Shelf-Stable Showstoppers

It’s safe to say we can think of a plant — or four — for every surface, shelving included. Each of these cascading indoor varietals offers a lot to look up to.


Spiderwort (Tradescantia zebrina)

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With its combination of silvery green and purple foliage, this plant will add drama to any spot. We recommend placing it in bright, indirect light and watering it approximately once a week. There is another spiderwort we love that is native to the eastern U.S. Known as Tradescantia virginiana, it has vivid purple-blue flowers and chartreuse foliage.


String of Pearls (Senecia rowleyanus)

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A native of arid southwest Africa, this sun-loving succulent brings a unique texture to your home that’s hard to miss. It’s small, bead-like leaves adapted into this form as a way of reducing water loss through sun and heat exposure. Place this plant in an extra sunny spot and let it dry out between waterings.


Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)

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Easy to care for and easy to find, the heartleaf philodendron is a fast-growing indoor vine that can thrive in a range of light conditions from semi-bright to indirect to low light — just keep it out of strong direct sunlight, which will cause leaf scorch. Water once a week. Also, did you know that “cor” or “cord” in Latin means “heart?” (think “coronary” or “corazon” in Spanish.) If you see a plant name with this root word, it very likely has heart-shaped (ie., cordate) leaves.


Pothos (Epiprepnum aureum)

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Second only to sansevieria in ease of maintenance, pothos is a cinch to grow indoors, which makes it a perfect plant for beginners. It tolerates both low and bright light conditions and is forgiving when it comes to watering, though we recommend aiming for a good drink once a week. NOTE: Be sure to keep this out of reach of pets and small children as it can be toxic.