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What's my houseplant called?

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If you’ve bought a houseplant and don’t know what it is, so don’t know how to look after it, here’s our advice.

 

Step 1 – Go back to the place you bought it and ask them. Get a botanic name if you can – common names can be brand names, regional names, or made-up pet names. A proper botanic name tells you something about the plant, and you can look the name up in reference books and websites worldwide.

 

Step 2 – If the retailer doesn’t know, check out our plant types below. Start with the leaf shape and work from there.

adiantum-small

Chlorophytum-comosum-s

sinningia-small

Ferny 

Grassy 

Hairy/velvety

trucks-and-trees

Spikes-and-spines hummocky-and-fleshy

Trunks and trees

Spikes and spines

Hummocky/fleshy

Big-leaves-strappy

big-leaves-other 

tendrils

Big leaves, strappy

Big leaves, other

Tendrils

coloured-leaves 

flowers-white

 flowers-colour3

Coloured/patterned leaves

White flowers

Coloured flowers

 fruit-and-berries

 other

 

Berries and fruit

None of these