Plants brighten our spaces, clean our air and lift our spirits. And now that you can order (real!) houseplants on Amazon, it’s easier than ever to reap the benefits of natural greenery. We know, we know: You can’t seem to keep plants alive—neither can we. So dug around to find the hardest-to-kill plants with glowing reviews and the highest ratings on qualities like overall beauty, condition upon arrival, and longevity. The result? 10 forgiving green goddesses— from an exotic striped zebra plant to a cutie with UFO-shaped leaves—that practically grow themselves.
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Five adorable succulents arrive well-rooted in two inch pots, ready for transferring to that gorgeous glass terrarium you’ve been eyeing. These little guys require minimal care—some species only need watering once a month—and can live indoors all year long, or outside in the summer. Makes a great gift.
This dude might have better hair days than you. At 15 to 20 inches high, the fresh-from-the-farm ponytail palm comes planted in a pretty cream-colored ceramic pot. It loves bright indoor light and needs minimal watering—only when the soil is dry to the touch.
Add some tropical flair to your pad with this bold Bromeliad. It grows slowly, so need to prune it back constantly, and likes medium to bright light. It only needs water when the soil feels dry. Arrives at a minimum 18 inches tall, in a 6-inch ceramic planter.
Bring on the good karma (and hopefully some cash) with this money tree, a traditional symbol of good luck. Actually five trees woven together, your new bonsai likes a sunny spot and water every few days. Planter included; 10 to 14 inches tall.
Native to southern Brazil, this heart leaf philodendron is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. It can live anywhere in your home—except in direct light. It’s a trailing and climbing plant—perfect for a macrame hanger or in front of a trellis. Vines can grow to reach six feet in length.
Known as a “pancake plant” or “UFO plant” for its flat round leaves, this cutie will arrive in a 2-inch pot with at least six full-size leaves. Reviewers loved how well the plant was packaged and how healthy it was upon arrival.
With its sword-like spiky leaves, the “snake plant” will perk up any empty corner and clean your air, as it releases oxygen during the night. In fact, it’s one of the top air-purifying plants identified by NASA, removing at least 107 pollutants, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, chloroform and benzene.
With its lacy fronds, this puffy beauty can add substance and style to various decors—from mid-century modern (think 70s shag rugs!) to traditional. The slow-growing beauty likes bright filtered light and would thrive both indoors or outside on a patio.
Place it in a sunny window, sit back, and enjoy the artistic grandeur of this striped, graphic beauty. A definite conversation starter, it only needs watering once every three weeks! Reviewers say it’s “absolutely beautiful” and “arrived in perfect condition.” The picture makes it look big, but it’s actually a compact—and awesome—plant.
These delicate plants need no soil! They can be placed pretty much anywhere— from a shelf to a terrarium— and just need once-a-week watering. They absorb water through their leaves, not their roots, so you can either soak them in water or spritz them. They like bright (but not direct) light, and can even do well in an office with fluorescent lighting.
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