Plants that grow in lava rocks

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Plants that grow in lava rocks
A lava field teeming with plant life (lava field image by jimcox40 from

Lava fields provide homes for numerous tropical plants. These plants not only survive in the porous rock, they thrive there. Many of these plants would make excellent additions to your garden or your indoor plant decor The plants require very little maintenance and only need to be watered once or twice a week. Lava itself is rich in nutrients and volcanic cinders -- lava dust -- is commonly used as plant food in the Hawaiian Islands


These tropical flowering plants are low maintenance and do particularly well as houseplants. These plants are sold already grown within a lava rock. Anthurium plants are native to the West Indies and to Central and South America but are generally thought of as a Hawaiian flower. They should be kept in indirect sunlight in a small saucer of water. They are commonly available with pink or red flowers.


Shefflera plants are leafy plants that do best in indirect sunlight. These plants are often considered "bonsai" style plants and do well as indoor houseplants. These plants are commonly known as umbrella plants due to all the leaves originate in the centre -- giving it an umbrella like appearance. There are two varieties available: shefflera and variegated -- meaning the leaves are "crinkled" looking -- shefflera.

Vriesea Ella

Vriesea ella plants are very pretty flowering plants and are particularly tropical looking. This plant is relatively small and produces a vibrant red spike from the centre of the flower. Vriesea ella plants flower for weeks at a time and only require basic weekly watering. They do well in indirect sunlight.

Rabbit's Foot Fern

The Rabbit's Foot Fern -- also known as davallia fejeensis -- is a bushy fern plant with unique flowers at the base of the plant to look amazingly similar to rabbit's feet. These plants are generally houseplants being easy to grow and are very ornamental. The davallia fejeensis plants are indigenous to most tropical regions worldwide. This plant, like most lava plants, does well with indirect sunlight and is easy to care for.


Tillandsia plants also known as Hawaiian pink quills are popular tropical plants, commonly grown in lava. These exotic plants are originally from Ecuador and feature a quill like stem that produces a flower. Hawaiian pink quills are known for their longevity and brilliance of colour. They thrive as houseplants and require very little maintenance, just weekly watering and indirect sunlight.

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