The 25 Best Plants for Fall 2020

These houseplants should all be available at your local wholesaler

By: ARNOLD WITTKAMP | 21-08-2020 | 13 min read

Must-Have Plants

As a true plant lover, I have collected the most stunning plants I saw today for your 'Fall-2020-plants-I-just-have-to-buy-list'. All of the plants in this list are suitable for indoor, shady places and more bright places. Enjoy the 25 best plants for fall 2020!

1) Tradescantia Albifolia 'Nanouk'

Tradescantia Nanouk® is also known as Fantasy Venice and Tradescantia albiflora ‘Nanouk’. This Nanouk Tradescantia is a new cultivar developed by cross-pollinating two selected seedlings of Tradescantia albiflora. The plant was developed in the Netherlands in 2012 through a planned breeding program focused on creating a more compact type of Tradescantia with impressive flowers and highly dependable performance. Although Tradescantia plants originated in Mexico, South America, and Central America, it can truly be said that this plant originated in Sappemeer, The Netherlands.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Tradescantia Albifolia 'Nanouk'
Tradescantia Albifolia 'Nanouk'

2) Syngonium 'White Butterfly'

You may have heard of Syngonium without realizing it. This semi-tropical plant (hailing from Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Mexico) is commonly known as the arrowhead or butterfly plant. The low-maintenance Syngonium is for sure one of the best plants for fall, it is an interesting and versatile houseplant. The attractive foliage changes in shape as the individual leaves change from juvenile to mature.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Syngonium 'White Butterfly'
Syngonium 'White Butterfly'

3) Polyscias 'Ming Gold Bonsai'

The whimsical Polyscias Ming is a distinct, artistic appearance that works well in the office, living room or bedroom. The plant can handle shade well.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Polyscias 'Ming Gold Bonsai'
Polyscias 'Ming Gold Bonsai'

4) Philodendron Squamiferum

If you’re a fan of tropical plants and pretty foliage then you’ve no doubt heard of the genus Philodendron (and probably already own a few of these showy houseplants). There are so many different Philodendron varieties and cultivars out there it’s hard to resist the temptation to try and collect them all! For anyone scratching their head right now wondering how they’re possibly going to fit an adult squamiferum into their home, no worries. This isn’t like a Monstera deliciosa and won’t take over your house over the course of a few months: Philodendron squamiferum has a relatively modest growth rate.


Philodendron is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae. As of September 2015, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families accepted 489 species; other sources accept different numbers. Regardless of number of species, the genus is after the Anthurium (over 1.000 species) the second-largest member of the family Araceae.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Philodendron Squamiferum
Philodendron Squamiferum

5) Philondendron Bipinnatifidium 'Shangri La'

A super compact version of the ever popular Philodendron, this freely branching plant features deeply divided fresh green leaves on many stems. It is perfect for indoor gardens, desktops, offices, smaller containers and protected outdoor landscape use.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Philondendron Bipinnatifidium 'Shangri La'
Philondendron Bipinnatifidium 'Shangri La'

6) Philondendron 'White Measure'

Philodendron White Measure a.k.a Philodendron Birkin, has a unique solid green foliage that is accompanied with stunning white contrasting thin stripes. It is perfect to add to your aroid collection!  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Philondendron 'White Measure'
Philondendron 'White Measure'

7) Mangave 'Pineapple Express'

Mangave 'Pineapple Express' will remind you of the top of a pineapple. 1” wide, dark green leaves are long and slender, with pronounced burgundy spotting. The spots will be more pronounced when in full sun and exposed to UV light. A waxy coating gives the leaves a minty-green finish. Leaves are packed in tightly to form a spiky rosette.


