Good Plants for the Office

Office plants need to be able to survive on low natural light and a dry humidity. Houseplants can deal with these issues and live well inside an office space. Plants that are good for the office will need to be container plants that can live indoors. Some good plants for the office are listed and any of these choices would do fine.


Oysterplant, or Tradescantia spathacea, is from the Commelinaceae, or spiderwort, family. It is an easy-to-grow evergreen perennial that is drought-resistant. Leaves are 5 to 12 inches long and sword like. Flowers are white and hidden inside purple bracts. Plant the oysterplant in light shade or bright sun in moist soil. Propagate via cuttings in spring or seed.

Autumn Crocus

Autumn Crocus, or Colchicum autumnale, is from the Liliaceae, or lily, family. It is a perennial. Flowers are 5 to 7 inches tall and 2 to 3 inches wide in white, purple, pink or lavender. Leaves are 6 to 12 inches long and strap like. It prefers to be planted in full sun or partial shade in well drained soil. Propagate via division every three years.

Cape Aloe

Cape Aloe, or Aloe ferox, is from the Liliaceae, or lily, family. It is an evergreen perennial with 50 to 60 leaves that are 3 feet long and fleshy. Reddish orange flowers are 2 to 4 feet tall above its leaves. Plant a cape aloe in well drained soil in full sun. Propagate via seed or stem cuttings.


Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum hybrid, is from the Amaryllidaceae, or amaryllis, family. It is a perennial. There are 6-inch blooms, 2 to 7 at a time, on 18- to 20-inch stems. 16 to 20 inch leaves are dark green and strap like. Flowers are in the hues of white, red, orange or pink. Plant an amaryllis in filtered sun or indoors in bright indirect lighting. Propagate via seeds or bulb offsets.

Venus Flytrap

Venus Flytrap, or Dionaea muscipula, is from the Droseraceae, or sundew, family. It is a perennial. There are 4- to 6-inch rosettes of leaves that are traps for insects. Flowers are white and in May or June. This requires indoor bright light or outdoor partial sun. Keep wet soil for good results. Propagate via seed, division or leaf cuttings in spring and summer.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.