Varieties of House Plants

Houseplants are generally grown for decorative, ornamental purposes, but they are also commonly grown to promote good health (such as air purification). There are many popular varieties of houseplants. However, the majority of them are either semi-tropical or tropical.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a popular houseplant that is simple to care for and maintain. It is cultivated via a large bulb. The flowers of the Amaryllis are red, orange, pink or white in color, and are shaped similarly to trumpets. The flower stalks are thick, each with between four and six flowers (which oftentimes have a diameter of more than 6 inches). During the wintertime, its flowers are showy and attractive. The leaves are shaped like straps. These houseplants require bright light.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen is a type of flowering plant that is part of the Myrsinaceae family. It is a genus that has 23 different varieties. It is also often known as Persian violet (though it is not a violet), primrose (though it also isn't a primrose) and sowbread. The common houseplants originate in the Mediterranean region, and are herbaceous and perennial. The leaves of the cyclamen are triangular or circular in shape, and tend to have silvery marks in the center (the marks are shaped like horseshoes). The flowers appear in the fall, and come in several different colors, which include light pink, reddish purple and white. The flowers either have four or five petals.

Yucca Gloriosa

Yucca gloriosa is a well-known houseplant. The plant is also known as mound-lily yucca, Spanish dagger, sea islands yucca, Spanish bayonet and soft-tipped yucca. It is an evergreen shrub that stands erect. They are part of the Agavaceae family. The leaves of the Yucca gloriosa are shaped like swords and are approximately 2 to 3 inches in length and 2 inches in width. The leaves of the plant are either grayish or bluish green, and have pointy tips and smooth margins. The flowers are showy and fragrant, and are a white color, but have soft purplish tinges. The plants originate in southeastern regions of the North America, on shell mounds and coastal dunes by the Atlantic Ocean (from northeastern Florida all the way up to North Carolina).

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