Mangaves do really well in a container and are very easy to look after. Not only outdoors, but indoors as well. As long as you give them enough light. Because it’s the UV light that gives the Mangaves beautiful colors. And you know what? You don’t even have to water them if you don’t want to! If you do, they grow fast, if you don’t, they stay kind of dormant. Of course, everyone would suggest actually giving them water, because who doesn’t want to have bigger plants? Read more about Mangaves here.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Mangave 'Pineapple Express'
Mangave 'Pineapple Express'

8) Nephrolepis Exaltata Blond

This selection of Boston fern has yellowish fronds that give it added interest. It is well suited for growing in containers, particularly in hanging baskets. Like most ferns,it likes mostly shade and moist soils.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Nephrolepis Exaltata Blond
Nephrolepis Exaltata Blond

9) Nephrolepis Biserrata XXL Macho

Genus Nephrolepis means "kidney-scale" and refers to the shape of the indusia of the sori. Species biserrata means double-toothed and refers to the leaf margin of the fern.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Nephrolepis biserrata XXL Macho
Nephrolepis biserrata XXL Macho

10) Opuntia Consolea Rubescens

Also known as road kill cactus, it can grow as a tree up to 20 ft tall. This one of a kind Opuntia has a pretty flat and interesting body texture, soft and almost spineless. It has a slight and bright silver color. A unique characteristic is an interesting wrinkle at one of the top sides of the plant.


Opuntia is a very large genus of cacti, varying in size from 2 inches tall (5 cm) miniature plants to 100 feet tall (30 m) trees. They are native from Canada, to Chile and Argentina. The genus has been split several times, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus yet on the best way to do that. The name Opuntia comes from the name of a Greek city. All Opuntias not only have normal spines, but they also have thin barbed spines barely visible, named glochids. These can get stuck in your skin and be very irritating. In some species, they are particularly light and can become airborne when the Opuntia is moved. Wetting the plant before handling it might be good prevention. Opuntias often have large, colorful flowers. The fruit is also large and generally edible  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Opuntia Consolea Rubescens
Opuntia Consolea Rubescens

11) Philondendron 'Grey Busk'

Tradescantia Nanouk® is also known as Fantasy Venice and Tradescantia albiflora ‘Nanouk’. This Nanouk Tradescantia is a new cultivar developed by cross-pollinating two selected seedlings of Tradescantia albiflora. The plant was developed in the Netherlands in 2012 through a planned breeding program focused on creating a more compact type of Tradescantia with impressive flowers and highly dependable performance. Although Tradescantia plants originated in Mexico, South America, and Central America, it can truly be said that this plant originated in Sappemeer, The Netherlands.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Philondendron 'Grey Busk'
Philondendron 'Grey Busk'

12) Philondendron 'Minima'

The Philodendron 'Minima' is a vining plant with small glossy green leaves that develop fenestrations as they mature. Often referred to as the 'Mini Monstera' this plant is highly sought after due to their gorgeous split leaves, fast growth and ease of care.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Philondendron 'Minima'
Philondendron 'Minima'

13) Leea Guineensis 'Burgundy'

Leea Guineensis 'Burgundy, commonly called, West Indian holly, Hawaiian holly or burgundy leea, is a tropical evergreen shrub to small tree that typically grows in outdoor, frost-free locations to 5-20’ tall. If grown indoors as a container plant, it typically grows to a much shorter 4-8’ tall. It is native from tropical West Africa east to the Caroline Islands, and from the Indian state of Sikkim south to New Guinea and Mauritius.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Leea Guineensis 'Burgundy'
Leea Guineensis 'Burgundy'

14) Gynura

Gynura aurantiaca is a woody based evergreen perennial hailing from Indonesia and Java and is a member of the Asteraceae family (composite). Its common names include Royal Velvet Plant and Purple Velvet Plant. One cultivar is known as Purple Passion or Purple Passion Vine. This variation has twining, trailing stems. The plants’ genus name is derived from two Greek words: Gyne means female, and oura means tail. This refers to the flowers’ long, rough stigma. The specific epithet aurantiaca means orange in color. That is, the flowers are very bright orange.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Gynura

