27 Indoor Flowering Plants: The Complete List (With Pictures)

How would you like to have a complete list of indoor flowering plants that brings bright blooms to your home, office or garden for the majority part of the year?

That would be pretty epic, right?

Well, this is entirely possible, and in today’s article, I am going to share all of them with you.

It’s not just plain, scientific names accompanied with long boring text, but plenty of photos too. All you have to do is bookmark this article as a reference, so that you can come back to it as many times as you wish.

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I am going to list the most beautiful indoor flowering plants that you can easily grow in your home by leveraging the skills you already have, tactically selecting the ones you like, and if you’re a complete beginner, there is even a brief description of each plant to give you a head-start!

Sound good? Let’s get to it.


27 Best Indoor Flowering Plants for Your Home

1. African Violet

Indoor flowering plants - African violet

Saintpaulia ionantha, commonly called the African violet, is one of the most satisfactory flowering houseplants. It is a low, compact plant with attractive dark green, thick, hairy leaves.

The violet-like flowers are borne in small panicles just above the foliage. Plants kept in good growing condition, flower almost always continuously.

Here’s a great book that will teach you how to grow African violets that flower 365 days a year.

2. Begonia

This hardy perennial plant brings bright blooms to your home and garden for the majority part of the year. I have a wax begonia on my balcony and it’s really beautiful! Begonias come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes.

They are easy to grow and take care of both indoor and outdoor.

Always water your wax begonia by hand using a hose or watering can and if you must water from overhead, for example using a sprinkler, do it in the morning so the leaves can dry out before nightfall.

The best begonia types you can grow indoors are; Wax Begonia, Angel-wing Begonia, and Rieger Begonia


3. Bromeliad

Indoor flowering plants - bromeliad

Image credit: Bromeliad society of NSW

Bromeliads are beautiful easy to grow indoor and outdoor plants that bring a sense of texture and color to your home.

While there are bromeliads that like direct sun like the variegated ones, there are others that are naturally used to growing under a tree canopy where there is partial sun and shade e.g. those with soft green leaves.

These plants will obviously survive for a while in lower light conditions but will sometimes need a fair amount of direct sunlight to initiate flowering, pupping as well as bringing out its color. Placing them near a window will give them a better chance of thriving.


4. Orchids

Indoor flowering plants - orchids

Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens

Orchids are amongst the most popular indoor flowering plants.

many hybrids are very easy to grow and flower under most home conditions. Most of their roots will be above the pot and will commonly sprawl outside the container and even along the shelf surface. This is perfectly normal so do not cut them off.

Your orchids will do well under normal room temperatures with indirect light from an east or west window. During the short days in the winter they can even be moved to direct light or placed in a south window. Orchids can be placed in an interior room or on an office desk if placed under a grow light.

Here is a great article on how to grow indoor orchids.


5. Christmas Cactus

Indoor flowering plants - christmas cactus

A healthy Christmas cactus in full bloom makes a great gift or decorating your interior.

Christmas cactus is easy to care for and can be grown indoors throughout the year. The flowers range in color from yellow, salmon, pink, fuchsia, and white or combinations of those colors.

When a Christmas cactus is taken to its permanent home, place it in a sunny location indoors. A north or east window gives the ideal light. If you want to grow it indoors in a south or west window, you should shade the plant with thin curtains.

Read: 13 Effective Ways to Save a Dying Cactus Fast

6. Peace lily

Indoor flowering plants - peace lily

Peace Lily is a herbaceous perennial typically grown as a houseplant.

It is popular as a specimen or accent in interior groupings for its deep-green glossy foliage and white blooms that are intermittent in medium lighting and long-lasting.

The plant has no specific bloom time, but flowers freely and tolerates heavy shade.

The Peace Lily does best indoors in moist, but not soggy, soil which makes it ideal as a bathroom plant. You should allow the soil to dry between waterings, but not wilt, which causes the leaves to yellow.


7. Scented Geranium

While scented geraniums do flower, the flowers are often secondary in importance and not all that attractive. They are mainly grown for their attractive and highly scented foliage.

Fragrances can run from apple to mint to lemon to coconut to rose.

Because they will not overwinter outdoors in cold climates they are best grown as container indoor flowering plants so they can be moved indoors for the winter.


8. Flowering Kalanchoe

Indoor flowering plants - flowering kalanchoe

Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) is a popular houseplant typically available for sale during late winter and spring months. It is a durable flowering potted plant requiring very little maintenance in the home or office.

With good care, kalanchoes may be grown to rebloom the next season.

