Miniature Plants for Terrariums

Updated February 21, 2017

Plant terrariums are small gardens held inside watertight clear containers. Though some terrariums are very large, others can be as small as a glass jar. When you are looking to create a small terrarium, choosing the right miniature plants is essential. There are many miniature plants available that can bring colour and life to your terrarium.

Miniature African Violets

African violets have dark green leaves and lush purple flowers. The miniature variety of this plant typically grows less than 6 inches tall and is frequently much smaller. Be aware that this plant should not get water on its leaves or blossoms.

Fluffy Duffy

Fluffy duffy is a cultivar of the Nephrolepis exaltata, or Boston fern. It grows to a height of 6 inches, and it produces wide, overlapping fronds. It creates a very dense canopy that offers an attractive background for bright flowers.

Miniature Peperomia

Miniature peperomia is a sprawling plant that produces small leaves. Its height can range from between 1 and 3 inches and it requires a rich, well-draining soil. The plant does well in bright indirect sunlight, but it can tolerate some shade.

Baby Tears

Baby tears is a tough, evergreen plant that ranges between 1 and 3 inches in height. It is a hardy plant that can deal with a number of different light conditions and it thrives on moist soil.


Wintergreen is also known as boxberry, ivory plum, hill berry and red pollom. As the name implies, it is an evergreen plant that can grow to be 6 inches in height. Mature leaves are dark green and shiny, and the plant produces bell-shaped white flowers that are followed by small red fruit.

Rosary Vine

Rosary vine is also known as hearts entangled and string of hearts, and it is a tough hardy plant that does very well in low water terrariums. It has thin, wire-like vines that feature marbled, heart-shaped leaves.

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