Flowering House Plants

From bright, bold tropical flowers to cactus plants in bloom, flowering house plants are without a doubt some of the most attention-getting accents anywhere.

anthurium, flowering house plantAnthurium gives a tropical vibe with splashy red spathes. Photo ©Marina Bogachyova


Among the best-known tropical flowers is anthurium. Also known as Tail Flower, this exotic beauty features captivating, heart-shaped red spathes and lush, deep-green foliage.

Newer hybrids are compact, and more eager to bloom than ever. Give anthurium steady, warm temperature and plenty of bright, indirect sunlight and you'll enjoy those long-lasting, showy bracts most of the year.

gerbera daisies, flowering houseplantsGerbera Daisies add a vibrant pop of color to any sunny room. Photo: Jill Wellington

Gerbera Daisies

It's easy to see why gerbera daisies are popular flowering house plants. Their bright blooms add cheer to your home beginning in spring, and lasting for months on end. 

You'll find these colorful, flowering houseplants in floral shops and garden centers in spring and summer, ready to give any room a fresh splash of color. For a big impact, group a few pots together.

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Love bromes? Be sure to include Guzmania 'Scarlet Star' among your tropical exotic flowers.

In their native habitat, these epiphytes grow on trees. In your home, they'll grow best in a potting media made up of shredded fir bark. Orchid mix works great. This loose mixture allows air circulation around the bromeliad's roots while also keeping them lightly moist.

Fragrant Flowering House Plants

Consider adding scented flowering plants to your collection. Many exotic tropical flowers have a delightful fragrance.

Chinese jasmine blooms in late winter with intoxicatingly fragrant flowers. Train it to climb up a trellis or other support to show off its thickly leafed vines and star-shaped clusters of white blooms.

'Sharry Baby' is a sweetly scented Oncidium orchidOncidiums are often referred to as "dancing lady" orchids because of their distinctive shape and growing habit. Give these dancing sprays of flowers a humid environment with plenty of light and they'll bloom dependably for you.

hoya carnosa, flowering houseplant, wax plantWaxy blooms of the Hoya carnosa vine blooming near a window. Photo: © Sivirinaa

Hoya Carnosa

Thickly leaved vines make up the hoya plant, with clusters of blooms showing up in summer that are wonderfully fragrant. Also called wax plant for its waxy-looking flowers, this tropical beauty is fast becoming a favorite flowering house plant. It's easy to see why.

Discover more perennial flowering vines you can grow indoors, plus a few for your sunny patio. Train them to climb a support and you'll add a whole new dimension to your container garden.

peace lily, flowering houseplantBright, indirect sunlight will help Peace Lily to bloom abundantly. Photo ©JonnyForsey

Peace Lily

Commonly known as Peace Lily, the undemanding Spathiphyllum is an elegant houseplant for your home. Give a young plant a boost by setting it on a plant stand. Tall plants make stylish floor plants.

Peace Lily is perhaps the easiest flowering house plant you can grow. This South American native prefers the same warm temperatures we do. Keep the potting mix lightly moist year-round and raise the humidity when needed. Although tolerant of lower light levels, give Peace Lily bright, indirect sunlight to get those long-lasting white spathes in spring and summer.

kalanchoe flowers, kalanchoe blossfeldiana, flowering houseplantKalanchoe blossfeldiana is a popular flowering succulent plant that's easy to grow.

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

Easy to grow, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana can be found in garden centers and florist's shops nearly year-round. Treat it right (it's easy) and you'll enjoy bunches of brightly colored blooms for several months. New cultivars have been introduced, allowing us to choose from lots of colors -- including pink, red, white, purple, orange and yellow.

Thick, succulent leaves make this petite beauty drought-tolerant, so it can go for days without a drink. If you're a forgetful waterer, flowering Kalanchoe is ideal for you.

cattleya orchids, flowering houseplantsIt's easy to see why Cattleya orchids are treasured houseplants. Photo: Denis Doukhan

Growing Orchids Indoors

Frilly-petaled Cattleya orchids are often a favorite among orchid lovers. Thanks to thousands of new hybrids, Cattleyas are now available in every color except black.

This dramatic house plant is easier to please than many orchids. And that's not all -- you can expect a succession of long-lasting blooms.

Want more? Take a look at the varieties of orchids here. Believe me, you'll be captivated by these gorgeous flowering house plants.

flowering houseplant, pink callaPink Callas are simply stunning - and unexpected - houseplants. Photo: © Wirestock

Pink Calla Lilies

You'll find pink callas at garden centers in spring and summer.

Even if you're a novice gardener, you'll have easy success with these undemanding beauties. They'll thrive indoors in a pot if given enough light.

You can easily bring them back into bloom every year, too. Pot the rhizomes in winter and you'll enjoy an early show of charming funnel-shaped flowers.

Discover more types of lily flowers that thrive indoors here.

Winter Bloomers

You don't have to give up flower gardening in the winter. Take a look at these winter flowering plants that are easy to grow indoors.

Want to discover how to force spring-flowering bulbs in winter? Get all the how-tos for forcing bulbs indoors here.

Did you know you can cut flowering tree branches in late winter and watch them bloom indoors? Find out how to force flowering branches before spring arrives.

firecracker flower, flowering house plantsPhoto © Iva Villi | Dreamstime.com

Firecracker Flower

Put firecracker flowers near a bright window and enjoy their spectacular blooms from spring through fall.

Surrounded by big, glossy leaves, these flowering house plants are dazzling in vibrant orange, red, pink or yellow. Get care tips for firecracker flower and find out how to coax the most blooms.

african violets, flowering houseplantAfrican Violets will bloom for months on end near a sunny window. Photo: Anita Bozic

African Violets

Hands-down the most popular indoor flower. And it's no wonder. African violets will bloom nearly year-round when they get enough light.

Today's hybrids offer an abundance of new colors, patterns and flower shapes to choose from. Violet-blue still rules, but flowers may also be pink, red, white or any purple hue. Frilly petals, double blooms and miniature varieties only add to their allure.

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