23 of the Most Beautiful Indoor Plants to Add to Your Collection

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You've bought as many cheap houseplants as you can stand, and you've moved past the low-maintenance only category. Now, you might be looking for some beauty to add to your indoor jungle—you want a houseplant that's going to be so striking, it stops you in your tracks.

Whether it's colorful blooms, peculiar leaves, or just sheer height, these 25 houseplants are sure to bring some beauty to your collection.

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Polka Dot Begonia

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  • Botanical NameBegonia maculata
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: High moisture-rich potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

The Polka Dot Begonia (Begonia maculata) might be one of the cutest houseplants we ever did see. As if its long leaves with white polka dots aren't adorable enough, this houseplant can even bloom if grown under the right conditions.

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Silver Satin Philodendron

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  • Botanical Name: Scindapsus pictus 
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.1 to 6.5

Scindapsus (Scindapsus pictus), also known as the silver philodendron, has large dark green leaves with silver splotches. Its vines flow so beautifully, and its leaves are so large, it definitely earns its spot on the beautiful houseplant list.

Scindapsus plants prefer indirect light and weekly waterings but can also adapt to a variety of conditions.

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African Violets

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  • Botanical Name: Streptocarpus ionanthus
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Loose, porous, well-draining soil mix
  • Soil pH: 5.8 – 6.2

African violets (Streptocarpus ionanthus) are a more intermediate-level housecare plant, but once you get the hang of it, their beautiful blooms will make it worth it. These flowering plants like bright, indirect light and watering when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. They have very delicate roots, so be careful not to overwater.

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Hoya Carnosa

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  • Botanical Name: Hoya carnosa
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark mix
  • Soil pH: 6.o to 6.5

Hoya carnosa, also known as the Wax Plant, earns its spot on the beautiful houseplant list for its fragrant blooms. Under the right conditions, a mature Hoya can produce clusters of waxy pink flowers that will fill your space with a sweet, sweet fragrance.

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Hindu Rope Hoya

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  • Botanical Name: Hoya Carnosa 'Compacta'
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting mix
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 6.5

Hindu Rope Hoya (Hoya Carnosa 'Compacta') boasts such a unique look with its thick, waxy, ruffled leaves, and it's sure to add beauty to your space.

These thick leaves store a lot of water, so be careful not to overwater your Hoya.

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Bird of Paradise

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  • Botanical name: Strelitzia reginae
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: loamy, well-draining soil
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5

The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is a breathtaking houseplant. Its height alone makes it a showstopper, but its beautiful oversized leaves hold your attention. Adding a Bird of Paradise to your houseplant collection is sure to make a statement.

While this plant can thrive in various light conditions, it will do best in bright, indirect sunlight, with regular watering when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.

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Swiss Cheese Plant

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  • Botanical Name: Monstera deliciosa
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.0

The Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa) is a class favorite among houseplant lovers. Its oversized large, swiss cheese-like leaves make it interesting to look at, and when it's happy, it will sprawl out in all directions.

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Fitonnia

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  • Botanical Name: Fittonia spp.
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining soil that holds moisture
  • Soil pH: 6.5

Fittonia, commonly called Nerve Plants for their veiny leaves, are drama queens when it comes to plant care, but they are adorable, so it makes it worth it. Fittonia like to have moist but not soggy soil at all times and just the right amount of bright, indirect light. If they are happy with their conditions, their colors will shine and fill your space with joy.

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Fiddle-Leaf Fig

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  • Botanical Name: Ficus lyrata
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light, and some direct sun
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, indoor potting mix
  • Soil pH: 6.0–7.0

If the Fiddle-Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) had a skincare routine, it would definitely be 10+ steps. While this plant is known for being finicky (if you find a spot it likes, don't move it), once you get the hang of its care routine, it will reward you with beautiful, voluptuous leaves and steady new growth.

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Ladyfinger Cactus

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  • Botanical Name: Mammillaria elongata
  • Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
  • Soil Type: Cactus or succulent mix
  • Soil pH: 6.1-6.5

The Ladyfinger Cactus (Mammillaria elongata) is a particularly interesting-looking cactus due to its long and fingerlike growths. Cactus love sunshine and don't love being overwatered, so be careful not to give too much love to this plant.

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Triostar Stromanthe

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  • Botanical NameStromanthe thalia
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6..0-8.0

The Triostar Stromanthe's (Stromanthe thalia) beauty speaks for itself. As a member of the prayer plant family, its unusual characteristic of folding itself up in prayer at night only adds to the mystery of this striking pink, yellow, and green houseplant.

