Make a Statement with These 13 Striking Big Leaf Houseplants

Are you looking for a large-leafed plant that will complement your decor and make a statement? These 13 large leaf plants would make a great addition to any collection. These stately houseplants can transform your home into a jungle-like oasis.


Elephant Ear Plant (Calocasia)
Elephant ears
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Elephant ear plants are commonly grown outside, but can also make stunning large houseplants. Elephant ear plants can have leaves that are up to 3 feet long depending on the type.

This plant can be toxic to children and pets.

Light: Bright indirect light
Water: Keep soil moist
Soil: Peat-rich, well-draining soil

Bird of Paradise
A Bird of Paradise sits on a brick wall.
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Bird of paradise is an exotic tropical plant whose unique flower resembles that of a bird flying. The large leaves of these houseplants grow in a self heading habit, meaning the foliage grows in layers.

Bird of paradise can grow up to 6 to 7 feet tall, and 4 feet wide. This plant can be toxic to cats, dogs and horses.

Light: From bright direct light to bright indirect lighting
Once the soil has dried, water it.
Soil: Rich, loamy soil that drains well

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
A fiddle leaf fig
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Fiddle leaf figs are popular indoor plants that add a touch of class to any room. The large, fiddle-shaped, waxy leaves can be pruned to a variety different shapes.

These plants are known for their temperamental nature and for being difficult to maintain. Fiddle leaf figs are a popular plant, but they can also grow to be full-sized trees with the right conditions.

The size of indoor plants is usually restricted by carefully pruning and growing them in pots. Fiddle leaf fig leaves are toxic to cats, dogs, and humans.

Light: Bright indirect light
Once the soil has dried, water it.
Soil: Rich and well-draining potting soil.

Monstera Deliciosa
monstera plant
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Instagram’s favourite plant, the Monstera deliciosa, is a large houseplant that has stunning large fenestrated foliage. It instantly gives a tropical feeling to any room. Indoors, this plant can reach a height of up to 10 feet, and its leaves can be up to 3 to 4 feet long.

The Monstera deliciosa can be toxic to humans, cats, dogs and even dogs.

Light: bright indirect light to medium indirect lighting
Once the soil has dried, water it.
Soil: Rich, well-draining soil

Philodendron Xanadu
Philodendron leaves close up against a black backdrop.
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Philodendrons xanadu are a unique plant with large leathery leaves that have lobes. They will be a focal point of any room. The leaves of the Philodendron xanadu become more complex as the plant grows. They have a larger number of lobes. Each leaf can reach up to 40cm in length and 30cm in width, and have between 10 and 15 lobes.

Keep it away from small children, dogs, and cats.

Light: bright indirect light to medium indirect lighting
Once the soil has dried, water it.
Soil: Well-draining soil

Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)
ficus elastica
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Rubber trees are a common houseplant. They come in many colors and shapes. This tropical houseplant is characterized by its large, waxy foliage.

Rubber trees can reach 50 feet in height when grown in their natural habitat. When grown indoors, the size and shape of the rubber tree can be controlled by pruning and root restriction.

Indoors, this tropical plant needs bright direct sunlight to grow. Rubber trees can be toxic to humans, cats and dogs.

Light: Direct light
Water: Maintain soil moisture during the growing period
Soil: Well-draining soil

African Mask Plant (Alocasia Amazonica)
African mask plant (Alocasia Amazonica) on a white background.
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African mask plant has large, deep-green leaves with white or light-green veining. The leaves are roughly heart- or arrowhead-shaped. They usually have a deep purple underside.

Alocasia thrives in indirect, bright light, and well-drained soil. Alocasia is toxic to humans and pets.

Light: Bright indirect light
Water: Do not overwater the soil.
Soil: rich, well-draining and fertile soil

Philodendron Gloriosum
The large leaves of Philodendron Gloriosum in focus.
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Philodendron gloriosum has velvety, deep-green leaves with white veining.

You may need to order this plant online or through a local collector if you can’t find it in your local garden centre.

The philodendron gloriosum plant is toxic to cats and dogs, as well as humans.

Light: Bright, indirect sunlight
Once the top two to three inches of water is dry, you can start adding more.
Soil: rich, well-draining and fertile soil

Banana Tree Plants (Musa).
In a white-walled living room, a banana tree (Musa).
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The banana tree is known for its lush tropical foliage. A mature specimen can have leaves that are up to nine feet long and two feet wide.

The banana plant can be grown indoors in bright, sunny conditions. Make sure that the soil is evenly moist throughout the growing season.

This tropical plant is also safe for pets.

Light: Full Sun
Water: Do not overwater the soil.
Soil: rich, well-draining and fertile soil

Majesty Palm (Ravenna rivularis)
majesty palm
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It is a popular and attractive indoor palm tree. It can reach ten feet in height, but it grows relatively slowly. Majesty palms have large, green fronds on multiple stems.

The majesty palm is a very difficult species to grow indoors. It’s not for people who lack a green thumb. It is important to provide the right temperature, light and fertilization for a majesty Palm.

Light: Bright indirect light
Water: Maintain the soil at a constant, even moisture level.
Cactus or succulent soil mix

Calathea orbifolia
Calathea Orbifolia, tropical houseplant decor.
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Calathea Orbifolia, also known as prayer plant, is a large-leafed variety of the plant. It is difficult for some people to keep this houseplant happy inside because it requires high humidity.

Calathea orbifolia should be placed in an area that receives bright, indirect light. The soil should also be kept evenly moist.

Light: Bright indirect light
Keep the soil evenly moistened
Soil: rich, well-draining and fertile soil

Tropic Snow Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine)
Dieffenbachia tropical snow leaf in large size against green foliage.
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The tropic Snow dumb cane can reach a height of up to 10 feet indoors. The large, variegated foliage and easy care makes it a popular indoor houseplant.

The tropic dumb cane is able to tolerate low lighting and neglect. It is toxic to humans, cats and dogs.

Light: From bright to low-light.
Once the soil has dried, water it.
Soil: It doesn’t matter if it is well-draining or not.
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Ruffled Fan Palm (Licuala grandis)
Large tropical Licuala Grandis “Fan Palm” in Bright Natural Lighting
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The ruffled palm fan (Licualagrandis) has large, pleated leaflets that look like hand fans. It can be difficult to get your hands on the ruffled palm fan, but keeping it happy inside is easy.

Select a spot in your house that gets bright, indirect lighting and let the soil dry out for 1-2 inches before watering.

Bright indirect light
Water Needs: Average.
Soil: Well-draining soil.