Houseplants for the horticulturally impaired

This undated photo shows an aloe plant in New Paltz, N.Y. Aloe is one of a number of houseplants that tolerate a lot of abuse, so are ideal for anyone who want some household greenery but lacks a green thumb. (Lee Reich via AP)

Spring might stir a desire to grow plants even in people not usually drawn in that direction. If you are one of them, yet your thumbs lack the slightest hint of green, take heart: There are houseplants even you can grow.