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Tall Indoor Plants With Big Leaves

Updated February 26, 2022 by Mark Marino

If you want to have greenery in your home but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a lot of smaller plants, consider getting tall plants with big leaves. These will be great conversation pieces and focal points in the room. Plus, the taller, big leaf plants make your small room look bigger. This is because it pulls the eyes up, making the surroundings look larger.

However, you may be wondering, what are some tall indoor plants with big leaves? Well, there are several to choose from: Giant Bird of Paradise, Caladium, Rex Begonia, and Ruffled Fan Palm, just to name a few.

In this article, we will learn a bit about each of the above listed plants and more.

Giant Bird Of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise plant has large, banana-like foliage and can grow up to 5 or 6 feet tall. Additionally, it has gorgeous flowers that look like birds. This is a tropical plant and will need to be placed in an area that has very bright, but indirect sunlight. Ideally, you’ll want it to also get several hours of direct sunlight, as that is essential for the plant to grow.

Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig)

The Ficus Lyrata, better known as the fiddle leaf fig, is an indoor plant known for it’s large leaves. On average, it grows up to 6 feet tall. This is a common plant for interior designers to work with because of the large, shiny leaves. This plant is versatile in that it will do well in areas where it only gets partial sun or areas with all-day indirect sunlight.


Philodendrons are excellent tall indoor plants with large leaves. There are several varieties of these to choose from: tree philodendron, red-leaf philodendron, elephant ear philodendron, and split-leaf philodendron. All do very well in areas with indirect sunlight.

Elephant Ear

This is a phenomenal green plant, known for its large, shiny leaves that are shaped like the ears of an elephant. They are native to tropical forests but are also cultivated for growth indoors. Two of the best species of this plant are the Colocasia esculenta or the Alocasia amazonica.

Fatsia Japonica (Paper Plant)

The foliage on this spectacular plant makes it look like it just came right out of the tropical jungle. It looks very similar to the castor plant and is sometimes referred to as “false castor plant.” Since this plant grows well in the shade, you can place it in an area that gets bright, indirect sunlight in your home.


These large houseplants are known for their variegated foliage with color combos of green, red, white, and pink. Since these plants grow well in the shade, when you bring them indoors, you can place them in an area that gets indirect or filtered sunlight. These are perfect for creating flower arrangements, simply trim the leaves and place them in a vase with water. They’ll last for a long time.


This plant is known for its large, waxy leaves that range in color from lime-green to blue-green. They look absolutely gorgeous in your outdoor garden, so why not bring them into your home? Make sure you place them in a well-lit room that gets at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight. Additionally, you need to make sure you’re watering the plant well, keeping the soil moist.

Monstera Delisiosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

These plants are known for their large, perforated leaves. Many times, people will confuse them with the split-leaf philodendron. If you bring this swiss cheese plant into your home,  it will need to be placed in a warm, bright area and water moderately.

Rex Begonia

This is a smaller houseplant with interesting foliage. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before and looks great on shelves and tabletops. This plant loves humidity, but you don’t want to mist the foliage. However, you will want to make sure the soil is kept moist.

Diffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

This plant can get up to 5 feet tall and is known for its bright, upright foliage- which is yellow, green, and white. This plant is very low maintenance. You can place it in an area that receives indirect light and only water when the topsoil gets dry.

Calathea Orbifolia

While the Calathea Freddie and Zebra plants are not as popular as the ones mentioned above, it certainly deserves a spot on this list of tall houseplants with large leaves. The foliage is shaped like an oval and is as large as the fiddle leaf fig foliage. The leaves have stripes that are green and silver. This plant will do well in warm areas that receive indirect sunlight.

Farfugium Japonicum (Leopard Plant)

This plant is known for its thick, shiny leaves that can get up to 15 inches. It also has yellow flowers that look almost like daisies that bloom in the fall and winter seasons. If you want to bring this beautiful plant indoors, you must make sure it’s in a warm area that gets about 2 to 3 hours of sunlight in the mornings.

Ruffled Fan Palm

This plant has large leaves that are shaped like a fan. They are fairly low-maintenance plants, but they are also very large. If you want a bigger planter in your home and you have a large window that gets bright sunlight, then this is a great option for you.

Bottom Line

As you can see, houseplants are not limited to tiny pots you can place on tabletops and windowsills. You can also choose tall plants with large leaves. If you have a small space, this can be a great option because it will make your home look bigger. 

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