20 Large Leafed Indoor Plants | Plants that Make a Statement | Stand Alone Indoor Plants


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Large leafed indoor plants will make a bold statement and add that wow factor in any space. They are perfect for filling up the large spaces.

Some of the statement houseplants are easy to grow under room conditions and generally require little attention. While selecting these plants, consider the level of care required as well as the space available.

Stand alone indoor plants can grow quite large, however, the size can be controlled by pruning. These plants act as a focal point in any space.

Best Statement Indoors Plants with Care Guides

Below is our selection of the best large leafed plants to add elegance to your home with names and pictures.

1. Swiss Cheese Plant

Swiss cheese Plant, Monstera deliciosa

Botanical name: Monstera deliciosa
Common names: Swiss Cheese Plant, Split Leaf Philodendron, Monster Fruit, Mexican Breadfruit, Windowleaf Plant
Origin: Southern Mexico
Height: 20 ft

Swiss Cheese Plant is a popular plant whose large deeply perforated leaves are a sight to behold, is easy to grow even for a beginner and is a good indoor air cleaner.

Monstera deliciosa is a ideal as a stand alone plant for occupying large empty spaces. To produce an upright plant, provide a moss stick to support it and also push the aerial roots into the soil.

Split Leaf Philodendron thrives in bright to medium, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing period. Learn more on how to grow and care for Monstera deliciosa.

2. Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant, Ficus elastica

Botanical name: Ficus elastica
Common names: Rubber Plant, Rubber Fig, Rubber Tree, Rubber Bush, Indian Rubber Tree, Indian Rubber Bush
Origin: South Asia and Southeast Asia
Height: 6-10 ft

Rubber Plant is a popular tree-like plant, an ideal statement plant that is easy to grow and easily adaptable to indoor growing conditions. It is also a good indoor air cleaner.

There are many varieties of Rubber Plants to choose from like Ficus elastica 'Decora', Ficus elastica 'robusta' (Bronze Rubber Plant), Ficus elastica 'Black Prince', Ficus elastica 'Tineke', Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' among others.

Ficus elastica grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn more on how to grow and care for Rubber Plant.

3. Anthurium brownii

Anthurium brownii

Botanical name: Anthurium brownii
Common name: Anthurium brownii
Origin: Costa Rica to Columbia
Height: 2-3 ft

Anthurium brownii is a large leafed Anthurium whose large, curly, ribbed, yellow-veined, heart-shaped leaves stand out in any space and feel like a fiddle leaf fig in texture.

Anthurium brownii blooms and fruits year round, the blooms comprise of a long protruding spadix covered in spirals of tiny flowers, and the spathe hangs down below the spadix.

Anthurium brownii thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn more on how to grow and care for Anthurium brownii.

4. Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree, Schefflera actinophylla

Botanical name: Schefflera actinophylla
Common names: Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree, Australia Umbrella Tree, Queensland Umbrella, Amate
Origin: Queensland, Northern Australia, New Guinea and Java
Height: 6-8 ft

Umbrella Tree is one of the popular, easy to grow and propagate tree-like indoor plants and is an ideal statement plant for the large spaces.

Schefflera actinophylla gets its common name, 'umbrella Tree', from its large finger-like glossy leaflets radiating like umbrella spokes. The common name, 'Octopus Tree', is because of its spectacular, red-colored, tentacle-like flowers.

Australia Umbrella Tree grows best in bright light away from direct sunshine, moderate warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn more on how to grow and care for Umbrella Tree.

5. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig, Ficus lyrata

Botanical name: Ficus lyrata
Common name: Fiddle Leaf Fig
Origin: western Africa; Cameroon West to Sierra Leone
Height: 6-10 ft

Fiddle Leaf Fig is a good choice for a large leafed statement plant. The striking large violin-like leaves are spectacular in the large spaces.

Ficus lyrata is relatively tough and can withstand less than perfect conditions fairly well. The leaves are up to 1.5 ft long, leathery in texture, have prominent veins and a wavy margin.

Fiddle Leaf Fig prefers bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn how to grow and care for Fiddle Leaf Fig.

6. Philodendron sagittifolium

Philodendron sagittifolium

Botanical name: Philodendron sagittifolium
Common name: Philodendron sagittifolium
Origin: Brazil, Mexico, Peru
Height: 10 ft

Philodendron sagittifolium is an easy-care, vigorously-growing climber whose large, arrow-shaped leaves are pale green on top and the undersides are dark-green with light green spots.

Philodendron sagittifolium can be grown as a climber on a trellis or moss stick. The stems require a firm support to prevent the plant from toppling over.

Philodendron sagittifolium thrives in bright indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soils coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Read more on how to grow and care for Philodendron sagittifolium.

