Houseplants can change the look and feel of a room almost instantly. A cool stand of green foliage can lend a calming air to an indoor space, and a cluster of bright flowers can create an atmosphere of coziness and cheer. Since there is a wide variety of plants that can be grown indoors, seniors may be uncertain how to get started enjoying indoor plants that can brighten their living space, so here are six they might want to give a try.
Originally found growing in the shady forest floors of South Africa, the cape primrose is well-suited to life as a houseplant. When placed in a window that faces north or east, this cousin of African violets can bloom up to ten months out of a year. The flowers are perfect for bringing color to your senior living apartment, as multiple solid and bicolored varieties are available.
Known to thrive on neglect, this hardy houseplant is actually a desert-style plant similar to the Joshua tree and is native to eastern Mexico. Sometimes known as elephant's foot palm, it only needs watering every few weeks and typically requires even less moisture during the winter. As its more common name suggests, the ponytail palm features long leaves that can reach up to 3 feet in length and provide interesting texture to indoor spaces.
While most of us think of grass in our lawns, this everyday plant is a fun way to bring a touch of green to your senior living apartment. The shoots can be left to grow unchecked like ornamental grasses outdoors, or they can be trimmed to create an even, manicured appearance.
Pet owners may be interested in growing a mixture of grasses that are sometimes called cat grass. Since cats (and often dogs) naturally nibble on grass, this indoor version gives them a harmless alternative to potentially toxic houseplants that may catch their eyes. Seniors interested in learning more about plants that are safe for use around pets can check the ASPCA's list of poisonous houseplants.
This endearing plant has been popular for years due to its habit of folding its leaves closed each night. While these flat leaves offer owners a fun reminder to pray before bed, they also provide a beautiful spread of foliage to drape down bookshelves or coffee tables. The most common variety features a tricolor leaf pattern that has striking red veins and yellow blotches.
The stems of this houseplant create a translucent trail of green beads when hung in front of a sunny window. Drought tolerant, it requires little in the way of care. Seniors will be able to enjoy this unique succulent with only the occasional watering and pruning.
Somewhat temperamental, hibiscus is perfect for an individual who likes fussing over plants. By watering it regularly and providing plenty of nutrients and sunlight, seniors can dazzle visiting friends with the tropical blooms. Though the resulting flowers will never be as big as the ones on outdoor bushes, its a stunning way to bring nature inside.