Best House Plants for a Dry Climate

By Jean D , last updated May 16, 2011

If you live in a dry climate, you'll be most successful choosing houseplants that originate from similarly dry climates. You won't spend your time trying to modify the climate of your house to keep the plants happy. You can just open the windows and let the outside air in! These plants are all good choices for your home.


Plants such as aloe and jade are accustomed to dry air. In fact, you can kill these plants by providing them with too much moist air. Just ensure that they're housed in a bright, sunny spot of your house.


This choice is obvious. Many versions of cacti originate in incredibly dry, desert-like locations and they thrive in a hot, dry house. Cactus look particularly stunning when planted in groups. Mix up tall cacti with short cacti and let the textures do the talking.

Flowering Plants

The Christmas cactus appreciates dry air, and will reward you with magnificent blossoms in the deep of winter. Poinsetta plants will also thrive in dry locations. In fact, if you withhold water after the plant has begun to bloom, the blossoms will stay on the plant for an extended period of time.

Snake Plant

The tall, curling leaves of the snake plant make a bold statement, and this is one of the easiest plants to grow in the home. In can grow for months with absolutely no water, and it will tolerate varying amounts of light.

If none of these options strike your fancy, don't despair. You can grow almost any plant in a dry climate as long as you're willing to do some extra homework. Mist your houseplants often, and check the soil with your fingers frequently to ensure that the soils haven't dried out. Plants that love humidity may thrive in your kitchen or bathroom, where they're exposed to occasional humidity as you go about your day.

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