These 7 Plants Will Thrive in Your Kitchen

Bring the outdoors into your kitchen with these gorgeous houseplants!
The best houseplants to put in a kitchen including pothos, snake plant, spider plant, venus flytrap and more kitchen house plants to try!

I don’t know about you, but I have been in the mood to fill our cabin with plants lately! They just make me happy and given that I’m grieving, I’ll take all the joy I can get. I’ve shared tons of inspiration and tips about houseplants here on the blog (full list below), but I have yet to share my favorite plants to keep in the kitchen specifically. With so many options, I know it can feel daunting to pick just a few. So I wanted to share a bit about the best plants to put in a kitchen to inspire you! Let me know what you think of this list + if there are any additional plants to keep in mind!

The Best Houseplants to Put in a Kitchen

Fresh herbs

The obvious choice for kitchen houseplants are fresh herbs! Nothing beats having fresh rosemary, basil, oregano, chives, and thyme on hand. Some people swear by the AeroGarden indoor garden, so I’ve considered getting one… just haven’t gotten around to it. To get started, you can pick up plant starts for your favorite cooking herbs from a local nursery or start them from seeds.

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Mille)

I could personally put aloe vera plants in every room, mostly because I’m so accident-prone! But I especially love aloe vera for the kitchen because if you burn yourself, it’s the best salve. This plant is also wonderfully easy to care for. Because it is a succulent, it basically requires water every few weeks. Plus, it doesn’t need direct sunlight. It’s basically the most difficult plant to kill. We joke that our aloe plant is one we always forget about, yet keeps on keepin’ on.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

If you’re new to the world of houseplants, first of all welcome… and second, definitely get a spider plant! They are literally the easiest, most versatile houseplants that don’t require special treatment. Lighting can range from bright and indirect to shady or even sunny spots. And you just need to water it once a week. Then you’ll be rewarded with a lush, full plant that’s perfect for hanging in your kitchen. Plus, spider plants are a natural air purifier and can remove odors and pollutants.


Another super-easy houseplant that can work practically anywhere! I love pothos because you can propagate cuttings and multiple the number of houseplants you have so easily. The cuttings look great in upcycled glass jars lined up on the kitchen counter or windowsill. Plus, pothos is very hardy and produces long, trailing vines that are perfect for draping on open shelving or cabinets!

Snake Plant (also known as Dracaena Trifasciata or Mother-in-law’s tongue)

I think our snake plant is actually the lowest maintenance plant we have in the entire house. It grows fine in locations that lack tons of natural light and can go weeks in between waterings.

Venus Flytrap

Does your kitchen have pesky flies? Or even the dreaded fruit flies? Look no further than this funny carnivorous plant! They really do eat bugs. I will say, they can be somewhat finicky to care for. Venus Flytrap plants typically need to be away from bright, direct sunlight, require distilled water (instead of water from the tap), and grow best in acidic soil.

Prayer Plant

The Prayer Plant, also known as Maranta, is one of my absolute favorite houseplants of all times. Right now, I have a gorgeous one in my kitchen. It makes me happy to see which position the leaves are in throughout the day. The bright, patterned leaves really perk up the kitchen, too. Keep in mind that Prayer Plants prefer locations that are humid, draft-free, and where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much.

The best houseplants to put in a kitchen including pothos, snake plant, spider plant, venus flytrap and more kitchen house plants to try!

Do you have any of these plants in your kitchen? What do you think of them? Or is there another plant you think should be on this list? Leave a comment and let me know!

Looking for more posts about houseplants? Great, because I’ve written SO many! Check out these:

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