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INCH PLANT

This old fa­vorite is still pop­u­lar be­cause of its var­ie­ga­tion and easy main­te­nance. Just give it bright light

and even mois­ture.

CHI­NESE EVERGREEN

A slow-grow­ing plant that can take low light­ing con­di­tions, its best fea­ture is var­ie­gated fo­liage with in­tri­cate pat­terns.

PEPEROMIA

Ac­tu­ally prefers low mois­ture,

so it’s a fine can­di­date for most in­door set­tings. Avoid wet­ting vel­vety fo­liage when wa­ter­ing.

CYLIN­DER SNAKE PLANT

Also called African spear, this easy-grow­ing snake plant adds a new twist with its cylin­dri­cal leaves and fan shape. It likes

bright, fil­tered light.

IVY

A com­mon ground­cover vine out­doors, some cul­ti­vars are fa­vored as trail­ing house­plants. There are many va­ri­eties, some with var­ie­gated fo­liage, and all are eas­ily trimmed to size.

CROTON

Th­ese bold trop­i­cal plants add en­ergy to any room with col­or­ful var­ie­gated fo­liage in var­i­ous pat­terns. They do best in bright light and high hu­mid­ity.

WAF­FLE PLANT

The pur­plish, crin­kled leaves look great all year with bright, in­di­rect light. The plant’s com­pact size helps it fit in any­where.

Th­ese in­door beau­ties are as in­trigu­ing to look at as they

are sim­ple to care for. Meet a dozen great house­plants.

SNAKE PLANT

Beloved for its up­right habit and var­ie­gated, sword­like leaves, it is very tol­er­ant of dif­fer­ent light­ing con­di­tions but grows fastest in bright light.

POLKA DOT

PLANT

This cheer­ful house­plant,

some­times used as an an­nual ground­cover, fea­tures green leaves splotched in pink or white. It ac­cepts vary­ing light but does best in medium, in­di­rect light.

DWARF JADE

Also called ele­phant bush, this suc­cu­lent fea­tures dark

green leaves and red­dish stems. Needs bright light and in­fre­quent wa­ter­ing. There is also a var­ie­gated cul­ti­var.

SONG OF

INDIA

Fea­tur­ing medi­um­green leaves edged in cream, its up­right habit makes it a fo­cal point.

ALU­MINUM

PLANT

Var­ie­gated leaves fea­ture a tex­tured, al­most quilted look. Give it medium to bright light and well-drained soil. Avoid cold spots like a north

fac­ing win­dow in win­ter.

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