Houseplants That Start with W: 6 Interesting Choices

In today’s article, we’ll tackle some of the houseplants that start with W. This includes popular plants, such as the Weeping Fig, Wax Plant, and Windmill Palm Tree as well as less popular plants like the Watch Chain Succulent and Watermelon Peperomia.

Keep on reading for more information about these plants as well as other species starting with the same letter!

1. Weeping Fig

Weeping fig

The Weeping Fig is one of the popular species of the Ficus genus, which belongs to the Moraceae Family.

The botanical name of the plant is Ficus Benjamina, which shouldn’t be confused with the Creeping or Climbing Fig plant (Ficus Pumila).

The Weeping Fig plant is originally native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia as well as some parts of India and North Australia

This attractive indoor plant has a typical tree layout with a woody stem and arching branches in addition to long leaves with pointed ends.

When grown outdoors, the plant can reach up to 60 or 70 ft tall. However, as an indoor plant, you should expect the Weeping Fig to only grow up to 3 to 6 ft tall, making it an excellent choice for a miniature indoor tree.

In general, weeping figs are easy to care for and they grow fairly quickly. However, the tricky part is that the plant is prone to shocks when it is moved around or disturbed.

In addition to its remarkable aesthetic characteristics, the Weeping Fig is also ideal for air purification indoors, as it can filter out various chemicals, such as toluene and formaldehyde.

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2. Watermelon Peperomia

Up until very recently, Watermelon Peperomia wasn’t commonly grown as a houseplant. However, as more and more indoor growers found out about this plant, it became quite popular nowadays.

The plant is also botanically known as “Peperomia argyreia”, and some people call it Watermelon begonia. However, it’s not related to either begonias or watermelons.

Instead, this plant belongs to the Piperaceae Family, which is native to the tropical rainforests of South America, particularly high-latitude areas like Bolivia and parts of Ecuador, Brazil, and Venezuela.

The reason why this plant is called “Watermelon Peperomia” is due to the watermelon pattern on its leaves.

While it’s not the plant’s most characteristic feature, this plant blooms some greenish flowers with very thin flower spikes during the summer.

The plant can tolerate low settings, although you might need to keep the plant in medium to bright light for optimal growth.

3. Windmill Palm Tree

Windmill Palm Tree

The Windmill Palm Tree, botanically known as Trachycarpus fortunei, is an evergreen palm tree that belongs to the Arecaceae Family.

The plant is originally native to various parts of Asia, including China, Myanmar, India, and Japan. Besides this name, the palm tree also goes by Chusan Palm and Chinese Windmill Palm.

The palm tree is grown indoors because of its excellent adaptability. It can tolerate relatively cold weather better than other palm species.

Like other palms, the plant grows very large outdoors but is usually limited to 6 or 8 ft of growth when grown in a large pot indoors.

Keep in mind that the Windmill Palm Tree is a very slow-growing species, so it should take several years for the plant to even reach this height indoors.

The windmill palm tree will bloom yellow flowers every year, which is usually in the spring. The plant requires a humid environment that is higher than 50%, so make sure that you plant it near other plants and use a humidifier for optimal growth.

4. Wandering Jew Plant

The Wandering Jew Plant is one of the common names of the Inchplant, which is also known as the Silver Inch Plant. The plant has got its name due to its wandering nature.

Some people find the name of the plant controversial, so there have been some attempts to use the name “wandering dude” as an alternative.

The current botanical classification put the creeping plant in the Tradescantia genus. As a result, the plant is now known as “Tradescantia zebrina”, although it was previously named “Zebrina pendula”.

The plant is originally native to Central America, particularly Mexico. The Zebrina part comes from the dark and light pattern on its leaves that resembles the stripes of a zebra.

In addition to the plant’s attractive foliage, this plant also blooms some beautiful three-petaled pink to light purple leaves. The plant is also ideal for relatively dark spots in the house, as it thrives in partial to full shade.

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5. Wax Plant

The Wax Plant and the Porcelainflower Plant are some common names of the popular Hoya plant, particularly the one that goes by the botanical name “Hoya carnosa”.

This plant belongs to the Dogbane plant family “Apocynaceae”, which is native to various parts of India and Polynesia as well as Australia and New Guinea to a lesser extent.

As the name suggests, the plant is known for its attractive and shiny foliage that looks like it’s covered in wax.

The Wax Plant is an epiphytic evergreen that features remarkably attractive flowers that bloom in a wide range of colors depending on the plant’s cultivar.

Like other species of the Hoya genus, these flowers usually have characteristic star-shaped petals.

6. Watch Chain Plant

Watch Chain Plant

This one is a succulent with unique leaves that are compacted around the plant’s stem, giving them a bushy look that makes it quite impressive.

The Watch Chain actually belongs to the Crassula plant genus, which makes it closely related to Jade plants.

Despite being suitable for indoor growth in relatively warm regions, the Watch Chain plant requires full sun exposure in order to thrive, so you’ll need to keep them near a south-facing window for optimal growth.

Final Thoughts

With that said, you now have a brief guide that walks you through all the houseplants that start with the letter W.

As you can see, there aren’t many indoor plants out there that start with that letter, but despite the lack of variety, each one of those plants is unique on its own!