Amazing 37 Colorful Houseplants to Warm Your Home

Everyone likes a splash of color around the house—whether it’s bright and neon, or muted and soft, your home aesthetic tends to be based quite prominently around color.

And one of the best ways to bring some living hues into your space is by adding some houseplants to the mix! But can you find vibrant types of indoor plants that work well with your color scheme?

The answer is yes—and we’re about to introduce you to the top 38 colorful houseplants perfect for any room and available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.


Best Types Of Colorful Houseplants

For anyone wanting to brighten up their home with some colorful houseplants that add a pop of vibrancy to any corner or windowsill, the following are some of our favorite plants that pack a punch of color!

African Mask

Botanical Name: Alocasia Amazonica

Height: Up to 2 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 11

Climate: Partial sun to partial shade

Part of the Alocasia family, this big, robust perennial is loved for its bright green colors and arrow-shaped leaves. The African Mask has gorgeous silver veins interspersed through the tops of its leaves, with purple underneath.

It enjoys West or East-facing exposure and indirect morning light, as the African Mask’s leaves can burn easily in excessive sunlight. Though it makes a great centerpiece, keep this plant away from your pets, as it irritates the mouth if chewed upon.

African Mask houseplant

African Violet

Botanical Name: Streptocarpus Saintpaulia

Height: 6 to 12 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 11 and 12

Climate: Partial sun to partial shade

An attractive, fuzzy little plant, the African Violet is a very popular houseplant for its pretty colors and unique texture. Not only does this plant blossom in a deep purple color, but you can also find pink, cream, and blue blooms as well!

African Violets require several hours of bright, indirect light during the day to thrive. You should avoid keeping them on a windowsill, or at least filter the light coming in with a thin curtain.

African Violet houseplant

Aluminum Plant

Botanical Name: Pilea Cadierei

Height: 6 to 12 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11

Climate: Partial sun to partial shade

With shiny silver offsetting the deep green of its leaves, the Aluminum Plant lives up to its name by appearing to have foil across its surface, like liquid mercury that has solidified amid the evergreen. Almost hypnotizing in appearance, this colorful houseplant is a must see.

The Aluminum Plant prefers bright sunlight, but does not thrive in direct contact with the sunshine, so avoid summertime window sills.

Aluminum Plant houseplant

Anthurium

Botanical Name: Anthurium Andraeanum

Height: 1.5 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10

Climate: Full sun

One of the most distinctive and colorful houseplants, the Anthurium is also known as the Flamingo Flower or Tailflower. It sports large, glossy flowers that are heart-shaped and available in red, pink, and purple hues.

This plant is sensitive to cold temperatures, and requires a warm place to live year-round. Make sure the inside temperature doesn’t go below 60°F over the winter to keep your lovely Anthurium plant happy!

Anthurium houseplant

Arrowhead Vine

Botanical Name: Syngonium Podophyllum

Height: 3 to 6 feet with reaching vines

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Partial shade

A gorgeous trailing vine that is native to South America, this colorful houseplant is easy to maintain and can cover plenty of room with its graceful, looping vines and tendrils.

With a variety of colors emerging as it matures, you can anticipate dark green, nearly-neon green, white, and even pink from your Arrowhead Vine. Just don’t give it too much water or fuss, and this easy plant will thrive in most household conditions.

Arrowhead Vine houseplant

Bird Of Paradise

Botanical Name: Strelitzia Reginae

Height: 3.5 to 6 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Full to partial sun

One of the most spectacular colorful houseplants that you can find, the Bird of Paradise is a stunning, show-stopping bloom that will brighten up any corner of your house with a tropical flair.

With big, beak-shaped flowers, like a neon crane perched upon towering stems, this plant is indeed a sight to behold. Just make sure not to water it too often, and keep it away from pets, as the Bird of Paradise is toxic when ingested.

