Houseplants that can take the chill

When you lower the thermostat, these houseplants don't mind.

When you lower the thermostat in your house, you usually wear a sweater or jacket to keep warm. An indoor plant doesn't have that option. The good news is that many of them don't mind temperatures that most humans would consider shivery.

That's a handy trait if you shut the heat off in a few rooms where you have plants. So here's a list of houseplants that don't mind living in the cold.

Over the next week or so, we'll post two more lists -- common plants that prefer temperatures that are likely to be found indoors when we've cut back the heat and those that prefer to be warm.

Houseplants for cold rooms
These plants don't mind -- and even like -- daytime temperatures of 50 to 60 degrees F and 45 to 55 degrees F. at night. Click on the name of the plant to go to a photo, in case you're not familiar with it.

Cacti and succulents (winter only)
Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Cineraria (Senecio hybrids)
Citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit)
English ivy
Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica)
Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
Mock orange
Rose, miniature
Wandering Jew

Note: Cool-loving plants also include pots of bulbs grown indoors: crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, and so forth.

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