12 Best Indoor Plants for Indian Climate

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1. Snake Plant

 

Botanical name: Dracaena trifasciata

Also known as mother in law’s tongue, this plant is admired for its upright, sword-like foliage with variegated shades of green. The yellow-cream stripe running across its margins beautifies its look further. This plant is well-suited to indoor conditioning, as it performs well even in low light and cleans the air by absorbing various VOCs.

2. Spider Plant

 

Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosum

The leaves of spider plants are long and slender, escorted with white and green stripings. They grow in a dense cluster, arching downward. This plant also improves indoor air quality by eliminating xylene and formaldehyde from the surrounding.

3. Lucky Bamboo

 

Botanical name: Dracaena sanderiana

Symbol of good fortune and prosperity, lucky bamboo has slender stalks that resemble the real bamboo tree. Often grown in soil for longevity, but many gardeners grow them in a glass vase filled with water and pebbles for a  decorative accent. This plant grows best in bright light but can tolerate some low lights as well.

4. Weeping Fig

 

Botanical name: Ficus benjamina

The plant consists of many slender branches that bend out from the gray trunk. It adjusts with limited light but prefers bright and indirect sunlight with consistent soil moisture for optimal growth. Its quality of purifying the air by clearing away xylene makes it best for homes.

5. Areca Palm

 

Botanical name: Dypsis lutescens

The arching fronds of Areca palm with a multitude of narrow, green leaflets can brighten up any corner of your house. Due to the arching habit of its fronds, it resembles the wings of a butterfly, hence earned a butterfly palm name. Its key feature of absorbing formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene from the surrounding helps in filtering the VOCs from the air.

6. Boston Fern

 

Botanical name: Nephrolepis exaltata

Talking about the best plant for hanging baskets, then the Boston fern always tops the list. Its cascading fronds with alternate, green leaves spill out of the pot due to its trailing habit. It needs indirect, bright light to thrive and are blessings for the houses as they clean up the air by sucking toxic VOCs from the air.

7. Baby Rubber plant

 

Botanical name: Peperomia obtusifolia

Known for its railing growth habit and lance-shaped leaves, this plant can be a great addition to hanging baskets. The oval leaves can be either plain green or even striped, depending upon the variety. Furthermore, the white flower emerges from spring to fall.

8. Pothos

 

Botanical name: Epipremnum aureum

Considered to bring good fortune to its owner, pothos is one of the ‘hard to kill’ houseplant that remains green even in dark places. Thanks to its creeping nature, you can grow it on the hanging baskets to trail down or train on a trellis as a vine. Its green leaves are heart-shaped and tinged with cream-yellow splashes. This plant absorbs xylene, toluene, and benzene compound and naturally filters the air.

9. Flamingo Lily

 

Botanical name: Anthurium andraeanum

Working as a focal point of many houses, this lily is admired for its heart-shaped, red to pink flowers, which are called the spathe. The spadix or small inflorescence in yellow raises from the bottom of this waxy spathe, both of them appear to complement each other. Effective in removing xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air, this is one of the versatile plants for indoors.

10. Grape Ivy

 

Botanical name: Cissus rhombifolia

If you are one of the black thumb gardeners, then this plant with forgiving and low maintenance nature is for you. Scalloped margins are the key feature of the grape ivy plant. This vine plant can be arbitrarily trained either horizontally or vertically with the help of a trellis or other support. It flourishes well in room temperature with moderate to bright sunlight exposure.

11. Croton

 

Botanical name: Codiaeum variegatum

Introduce colors to your space with the addition of the Croton plant. Displaying the various combination of colors ranging from red, green, yellow, and orange, the vibrant leaves of this plant is cherished for adding a tropical touch to homes. Make sure you keep this plant at the brightest corner of your home or near a sunny window, as it flushes its best color when exposed to ample sunlight.

12. Lady’s Slipper Orchid

 

Botanical name: Cypripedioideae

The flower is slightly aromatic, reminiscent of the lady’s slippers, except for the small opening at the front. The blossom color may vary from red, pink, purple to yellow, depending upon the variety. This orchid appreciates dry area accompanied by moist, and well-aerated soil.

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