Indoor Plants [32 Examples, Types and Names]

You will agree with me that having indoor plants can bring color, freshness and a natural touch to your home, right?

Indoor plants have as their main characteristic their ability to grow and live indoors. That is, in conditions of low light and ambient air .

Having them at home and offices has many benefits (such as the famous feng shui) and today we will give you acomplete guide so you know how to take care of them.

Here is a list of 31 of the best indoor plants that you can grow and enjoy in your home. If you particularly like any, you can delve into its cultivation and care

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Below we are going to show some examples, varieties and types (with photos) of very common houseplants. You can enjoy any of these indoor plants in your home, and we also show you a detailed article on each of them, so you can go deeper

32 Examples of Indoor Plants that we recommend


Hydrangeas belong to the Hydrangea genus and are one of the most widely used ornamental plants throughout the world.

Hydrangeas are semi-shade plants.

To learn more about the cultivation, care and growth of hydrangeas, check out this article.

The Cactus

Cacti are fabulous plants.

They require little care and since they are used to growing and reproducing in really harsh environments (deserts), they are also a very interesting option as an indoor plant.

If you want to know more about how to plant cacti, take care of them and make them grow, check out this article.


the azalea it is a wonderful plant. Very typical to see in Japanese gardens, where it originates from.

It combines with many other beautiful or wild flowers and can also live for many years.On the other hand, it can be considered an ornamental plant and also works as a houseplant.

To deepen: cultivate, care for and grow azaleas see this article.

the pothos

It is one of the best plants for those who love gardening,the pothos(Epipremmum aureum) is one of our favorites. Its good popularity is based on the fact that it is easy to grow and care for and has a very beautiful appearance.

In addition, as it offers a hanging system (so it can be considered a hanging plant), it is much more beneficial for decoration.

If you want to know more about how to plant pothos and take care of them, look here.

The orchid

Orchids have fascinated the world for centuries due to their beauty and the many characteristics that make themuniquein the plant kingdom.

It can be considered an ornamental plant, due to its enormous beauty. They also benefit from being indoors as they are quite delicate and require specific care.

They are present almost everywhere in the world, although they develop preferentially in the tropics.

To learn more: Orchid care and planting.

the geranium

Geraniums are one of the most common plants in gardens. For the same reason, they are among the most recognizable.

This may bebecause they are very noble plants,They do not present many difficulties for their cultivation and require little maintenance.

To know more: The cultivation and care of geraniums.

the red chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum) It is one of the most beautiful and popular flowers on the planet, a place of honor that it shares with roses.

They are native to the Eurasian region. There are more than 9 varieties depending on the type and arrangement: highly aromatic, disk or stripe flowers, curved, reflexive, intermediate flowers, late-flowering anemones, singles, pom-poms.

They are ideal for growing indoors because they benefit from partial shade. Although if you decide to place a chrysanthemum indoors, you should place it in a place where it receives sunlight as much as possible (not direct sun). That is, avoid dark areas.

To learn more about chrysanthemum cultivation and care, check out this article.

The bamboo

Bamboo is one of our favorite trees.

In recent years, bamboo has become very popular for decorating interior spaces.

It is a tree of the grass family and it is estimated that there are more than 1,000 species around the world, with 50% of them belonging to the American continent.

Check out our guide on bamboo care and cultivation.

Aloe vera

Did you know that Aloe Vera is an herb that helps heal wounds?

In addition… it is used to control acne and to soften the itching of some insects, such as the annoying mosquito. And for many other things, just look at the number of different products that are sold .

It accepts direct sun for a few hours, but suffers when it is more than 7-8 hours. Therefore, the ideal is to put our plant in a shady place or one that receives a few hours of direct sunlight.

If you want to learn more about how to plant and care for aloe vera, check out this article.

red anthurium

Anthurium or Anthurium is one of the most used perennial herbaceous plants in interior decoration.

It reaches a length of between 30 to 40 cm. It has the peculiarity of exhibiting green, red and white tones, which generate intense contrasts, very showy.

Its intense green armored or pointed lanceolate leaves are among the most resistant of the different floral species.

Oxalis Triangularis or Butterfly Plant

If you like plants, but you want to leave the typical green color of their leaves, it has come to youtime to grow an oxalis triangularis.

