For a tropical houseplant that tolerates shade and is fairly easy to care for, seek out Codonanthe devosiana. This plant comes from the African violet family. It has small, rounded green leaves and continuously-blooming white flowers. Rather than showy, the florals on Codonanthe devosiana are small, hiding out among the leaves, which makes for a sweet plant that would be an appreciated gift in almost any setting. Be sure to provide excellent drainage in pots and other containers, and consider placing it up high, where it can trail from a basket or mantle. This plant appreciates light shade and will not grow well in full sun.