Big Leaf Plants: 10 Best Indoor Plants With Large Leaves

Big leaf indoor plants are a great way to beautify your indoor spaces without needing to spend much money for little results.

10 of the best indoor plants with large leaves

Some act as detoxifying plants that could help purify the air, making the house or office a lot more habitable. In addition, plants with big leaves could make the room appear bigger in size when placed in a small space.

Ruffled Fan Palm

Licuala Grandis 
Botanical Name Licuala Grandis 
Common Names Ruffled Fan Palm, Vanuatu Fan Palm 
Origin Vanuatu, Southeast Asia 
Family Arecaceae 
Plant Type Evergreen, perennial palm tree

Licuala grandis or ruffled fan palm is a stunning house plant that could also be grown outdoors. They feature huge leaves that can measure up to 22 inches in diameter. These leaves are ruffled up and fan-shaped, which is where it gets its name from.

The large leaf indoor plant, which can be found growing in the rainforests of Vanuatu or other Southeast Asian regions, is often regarded as a mid-maintenance plant that requires a part to full shade to grow.

Philodendron gloriosum

Philodendron gloriosum
Botanical Name Philodendron gloriosum 
Common Names The velvet goddess 
Origin Columbia 
Family Araceae
Plant Type Crawling Terrestrial plant

Philodendron gloriosum is a member of the philodendron genus and the Araceae family. It inhibits a rawling trait and is best grown indoors as an ornamental plant.  It is a large green leaf plant with heart-shaped leaves measuring as high as 36 inches in width.

Gloriosum Philodendrons require basic attention to flourish as you should grow the crawling plant in a room with enough access to bright but indirect sunlight. Their watering requirement is also high, needing to be watered twice or thrice each week.

Musa Banana

Musa Banana
Botanical Name Musa Banana 
Common Names Dwarf Banana plant, Banana plant
Origin Australia and Tropical Indomalaya 
Family Musaceae
Plant Type Perennial, flowering tree

Musas are big leafy plants that are known for the edible fruits they grow. The large leaves are also edible as they are cooked and eaten in some parts of Asia and Africa. It features paddle-shaped leaves that can measure as long as 10 inches tall.

Grow your Musa plant in a large pot indoors as they are known to grow fast. They require average maintenance as they do well in a well under direct sunlight but require regular moist soil to thrive. Limit the frequency with which you water the potted plant during the cold season.

Majesty Palm

Ravenea rivularis
Eureka Farms
Botanical Name Ravenea rivularis
Common Names Majesty Palm 
Origin Madagascar 
Family Arecaceae
Plant Type Evergreen, perennial tree

The majestic plant is a big leaf plant that is best grown as an ornamental indoor plant in a large pot. They feature gorgeous leaf fronds that range from deep green to a lighter shade. These leaf fronds are often seen growing upwards. 

Majesty palms are fast growing and can reach a staggering height of 10 feet tall, so it is recommended that you perform regular pruning of its leaves to control their growth indoors. They require bright but indirect sunlight but should be watered once every week.

Calathea Orbifolia   

Calathea Orbifolia   
Botanical Name Calathea Orbifolia
Common Names Goeppertia Orbifolia.
Origin Bolivia
Family Marantaceae
Plant Type Evergreen, Perennial plant 

Just like most members of the Calathea genus, the Calathea Oblifolia is often regarded as a prayer plant. It is a large green leaf plant with silver or white variegation covering the deep green leaves. They act as air purifiers which makes them suitable plants for bedrooms. 

The plant can grow up to 3 feet tall and it is easy to grow and care for as they require bright but indirect sunlight and regular watering at least once a week or every 2 weeks. 

Fiddle Leaf Fig 

Fiddle Leaf Fig 
Botanical Name Ficus Lyrata 
Common Names Fiddle Leaf Fig, Banjo fig
Origin Africa 
Family Moraceae
Plant Type Evergreen, Perennial Flowering plant 

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a stunning big leaf indoor plant that has grown in popularity. It features large deep green leaves with lots of veins, and a glossy sheen to it. The fiddle leaf plant can grow as tall as 10 feet when indoors ,with its leaves reaching 18 inches. 

They can be a little difficult to care for as they have peculiar watering needs and would do well in a room with bright but indirect sunlight.

Ficus Tineke 

Ficus Tineke 
Botanical Name Ficus Tineke
Common Names Ficus Elastica, Rubber Tree
Origin Asia
Family Moraceae
Plant Type Evergreen, Perennial 

Rubber tree plant is another popular plant species from the Ficus genus. It can be grown indoors as a cute bonsai tree with huge growth potential when grown outdoors.  It features large, waxy leaves that can range in colors and is oftentimes variegated.

They are a lot easier to take care of than the Ficus lyrata as they do well in direct sunlight and well-draining soil that is kept moist at all times.

Dieffenbachia seguine

Dieffenbachia seguine
Botanical Name Dieffenbachia seguine
Common Names Snow Dumb Cane 
Origin South and North America
Family Araceae 
Plant Type Evergreen, perennial 

Dieffenbachia Seguine or Dumb Cane is a sturdy plant that is cherished for its ability to survice unsuitable conditions. They are known for their exotic large green plant leaves that are oval in shape and often variegated.  Be careful when growing the Seguine as they can be toxic. 

The potted plant is considered a low-maintenance plant that can grow in areas of low light but can tolerate bright light. They also require frequent watering, but check to be sure the soil is almost dry before watering. 

Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia spp
The Spruce
Botanical Name Strelitzia spp
Common Names Birds of Paradise
Origin South Africa
Family Strelitziaceae
Plant Type Perennial Flowering plant 

An eye-catching flowering plant, Strelitzia produces flowers that resemble a bird in flight (hence the name, birds of paradise). These gorgeous flowers are carried by big green leaves that grow in layers. 

It doesn’t take much to grow and care for a Strelitizia plant as they require moderate maintenance to flourish. Keep the soil moist at all times and place them in a room with access to bright, indirect sunlight.

Fatsia Japonica

Fatsia Japonica
Botanical Name Fatsia Japonica
Common Names Paper plant, False castor plant
Origin Japan and Korea
Family Araliaceae
Plant Type Flowerring, perennial plant

Also known as false castor plant due to its close resemblance to the castor plant, Fantasia Japonica is an exotic plant that features deep green foliage that is both waxy and thick. This large leafy plant is best grown indoors although it does well in a garden.

Grow the Fatsia Japonica in partial or full shade, but do ensure you keep the soil moist through regular watering to keep it strong and healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What indoor plant has huge leaves?

The Giant bird of paradise is a popular indoor plant with huge leaves that could beautify any living space. 

What are plants with big leaves called?

Most big leaf plants are called elephant ears due to their sizes and close resemblance to the ears of an elephant 

What plant has the thickest leaves? 

The Kalanchoe is a plant that is said to have the thickest leaves

Can big leaf plants be grown indoors?

Yes, big leaf plants can be grown indoors, they could help amplify the size of a small room with their large leaves. 

Are all big leaf plants detoxifiers?

No, not all big-leaf plants act as detoxifiers for indoor living room spaces.

Marijke Puts
About Marijke Puts
Marijke Puts has Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and is from The Netherlands. She has a certified master gardener and loves everything about houseplants and gardening.

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