Easy Indoor Tropical Plants

These easy-to-grow potted plants are a tropics lover's paradise for indoor growing.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo By: Image courtesy of Felder Rushing

Tropical Plant Collection

Don't expect to recreate the tropics indoors. But you can come close!

Rubber Tree

Rubber trees are among the easiest indoors plants, with large, dramatic foliage that can sometimes be variegated.

Sansevieria

There are many different species of the standard sansevieria, including some with light-colored and variegated foliage.

Sansevieria Cylindrica

The carrot-shaped leaves of Sansevieria cylindrica add a dramatic touch to any plant collection.

Philodendron 'Xanadu'

Many different kinds of philodendrons are great potted plants, but the compact 'Xanadu' is extra tropical looking and super tough.

Dwarf Shefflera

The leathery-leaf dwarf Shefflera arbicola tolerates very low humidity, and comes in green or variegated forms.

Chinese Evergreen - Aglaonema

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) is perhaps the best foliage plant for low light and low humidity, and it's easy to root in water!

Ribbon Dracaena

This airy multiple-stem ribbon plant (Dracaena marginata) is one of the easiest of all dracaenas, and can be pruned to make it fuller.

Dieffenbachia or Dumb Cane

Dramatic, large leaves in many variegated forms makes dieffenbachia a popular indoor plant. Prune it to keep it from getting leggy.

Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum

Dependable low-light spathiphyllum has interesting white "flowers" but usually needs repotting when first brought home.

Rex Begonia

Endless variations in begonia plant shape, leaf form and patterns make this a popular and easy-to-share windowsill plant.

Aloe Vera

Many cacti and succulents including aloe vera tolerate low humidity indoors, if given a bit of extra light.

Peperomia

Small peperomias are available in many leaf shapes and colors, and are often used in pots or in terrarium collections.

Devil's Backbone - Pedilanthus

This unusual devil's backbone (pedilanthus) has crooked stems and variegated leaves, and is an easy-to-root heirloom or pass-along plant.