30 Best Indoor Flowering Plants | Easy Flowering Houseplants to Add Color to Your Home


Indoor flowering plants add a splash of color to brighten up any home. Flowers for indoors come in many forms and colors. Some are quite easy to grow while some may require special attention.

Flowering indoor plants require bright light to promote blooming. Consistent watering is also vital for these plants as it does affect flowering.

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Most of the flowers for indoor growing have their origin in the tropics and will require warm and humid conditions to thrive and bloom.

These flowering plants will benefit a great deal if they are given some outdoor sunshine in the warm season. However, do not expose them to direct sunlight before acclimating them to outdoor growing conditions.

We have herebelow outlined a list of the best 30 flowering plants that you can grow indoors without much trouble if you provide the right growing conditions. Keep reading.

30 Easy Flowering Houseplants with Names and Pictures

Our list of the best flowering plants for indoors include Angel Wing Begonia, Gerbera Daisy, Peace Lily, Fuchsia, Geraniums, Impatiens, Bird of Paradise, Orchids, Flame Violet, Cyclamens, Bush Lily, Flamingo Flower, Calathe crocata among others.

1. Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia, Begonia coccinea

Botanical name: Begonia coccinea
Common name: Angel Wing Begonia, Scarlet Begonia
Origin: Atlantic Forest of Brazil, distributed in Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo
Height: 6-8 ft

Angel Wing Begonia is an evergreen shrubby plant which bears are large, waxy clusters which hang from the stems. They come in red, white, orange and pink.

The Scarlet Begonia is a popular cane-stemmed Begonia which bears large, glossy, red-margined leaves. The leaves are 'angel wing' shaped and hence the common name./p>

Begonia coccinea thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, average warmth, consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil and weekly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Angel Wing Begonia

2. Bird of Paradise Plant

Bird of Paradise Plant, Strelitzia reginae

Botanical name: Strelitzia reginae
Common names: Bird of Paradise Plant, Crane Flower
Origin: South Africa
Height: 3-5 ft

Bird of Paradise Plant flowers fan out from the spathe, forming a crane bird-like crest. Each spathe will produce several flowers in succession.

As indicated by ASPCA, Strelitzia reginae is non-toxic to humans but toxic to pets. If ingested it can cause difficulties in breathing and abdominal pains. Keep the plant out of the reach of pets.

Crane Flower grows best in bright light with 4-6 hours of direct sunshine, cool to average warmth, humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Bird of Paradise Plant

3. Bush Lily

Bush Lily, Clivia miniata

Botanical name: Clivia miniata
Common names: Bush Lily, Natal Lily
Origin: South Africa and Swaziland
Height: 1.5 ft

The flowers in Bush Lily are orange, red, cream and yellow, and may have a faint but very sweet perfume. The flowers occur in cluster of about 10-20 and are borne on top of a tall stalk.

Natal Lily is a sensitive plant which does not like to be disturbed therefore, don't move the plant when in bud or flower and don't repot unless the plant is pushing out of the container.

Clivia miniata thrives in bright light with some direct sunlight, warm conditions and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soils coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Bush Lily

4. Busy Lizzie

Busy Lizzie Plant, Impatiens wallerana

Botanical name: Impatiens wallerana
Common names: Busy Lizzie, Balsam, Sultana, Impatiens
Origin: Eastern Africa from Kenya to Mozambique
Height: 2 ft

Balsam blooms are very attractive and will brighten up any space with their striking colors. It will bloom almost through out the year when given the proper care.

The Impatiens wallerana group are popular flowering plants which include the green leaved Impatiens holstii and Impatiens sultani and the red-leaved Impatiens petersiana.

Busy Lizzie prefers bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Busy Lizzie

5. Cape Primrose

Cape Primrose, Streptocarpus hybrida

Botanical name: Streptocarpus hybrida
Common name: Cape Primrose
Origin: South Africa
Height: 1 ft

Cape Primrose bears trumpet-shaped flowers in white, blue, purple, pink and red with prominently-veined throats which hover or arch above the rosette of coarse, stemless strap-shaped 8-12 in. long leaves.