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Bromeliad

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  • Botanical Name: Bromeliaceae
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting mix or soilless mix
  • Soil pH: 4.0–7.0

The Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae), also known as the Friendship Plant, has one large, beautiful bloom coming from its center, making it a gorgeous centerpiece for a table. Their blooms can last up to 6 months, so you can enjoy their beauty all season long.

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Yucca Tree

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  • Botanical Name: Yucca gigantea
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to low light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 5.5–7.5

Yucca plants (Yucca gigantea), also known as Adam's needle, are sure to give an exotic look to your space. They're also so easy to care for: drought-tolerant and capable of thriving in any light condition—water when their soil is dry to the touch.

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Dumb Cane Plant

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  • Botanical Name: Dieffenbachia
  • Sun Exposure: Low, medium, or bright light
  • Soil Type: Moist and well-drained
  • Soil pH: 6.1–6.5

The dumb cane plant (Dieffenbachia) earned its name because if you eat its leaves, it can cause swelling in the tongue and mouth, leaving you speechless (temporarily).

Why would you want a plant like that in your home? Well, because it's beautiful. Its large leaves with different shades of green fan out, creating a full, voluptuous houseplant. Just keep it away from any animals that might like its leaves as a snack.

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Alocasia

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  • Botanical Name: Alocasia amazonica
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5

Alocasia (Alocasia amazonica), also known as Elephant Ears, has unique leaves, earning them a highly sought-after spot on the beautiful indoor plants' list.

Alocasia requires a little more intermediate-level care, as they prefer consistently moist soil and love humidity, so be sure to give them a daily mist.

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Parlor Palm

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  • Botanical Name: Chamaedorea Elegans
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained cactus, palm, or potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.1–7.5

The Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is an easy-to-care-for houseplant that comes in a variety of sizes. It can tolerate low light and also be happy in bright, indirect light making it a beautiful and versatile choice for your collection.

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Pancake Plant

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  • Botanical Name: Pilea peperomioides
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0–7.0

The Pancake Plant (Pilea peperomioides) boasts tiny circular leaves resembling coins or silver dollar pancakes, earning them the nicknames of a coin plant, missionary plant, and Chinese money plant. Pancake Plants prefer bright, indirect light and like to dry out in between waterings.

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Bird's Nest Fern

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  • Botanical Name: Asplenium nidus
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect light; some shade
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 5.0–5.5

The Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) isn't as overpowering as others in the fern family. This small, adorable plant has ruffled leaves that make it a fun addition to a WFH desk or in a hanging planter.

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Algerian Ivy

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  • Botanical Name: Hedera canariensis
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.5

There are many different types of ivy, and their trailing vines can all be beautiful, but the daintiness of Algerian Ivy (Hedera canariensis) makes it a winner in this category. The ivory trim on the green leaves as they trail out of the planter can make any space more luxurious.

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Golden Pothos

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  • Botanical NameEpipremnum aureum
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting mix
  • Soil pH: 6.1 to 6.5

Pothos are such popular houseplants for a reason, and Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) takes the cake on beauty. Its golden streaks on the leaves as they trail along a wall, shelf, or out of a hanging basket make this easy to care for plant a must-have.

Golden Pothos can do well in various light conditions but might show a brighter "golden" variation when exposed to more light.

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Air Plant

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  • Botanical Name: Tillandsia
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: N/A
  • Soil pH: N/A

Air plants (Tillandsia) have such a striking appearance and are so easy to care for. You need to add one to your collection, even if it's just sitting on a bookcase. Since they don't have to be bogged down by soil in a planter, there are various creative ways to display them.

To water your air plant, submerge it in water for about 20 minutes and then allow it to dry facedown on a towel for 2-3 hours.

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Staghorn Fern

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  • Botanical Name: Platycerium bifurcatum
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: n/a (epiphytic)
  • Soil pH: n/a (epiphytic)

Staghorn Ferns (Platycerium bifurcatum) can be mounted to the wall, earning them major cool points in the design world. How do you water a plant that is mounted to your wall? The same way you'd water an air plant—give the whole thing a good soak every so often and let it dry before placing it back on the wall.

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Ponytail Palm

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  • Botanical Name: Beaucarnea recurvata
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light to full sun
  • Soil Type: sandy, well-draining soil mix
  • Soil pH: 6.5 – 7.5

The Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) is sure to add some fun to your houseplant collection. Its slim leaves bunch together at the top of the stem and then flow out like a high ponytail.

Whether it's a tall Bird of Paradise or a dainty Fittonia plant, your plant collection will definitely get a glow-up with any of these beautiful plant additions.

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