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Identifying a Houseplant

Many of us have picked up a houseplant at the store that was not labeled or have been given one as a gift. However, knowing what type of plant you have will help you ensure that you are giving it the best care. This is a guide about identifying a houseplant.
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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

What Is This Houseplant? - looks like Wandering Jew

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Tradescantia zebrine is a perennial, native to southern Mexico and other Central American countries. It is typically sold and grown as a trailing houseplant in cooler climates. This is a guide about, "What is this houseplant?" Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrine).

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June 23, 2017

Does anyone know what kind of plant this is? Thanks in advance!

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June 25, 20170 found this helpful

It is sometimes easy for me to know the "family or species" name of a plant but more difficult to arrive at an exact name.

I have lots of ivy but do not have this one but I believe it is called Hedera Asterisk.

http://www.ivy.  vies/asterik.jpg

Care is pretty much the same for any type of ivy.

http://homeguid  doors-67987.html

http://www.flow  houseplant-care/

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December 28, 2016

I was given this plant as a gift, but have no idea what species it is. I also don't know how best to look after it. I would be grateful for any pointers!

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December 28, 20161 found this helpful
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This is a type of succulent called a Jade plant. Can thrive in poor soil, doesn't require alot of water. Very easy to grow and take care of. Water once a week. Enjoy!

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February 11, 2017

I've tried looking up this plant by description with no luck. I'm trying to identify the type so that I know how to care for it. I need help badly for it's a family heirloom of sorts.

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April 29, 20170 found this helpful

looks like lucky bamboo

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June 18, 2017

Can someone please help me figure out what this is? I love it, but I can't figure out exactly what it needs as far as light and watering. Thank you!

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June 19, 20170 found this helpful

i have some of this but not sure of the name. Be sure it does not get direct sun and is in a pot with drainage holes. Let it dry out a little before watering and I mix a tablespoon of Epson salt in a gallon of water to use at least once per month (good for most all plants - kinda like a mild fertilizer). Clean it up and give it room to run (my plant is in a hanging basket).

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June 18, 2017

I was given this plant by someone who rescued it from the garbage so I have no idea what it is. I've tried looking up the name of this plant myself, but haven't been able to find it. Does anyone have any ideas?

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June 20, 20170 found this helpful

Maybe a red leaf begonia?

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June 15, 2017

I need help identifying this vine. Picture attached.

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June 16, 20170 found this helpful

I believe your larger heart shaped leaf plant is in the Philodendron family but just not absolutely sure. Just can't think of any other right now. It also resembles the Pothos plant but potho leaves usually have some yellow.

Here are a couple of links with Philodendron photos (wait a few seconds for individual photos to appear). Care is similar so maybe this site will help.

https://www.goo  =WfExTR96R8QxAM:

https://www.goo  =wODL8iveMjgT9M:

http://paddy1.o  e-117004019.html

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June 12, 2017

I have had this plant for years. Its beautiful, but I am not sure what it is. It does not bloom.

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June 18, 20170 found this helpful

Well, I thought someone might have found the true identity but I don't think it is a nephthytis as the leaves are not shaped the same and I believe the nephthytis grows similar to a caladium and from what I read they are many times sold under incorrect names because they are so similar.

Still looking for exact plant so I hope someone else will take a look and name it.

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December 7, 2016

I bought this at Walmart and over the last few months I have nursed it back. Now it has flowered. It is beautiful! What is it? Lol

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

I have one that blooms every year. It should have come with instructions on how to keep it from year to year

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June 9, 2017

I received this for Mother's Day from my kindergartener and it didn't come with a tag.

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

This looks like impatiens. It is a shade plant that can be grown indoors or out. They are one of my favorites as they are easy to grow. They do like the soil to be moist. I feed them with miracle grow or something similar once a month or so. If they get spindly you can cut them back some and they will thank you with abundant blooms again in not very long. The cuttings you can also put in a glass of water and they will root out in a few days to give you a whole new set of plants. Good luck and Enjoy! :)

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June 18, 2017

I bought this plant at the estate sale after my elderly neighbor died. The leaves are quite hard and shiny and it's actually flowered this spring with a plume of small fuzzy light pink blooms with darker pink centers.

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June 18, 20170 found this helpful

I believe you have a wax begonia. It gets the name wax because of its shiny leaves.

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June 12, 2017

This guy was unattended to for a long time. I am curious what it is and what it likes?

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June 13, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks! Both great ideas!

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June 7, 2017

I got this as a gift. I usually have a pretty good green thumb, but it looks droopy. How do I care for it? What is it?

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June 7, 20170 found this helpful

I believe your plant belongs to the Rex Begonia family/species and these can be very beautiful house plants.

There are so many varieties that you may never find one that looks exactly like yours and of course, many factors can change the colors such as light, water, fertilizer, or air current but these are usually called an easy care plant.

Here is a link to photos on Google so you can see how many varieties exist.

https://www.goo  ;bih=628#imgrc=_

Here are a couple of good links that give care instructions:

http://www.theg  begonia_rex.html

https://www.the  -begonia-1902492

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May 29, 2017

Recently I bought this plant. There was no name tag on it and I don't have an idea of its requirements. Can anyone can identify it please?

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June 4, 20170 found this helpful

It is a fen and i think it is Adiantum capillus-veneris.

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June 6, 2017

I have had this plant for about 6 years. I'm having no luck finding out what it is. I seem to be doing okay taking care of it, but would still like to have information about it.