Many hybrids of Cape Primrose in various colors and forms are available but the old favorite Streptocarpus Constant Nymph which bears lilac flowers with violet veins remains the most popular.

If the growing conditions for Cape Primrose are met, a succession of blooms will be produced. It requires moist air, bright light away from direct sunlight and freedom from drafts. It does not like soil that is too wet nor does it like it too hot.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Cape Primrose

6. Cyclamen

Cyclamen, Cyclamen persicum

Botanical name: Cyclamen persicum
Common names: Cyclamen
Origin: North Africa, West Asia, Southeast Europe
Height: 1 ft

Cyclamen blooms from winter to spring. The flowers are usually white to pink with a band of deep-pink at the base. The flower stalk is a long upright stem that rises above the leaves.

The leaves in Cyclamens are heart-shaped, fleshy and smooth-textured. The upper leaf surface has a green-silvery marbled color and the underside may be pale-green or reddish.

Cyclamen persicum is a cool climate plant which thrives in bright light away from direct sunlight, cool to warm humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Cyclamen persicum

7. Cigar Plant

Cigar Plant, Cuphea ignea

Botanical name: Cuphea ignea
Common names: Cigar Plant, Cigar Flower, Mexican Cigar Plant
Origin: Mexico and West Indies
Height: 1 ft

Cigar Plant flowers come in a profusion, are tubular, cigar-shaped in orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow.

The Mexican Cigar Plant is a fast growing plant which will reach its full height of 1 ft in one year and requires regular pruning to keep it compact and bushy.

Cuphea ignea grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight, average warmth and humidity and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Cigar Plant

8. Eternal Flame Plant

Calathea crocata, Eternal Flame Plant

Botanical name: Calathea crocata
Common names: Eternal Flame Plant, Saffron-coloured Calathea
Origin: Bahia and Espírito Santo states of eastern Brazil
Height: 1.5 ft

Eternal Flame Plant is a unique Calathea which has quite colorful foliage and a display of erect orange-red flowers. The long-lasting blooms come in summer and can last for 2-3 months.

The Saffron-coloured Calathea bears magnificent, slightly wrinkled metallic dark-green leaves with purple to brown tones on the undersides.

Calathea crocata thrives in bright, indirect light with at least 4 to 6 hours of morning or evening sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Eternal Flame Plant

9. Flame Violet

Flame Violet, Episcia cupreata

Botanical name: Episcia cupreata
Common name: Flame Violet
Origin: Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela
Height: 3-4 ft

Flame Violet is an eye-catching plant which is grown for its large leaves quilted with silvery or pale-green veins and tubular orange-red flowers which are yellow-eyed.

The Flame Violet produces runners that root in the surrounding soil where they form plantlets which causes the plant to hang down beautifully in a hanging basket.

Episcia cupreata grows best in bright light away from direct sunshine, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Flame Violet

10. Flamingo Flower

Flamingo Flower, Anthurium scherzerianum

Botanical name: Anthurium scherzerianum
Common names: Flamingo Flower, Pigtail Plant
Origin: Costa Rica
Height: 1 ft

Flamingo Flower bears a waxy flower with an orange curly tail. Brilliant red is the usual color but a white variety (album) is available.

The blooms in Pigtail Plant are not true flowers but are spathes, each with a white spadix covered densely with tiny true flowers.

Anthurium scherzerianum thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Flamingo Flower

11. Fuchsia Plant

Fuchsia hybrida

Botanical name: Fuchsia hybrida
Common name: Fuchsia Plant
Origin: South America, Central America, Newzealand
Height: 2-3 ft

The blooms in Fuchsia are showy sepals and petals which may or may not be the same color. They may be single, semi-double, double bells or clustered blooms borne on soft-stemmed bushes.

Fuchsia are popular plants for a hanging basket where the stems and vibrant blooms can cascade downwards beautifully.

