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You Pinned It, We ID It: A Stylish Collection of Houseplants

September 10, 2013 3:00 PM

BY Erin Boyle

Love at first sight is a daily occurrence around here. Pinterest doles out plenty houseplant inspiration (and envy). Every time we refresh our stream, there are new houseplants to ogle.

We spot a photo with a carefully placed Fiddle Leaf Fig or Lacy-leafed Philodendron selloum–and everything else in the room falls away. But sometimes we find ourselves stumped when it comes to identifying the specific plants. If we knew the varieties, we’d probably rush out and buy them for ourselves.

Maybe you’re facing a similar conundrum. If so, here’s help. We tracked down the IDs for the houseplants we spotted in Last Week’s Hot Houseplant Pin

Above: Clockwise from the bottom, we’ve identified five of the most eye-catching plants in this very green tableau: 


Above: A Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum): The curator of this tropical vignette placed a mounted staghorn fern below decks. Terrain sells similar pre-mounted ferns for $105.



Above: A Lacy Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron selloum or Philodendron bipinnatifidum): In the large white pot to the left, a lacy leaf philodendron stands sentinel; a similar two- to three-year-old plant is $39.95 from Palm Trees Online. For a non-vining hybrid known for straight upward growth, try the Philodendron Hope; $24.95 from Logee’s. Photograph via Exotic Rain Forest. 


Above: A Umbrella Tree (Schefflera aboricola): Potted in a large cream-colored vessel on the table is a single-stem umbrella tree. A variegated option is available for $79.99 from 1-800 Flowers. Photograph by Javado Plant.


Above: A Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa): At the top, the large-leafed swiss cheese plant steals the show. A similar option is $89.99 from 1-800 Flowers. Photograph of Monstera deliciosa leaves via Trendenser. 

Above: A Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria laurentii): In the wicker plant stand, a variegated mother-in-law’s tongue; Real Ornamentals has plants from $38.95. 

By the way: We’ve fallen into the familiar Pinterest trap of not being able to properly ID the original source for the pinterest photo above; if you can help us track down the image source, please tell us in the comments section.

See our Houseplant Gallery for more ideas to green your living space.