9 Low-Risk High-Reward Indoor Plants

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Sometimes, it’s nice to start an indoor garden with plants that are a little (or a lot) less demanding about their environment and care. It's not too much to ask for a plant that will be forgiving of inconsistencies and still flourish!

Whether you’re newer to indoor gardening or just prefer plants that thrive with minimal effort (who doesn’t like that?!), the following plants are not only easy to care for but also quick-growing and/or prolific bloomers. Find success with these beautiful plants and enjoy all they have to offer!

Epipremnum aureum  'Pearls and Jade'

Epipremnum aureum 'Pearls and Jade'

1.      Pothos (Epipremnum aureum cvs.)

Why you’ll love it: Pothos are undemanding, easy-care plants that offer a lot of lush greenery from just one plant! They will tolerate a variety of light conditions from low to medium/high light, so they are perfect for those dim corners you want to liven up. Pothos are also great at purifying the air!


Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa

2.      Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)

Why you’ll love it: This larger plant boasts over-sized tropical leaves that grow quickly! The Split Leaf Philodendron is an easy-going, low-maintenance plant that will tolerate low light levels but prefers medium light.


Spathiphyllum wallisii

Spathiphyllum wallisii

3.      Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Why you’ll love it: These are prolific blooming plants! With adequate light, Peace lilies will bloom nearly 9 months of the year! These plants are forgiving and thrive in low to medium light. They also clean the air of the room they’re in.  


Anthurium andreanum

Anthurium andreanum

4.      Flamingo Flower (Anthurium andreanum)

Why you’ll love it: This plant flowers continuously and the blooms are long-lasting. These are easy-care plants that may be grown in low light but prefer bright, indirect light.


Guzmania lingulata  (Bromeliad family)

Guzmania lingulata (Bromeliad family)

5.      Bromeliad Family

Why you’ll love it: Bromeliads are another family of plants that include Guzmania, pineapple, and even air plants! Guzmania are one low-maintenance option. Their exotic blooms are colorful and very long-lasting – sometimes as long as six months. Bromeliads as houseplants bring interesting texture and color indoors. Even when this plant isn’t blooming, some varieties boast striped and unique foliage.


Dracaena marginata  cv.

Dracaena marginata cv.

6.      Dracaena Genus

Why you’ll love it: Dracaena is a genus of undemanding, drought-tolerant plants. There are lots of dramatic foliage variations in this plant family. Many are tall and thin, growing upwards instead of outwards so they’re great for the corners of a room or locations where you want your plant to stay fairly contained.


Chlorophytum comosum  'Curly Sue'

Chlorophytum comosum 'Curly Sue'

7.      Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Why you’ll love it: Spider plants are full and have a graceful, cascading habit while also growing quickly. They are great plants for beginner gardeners because they can survive with minimal care and attention. They also tolerate a variety of light conditions from low to med/high. As an added bonus, they're great air purifiers, too!


Schefflera arboricola  (dwarf variety)

Schefflera arboricola (dwarf variety)

8.      Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola cvs.

Why you’ll love it: Umbrella Trees are resilient and forgiving. These should be easy to care for, as they adapt to a variety of situations, whether they’re allowed to grow lush and tall, or pruned to be kept small. They need medium light to provide a lot of lush foliage


Aglaonema  'Silver Bay'

Aglaonema 'Silver Bay'

9.      Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema cvs.) 

Why you’ll love it: Chinese Evergreen plants are easy to grow and tolerate most indoor conditions. They're great air purifiers offering many varieties with rich green foliage and patterned color. They are beautiful year-round with full, lush growth.


If you’re looking for more information on how to get your indoor garden started, check out a few of our other indoor gardening posts: 

Happy planting! 

Author's note: Please note that "cvs." refers to cultivars. This signifies that there are other varieties of this plant that offer variations in color or form. 


Editor's note: This blog post was originally published on January 25, 2017.