Fuchsia hybrida requires bright light away from direct sunlight, cool to average warmth and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Fuchsia Plant

12. Geranium

Geranium Plant, Pelargonium x hortorum

Botanical name: Pelargonium x hortorum
Common names: Geranium
Origin: Hybrid with South African parentage
Height: 1-2 ft

Geranium bears large flowers which may be single, semi-double or double and come in white, red, pink, orange and purple.

The Pelargonium x hortorum belongs to the group of Pelargoniums called Zonal (or common) Pelargonium which refers to the brown annular zone around the leaves.

Pelargonium x hortorum will bloom almost all year-round if kept on a sunny window at average room temperaturea, average room humidity and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum)

13. Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy, Barbeton Daisy, Transvaal Daisy, Gerbera jamesonii

Botanical name: Gerbera jamesonii
Common name: Gerbera Daisy, Barbeton Daisy, Transvaal Daisy
Origin: South Eastern Africa
Height: 2 ft

The flower colors in Gerbera Daisy range from soft pink, white, pale yellow, pink, orange, red and purple. The hybrids are more compact and can produce up to six blooms at a time.

Gerbera jamesonii is a good indoor air cleaner which gets rid of common VOCs like formaldehyde and benzene from indoor air as indicated in the NASA Clean Air Study.

Gerbera Daisy thrives in bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Gerbera Daisy

14. Goldfish Plant

Goldfish Plant, Columnea gloriosa

Botanical name: Columnea gloriosa
Common names: Goldfish Plant
Origin: Tropical America and the Caribbean
Height: 3 ft

Goldfish Plant bears abundant yellow or orange-red tubular flowers year after year and is ideal for the hanging basket or a pedestal where the trailing stems can be allowed to hang freely.

Goldfish Plant is ideal for the hanging basket or a pedestal where the trailing stems can be allowed to hang freely.

Columnea gloriosa requires bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Goldfish Plant

15. Golden Shrimp Plant

Golden Shrimp Plant, Pachystachys lutea

Botanical name: Pachystachys lutea
Common names: Golden Shrimp Plant, Yellow Shrimp Plant, Lollipop Plant, Golden Candle Plant
Origin: Peru
Height: 3-6 ft

Golden Shrimp Plant bears an upright spike made up of bright yellow bracts and short-lived white two-lipped flowers which emerge sequentially. It flowers from spring through summer.

A Research directed by C. Daehler (UH Botany) indicates that Pachystachys lutea is toxic to animals and causes allergies or is otherwise toxic to humans.

Yellow Shrimp Plant thrives in bright light with some morning or evening sunshine, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Golden Shrimp Plant

16. Laceleaf Anthurium

Laceleaf Anthurium, Anthurium andraeanum

Botanical name: Anthurium andraeanum
Common names: Laceleaf Anthurium, Oilcloth Flower, Painter's Palette, Tailflower
Origin: Columbia, Ecuador
Height: 2-3 ft

The blooms in Laceleaf Anthurium are not true flowers but are spathes, each with a yellow or white spadix covered densely with tiny true flowers. The spadix may be straight or arched, yellow or white colored.

Many varieties and hybrids of Laceleaf Anthurium have been developed and are available. White, pink, orange and red flowers are available.

Anthurium andraeanum thrives in bright, indirect light, average warmth, humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Laceleaf Anthurium

17. Flaming Katy

Flaming Katy, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Botanical name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Common names: Flaming Katy, Christmas Kalanchoe, Florist Kalanchoe, Madagascar Widow's-thrill
Origin: Madagascar
Height: 1-2 ft

Flaming Katy is a succulent bushy plant which bears reddish leaves in bright light and long lasting flowers which can be induced in any season. The flowers come in red, pink, yellow, and white colors

There are many varieties of Florist Kalanchoe available like Bali with red flowers, Mistral with lilac flowers, Fortyniner with yellow flowers, Tarantella with orange flowers and Vesuvius with red flowers.

