10 Best Bedroom Plants

Beautiful indoor plants to decorate your bedroom and purify the air

Houseplants do more than just look good. Certain plants when kept in the bedroom can improve the air quality as well as absorb carbon dioxide while you sleep.

A study by NASA found that some indoor plants can purify the air by removing airborne toxins including benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde. [1]

In this article I’ve put together a list of ten of the best plants to have in your bedroom.

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What are the best bedroom plants?

The best type of plants to have in your bedroom are those that absorb carbon dioxide at night.

During the day most plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis and at night about half of that carbon is then released.

Plants that use CAM photosynthesis collect carbon dioxide at night, so they’re a much better choice to have in your bedroom. [2] [3]

Some common plants that use CAM photosynthesis include cacti, succulents, orchids and pineapples.

All of the plants included in this article use CAM photosynthesis so you can be assured that they’re cleaning the air while you sleep.

10 Best Plants for the Bedroom

1. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

Aloe Vera is a succulent with spiky green leaves. They’re easy to care for and because they store moisture in their leaves, they don’t require frequent watering.

Aloe Vera plants are great for small spaces and they’re well suited to a sunny spot on a shelf or somewhere close to a window.

Aloe vera

2. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.)

Moth Orchids have long stalks with multiple flowers in beautiful colors including pink, yellow, white and purple.

Moth Orchids love humidity but don’t like to be constantly wet.

It’s not a good idea to let the plant sit in a saucer of water for a long period of time.


3. Bromeliads

Bromeliads are low maintenance indoor plants that love humidity.

They have bright, long lasting flowers that are actually modified leaves called bracts.

During the warmer months their leaves can be misted with water.


4. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Mother-In-Law’s-Tongue, also known as Snake plant, is a type of succulent that has long, sword shaped leaves.

They’re easy to care for and don’t mind drying out between watering.

They do best in well drained pots and can be propagated from leaf cuttings.

snake plant

5. Agave

Agave is a low maintenance succulent that likes sunny areas and well-drained soil.

Once an agave has flowered, the plant will slowly die but it will produce a number of baby plants at the base that can be removed and planted to grow a new plant.

Agave plant

6. Jade (Crassula ovata)

Jade, also known as the money plant, is an easy to care for succulent.

It has thick rounded leaves and grows best in a well-lit area like a windowsill.

Jade plants can be propagated from individual leaves.

Jade Plant

7. Air Plants (Tillandsia spp.)

Air Plants are part of the bromeliad family and have the ability to survive on air.

They can absorb nutrients and moisture through their leaves without needing to grow in soil.

Air Plants can be placed in a bowl or terrarium on a bed of pebbles or gravel.

RELATED: How To Grow Air Plants

Air plant

8. Hoya (Hoya spp.)

Hoya, also known as wax plants are low maintenance plants that are perfect for hanging baskets.

They have clusters of flowers in a range of colors including pink, purple, yellow and white.

Hoya doesn’t like to be moved as the flowers can fall off.

Star shaped flowers

9. Zebra Plant (Haworthia fasciata)

Zebra Plant is a succulent that has pointy leaves with white stripes.

They’re slow growing and can live for many years in the same pot.

Zebra Plant would be well suited to a bedside table or desk in the bedroom.

RELATED: 10 Beautiful Striped Houseplants

Zebra cactus

10. Cactus

Most species of Cacti have spines, which are modified leaves that help to defend them against herbivores and prevent water loss.

Cacti can live in extremely dry environments and require only minimal watering.

They’re suited to a sunny spot in the bedroom near a window.


11. ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant, also called Zanzibar Gem, is a hardy, slow growing plant that can tolerate low light and minimal watering.

It’s perfect for dark bedrooms and beginner gardeners.

ZZ Plants don’t like to be overwatered. During warm weather the leaves can be misted with water.

Tips for Growing Healthy Bedroom Plants

  • Choose a spot in the room that is well lit but away from direct sunlight
  • Be careful not to overwater your plants – check the potting mix with your fingertips to see if it’s moist or dry
  • Cut off any leaves that are mouldy
  • Use a saucer underneath your pots to protect your furniture from moisture
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How to Style Plants in your Bedroom

Plants can be placed in many areas around your room:

  • Bedside table
  • On top of drawers or cupboards
  • On the floor
  • On a shelf
  • On a plant stand
  • Hanging from a hook on the ceiling

Plants are a beautiful addition to any room in the house including the bedroom. Not only do they contribute to the natural tranquility of the room, they also create a natural feeling of peace and calmness, while also improving the quality of the air you breathe while you sleep.

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Do you have plants in your bedroom? Let me know in the comments below

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Brandy

    I was thinking about getting a cactus for our new home but never thought to have it in the bedroom. I have not heard of a zebra plant though, until this post, I’m glad you shared that. I’ll be bookmarking this list to figure out what plants we want in our bedroom as soon as we find a home.

  2. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    I love having plants around the house. They are so pretty and liven the place up.

  3. Emily Fata

    I’m obsessed with adding more and more plants to my bedroom! They have such a nice way of brightening up a space, don’t they?

  4. Emman Damian

    Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) is one of my favorite plants. It’s really good for the skin. So hydrating!

  5. Katrina Kroeplin

    Those are beautiful bedroom plants. I love flowering plants. I mean who doesn’t right! Great choices

  6. Lyanna Soria

    Those plants are so beautiful, they would look great inside the house. I’ve always liked succulents because they look pretty and are easy to take care of.

    1. Kelly Martin

      I love succulents as well Lyanna. They’re great plants for the bedroom.

  7. Shannon Gurnee

    These are some beautiful plants to have inside! I will definitely take a look at some of these to decorate the inside of our house. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Mayuri Patel

    I’m going to make my hubby read this article. We always argue about having plants in our bedroom. I keep putting them in and he removes them, saying that they are bad for us. I love cacti and orchids.

    1. Kelly Martin

      I love Orchids and Cacti as well Mayuri. They’re great bedroom plants.

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