Plants with large green leaves are wonderful: they can be used to give a tropical touch to the house or garden, and they are also beautiful. However, they are generally demanding; Not in vain, most of them come from regions where the climate is hot all year round, and they have a hard time when the temperatures drop below ten or fifteen degrees.
But don’t worry cause there are several species that, with minimal care, will be valuable.
There are many green plants that can be indoors, but not all are as adaptable and easy to care for as the ones you’ll see below:
Aspidistra (Aspidistra elatior)
Aspidistra is a rhizomatous herb that reaches a height of about 60-70 centimeters. It has green, lanceolate leaves, which are about 40-50 centimeters long.. It is one of the most recommended for beginners, since it is quite resistant to drought, so it is enough to water it from time to time.
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Climbing Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
The climbing philodendron is a plant with large green leaves which, as its name suggests, is a climber. In its natural habitat it can exceed 10 meters in length, but indoors and in pots it is very difficult for it to measure more than 3 meters. These leaves are about 30 centimeters long by 20 centimeters wide and are leathery.. Do not hesitate to place it, for example, in doorways and/or window arches, away from direct light.
Bird’s Nest Fern (asplenium nest)
If you like ferns, one of the favorites to have inside the house is the one known as a bird’s nest. Its leaves, called fronds, can measure up to 1 meter long, and are bright green.. It can live in low light conditions, but I recommend placing it in a spot with plenty of light, as it will grow better that way. In addition, it must be sprinkled with water daily if the ambient humidity is below 50%.
Adam’s rib (delicious monstera)
The delicious monstera It is an epiphytic herbaceous plant that can be used either climbing or in suspension. In its natural habitat, it is about 20 meters long, but indoors it rarely exceeds 2 meters. Its leaves are very large, between 90 centimeters long and 80 centimeters wide, and green. It therefore needs a lot of space, but also (indirect) light, as well as high humidity.
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elephant ear (Alocasia macrorrhizos)
Elephant ear is a herbaceous plant that can measure between 1 and 2 meters in height. It develops a stem from which emerge the leaves, which are petiolate and can measure up to 70 centimeters in length. It is therefore a very interesting species to have in spacious rooms, provided that it is placed far from the window, since direct light causes damage. Likewise, it is important that it be watered regularly and sprinkled with water daily if the ambient humidity is low.
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blue bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)
The blue bird of paradise, unlike the orange which is the most common (its scientific name is Strelitzia reginae in case you were curious), it is a plant that can easily reach 4-5 meters in height. It develops a slender stem about 20 centimeters thick and large, leathery-textured green leaves that only grow in two directions.. These can be about 60 centimeters long by about 30 centimeters wide.
The flower is blue, and larger than that of S. reginae, but you should know that it takes much longer to bloom, at least ten years. It tends to produce many offspring, but you can pull them off in the spring if you wish. This, yes, it should be in a sunny place and protected from strong winds and frost. It tolerates cold without problems, as well as light frosts down to -3ºC.
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Indian brown (Aesculus hippocastanum)
If you want to have a very beautiful tree with large green leaves, I highly recommend horse chestnut. Of course, it needs a lot of space, since it can grow up to 30 meters tall and develop a 5-6 meter wide crown. But, I insist, it is wonderful. It has webbed leaves, up to 30 centimeters wide, and they are green, although in autumn they turn orange before falling.. As if that were not enough, its flowers are grouped in pyramidal panicles about 30 centimeters high, so they stand out a lot.
The only downside is perhaps that it is not drought resistant. Besides, needs mild temperatures in spring and summer and frosts in winter. In fact, it is able to withstand down to -18 ºC, but extreme heat causes damage.
giant guinea fowl cane (Canna indica ‘Musifolia’)
The giant Indian cane, also called achira, is the largest variety of Canna of the genus, since it can measure 4 meters in height while the other species do not exceed two meters. It is rhizomatous and develops green leaves up to 50 centimeters long by 20 centimeters wide. It blooms throughout spring and summer, producing red flowers grouped in inflorescences.
It is a plant with large green leaves which should be placed in a sunny position, and which cannot run out of water since it is not resistant to drought. It resists down to -3ºC.
Cika (Cycas revoluta)
The cycad is a slow-growing, evergreen plant that can measure 6 to 7 meters in height. It develops a false trunk about 20 centimeters thick and dark green pinnate leaves 1.5 meters long.. It is very curious, because it usually releases a new crown of leaves every year or every few years.
It is a primitive plant, which lived with the dinosaurs, and which has not changed much since. For it, it is interesting to put it in a place where it can stand out, always in direct sunlight. In addition, you should know that it is frost resistant down to -4ºC.
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Chief (arboreal schefflera)
The Arboreal Scheflera It is an evergreen shrub that grows between 3 and 6 meters high. It has webbed leaves composed of 7 to 9 green, green and yellow or green and white leaflets that can measure 20 centimeters long by 10 centimeters wide.. Its flowers bloom in summer, and are grouped in panicles 20 centimeters long.
It is a plant that needs lots and lots of light, even direct, so it is recommended to have it outside, in full sun. In addition, it resists drought very well if planted in the ground, as well as frosts down to -3ºC.
Which of these plants with large green leaves did you like the most?