Bird Of Paradise houseplant

Bromeliads

Botanical Name: Bromeliaceae

Height: Up to 2 or 3 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 11

Climate: Full sun

Great for any household looking to brighten up the space with a vibrant plant or two, the flowers of the Bromeliads are long-lasting and exotic, available in many colors like pink, orange, and red, paired with long, tongue-like leaves.

Bromeliads are among the types of houseplants that improve air quality within the home, which makes these plants a great addition to your space. Look for hybrids that are full of color such as the Pink Quill or Neoregelia for extra pizzazz.

Bromeliads houseplant

Caladiums

Botanical Name: Caladium Spp

Height: 1 to 2.5 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 10

Climate: Full sun

Caladiums are a gorgeous addition to your home. Their heart-shaped leaves look like an artist’s palette has been dashed with pink, red, green, and white, and truly stand out in a room.

These houseplants love the heat and will thrive in bright, indirect light conditions. However, though they are gorgeous, they are also toxic to humans and animals alike, so keep pets and children well away from your Caladiums.

Caladiums houseplant

Calathea

Botanical Name: Calathea Zebrina

Height: Up to 3 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 11 to 12

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

South American in origin and a plant of the tropics, a Calathea in your home will be eye-catching and bold. Also known as the Peacock Plant, Rattlesnake Plant, or Zebra Plant, the foliage is patterned in a variety of colors and flowers appear in white, purple, and yellow.

As a tropical plant, the Calathea thrives in bright sunlight and fairly humid conditions, with moist, well-drained soil.

Calathea houseplant

Chinese Evergreen

Botanical Name: Aglaonema Commutatum

Height: 1 to 2 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Partial shade to full shade

Another colorful houseplant that is prized for its attractive foliage, the Chinese Evergreen has large, oval-shaped leaves that are patterned with glossy hues of green, white, silver, and red.

Chinese Evergreens are slow-growing houseplants, so they might take longer than others to reach a full show-stopping fullness. However, they are worth the wait for many gardeners looking for a pop of color!

Chinese Evergreen houseplant

Christmas Cactus

Botanical Name: Schlumbergera x Buckleyi

Height: 6 to 12 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Partial sun

Though its name suggests that this plant is a holiday growth, the Christmas Cactus is great for the entire winter season. It’s filled with bold blossoms in hues of orange, purple, pink, white, and red.

And with its flowering season occuring during the late fall and early winter, you can expect these vibrant colors to last for the whole holiday season! Just make sure your Christmas Cactus has enough room for its stems to drape and that its soil is kept moist.

Christmas Cactus houseplant

Clivia

Botanical Name: Clivia

Height: Up to 1 foot

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11

Climate: Full sun

A stunning South African plant with orange-red blooms and long, bold leaves, the Clivia is reminiscent of hibiscuses, but tends to be easier to care for. The flowers are also very fragrant, able to fill the entire room with their delicate scent.

These colorful houseplants love bright light in the home, and are surprisingly low maintenance.

Clivia houseplant

Coleus

Botanical Name: Plectranthus Scutellarioides

Height: Up to 3 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 11

Climate: Partial shade to full shade

Another tropical and colorful houseplant, the Coleus is a herbaceous perennial with striking foliage that is perfect for the indoors. With vibrant leaves in a variety of colors, including red, pink, purple, green, and silver, and small blooms of white and blue, the Coleus plant is a gorgeous addition to your collection.

Coleus

Croton

Botanical Name: Codiaeum Variegatum

Height: 3 to 8 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 11 to 12

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

A lovely evergreen that also adds a splash of color, the Croton plant has dappled, striped leaves that come in a variety of hues.

These plants can be difficult to grow indoors, but the key lies in keeping the temperature at a consistent and warm level. Also, make sure they get enough water and sunshine during the day, and with some patience, your Croton should flourish!

Croton houseplant

Crown Of Thorns

Botanical Name: Euphorbia Milii

Height: 2 to 3 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

You can expect nearly year-round indoor blooms from this type of succulent. The Crown of Thorns has large and thick green leaves paired with small flowers that are surrounded by petals of yellow, orange, pink, red, and white.

