The Aroid family, Araceae, is a family of flowering plants containing approximately 128 genera (groups of species) of plants commonly known as Aroids or Arums. At least 3300 species are known to science but estimates vary, and new species are being discovered or bred every year. Care instructions depend on the genera and species. When you buy an Aroid, research what the species' natural environment is like and try to replicate that at home. Some like it warm and wet, some cool and dry(ish), so a little homework is needed! Most Aroid plants are grown for their foliage, rather than their flowers. The Arum family is large and diverse - some notable genera from this family include Philodendron with approximately 538 species, Alocasia with around 84 species, Dieffenbachia contains around 57 species, Monstera with around 45 species, Spathiphyllum with roughly 51 species and Syngonium with around 32 species. Aroids are perennial plants that vary hugely in their appearance. They can flower every year, many producing tiny characteristic flowers that are arranged on spadices, surrounded by a modified leaf called a spathe. The flowers are often not showy. In some species, they have a strong scent (sometimes unpleasant). The family Araceae contains many plants which are commonly grown as attractive foliage houseplants. You can find out more in-depth care information for many species and cultivars on their individual plant profiles.