthum)
Kaffir Lily (Clivia miniata)
Kohleria (Kohleria)
Lantana Plants (Lantana camara)
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus lobbianus)
Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda)
Mandevilla Plant (Mandevilla hybrids)
Martha Washington Geranium (Pelargonium domesticum)
Medinilla (Medinilla magnifica)
Miniature Roses (Rosa chinensis hybrids)
Mona Lavender (Plectranthus hybrid)
New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens x hawkeri hybrid)
Oleander Plant (Nerium oleander)
Pansy Plants (Viola x wittrockiana)
Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus jonquilla)
Parrot Flower (Heliconia psittacorum)
Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea)
Peace Lily or Spatheflower (Spathiphyllum)
Periwinkle Flower (Catharanthus roseus)
Persian Violet (Exacum affine)
Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa)
Pink Calla Lily (Zantedeschia rehmannii)
Pink Quill (Tillandsia cyanea)
Plumeria Care (Plumeria rubra)
Pocketbook Plant (Calceolaria herbeohybrida)
Poinsettia Care (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Powder Puff Tree (Calliandra haematocephala)
Primrose Flowers (Primula hybrids)
Purple Shamrock (Oxalis regnellii)
Queen's Tears (Billbergia nutans)
Red Ginger Flower (Alpinia purpurata)
Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)
Scarlet Star (Guzmania lingulata)
Scented Geranium (Pelargonium species and hybrids)
Shamrock Plant (Oxalis species)
Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana)
Siam Tulip (Curcuma alismatifolia)
Snapdragons (Antirrinum majus)
Spider Lily (Hymenocallis littoralis)
Tulips (Tulipa hybrids)
Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata)
Wax Begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)
Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)

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Cacti and Other Succulents

Common Name (Botanical Name)

Aloe Vera or Burn Plant (Aloe barbadensis)
Blue Agave Plants (Agave parryi)
Cactus (Cactaceae family)
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera hybrids)
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
Cylindrical Snake Plant (Sansevieria cylindrica)
Desert Rose Plant (Adenium obesum)
Donkey's Tail (Sedum morganianum)
Easter Cactus (Hatiora gaertneri)
Echeveria (Echeveria species)
Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Haworthia (Haworthia species)
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Living Stones (Lithops species)
Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei)
Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)
Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana)
Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum species and hybrids)
Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora)
Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata)
Tiger's Jaw (Faucaria tigrina)
Yucca (Yucca elephantipes)


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