15) Fatshedera Lizei 'Pia'

Fatshedera lizei, a.k.a, tree ivy, and also known as bush ivy, is a rapid grower attaining heights of up to 8 to 10 feet. So what is tree ivy, anyway? Tree ivy is a hybrid of Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia) and Hedera helix (English ivy) and was discovered in France. From the family Araliaceae, this plant has large (4 to 8 inches) five-fingered lobed leaves and, like other ivies, has a vine-like growth habit.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Fatshedera Lizei 'Pia'
Fatshedera Lizei 'Pia'

16) Euphorbia Trigona 'Rubra'

One of the best plants for fall 2020is for sure the African Milk Tree cactus (Euphorbia trigona). This  is a tall, rugged, easy-care plant with thorns. It should come as no surprise that many people think of it as an African cactus. The African Milk Tree plant is a member of the genus Euphorbia part of the family Euphorbaceae. All of these plants exude a poisonous white sap when cut or broken. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep them out of the reach of kids and pets and to keep your skin and eyes well-protected when pruning, repotting or otherwise handling the euphorbia cactus. The sap can cause serious skin and eye irritation on contact, as well as severe gastric distress if ingested.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Euphorbia Trigona 'Rubra'
Euphorbia Trigona 'Rubra'

17) Dracaena Sanderiana Celles

There are six common varieties of dracaena most often found at greenhouses: marginata (tall, thin plants), sanderiana (lucky bamboo plant), fragrans (corn plant), deremensis (green plant, e.g. Janet Craig), draco and cinnibari. This is one of the Sanderiana species, and new as a houseplant. Like our other hard to kill houseplant options these plants can tolerate low light levels and the odd missed watering. They do require a mix of sun and shade, so do not place them in direct sunlight. Lower leaves will yellow as the plant grows, remove these, the trunk will scar over. Of course another sign of yellow leaves could be over watering.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Dracaena Celles
Dracaena Celles

18) Cyperus Glabor

Cyperus glaber forms high triangular stems on which dense clusters of yellow-green round flower spikes bloom at the top. As all other Cyperus, it requires moist to wet, and very fertile soil. This houseplant is very unique and its the only plant which can not (99% of the time) be killed by overwatering. Theoretically, Cyperus is actually a pond or aquatic plant which resembles water reeds. It's very adapted to having its roots completely surrounded by water at all times and ultimately this is something that's needed if you want a good looking Cyperus. It grows just as well indoors as it does in a pond as long as you ensure the roots are kept constantly wet. Although you must not underwater this plant at anytime, in all other ways Umbrella Grass is actually a very easy houseplant. It copes well with a range of light and temperature levels, grows quickly and is easily propagated. So if you become a fan it's very easy to grow more plants or give them away as unusual presents as one of the best plants for fall 2020!  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Cyperus Glabor
Cyperus Glabor

19) Alocasia Cuprea 'Red secret'

Alocasia Cuprea 'Red Secret' has an extraordinary foliage that has a metallic shine to it. It is an exceptionally decorative plant! Its red-like leaves with dark almost black markings look fabulous and dramatic. This Alocasia stays compact and its also suitable for terrariums. Definitely a best 2020 fall plant for its color!  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Alocasia Cuprea 'Red secret'
Alocasia Cuprea 'Red secret'

20) Asplenium Green Miracle

The Asplenium has the Dutch name Nest Fern and is native to Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe. The plant has an apple-green leaf color owes its name to the growth habit, in which the long leaves slowly roll out from the center. The presence of the Asplenium therefore does not go unnoticed. The Asplenium is particularly air-purifying. The larger the leaf surface, the better the plant is able to extract substances from the air and convert them into clean oxygen.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Asplenium Green Miracle
Asplenium 'Green Miracle'

21) Begonia 'Black Fang'

