A – Z Terrarium Plants Guide

Click on each photo to learn more about how to care for each individual terrarium plant.

Know of a great terrarium plant we haven’t listed yet? Tell us about it in the comments and we’ll do a write-up about it as soon as we can. Read more ...

Air Plants

Air Plants

Air plants are some of the coolest terrarium plants you can grow. They allow you an unrivaled amount of creativity because of the characteristic that makes them so unique: they don’t need soil or water to survive! They take in all the water and nutrients they need from the very air, which is what gives them their name. Technically, they are a type of plant called an ‘epiphyte’, and they grow all around the world in tropical and semi-tropical climates, which makes them perfect terrarium plants. Read more ...

Baby’s Tears – aka Soleirolia soleirolii

Baby’s Tears – aka Soleirolia soleirolii

Despite the slightly unfortunate name (no babies were harmed in the making of these terrariums! lol), this plant is perfect for terrariums. It has very small leaves and grows close to the ground, which makes it an excellent part of your DIY garden design toolkit.

Known by a thousand names, Baby’s Tears, Angel’s Tears, Irish Moss, and, well, 997 more we won’t bother to list/make up, whatever you choose to call it, it provides a beautifully variegated groundcover texture for most temperate or tropical terrarium styles. Read more ...

Cryptanthus – aka ‘Earth Stars’

Cryptanthus – aka ‘Earth Stars’

Aside from having an awesome-sounding latin name – say it with me now, CRYP-tan-thus – which means ‘hidden flower’, Earth Stars, as they are also known, are a perfect terrarium plant. Part of the bromeliad family, Earth Stars are slow growers that love humidity, two of the most important considerations for terrarium plants.

The very smallest varieties max out at a very forgiving 3 inches, but be careful about which subspecies you choose to buy, as the largest ones can reach up to 3 feet, which would tax all but the largest terrariums. Read more ...

Friendship Plant

Friendship Plant

The Friendship Plant is a small adorable plant from the genus Pilea that does quite well in indirect or low light and high humidity, making it the perfect terrarium plant. Growing up to a maximum of 12 inches or 30 cm tall, it can fit easily in larger terrariums, but can also be pruned back heavily to allow it to survive quite comfortably in a smaller container as well. Best of all, the cuttings you make while pruning the Friendship Plant will root quite easily, meaning that you can buy one and then clone from it for all your other terrarium projects! Read more ...

Golden Clubmoss

Golden Clubmoss

Selaginella kraussiana, or Golden Clubmoss, has almost as many names as it does people who love to grow it. Sometimes known as Spikemoss, African Clubmoss and Krauss’ Spikemoss, it’s a delicate little ground cover plant that has the most velvety soft leaves. There are a number of similar species in the Selaginella family, but the kraussiana subspecies is the most commonly cultivated and probably the easiest one to grow in a terrarium. Read more ...

Gray Artillery Plant

Gray Artillery Plant

Gray Artillery Plant is sort of a terrible name for a plant, but it’s also known as Silver Sprinkles, so it’s a tough call to decide which is more ridiculous. The poor plant is already in a weird situation thanks to its name, which is frequently found online as ‘Pilea glauca’ or ‘Pilea glaucophylla’ – two species which unfortunately don’t actually exist. Other plant taxonomy sleuths much smarter and more dedicated than I have discovered that it is probably ‘Pilea libanensis’, which is native to Cuba. Read more ...

Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant

Fittonia verschaffeltii (or Nerve Plant, as it is known to most people who don’t speak Latin) is a great terrarium plant. Native to the tropical areas of South America such as Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, it thrives in the kind of humid conditions that a terrarium excels at creating. It doesn’t even like a lot of sunlight, and too much direct light can quickly cause it to burn and dry out. Read more ...

Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Pitcher plants are a cool type of carnivorous plant that grows great in a terrarium environment. There are actually two main categories of pitcher plants, Sarracenia and Nepenthes. They grow in very different ways, and the Sarracenia type are way better as terrarium plants because they grow straight upwards, giving them the nickname ‘trumpet pitchers’. They grow in large clumps, opening their pitchers directly upwards, ready to catch any unwary insects that get drawn in by the chemical scents the pitchers produce. Read more ...

Venus Fly Trap

Venus Fly Trap

The Venus Fly Trap is one of the most popular terrarium plants. Famous for being one of the coolest carnivorous plants in the world, Venus Fly Traps do quite well in the terrarium environment. They grow relatively slowly, tolerate low light levels, and love humid environments. Surprisingly, they are often available at grocery stores and garden centers during the summer months, although you might have missed them as they tend to be extremely small when available in these locations, like the one pictured above. Read more ...

Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia is a beautiful plant that’s perfect for growing in a large terrarium. It features lovely variegated foliage, with white streaks radiating out from the central stem to match the curve of the leaf shape itself. It makes for an excellent background plant or ground cover, depending on the size of your terrarium container. At full size, the Watermelon Peperomia is typically only 6-8 inches across, although that can still be too large for some terrariums. Read more ...