Here at Houseplant Central we adore foliage, but goodness, we’ll have to admit we can’t resist some nice flowers. Luckily there are plenty of indoor plants with flowers out there that bloom in an amazing range of colors. Some will even produce flowers during wintertime, helping to cheer up your home and get through the gloomy winter months.
Keep reading to find out 8 house plants with flowers that are sure to catch the eye!
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
Unlike some species that we’ll mention further down the list, like Poinsettias, peace lilies are not very fussy about their lighting routine. In fact, these indoor favorites can thrive in low-light settings and prefer dappled sunlight. They are easy to care for, which makes them among the best indoor plants with flowers for beginners.
Peace lilies are appreciated for their large, shiny, dark-green foliage but it’s their flowers that steal the show. A modified white or light green leaf, called the spathe, cups the cream-colored spadix to offer protection. One peace lily can produce 5-10 flowers at a time and grow quite large. This makes it it an excellent eye catcher that can really tie a space together.
You’ll know it’s time to water your peace lily when the leaves begin to slightly droop. After about an hour of rehydration the plants will perk up again, with the leaves noticeably raising back up. We can’t tell you exactly how frequently you’ll need to water as it depends on environmental factors, but the soil should be lightly moist at all times.
You can find more information about growing a peace lily in the full peace lily care guide.
Anthurium flowers (Flamingo lily)
Flamingo lily is the common name for Anthurium scherzerianum, but in practice it also refers to its more common cousin Anthurium andraeanum. Does it matter? No! Both feature amazing waxy flowers in pink, red, green or white. They have the capacity to keep producing flowers year-round and even just their large shiny foliage is enough to make it a perfect eyecatcher.
Since the flamingo lily is naturally found in the tropical rainforest, you’ll need to replicate the conditions at home as much as possible in order for this plant to thrive. They need a warm, humid environment with lots of indirect light to thrive. Place them near other plants or run a humidifier to make sure things don’t become too dry for them.
The flamingo lily’s soil should consist of a water-retaining element like peat moss or (more sustainably) coconut coir. It should also contain a medium that allows excess moisture to drain and the roots to breathe, like perlite. The soil should be kept lightly moist, especially during the growing season, but remember that drainage is important as well. Use a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom, such as a standard plastic nursery pot.
You can find more information about growing Anthurium flowers on Houseplant Central in the Anthurium care guide.
Phalaenopsis flowers (Moth orchid)
Phalaenopsis flowers are considered to be one of the easier species of orchids to care for. What makes these house plants with flowers so wonderful is that you can potentially get them to flower three times a year. The blooms can last for months at a time! This is ideal for bringing color and life into your house for many years to come, as a Phalaenopsis orchid can potentially can live up to ten years.
There are many instructions out there on getting a Phalaenopsis to rebloom, but I’ve found that the best way to ensure frequent flowering is to just leave the plant be and provide the best possible care. You don’t have to cut the flower stem (it can rebloom from a live stem), but you can if you want. The most important thing is to just provide bright indirect light and cozy room temperatures.
Phalaenopsis orchids are naturally epiphytes, meaning they grow on trees in a non-parasitic way. Their roots are adapted to grasping and clasping, not to being buried. This is why a light soil medium is essential. You can use regular orchid bark but you could also consider mounting your Phals on wood for a beautiful natural look.
You can find more information on growing Phalaenopsis flowers on Houseplant Central in the Phalaenopsis orchid care guide.
Dendrobium flowers (Dendrobium nobile)
One of the best indoor plants with flowers is the Dendrobium orchid because its flowers are particularly long lasting. The colorful blooms last from fall to spring and range from a white to more intense shades of pink. If you love seeing rows and rows of intricate flowers, this orchid is definitely for you.
To keep your Dendrobium orchid healthy, keep in mind that its requirements change throughout the year. It’s used to summers being wet and shaded, with taller trees blocking out most direct sunlight. Winters are drier and lighter. Many houseplant enthusiasts keep these orchids outside during the summer and bring them inside during the winter, but you can of course also grow them indoors year round.
These flowering house plants enjoy lots of light, although direct sunlight during the hot summer months can be a bit too much for them. To keep the plants healthy, opt to use indirect light instead. This can be as simple as placing the plant near a north-facing window (in the Northern Hemisphere). You could also opt for putting up a thin curtain to help block out some light. However, as mentioned above, during the winter months they do often appreciate as much direct sunlight as possible!
