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10 Bathroom Plants That Will Jazz Up Your Space and Purify the Air


A bathroom is one area of the house (like the laundry room) that we often don’t think about when we’re buying beautiful home decor. You go in and do your business, and then you leave; the bathroom is sort of just there. But why not make your washroom feel as warm and inviting as the rest of your house? These hassle-free plants will not only add a pop of color to your all-white bathrooms, but they also clean the air without you having to lift a finger. Pretty neat, right?

Donkey’s tail 

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This funky little guy can grow to four feet in length, so it’s best as a hanging plant. That said, the thick stems of a mature plant will be quite heavy, so be sure that you have a sturdy pot and a proper support system. 

String of pearls 

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These bulb-like plants that actually really resemble a (green) string of pearls can grow up to three feet long. These hanging plants make great houseplants because they require minimal care. A word of warning: The flowers are toxic, so keep them away from pets and kids.

Peace lily 

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These beauties will give your bathroom a very tropical feel. And though their appearance might make you believe these are high-maintenance plants, these guys are pretty hardy. If you’re like us and often forget to water the plants, peace lilies will start to droop when they’re thirsty. They are also great at neutralizing toxic chemicals in the air and are even used by NASA to purify the air in their space stations. 

Baby’s tears 

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What a sad name! These delicate greens are also sometimes called mind-your-own-business — a name that’s sure to make you laugh out loud.

Unlike the previous plants, baby’s tears are low growing. They only get to about six inches in height, so they’re a nice addition to any terrariums. They spread quite quickly, and many people also use them as a ground cover. 

Fiddle leaf fig 

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These giants fit perfectly in an unused corner of a bathroom. The larger varieties can grow to be between five and seven feet, so if you don’t have high ceilings, you should be prepared for a pruning session every now and again. 

If you don’t like the look of brown leaves (and who does?), the sad news about the fiddle leaf fig is that the browning is permanent. You don’t have to remove the browned leaves, but you can.

Moth orchid 


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Winter can be a bit dreary, but these stunners will bring a smile to your face all year round. Despite having tropical origins, these orchids can get sunburned, just like humans! So make sure you move them to the shade if you start noticing the leaves wither or brown spots appear.

Did you know there’s an orchid island? It will require a bit of saving on your part, but for the next family vacation, a trip to Orchid Island off the coast of Taiwan would certainly be a memorable one.

Staghorn fern or Elkhorn fern 

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Staghorn ferns, also called Elkhorn ferns, are epiphytes, which means they’re air plants. They can grow on other on other plants or trees and thrive. 

These bad boys are a little different than your average houseplant. Mature ferns need to be placed in a hanging basket or mounted to a wall board. 

Asparagus fern 

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Though they have fern in their name, they’re not actually ferns. It’s actually a member of the Liliaceae family. Another easy-to-care-for hanging plant, these guys will produce berries if they’re happy and healthy. 

Mother-in-law’s tongue 

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That’s a mouthful — literally! So if you don’t want to spit out five syllables every time someone asks you what kind of plant is in your bathroom, you can just call it a snake plant.

Now if you have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is, you’ll still have a hard time killing a snake plant. These hardy little spikes can survive just about anything.

Mistletoe cactus 

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Like the elkhorn ferns, a mistletoe cactus is an epiphyte. They can grow to up to six feet in length, so keep that in mind when deciding whether to hang them or let them rest on the ground. Contrary to what the cactus part of the name might imply, these guys do not have spikes, so feel free to touch them.

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