8 Houseplants That Are Easy to Care For

House plant

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Some plants are finicky — they need everything just so, and any deviation often results in a dead houseplant. Indoor plants offer humans many benefits — from cleaning the air to helping boost focus and creativity. So even if you haven’t had much luck caring for houseplants in the past, these ones might just be worth giving a shot. Here are 8 houseplants that are easy to care for.

Some of the plants on this list are toxic to pets. For more information about the safety of specific plants, consult the ASPCA's searchable database.

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ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ plant

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The ZZ plant, sometimes referred to as an aroid palm, grows well in a variety of light intensities. They do best when watered regularly, but should be well-drained before each time. The ZZ plant can be easily propagated by leaf cuttings or through division. Its name comes, in part, from the Arabic name for an elephant’s ear.

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Part shade to full shade.
  • Water: Medium.
  • Soil: Medium moisture and well-drained.
  • Pet Safety: Toxic to cats and dogs.
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Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides)

Spanish moss

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Spanish moss is what’s known as an epiphyte, meaning that it is rootless and often can be found hanging from trees like bald cypress or live oak. This air plant prefers to be misted daily and likes full sun to partial shade. Spanish moss is often used in floral arrangements or as an ornamental feature in gardens.

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Full sun to part shade.
  • Water: Medium.
  • Soil: None.
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Jade plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade plant

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This broadleaf evergreen plant prefers well-drained soils and plenty of bright sunlight, although it tolerates occasional shade. The jade plant’s succulent stems often give it the look of a little tree and the small white or pink flowers that grow on it in the springtime only add to its beauty.

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Part shade.
  • Water: Medium.
  • Soil: Loamy and well-drained.
  • Pet Safety: Toxic to cats and dogs.


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Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)

cast iron plant

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The cast-iron plant is one of the easiest plants to care for, as it tolerates low light and varied temperatures, while not requiring humidity or regular watering. Despite the apparent ease of keeping a cast-iron plant, it does not do well in direct sunlight. The plant’s glossy leaves grow up to 2 feet tall and 4 inches wide.

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Part shade to full shade.
  • Water: Medium.
  • Soil: Well-drained and peaty potting mixture.
  • Pet Safety: Nontoxic to cats and dogs.
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Aloe (Aloe vera)

aloe vera houseplant

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Best known for its gel-like sap used to soothe cuts, scrapes, and burns, aloe requires well-drained potting loams and prefers full sun, although it can tolerate part shade, too. Aloe plants can be easily propagated, so consider giving one to a friend for a thoughtful summertime gift. Keep a watchful eye out for mealy bugs.

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Full sun.
  • Water: Dry.
  • Soil: Sandy, well-drained, commercial potting loam.
  • Pet Safety: Toxic to cats and dogs.
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Snake plant (Sanseviera trifasciata)

snake plant

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I am not sure what the snake plant did to get such a bad reputation, but just look at these aliases: mother-in-law's tongue and viper's bowstring? All the while, this lovely native of tropical West Africa is an air-cleaning dynamo and easy to care for. While it likes bright light, it will endure in lower light and can live in just about any room of the house. As for watering, a little accidental neglect will not kill it.

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Part shade.
  • Water: Medium.
  • Soil: Well-drained, potting mix.
  • Pet Safety: Toxic to cats and dogs.


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Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Oregano

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A flavorful herb, oregano makes for a great houseplant for the beginner gardener. This aromatic herb has good heat and drought tolerance and doesn’t mind a bit of shade. Once harvested, oregano has the added benefit of adding a tasty flavoring to everything from bread to stews.

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Full sun.
  • Water: Dry to medium.
  • Soil: Gritty, sandy loams.
  • Pet Safety: Toxic to cats and dogs.
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Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

lucky bamboo

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Lucky bamboo isn't really bamboo, though it looks like it. A native to Cameroon, lucky bamboo prefers evenly distributed, moist soil and indirect sunlight. Of particular interest to house plant aficionados is that the stalks of lucky bamboo can be trained to form a variety of patterns — from spirals to braids.

Plant Care Tips

  • Light: Part shade to full shade.
  • Water: Low.
  • Soil: Evenly moist soil or in water with a substrate of pebbles.
  • Pet Safety: Toxic to cats and dogs.