Houseplants brighten up any space by adding a bit of green. They also improve air quality by reducing carbon dioxide levels, increasing moisture, reducing airborne dust and pollutants and lowering temperatures.
If you lack a green thumb, rest assured there are houseplants so hardy that even you will not be able to kill them. Here we’ve compiled a list of 29 tough houseplants that are (almost) impossible to kill.
Some consider African violets to be the most popular flowering plant in the world. That’s probably because they bloom throughout the year, continuously producing flowers. They are named for the continent from which they originated and because their blooms resemble those of true violets.
Aloe vera is a popular succulent whose leaves produce a gel that can be used to treat burns or taken internally to promote digestion. Aloe can be grown outdoors in warm climates, but it can also make a great houseplant.
The Christmas cactus is unlike other cacti in that it is not from an arid region. This cactus is native to Brazilian rainforests, where it grows in tree branches.
Cast Iron Plant
The cast iron plant also goes by several other names, including iron plant and ballroom plant. Cast iron plants are incredibly hardy and tough to kill. That is great news for the green-thumb challenged.
Zebra haworthia is a succulent, although it is also known as zebra cactus. One look at its striped foliage and it is clear why "zebra" is part of its name.
Jade plants resemble little trees, making them a pretty addition that makes any home feel closer to nature. It originated in South Africa but has been a houseplant in European and American homes for over a century.
The snake plant has about 70 different species, and all of them originate in tropical and subtropical areas of Europe, Africa and Asia. The evergreen plants grow anywhere from 8 inches to 12 feet. They have become increasingly popular as word spread that it’s a plant you can neglect.
The peace lily not only produces a beautiful flower similar to the calla lily, but it’s also hassle-free. Since they can grow to 3 feet, they work well as floor plants.
The weeping fig is of the Ficus genus. It is a small tree, which makes it a popular choice for bringing a bit of the great outdoors inside with you. Originally found in Southeast Asia, the weeping fig is a tropical tree that grows 3 to 6 feet tall.
The Boston fern is one of the best known ferns around and a popular houseplant. There is a good reason for its popularity: This plant is incredibly hardy. It is very tolerant of both light and dry conditions and can be displayed in hanging baskets, on a windowsill or pedestal.
The rubber plant is a member of the Ficus family. While ficus trees can grow up to 50 feet, the rubber plant can be a medium-sized houseplant. The rubber plant does best with indirect light, as it is native to the Amazon and Orinoco river basins.
The philodendron is popular in offices due to the low amount of maintenance it needs. Its name is a Greek word that means love (philo) and tree (dendron). Domestic to Central and South America, it is an evergreen plant that can grow to a height of 9 feet indoors.
The Guiana chestnut tree is easy to grow indoors. It is popular with people who practice feng shui because they believe it creates positive energy. With the right amount of sun and water, this tree will thrive.
Chinese Money Plant
The Chinese money plant is native to the Yunnan province of China. The plant became popular in Scandinavia after a Norwegian missionary brought cuttings of one home in the 1940s.
The bromeliad originated in the Andes mountains and jungles of Uruguay, but can now be found throughout Central and South America. Their flowers are bright and colorful - typically pink, red, orange and yellow - and the bloom is long lasting.
Crown of Thorns
The crown of thorns got its name after its storied use in Jesus’s crown. Originally from Madagascar, it is a succulent shrub with dark green leaves that develops beautiful, small flowers.While this plants can grow upwards of 6 feet outdoors, this perfect windowsill accent stands under 1 foot in its pot..
The kalanchoe is a flowering succulent from China. Its flowers usually come in shades of white, yellow, pink, magenta, orange and red. For a plant that has such vibrant and colorful flowers, surprisingly little care is needed, making it a highly favored houseplant.
The Sansevieria trifasciata, or mother-in-law’s tongue, originates from West Africa. It also goes by other names such as snake plant, viper's bowstring hemp and Saint George's sword. This many and memorably named evergreen plant is a succulent, so it needs very little water.
The full name of the ZZ plant is Zamioculcas zamiifolia, which is a mouthful. Native to South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, it did not reach beyond its African borders until the 1990s, when Dutch nurseries in South Africa started cultivating and distributing it globally.
The areca palm is indigenous to both Madagascar and South India. It is also known as a butterfly palm, golden cane palm or yellow palm. This evergreen houseplant can reach up to 6 or7 feet. While most palms do not tolerate trimming, this one does.
The prayer plant is also named Maranta leuconeura, after 16th century Italian physicist and botanist Bartolomeo Maranta. The prayer plant’s leaves are visually striking with their red veins. During the day, the leaves are flat but, at night, they fold up... like hands in prayer.
The umbrella tree can grow between 4 and 8 feet tall when domesticated but in the wild, it can get as tall as 49 feet! Given its size, it is a great plant for an open office space.
The ponytail palm may have the word "palm" in its name but it is not a true "palm." It is a desert plant native to eastern Mexico closely related to the Agave and Yucca plants. It can grow up to 3 feet tall indoors but may reach 6 feet outdoors.
The air plant, also known as Tillandsia, is named for the way it obtains nutrients from the surrounding air. In the same family as the pineapple, this prickly plant originated in the West Indies, Mexico and parts of Central and South America.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
The fiddle leaf fig is native to West Africa, where it can grow 40 to 60 feet tall. The towering giant produces small, green fruit. They belong to the Moraceae family, which includes fig and mulberry trees.
Indigenous to rainforests in Southern Mexico and Guatemala, the parlor palm was first found in Central America and brought to the US, where it became a popular houseplant.
The purple shamrock comes from Brazil and gets its name from its leaves, which resemble clovers. They can live a long time, often leading one generation of owner to pass the plant to the next. The dark purple, nearly-black leaves are beautiful.
A spider plant produces foliage that is long and thin and curls downward like a spider’s legs. These plants have a hand in their own procreation by generating tiny spider plants known as "pups." When pups are about 2 inches in diameter, you can remove them and place them in pots with soil.
Devil’s ivy is found growing naturally in Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. In tropical rainforests, it will climb up trees, so it can grow in your home as either a climbing or hanging plant.