13 Best Large Foliage Houseplants | Indoor Plants With Big Leaves

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Want to improve your interior without splurging a lot of money? Plant these 13 Indoor Plants with Big Leaves in your home now!

If you want to improve your interior without splurging a lot of money, grow these large foliage houseplants. The look of stunning huge leaves can be new focal points. Also, a tall indoor plant with big leaves and can make a small room look bigger by drawing eyes vertically and creating an illusion of an enlarged interior.

1. Giant Bird of Paradise

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Bird of paradise can give an extraordinary look to your living room with its big banana-like foliage and excellent 5 to 6 feet height. On top of that, it’ll also greet you with its unique bird-like flowers. Place this tropical plant in a location with bright indirect sunlight.

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A Tip: Exposure to several hours of direct sunlight is ideal for its growth.

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)

Fiddle leaf fig is a tall indoor plant with big leaves. It’s a favorite of interior designers due to its large, shiny foliage and 6-feet average indoor height. It thrives well in both all-day-long indirect sunlight or part sun positions. Check out our article to learn how to grow it.

3. Philodendron


When it comes to large foliage indoor plants, you can’t miss philodendrons. Some of the best types for this purpose are split-leaf philodendron, tree philodendron, elephant ear philodendron, and red-leaf philodendron. All of them can grow well in indirect light.

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4. Elephant Ear

If you ever watched the famous sitcom “Two and a Half Man,” you must have noticed an elephant ear growing in the living room of Charlie Harper’s Malibu Beach House? How about having one like that in your home? Elephant ears are easy to grow and available in many types.

A Tip: Alocasia amazonica and Colocasia esculenta are two good choices.

5. Paper Plant (Fatsia Japonica)


The paper plant looks like it’s coming straight out of the tropical jungle due to its magnificent foliage. It is also known as a false castor plant because of its resemblance to the castor plant. Since fatsia thrives well in the shade, you can grow it in bright indirect light.

6. Caladium

Caladiums are appealing houseplants due to their large and variegated foliage with amazing color combinations like pink, red, white, and green. As caladiums can tolerate full shade easily, keep them in an indoor spot that receives filtered or indirect sunlight.

A Tip: Caladiums are ideal for floral arrangements. Trim caladium leaves and place them in a glass vase filled with water. They’ll not fade for a long time.

7. Hosta

If hostas look so elegant with large, waxy leaves of lime green to blue-green colors in garden beds, imagine having them indoors? It’s possible! Place your hosta houseplants in a well-lit position that receives a minimum of 2-3 hours of direct sunlight and water well to keep the soil slightly moist.

8. Swiss Cheese Plant

Adding one large monstera delisiosa plant can create a huge positive impact on your room like no other object. It’s known for its big perforated leaves and often confused with the split-leaf philodendron (Philodendron selloum & Philodendron bipinnatifidum).

A Tip: Choose a warm and bright indoor location that receives indirect sunlight and water moderately.

9. Rex Begonia

This small houseplant has intriguing foliage like no other indoor plant and looks impressive on tabletops and shelves. To grow, avoid overwatering, but keep the soil slightly moist. Though it likes humidity, avoid misting the foliage.

10. Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia has broad, upright foliage with a mix of green, white, and yellow color. This beautiful low maintenance plant is great for bedrooms, passages, and offices. It can be up to 5 feet tall in indirect light and needs water only when the topsoil is dry.

11. Calathea orbifolia

Calathea orbifolia is not as popular as the houseplants above, but it surely deserves to be in this list of tall indoor plants with big leaves. Its oval foliage is as large fiddle leaf fig and has beautiful stripes of silver and green color. It thrives well in day-long indirect sunlight and warm temperatures.

12. Leopard Plant

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Farfugium japonicum is prized for its thick and big shiny pelargonium-shaped leaves that can be 15 inches large and daisy-like yellow flowers that appear in fall and winter. This low growing shade garden plant can be a great houseplant too if you’ll keep it in a warm spot that receives 2-3 hours of morning sunlight.

13. Ruffled Fan Palm

If you’re looking for a tall indoor plant with big leaves, go for the ruffled fan palm (Licuala grandis). It has huge fan-shaped leaves and growing it is not so difficult, if you’re ready to keep a bigger pot in your home and have a large window that receives bright daylight.

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