7 Mesmerizing Houseplants That Start with J

There are tons of houseplants out there, and since every plant has a botanical name as well as several common names, you can find plants starting with every letter of the alphabet from A to Z.

When it comes to houseplants that start with J, the list might not be the largest. However, it still features some widely popular examples, such as Jade Plant, Jasmine Plant, and Jewel Orchids.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through all houseplant species that start with J, along with some information about their origin and ideal growing conditions.

1. Jade Plant

Jade plant

Let’s start with one of the most popular houseplants that start with J. The Jade plant, also known as “Crassula ovata” is one of the most popular species of the Crassula genus.

The plant goes by a variety of other common names, such as “Money Plant” and “Lucky Plant”. The reasons behind these names are disputed.

Some historians believe that the plant is called so because its leaves resemble small coins while others link it to Asian cultures where the plant is considered a good luck charm for financial gains. Despite that, the plant is originally native to South Africa and Mozambique.

Like most succulents, the Jade Plant has excellent tolerance to drought. In fact, the plant needs relatively dry soil because it’s sensitive to overwatering, so you only need to water it once every 2 to 3 weeks.

As for light, the Jade Plants need around 5 to 6 hours a day of indirect yet bright sunlight. For that reason, the ideal spot to keep the Jade pot is near an east-facing window.

Avoid exposing the plant to direct sunlight because it can scorch the leaves, especially young Jade plants. As the plant grows older, its ability to withstand direct sunlight improves.

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2. Jasmine Plant

The beautiful and immensely fragrant Jasmine plant is one of the most popular plant species in the world.

Jasmine exists in a variety of species, and while most of them can be grown indoors, the best species for that purpose are the White and Japanese Jasmine Plants, which are botanically known as “Jasminum polyanthum” and “Jasminum mesnyi”.

Despite the name, the plant is actually native to Southern China and Vietnam. However, due to the popularity of the plant, it has been cultivated in various parts of the world.

Jasmine is grown commercially outdoors but it can thrive and grow surprisingly well when kept indoors too.

In addition to the beautiful flowers of the plant that bloom in spring and summer, the plant will fill the room with an amazing aroma, especially during the night!

The Jasmine plant requires ample exposure to bright sunlight in order to bloom. You also need to keep the plant in relatively cold weather that ranges between 60 to 75 degrees F. As for watering, you only need to water the plant when the soil starts to dry out.

Another bonus that makes Jasmine a worthy challenge for an experienced grower is that the plant is non-toxic to humans and pets.

3. Jewel Orchid

Jewel Orchid

There are many orchid species that are commonly used as houseplants, such as the Moth Orchid, which is a popular species that is prized for flat flower petals.

A special alternative to the Moth Orchid would be the Jewel Orchid, which is actually prized for having some of the most unique foliage among all of its relatives.

The plant is originally native to hot and relatively humid regions in Southeast Asia and China as well as some parts of Eastern North America.

This means that the plant prefers relatively high temperatures and humidity, so it’s not an ideal houseplant if you live in an area where it gets really cold in the winter.

In the plant’s natural habitat, the plant is rarely exposed to direct sunlight, which means that you can grow the plant in relatively dark corners of the house.

Make sure that you also mist the plant continuously and keep its soil relatively damp but not dripping wet to protect the plant from root rot.

4. Justicia

Justicia is a large genus of flowering shrubs that belongs to the Acanthaceae Family that contains over 700 different species and hundreds of variants and cultivars.

The most popular species out there is the Justicia carnea, which is commonly known as “Brazilian Plume”.

The name is derived from the looks of the plant’s flowers, which resemble the plumes of an exotic bird. The plant is originally native to the subtropical regions of India, South America, and Africa.

The plant thrives in relatively warm conditions and requires fair exposure to full sunlight in order to thrive, so make sure that you keep the plant near a south-facing window.

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5. Jacaranda

The Jacaranda is a unique subtropical tree that is popular for producing a cluster of attractive and fairly fragrant purple and blue flowers.

The botanical name of the species is Jacaranda mimosifolia, and the plant is native to the subtropical regions of South America.

In addition to looking amazing when it’s planted outdoors, the Jacaranda is often grown indoors as a bonsai tree. Yet, Jacarandas don’t grow their iconic flowers when grown as houseplants.

The compound leaves of the plant are often larger when the plant is grown indoors, especially if the Jacaranda doesn’t get enough light, so make sure that the plant gets enough direct sunlight exposure for the best results.

6. Jatropha

The Jatropha podagrica is a popular succulent that belongs to the Euphorbiaceae Family. Like most houseplants out there, this one is originally native to the tropical regions of Central and South America.

In addition to its generic name, the plant is commonly known as “Bottle Euphorbia” and “Buddha Belly”. Both of these names are derived from the grayish-green and unusually swollen caudex of the plant.

The plant also grows a cluster of orange color flowers that will bloom at various times throughout the year. In addition to the unique aesthetics of the plant, the Jatropha plant thrives in partial shade, which makes it an excellent choice for a houseplant.

7. Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern

The Japanese Painted Fern, also known botanically as “Athyrium niponicum”, is a popular species of fern that are primarily native to Japan in addition to other regions in the far east.

The plant is known for being relatively short with a creepy rhizome that allows the plant to spread horizontally in the form of fronds.

The most characteristic feature of this plant is its intriguing silvery blue fronds, which are fairly similar to the Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern but without the red hues.

In addition to outdoor growth, you can also plant this fern in a pot and keep it indoors as long as you keep it in a relatively bright spot that isn’t too hot or too humid.

Final Thoughts

This wraps it up for today’s guide which walks you through all the different houseplants that start with the letter J.

As you can see, there’s a handful of common plants that you can grow indoors that vary in terms of difficulty.

If you’re looking for an easy plant, we highly recommend that you go with the Jade plant, as it requires very little maintenance all the while surviving tough growing conditions.