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10 Foolproof Foliage Plants Anyone Can Grow Inside

When it comes to making selections
for indoor plants, I like to stick with plants that have the least likelihood
of causing me a guilt trip due to an untimely demise. In other words, show me
the plants that are relatively easy to care for which can handle just a wee bit
(or a lot) of neglect. I am also more drawn to plants which feature showy
displays of blooms because I have a tendency to forget that there are foliage
plants that are just as striking, if not more so, than their flowering
counterparts.

I’m sure I’m not alone in these
sentiments, so let’s take a moment to review the 10 often overlooked, but
foolproof, foliage plants that won’t put your green thumb reputation in too
much jeopardy.

Chinese
evergreen
– This plant literally has my name
on it as it possesses a high threshold of tolerance for fluctuating light,
humidity and watering conditions. Chinese
evergreen
is practically dubbed “the” houseplant for busy people who are
almost too busy for plants. This plant features dark green leaves patterned
with silver and, if you provide it with enough light, you’ll get a bonus:
calla-lily-like blooms!

Snake
plant
– No need to worry about a bite
from this snake. It can handle a bit of neglect, but it thrives the best when
kept in a medium bright spot with regular watering. The leaves of snake
plant
are stiff, upright and edged in silver, gray or gold.

Purple
passion plant
– If you have a passion for the
color purple, you’ll love this velvet plant. The foliage looks and even feels
like velvet with its dark green leaves covered in soft purple hairs. Purple
passion plant
is ideally situated in a hanging basket or a pot with a
trellis due its vining nature. A bright spot and regular watering is all that
is needed to keep the passion alive.

Cast
iron plant
– This plant lives up to its name,
as it is one tough plant that has the mettle to withstand low light and
humidity and a wide range of temperatures. The cast
iron plant
may not be the showiest plant on this list, but this lush, leafy
evergreen will still have a commanding presence with its long, oval-shaped
pointed dark green leaves.

Spider
plant
– You can let this trailing plant,
with large arching grass-like leaves, accumulate a few cob-webs, as they can
tolerate a bit of neglect. Pot spider
plant
in well-draining soil and provide it with bright, indirect light,
keep the soil lightly moist, and this plant will flourish, perhaps even
bestowing you with a few babies, or “plantlets,” along the way. Available in
green or variegated varieties.

Heartleaf
philodendron
– This sweetheart plant will sweep
you off your feet. This trailing philodendron
plant
emanates romance with its dark green heart-shaped leaves.  Indirect light, lightly moist soil and
standard room temperature is all the love this plant requires.

PothosPothos
is about as foolproof as they come – low light tolerance and only requires
periodic watering. This vining plant features glossy, heart-shaped,
white/yellow variegated leaves with trailing stems. It is often seen in office
environments cascading down file cabinets.

Dieffenbachia – Even though this plant has a hard name to pronounce, it
is actually quite easy to care for. With beautiful large green/white or
green/cream colored variegated leaves, this plant will lend a lush tropical
look and feel to any room. Dieffenbachia
prefers filtered light with soil that is kept consistently moist, but not
soggy.

Dracaena – This tree-like plant displays a lot of spunk with its long spiky, tropical-looking variegated foliage. Brightly filtered light, consistently moist soil, coupled with a boost of fertilizer every now and then, is all the dracaena plant requires to thrive.

ZZ
plant
– Even though this plant has the
ZZ’s, it won’t put you to sleep with its gorgeous waxy, shiny oval-shaped
leaves. This is the quintessential plant for those with a brown thumb, as ZZ
plant
remains stunning even after months of neglect, and does well with low
light and infrequent watering.

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