In my recent plant propagation post, I was replying to The Parmigiana Whisperer when the idea for this new post came. She is right – plants are incredibly pretty and there are ones with stunning leaves. Flowers are great but everyday lovely foliage is even better. Below are my top 5 houseplants with to-die-for leaves!
1. Thai Calladium
Isn’t this leaf the most beautiful you have ever seen? Pink and vibrant, the Thai calladium is a lovely lady that belongs to fairytales, at least if it became human. It is so pretty!
The key to the nicest, pinkest leaves is bright, indirect light. Of course, there will be some regular leaves but the color encouraged by placing the calladium in high light.
I had plenty of these but they died over the wet season when our garden was unfortunately flooded. Calladiums in general hate sitting in wet soil. This also highlights the importance of keeping plant insurance.
2. Hoya Carnosa Compacta
This is the large intestine. It has to be. In the best possible way. Also known as hoya hindu rope, I cannot help but fall in love with these tight, chunky, and crunchy-looking leaves. I wish it was edible – like a crazy veg spaghetti!
My sister gave this to me last month and I was over the moon. This is a drought-tolerant slow grower so I do not expect much but this single vine is giving me life! I also only watered it once since I received it – super low maintenance.
3. Sedum Morganianum
I first saw the sedum morganianum or donkey tail or burro’s tail from one of Planterina’s houseplant tours and I was smitten. The leaves look like small fingers and in a bunch just makes a visually interesting plant. Mine is not bushy at all but it will be one day!
I heard some people pass them up because they drop too many leaves but my plants have so far been very well behaved. This is a plant I would also recommend to those who tend to forget about watering their plants – so forgiving and communicative. The leaves wrinkle when it needs water, similar to a hoya hindu rope actually.
4. Monstera Adansonii
I absolutely adore how this plant is more holes than leaves. Commonly known as Swiss cheese plant, the monstera adansonii was my wish list plant for so long until my sister gave one to me as a present.
The best part is they do not require daily watering and the cuttings propagate like a charm. From one string, we now have several pots and counting. I will not tire of propagating these monstera adansonii and giving them away to new gardeners!
5. Raven Zamioculcas
Your everyday ZZ plant may seem boring but paint the leaves black and it suddenly has character. This raven ZZ is one of the earliest plants gifted to us when we moved to the tiny house last year. It really has not done much except put out this third shoot and be Wednesday Adams gorgeous every day, and honestly, what more can we ask for?
The new growth starts green and is gradually consumed with darkness. Stunning. Bonus: we rarely water this plant – only when the leaves feel papery or the base starts wrinkling.
What do you think of these houseplants? Are they pretty enough for you? On top of that, they are all low-maintenance and easy-care that even beginners can grow them. Oh, just get houseplants already and be my plant friend!