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How to Identify Types of House Plants

By Lacy Enderson ; Updated July 21, 2017
Identify Types of House Plants

It is important to know what type of house plant you have in order to give the plant the finest care. If you do not know the proper watering instructions for your plant, you can easily over- or under-water the plant and kill it. If you know what type of plant you have, it's simple to obtain all of the information you will need to ensure that your plant lives a good long life.

Determine the shape of the leaves. Are they oval, short, round or long and skinny? The shape of the leaves is a simple way to identify a house plant. For example, an angel-wing begonia has angular leaves with a wing shape.

Write down the color of the leaves. Most people associate plant leaves with the color green, but there are many shades of green. Are the leaves white, yellow or gray?

Determine if the plant has flowers. What color are the flowers? Does the plant bloom all year or only occasionally? Are the flower blooms small or large?

Pay attention to the height of the house plant. Is the plant tall and thin, or short and wide?

Feel the texture of the leaves. They may be smooth, rough or rubbery. Most house plants have fine, medium or course texture.


About the Author


Lacy Enderson is an Addictions and Recovery Counselor. She is Certified with the American Association of Christian Therapists and holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling. She is currently enrolled in Liberty University's Master of Divinity Degree program with Chaplaincy. Lacy is a graduate of Rhema Correspondent Bible School and has completed the first section of Berean School of the Bible. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want to Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her newest novel is a teenage Christian fiction titled, "Honey Sweetheart."