After flowering, shift the plant to a slightly larger pot. Kalanchoes are succulents that grow best in a well-drained and well- aerated potting soil, such 60% peat moss and 40% perlite. Cut back tall growth and old flower stems.

Keep well-watered in a sunny, warm window.


9. Jasmine

Indoor flowering plants - Jasmine

Jasmine is an intoxicatingly fragrant vine that is grown widely as an indoor flowering plant.

To grow jasmine well, provide it some direct sunlight in the summer, constant moisture throughout the year (although a bit drier in the winter), and cooler temperatures in the fall to stimulate flowering.

These plants are much more cold tolerant than many people think and have no problem tolerating fall temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your plant doesn't bloom, chances are it didn't get a cool period in the fall it needs to stimulate blooms.

If you’ve never grown jasmine indoor before, start with J. polyanthum – which is much easier to handle.

If you want to learn how you can successfully grow Jasmine indoors, read this article - Growing Jasmine Indoors: Care Of Indoor Jasmine Plants


10. Chenille Plant

Indoor flowering plants - Chenille plant

Acalypha hispida or the chenille plant, is a flowering shrub which belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae.

Chenille plant is hardy in frost free areas where it is used as a year-round flowering shrub. In most areas it is sold as a spring or fall flowering pot plant that is not associated with any particular holiday.

It is also well suited to the flowering border or large container plantings on the patio.

You should provide full sun, routine fertilization during the growing season to keep new growth coming, and normal watering frequency. You can keep it as a houseplant but place it in a sunny location such as near the window.


11. Silver Vase Plant

Indoor flowering plants - Silver vase plant

Aechmea fasciata, commonly known as Silver Vase, is a type of bromeliad with beautiful flowers.

The attractive silver-grey, banded foliage of this easy-care bromeliad is a perfect background for the brilliant, springtime flower stalk which emerges from the tight center rosette of leaves.

The flower stalk is composed of a cluster of rosy pink bracts in which nestle pale blue flowers that change to deep rose. It is the long-lasting pink bracts which are most noticeable.

The plants grows best in partial shade in moisture-retentive but well-drained soil.


12. Laceleaf

Indoor flowering plants- laceleaf - anthurium

Also commonly known as anthurium, tailflower, or flamingo flower, laceleaf is amongst the most common indoor flowering plants grown for their brightly colored flower spathes and their ornamental leaves.

They need bright but indirect light.

Blooms in wild tropical areas in spring to summer; desired in interiors for long-lasting, pink to reddish inflorescence and erect, deep green leaves; spadix is at right angle to spathe and is twisted like a corkscrew in some species; used in interiorscapes as specimen or temporary flowering display.

Anthuriums prefer medium to high light, moist soil and low to medium relative humidity; no serious pest problems.


13. Oxalis (Shamrock plant)

Indoor flowering plants - oxalis

Oxalis triangularis, is a low-growing foliage plant for the garden that also makes for an attractive indoor plant with rich, vibrant, purple leaves.

The main reason why oxalis are so fun to grow is because these indoor flowering plants are highly photophilic - which means that they open and close not just their blooms, but also their leaves in response to light.

Something that is so dramatic to watch!


14. Crown of Thorns

If you need a unique houseplant into your home, crown of thorns plant is the best choice.

Classified as a succulent, crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii) has thick fleshy leaves and stems adapted for water storage. One of the reasons that makes this plant such a great choice for warmer areas since it's heat tolerant and tolerates salt spray.

Because it doesn’t mind drying out, it makes a good flowering container plant.


15. Cape Primrose

The Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus) is a relative of African Violets and prefers the same growing conditions of bright but indirect light.

Their velvety, long green leaves and floral sprays that rise above the foliage create a stunning plant for a windowsill garden.

These houseplants thrive in warm, dry areas with ideal temperatures ranging from 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit.


16. Guppy Plant

Guppy plant is another African violet relative which blooms mostly during summer, but with enough light, it could bloom throughout the year.

Their dramatic flowers appearance resembles dangling goldfish which makes them ideal choice for hanging baskets.


17. Amaryllis

Amaryllis may be purchased as bare or planted bulbs, and are prized for their exotic trumpet-shaped flowers born on 1 to 2 foot leafless stalks or scapes. They add dramatic color to homes and gardens, and make wonderful gifts to gardeners from beginners to experts.

Amaryllis grow best in narrow containers. Containers may be made of plastic, metal, ceramic or terracotta. Select a sunny location on a deck or patio for your potted amaryllis.


18. Indian Mallow (Flowering Maple)

Abutilon fruticosum, commonly referred to as Indian Mallow is a large genus of indoor flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae.