This beautiful plant is also known as a butterfly and it is not for less because it has some outstanding characteristics that give it a similar shape to this insect.

In addition, its leaves have a nicepurple huethat can make your indoor garden stand out like no other.

To deepen: How to plant and care for the oxalis triangularis or butterfly plant.


begonias areflowers of impressive color and dazzling beautythat, among other things, are used for love, because the gift of a bouquet of begonias is proof of the feeling towards the person to whom it is conferred.

The more than fifteen hundred species of begonias are native, almost entirely, to the tropical or subtropical climates of Asia, Africa and South America.

To know more: Complete guide on growing and caring for begonias.

donkey tail

Speaking of begonias, do you know the donkey’s tail?

The more than fifteen hundred species of begonias are native, almost entirely, to the tropical or subtropical climates of Asia, Africa and South America.

It is also known as Borrego’s Tail or Drunkard’s Nose and it really is sensational to grow it in hanging baskets to decorate very special spaces in your home.

In this article we explain in detail the care and planting of the donkey tail.


Without a doubt, one of the best indoor plants is the Kalanchoe, native to the tropical territories of the untamed African continent, because with excellent care and a lot of love, you can make it bloom several times a year.

The Kalanchoe, with its shades of intense orange, pink, red, yellow or white, is ideal for generating striking decorative contrasts in your home.

But for it to bloom spectacularly, it needs a lot, a lot of light in a privileged place with good ventilation, where it can grow fully, as it reaches about 40 centimeters.

To learn more: How to grow and care for kalanchoe.


Dianthus chinensis is the scientific name of the Clavelina, another very resistant flowering plant, family of the carnations, which can survive even cold seasonal periods, although it will always prefer to live in a temperate climate.

Even the seed germinates in temperatures ranging from 16° to 20°C.

It comes from Asia. It is easily obtained in China, Korea, the entire southeast of that continent, Russia and part of Europe, where it grows in the Mediterranean area.

To know more: Planting and carnation care.

african violet

This beauty called African Violet or Saintpaulia ionantha, is quite a floral show that will gladly live in your home, as long as you place it in a place with plenty of natural light.

It is a sensational hybrid from Africa, specifically it is seen a lot in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. It was discovered at the end of the 19th century by Baron Walter von Saint-Paul-Illaire, which gave it an aristocratic fame throughout the world.

Its large round green leaves with hairs make a perfect contrast with the violet petals of its flowers, producing a sublime velvety effect that everyone will love.

The arrangement of the flowers runs in small clusters that go in very beautiful tones, with variations that go from purple to pale blue, a subtle white or a striking combination that emulates brushstrokes in these colors.

To know more: How to sow and make the African violet grow.

goose flowers

The Flor de Oca or Oxalis is a beautiful tropical plant that can bloom throughout the year, ideal for growing it in pots. Some 600 varieties have been recognized worldwide.

In general, they do not reach heights greater than 30 cm. But they are very resistant, they can expand almost anywhere because they withstand high temperatures, given their nature of tropical origin and they also adapt to the winter period.

It is considered an annual, perennial herbaceous plant with a special characteristic: most of the recognized species have leaves that emulate a perfect four-armed clover, composed of between three and ten heart-shaped leaflets. There are leaves that have many shades of beautiful hues on the underside and another color on the underside.

To learn more: Care and growth of Oca Flowers.


The species called Afelandra or Aphelandra squarrosa belongs to the Acanthaceae family and comes from the warm regions of America. Most of the little more than 200 varieties of Afelandra identified are located in Brazil.

It usually gives us fabulous decorated effects indoors, thanks to its unique bracts and/or really beautiful yellow floral inflorescences.

Although it is a plant that does not exceed 80 cm in height, its leaves are large, very green and with very prominent white or thick cream veins. The stem is woody and herbaceous at the end.

Afelandras need little light.

To know more: How to grow afelandra inside your house.


Bromeliads, from the Bromeliceae family, are another excellent houseplant.

They are exotic plants native to Brazil whose flowers are unique, because they become tall spikes of truly dazzling colors, almost phosphorescent, that are born in the center of the plant, very fleshy, tubular and with very bright foliage, of various shades.

There are even some very curious mottled ones.

Actually, the flowering system of Bromeliads is very peculiar. They have very striking colors, from a bright red, through a pink, orange or fuchsia.

