Brighten Up Your Home with Indoor Plants that Flower
Flowering indoor plants are a great sustainable and not to mention a cost-effective alternative to cut flowers and if they are properly looked after they can provide colour and beauty in your home throughout the year with constant blooms.
Here are some of our favourite indoor plants that flower to bring your home to life:
1. Peace Lily
Peace lilies are native to the tropical jungle floors of South & Central America. An easy-care plant, peace lilies have large glossy green leaves and dramatic white hooded flowers. The white hood is actually a modified leaf rather than a true flower.
Peace lilies love warmth and humidity and should be watered whenever the soil has dried out and they look a little limp. The individual blooms will eventually be spent, but if the conditions are right you should see a constant stream of blooms throughout the year. Spent blooms can be pruned to help encourage new ones, and giving your peace lily liquid fertiliser during the growing season will also encourage new blooms.
Beyond their amazing looks and easy care, peace lilies are also superstars at breaking down harmful toxins found in the air inside homes such as VOCs.
Be careful as although these are not true lilies which can be highly toxic to animals and humans if ingested, they still can cause a mild reaction due to calcium oxalate crystals in the leaves.
Flamingo flowers or anthuriums are another indoor plant that flowers and is native to South & Central America and a close relative to peace lilies. Flamingo flowers have similar flowers to peace lilies, but can be found in a wider range of colours, including pink, orange, red, green, purple, black, yellow, salmon, brown and even blue.
Similarly to the peace lily, flamingo flowers love warmth and humidity so make a great option for kitchens and bathrooms. With their dazzling array of colours, they are a perfect indoor plant that flowers to add beauty to your home!.
Orchids are a huge family of flowering plants with 28,000 known species, that’s 4x the amount of all known mammals, and since the species started to be cultivated by horticulturists a huge total of over 100,000 hybrids and cultivars have been created.
One of the most popular orchids is the phalaenopsis orchid. Phalaenopsis orchids are epiphytic plants, which means that in the wild they grow on top of other plants and they absorb nutrients and moisture from the air.
The blooms on these incredible plants can last throughout the year. To look after them and keep them blooming, they need warmth and humidity, but avoid overwatering their roots, as the roots need air and should not be waterlogged on planted in a dense growing medium. When repotting orchids you should use a special orchid mix.
While orchids have a reputation for being difficult to grow if you give them the right growing conditions they are easy to look after and can provide all year round blooms to add beauty anywhere in your home.
What’s more, as they are one of few plants to photosynthesize during the nighttime, they actually produce oxygen at night making them a perfect plant for a bedroom.
They are also one of our top selling gifts!
4. Scarlet Star
Scarlet Star is the common name of Guzmania Lingulata, which is part of the Bromeliad family. These colourful plants have green leaves that centre around a spectacular rosette of colour.
To water these plants you need to fill the ‘urn’ in the centre of the plant with water and always keep these two thirds full. It is one of the few plants that can be watered this way without risking rotting.
Guzmania grow very well under artificial light and do not need a lot of natural light so they are great plants to add a splash of colour into an office environment. Guzmania are usually potted in small containers which actually helps to sustain the bloom.
Each plant only blooms once during its lifecycle but they can last for months (and even up to three years!) so they are a wonderful way to add some colour and beauty to your home.
The flaming sword plant or Vriesea Orange is another genus of plants that are closely related to Guzmania. Similarly to Guzmania, they are native to South & Central America and they are also epiphytes.
With their bright sword-like blooms these plants are another great option if you are looking for a colourful indoor plant that flowers..
Purple Shamrock or Oxalis triangularis is a bulb plant with triangular-shaped purple wine colour leaves with dainty white flowers. Native to Brazil and South America and found all over the world except for the North & South Pole. Oxalis is so prevalent that in many places it is considered a weed.
The flowers are even edible and have medicinal qualities, making Oxalis another great way to bring beauty into your home.
There are two other great groups of indoor plants that flower:
Firstly, plants such as Jasmine and Lavender not only look great but have a beautiful scent that can make your home even more tranquil and relaxing. Lavender has even been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, perfect for those who struggle to sleep at night. Lavender works well in both the bedroom and the bathroom. These scented plants are sure to add beauty to your home.
Finally, there is the Christmas Crew of flowering plants. This includes the Christmas Cactus, a funky Cactus that flowers in December with bright pink blooms. The Poinsettia is the Christmas classic with royal red leaves and Amaryllis, a flowering bulb that will bring crimson red blooms throughout the winter months.
Choose The Stem for Indoor Plants that Flower
After exploring our top picks of Indoor plants that flower, we hope you have found the perfect new addition to your home. You’ll find plant care information on the plants product page if you are unsure of how to look after your new leafy friend. Be sure to check all the other great plants we offer online at The Stem.
Written by James Folger, Found of The Stem