"All-Stars" are those plants for which:
1) I have had at least one specimen, continuously, for at least three years,
2) which is still living,
3) and looks as good as, or better than, it did when first acquired, plus:
4) no specimen has ever had spider mites, scale, mealybugs, thrips, aphids, whitefly, cyclamen mites, or fungus (Fungus gnats are excluded, because fungus gnats don't do enough damage to the plants to count as pests, and it's often difficult to tell what plant they're residing in anyway.),
5) no established specimen has ever gone into an abrupt and irreversible decline (new cuttings/divisions/offsets may still do so, 'cause that's part of the process of getting established), and
6) the plant has been successfully propagated,
7) more than once.
I have something in the neighborhood of 400-450 distinct kinds (species / subspecies / cultivars / hybrids) of plants in the house right now, and I don't have any idea how many other kinds of plants I've attempted to grow in the past, but I figure it has to be at least a couple hundred. Out of all those, a mere nineteen meet the above criteria at the moment.
(NOTE: The pictures which follow are not necessarily of the original plant nor particularly current; even those photos which are of the original plant and current may not impress, because looking better than when the plant originally came to live here is a lower bar to clear for some of the plants than it is for others. Also the Philodendron hederaceum 'Brasil' picture isn't even of my own plant.)
Anthurium 'Orange Hot.'
Begonia NOID, rhizomatous type.
Chlorophytum x 'Fire Flash.'
Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana.'
Gasteraloe x beguinii. (Aloe aristata x Gasteria batesiana)
Peperomia obtusifolia, variegated.
Philodendron hederaceum, chartreuse version. (Possibly 'Aureum' or 'Lemon-Lime;' I've never had an official cultivar name.)
Philodendron hederaceum 'Brasil' or 'Brazil.'
Philodendron hederaceum micans.
Synadenium grantii (green version).
Syngonium podophyllum NOID (possibly 'Neon').
Yucca guatemalensis, gray version.
Yucca guatemalensis, green version.
Yucca guatemalensis, yellow-margined version.
I don't know whether this would be useful information to anybody else, but there it is. Ordinarily with the List posts, I recommend three good ones and warn against one, but these are obviously all recommended, so we'll skip that part.
What are your All-Star plants, according to the above criteria?
Honorable mentions are those which meet 6 of the 7 criteria. Depending on their reason for disqualification, some of these may move into the All-Star list eventually.
- Aechmea fasciata (only one successful propagation)
- Agave desmettiana (?), variegated (have only had ~1 1/2 years)
- Agave victoriae-reginae (one's been here 4 1/2 years but never propagated; the other's been propagated more than once but has only been here for 2 years)
- Aloe NOID, possibly 'Blue Elf' or A. x humilis (have only had 2 years)
- Anthurium NOID w/ purple flowers (original is not as attractive as when first brought home)
- Anthurium 'Pandola' (have only had ~2 1/2 years)
- Begonia NOID cane-type (only one successful propagation)
- Begonia x 'Erythrophylla' (have only had for 7 months)
- Breynia disticha 'Roseo-Picta' (has had spider mites)
- Codonanthe serrulata (have only had for 8 months)
- Columnea microphylla (have only had for 8 months)
- Echeveria coccinea (have only had 1 1/2 years)
- Ficus elastica (has had spider mites)
- Ficus microcarpa (has had spider mites)
- Furcraea foetida 'Medio-Picta' (have only had for ~2 1/2 years)
- Guzmania cv. (original is not attractive)
- Hatiora salicornioides (has had spider mites)
- Haworthia attenuata (specimens have abruptly declined)
- Hoya carnosa 'Chelsea' (only one successful propagation)
- Hoya carnosa 'Krimson Princess', solid-green revert (have not propagated >1 time)
- Justicia scheidweileri (have only had 1 1/2 years)
- Murraya paniculata (only one successful propagation)
- Nematanthus NOID, orange-yellow flowers (specimens have abruptly declined)
- Nematanthus NOID, orange flowers (have only had 2 1/2 years)
- Pandanus veitchii, variegated (specimens have abruptly declined)
- Peperomia pereskifolia (original plant got chopped back severely for propagation, so it doesn't look as good as it did initially)
- Philodendron erubescens (?) 'Golden Emerald' (have only had 2 1/2 years)
- Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii' (have only had about 2 1/2 years)
- Selenicereus chrysocardium (have had about 2 1/2 years)
- Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Tilt-a-Whirl' (has only been an official plant for less than one month; have likely owned for less than a year but I'm not actually sure when I got it)
- Synadenium grantii, red/purple version (have only had for 1 1/2 years)
- Tradescantia pallida (original plant has been restarted repeatedly, and at the moment does not look better than it did when new)
- Tradescantia zebrina (original plant is not attractive)
- Zamioculcas zamiifolia (specimens have abruptly declined)