Non Flowering House Plants

Non-flowering house plants add beauty with their green or variegated foliage and attractive shapes. These plants often do well in low-light situations and are easy to care for. They don't produce messy blossoms that have to be cleaned up. Non-flowering house plants are popular choices for offices, hotels and homes.


Dracaena (Dracaena sp) has long, slender leaves emanating from a slender stem. The leaves may be solid green or variegated. Some varieties, such as Dracaena marginata, have very spiky leaves while others resemble stalks of corn (Dracaena fragrans). Dracaenas do best in medium light, and the soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings.

Norfolk Pine

The Norfolk Pine (Araucaria sp) resembles a miniature pine tree, and many households decorate these trees for Christmas as a living Christmas tree. Norfolk pines like bright light and should be kept out of drafts in a cooler spot in the room. Water regularly, but don't keep the soil too damp.


Several varieties of philodendron (Philodendron sp) such as heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum) and split-leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa), are popular house plants. This vining plant with large heart shaped leaves may be either variegated or solid green. The vine can be twined up and across furniture, on trellises or curtain rods. It does well in low light and thrives if the soil is kept slightly moist. The leaves can be rooted in water to start new plants.

Pothos Ivy

Pothos Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) resembles philodendron, with variegated or solid green heart shaped leaves on trailing vines. Pothos has a ridged vein down the center of the leaf, where philodendron does not. Pothos likes moist soil and is a houseplant that does well in low light.


Sansevieria (Sansevieria zeylanica) is also known as snake plant and mother in law tongue. This upright plant with sharp pointed, slender dark green blades does well in low-light conditions and continues to thrive even if the soil gets a little dry. It's a low-care choice that can brighten a dark corner.

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