Houseplants 🌱

In this post, we share our 17 favorite potted friends. (And stay tuned for a succulent edition!) Even though we spend most of our time working outside in Austin, Texas on modern landscape design/builds featuring native and adaptive plants, we care about our indoor greenery just as much.

Calathea 'Pinstripe Plant'

Pinstripe Calathea

Calathea Ornata var 'ornata

This Calathea Ornata is a tropical plant with bands of color giving way to its common name: Pinstripe plant. Within the family of the prayer plant, it also goes by the nickname "striped" and will fold its leaves at night. This plant originates from South America (Columbia, Venezuela). It loves to be moist, water before the soil starts to dry out. Bright indirect sunlight throughout the day, best when close to a south facing window that has a thin curtain or some shade.

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Stromanthe 'Triostar'

Triostar / Tristar Stromanthe

Stromanthe sanguinea

Also hailing from the prayer plant family, this glossy green and vivid pastel variegated Triostar thrives in indirect light with high humidity and enjoys being misted regularly. Like the above Calathea Ornata, its leaves will naturally fold up at sunset. Stromanthe sanguinea is non-toxic to cats and dogs and is native to the jungles of Brazil.

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Corn Plant

Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'

Commonly known as The Corn Plant, this is an easy-to-find, hearty and adaptable, slow growing shrub that is native to Africa. This corn plant can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions and can withstand bouts of neglect. Beware: this is toxic if ingested by your pets.

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Colocasia 'Elephant Ear'

Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta

Our friend to the right is aptly nicknamed The Elephant Ear plant for its large heart-shaped leaves. This potted plant offers a lush and dramatic effect and can be grown in full sun but generally prefer partial shade. This flowering plant is native to southeastern Asia and India and can get to be evasive in outdoor wetlands with their strong tuber stems. This plant *is* poisonous to your furry housemates.

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Rubber Tree Plant

Rubber Tree Plant

Ficus elastica

The rubber plant/tree, can grow indoors from 1ft to over 8ft tall. This species is an easy to care for ornamental plant that can grow well in low light conditions but do best in a brightly lit spot, without direct sunlight. Overwatering or cold temperatures adversely impact this shiny fig. If your pets are attracted to plants. keep this one out of reach.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Ficus lyrata

Named from the fiddle shape of their broad leaves, these trees can grow 60' to 100' tall in its native western Afric