Just be cautious of the stems of this plant, as it can grow large spines just as the name suggests. It is also toxic to people and pets, so be careful of where you put it!

Crown Of Thorns

Cyclamen

Botanical Name: Cyclamen Persicum

Height: 6 to 9 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11

Climate: Partial sun to partial shade

Native to the Mediterranean, this petite flowering houseplant is a lovely addition to any indoor space. Cyclamen are loved for their small and sweet-smelling flowers that bloom in a range of colors, including white, red, pink, and purple. The plant also boasts marble patterned, heart-shaped leaves and long tubers, giving it a unique shape.

Cyclamen houseplant

Desert Gems Cacti

Botanical Name: Mammillaria

Height: About 4 to 6 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9

Climate: Full sun

While these cacti might look exotic, they are actually just succulents that have been dressed up a bit. Desert Gems are dyed cacti that are available in nearly every jewel tone imaginable, and don’t fade over time.

These are perfect for adding to a specific color palette inside your home as a little burst of long-lasting vibrancy, just make sure they get enough sun and are potted in well-draining soil.

Desert Gems Cacti

Gerbera Daisy

Botanical Name: Gerbera Jamesonii

Height: 10 to 18 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 to 10

Climate: Full sun to partial shade

So vivid they seem out of a technicolor dream, Gerbera Daisies are the perfect choice for someone who wants more colorful houseplants. This is a stunning flower from South Africa that has the typical head of a daisy in a dazzling array of colors, including orange, pink, coral, red, yellow, purple, and more!

You can choose from different hybrids of Gerbera Daisies, including single flowers, double flowers, semi-double flowers, and spider flowers, depending on how many petals you want in the blooms.

Gerbera Daisy houseplant

Inch Plant

Botanical Name: Tradescantia Zebrina

Height: About 6 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

One of the most interesting-looking and colorful houseplants, the Inch Plant has bright purple, green, and white colorations that trail off in dripping tendrils. It’s a great option for covering a large surface such as the top of your kitchen cabinets!

Inch Plant

Iron Cross Plant

Botanical Name: Oxalis Tetraphylla

Height: Up to 1 foot

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 to 10

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

Also known as the Good Luck Plant, this unique perennial has a cluster of four leaves on each stem that looks like a sprig of a four-leaf clover. They are heart-shaped and have a deep purple spot at the base of each. The Iron Cross plant has its leaves wide open during the day, but they close up like little green umbrellas overnight!

Watch for bright pink flowers all over the plant during the summer and early fall, shaped like narrow fairy trumpets and very fragrant in any room.

Iron Cross Plant houseplant

Kalanchoe

Botanical Name: Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

Height: 6 to 18 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Full sun to partial shade

Originally found in Madagascar, the Kalanchoe is actually a popular type of succulent to be placed within the home. This plant blooms all year round, so long as it has sufficient access to daylight hours, with flowers in bright colors like red, yellow, white, and pink.

Just keep the Kalanchoe away from pets, as all parts of the plant are toxic to them upon ingestion.

Kalanchoe

Madagascar Dragon Tree

Botanical Name: Dracaena Marginata

Height: 15 to 20 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Full sun to partial shade

This big, beautiful tree is another great option for colorful houseplants to brighten up your space. The Madagascar Dragon Tree boasts sword-shaped green leaves edged in a deep crimson hue. These leaves stay upright and bushy atop a dense, ringed trunk, giving it a distinctive and eye-catching shape.

Under the right conditions, this tree will stretch up to 20 feet in height, but does not tend to flower indoors. You should also keep your pets away from it, as the Madagascar Dragon Tree is toxic to both dogs and cats.

