Anyway, just asked this question to the founder of a start-up I'm working with. She replied "Sansevierras thrive on neglect and low light calatheas are good" - if that helps? As an aside / plug if you're in the UK: https://bloomboxclub.com - she's set up HN10 which will give you 10% off all plants / plant subscriptions for the next few days and want some (more?!) greenery :-)
Zamioculcas (or ZZ Plants) are also another very hardy plant that do well in low light and can take a lot of abuse.
There is also Pothos, several types of ferns (Boston being the most aviable in my experience), Spathiphyllum (peace lilly), Dieffenbachia, Monstera, Spiderplant, Rubber plant, weeping fig, fiddle leaf fig. All of these are pretty common and should be relatively easy to find.
If you want some more interesting ones there are Calathea Triostar, Ficus Doescheri & Tradescantia Tricolor which all have a pinklish marbling, & Tradescantia pallida which is a deep purple.
The latter link, sansevieria cylindrica, is a related plant which is commonly called "African Spear" and generally not called "snake plant". S. cylindrica are a little more rare to see and in my experience a little more temperamental about excessive water, but they do look great. Of course, the listing says "Species of Snake Plant May Vary", so then most people won't be getting a s. cylindrica anyway. Unless they meant "cultivars of sansevieria cylindrica may vary" -- a cultivar is the level below a species, analogous to breed in animals, in the same way that a Pom and a Chow Chow aren't two different species of dog.
Not trying to be a jerk here, but one presumes the unique selling point of an expensive plant subscription service is the curation -- in other words, the expertise and care of the team working on the product -- as much as the convenience.
As for the other one, I have no idea. The name comes from the grower apparently. I'm fairly certain you get pretty much what you see, although you may be right about the cultivar.
No worries at all - I'll pass on the corrections. And you're right. Both the founders are lovely, care very much about the product (and sourcing interesting and harder to find - in the UK especially - plants), and the mental and general health benefits of having a life full of plants. But the team and company is small and learning as they grow (if you pardon the pun!). Feedback is very important and appreciated.
Snake plants are also easy to grow indoors.
When I was first looking around for indoor plants I found the NASA study  on house plants for air quality and went with the easiest to maintain of these.
To find how "easy to maintain" a plant is, just Google it and most sites that talk about care will let you know.
Never watered it at all, and it thrived despite the leaky window. I always assumed it would get water, via condensation/steam from my shower and that seeemed to be the case.
My grandmother lives in London and she's had a peace lily growing indoors for over a decade. Give it a try or ask around :)
In retrospect it's probably some sort of "do people in your office care" test, does anyone water your plants when you're away.
The only thing it doesn’t like is light. Of course, as a plant, it needs some light to grow. But its threshold is ridiculously low. Even plenty of indirect light will cause it to grow small, sparse leaves instead of dense, broad ones. I recommend putting it in the darkest corner that exists in a room that has a window.
Adding a few plants to a room that's not hermetically sealed (let alone a huge open-concept office space) will not have any practical impact on air quality, be it oxygen levels or pollutant concentration. It'll make your space look good, though.
They seem to be good for the air quality and here's some anecdotal evidence: I have a room in my flat that had a weird smell about it. My son was sleeping in that room and the smell became very pronounced soon after closing the door. We put a medium-sized Spathiphyllum into that room and the stink is much less noticeable, even at night. My wife was skeptical but now we have them in almost every room of the house.
It doesn’t need (or prefer) direct sunlight. It only needs water once a month.
The best part is it cost less than <$10 on Amazon.
I love mine.
NASA PDF - Interior landscape plants for Indoor air pollution abatement:
Sometimes I'll bring my bamboo buddy over to the desk and talk to it while doing rubber duck debugging . I'd invite the cactus as well, but it's a bit too prickly. ;)
With bottle gardens as with tissue culture, your worst enemy is mold.
However, East or North facing windows will be able to grow low light plants, or need full spectrum (5000k) lighting.
Easy bright light plants include succulents, pony tail palms, avocados, bananas, and most herbs.