To learn more: All about bromeliads and their care.

peace lily

If there is any plant that naturally adapts perfectly well to indoor cultivation, that is precisely the Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum, capable of surviving in closed spaces with little natural lighting.

It is also called peace lily.

It is native to the tropical regions of the American continent, from northern Mexico to southern Brazil and practically abounds in all the islands of the Caribbean Sea.

In Europe, however, only three species are recorded and in some areas of the Pacific and Asia it is also found to a lesser extent.

Some 36 different varieties of this unique plant have been typified which, as its name indicates, symbolizes Peace in the world, forgiveness of others and purity.

To learn more: Growing peace lilies indoors.


Lavender is one of nature’s most fabulous flowering plants. Its unmistakable aroma and its beautiful purple color purify and relax any environment.

It is a shrub with more than 60 varieties, belonging to the Lamiaceae family.

This means that it can reach one and a half meters in height and takes on a woody appearance.

Some have other shades, which vary between colors such as white, blue and pink. But purple prevails.

Since time immemorial, Lavender has been used for medicinal purposes to cure insomnia, anxiety states, migraines and is even very effective as a remedy to combat acne.

To learn more: All about Lavender and its care.


Belonging to the Liliaceae family and with the scientific name Tulipa, Tulips come from the Asian continent but have spread so much that in Holland they are considered the official flower par excellence.

And there are many varieties for growing outdoors and others indoors.

They are bulbs. Its large flowers of striking colors have been sculpted to perfection by the wonderful hand of nature.

The plant reaches an average height of about 30 to 60 cm. And the bulbs, sort of onion -shaped larvae of tulips, must be planted in the fall if we want to grow beautiful flowers.

The worldwide admiration for tulips has led to the proliferation of increasingly surprising hybrid varieties, a fervor that has also produced some types of bulbs that adapt very well to growing in pots, indoors that embellish privileged spaces in homes..

To know more: Planting and cultivation of tulips.


Anthurium or Anthurium is one of the most used perennial herbaceous plants in interior decoration. It reaches a length of between 30 to 40 cm. It has the peculiarity of exhibiting green, red and white tones, which generate intense contrasts, very showy.

Its intense green armored or pointed lanceolate leaves are among the most resistant of the different floral species.

The most curious of the Anthurium, however, are the spadix and the spathe, which can hardly go unnoticed.

The spadices are made up of a series of clustered dots, which are actually small flowers capable of creating, all together, a beautiful inflorescence. This curious shape contains the flowers of the plant.

To know more: Planting and care of anthurium.

the philodendron

The genus Philodendron belongs to the Araceae family.

It is one of the best and easiest to grow indoor plants, to which they belong about 120 species and they are usually neglect-tolerant, adaptable and decorative. In short, they are pretty and do not need much care.

The philodendron needs little light.

the chinese palm tree

Livistona chinensis also called Chinese fan palm is a flowering plant within the Livistona genus of the palm family (Arecaceae). It is a dwarf palm widely cultivated in gardening.

Relatively cold tolerant as an adult, not this young. It requires moderate watering and sunny or semi-shade exposure.

It is used as an indoor plant and an outdoor plant in gardening as a small tree.

hall palm tree

The Parlor Palm or Chamedorea elegans is the ideal plant to decorate the interior of the home, but it can also be placed on the porch, in corners, on the patio or in the garden.

It comes from Central America, it can reach a height of two meters in pots, its leaves are compound, dark green, and it is a plant that can have male and female flowers.

It can be potted permanently, but this pot should be about two square centimeters wider than the plant.

Plus, they say they’re great at cleaning the air.

christmas cacti

The Christmas cactus is an exotic plant native to Brazil, which belongs to the cacti family, stands out for its colorful and impressive flowers that are shaped like feathers and has spread to many parts of the world.

It is also defined as winter cactus, Easter cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, or Santa Teresa feathers.

Increasingly, it has been used as a houseplant and an ornamental plant.

It is a totally different cactus from the other species, because it does not have spikes; its colors are pink, red and white.

It is an easy-to-grow plant, although very fragile, because its segments can break for no apparent reason, and for this reason we must take extreme care.

jade tree

El Árbol de jade (Crassula ovata) es una de las plantas ornamentales m

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