Elephant Ear (Alocasia) is prized for its large, dramatic leaves. English Ivy (Hedera helix) is a classic trailing vine with small, elegant leaves. Easter Cactus (Rhipsalidopsis) blooms with vibrant flowers. Echeveria is a stunning succulent with rosette-shaped foliage. Emerald Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata) features textured, rippled leaves.
English Ivy is one of the most popular and easy to care for houseplants that start with the letter E. A woody, evergreen vine, English Ivy can grow rapidly and spread over the ground or climb walls and structures with its aerial rootlets. Its dark green, glossy leaves grow in a spiraling pattern on the vine. English Ivy thrives in medium to low light conditions and prefers temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
It grows best in well-draining potting soil and should be watered when the top inch of soil becomes dry. English Ivy releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide, making it a great air-purifying plant for indoor spaces. Its ability to tolerate low light and thrive with minimal care make English Ivy an excellent choice for beginner plant parents. Its lush foliage also makes it a lovely decorative addition to any home.
The Elephant Ear Plant gets its name from its enormous, heart-shaped leaves that can grow up to two feet long. A native to swampy tropical areas, this dramatic plant thrives in humid conditions with temperatures between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight and rich, well-draining soil. The Elephant Ear Plant should be watered generously when the top inch of soil is dry.
It can grow several feet tall during the growing season and die back to the ground when temperatures drop in winter. During summer months, the plant produces colorful pink, white, or purple spathes that tower above its broad leaves. While not as low maintenance as some other houseplants, the Elephant Ear Plant’s large stature and striking foliage make it a real showstopper in indoor gardens.
The Easter Cactus is a flowering cactus that blooms during the late fall and winter months, hence its association with Easter. It has flat, segmented stems covered in soft spines and bears flowers in shades of pink, white, red, or yellow. Unlike most cacti, the Easter Cactus thrives in humid conditions and requires consistent moisture. It should be watered when the top of the soil becomes dry and placed in an area with medium to low light.
While it can tolerate temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the Easter Cactus flowers best when nighttime temperatures are between 60-70 degrees. After blooming, it is important to provide the plant with 12-14 hours of complete darkness per day to induce additional flowering. Its colorful blooms make this low-maintenance cactus a cheerful addition to any home during the winter season.
The Epiphyllum, commonly known as the orchid cactus, is an epiphytic cactus native to tropical regions of South America. It grows as a climbing vine with flat, overlapping pads and produces stunning flowers in shades of pink, white, yellow, and red. Epiphyllum blooms most prolifically in spring and summer when provided with at least six hours of direct sun per day. It thrives in well-draining soil and should be watered regularly during its growing season, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
Thanks to its epiphytic nature, the Epiphyllum can be mounted on tree fern disks, poles, or walls for an eye-catching display. With its beautiful blooms and easy care requirements, the Epiphyllum makes an excellent choice for beginner succulent growers looking to add a showstopping flowering plant to their collection.
English Lavender is a popular aromatic shrub grown for its fragrant purple flowers. Native to the Mediterranean, it thrives in hot, sunny locations and well-drained soil. English Lavender grows in dense bushes reaching 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. From summer through early fall, it produces long spikes of small purple flowers that emit a calming, floral scent. English Lavender prefers full sun and tolerates drought conditions once established.
It should be watered infrequently and allowed to dry out between waterings. The flowers and foliage can be harvested to produce homemade sachets, soaps, and other products. With its attractive appearance and soothing fragrance, English Lavender makes a lovely, low-maintenance addition to indoor herb gardens and sunny windowsills. Its hardiness and easy care also make it suitable for beginner gardeners.
The Echeveria is a popular succulent plant grown for its colorful rosettes of thick, fleshy leaves. Native to Mexico, Echeveria comes in an array of shades including red, pink, orange, yellow and blue. It forms tight rosettes ranging from 2-8 inches in diameter. Echeveria grows best in bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. It stores water in its leaves and only needs watering after the soil is completely dry.
In the summer, Echeveria may produce tall stalks with clusters of tubular flowers. Low maintenance and drought tolerant, Echeveria is a great succulent for beginners. Its striking rosettes add vibrant color and visual interest to indoor spaces. Whether grown as a single specimen or in a succulent arrangement, Echeveria never fails to brighten up a home with its beauty and easy care needs.
Episcia is a colorful, low-growing houseplant known for its miniature orchid-like flowers. Native to tropical regions of Central and South America, Episcia grows as a spreading ground cover or can be trained upward on a support. Its small, oval leaves emerge in shades of pink, purple, red, or white. Episcia blooms nearly continuously, producing clusters of tiny flowers along its stems. It thrives in humid conditions with temperatures between 65-80°F and prefers bright, indirect light.
Episcia should be kept consistently moist and provided with humidity through methods like pebble trays. Its diminutive stature and constant floral display make Episcia an enchanting addition to indoor gardens. Requiring little care beyond watering, Episcia is also a great option for plant parents with busy schedules. Its vibrant hues lift spirits all year long.
The Exacum is an attractive, delicate-looking houseplant known for its vivid blue, purple, pink, or white flowers. Native to Asia, Exacum grows in compact, bushy mounds topped with small, oval leaves. From late winter through spring, short stalks emerge bearing clusters of tubular, orchid-like blooms. Exacum prefers temperatures between 65-75°F and thrives with medium to bright indirect light. It requires well-draining soil and moderate watering, allowing the topsoil to dry out slightly between waterings.
Exacum’s colorful flowers make it a wonderful choice for brightening dull corners of the home during the colder months. Its petite stature also suits it well to small spaces like shelves and windowsills. With its lovely blooms and easy care requirements, Exacum is a great low-maintenance option for plant lovers.
The Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia well known for its fragrant, medicinal leaves. It can grow rapidly into a tall tree but is commonly grown indoors in a more compact shrub form. Eucalyptus has long, narrow leaves that emit a refreshing scent similar to citrus or pine. It thrives in bright, indirect light and prefers humid conditions with temperatures above 60°F.
Eucalyptus should be watered moderately and provided with excellent drainage. Its leaves are commonly harvested to produce essential oils for aromatherapy, cleaning products, and more. The Eucalyptus tree lends a spa-like ambiance to any home with its rejuvenating fragrance. Low maintenance and pest resistant, Eucalyptus makes a great indoor air-purifying plant that is sure to lift moods with its refreshing scent.
The English Primrose is a beloved garden flower that also makes a lovely houseplant. Native to England, it forms low mounds topped with rosettes of soft, green leaves. In early spring, it produces cheerful yellow, pink, or white flowers that resemble buttercups. English Primrose thrives in partial shade and prefers temperatures between 60-70°F. The soil should be well-draining and kept consistently moist. It may go dormant in summer if conditions are too hot and dry.
English Primrose is a classic harbinger of springtime that can brighten up dull corners of the home with its cheerful blooms during winter and early spring months. Low maintenance and pest resistant, it brings a welcome pop of color during colder seasons. English Primrose is sure to lift spirits with its beautiful flowers.