Publication date February 22, 2024

15 Tall Indoor Plants That Will Make a Statement and Purify Your Air

Tall Indoor Plants

A towering Fiddle Leaf Fig graces a sun-drenched corner, its glossy leaves adding instant drama. In another room, a Snake Plant with its architectural form provides sleek, low-maintenance greenery. These are just two examples of the many stunning tall indoor plants that can transform your space, adding a touch of life and a bold statement. 

Whether you're a seasoned plant parent or just starting out, there's a tall houseplant out there that's perfect for you. So let’s get started and explore 15 of our favorites that will help beautify your home and purify the air you breathe.

1. Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm

The first tall indoor plant is this plant of the Victorian era in the UK. The beautiful palms were a status symbol, and you can still see them in homes or many coffee shops. Kentia Palm is really good at coping with low lighting if needed. 

  • Name: Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana)
  • Mature Height: Up to 10 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water whenever the top 2 in. of soil feel dry

2. Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera Deliciosa

If you’re looking for a real statement piece, you won’t find a better one than the Monstera Deliciosa. The gaps in its stunning leaves which are called fenestrations allow the sun to reach the lower parts of the plant. But, you need to keep in mind that they are toxic to people and pets.

  • Name: Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa)
  • Mature Height: Up to 10 to 15 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water:  Water whenever the top 2 in. of soil are dry

3. Snake Plant

Snake Plant

If you’re looking for something easy or low-maintenance indoor plants, choosing a snake plant would be a good idea. Although you can get them in pretty much any size, if you want a tall one, it's that way as they’re relay slow growers. Also, keep an eye on pets and kids around them as they are mildly toxic. 

  • Name: Snake plant (Dracaena spp.)
  • Mature Height: Up to 8 ft. tall
  • Light: Most light conditions
  • Water: Water when soil feels dry

4. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

While fiddle-leaf figs are absolutely more of a finicky type of plant, if you care for them the right way, they’ll reward you with giant, stunning leaves. But, keep in mind that these are toxic to people. 

  • Name: Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)
  • Mature Height: Up to 10 ft. tall
  • Light: bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water when the top 2 in. of soil feels dry

5. Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

This popular houseplant gets its name because the latex running through the leaf veins was once used to make rubber. Remember not to let pets or kids do a taste test on the leaves; the plant is toxic.

  • Name: Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
  • Mature Height: Up to 10 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water when the top 2 in. of soil feels dry

6. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm

The parlor palm is another great indoor tall plant that will transport you back to Victorian times in the UK where it was also a status symbol. It brings elegance to a room and can grow fairly tall. 

  • Name: Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
  • Mature Height: Up to 6 ft. tall
  • Light: Moderate to bright light
  • Water: Water whenever the top 2 in. of soil are dry

7. Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig

You’ll be shocked to know that a weeping fig can grow up to 100 feet tall in its natural habitat. In our home, it can reach about six feet, so will look great in a corner as a statement plant. Simply pull it out about a foot from the wall and it’ll look like an epic piece of decor. This plant is also can be a great option if you’re looking for a tall houseplant that needs low light. Note that weeping figs are toxic to people and pets. 

  • Name: Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • Mature Height: Up to 6 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Keep soil moist, but not soggy

8. Money Tree

Money Tree

The most notable feature of the money tree is the gorgeous braided trunk. In feng shui it is said to bring good fortune to the recipient, so it’s often given as a gift.

  • Name: Money tree (Pachira aquatica)
  • Mature Height: Up to 6 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water only when the soil is completely dry

9. Giant Bird of Paradise

Giant Bird of Paradise

This plant is also sometimes called the wild banana plant, although you definitely won’t get any fruit from this. The giant bird of paradise gets its nickname from the looks of its leaves, which are quite familiar to those of an actual banana plant. 

  • Name: Giant bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)
  • Mature Height: Up to 6 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Keep soil consistently moist but not wet

10. Corn Plant

Corn Plant

Corn plants are unique because of how their leaves grow from their trunk. Their wing-like foliage will make a dramatic statement in your home.  These plants are toxic to people and pets.

  • Name: Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans)
  • Mature Height: Up to 6 ft. tall
  • Light: Most light conditions except for direct sun
  • Water: Drought tolerant; let the soil dry out completely in between waterings

11. Peace Lily

Peace Lily

The peace lily will reward you with pretty white flowers as long as you treat it well. Keep the humidity and lighting right, and you should see flowers in spring and summer. This plant is toxic to pets and humans.

  • Name: Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
  • Mature Height: Up to 4 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright, indirect light (necessary for the plant to flower)
  • Water: Water when the top 1 in. of soil is dry

12. Desert Cactus

Desert Cactus

If you’re in search of some desert vibes in your home, you have to add a desert cactus. It looks similar to a cactus you’d imagine dotting the horizon. But keep it away from kids because the sap of this plant is toxic. 

  • Name: Desert cactus (Euphorbia spp.)
  • Mature Height: Up to 7 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright light
  • Water: Let the soil dry out completely between waterings

13. Coconut Palm 

Coconut Palm

One of the best tall indoor plants, the coconut palm with only a single palm leaf growing from a coconut, is striking and will add something special to your space. But it’s worth mentioning that these are usually an investment and don’t last especially long as houseplants, so be sure to enjoy it while it lasts.

  • Name: Coconut palm tree (Cocos nucifera)
  • Mature Height: Up to 8 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Keep soil moist but not soggy

14. Variegated Croton

Variegated Croton

If you have that colorful vibe and looking for an indoor plant to match that, it’s best to get your hands on a Croton. They have variegated leaves with bright and vivid patterns of red, orange, green, yellow, or pink color. When caring for it, keep in mind that the sap is toxic.

  • Name: Variegated croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
  • Mature Height: Up to 4 ft. tall
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Keep soil moist at all times

15.  Alocasia Zebrina

Alocasia Zebrina

Our last plant in this list has to be this stunning plant featuring long zebra-printed stems. The leaves of Alocasia Zebrina which resemble elephant ears, are the cherry on top of this beauty. You still need to remember that it is toxic to people.

  • Name: Zebra plant (Alocasia zebrina)
  • Mature Height: Up to 3 ft. tall
  • Light: Medium to bright, indirect light
  • Water: Keep soil moist but not wet

Tips on Watering Tall Indoor Plants

Watering Tall Indoor Plants

When it comes to watering tall indoor plants know that most of the roots of the plant aren't right at the soil surface, so the best way to water indoor plants is to pour on enough water to thoroughly soak the soil around each plant, continuing until water starts to run out of the container's drainage hole at the base. 

If you notice the extra water in a saucer, sometimes your plant's soil will absorb a bit more while it sits in it. But, ensure to dump out the saucer after about 10 minutes, or your plant's roots may rot.

Another option for how to water indoor plants, especially the tall ones is to fill the saucer or other type of basin with water and put your plant containers inside to soak up water from their base. You'll realize that the water will soak into the soil through the drainage holes in a few minutes. 

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