25 Striking Large-Leaf Houseplants to Transform Your Space

25 Striking Large-Leaf Houseplants to Transform Your Space

Tired of those tiny houseplants with those fragile leaves? If you’re going to go big, then we’ve got a list of favorite plants with large leaves curated just for your immense enjoyment!

Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera Deliciosa
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Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NameMonstera Deliciosa
Plant TypeVine
USDA Zone10-12
Indoor or OutdoorBoth, but commonly indoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms indoors, outdoor in favorable conditions
Size (Height and Width)Up to 10 feet tall, 6 feet wide
LightBright, indirect light
SoilWell-draining, rich potting mix
Temperature65-80°F (18-27°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringAllow soil to dry between waterings, prefers slightly moist soil
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

Monstera Deliciosa is easy to grow with a moderate to fast growth rate. Keep it away from pets or children due to mild toxicity, watch for issues like root rot and pests, and prune regularly for size control. 

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameStrelitzia reginae
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone9-11
Indoor or OutdoorBoth, but commonly indoor
Blooming SeasonYear-round indoors, late winter to early spring outdoors
Size (Height and Width)Up to 5-6 feet tall indoors, up to 20 feet outdoors
LightBright, indirect light indoors; full sun to part shade outdoors
SoilWell-draining, fertile soil
Temperature65-70°F (18-21°C) indoors; 50-70°F (10-21°C) outdoors
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringAllow soil to dry slightly between waterings
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

The Bird of Paradise is moderately easy to grow with a slow to moderate growth rate. Watch for overwatering, potential pests like spider mites or scale, and regularly clean its large, banana-like leaves to prevent dust buildup.

Velvet Philodendron

Velvet Philodendron
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NamePhilodendron gloriosum
Plant TypeVine
USDA Zone10-11
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms indoors
Size (Height and Width)Up to 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide
LightBright, indirect light
SoilWell-draining, aerated potting mix
Temperature65-80°F (18-27°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist, but not soggy
ToxicityYes, toxic if ingested

The Velvet Philodendron is a moderately demanding indoor plant – just note its toxicity and keep it away from pets and children. Despite these considerations, its large, velvety leaves make it a favorite among indoor plant enthusiasts.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig
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Ease of GrowingModerate to Difficult ●●●●○
Scientific NameFicus lyrata
Plant TypeTree
USDA Zone10-12
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms indoors
Size (Height and Width)Up to 10 feet tall indoors, depending on care
LightBright, indirect light
SoilWell-draining, aerated potting mix
Temperature65-75°F (18-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringAllow soil to dry slightly between waterings
ToxicityYes, toxic if ingested

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a popular but moderately difficult plant as it’s sensitive to changes in its environment, including light and temperature. Despite this, it’s prized for its large, violin-shaped leaves, making it a favorite among dedicated indoor plant enthusiasts.

Philodendron Winterbourn

Philodendron Winterbourn
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Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NamePhilodendron Xanadu
Plant TypeShrub
USDA Zone10-11
Indoor or OutdoorBoth, but commonly indoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms indoors
Size (Height and Width)Up to 4 feet tall and wide
LightBright, indirect light to part shade
SoilWell-draining, rich potting mix
Temperature65-80°F (18-27°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist, but not soggy
ToxicityYes, toxic if ingested

Philodendron Xanadu is an easy-to-grow plant with attractive, deeply lobed leaves, thriving indoors or outdoors in suitable climates. While relatively pest-resistant, monitor soil moisture to prevent overwatering. 

Elephant Ear

Elephant Ear
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameColocasia esculenta
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone8-11
Indoor or OutdoorBoth, but commonly outdoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)Up to 9 feet tall, 6 feet wide
LightPartial shade to full sun
SoilMoist, well-draining soil
Temperature70-90°F (21-32°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityYes, toxic if ingested

The Elephant Ear Plant is a fast-growing, moderately demanding plant suitable for both outdoor and indoor cultivation. With large, heart-shaped leaves, it adds a tropical touch to gardens and makes a striking focal point indoors under suitable conditions.

Angels Wings

Angels Wings
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Ease of GrowingEasy to Moderate ●●○○○
Scientific NameCaladium spp.
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone9-11
Indoor or OutdoorBoth, but commonly outdoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for colorful leaves
Size (Height and Width)1 to 2 feet tall, 1 to 1.5 feet wide
LightPartial to full shade
SoilWell-draining, rich soil
Temperature70-85°F (21-29°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityYes, toxic if ingested

Caladiums are easy to moderate to grow and thrive outdoors for vibrant leaves but can adapt indoors. Popular for colorful, heart-shaped leaves, they add brightness to gardens or low-light indoor spaces.

Plantain Lilies

Plantain Lilies
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Ease of GrowingEasy to Moderate ●●○○○
Scientific NameHosta spp.
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone3-9
Indoor or OutdoorOutdoor
Blooming SeasonSummer
Size (Height and Width)Varies by variety, typically 12-36 inches tall, 24-48 inches wide
LightPartial to full shade, some tolerate more sun
SoilWell-draining, rich soil
Temperature55-80°F (13-27°C)
HardinessCold-hardy, not frost-tolerant
WateringRegular watering, keep soil consistently moist
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

Hostas are moderate-growth outdoor perennials known for lush foliage thriving in partial to full shade. With varied foliage options, Hostas are popular for low-maintenance, elegant landscaping in shaded gardens.