7. Calathea orbifolia

Calathea orbifolia, Round-leaf Calathea

Botanical name: Calathea orbifolia
Common names: Calathea orbifolia
Origin: Northeast and southeast regions of Brazil.
Height: 8 ft

Calathea orbifolia sometimes called Round-leaf Calathea is one of the popular Calathea Plants which bears large, round leaves whose surfaces is light-green with lighter-green variegation along the rib and margins and is a perfect stand alone plant.

Calathea orbifolia is an easy-care Calathea plant which requires medium, indirect light and moderately moist, rich free-draining soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

8. Peace Lily

Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii

Botanical name: Spathiphyllum wallisii
Common names: Peace Lily, White Sails, Spathe Flower
Origin: Central America, Southeastern Asia
Height: 3 ft

Peace Lily is one of the most popular indoor plants on account of its ability to clean the air while the large, dark-green glossy leaves and white blooms will brighten any space.

The bloom in White Sails is a spathe which appears pale green as it begins to grow and turns white at it opens. It surrounds a spadix that is densely covered by tiny, white flowers.

Spathiphyllum wallisii thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and moderately humid conditions and moderately moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn more on how to grow and care for Peace Lily.

9. Alocasia 'Regal Shield'

Alocasia 'Regal Shield', Regal Shield Elephant Ear

Botanical name: Alocasia odora X Alocasia reginula
Common names: Alocasia 'Regal Shield', Regal Shield Elephant Ear, Regal Shield Alocasia
Origin: Africa
Height: 5 ft

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' is a fast growing plant which bears large, heart-shaped dark-green to almost black leaves with light-green venation on light-green stems.

Regal Shield Elephant Ear is highly adaptable to indoor growing conditions and will make a perfect statement plant for a narrow space. It is one of the popular Alocasia plants on account of its size and spectacular foliage.

Regal Shield Alocasia grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soils coupled with regular feeding during the growing season. Read more on how to grow and care for Alocasia 'Regal Shield'.

10. Bird's Nest Fern

Asplenium nidus, Bird's Nest Fern

Botanical name: Asplenium nidus
Common names: Bird's Nest Fern, Asplenium Fern
Origin: East africa, Asia
Height: 2 ft

Bird's Nest Fern is a large and bold plant, beautiful enough to be displayed as a focal point plant. The spear-like leaves can grow up to 3 ft long.

Asplenium Fern fronds are fragile, ensure that they are not crushed and that they have adequate room to develop. Remove dead and damaged fronds so that new ones can grow.

Asplenium nidus prefers bright, indirect light, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well drained soils coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn how to grow and care for Asplenium Fern.

11. Caladium

Caladium, Caladium hortulanum, Heart of Jesus Plant

Botanical name: Caladium hortulanum
Common names: Caladium, Elephant Ear, Angel Wings, Heart of Jesus Plant
Origin: South America, Central America
Height: 2 ft

Caladiums bear large, striking arrow-shaped, paper thin and beautifully marked leaves which will add a wow factor in any space. The common colors are white, pink and red.

However, Caladium foliage only lasts a short time from late spring to early autumn. Thereafter, it dies and the plant goes dormant which is a natural characteristic of this plant.

Caladium hortulanum thrives in medium to bright, indirect light, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, well-drained soils coupled with regular feeding during the growing season. Read more on how to grow and care for Caladium hortulanum.

12. Corn Palm

Corn Palm, Dracaena fragrans

Botanical name: Dracaena fragrans
Common names: Corn Palm, Corn Plant, Striped Dracaena, Compact Dracaena
Origin: Sudan south, Mozambique, C么te d'Ivoire, Angola
Height: 6 ft

Corn Palm is an easy care plant whose glossy, large, yellow-striped leaves will brighten up any space. The leaves can grow upto 1.5 ft long and about 10 in. wide.

Dracaena fragrans sheds the lower leaves as it grows, leaving a bare stem with a cluster of leaves at the top which makes it look like a palm and hence the common name.

Corn Plant grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, average warmth and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding. Read more on how to grow and care for Corn Palm.

13. Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior, Cast Iron Plant

Botanical name: Aspidistra elatior
Common name: Cast Iron Plant
Origin: Taiwan and islands in southern Japan
Height: 1.5-2.5 ft

Cast Iron Plant is one of the highly tolerant plants, almost an indestructible plant that easily adapts to varying indoor growing conditions. It bears large, glossy, dark-green leaves, about 1-1.5 ft long.

Varieties of Aspidistra elatior include Okame whose green leaves bear dramatic white streaks along the leaf length, Lennon's Song whose leaves bear light green or yellow vertical stripes, Ashahi whose leaf tips become white as the plant grows among others.

Cast Iron Plant thrives in bright light away from direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn more on how to grow and care for Aspidistra elatior.

