The best indoor houseplants include pothos, aloe, peace lily, ficus and diffenbachia. Other plants such as rubber tree, green dracaena and spider plants spruce up a home while being easy to maintain.
Pothos is a great indoor plant because it helps to purify the air and has attractive multicolored leaves. It works well in hanging baskets because of its trailing stems and thrives in different temperatures and lighting conditions. The aloe plant requires very little maintenance, such as occasional watering and direct sunlight, while providing a thick gel that is good for soothing burns. The peace lily thrives in low-light conditions and produces attractive white blossoms.
The ficus is a small ornamental tree that requires very little space and stems that can be braided for effect. It requires full sun and well-drained soil. The diffenbachia plant features variegated leaves that can grow up to 12 inches long. It grows in low or medium light and average room temperature. The rubber tree has dark green, glossy leaves and can grow up to 8-feet tall, an ideal plant for a room with vaulted ceilings. The rubber tree grows well in a range of lighting conditions and only needs a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.