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How Do I Identify What Type Of House Plant This Is?

Monica Asks:

I bought a plant a few days ago and I do not know what kind it is how do i find out what it is.

Jamie Replies: There are a few ways; FlowerShop Network has a gallery of house plant pictures — go to FSN Pictures of House Plants, check out FSN Floral and Plant forum’s plant identification, or send me a few pictures of the plant and I will identify it. You can summit the picture to me through our ask the expert page.


  1. Christina Ott says:

    Do you know what kind of plant this is?

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  2. I belive it is a Pencil plant / Euphorbia tirucalli. However the computer I am using has a small screen making it hard to see the photo. I will give it another look next week when I am in the office.

  3. I have this thick stalked plant, what is it and how do I care for it?

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  4. same plant,long big leaves

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  5. I think you have a dumb cane. Caring For Dumb Cane — Dieffenbachia picta
    Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia picta) is a perennial native to tropical forest regions. Dumb Cane plants are among the most popular houseplants for its beautiful variegations, full foliage and thick stems. Dumb Cane are moderately easy plants that require light or partial shade and an evenly moist environment. Dumb Cane make excellent houseplants but can also be grown in a warm greenhouse or in a border. Dieffenbachia picta may also be interchangeably referred to as Dieffenbachia seguine.

    Dumb Cane Light Requirements

    Dumb Cane is found naturally in tropical forest areas and therefore requires less light than many plants. This is one of the reasons that Dumb Cane is a popular houseplant. The bright filtered light to partial shade of patios and sunrooms is perfect for Dumb Cane. Never maintain direct sunlight over Dumb Cane. Air that becomes too dry may lead to pest problems. However, admit full light in winter as the natural abundance of light decreases.

    Dumb Cane Water Requirements

    Dumb Cane enjoys a warm and humid environment. Be careful to maintain a warm, evenly moist environment as plants kept too cold may experience excessive leaf drop. The leaves of Dumb Cane may turn brown around the edges as an indication that the plant is waterlogged.

    To prevent these setbacks, water Dumb Cane regularly with lukewarm water. Allow tap water to stand until room temperature. This will allow heavy toxins such as chlorine to evaporate while preventing root shock in younger plants. Mist daily in summer and water sparingly in winter.

    Dumb Cane Fertilizer Requirements

    Pot Dumb Cane in soil-based potting mix. Apply a balanced (20-20-20) fertilizer monthly. Continue to pot on each spring with fresh soil and a slightly larger pot. When growing outdoors, grow in fertile and moist but well-drained soil.

  6. I got this plant when it was just two stubby woody pieces from my mothers plant but her is 20x bigger than my plant.. As it grew i still havent find out what it is. Do you what it might be?

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  7. Vann,

    I believe it is a type of Rex Cultorum Begonia or Angel Wing Begonia.

  8. My boyfriend brought this home a year ago but didn’t know what it was. It’s non flowering. I was just thinking it needs a bigger pot and then realized I don’t even know what it is or what kind of soil to get. It came planted in pebbles.

  9. I want to find out what kind of plant this is. I absolutely love it and want to get one for my home but don’t have a clue as to what it is.

  10. Mary,

    I think it is a type of Aglaonema commonly known as Chinese Evergreen

  11. Princess says:

    My grandma gave me this plant about 3 weeks ago but I dont know What kind of plant it is.

  12. Princess,

    The plant is a type of Echeveria from the Crassulaceae family. It is an easy to grow succulent.

  13. Sareena hughes says:

    What kind of plant is this??

  14. my brother got me this plant but I don’t know what it is and how often I water it
    It was really dry when I got it so I watered it till the soil was moist.
    It is yellow, very tiny, and each flower has 4 little yellow petals
    the leaves are pretty thick and the bottom of the container says grown in china for flora pack inc

  15. Jamie Woods says:

    Can you send a picture to jamie.woods@flowershopnetwork.com?

  16. I need help with this plant all I know is its dying and I’m dying with it. It has a bamboo stump and I received from my grandmas funeral

  17. Aynsley Broom says:

    Hi LaCrayshal,
    If it has a bamboo stump, it might be a lucky bamboo. You can read more about how to care for lucky bamboo here: https://www.flowershopnetwork.com/blog/flower-plant-care/plant-care/caring-for-lucky-bamboo-dracaena-sanderiana/

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