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This bromeliad reaches 3 feet
Vriesia hieroglyphica hybrid
Foliage: Leaves are curvaceous, always dressed in skintight patterning.
Plant: This bromeliad reaches 3 feet tall and wide. Lives for 8 to 10 years before it blooms, then dies.
Most interesting texture
Black aralia (Polyscias guilfoylei)
Foliage: Ruffled, slightly coarse leaves on slim trunks--the most interesting texture of any houseplant we've seen.
Plant: A tender shrub from the tropics, it grows slowly to 12 feet. Water when soil has dried 2 to 3 inches below the surface.
Light: Moderate to bright.
Dramatic all year
The jungle queen
Foliage: Lush 2-foot-long leaves of deep green are dramatic all year; luxuriant white flowers in spring.
Plant: A peace lily, it can reach 4 feet tall.
Light: Low to medium.
The grand dame
Ficus lyrata 'Little Fiddle'
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