The Best Hard-To-Kill Houseplants For Black Thumbs

The Best Hard-To-Kill Houseplants For Black Thumbs

Cambria Bold
Sep 27, 2011

I'm skeptical at best when I see a list of "unkillable" plants—mostly because my own black thumb has so often proven that not to be the case. But I remain hopeful, and so I took a look at this article in the Home and Garden section of The New York Times that promised plants for the inept.

The author, Michael Tortorello, talked to three plant experts on their plant tips and recommendations. Their votes for indestructible plants are noted with an asterisk below:

1. Uli Lorimer, curator of plants at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Wax Plant (Hoya Carnose variegata)
  • Rabbit's Foot Fern (Davallia fejeensis)
  • Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
  • Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
  • *Cast-Iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)

2. Mike Rimland, director of business development for Costa Farms, an international wholesale nursery

  • Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
  • Malaysian Dracaena (Pleomele reflexa)
  • *Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

3. Mark Hoover, gossip monger behind the blog Plants Are the Strangest People

  • Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
  • Long-Leaf Fig (Ficus maclellandii)
  • Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum)
  • Jungle drum (Asplundia jungle drum)
  • *Strawberry begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)

Read More: Hard To Kill: Houseplants For the Inept at The New York Times

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