Popular Tropical Rainforest Plants for your Home

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February 7, 2023

Do you dream of a lush, exotic environment? One that looks like it was transported straight out of the tropics… but doesn’t require all the maintenance that comes with living in those humid regions? Well then, we have some good news for you: You can bring some of that tropical goodness into your home! 

And if you’re already looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and cut down on energy use (like we are), these beautiful plants also make great additions to any household. In this article, I’ll give you eight easy suggestions for tropical rainforest plants that will inspire you as well as provide a little boost in both style and sustainability.



Aloe is a popular houseplant that can grow up to 3 feet tall. It’s best grown indoors, but will tolerate some shade outdoors in hot climates. Aloe plants need lots of light and water, so make sure you keep them moist at all times.

Aloe vera is also known as “the plant that heals” because it contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that can be used topically to treat burns or other skin issues like psoriasis or eczema.



Ficus is a genus of about 850 species of woody trees, shrubs, vines, epiphytes and hemiepiphytes in the family Moraceae. Figs are an important food source for wildlife and humans alike; they have been cultivated for at least 8,000 years. 

They grow well indoors as houseplants due to their tolerance of low light levels and high humidity.



Philodendron is a popular houseplant, but it can also be grown outdoors as a shade-loving vine. It’s easy to care for and tolerate low light conditions, making it a great choice for people who work long hours or have little time to spend watering their plants.


Philodendrons are tropical plants that require warm temperatures year-round–they’re not frost tolerant at all! They do best between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 29 degrees Celsius). 

As long as you live somewhere warm enough with indirect sunlight, you can grow philodendron indoors in pots or even set them on your windowsill if they get enough light there during the day. Some varieties of this plant actually prefer less direct sunlight than others; look up which ones are best suited for your home’s environment before purchasing one from the store so that it doesn’t get too much sun exposure while indoors during winter months when days are shorter than usual in most places across North America (this includes places like Canada!).

Philodendrons also need plenty of humidity–50% relative humidity should do just fine! You could add some pebbles into an empty dishwasher rack then fill it with water so that moisture evaporates off slowly throughout each day without creating mold growth issues inside your home, or place outside on wooden decking surfaces where these containers might sit outside all summer long too! 



Dracaena is a genus of about 70 species of trees, shrubs and succulent plants, native to Africa, Madagascar and the Arabian Peninsula. It’s a difficult plant to kill and can thrive in low-light environments. It’s an easy care, almost indestructible houseplant that tolerates neglect better than most other plants. Dracaenas grow well indoors or out; they don’t need much water but do need good drainage. They like bright light but will tolerate some shade (especially if it’s hot outside).

In addition to being an easy care plant, dracaena is also one of the best air purifiers around. It’s been shown that these plants can remove chemicals from the air such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. They’re also effective at removing formaldehyde from carpeting and fabrics.



Bromeliads are a diverse group of plants that grow in the rainforest, but also in other tropical and subtropical areas. They can be found on trees or on the ground. They have leaves that look like they’re covered with scales, which are actually called bracts. The plant uses these leaves to collect water and nutrients from their environment for food–and then stores it all in its center (or “cup”).

Bromeliads make great house plants because they need very little care, yet they add beauty to any room they’re placed in!


Peace Lily

The peace lily is a popular houseplant. It’s easy to grow and looks beautiful in any room.

Peace lilies are tropical plants, so they need lots of light and warm temperatures–between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (16-29 C). They don’t like drafts or cold air blowing on them, so make sure you put your peace lily away from vents or doors that could cause it to get too cold.

Peace lilies make good companions for other plants because they help filter out toxins from the air that are released by some common houseplants such as spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) and rubber tree fern (Polypodium polypodioides).


Beautiful plants from the tropical rainforest can bring life to your home and help you reduce your carbon footprint at the same time!

The following are some of the most popular tropical rainforest plants for your home:

  • Palm tree
  • Dracaena (Dragon Tree)
  • Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

Tropical rainforest plants like palm trees and snake plants can be grown in your home with little effort and will provide an exotic look to any room. These beautiful plants are also beneficial for the environment because they help reduce carbon emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air around them, as well as lowering indoor temperatures via natural air conditioning. 

They’re inexpensive too! You can order a starter kit online or buy individual pieces at most nurseries or hardware stores near you. Once they arrive at your doorstep all that’s left to do is care for them properly so they thrive in their new environment until they reach maturity–which should take anywhere from six months up, depending on how much sunlight each individual species needs per day (here’s where knowing about these different types beforehand comes into play).


I hope this list has inspired you to bring some greenery into your home! The tropical rainforest is an amazing place, and these plants are just a few examples of how much life they have to offer. If you’re looking for something specific that isn’t on this list (maybe because it’s endangered in its native habitat), I encourage you to do some research into other types of plants that might work well as replacements.

 Also keep in mind that not all plants require direct sunlight–some will grow happily even when placed near window sills or under artificial lights indoors so long as they receive enough light during the day (such as fluorescent bulbs).

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