15 Popular Terrarium Plants

Craft tiny gardens with these favorite terrarium plants.
By: Paul Cox

Friendship Plant

Pilea involucrata grows 6 to 18 inches tall and blooms in red. Friendship plant prefers moist soil and full shade to partial sun. 

Watermelon Peperomia

Peperomia argyreia features lovely green and silver variegated leaves. Plant in moist conditions. It grows from 6 to 8 inches tall.

Artillery Plant

Pilea microphylla can grow up to 24 inches tall and spread up to 36 inches. It grows well in full shade to partial sun.

Mother Spleenwort

Asplenium bulbiferum prefers moist, well-drained soil and full shade to partial sun.

Emerald Ripple Pepper

Peperomia caperata grows 6 to 8 inches tall, with a spread equally as wide. It features leaves of green and purple, and blooms in white.

African Violet

Saintpaulia ionantha produces blooms in blue, pink, purple and white. It grows from an inch to 6 inches tall and likes acidic soil.


Lush Sagina subulata can spread 9 to 12 inches and produces white blooms in midsummer.

Silver Nerve Plant

Fittonia verschaffeltii var. argyroneura grows from 3 to 6 inches tall and features green and silver variegated leaves.

Dwarf Sweet Flag

Acorus gramineus can grow up to 18 inches tall and spread just as wide. Its round form and variegated leaves make a nice addition to a terrarium. Give it partial to full sun.

Strawberry Begonia

Saxifraga stolonifera grows between 4 and 9 inches tall. Its white blooms appear in late summer. Give strawberry begonia full shade to partial sun.

Rattlesnake Plantain

Goodyera pubescens prefers moist conditions and partial sun. Consider it for its striking silver and green variegated foliage.

Aluminum Plant

Pilea cadierei thrives in full shade to part sun. It grows 6 to 12 inches tall and features variegated leaves of green and silver.

Bird's Nest Fern

The fast-growing Asplenium nidus likes full shade to partial sun.

Polka Dot Plant

The variegated leaves of Hypoestes phyllostachya will add some vibrancy to your terrarium. The polka dot plant can grow up to 24 inches tall. It likes moist to wet conditions.

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum like moist conditions and full shade to partial sun. It grows up to 12 inches tall.

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