Resorting to Tropicals for Houseplants

Create your own tropical paradise with these exotic houseplants. However, in their native lands these tropical plants have jobs to do.

  • The pineapple is the fruit that has come to symbolize hospitality and welcome.
  • The begonia offers a wide array of flower and foliage colors.
  • The heart-shaped leaves of the Caladium come in a variety of colors including white, pink, red, green and a mixture of all the above.
  • The calathea roseo-picta offers alternating green colors on the top side of the leaves with reddish-purple undersides.
  • The elephant ear plant is commonly used to create a tropical effect in the outdoor garden.
  • The colorfully variegated foliage of the ti plant is used in making leis and floral arrangements. The leaves have also been used extensively throughout tropical regions for food preparations.
  • A sago palm dates back to prehistoric times, but as a houseplant it can bring life and color to a room.
  • The leaves of the mosaic plant resemble individual pieces of mosaic art.
  • The shrimp plant has rather unusual, exotic flowers of red or yellow. © 2010 Scripps Networks, L.L.C. All rights reserved
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