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'Unkillable' Houseplants That Will Not Break Your Heart

Indoor Plants Plant Care

We've rounded up the hardiest, most robust indoor plants that are proven to survive and thrive in the toughest growing conditions and under the care of a self-confessed 'black thumb'. Check out this list.

Spider Plant

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is included in our list of “unkillable” houseplants because of its hardy, highly adaptable to a new environment, and fairly easy to propagate. Despite its name, which may make a person with Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) jump, spider plants are rather fine-looking. It’s also called airplane plant, by the way. There are several variegated varieties that shoot little spiderettes or airplanes, which actually appear as tiny, white flowers in the beginning.

Cast Iron Plant

Its name does give you quite an impression that it’s a tough one. Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) is a handsome houseplant that can survive low light, low humidity, and occasional neglect when it comes to watering. A native of Asian countries, Japan and Taiwan, the cast iron plant is a perfect fit for dark apartments, offices, and businesses. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has listed this plant as a non-toxic plant to both dogs and cats.

ZZ Plant

If you haven’t tried bringing a ZZ plant at home, it’s time you do! This indoor plant is scientifically known as Zamioculcas Zamifolia and also charmingly called Zanzibar gem or “the welcome plant.” It’s often mistaken as a fake indoor plant because of its gorgeous green color and waxy, shiny leaves. It can thrive with little natural light and wholeheartedly forgives a forgetful owner who forgets to water every now and then. 

Mother-in-law’s Tongue 

 A decorative indoor plant, Sansevieria varieties are fondly called mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plants.  They have long, succulent leaves that can come in beautiful shades of dark green lined with yellow on the edges. Interestingly, when this plant is placed indoors with little natural light, its leaves grow darker. On the contrary, when it’s given a spot somewhere sunny, its color becomes lighter.

Chinese Evergreen 

Scientifically known as Aglaonema, the Chinese evergreen comes with a charming patterned foliage that brings a splash of color and freshness into any room. An effective air-purifying indoor plant, Chinese evergreen will do best in bright, shaded spot. It does not require much watering, which is perfect if you’re always on the go.

Monstera Deliciosa

 With its signature split leaves and stunning beauty, it’s no wonder Monstera Deliciosa is all over Instagram and Pinterest these days. Otherwise known as the split-leaf philodendron, Swiss cheese plant, Mexican breadfruit, hurricane plant, or fruit salad plant, Monstera varieties are native to Mexico and Central America. It has a hardiness level of 10 to 11. Too much light and heat will burn and brown its glossy leaves, so beware. Unfortunately, Monstera is not a pet-friendly plant.


Do you have any favorite houseplant to add to this list? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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