Painted-Leaf Begonia

Painted-Leaf Begonia
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameBegonia rex
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone10-11
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)12-18 inches tall and wide
LightIndirect light, dappled sunlight
SoilWell-draining, rich potting mix
Temperature60-75°F (15-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityYes, toxic if ingested

The Painted-Leaf Begonia or Rex Begonia is a moderately demanding indoor plant loved for its colorful foliage. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot and ensure good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew. 

Dumb Cane

Dumb Cane
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameDieffenbachia spp.
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone10-12
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)1 to 6 feet tall, 1 to 3 feet wide
LightIndirect light, tolerates low light
SoilWell-draining, rich potting mix
Temperature65-75°F (18-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityYes, toxic if ingested

The Dumb Cane is an easy-to-grow indoor plant thriving in indirect light but beware of its toxicity and keep it away from pets and children. With attractive leaves, it’s a popular choice for indoor decor, suitable for both beginners and plant enthusiasts.

Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameCalathea orbifolia
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone10-12
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)2 to 3 feet tall and wide
LightIndirect light, prefers bright but filtered light
SoilWell-draining, peat-based mix
Temperature65-75°F (18-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityNon-toxic, safe for pets

The Zebra Plant is a moderately demanding indoor plant with striking orb-shaped foliage – it’s safe for pets but sensitive to low humidity. Popular for its decorative leaves, it’s visually appealing and relatively low-maintenance with proper care.

Leopard Plant

Leopard Plant
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameFarfugium spp.
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone4-9
Indoor or OutdoorOutdoor
Blooming SeasonLate summer to early fall
Size (Height and Width)2 to 4 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide
LightPartial to full shade
SoilMoist, well-draining soil
Temperature65-75°F (18-24°C)
HardinessCold-hardy, not frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityNon-toxic

The Leopard Plant is a moderately demanding perennial known for bold foliage and late-season blooms. It’s appreciated for its dramatic foliage, making it a favored choice for shaded gardens with its cold-hardy nature.

Traveler’s Palm

Traveler’s Palm
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameRavenala madagascariensis
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone9-11
Indoor or OutdoorOutdoor
Blooming SeasonInfrequent, not a true palm
Size (Height and Width)Up to 30 feet tall, 15 feet wide
LightFull sun to partial shade
SoilWell-draining, fertile soil
Temperature70-90°F (21-32°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringRegular, keep soil consistently moist
ToxicityNon-toxic

Traveler’s Palm is a moderately demanding perennial with distinctive fan-shaped foliage. Known for its unique appearance and rainwater-collecting abilities, it’s a striking addition to tropical landscapes.

Ruffled Fan Palm

Ruffled Fan Palm
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameLicuala grandis
Plant TypePalm
USDA Zone10-11
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor or Outdoor in tropical climates
Blooming SeasonInfrequent, not significant
Size (Height and Width)Up to 10 feet tall and wide
LightBright, indirect light to partial shade
SoilWell-draining, rich soil
Temperature65-80°F (18-27°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityNon-toxic

The Ruffled Fan Palm is a moderately demanding palm that grows moderately, suitable for indoor and outdoor growth in tropical climates. With ruffled fan-shaped leaves, it’s a fantastic addition to indoor and tropical outdoor spaces.

African Mask Plant

African Mask Plant
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameAlocasia amazonica
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone10-11
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)2 to 3 feet tall and wide
LightBright, indirect light to partial shade
SoilWell-draining, peat-based mix
Temperature65-75°F (18-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

The African Mask Plant is a moderately demanding indoor plant with arrowhead-shaped foliage – but be cautious as it’s mildly toxic and overwatering can lead to root rot. Despite its care needs, the plant is an exotic living decor for indoor spaces.

Banana

Banana
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Ease of GrowingModerate to Difficult ●●●●○
Scientific NameMusa spp.
Plant TypePerennial herbaceous plant
USDA Zone9-11
Indoor or OutdoorTypically Outdoor in tropical climates, Indoor for some dwarf varieties
Blooming SeasonInfrequent, followed by fruiting
Size (Height and Width)Varies by variety, up to 10-30 feet tall
LightFull sun
SoilWell-draining, rich soil
Temperature75-95°F (24-35°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringRegular, keep soil consistently moist
ToxicityNon-toxic

Banana plants can be moderately challenging to grow, depending on the variety. They’re non-toxic, safe for pets and kids, but successful fruiting requires specific conditions as they’re not frost-tolerant.

Majesty Palm

Majesty Palm
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameRavenea rivularis
Plant TypePalm
USDA Zone9-11
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor or Outdoor in tropical climates
Blooming SeasonInfrequent, not significant
Size (Height and Width)Up to 10 feet tall indoors, larger outdoors
LightBright, indirect light to partial shade
SoilWell-draining, rich potting mix
Temperature65-80°F (18-27°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityNon-toxic

Majesty Palms have a moderate growth rate and are used indoors and outdoors in tropical climates for their graceful appearance. They’re non-toxic, making them safe for pets and children, but watch for potential pests like spider mites.