This is a flowering tropical plant that is perfect for adding a spot of difference to your plant collection. With its dark and unusual shape foliage, flowers and compact growth this is a unique variety of begonia. Begonia 'Black Fang' is a Rhizomatous type. Most of these so called 'rhizomatous begonias' are grown for their interesting foliage, varied in colour and pattern. 'Black Fang' sports flowers that are small, pink in colour with dark pink spots. Leaves are almost black with prominent green star in the centre. A best for fall 2020? I think so!  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Begonia 'N&S Black Fang'
Begonia 'N&S Black Fang'

22) Calathea Musaica 'Network'

The Calathea Musaica Network is a real eye-catcher. Once you have a close look at the graphic, very detailed leaf pattern, it’s almost hard to believe it’s all mother nature’s work.


Calathea are wonderful, highly decorative foliage plants with air-purifying qualities too. There are many species available all of which need a little care and attention for them to appear at their best. Calathea is closely related to the Maranta (Prayer Plant) and both are known and loved for their impressive, ornamental foliage, which opens with the morning light and closes again at night time. Calathea originate from the tropical Americas. Think warm and humid, with bright diffused sunlight filtering through the canopy and you have a good idea of the sort of environment in which Calathea will thrive best. Replicate this as far as you can in your home and you will be rewarded with a magnificent plant. The superb markings on the leaves are the main focal point. Simply house in a plain ceramic pot and let the plant do the rest to create an eye-catching display!  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Calathea Musaica 'Network'
Calathea Musaica 'Network'

23) Calathea Rosepicta 'Crimson'

Calathea Crimson is a stunning Calathea variety. Deep pink centered leaves with a deep green-black border.Native to north-western regions of Brazil, the plant is commonly known as the rose-painted calathea because of the pink-colored stripes on its leaves. The scientific name of the plant also refers to the rose-colored stripes as well as to the shape of its flowers. Calathea means basket, referring to the shape of inflorescence, and roseopicta means rose painted.    
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Calathea Rosepicta 'Crimson'
Calathea Rosepicta 'Crimson'

24) Aglaomorpha Coronans 'Jim'

This shoutout goes to the Aglaomorpha Fern! Also referred to as a basket fern. This is still quite a rare fern that we haven’t seen come through very often, but there's a Dutch grower now supplying it in larger volumes! Its leaves are rather stiff, and just look at all that personality! It is for sure a very beautiful, tropical epiphytic fern with large deeply segmented ‘fronds’ with red midribs. Native to Thailand, but makes a great houseplant.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Aglaomorpha Coronans 'Jim'
Aglaomorpha Coronans 'Jim'

25) Ctenante Oppenheimmiana

One of my favs, as I bought this beauty lately as well, as one of the best plants for fall 2020, the Ctenante Oppenheimmiana, a.k.a. the Never never Plant. The silver and green striped foliage of the Never Never Plant makes for a beautiful display, made even more dramatic when it folds its leaves up at night showing off the red undersides of its leaves. The accepted botanical name is Ctenanthe oppenheimiana, but is also often referred to as Calathea oppenheimiana. It's commonly known as Never Never Plant, Giant Bamburanta. As a member of the Prayer Plant family, it's non-toxic to pets.  
25 Best Plants for Fall 2020 - Ctenante Oppenheimmiana
Ctenante Oppenheimmiana
  The selection of the best plants for fall 2020 was made easy for me because all these amazing house plants were on stock at a local wholesaler. (Many thanks to plant exporter and wholesaler Waterdrinker in Aalmeer where I spotted al these plants in week 34, 2020).
Arnold Wittkamp

Arnold Wittkamp is a true plant & flower lover with 25 years of experience in the flower industry. He owned a flower shop for over 10 years and worked as a freelancer with top florists. He also did wholesale and import & export of cut flowers and potted plants. Now specialized in (online) marketing and communication strategies Arnold loves to write not only about beautiful flowers but also about marketing & communication strategies for horticultural companies.


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