If you want to add some different climbers to your houseplant collection, then check out these Cool Indoor Vines People Usually Don’t Grow in their homes.
When it comes to trailing houseplants, people always go for the most usual ones like pothos and philodendrons, not realizing that they are missing out on some species that are not really popular. Here’s one such list of 8 Cool Indoor Vines People Usually Don’t Grow, but you can try if you’re looking for alternatives.
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Cool Indoor Vines People Usually Don’t Grow
1. Corallina de Lucerna
Botanical Name: Begonia lucerna
Also known as Angel Wing Begonia, this rare climber is admired for olive green leaves that resemble bat’s or angel’s wings with silver spots. The bottom side of the leaves is dark red, which makes them more appealing.
2. Rex Begonia Vine
Botanical Name: Cissus discolor
This beautiful exotic vine can add a lot of appeal to any spot with large metallic colorful leaves displaying red, green, and white shades together.
Check out our article for growing Cissus discolor here
3. Maidenhair Vine
Botanical Name: Muehlenbeckia complexa
This creeping vine from New Zealand is also known as lacy wire vine, necklace vine, and angel vine. It offers thin, wiry leaves that grow densely on a compact, bushy, tangled plant. It’s perfect for hanging baskets and planters on plant stands.
4. Teddy Bear Vine
Botanical Name: Cyanotis kewensis
This unusual indoor vine has long creeping stems with tear-shaped silver-green fuzzy soft leaves that plunges over the rims of the container. For best growth, plant it under bright, indirect light.
5. Bead Vine
Botanical Name: Crassula rupestris
Also known as Rock Crassula, Buttons on a String, and Kebab Bush, this slow-growing succulent offers spreading branches with gray-green to brown-red leaves.
See our list of trailing succulents here for more such plants
6. Stephania Erecta
Botanical Name: Stephania pierrei
This rare caudiciform plant has a swollen stem that looks like a round ball. During spring, a charming vine with widely ovate green foliage patterned in white veins and yellow blooms spurts from it, making it look pretty amusing.
7. Kangaroo Pocket
Botanical Name: Dischidia vidalii
Kangaroo Pocket is also known as Ant plant and Bladder Vine. This epiphytic climber has small, fleshy, oval-shaped light green leaves, and its modified foliage makes a purse-like pouch stuffed with roots.
Fun Fact: This vine has an interdependent relationship with ants, the modified leaves provide shelter for them, and they protect the plant from pests and fertilize it with their excreta.
8. Zebra Basket Vine
Botanical Name: Aeschynanthus marmoratus
This lovely vine offers striking glossy green oval-shaped leaves with beautiful purple-hued variegation on the undersides that resemble stripes on the zebra skin hence the name.
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9. Fishbone Cactus
Botanical Name: Disocactus anguliger
Not exactly a vine, but its stems do grow long enough to make it look like a ‘vine.’ It is quite easy to grow and shows off deeply toothed green stems giving a zig-zag appearance. It blooms in strongly fragrant flowers, too!
Check out our article on growing Fishbone Cactus here
Botanical Name: Hoya
Hoyas popularity has been reduced recently, but there are wide amazing varieties you can try. Some of the best ones are listed here.
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11. Firebird Columnea
Botanical Name: Columnea gloriosa ‘Firebird’
‘Firebird’ is a South American epiphytic vine and prefers bright, indirect light to flower abundantly. It looks great in hanging baskets with thick waxy dark-green leaves.
12. Moonlight Scindapsus
Botanical Name: Scindapsus Treubii ‘Moonlight’
If you like glossy and deep green foliage, then this can be a great alternative to pothos. Just avoid growing it in complete shade.
13. Japanese Ivy
Botanical Name: Hedera rhombea
The beautiful variegated foliage of this plant carries a deep hue of yellow and green with blotches of cream. You can also train it to grow in different shapes.
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14. Algerian Ivy
Botanical Name: Hedera canariensis
Not a common indoor vine, but it surely demands attention, thanks to the way it looks with its cream and green foliage. Use a well-draining growing medium for it to thrive.
15. Arabian Wax Plant
Botanical Name: Cissus rotundfolia
The ‘wax’ in this plant’s name suggests the smooth and shiny texture of the foliage. The leaves mostly remain deep green, but the veins get more pronounced in bright indirect light.
16. Dubia Monstera
Botanical Name: Monstera dubia
Small and cute is what defines this plant, and the deeply veined foliage can be a head turner! You can keep it on coffee tables where the plant can get plenty of indirect light.