The following is a list of plants that people on
have had success with in a vivarium. I would recommend picking up a
good book on plants that you can use for reference. I have
House Plant Expert and it has been very useful. Also check
out Ken Uy's plant page at:
If any of you have other plants that have worked well, or good photos of the ones listed
below, please contact me by clicking here.
Check out the Plant Source page for suppliers.
Cryptanthus spp. "earth stars"- if I can't kill them, no one
Vriesa sp. (A bromeliad that will LIVE in terrariums!)
Davallia canariensis Rabbit foot, Hare's foot, or Squirrel's
foot. Nice fern that has thick
rhizomes that look like "rabbit feet." Keep it in an area that is well drained.
Archimedes "I have had success with planting the
small 'turnips' of Archimedes in a vivarium back wall and let them grow and
flower. After half a year, they dwindle and needing a strict rest, they normally never return. But I grow this plant in
my greenhouse as well and I always have a few spare turnips."
Quote from Frognet subsciber.
Episcia cupreata Flame violet. An attractive trailing plant
which requires high humidity and bright light. Has red flowers and
the leaves are large and quilted with silvery
or pale green veins.
Episcia dianthifiora Lace flower. An attractive trailing
plant which requires high humidity and bright light.
Java moss- Grow it on wet
wood, it actually
does grow...fast (for moss, it's all relative...)!
Aerangis biloba and other Aerangis
Ficus pumilus Creeping fig - Can be hard to start, but
once it takes off it will cover the back wall and will have to be trimmed (the kudzu
Peter Muddle has stated that he has seen
the roots even grow down and through the sealant that seals the tank causing
Creeping fig on the ground.
Hedera Ground Ivy, English Ivy, German Ivy, ect., A great vine that will do
well under all kind of conditions.
Hoya species will grow as weeds
Philodendron scandens heartleaf Philodendron
Pilea nummularilfolia Creeping Charlie - Once you get this started
it goes and goes and goes. My wife had some in her tank at work and
we had to trim it about once a month so you could find the frogs.
(Very easy to grow)
Tradescantia Wandering Jew (Grows great but not very attractive
in most setups because of the large distance between leaves.)
Zebrina Wandering Jew (Grows great but not very attractive in
most setups because of the large distance between leaves.)
The following are ones I could not find in my book
Vanilla planifolia (?)
Turnips: If your vivarium is large enough and you have some shop dealing
with exotic foodstuff nearby.. Try ginger and some allied roots. They
well, I have found many a treefrog on these plants in Costa Rica and
they smell exotic too. And taroo and such looks nice as well and in
confined container will not grow very big.
sandersoni, If it does well, it looks like moss with little white flowers.
Look at aquarium plants.. a lot of them are actually marsh plants
mistreated... You can grow Anubias, Bacopa, Echinodorus, Ludwigia etc
land-plants with a preference for a wet bottom.