Offices typically have dry air and low natural light. Select the proper plants for your office to prevent your plants from withering and dying. Bring a bit of the outdoors inside with good, stable office plants. Plants that work for offices also work well as house plants.
South American Air Plant
South American air plant, or Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi, is from the Crassulaceae, or orpine, family. It is an evergreen perennial that is drought resistant and easy to grow. A succulent, South American air plant has a height of 2 feet tall and blue-green, fleshy leaves 1 to 2 inches long. Purple red or reddish brown flowers are ¾ inch long, bell shaped and clustered. Do not put your air plant in a window, as it requires partial shade.
Flame nettle, or Coleus x hybridus, is from the Lamiaceae/Labiatae, or mint, family. It is a fast, easy-growing plant that can be a perennial or evergreen, depending on growth factors. The flame nettle can grow from 1 to 6 feet tall with 1 to 8 inch velvety leaves. Leaves are red, cream, purple, yellow, pink, white or maroon. Flowers are blue or purple. Position the plant near a window and propagate via cuttings or seed.
Mexican False Heather
Mexican false heather, or Cuphea hyssopifolia, is from the Lythraceae, or loosestrife, family. It is a perennial evergreen, and attracts butterflies. It will get up to 24 inches tall with 12-to-18 inch feathery leaves and small flowers. Position a Mexican false heather in bright, but indirect light.
Gerber daisy, or Gerbera jamesonii, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is an easy-to-grow perennial. Leaves are 8 to 10 inches long and coarse with flowers that are 2 1/2 to 5 inches wide. Flowers come in a wide variety of colors. Position Gerber daisies in windowsills.
Primrose, or Primula vulgaris, is from the Primulaceae, or primrose, family. It is an annual or perennial, depending on growth habit, and it is an evergreen. Leaves get up to 10 inches long with fragrant flowers that are 1 inch wide and rise 6 inches over leaves. Position primrose in filtered light, but not direct sun. Rich moisture retentive soils work best.