Which House Plants Thrive in Warm Climates?

house plants - cactiIf you live in a part of the country which is always warm, you may think that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the house plants which you can successfully grow indoors without much trouble.

However, as botany experts at San Diego Botanicals Inc share with us, not all plants are equally good at taking the constant warmth and heat.

When picking out the right plants for your home, one of the factors which you need to take into consideration is the heat.

Here are some plants which are exceptionally well-suited for this kind of a climate.


Or cacti, depending on where you stand on Latin plurals in English. However you call them, cactuses are hardy plants designed to live in arid, hot regions of the world, predominantly deserts.

However, if all you can think of are cartoonish three-pronged prickly trees when you think of cactuses, you are missing out on one of the most fascinating and diverse groups of plants.

Cactuses can range from tiny to really tree-like Saguaros and take on many different shapes as well. However, one of the most fascinating thing about cactuses is the transformation they go through when they are in bloom.

If you have never seen a cactus flowering, you are missing out on so much beauty and grace.

Indoor Palm Trees

There are a variety of palm trees which have been deliberately bred to be grown indoors. That means that they have been modified to grow no more than a few feet in height.

However, these palm trees still retain much of their beauty and elegance which we admire so in nature.

One of the most famous and most sought-after palm tree for indoor decoration is the so-called Ponytail palm. However, you might know it better by its Latin name Dracaena.

Dracaenas are a natively Mexican group of plants, which means that they have developed mechanisms to combat heat and lack of water. They prefer to be in a sunny spot, but they can adapt to conditions of less light. Every decent home and office plant service has these palm trees in stock, so they aren’t difficult to come by.

Aloe Vera

Even though you probably mostly know this plant from the many uses we have for it, it can also be used as a decorative plant. Depending on your tastes for houseplants, aloe can be one of your favorite plants, or completely miss the point you feel houseplants should have.

Many people have compared an aloe vera plant to a green flame in a pot due to the shape of its leaves. And if your aloe plant blooms, you can expect yellow to orange flowers which don’t have a distinctive scent which suits some people.

Wandering Jew

This next plant may have a name which may seem offensive, but the plant itself is beautiful enough to look past this unfortunate naming convention.

This is a creeper plant, meaning it will creep up any surface it can, so if you want it to spread around, put some sticks or something similar near it to help it grow out. It also likes to be in a sunny spot. It can still grow if it doesn’t have enough sunlight, but the intensity of its colors will be dulled, which can be a real shame.

What makes this plant so unique and beautiful are its leaves. They have alternating green and silver stripes on most leaves whereas those at the top of the plant are distinctly purple with silvery stripes.

When it comes to the flowering season, this plant’s flowers show up in groups. They are small, violet flowers with a distinctive fragrance.

Surrounding ourselves with plants is just one way we try to bring the nature home with us. However, when we do, it is important that we know what kinds of plants will grow well in the environment we can provide for them.

Clay Miller
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