Choosing indoor plants with red flowers can add a pop of vibrant color to your indoor space, creating a focal point and enhancing the overall decor.
Red flowers are very striking and visually appealing. They are often associated with love, passion, and energy.
Having red flowers in your indoor environment can evoke positive emotions and create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Keep reading to discover 15 of my favorite red indoor plants.
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Indoor plants with red flowers
These 15 houseplants with red blooms come in a range of sizes and shapes to cater for all indoor spaces. Some are very easy to care for, and others require a bit more TLC.
The red flowers on these indoor plants will deliver a nice contrast between the blooms and their foliage which can be visually striking.
This collection of red flowering houseplants are some that I particularly enjoy growing because most are quite unusual compared to normal indoor plants.
Commonly known as “Flamingo Flower” or “Laceleaf”, anthurium is a popular houseplant prized for its distinctive and ornamental red flowers and glossy, dark green leaves.
The flower of anthurium (also called a spathe) is often heart-shaped and comes in various colors, with red being the most common.
Anthuriums are known for their long-lasting blooms which can persist for several weeks or even months.
Find out more about how to care for anthuriums here.
Lipstick plants (Aeschynanthus radicans) have vibrant red, tubular flowers that resemble a lipstick container.
They are known, not only for their captivating and unique blooms, but also for their lush green foliage. These trailing plants are normally found in tropical climates but are suitable as houseplants.
Find out more about how to grow lipstick plant here.
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum), a traditional holiday plant, is an excellent choice when considering indoor plants with red flowers.
The plant grows from a bulb that produces large, trumpet-shaped flowers which come in many shades of red that can last for several weeks.
Amaryllis can be forced indoors to give blooms in the winter months, and it is relatively easy to care for.
The red gloxinia, (Sinningia speciosa,) is a popular red flower indoor plant with vibrant and colorful trumpet-shaped flowers and velvety, dark green leaves. The foliage is attractive even when the plant is not in bloom.
Gloxinias are tropical plants usually grown as houseplants and they can be quite showy.
You can’t beat a tropical hibiscus for its prolific flowering. As long as you can keep your plant warm and on a bright, sunny windowsill, (or under a grow light) you’ll be treated with flowers year round.
I grow mine as an annual outdoors in summer and bring it indoors in the fall for long-lasting winter blooms.
Bromeliads are relatively low-maintenance houseplants that can make a beautiful addition to your home. What we consider their flower is actually a bract – a specialized leaf-like structure that is normally colorful.
The actual flowers of a bromeliad are often small and inconspicuous compared to their colorful bracts. Bracts differ in color, size, or shape compared to the plant’s leaves and are meant to attract attention.
Red Easter cactus
Also known as Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri, Easter cactus is a popular houseplant known for its spectacular star shaped flowers. Even though it is called a cactus, it is actually a succulent plant.
The Red Easter Cactus is known for its ability to bloom during the spring, often around the Easter holiday, hence its common name.
Check out this post for tips on growing Easter cactus.
The chenille plant, also known as Acalypha hispida or “red hot cat’s tail,” is a striking and unique houseplant known for its long, fuzzy, red catkin-like flowers.
Their distinctive flowers make them an unusual addition to your indoor plant collection. With the right care, you can enjoy their striking blooms all year-round.
Chenille plants grow from seed but you can also purchase starter plants on Etsy.
Thanksgiving Cactus with red flowers
Schlumbergera truncata (and it’s cousin Christmas cactus) is a succulent that produces pendulant red flowers during the late fall and early winter months.
These plants are known for their bright, colorful blooms which can really brighten up a room in autumn when little else is flowering.
Red moon grafted cactus
The “Red Moon Cactus” is not a naturally occurring cactus but rather a man-made hybrid. It is often created by grafting one type of cactus onto the top of another variety, typically the Dragon Fruit cactus.
This provides a colorful, red top. Even though this is not actually a flower, it gives the appearance of a bloom all year long!
Crown of thorns
Euphorbia milii, commonly known as the Crown of Thorns or Christ Plant, is a succulent-like plant produces small flowers. Like most succulents, it is a hardy and drought-tolerant houseplant.
The common name “Crown of Thorns” is derived from the belief that the branches of this plant were used to create the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head during the crucifixion.
In addition to the pretty red flowers, the plant also produces thorns or spines along its stems. These thorns can be quite sharp and formidable, as well as a sap that can be toxic, so care should be taken if you have children and pets.
Silver Skies episcia
Episcia ‘Silver Skies’ is a stunning houseplant valued for its attractive, patterned foliage and pretty red flowers. I first discovered this plant during a visit to the Myriad Botanic Gardens in Oklahoma City and fell in love with it.
This plant is a challenge to grow indoors, since it likes high humidity, but if you can provide this, you’ll be rewarded with the lovely contrast of the veined foliage and small red flowers.
It is right at home in a hanging basket in a bathroom!
Red tuberous begonia
Tuberous begonias are known for their colorful and showy flowers, which are often double petaled and resemble rose flowers.
They have a long blooming period, often from late spring or early summer through the fall. Their ability to produce continuous and abundant flowers for months on end makes them a favorite choice for containers.
Find out more about growing begonias here.
If you are shopping in the big box stores during the fall and winter, you are likely to come across Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana, also known as Flaming Katy or Widow’s Thrill.
This plant is a great choice for the holidays, since it flowers for weeks around Christmas time and into winter.
You can learn more about growing Flaming Katy here.
Cyclamen is a popular houseplant known for its attractive, butterfly-like flowers and showy leaves. One thing that particularly appeals to me is the way the flowers sit above the foliage, making them a real stand-out.
This plant blooms in the winter time, adding some much needed color indoors.
Find out more about growing cyclamen here.
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