Uncommon Plants We Love – 10 Indoor Plants We Are Obsessed With
One of the favorite questions we often get asked is “what are the best less common indoor plants?” Because the secret is out that indoor plants are healthy, more and more homes and businesses make indoor plants part of standard decor.
In fact, you would be amazed that there are now over 1.2M posts about indoor plants on Instagram alone (no, they are not all ours) and the number is steadily rising. Yes, indoor plants are beneficial but why the craze over these indoor beauties?
For one, plants purify the air inside the room and second, they also add an aesthetic value to the overall design of your home or your office. Most indoor plants don’t require intensive care either, as long as they are matched well to the proper room conditions for them to thrive.
Research has also shown that having indoor plants can greatly reduce stress and improve concentration. So, this all helps explain why there is a growing interest in indoor plants and why their growers never seem to have enough.
If you’re eager to start your indoor plant collection at home or in your office or commercial space or simply want to add more, we have rounded up some of the less common indoor plants that are our favorite recommendations.
Less Common Indoor Plants That We Love And You Will Too
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
This indoor plant has become very trendy and actually, contrary to the goal of this list, very popular, so maybe not so uncommon after all. Why has it become so popular lately? Because of its striking appearance, and the fact that it looks great in homes, offices, and even very large commercial spaces.
Fiddle Leaf Fig is a rainforest plant, or rather, a tree that is commonly found in tropical areas. It has very large leaves, part of what makes it so beautiful to look at. If planted outside, it can grow as tall as 50 feet. But in pots, its maximum height is usually about 10 feet. It loves being placed near a window under bright but indirect sunlight.
- Homalomena Emerald Gem
Also loved for its big and impressive heart-shaped leaves and red-toned stalks, Homalomena Emerald Gem is indeed quite a gem in the indoor plant collection. Taking care of this beauty is easy as Homalomenas require low sunlight and are very resilient.
They are hard to come by, thus, if you see one, snap it up quickly before somebody else takes pride in having one in their home or office.
- Umbrella Tree
Having an umbrella tree inside your home or your office is an ideal choice if you want to adorn that boring nook or blank space with just a single pot. They have glossy and fast-growing clusters of green leaves that arch downwards resembling an open umbrella.
It’s also a bushy and tall plant, similar to the Fiddle Leaf Fig and caring for it is way easier as it can stand being without water for several weeks.
- Ficus Audrey
For a little variation on the texture, Ficus Audrey can be your next best bet. Its leaves have a velvety texture and it can also grow as tall as the Fiddle Leaf Fig. The white trunk thickens as it matures adding more style to its minimalist but striking appeal.
This plant loves indirect but bright sun and prefers to be allowed to dry-out a bit between watering periods.
- Pothos Jade (Non-Variegated)
The variegated version of the Devil’s Ivy is common and everybody loves it. Its non-variegated sister, on the other hand, can offer the same aesthetic beauty with its solid green leaves.
This indoor plant is the perfect choice if you adore dangling graceful vines when placed on a shelf or in a hanging pot. Taking care of them is easy enough and won’t require too much attention as long as they get some light and occasional watering.
- Alocasia Ebony
Alocasia Ebony or Ebony Elephant Ears made it to this list because of its tropical and lush effect when placed indoors. A native plant in Asia, its long, large, pointy leaves have a distinct arrow shape and wavy edges with a mash of light green and silver for its veins.
The Alocasia Ebony can grow from as small as 6 inches up to the size of a tree and requires sunlight but not direct, with infrequent watering. Just a word precaution here though because this plant is considered poisonous and must be placed away from children and pets.
- Bird’s Nest Anthurium
Another show stealer is the Anthurium Plowmanii or Bird’s Nest Anthurium. Unlike the other anthurium varieties, this type has huge and wavy leaves, which is one of its best attributes. It only requires medium light and a slightly moist soil, making it easier to care for this plant.
- Sansevieria Hallii
Also called Baseball Bat Sansevieria, this plant is one of the hundreds of varieties of its kind. This particular variety has thick and large stems compared to the usual flat leaves that we commonly see in plant stores. It’s easy to take care of the Sansevieria Hallii as it grows well under the bright light of the sun with minimal watering.
- Euphorbia Francoisii
Categorized as a succulent, this plant has shiny wavy leaves and grows at a slow rate. There are various leaf colors to choose from for this plant depending on the variety. They can be green, a dark blackish color, white and silver with red veins and also change depending on the seasons. Euphorbia Francoisii is drought-tolerant and thrives in a well-drained soil under minimal sunlight.
- Columnea “Firebird”
A native to South America, Columnea is one of the less common indoor plants which can add color to a collection of indoor plants. It grows flowers abundantly and the perfect spot to place this plant is in a hanging pot or basket. Regular trimming always does the trick to keep it in its compact form.
The ongoing and increased passion for growing less common indoor plants lately can be attributed to the sensation that people get every time they see plants called “biophilia.” It’s described as an innate tendency to commune with nature and other forms of life.
In the interior landscaping industry, a biophilic design has been proven to enhance creativity and clear thinking.
At home, you can go heavy on indoor plants in a study area, library room, or the patio with some “green” touches in your living room, dining area, and kitchen. For your office or commercial stores, the lobby will be the perfect spot as this is the first area inside your building that your clients, guests, and visitors see and often spend time in. You may also add a “green living wall” or a few potted and hanging plants in the work stations for your employees’ increased productivity.
Styling of indoor plants is an in-demand service nowadays and if you find yourself in need of a plant specialist who can also transform your home or your office with biophilic designs, our own team of highly-trained plant specialists can help you pick the right set of plants for your indoor decor.
Don’t be left behind in this indoor plant craze, join the crowd, and start gracing those social media walls with those beautiful photos of your thriving and green babies.
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