Christmas Kalanchoe grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Flaming Katy

18. Madagascar Jasmine

Madagascar Jasmine, Stephanotis floribunda

Botanical name: Stephanotis floribunda
Common names: Madagascar Jasmine, Hawaiian Wedding Flower, Bridal Wreath, Clustered Wax Flower, Bridal Veil Vine
Origin: Madagascar
Height: 20 ft

Madagascar Jasmine is a vigorously growing, climbing plant that will flourish in a hanging basket on a pedestal or a trellis.

The flowers in Hawaiian Wedding Flower are white, waxy, star-shaped, tubular, sweet-scented and borne on new growth in spring through fall.

Stephanotis floribunda requires bright light with some morning or evening sunshine, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Madagascar Jasmine

19. Queen's Tears Bromeliads

Queen's Tears Bromeliads, Billbergia Bromeliads

Botanical name: Billbergia spp
Common names: Queen's Tears Bromeliad, Friendship Plant
Origin: Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina
Height: 1 ft

Queen's Tears Bromeliad is one of the easiest Bromeliads to grow indoors and is grown for the beauty of its drooping showy flower-heads which drip nectar.

The drooping flowers in Queen's Tears Bromeliad hang downwards beautifully in a hanging basket or on a pedestal.

Billbergia Bromeliads thrive in bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, rich well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Queen's Tears Bromeliads

20. Peace Lily

Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii

Botanical name: Spathiphyllum wallisii
Common names: Peace Lily, White Sails, Spathe Flower
Origin: Central America, Southeastern Asia
Height: 3 ft

The bloom in Peace Lily is a spathe which appears pale green as it begins to grow and turns white at it opens. It surrounds a spadix that is densely covered by tiny, white flowers.

Peace Lily has many hybrids and cultivars like Mauna Loa, Sensation, White Stripe and Domino among others.

Spathiphyllum wallisii prefers bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and moderately humid conditions and moderately moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Peace Lily

21. Wax Begonia

Wax Begonia, Begonia semperflorens

Botanical name: Begonia semperflorens
Common names: Wax Begonia
Origin: South and Central America, Africa, southern Asia.
Height: 1 ft

Wax Begonia can flower all year through. The flowers come in red, white, orange and pink. Newer hybrids are regularly developed which are more compact and have bigger blooms.

The Wax Begonia is the easiest to grow of the flowering Begonias. The hybrids have round waxy leaves about 2 in. across, ranging from greenish-yellow to deepest red.

Begonia semperflorens thrives in bright, indirect light with some direct sunshine, average warmth, humid conditions and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Wax Begonia

22. Wax Plant

Wax Plant, Hoya carnosa

Botanical name: Hoya carnosa
Common names: Wax Plant, Porcelainflower
Origin: Eastern Asia, Australia
Height: 15 ft

Wax Plant is climbing plant which bears fleshy leaves and clusters of waxy, fragrant, star-shaped flowers and is ideal for a hanging basket or a trellis.

Porcelainflower is a popular hanging plant on account of its ease of care and the large clusters of blooms which look magnificient in any space.

Hoya carnosa thrives in bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Wax Plant

23. Urn Plants

Aechmea Bromeliad, Urn Plant

Botanical name: Aechmea
Common names: Urn Plants, Aechmea Bromeliads
Origin: Mexico, South America
Height: 2-3 ft

The bloom in Urn Plants is a display of an upright flowerhead comprising of long-lasting showy bracts. The true flowers are small and short-lived.

There are about 250 species of the Aechmea Bromeliads and are considered non-toxic to both humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.

Aechmea Bromeliads grow best in bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist soil that is rich in organic matter coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Urn Plants (Aechmea Bromeliads)

24. Rose Grape

Rose Grape, Medinilla magnifica

Botanical name: Medinilla magnifica
Common names: Rose Grape, Showy Medinilla, Philippines Orchid, Pink Lantern
Origin: Philippines
Height: 2 ft

Rose Grape bears spectacular, pendant. rosy-pink flower-heads and can be grown in a hanging basket or on a pedestal where the flowers can beautifully hang downwards.

