12 of the Best Plants for Kids' Bedrooms

None of these quirky beauties need a ton of care or attention.

Houseplants shouldn't just be limited to the living room. When it comes to children's bedrooms, choose plants that "have something quirky about them, even verging on the macabre," Ian Drummond and Kara O'Reilly suggest in their new book, At Home With Plants. "A good approach is to choose plants that can be dotted in among their books and bits and pieces."

And of course, "choose varieties that can take a fair bit of neglect," they advise. With this in mind, take a look at 12 plants ideal for children's spaces in this excerpt from At Home With Plants.

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Gerbera jamesonii

Common name: Barberton daisy

Light: Good light

Care: Keep moist while in bloom; can dry out slightly afterwards

Tips: Remove dead flowers to encourage blooming for as long as possible.

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Codiaeum variegatum

Common name: Croton/Joseph's coat

Light: Good light

Care: Keep slightly moist

Tips: Prune top when plant becomes tall, and root like a stem tip cutting.

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Dionaea muscipula

Common name: Venus fly trap

Light: Good light; avoid direct sun

Care: Keep moist, but don't over-water

Tips: Use distilled water; ideal for terrariums.

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Echeveria elegans

Common name: Mexican gem

Light: Bright light

Care: Keep slightly moist

Tips: Cut off the offshoots and propagate them to prevent the pot from becoming overcrowded.

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Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Common name: Flaming Katy

Light: Place in good light, but not in direct sunlight

Care: Water only when compost is dry

Tips: Pinch off blooms after the flowers fade to preserve look of the plant.

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Common name: Living stone

Light: Good light

Care: Water lightly in spring and autumn

Tips: Keep dry in summer and winter to follow natural growth cycle.

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Maranta leuconeura

Common name: Prayer plant

Light: Moderate light

Care: Enjoys high humidity; keep compost moist

Tips: Trim back to keep shape and promote new growth.

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Philodendron xanadu

Common name: None

Light: Moderate light

Care: Allow to dry out between waterings

Tips: Tuck aerial roots back into the pot.

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Schlumbergera truncata

Common name: Christmas cactus

Light: Place in indirect light

Care: Needs well-drained compost; tolerates high humidity

Tips: Avoid over-watering, under-watering, or other stress to prevent flowers from dropping.

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Tillandsia cyanea

Common name: Pink quill

Light: Bright light

Care: Spray twice weekly; keep moist

Tips: Keep cool in winter to encourage spring blooms.

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