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Most Popular Houseplants

When looking for a new houseplant, consider these varieties. Among the most popular around, they're perfect for just about any home or office.
By Justin Hancock

Croton

There's no doubt croton is one of the most popular houseplants because it's so colorful! Featuring leaves dramatically shaded in golden, orange, red, and purple hues, it's perfect for making any indoor space feel like you're deep in a tropical rainforest.

Despite its bold appearance, croton is easy to grow, especially in a warm, humid environment (though it takes average household or office conditions with ease).

Looking for help? Check out our guide to houseplant basics! 

Lemon Lime Dracaena

Lemon Lime dracaena lights any indoor space. This slow-growing tree features medium-green leaves fantastically edged in chartreuse so bright it practically glows in the dark! Like other varieties of dracaena, popular Lemon Lime is one of the easiest houseplants you can grow. It likes lots of light, but doesn't mind medium or even dim conditions. 

One tip for success: Provide ample humidity. Lemon Lime dracaena may develop brown leaf tips or edges if the air dries out too much. 

Moth Orchid

This one might take you by surprise. While we don't normally think of orchids as houseplant, popular moth orchid makes for a great one. This charming, colorful plant is easy to grow and the flowers can last for months. Plant breeders have been hard at work, so you can get moth orchids in just about every color of the rainbow, from white to pink, purple, peach, orange, yellow, and many shades in between. 

Moth orchids do best in a medium or bright spot with ample humidity.

Learn more about making your moth orchid last. 

Anthurium

Who wouldn't love gorgeous anthurium? One of the easiest flowering houseplants you can grow, anthurium is popular for its bright display of flowers. If you grow it in a bright enough spot, you'll be rewarded with blooms on and off all year long. The flowers are long-lasting, too -- a month or more when the anthurium is happy. 

What conditions does anthurium like best? Warm, humid, and bright. If you have those conditions, you'll have a happy, colorful anthurium for years. 

Discover more flowering houseplants!

Golden Pothos

Old-fashioned but never out of style, popular golden pothos is one of the easiest houseplants around. This vine features rich green heart-shaped leaves decorated with splashes of yellow, cream, gold, or white. Golden pothos is remarkable tolerant of a wide range of conditions, ensuring success no matter where you put it. 

Lucky Bamboo

A popular gift plant, lucky bamboo can be a long-lived accent to your home or office decor, given the right care. Made popular because the bamboo-like stems are often twisted into fun shapes like swirls, hearts, and weaves, it's a living work of art.

Lucky bamboo doesn't need a lot of light and is perfectly happy if you keep its vase filled with water. 

Dracaena Marginata

Madagascar dragon tree is an exotic (but easy-to-grow) houseplant. Made popular by its bamboo-like stems topped with thin leaves edged in purple or pink, it looks a bit like a pompom on a stick as it grows up. When young, though, it almost looks like a tuft of colorful grass.

Grow Madagascar dragon tree in low, medium, or bright light (though brighter light tends to bring out brighter colors in the leaves).

Snake Plant

As far as houseplants go, you can't go wrong with snake plant. It's been popular for generations because it's so easy to grow. It doesn't seem to care if you grow it in low light or bright -- or even if you forget to water it for weeks at a time. If you're too busy to water the typical houseplant, give this one a try. 

Because it's such a snap to grow we've added it to our exclusive Plants of Steel collection. 

Peace Lily

Peace lily -- also called Spathiphyllum -- is one of the most popular houseplants around. Why? It's easy to grow and produces a plethora of pretty, white flowers that look like callas. When it's not gracing us with beautiful blooms, peace lily's attractive glossy foliage adds a striking touch to indoor decor. 

Peace lily tolerates low, medium, or bright light -- though it blooms best in medium to bright spots. It likes plenty of moisture, too. 

Peace lily is also highly effective at filtering harmful chemicals from the air indoors. Learn about other plants in our O2 for You collection.

Learn more about growing peace lily. 

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm is a rugged little houseplant that's actually a slow-growing tree. Looking a bit like a bonsai, it features a thick trunk topped by an umbrella of thin, strappy leaves. It's not hard to imagine a ponytail palm residing on a tropical beach.

It's also wonderfully easy to grow, especially if you keep it in a warm, bright spot. In fact, it's so easy to grow we've included it in our exclusivePlants of Steel collection. 

Majesty Palm

No houseplant is better for adding a touch of the tropics to your home like majesty palm -- and that's one of the reasons its so popular. Bearing long, feathery fronds, it's perfect for filling empty corners and adding lovely texture to a room. A row of majesty palms makes a wonderful living screen or room divider.

Majesty palm prefers a bright spot with moist soil, though it's wonderfully adaptable.