Flowering house plants have become increasingly popular over the last few decades and it’s easy to see why. Watching the beginning of flowers bloom and the colorfulness the plant brings to a room is uplifting for the spirit and adds to the room’s attractiveness…
Rose of China – Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis has the common name of Rose of China and originated in China. The flowers only last a couple of days, but they do bloom more than once – between spring and fall. The flowers are a kind of trumpet shape and bright in color. These are fairly easy to care for but need plenty of light.
Flowering Maple – Abutilon Hybridum
This plant gets its name from the maple-shaped sycamore leaves and not because it’s a maple tree-type plant. The maple is a fast-growing plant that grows up to 5ft tall like a tree. Bell-shaped flowers bloom in various colors including pink, red, yellow, and orange. Light is something they love and need to grow well.
Flamingo Flower – Anthurium Scherzerianum
The Flamingo flower blooms outstanding wax effect flowers with a kind of pig’s curly orange tail that grows from the stalk through the flower. Although these tropical plants are beautiful they are quite difficult to care for compared to other types. These are a poisonous type of plant, best kept away from pets and kids.
Kaffir Lily – Clivia Miniata
The Kaffir lily is a flowering house plant that blooms beautiful orange (my favorite), red-yellow, and cream flowers, in clusters of more than 10. These are fairly easy to care for, however, they may not bloom if not cared for correctly. It’s a must to understand the Kaffir’s needs and then they’re easy enough to maintain while producing flowers.
Flaming Katy – Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana
The Flaming katy is a succulent plant that’s part of the Kalanchoe genus. This plant is one of the most popular from this genus that naturally flowers in spring, although growers are able to have it blossoming at any time of the year. These have fleshy leaves that grow to approximately 2 inches long and flowers that bloom, tubular shaped.
Lollipop Plant – Pachystachys Lutea
The beautifully cone-shaped yellow-colored bract (more of a golden color) and white protruding blooms, make this a very attractive flowering house plant choice. These have a long flowering season that gives them another reason to be attractive to those wanting a flowering indoor plant. The lollipop plant grows up to about 1.5 ft.
Bird Of Paradise – Strelitzia Reginae
The strelitzia reginae (scientific name) is one of the most spectacular flowering plants that can be grown indoors, with the correct conditions provided. The plant grows to over 6 feet tall and is designed to fully support the weight of birds who stop to eat the nectar when grown outdoors. Flowering occurs multiple times a year if the plant is well taken care of.
Zebra Plant – Aphelandra Squarrosa
The zebra plant grows well indoors when given the correct care and conditions. However, it is quite a temperamental species and can easily lose its leaves and becomes leggy – without the proper care it needs. I thought I would mention where it may be best for you to place and display your Zebra plant because the conditions it needs are quite strict once it has flowered.
Moth Orchid – Phalaenopsis
The moth orchid is a popular indoor plant from the orchidaceae family displaying lots of attractive flower color choices. These flowers last for up to 3 months before the next bloom. Growers need to be mindful of some of the care conditions for phalaenopsis plants to grow well, including 10 hours or more light and warm temperatures. Growing up to 2 feet tall, this species is an eye-catcher.
Florist Cyclamen – Cyclamen Persicum
This cyclamen is also known as the florist cyclamen because it’s sold to florists throughout the West to be grown indoors. This species is a flowering pot plant that most growers throw away after the flowering period, although they can be stored during dormancy to grow and re-flower the following year. The foliage grows very compact and is just as attractive as the colorful flowers.
Ornamental Pepper Plant – Capsicum Annuum
The ornamental pepper plant is grown indoors as a flowering pot plant that’s usually tossed out once the fruit dies down. The fruit is the main attraction to this species rather than the small star-shaped flowers or foliage. While the peppers are edible – for most people in the West they’re way too hot and lack something other than heat. There are many varieties with colorful fruits and various shapes.
Madagascar Jasmine – Stephanotis Floribunda
The Madagascar jasmine is a great-looking climbing vine for indoors and displays not only beautiful fragrant blooms but attractive large leathery leaves as well. It’s commonly sold as a wreath or bouquet of flowers for weddings and grown outdoors or as a house plant. It’s not the easiest of plants to maintain and needs attention paid to its need for warmth, sunlight, and humidity.
Barberton Daisy – Gerbera Jamesonii
An extremely attractive and popular flowering pot plant that is a perennial but treated as an annual in temperate regions and indoors. Warm indoor temperatures and good sunlight help encourage blooms to last long. The flowers are so attractive they’re used in wedding bouquets and other decorative purposes. Buy just before or at the beginning of spring.
Poison Primrose – Primula Obconica
Another winter and early spring bloomer is worth picking up from the local garden center for its attractive flowers that sit at the top of tall stalks. The Primula obconica gets its common name of Poison primrose because of the plant causes skin irritation for those with sensitive skin. A tender perennial, although indoors it is also used as an annual.
Eternal Flame – Calathea Crocata
From the Calathea genus, this species native to Brazil is one of the only ones grown for its flowering habit. Most are grown for their foliage, although the leaves are still attractive on this plant. High humidity and warm temperatures are required to grow this plant well. The color of the bract gives this plant its common name of Eternal Flame.
Corsage – Cattleya Orchid
Cattleya is a genus of over 100 orchids displaying the most attractive flowers in a variety of colors. Plenty of light and warm temperatures keep these plants thriving. Add two or three varieties together seated on a desktop or windowsill within a room and watch the colors brighten up that space perfectly.
Lycaste is a genus of orchid flowering plants that deserve a mention and can be grown indoors without too many problems. There are over 30 varieties displaying three petals and three sepals. The flowers are around 2-3 inches in size and they grow in different colors with amazing fragrances such as lemon scents and cinnamon.
Slipper Orchid – Paphiopedilum
The Paphiopedilum is a large genus of orchids with over 80 species and many hybrids. This orchid is very popular in homes because it’s much easier to grow and maintain compared to others. Named the slipper orchid because of its unique flower head containing a pouch within the center. There are books written just for this genus of plants.
Angel Wing Begonia – Begonia Coccinea
The Angel Wing Begonia is one of the most popular species from the large Begonia genus of plants. The flowers are quite small and bloom, which form in clusters, bright red to light pink in color. The name given to this plant (Angel Wings) is because of the wing-shaped leaves.
CHOOSING A FLOWERING HOUSE PLANT
“HERE’S SOME USEFUL POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING AND GROWING”
- Know what time of the year flowers bloom and how often, to ensure you see flowers blooming, when you want.
- Many flowering types need more light than foliage type, which enables them to bloom.
- They can also make a little more mess from petals/flowers falling.
- There are two main types that bloom which are pot and house plants. A pot plant type (also known as gift plant) is usually for display purposes while the flowers are in bloom and then it can die, bloom the following year only – or be placed in a greenhouse unable to flower. Check with the shop or here to find out if the plant is a pot or house type, and how to care for them.
Elyssa Goins is a gardener, beekeeper, and a proud mom of four. She is a member of the American Horticultural Society, has been published in a Scientific Journal, and loves to talk about her love of plants. For the past twenty years, she’s been all about growing and caring for various fruits, veggies, herbs, livestock, kids, and houseplants. Managing a big garden to feed four growing kids and raising dairy goats has taught her so much about being an excellent plant parent and now is her time to share with you.