10 Beautiful Striped Houseplants

Houseplants with striped foliage are an attractive addition to indoor gardens.

There are many different stripy houseplants to choose from including some that are perfect for beginner gardeners.

Here are 10 beautiful indoor plants with striped leaves.

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striped spider plant

1. Calathea

Calathea, also known as Zebra plant or Peacock plant is one of the most popular striped houseplants.

It’s a beautiful indoor plant that grows best in warm, humid conditions.

They can be a bit tricky for beginner gardeners because they’re sensitive to cold, drafts and fluctuations in temperature.

Calathea likes a well-lit spot, away from direct sunlight and their leaves should be misted during hot, dry weather.

striped plant

2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants have long green and white stripy leaves and get their name from the new offshoots that hang down from the plant, like little baby spiders.

They’re low maintenance indoor plants that will tolerate a range of different conditions and they’re perfect for anyone that is new to gardening.

RELATED: How To Water Spider Plants

spider plant watering

3. Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Croton has always been one of my favorite houseplants.

It has beautiful striped foliage in a range of colors including yellow, pink, orange, red and green.

Croton plants like lots of bright light, warmth, humidity and regular misting, especially during hot weather.

They don’t like being moved around too much and they sometimes lose their leaves after they’re moved.

croton plant

4. Wandering Jew (Tradescantia pallid

Wandering Jew is another beautiful indoor plant with colorful stripy leaves.

It’s a trailing plant, so it’s ideal for a hanging planter, or placed on top of a bookcase or shelf.

Wandering Jew plants need lots of bright, indirect light to keep their colors bright. The leaves can fade in low light environments.

When watering Wandering Jews, it’s best not to water right into the crown as it can cause the plant to rot.

wandering jew plant

5. 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, spiky leaves.

The leaves have horizontal green stripes and some varieties have yellow stripes along the outside edges.

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue are easy to care for and they don’t need to be watered too often.

They can tolerate low light conditions, so they’re perfect for rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light.

6. Nerve Plant (Fittonia)

Nerve plants are small tropical plants with dark green foliage and white or pink stripes that look like veins running through the leaves.

They grow best in humid conditions with lots of moisture, so they’re ideal plants for closed terrariums or bathrooms.

Nerve plants only grow to about 6 inches (15 centimetres) tall, so they’re perfect for small homes and apartments. [1]

nerve plant

7. Pleomele (Dracena reflexa)

Dracena, also known as Dragon plants or Corn plants, have long green leaves with yellow stripes.

They’re native to subtropical areas so they grow best in warm humid climates.

Dracena plants can also be grown outside the tropics but they need bright, indirect light and regular misting.

Unfortunately Dracena plants are toxic for dogs and cats, so it’s not a good idea to have them in your home if you have pets inside.

striped dracena plant

8. Bromeliads

Bromeliads are another popular indoor plant that loves humidity.

There are many different types of bromeliads including some with striped leaves.

They have spectacular large flowers that are actually modified leaves called bracts.

Bromeliads thrive in well-lit rooms, but direct sunlight can burn the leaves.

bromeliad plant

9. Ti Plant (Cordyline minalis)

Ti plants have brightly colored striped leaves in a range of colors including pink, purple, red, brown and green.

They’re a tropical plant, so they thrive in humid conditions and they need bright, indirect light.

Watering Ti plants with tap water that contains fluoride can cause the leaves to turn brown, so it’s best to use bottled, filtered or rain water to water them.

striped ti plant

10. African Mask Plant (Alocasia sanderiana)

African mask plants have dark green leaves with white or green stripy veins.

They’re fairly easy to care for but they need plenty of water, humidity and indirect light

African mask plants are toxic so it’s best to keep them away from small children and pets.

african mask plant

So there are 10 beautiful indoor plants with striped leaves.

These plants are ideal for adding some color and interest to your houseplant collection.


Which of these striped indoor plants do you like best? 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 6 Comments

  1. Sophie

    I have a spider plant at home. I didn’t know that’s what it’s called! I’ve had it for years. I really like some of the other plants you’ve mentioned as well, especially the croton. I love the colours.

  2. Stella

    I have had most of these plants in my last apartment that has become quite a jungle. I loved it. But when I moved continents, I had to give all my plants away. Now I am in the process of settling and ready to adopt some more indoor plants and this article is a beautiful reminder of what is out there!

  3. Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    I hadn’t really paid much attention to the leaves on plants, but these are all beautiful. They’ll make great additions to my house!

  4. Kat

    This is a great range of plants. I actually have two spider plants which were given to me as tiny cuttings and are now giant plants. I can’t wait until they produce some cuttings, so I can share with others in my area.

    1. Viline Christopher

      Lovely, I live in the tropics and have all these plants. Thanks for the help in caring for them.

  5. Britt K

    There are some beautiful plant options here. Of the plants listed, the only one that I have ever grown over the years was the Spider Plant, but I always LOVED how it looked (until my mischievous cat decided it was a good idea to throw it off the windowsill and then drag it around the house, ripping pieces off along the way… it never came back from that lol). I really appreciate that you do take the time to warn people about the risk with pets when necessary. That is SO important to know!

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