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Zebrina Pendula (Inch Plant)

Scientific name: Zebrina pendula
Common name(s): wandering jew, inch plant
Origin: Mexico, Guatemala
Family: Commelinaceae
Light: medium to bright diffused
Watering: moderate
Fertilizing: an all-purpose mix every 1-2 months
Silver, green and purple leaves make this plant an eye catcher; it’s ease of care and adaptability make it a favorite. Zebrina is great as a groundcover in a mixed planter, as a hanging specimen, and also grows wonderfully in water gardens.

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Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)

Scientific name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Common name(s): ZZ plant, the toughest houseplant ever
Origin: Zanzibar
Family: Araceae
Light: medium to low
Watering: moderate moisture is best, but tolerates dry or soggy soil
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 3-4 months
This plant requires no green thumb. It is famed as the toughest houseplant ever. It tolerates all kinds of abuse (low light, soggy soil, drought, drafts) and no pests are known to bother it. It’s naturally shiny foliage always looks great. It grows very slowly and seldom needs repotting in fact it enjoys being rootbound. It’s only requirement is to keep it out of direct, hot sun.

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Yucca (Palm Lily)

Scientific name: Yucca
Common name(s): palm lily, false agave
Origin: The deserts of North and South America
Family: Liliaceae
Light: high to very high light
Watering: water thoroughly, then allow soil to dry out before watering again.
Fertilizing: use a cactus mix every 3 to 4 months
This is one of the toughest house plants around. While it won’t tolerate low light, it can endure dry air, dry soil, and cold drafts without ill effects. It is not extremely fast growing, but can eventually reach 6 feet tall. A must for homes with a desert, or southwestern decor.

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Tillandsia Cyanea (Pink Quill)

Scientific name: Tillandsia cyanea
Common name(s): pink quill plant, silver bird, wild pine
Origin: Equador
Family: Bromeliaceae
Light: medium to bright. Bright for blooming
Watering: let soil mostly dry between waterings.
Fertilizing: all purpose every 2-3 months
This fascinating plant adds a small piece of the tropics to any setting. Its bright pink central spike lasts for months, and in addition, along the sides, one by one large purple flowers unfold exuding a sweet clove like scent. (See also Bromeliad for more information)

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Tradescantia (Wandering Jew)

Scientific name: Tradescantia
Common name(s): inch plant, wandering jew
Origin: Central America, Tropical south America
Family: Commelinaceae
Light: medium-bright
Watering: moderate moisture, let soil surface dry a little between watering
Fertilizing: an all purpose mix every 1-2 months
These vines adapt gracefully to nearly any situation: terrariums, dish gardens, or water gardens, but looks most stunning when used as a hanging specimen. Beautiful, usually variegated, leaves come in many different varieties and colors.

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Saxifraga Sarmentosa (Strawberry Begonia)

Scientific name: Saxifraga sarmentosa
Common name(s): strawberry begonia, strawberry geranium
Origin: China
Family: Saxifragaceae
Light: medium to high
Watering: allow soil surface to dry between watering
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2-3 months
Unlike the common names might suggest, this plant is not a strawberry, a begonia, or a geranium, however like a strawberry, it sends out runners with small plantlets at the ends.
If they land in soil, they root and grow. They can either be snipped off and potted up are left to dangle attractively from the parent plant.

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Syngonium (Arrowhead)

Scientific name: Syngonium
Common name(s): nephthytis, white butterfly, arrowhead, goosefoot
Origin: tropical America
Family: Araceae
Light: medium to low
Watering: moderate even moisture, let soil dry slightly between watering
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2-3 months
Syngoniums are tropical vines with attractive arrow-shaped leaves that come in a variety of color variations. Younger plants are upright and bushy looking very unlike a vine, but as they mature, they send out vining stalks. They can be trained on a trellis or used as a hanging specimen. If desired they can also be kept as an upright and compact plant by winding the vines around and anchoring them in the soil around the main plant.

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Streptocarpus (Cape Primrose)

Scientific name: Streptocarpus
Common name(s): cape primrose, false African violet
Origin: southern Africa
Family: Gesneriaceae
Light: medium bright filtered light
Watering: allow soil to slightly dry between waterings
Fertilizing: An African violet mix can be used every 2 months spring and summer less if any fall and winter
This pretty flower would be more popular except it is rather hard to find. They are easy to care for and have beautiful flowers. They are great companion plants to African violets since they require almost identical care.

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Strelitzia Reginae (Bird of Paradise)

Scientific name: Strelitzia reginae
Common name(s): bird of paradise
Origin: Africa
Family: Musaceae
Light: high to very high light
Watering: water thoroughly, then allow soil to almost dry out before watering again
Fertilizer: all purpose blend monthly spring and summer, blossom booster to encourage blooms.
A slow growing plant, but one that is very satisfying to grow, this bird of paradise plant adds a tropical feel to any decor. It is tough, durable and very adaptable. Usually blooming begins after at least three years on mature plants with at least eight large leaves and with good light.

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Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)

Scientific name: Spathiphyllum
Common name(s): peace lily, white flag, white anthurium, white sails
Origin: tropical North and South America
Family: Araceae
Light: medium to low light (flowers less in very low light)
Watering: let soil surface dry between waterings
Fertilizing: all purpose mix every 2-3 months, occasional blossom booster to encourage flowering
This foliage plant is a popular one for offices and homes because it adapts to low light situations and it is fairly tolerant of neglect. It’s beautiful white flowers are an added bonus. Avoid putting it where it will get lots of cold drafts such as near an air conditioning vent.

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