Good Indoor Plants for the Office

Interior plants liven up working space and bring in a little of the outdoors. Live plants help clean the air and add color and texture to what may otherwise be a drab office. Choose species that are well-suited to your particular office environment. Some species require high light intensities to perform their best, whereas others do well and prefer medium or low light conditions.

Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) grows to 2 feet or more and has glossy, dark green, leathery, clumping leaves. Its leaves are simple and oblong to elliptic, up to 2 ½ feet long and 4 inches wide. It produces inconspicuous flowers. It prefers moist soil, medium humidity and monthly fertilization. Keep it in medium to low sunlight, such as 4 to 10 feet away from an east, south or west facing window.

Parlor Palm

Parlor palm (Chemaedorea elegans) is a small, single-trunk palm tree usually seen around 4 feet tall with a spread of 2 to 3 feet. It has long, graceful leaves that grow 18 to 36 inches long with 20 to 40 narrow leaflets. It has a 1 to 1 ½ inch wide slender green trunk with visible leaf scar rings. Parlor palms prefer well-drained soil and medium to low light level environments.


Pothos (Scindapsus pictus) is a very forgiving interior plant, requiring medium to low light and well-drained potting soil. Its 6-inch leaves are simple and heart-shaped, and dark green splotched with silver-gray above and very pale underneath. Pothos grows slowly, but reaches up to 40 feet long, so pruning is recommended as necessary.

Tricolor Wandering Jew

Tricolor wandering Jew (Zebrina pendula cv. Discolor) has very dense purple and green striped, trailing foliage. It is a good specimen for a hanging basket and requires well drained soils and high light intensity, such with placement within 4 feet of an east, south or west facing window.

English Ivy

English ivy (Hedera helix) is a woody vine of medium texture commonly grown indoors in pots or in hanging baskets. Its leaves are highly variable depending on the cultivar. Grow in medium to high sunlight in well-drained soil. Keep soil slightly moist and pinch leaves back to encourage bushiness. Prune to keep growth in check.

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Marie Roberts is a freelance writer based in north central Florida. She has a B.S. in horticultural sciences from the University of Florida. Roberts began writing in 2002 and is published in the "Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society."