Flowering Types

Flowering House Plants

Flowering house plants have become increasingly popular over the last few decades and its 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 rooms 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.

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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.

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Flamingo Flower - Anthurium Scherzerianum

Picture of the Flamingo Flower

The Flamingo flower blooms outstanding wax effect flowers with a kind of pigs 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.

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Kaffir Lily - Clivia Miniata

Picture of the Kaffir Lily

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. Its a must to understand the Kaffir's needs and then they're easy enough to maintain while producing flowers.

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Flaming Katy - Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

Picture of the Flaming Katy

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.

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Lollipop Plant - Pachystachys Lutea

Picture of the Lollipop Plant

The beautiful cone shaped yellow colored bract (more of a golden color) and white protruding blooms, makes 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.

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Bird Of Paradise - Strelitzia Reginae

Bird Of Paradise Plant

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.

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Zebra Plant - Aphelandra Squarrosa

Zebra Plant

The zebra plant grows well indoors when given the correct care and conditions. However, it is quite a temperamental species and can easily lose it's 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.

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Moth Orchid - Phalaenopsis

Moth Orchid

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.

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Florist Cyclamen - Cyclamen Persicum

Cyclamen Persicum

This cyclamen is also known as the florist cyclamen because it's sold at florist's 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.

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Ornamental Pepper Plant - Capsicum Annuum

Ornamental pepper

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 the foliage. While the peppers are edible - for most people in the west they're way to hot and lack something other than heat. There's many varieties with colorful fruits and various shapes.

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Madagascar Jasmine - Stephanotis Floribunda

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 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 it's need for warmth, sunlight and humidity.

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Barberton Daisy - Gerbera Jamesonii

Barberton Daisy with red flowers

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 helps 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.

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Poison Primrose - Primula Obconica

Poison Primrose

Another winter and early spring bloomer worth picking up from the local garden center for it's attractive flowers that sit at the top of tall stalks. The Primula obconica gets it's common name of Poison primrose because of the plant causing skin irritation for those with sensitive skin. A tender perennial, although indoors it is also used as an annual.

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Eternal Flame - Calathea Crocata

Picture of Calathea Crocata plant

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 give this plant its common name of Eternal Flame.

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Corsage - Cattleya Orchid

Yellow Corsage 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.

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Lycaste Orchid

Lycaste orchid picture

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.

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Slipper Orchid - Paphiopedilum

picture of flower head

The Paphiopedilum is a large genus of orchids with over 80 species and many hybrids. This orchid is very popular within 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.

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Angel Wing Begonia - Begonia Coccinea

Angel Wing Begonia Flowers

The Angel Wing Begonia is one of the most popular species from the large Begonia genus of plants. The flowers are quite small that 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.

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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 a 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.

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