Most houseplants are actually tropical in origin. All they need to live is light, soil and moisture - they don't need full sun like outdoor plants. When plants process light, they make new oxygen. That's why having plants indoors is both pretty and useful - they make the air you breathe healthier.
These pretty pink or purple flowers were first grown in Africa, giving them their name. Although they're called violets, they are not true violets like their multi-colored relatives. They are "perennial plants," which means they can grow flowers over and over and last for many years.
Begonias are tricky plants to identify. They can have narrow leaves or wide leaves, yellow, pink, white or red flowers and they can grow to be any size. Begonias are named after Michel Begon, a Frenchman who helped make "botany," or the study of plants and flowers, a science.
William Wordsworth wrote a poem about daffodils in 1804: "I wandered lonely as a cloud / That floats high o'er vales and hills, / When all at once I saw a crowd, / A host, of golden daffodils; / Beside the lake, beneath the trees, / Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
Hyacinth flowers are bright and easy to grow. If you think they look nice, you should smell one! A great religious prophet named Mohammad once said: "If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul."
Jade Plants are "succulent," meaning they store water. You can break apart one of their fat, glossy leaves and see the moisture inside. It's called the Jade Plant because its vibrant green color matches the color of Jade, a stone very popular in China. The Jade Plant is sometimes known as the "friendship tree."
There is nothing sad about the Weeping Fig. Nor does it grow the kind of figs you'd find in your Fig Newtons. Instead, this simple green plant is so helpful at freshening up air inside the home that even NASA rated it as an excellent air filter.