Plants that tolerate or thrive in low light are pothos, spider plants, parlor palms, the bromeliads, snake plants, and english ivy.
Of these, I suggest a spider plant, they're very hardy, nearly impossible to kill, and even don't mind being a little root bound.
Succulents require more patience, but are also fairly easy. Be sure to not overwater, and make sure they have enough drainage! Some indoor gardeners grow theirs in a mix of gravel and pine bark, in order to completely drain, and just fertilize every watering.
The most important thing is don't try orchids at first. Finicky things.
But if you live in an island like me, Devil's ivy aka Money Plant is my choice. Scientific name: Epipremnum aureum.
It's an excellent plant that you'll quickly fall in love with, while requiring very little maintenance. In asian culture, this plant is considered to bring good luck, prosperity and money. Hence the name.
I recommend it not for those reasons, but from a purely plant owner experience point of view. You can control its direction as it can creep. Mine goes around my 27" monitor so it's really a beautiful sight to see.
Cricket chirp when your plant needs water.
As a quick and not too detailed answer, take a look at the typical plants you see around offices - dracaena is one that comes to mind. I think it handles relatively low light and has the benefit of reducing mould particles in the atmosphere. Ficus is another one that I have had indoors and is really difficult to kill, though mine is outdoors now.
(As for easily maintained, I have had some dracaena before and they are pretty easy, but in both ended up getting some sort of disease after a couple of years).
I have a Christmas cactus that is nice. I break off the long pieces and stick them back in the pot and they keep growing. I did this with my aloe plant too.
And I have a cactus or succulent that I know of as a Hot Dog plant, though google wasn’t recognizing that name. It might be a variety of Rhipsalis.
Also I was given a basket of indoor foliage plants and I replanted them into individual pots. Most of them are still growing strong! Looking at a garden center or a florist’s for a basket like that could give you a nice variety of easy-to-grow foliage that would make a good start.
* Do not overwater them (no standing water on the base of the planter). Keep the media moist.
* When the root turned white, give them water until they turned back to green (apparently they also photosynthesize).
I also have big gardenia in my kitchen and small gardenia propagated from the big gardenia that I put on my work desk.
I've written a bit about this back when I played with indoor gardening: https://sdfjkl.org/blog/starting-hydroponics/
For obvious reasons I was only interested in food plants :)
Leave it in water for years, or plant it and forget to water it for weeks.
It can grow quite long, so cut it, stick the cut-end back in the water and it will root and keep going.
They are a good indoor plant for beginners and they come in a lot of striking colors that you can mix and match in the same pot.
My personal opinion is that HN isn't a good forum for the question, especially when it's been written about on countless websites for specific locations/conditions.
Areca Plam (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens AKA Dypsis lutescens) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dypsis_lutescens
Mother-in-law's Tongue/Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sansevieria_trifasciata
Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epipremnum_aureum
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephrolepis_exaltata
Peace Lilly (Spathiphyllum) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spathiphyllum
Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerbera_jamesonii
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophytum_comosum
English Ivy (Hedera helix) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedera_helix
Take the list of plants to your local plant nursery to see how many of them they have in stock.
Buying them already established is much cheaper/easier than growing them from seed/cuttings.
According to Allen et Al 2015 (see link below), having pure/fresh air in your working environment significantly improves cognitive function. i.e. having indoor plants makes you smarter!
> Associations of Cognitive Function Scores with Carbon Dioxide, Ventilation, and Volatile Organic Compound Exposures in Office Workers: A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments ~ https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/27662232/4892924...
> Conclusion: Office workers had significantly improved cognitive function scores when working in Green and Green+ environments compared with scores obtained when working in a Conventional environment.
> We’ve been researching this for: “home” https://github.com/dwyl/home/issues/8
Relevant YouTube videos on this topic:
We will avoid the war. ;-)
The fig tree is dying and the blueberry bush is fruiting :)
Kind of the opposite of what I wanted though lol :(
I have a large variety of rose bushes, but they require a ton of work.