You can find more information about growing Dendrobium orchids on Houseplant Central in the Dendrobium orchid care guide.
Cyclamen flowers (Cyclamen sp.)
Cyclamen flowers are popular for their intense colors, ranging from white to red and pretty much everything in between. They are popular holiday flowers that, if taken care of properly, can live up to 30 years! Some find it challenging to keep them alive once the new year rolls around, but it’s actually not that difficult if you understand its tuberous nature and need for a dormant period.
These indoor plants with flowers don’t do well during the summer heat and go into a state of dormancy to cope. When it gets close to summer and you start to see yellow leaves, it’s time to put these sleepyheads to bed. Just trim off any yellow leaves, stop watering, and put the plants somewhere dark and cool for two or three months. In the fall, around October, you can bring them out into indirect light and start watering again. This encourages the flowers to rebloom just in time for winter.
You can find more information about growing Cyclamen flowers on Houseplant Central in the full Cyclamen care guide.
Tip: Since they are popular holiday flowers, you may find Cyclamen being sold with festive foil around their pots.
As cheerful as it might look, one of the very first things you should do when you bring any foil-wrapped plant home is remove the foil. It prevents proper drainage, which is a common killer of plants since the roots rot away. Buy or DIY a nice festive planter instead!
Domino cactus/Easter lily cactus (Echinopsis subdenudata)
Cacti are probably not the first thing most houseplant enthusiasts think of when it comes to indoor plants with flowers. In reality, some of the most spectacular bloomers are cacti species!
There are quite a few cacti out there that will absolutely wow you with their huge and showy flowers. A personal favorite here at Houseplant Central is Echinopsis subdenudata, also known as the Easter lily cactus.
Easter lily cacti are hardy and suitable for beginning cactus growers. Their white, fragrant blooms don’t last very long (only about 24 hours or so), but they sure are worth it! Three or more of them will pop up at the same time, emerging from a rather ugly black and fuzzy bud. If you’re lucky, new flowers will continue to appear multiple times throughout the summer months.
The Easter lily cactus appreciates regular waterings whenever the soil dries out, although you should make sure drainage is excellent. Direct sunlight is the way to go, or you could even opt to grow this one outdoors during the warmer months.
Poinsettia flowers (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
If you love houseplants with red flowers, you’re bound to be familiar with Poinsettias, though this holiday favorite can also be found in white, yellow and pink. Although they are typically associated with winter and Christmastime, these plants are naturally found in tropical forests in Mexico. That’s why you’ll need to take extra care to protect the plants from the winter chill.
Like many popular seasonal house plants that flower, Poinsettias often end up in the garbage once the new year starts. Now, we’ll admit that keeping this species alive is not the easiest task. It can be done however, and with some dedication you can even get yours to rebloom.
If you want to encourage Poinsettias to bloom, you’ll need to keep in mind their strict light requirements: they need periods of complete blackout. After the first Christmas, you’ll want to prune the plants around April and repot them in May. When November rolls around, it’s be time to up your game to encourage the plants to bloom. This is done using a strict routine of 12 hours of intense light immediately followed by 12 hours of complete darkness.
You can find more information about Poinsettia flowers on Houseplant Central in the full Poinsettia care guide.
Tip: When we say complete darkness, we mean it! Many Poinsettia enthusiasts recommend placing your plants in dark boxes or black bags to block out all the light. So as odd as it might feel, lock your plant away every night to trigger its blooming response.
Holiday cacti (Hatiora & Schlumbergera)
If you want even more festive flowers for the holiday season, you can make your space even more cozy with Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera bridgesii). Their white, pink, and red flowers will help bring variety into the home. They really complement other houseplants with red flowers, such as Poinsettias.
Thanksgiving cacti (Schlumbergera truncata) and Easter cacti (Schlumbergera gaertneri, formerly Hatiora gaertneri) are other popular festive indoor plants with flowers. Although Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cacti all look very similar at first glance and their taxonomy is a bit of a mess, you can tell them apart by the actual shape of the leaves.
Luckily, their care is similar: all are jungle cacti that should not be confused with their desert cousins. They like to be kept lightly moist and don’t do very well when exposed to direct sunlight, preferring bright but indirect light.
Tip: The intensity of the flower color on your holiday cactus depends on how much light the plant receives, so you can use this to get the shade you want. Additionally, too much direct sunlight will turn the leaves pinkish-red.
If you have any more questions about growing these indoor plants with flowers or want to share your own experiences with any of the species on the list, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Happy planting! 🌿