The inflorescences in Philippines Orchid are arching panicles of pink flowers, with showy pink basal bracts and are about 1.5 ft long.

Medinilla magnifica thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunshine and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Rose Grape

25. Pink Jasmine

Pink Jasmine, Jasminum polyanthum

Botanical name: Jasminum polyanthum
Common names: Pink Jasmine, Winter Jasmine, Star Jasmine, French Perfume, Chinese Jasmine, Manyflowered Jasmine
Origin: Southeastern China
Height: 10 ft

Pink Jasmine is a vigorously growing climbing flowering plant which bears fragrant flowers in clusters and is ideal for a hanging basket.

Winter Jasmine is mainly grown for the characteristic fragrance of its flowers. Also, it is rarely attacked by diseases and pests.

Jasminum polyanthum grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Pink Jasmine

26. Mountain Fire Senecio

Mountain Fire Senecio, Senecio cephalophorus

Botanical name: Senecio cephalophorus
Common name: Mountain Fire Senecio
Origin: South Africa
Height: 1.5-2 ft

Mountain Fire Senecio is a compact, succulent plant which bears a large head of dark-orange inflorescence borne above the foliage on a long stalk.

Mountain Fire Senecio like other Senecio species is toxic to humans and pets as outlined by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Senecio cephalophorus thrives in bright light with some direct sunshine, moderate warmth and moderately moist, fertile, free-draining soils coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Mountain Fire Senecio

27. African Lily

African lily, Agapanthus africanus

Botanical name: Agapanthus africanus
Common name: African Lily, Lily of the Nile
Origin: South Africa in Cape of Good Hope
Height: 2-3 ft

African Lily bears large round heads of beautiful tubular flowers on long stalks which appear in succession through out the growing season and comes in blue, white, pink and violet.

The Lily of the Nile bears strap-like leaves about 1 ft long and ball-like flower heads which are about 3-8 in. in diameter.

Lily of the Nile grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for African Lily

28. Orchids

Indoor Orchids

Family: Orchidaceae

Many Orchids can successfully be grown indoors. Growing an orchid indoors is easy if it is given the right growing conditions. Orchid blooms are a great addition to any plants collection.

Orchids are available in many shapes, forms, colours and sizes which makes them extremely captivating in any space.

Good filtered light, high humidity, good air circulation and free draining light soil are essential for the proper growth of Orchids. They also need to be kept away cold drafts as they can cause sudden changes in the temperature.

Here are 13 Types of Orchids You can Grow in the Home

29. Bleeding Glory Vine

Bleeding Glory Vine, Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Botanical name: Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Common names: Bleeding Glory Vine, Bleeding Glorybower, Tropical Bleeding Heart, Bagflower, Harlequin Glorybower
Origin: West Africa; Cameroon to Senegal
Height: 6 ft

Bleeding Glory Vine is a perennial climbing plant which bears bell-shaped, lightly scented, two-colored flowers; red and surrounded by white sepals.

The blooms in Bleeding Glorybower are borne in terminal clusters of 8-20 in spring and summer and appear bell-shaped and are lightly scented.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Bleeding Glory Vine

30. Bigleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea Plant, Hydrangea macrophylla

Botanical name: Hydrangea macrophylla
Common names: Bigleaf Hydrangea, Mophead Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Hortensia, Lacecap Hydrangea
Origin: Japan, from Honshu southwards.
Height: 7 ft

Bigleaf Hydrangea is a spectacular plant whose blooms can be white, blue, red, pink, light purple or dark purple where the color is affected by the soil PH.

The Mophead Hydrangea is a perennial shrub growing to 7 ft tall by 8 ft broad which bears large globular heads of flowers about 6-8 in. across.

Hydrangea macrophylla grows best in bright light away from direct sunlight, cool and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soils coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Bigleaf Hydrangea

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