Rubber Tree

Rubber Tree
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Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NameFicus elastica
Plant TypeTree
USDA Zone10-12
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms indoors
Size (Height and Width)Up to 8 feet tall indoors, larger outdoors
LightBright, indirect light to part shade
SoilWell-draining, aerated potting mix
Temperature60-75°F (15-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringAllow soil to dry slightly between waterings
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

The Rubber Tree is an easy-to-grow indoor plant with glossy leaves and a moderate growth rate. Just keep them out of reach of pets and children as they are mildly toxic if ingested. 

Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant
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Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NameAspidistra elatior
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone7-11
Indoor or OutdoorBoth, but commonly indoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)Up to 2 feet tall and wide
LightLow to moderate light
SoilWell-draining, rich soil
Temperature50-75°F (10-24°C)
HardinessCold-hardy, not frost-tolerant
WateringAllow soil to dry between waterings, drought-tolerant
ToxicityNon-toxic

The Cast Iron Plant is a low-maintenance perennial known for its resilience in low-light conditions. Thriving in well-draining soil, it has slow growth and is drought-tolerant, making it suitable for indoor environments for low-maintenance greenery.

Pothos Snow Queen

Pothos Snow Queen
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Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NameEpipremnum aureum ‘Snow Queen’
Plant TypeVine
USDA Zone10-12
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)Up to 6-10 feet or more, can be trimmed
LightLow to moderate light, can tolerate bright indirect light
SoilWell-draining potting mix
Temperature60-80°F (15-27°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringAllow soil to dry between waterings
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

Pothos Snow Queen is a low-maintenance indoor vine with green and white variegated leaves. Keep it out of reach of pets and children, as it’s mildly toxic when ingested even though it’s known for its elegance, ideal for both beginners and plant enthusiasts.

Schefflera Amate

Schefflera Amate
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Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NameSchefflera actinophylla ‘Amate’
Plant TypeTree
USDA Zone9-11
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor or Outdoor in tropical climates
Blooming SeasonInfrequent, not significant
Size (Height and Width)Up to 10 feet tall indoors, larger outdoors
LightBright, indirect light to part shade
SoilWell-draining, rich potting mix
Temperature60-75°F (15-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

The Schefflera Amate is an easy-to-grow tree suitable for indoor and outdoor growth, thriving in tropical climates known for glossy foliage and upright growth. Be cautious as it’s mildly toxic, prone to overwatering, and may attract pests like spider mites. 

Alocasia Zebrina

Alocasia Zebrina
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Ease of GrowingModerate ●●○○○
Scientific NameAlocasia zebrina
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone10-11
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)Up to 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide
LightBright, indirect light to partial shade
SoilWell-draining, aerated potting mix
Temperature65-75°F (18-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist, allow surface to dry between waterings
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

Alocasia Zebrina is an eye-catching indoor plant with zebra-patterned foliage that prefers bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and moderate moisture. Keep it out of reach of pets and children due to mild toxicity. 

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
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Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NameSpathiphyllum spp.
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone11-12
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonYear-round, with intermittent blooms
Size (Height and Width)Up to 3 feet tall
LightLow to moderate light, can tolerate indirect sunlight
SoilWell-draining, peat-based mix
Temperature65-80°F (18-27°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringKeep soil consistently moist
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

The Peace Lily is a popular and easy-to-grow indoor perennial with elegant white blooms and large glossy green leaves. Known for air-purifying qualities, the Peace Lily is favored for its graceful appearance and suitability for various light conditions.

Spineless Yucca

Spineless Yucca
Image by The Spruce
Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NameYucca elephantipes
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone9-11
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor or Outdoor in warm climates
Blooming SeasonOccasional, not significant
Size (Height and Width)Up to 10 feet tall indoors, larger outdoors
LightFull sun to partial shade
SoilWell-draining, sandy soil
Temperature60-95°F (15-35°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringAllow soil to dry between waterings
ToxicityMildly toxic if ingested

The Yucca Elephantipes, a low-maintenance perennial, grows well indoors and outdoors in warm climates. Resistant to pests, this plant adds a resilient Southwest touch to landscapes or indoor spaces with its architectural form and drought tolerance. 

Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant
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Ease of GrowingEasy ●○○○○
Scientific NamePilea peperomioides
Plant TypePerennial
USDA Zone10-12
Indoor or OutdoorIndoor
Blooming SeasonRarely blooms, grown for foliage
Size (Height and Width)6-12 inches tall and wide
LightBright, indirect light
SoilWell-draining potting mix
Temperature60-75°F (15-24°C)
HardinessNot frost-tolerant
WateringAllow soil to dry between waterings
ToxicityNon-toxic

The Chinese Money Plant, also known as the Pancake Plant, is an easy-to-grow perennial with unique pancake-shaped leaves. It’s non-toxic, making it safe for pets and children, but be cautious about potential pests like spider mites.

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