Common Australian House Plants

Australia can be very dry and dusty. It's no wonder then that people in Australia would enjoy adding greenery to their lives, in the form of house plants. While anything from the eucalyptus family is commonly seen in gardens and homes, there are several other popular choices that have origins in other countries.

Areca Palm Tree

This palm is very easy to grow and a common houseplant in Australia. It is easy to maintain, and flourishes in all types of soil. The Areca palm does not need much attention, though it can be susceptible to the spider mite. This is a plant that prefers indirect sunlight, so be sure not to put it right in front of a window--5 to 8 feet away is optimal. Scientific name: Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

Lady Palm

Despite being native to China, this is another palm that is a common house plant in Australia, partly due to its adaptability to different soils and climates. This makes it extremely easy to care for. Lady Palms are slow to grow and foliage will sometimes bleach if exposed to too much sunlight. Scientific name: Rhapis excelsa

Bamboo Palm

Partial shade or shade suit the bamboo palm. Likewise, it is best to ensure the soil can drain and avoid overwatering. This is one of the few palms that can withstand very low temperatures, even below zero. Lucky owners of this plant might be treated with some yellow flowers from time to time. Scientific name: Chamaedorea seifrizii

Boston Fern

This houseplant is a staple the world over. Recently the Boston fern has gained added popularity in Australia due to research showing its air-purifying abilities. In fact, this research showed it the best of all plants tested at removing formaldehyde from the air, and also proved it to remove heavy metals, such as mercury, from soil. Scientific name: Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis"

Rubber Plant

A large outdoor tree in Southeast Asia, the rubber plant is an indoor plant in other regions. This is another common Australian houseplant gaining a reputation as a biological air purification unit, being especially adept at removing toxins from the air, even increasing efficiency over time. It's easy to grow and maintain, and prospers in a variety of environments. Scientific Name: Ficus elastica

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