10 Beautiful Flowering Houseplants

Adding a splash of color to your living space is as simple as bringing in some flowering houseplants. 

Whether you have a sunny windowsill or a space with natural light, there’s a flowering plant that can flourish in your particular indoor environment.

Here are 10 bright and cheerful indoor plants with colorful flowers.

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1. Peace Lily

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) are a popular choice for indoor spaces because of their graceful white flowers and lush green leaves.

They prefer bright, indirect sunlight, but direct sunlight can scorch their leaves, so it’s best to place them near a window with a sheer curtain.

Make sure to water them once a week, but don’t let the soil get soggy. If the leaves droop, it’s a sign that your plant needs water.

peace lily flower

2. Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii, is a vibrant and popular houseplant with magenta, red, pink, or white flowers.

To encourage blooming, provide 14 hours of darkness and cooler temperatures, about 55°F (13°C) at night for 6 weeks before the desired blooming period.

Remember to prune your Christmas cactus after flowering to encourage branching and more blooms in the following season. 

christmas cactus plant

3. African Violet

African violets, with their soft, velvety leaves and vibrant flowers, are one of the most beautiful flowering indoor plants.

You’ll want to place your African violet in an area that receives bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, which can damage the leaves.

Water from the bottom by placing the pot in a tray of water to prevent water spots on the leaves, and use room temperature water for best results.

With gentle care, your African violet will reward you with a year-round display of lovely flowers.

african violet plant

4. Bromeliad

Bromeliads are a vibrant addition to your indoor garden. 

With their lush, tropical foliage and stunning flowers, they can add a pop of color to any room.

Bromeliads prefer warm environments, ideally between 55 to 80°F (13 to 27°C). Keep them away from drafts and sudden temperature changes.

They also love humidity, so if you’re in a drier climate, consider using a pebble tray or a humidifier to increase moisture in the air.

After flowering, your bromeliad will gradually die, but before it does, it will produce pups (baby plants), which you can propagate to produce more plants.

5. Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe is a low-maintenance houseplant with thick leaves that retain water, making it drought-tolerant and ideal if you’re often on the go.

They can flower multiple times a year with the right care. To encourage blooming, give your Kalanchoe 14 hours of darkness each day for about six weeks. 

This will mimic the natural conditions that trigger the flowering process.

You can place Kalanchoe plants outdoors in summer if you want to dress up your patio—just remember to bring them back inside when temperatures drop.

flowering kalanchoe plants

6. Moth Orchid

The Moth Orchid, Phalaenopsis amabilis, is a popular houseplant with long-lasting flowers. 

Prune your Moth Orchid after the blooms have faded by cutting the spike above a visible node. 

Repot it every couple of years in fresh orchid mix, ideally in the spring and mature plants can be divided when they outgrow their pots.

moth orchid plants

7. Anthurium

Anthuriums, also known as Flamingo Flowers, are great for brightening up your home. 

The red parts aren’t really flowers, they’re actually leaf-like parts known as a spathe. 

These low-maintenance beauties are pretty resilient, so even if you’re not the greenest of thumbs, you can still keep an anthurium happy and thriving. 

anthurium plant

8. Cyclamen

Cyclamen is a charming flowering houseplant with delicate, upswept petals. 

You can find cyclamen in a range of colors including pink, red, and white.

Cyclamen plants go dormant after flowering, so reduce watering and allow the leaves to yellow and die back.

Cyclamen is a perennial plant, which means with proper care it will grow back year after year.

pink cyclamen plant

9. Lipstick Plant

The Lipstick Plant is a vivid choice for brightening your indoor spaces. 

Its name derives from the tubular, red flowers that emerge from a dark maroon bud, much like a lipstick twisting up from a tube.

It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight and enjoys a humid environment.

Mist regularly or place on a pebble tray with water.

lipstick plant

10. Clivia

The last plant on this list is Clivia, known for its vibrant flowers.

Classified as an evergreen perennial, it’s sought after for its low-maintenance nature and striking flowers.

You’ll see the trumpet-shaped flowers, often in shades of orange or red, emerging in late winter or early spring.

It may take a few years for the first flowers to appear, but your care will be rewarded with dramatic blooms.

flowering clivia plant

Caring for Flowering Houseplants

When you bring a flowering houseplant home, it’s important to give it the right amount of light. 

Bright, indirect sunlight is ideal for most indoor plants. Check the plant’s tag for its specific light requirements and find a spot in your home where it can thrive.

Keep the soil moist, but not soggy because overwatering can lead to root rot. 

Humidity is also a key factor. Many flowering houseplants come from tropical environments and will benefit from higher humidity. 

Feeding your plants is like giving them a boost of energy. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer monthly during the blooming season.

Remember to prune and deadhead regularly. This encourages new flowers and keeps your plants looking their best.


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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