Flowers seem to continually reappear for most of the spring making dazzling shows of orange, almost poppy flowers, on a soft gray sublunar plant.

Got a hot dry wall that everything burns out on? That wall is a good candidate for this plant as long as it doesn’t get too wet in winter, nor too dry in early summer.


19. Gloxinia

Image credit: Dave’s Garden

The gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa) is a flowering houseplant that’s related to the African violet.

You need to place your plants in a brightly lit location in the house or office. Just like the African violet, gloxinias prefer temperatures of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the potting soil evenly moist.

When given good care, plants may bloom for several weeks.

Most gloxinias are discarded after flowering. However, you can coax your plants to bloom again if you them proper care.


20. Poinsettia

Also called lobster flower or the flame-leaf flower, poinsettias are the most popular holiday plants. They make great holiday decorations and they’re often given as gifts in late November and throughout December.

With proper care, your poinsettias may stay colorful for many months. Poinsettias can retain their color until March if they are not exposed to freezing temperatures.

While not poisonous (according to a study at Ohio State University), some people with latex allergies have had a skin reaction (most likely due to the sap) after touching the leaves.

For pets, the poinsettia sap may cause mild irritation or nausea. Probably best to keep pets away from the plant, especially puppies and kittens.


21. Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)

Indoor flowering plants - pothos

Image credit: Old Farmer’s Almanac

Pothos (also called pothos vine, golden pothos, variegated philodendron, and devil’s ivy) is a common houseplant scientifically referred to as Epipremnum aureum.

Pothos is often used as hanging plants in the home, but is a large climbing vine in its natural environment.

They are easy houseplant to grow in many indoor conditions. Pothos should be kept in a location where it receives bright, indirect light. Keeping them under low light conditions can cause leaf variegation and color to fade.

The plant is poisonous, and therefore you should keep it away from small children and pets.


22. Clivia

Clivia miniate also known as Clivia lily, prefers to be kept rootbound and can remain in the same pot for as long as five years!

Since it takes a few years for a clivia plant to bloom, it's best to purchase a mature plant, unless you are very patient, which most of us aren’t.

The blooms are showy and long-lasting, usually an orange, white or yellow color and lily-like in shape.


23. Shrimp Plant

The color and tightly packed bracts have the general appearance of a boiled shrimp tail which the name is derived.

This plant is well suited for use as a pot plant for winter bloom so long as a sunny window is available. If used in a mixed patio planting for summertime bloom, provide a bigger pot with ample room for the roots.

Unlike most plants in this its family that are moisture-loving, the Shrimp plant is – while not quite drought tolerant – more capable of enduring dry conditions.


24. Brazilian Fireworks Plant

Brazilian Fireworks Plant contains purple and pink spikes of tubular flower clusters which are so attractive.

The plant grows all year round if they get enough warmth at your home, office, or garden. You can grow

Brazilian fireworks as a houseplant as it is an eye-catchy plant because of its floral display and leaves that stand out with its attractive silver veins.


25. Wandering Jew

The Wandering Jew is a herbaceous perennial often grown as a houseplant. It has interesting variegated foliage striped green, white, and gray leaves with purple undersides.

Wandering Jew is one of the most desired indoor flowering plants because of its showy, colorful foliage and fast growth, commonly grown indoors in a hanging basket or in interiorscapes as a groundcover.

Interesting to note is that each of its flower only lasts for 1 day!


26. Lipstick plant

The bright red, tubular flowers of Aeschynanthus pulcher give it the nickname of `Lipstick plant'.

Excellent growth can be obtained with a 3-1-2 ratio liquid or slow-release fertilizer. Micronutrients should be added to the potting medium or included in the fertilization program.

Potting media utilized must have excellent aeration, although ample moisture is necessary. Good growth occurs when minimum potting mix temperatures are 70 to 80°F, with similar air temperatures.


27. Ixora

One of the best things about ixora is that it flowers throughout the year! Each flower cluster can last between 6 and 8 weeks giving your landscape long-lasting and lovely color.

Ixora varieties offer a nice selection of colors including bright red, orange, yellow, pink, and white.

Ixora flowers continuously under ideal conditions. While full sun is necessary for maximum flower production, this plant—especially large-leaved varieties—can be grown in partial shade. And while ixora can be pruned anytime and will handle shearing, pruning will reduce your plant’s flowering.


Conclusion

In summary, you’ve just read about 27 indoor flowering plants that you can use to accessories your home.

This is important if you want to bring a green and colorful jungle inside your house.

Now, in the next few months, pick a plant from this list and plant it inside on the windowsill, patio, or balcony and keep repeating.

Before you know it you’ll have plenty of conversation starters all around you!

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