14. Croton Plant

Croton Plant, Codiaeum variegatum

Botanical name: Codiaeum variegatum
Common names: Croton Plant, Joseph's Coat
Origin: Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and Western Pacific Ocean islands
Height: 9 ft

Croton Plants are popular plants on account of their vivid foliage colors and varied leaf shapes. They bear large, thick, leathery and shiny leaves.

Joseph's Coat stiff leaves are borne on an upright stem; the usual pattern is large and lobed foliage on which there are distinctly colored veins.

Codiaeum variegatum grows best in bright light with some direct morning or evening sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season. Read more on how to grow and care for Croton Plant.

15. Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm, Beaucarnea recurvata

Botanical name: Beaucarnea recurvata
Common names: Ponytail Palm, Elephant Foot
Origin: Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosi in eastern Mexico
Height: 6 ft

Ponytail Palm is an easy care plant that does not require a lot of attention which makes it perfect for a beginner or the forgetful plant parent.

Beaucarnea recurvata has a large, swollen bulb that stores water which resembles an elephant's foot and hence the common name 'Elephant Foot'. It is topped by a plume of long, strap-like leaves which give this plant its common name 'Ponytail Palm'.

Ponytail Palm prefers bright light with some direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Read more on how to grow and care for Ponytail Palm indoors.

16. Dumb Cane

Dumb cane, Dieffenbachia

Botanical name: Dieffenbachia spp
Common name: Dumb Cane
Origin: Mexico, West Indies
Height: 5 ft

Dumb Canes are popular plants with large and highly decorative leaves, easy to grow and a good air cleaner. The leaves are simple and alternate containing white spots and flecks.

The common name, "Dumb Cane", is derived from the unpleasant effect of its poisonous sap on the mouth and throat. Dieffenbachia is poisonous to both humans and pets if ingested. Always wash hands thoroughly after handling.

Dieffenbachia thrives in bright indirect light away from direct sunshine, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soils coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season. Read more on how to grow and care for Dumb Cane.

17. Bird of Paradise Plant

Bird of Paradise Plant, Strelitzia reginae

Botanical name: Strelitzia reginae
Common names: Bird of Paradise Plant, Crane Flower
Origin: South Africa
Height: 5-7 ft

Bird of Paradise Plant is one of the most spectacular flowering plants with vivid bright orange and blue flowers which can last for several weeks are borne on top of tall stalks and surrounded by large leaves.

Crane Flower was described by Joseph Banks in 1788. The species name, 'reginae', means 'of the queen', in commemoration of the British queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III.

Strelitzia reginae grows best in bright light with some direct sunshine, cool to average warmth, humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn more on how to grow and care for Bird of Paradise Plant.

18. Polka Dot Begonia

Begonia maculata, Polka Dot Begonia, Trout Begonia, Spotted Begonia

Botanical name: Begonia maculata
Common names: Polka Dot Begonia, Trout Begonia, Spotted Begonia
Origin: Brazil
Height: 8 ft

Polka Dot Begonia is an evergreen shrubby plant which bears large, glossy, olive-green leaves blotched with white dot-like spots and hence the common name.

Spotted Begonia may be less spectacular in bloom than other Begonias but has the advantage of keeping its large, beautiful "Angel Wing" leaves through out the year.

Begonia maculata grows best in bright, indirect light, average warmth, average humidity and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with weekly feeding during the growing season. Read more on how to grow and care for Polka Dot Begonia.

19. Japanese Aralia

Fatsia japonica, Japanese Aralia

Botanical name: Fatsia japonica
Common names: Japanese Aralia, Paperplant, Glossy-leaf Paper Plant
Origin: southern Japan, southern Korea and Taiwan
Height: 4-6 ft

Japanese Aralia is an excellent stand alone, hardy plant which bears large, deeply lobed and leathery textured leaves.

Paperplant has been shown to be a good indoor air cleaner which effectively removes formaldehyde gas from indoor air. One of its common variety is Spider's Web or Spider White which bears variegated leaves.

Fatsia japonica thrives in medium to bright light, average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Learn how to grow and care for Japanese Aralia.

20. Dracaena deremensis

Dracaena deremensis

Botanical name: Dracaena deremensis
Common name: Dracaena deremensis
Origin: Tropical Africa and Asia
Height: 4-6 ft

Dracaena deremensis is ideal as a stand alone plant or as part of a mixed group, with the various leaf patterns complementing and overlapping one another.

Common varieties of Dracaena deremensis include Dracaena deremensis Janet Craig, Dracaena deremenis warneckii, Dracaena deremensis, Dracaena deremensis Lemon Suprise,Dracaena deremensis Janet Craig Compacta among many others.

Dracaena deremensis grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warmth and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season. Read more on how to grow and care for Dracaena deremensis.

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