26 Easy Houseplants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill
Ah... it’s the end of a long day, and you want nothing more than to plop on your couch and zone out. Before deep-diving into the latest season of You (or whatever you’re bingeing these days), you look around and notice something’s keeping you from being able to truly unwind. Maybe it’s time to breathe new life into the space—literally. Interior designers everywhere rely on houseplants to instantly transform any area into a chic, Zen-like space. So how can you incorporate this decor tip if it seems like you’ve been cursed with the plant-killing tendencies of the world’s worst black thumb? We’ve rounded up 26 easy houseplants that are not only eye-catching but also nearly impossible to kill.
Best houseplants if you water too often
You understand the concept of watering your flora, but perhaps you tend to overdo it. Fret not, these plants can handle a little extra H2O.
1. Chinese Evergreen
With leaves in varying colors such as mint green, light pink and even a fiery red, you’ll be sure to find a fit that’s right for you.
2. Guiana ChestnutAlso known as the money tree, the Guiana chestnut’s branches can be braided while the plant is young, making for a perfect statement piece.
3. Peace Lily:Beautiful and functional, the peace lily also serves as a natural air purifier.
Best houseplants if you can’t keep up with watering
You love the look and feel of greenery everywhere but always fall behind on the watering schedule. Never fear, we’ve got you: These low-maintenance plants can go several weeks without the need to be rewatered, so there’s less panic when you realize you’ve given them a season of drought.
4. Yucca Plant:
If your space is in need of a little tropical influence, look no further than the yucca plant.
5. BegoniaThis flowering plant might remind you of the sweet springtime, but you’ll love it most in the winter, when it requires even less watering than normal.
6. Devil's Ivy/PothosRaved by many as the easiest houseplant for beginners, consider the pothos your gateway to finally becoming a plant lady (or man).
7. FicusAs if you needed yet another reason to buy a hanging plant, the ficus requires watering only when its soil is noticeably dry.
BEST HOUSEPLANTS IF YOU HAVE LITTLE TO NO NATURAL LIGHT
Whether your apartment doesn’t get much sunlight (ahem, every abode in NYC), you want to freshen up a dull corner or you’re in search of some low-key office decor, these plants will survive in the darkest of settings.
8. Dragon Tree
Pet owners beware—This exotic-looking houseplant (like some others) is toxic to dogs and cats.
9. PeperomiaPerfect for the office, the peperomia houseplant flourishes under fluorescent lights.
10. Crown of ThornsIt doesn’t get its name for nothing. The crown of thorns is known for its prickly and sticky vines, but those colorful blooms are so worth it.
Best houseplants if you have tons of windows
Yes, some plants thrive on nothing more than a little sunlight. The options below thrive in indirect lighting and not much else, which—lucky for you—you have in abundance.
Consider the Bromeliad the gift that keeps on giving! Keep this houseplant thriving and reap the benefits of its sprouts by repotting them time after time.
12. Shamrock plantKeep this shamrock plant within indirect light and be ready to receive fresh blooms (and lucky days) ahead.
13. Asparagus FernIf you tend to change your room setup often, opt for the asparagus fern, as it tends to thrive in both low and very bright light settings.
Best houseplants if your AC makes the air really dry
Flashback to science class when photosynthesis was the coolest word you knew. These plants act as natural air purifiers by replacing toxins in the air with the good stuff you actually want to be breathing.
It’s air purifying and it soothes burns (like when you accidentally scorch yourself making pasta pie). What more could you ask for?
15. Kimberly Queen FernElectric air purifiers are no match for the Kimberly Queen fern.
16. Red-Edged DracaenaAlso known as the dragon tree, the red-edged dracaena is a natural air purifier that grows in little to lots of light.
17. Spider plantA weekly watering schedule is all it takes to keep a spider plant alive and well. Bonus: It can be replanted and given as a gift!
Best houseplants if you like your home on the cooler side
If you’ve always scoffed at the fact that 72°F is considered room temperature, consider these plants your optimal roommate.
18. English Ivy
Hang this one near a windowsill and let it enjoy a cool draft.
19. Rubber Tree/Rubber PlantIts high-shine leaves will make your houseguests wonder if this plant is even real.
20. KalanchoeA succulent at heart, this plant can tolerate dry climates and cool temps.
21. Chinese money plantOften thought of as a botanical hand-me-down, the best way to acquire one of these plants is probably from a friend, as they’re not easily found in plant nurseries.
Best houseplants if you just can’t take care of a living thing:
If you’ve gotten this far and you’re thinking, Yep, all of the above, there is still hope in the form of a live plant just for you! These vines are capable of surviving anything from infrequent watering to no sunlight—and one of our picks doesn’t even need soil! Talk about indestructible.
22. Snake plant:
Known to many as the mother-in-law’s tongue, this cutie can go more than a month without water and survive a wide range of temperatures and lighting conditions.