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful

i believe a spider plant is basically a great hanging basket plant as it has many "baby spider plants" growing from the mother plant. I also do not believe a spider plant has any pink to their leaves or a stalk such as your plant has. Here is a good photo of a nice spider plant (wait a few seconds for an individual photo to appear).

https://www.goo  =4JcQNQgXPErF_M:

I think your plant is a Dracaena marginata (Bicolor or Tricolor) Madagascar Dragon Tree. Here are a couple of links (with photos) and care instructions.

https://www.hou  dragon-tree.html

http://www.ourh  acaena-marginata

http://www.plan  a_marginata.html

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May 22, 2017

This plant came in a terrarium. It has dwindled to just these few leaves and I'm not sure what to do for it. I repotted it in new pot and soil, but don't know what it is so I can't figure out what it needs. I was thinking maybe a fern of some sort? Any ideas? Thanks!

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

Hi cybergrannie and thank you for your response. I don't know what the leaf should look like to indicate it would grow from the tip of the leaf if it's hitting dirt. It's very warm now in Chicago, and the plant was just looking worse and worse inside so I put it outside in my garden under a large peony. It's getting a bit of dappled light and it's well watered. It's looking better every day. The leaves are up in the air now - well 2 of them are. There is one leaf where the tip is touching the dirt, but nothing is growing where it touches? I will post back and let you know if anything develops. Do you have another idea about what this plant could be? I'll take it! Thanks so much!

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May 21, 2017

I am desperately seeking help to figure out what these plants are so I know how best to care for them. My great grandmother just passed away this winter and as the relatives were clearing out the house they were about to toss these. Although I have the opposite of a green thumb I wanted to save them and take them home because I know she enjoyed caring for them and she put work into them. I couldn't just see them get tossed in the trash. These are much much more than just a few house plants to me, they have a special meaning and if anyone could help me identify them I would be more grateful than any one could imagine! Thank you in advance (hopefully).

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May 24, 20171 found this helpful

I believe your first plant is a pot of severely root bound Snake plants. These plants go be several names (Snake plant, Mother-In-Laws-Tongue, and several others) but there are differences in these and I believe yours fits the description of a Snake plant. The Mother-In-Laws-Tongue usually has a yellow/green stripe at the edge of the blade.

Here are some links for photos of similar Snake plants. Please wait a few seconds for a single plant to appear.

https://www.goo  =cM_yBqNPdutWbM:

https://www.goo  =7JueTlCNpumFsM:

https://www.goo  =3bcqN7ne5yuodM:

Here are a couple of sites that give a lot of information about caring for these plants, Sometimes you have to read the full page to really see all about a plant - so please take your time.

http://www.epic  -in-laws-tongue/

https://www.the  overview-1902772

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May 25, 2017

I bought this from a supermarket. It had bright orange flowers. It needs watering about twice a week, otherwise the leaves droop right down. How can I get it to cheer up - and flower?

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May 29, 20170 found this helpful

I hope we find the answer as I kinda like the plant myself so I'm still looking.

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May 18, 2017

I have had no use with online searches trying to figure out with kind of plant this is. It is about a foot in height and the spikes are very firm, almost rock hard I would say. Also I am not sure if they are all one plant or five grown together. If you could give me any clue that would be wonderful!
Thank you!

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May 24, 20171 found this helpful

Sanseveria cylindrica. It is a type of snake plant or mother in law tongue. But spikey

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May 28, 2017

Can you tell me what the name of this plant is and its care?

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May 30, 20171 found this helpful

You sure have a healthy looking plant so you must be doing things right. You do have a Peperomia but yours is one of the very prettiest plants in this large family of plants. The name of yours (I believe) is Peperomia caperata Rosso and the last part of the name is very important as I do not think any of the others look like this one.

Here is a link to a photo (wait a few seconds for the individual photo to appear).

https://www.goo  =nZufwrjfmvohfM:

here is a link with information on how to care for this very nice plant.

http://www.piar  rata-%27Rosso%27

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December 2, 2016

I am having a hard time identifying this plant. Very fast growing vine plant with 1.5" long leaves spaced about 2" apart along the length of the vine. I originally clipped a small stem from an existing plant and planted my own. Within 8 months it has grown 4 separate vines each measuring 2.5 feet or greater.
Thanks for any information.

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December 3, 20161 found this helpful
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One of my friends is a Master Gardener and she believes the other posters are correct in that it appears to be green wandering jew plant.

Here are her "thoughts" from one of her study books:

Tradescantia fluminensis

Common Names: green wandering Jew, small leaf spiderwort, white-flowered wandering Jew, inch plant, speedy Jenny

Usually considered an invasive species but makes a great ground cover and a nice hanging basket plant.

Loves most of Florida's weather but I forgot to ask about other weather zones -

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May 25, 2017

This plant was doing so well, then it fell off its shelf and it's so sad now. I don't know what it is though, so I'm struggling to help it. Please can someone tell me what it is?

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May 28, 20170 found this helpful

I am sorry but I messed up the link to a photo of the Dieffenbachia Camilla so I have included a couple here so you can see if it looks like your plant. Please wait a couple of seconds for the individual photo to show up.

https://www.goo  =lCgwjX660V8KQM:

https://www.goo  =lCgwjX660V8KQM:

http://www.foru  enbachia-camilla

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