Swiss cheese plants' iconic leaves help them to avoid stress, according to a US scientist. Their familiar hole-riddled leaves allow the plants to capture sunlight more regularly, his research suggests. The counterintuitive idea explains how such plants can survive in shady rainforests. Commonly grown as house plants, they are found in the wild from southern Mexico to Colombia.
African Mask - - - Also known as the African mask or Kris plant, Alocasia doesn’t come from Africa at all. It gets its name from its resemblance to the hand carved ceremonial masks found there but actually hails from the Philippine Islands. There are over fifty species of the Kris plant and Alocasia hybrids. Grown for its striking foliage, the African mask plant is not an easy care houseplant.
Succulents for Late-Season Color. Succulents have become stars of the summer garden world over the past few years, and it’s easy to see why. Water-wise, fuss-free, sculptural, colorful and just plain cool, they’re one of this decade’s must-have plants. From the large leaves and colorful blooms of echeveria to cold-hardy stonecrop and the spectacular flowers of South African agave-like aloes, there’s a succulent to brighten most winter gardens.
8 Best Plants to Grow Indoors Mother-in-law’s Tongue converts CO2 at night (so it is suggested that it be placed in a bedroom), and removes toxins in the home. It prefers sun, but it is a very forgiving plant and will tolerate shade. Let the soil dry between waterings, and err on the side of underwatering.