Madagascar Dragon Tree houseplant

Nerve Plant

Botanical Name: Fittonia Albivenis

Height: 3 to 6 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 11

Climate: Partial sun to partial shade

Also known as the Mosaic Plant, this gorgeous specimen has delicate silver and white veins running throughout its leaves, giving the impression of well-structured tile artwork. The Nerve Plant can be trained to grow drooping tendrils like a verdant fountain on your countertop.

However, these plants are very temperamental and need an experienced hand in growing.

Nerve Plant

Orchids

Botanical Name: Orchidaceae

Height: 12 to 16 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9, 11

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

Orchids tend to be viewed as a finicky plant, but with the right care, you too can nurture a wonderful specimen indoors! These are gorgeous and colorful houseplants, available in many colors and with many styles of blooms.

The key lies in repotting your Orchids as they grow, and in watering them correctly—staying well away from an over-watering situation.

Orchids houseplant

Peperomia

Botanical Name: Peperomia Spp

Height: 6 to 12 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

A type of tropical houseplant that is native to South America and the Caribbean, Peperomia plants are intriguing due to their shape. With big, fleshy leaves that are either textured or smooth, you can expect several colors from your Peperomia, including red, gray, or purple.

Just make sure your pot has plenty of drainage holes to prevent root rot!

Peperomia

Persian Shield

Botanical Name: Strobilanthes Dyerianus

Height: 3 to 4 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 to 11

Climate: Partial shade to shade

With the appearance of a host of small shields prepared for an assault on Thermopylae, the Persian Shield is a unique plant that is actually native to Myanmar in South Asia. The leaves are deep green and purple with a gorgeous iridescent sheen, but may not bloom while indoors.

Persian Shield houseplant

Poinsettia

Botanical Name: Euphorbia Pulcherrima

Height: 3 to 10 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

One of the most popular and colorful houseplants for the holiday season, it’s hard to see a Poinsettia and not get immediate memories of Christmas, cocoa, and caroling. However, this lovely plant is also great for adding color during the rest of the winter when cared for correctly.

Though a myth claims Poinsettias are toxic, they are only mild irritants to cats and dogs when ingested.

Poinsettia

Polka Dot Begonia

Botanical Name: Begonia Maculata

Height: Up to 4 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10

Climate: Partial sun

These lovely Begonias are show-stopping when put on full display in the home, with angel wing-like leaves that have red undersides and large white dots across the top.

You can also look forward to large clumps of delicate white flowers across the plant, that are also heart-shaped and luminous.

Polka Dot Begonia houseplant

Polka Dot Plant

Botanical Name: Hypoestes Phyllostachya

Height: 1 to 2 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 11

Climate: Partial sun

With big green and pink leaves boasting spots of white, red, or purple, the Polka Dot Plant is a contrast of colors that will bring a spark of life to any room.

You can enjoy these fast-growing plants all season long, with minimal care requirements apart from diligent watering—with frequent misting being its preferred method of hydration.

Polka Dot Plant

Prayer Plant

Botanical Name: Maranta Leuconeura

Height: 6 to 12 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 11 to 12

Climate: Partial shade to full shade

This low-growing plant is originally native to Brazil, and has an interesting story behind its name. While its large, round leaves stay open during the daylight hours, the Prayer Plant’s leaves fold up like clasped hands over the night.

With shocks of red, white, and yellow crisscrossed throughout the foliage, this plant is memorable, and perfect for indoor planting.

Prayer houseplant

Purple Clover

Botanical Name: Oxalis Triangularis 

Height: Up to 1 foot

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 to 11

Climate: Full sun to partial sun

Also known as the Purple Shamrock, this unique little plant has the appearance of three violet butterflies forming the blossom. One of the easiest plants to care for, it’s actually very difficult to kill off this houseplant, as it will regrow from bulb shoots below the soil.

Purple Clover

Purple Velvet Plant

Botanical Name: Gynura Aurantiaca

Height: 1 to 2 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Partial shade

With striking royal purple hues, this Purple Velvet Plant is aptly named. Its graceful, furry-textured leaves are a lovely emerald color edged in violet. Overall, it is a unique and low-maintenance houseplant that requires a sunny place to live and regular watering to thrive in your home.

Purple Velvet houseplant

Rex Begonia

Botanical Name: Begonia Rex-Cultorum

Height: 12 to 18 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Partial to full shade

Dramatic and attractive, the Rex Begonia is one of the most colorful houseplants available. It has long, large leaves with vibrant hues of silver, purple, green, and red, and only blooms with small clusters of flowers. Regardless though, many people favor the Rex Begonia for its foliage!

Rex Begonia

Snake Plant

Botanical Name: Dracaena Trifasciata

Height: 6 to 12 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11

Climate: Partial sun to shade

Tall and graceful, the Snake Plant will draw eyes and enhance the room it lives within. These large, sword-like leaves are reminiscent of pointed snake tongues and come in vibrant green edged with yellow or cream. Perfect for beginners, this plant is nearly indestructible.

Snake houseplant

Ti Plant

Botanical Name: Cordyline Fruticosa

Height: Up to 10 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Partial sun

Known as a “good luck plant” by the native Hawaiians, this plant is the stuff of legends—and it will look amazing in your house, bringing red, pink, orange, maroon, coral, and more warm colors with its incredible and long-lasting foliage.

You can also look forward to small flowers, and even berry fruits during the blooming season!

Ti Plant

Triostar Stromanthe

Botanical Name: Stromanthe Triostar

Height: 2 to 3 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 12

Climate: Partial sun

With long, graceful leaves tinged with emerald green, blush pink, and deep crimson, this is a gorgeous addition to your houseplant collection. Though the Triostar Stromanthe rarely blooms, its foliage gives more than enough color to a room.

Triostar Stromanthe houseplant

Variegated Shell Ginger

Botanical Name: Alpinia Zerumbet “Variegata”

Height: About 4 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 to 10

Climate: Full sun

A colorful houseplant with cascades of shell-like flowers and long leaves, the bright gold and green growths of this plant will turn any room into a tropical paradise.

The Variegated Shell Ginger is a type of ornamental ginger plant that needs plenty of water in return for stopping guests dead in their tracks with its beauty.

Variegated Shell Ginger

Vase Plant

Botanical Name: Aechmea Fasciata

Height: 12 to 35 inches

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 11

Climate: Partial sun

Also called the Urn Plant, this lovely specimen likes to live in a warm, bright room and produces rosettes of silver and blue leaves that can collect water in its native tropical forests of Brazil.

In your home, however, the Vase Plant also sprouts vibrant flowers in purples, pinks, corals, and mauves, adding a varied palette to any room of the house!

Aechmea Fasciata (Vase) houseplant


Best Colorful Houseplants To Buy

We can now take a look at some products that will make colorful houseplants a reality in your home, by bringing some of our favorite plants straight to your door!

1. American Plant Exchange Desert Rose Single Bloom Bonsai — Best Overall

Style: Live indoor plant

Application: Ready to plant

Size: One 6-inch pot

Sun Exposure: Full sun

If you’re looking to add color to your space without having to dedicate a lot of time to care for a plant, this Desert Rose Bonsai is the perfect choice. Simply repot this bonsai once it arrives and keep its soil moist and its pot in a sunny location for the best flowering and growth possible.

Pros

  • Great for any room of the house
  • Low maintenance, indoor houseplant
  • Purifies the air and raises the room’s humidity

Cons

  • Some shipments arrived with noticeable leaf loss on the plant

2. Costa Farms Aglaonema Red Chinese Evergreen — Runner Up

Style: Live indoor plant

Application: Ready to plant

Size: One 14-inch plant

Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun

This gorgeous Chinese Evergreen is among the best indoor plants for both its air purification abilities and the incredibly colorful leaves it boasts. The plant arrives fully rooted for immediate potting so that you can enjoy it right away!

Pros

  • Low maintenance species
  • Purifies the air around you
  • Brings a lovely touch of color

Cons

  • Some specimens arrived poorly potted and needed immediate transplanting
  • Rootbound plants have been delivered

3. American Plant Exchange Petra Croton — Best For Both Indoors And Outdoors

Style: Live plant

Application: Ready to plant

Size: One 10 to 12-inch plant

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Perfect for either interior decorating with plants or for supplementing your outdoor space with a colorful privacy screening shrub, the Croton is versatile and vibrant. This natural air purifier comes in a 6-inch pot, and already is partially grown to give you a good head start on the process.

Pros

  • Good for indoor or outdoor planting
  • Great for many rooms in the house
  • Removes chemicals and pollutants from the air

Cons

  • Some specimens have arrived damaged
  • Plant health can wane quickly if not watered properly

4. Multi-Colored Bromeliad Planter — Best Bloom Variety

Style: Live indoor plants

Application: Ready to plant

Size: Three plants in one 6-inch pot

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Tropical and cheery, your space will glow with the addition of this Bromeliad planter. With three plants in the pot, you can enjoy a variety of blooms during the season, including red, yellow, purple, and orange, as well as its long and graceful leaves!

Pros

  • Hardy plant for beginners
  • Three plants in one pot

Cons

  • Colors may vary
  • Regular potting soil is not recommended

5. Wandering Jew Lilac — Fastest Shipping

Style: Live indoor plant

Application: Ready to plant

Size: One 2-inch pot

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Ready to take its place wherever it is sunny and able to be misted frequently, this lovely purple Wandering Jew plant provides tricolor foliage and fast-growing tendrils that will expand to a verdant cloud wherever you put it!

Pros

  • Fast shipping for home delivery
  • Great variety of leaf colors in each plant

Cons

  • Some specimens have arrived with leaf damage

Final Thoughts

Houseplants are like verdant pets for many people—they need care, attention, and even love from their keepers! And in return, these plants give us enjoyment, beauty, and better air.

And if you are looking to spice up your space with some striking plant hues, you are in luck!

There are many types of colorful houseplants to choose from when decorating your home with greenery and blossoms, and you can easily find a plant that matches both your care schedule and aesthetic.

FAQs

Which Is The Most Beautiful Indoor Plant?

Though the answer depends primarily on personal preference, there are many beautiful indoor plants that we have discussed in this article, including the Aluminum, Poinsettia, and Croton plants.
Because pretty indoor plants come in all shapes and sizes, you can certainly find one to suit your aesthetic!

Which Plant Has Colorful Leaves?

Blossoms are great, but plants with dazzling foliage are just as attractive when decorating a room. Many types have colorful leaves that will light up your space, while not being reliant on seasonal flowers, including the African Mask, Chinese Evergreen, and Snake plants.

What Is The Most Rare Houseplant?

Many houseplants are surprisingly hard to come by, whether because of demand or difficulty to get in your area of the country. However, this just makes such forbidden treasures even more prized! The Nerve Plant and Polka Dot Begonia, which we have already discussed, are both within the litany of the rarest houseplants.

Which Plant Gives Oxygen 24 Hours?

Not only are some houseplants great for the aesthetic appeal they bring, but they can also purify air within the home just by carrying out their typical process of photosynthesis and nutrient gathering! In fact, the Snake Plant and Christmas Cactus both give continuous, clean oxygen to your space.

Which Plant Is Good For Bedroom?

When it comes to fostering a beautiful, peaceful, and air-purified room with a houseplant or two, there are several options. However, homeowners and gardeners alike seem to enjoy having Anthurium plants at the bedside, as they provide plenty of oxygen and remove carbon dioxide as you sleep or relax.

How Many Plants Do You Need To Purify A Room?

While one or two houseplants are likely to help a little with the overall quality of air, you don’t need to turn your entire home into a rainforest jungle!
Plants remove volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide at a very slow rate, but every little bit counts—so, one to two plants every 100 square feet of space is an ample amount.

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