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Top 10 Easy to Grow Flowering Ornamental Houseplants

A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.

Flowering house plants look great in the center of the table or on the windowsill or by the side of your sofa. They add beauty and brighten the space around with vibrant colors.

Flowering houseplants not only improve the decor of a room they help to give a sense of well-being and happiness.

Houseplants improve the quality of air inside your home. During photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen that we breathe thereby rejuvenating the surrounding air that we breathe.

Presenting flowering ornamental house plants -

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

1. Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus plants are colorful and are great to grow indoors as ornamental plants. The botanical name of Christmas Cactus is “Schlumbergera bredgesii”. It is a tropical flowering plant that is easy to grow indoors with good care.

The flowers of the Christmas Cactus varieties bloom in colors of pink, white mixed with pink, orange, fuchsia, red, orange-red, and yellow.

The Christmas Cactus can grow well in bright light and has to be watered at regular intervals, just enough to keep the soil moist. If the Christmas Cactus is not watered regularly the plant will wilt, and the flowers will drop off and if it is watered more than required spots will occur on the leaves due to white rot.

Touch the soil to see if it is dry and then water as needed. Prune the Christmas Cactus a month after blooming to encourage the cactus to branch out.

The Christmas Cactus plant can be easily propagated by cutting off sections of the stem that has two to three joints and planting them in the soil. This plant needs to be kept away from sources of direct heat like the fireplace, heaters to bloom.

Gloxinia

Gloxinia

2. Gloxinia

The botanical term for Gloxinia is Siningia speciosa. Gloxinia plants are closely related to African violets. These plants are easy to grow and require little looking after. They bloom in late winter or early spring.

Gloxinia plants grow up to 18 inches in height. The flowers are three inches wide and bell shaped. The flowers of the Gloxinia plant varieties bloom in colors of crimson, deep red, mix of white and pink, violet or white.

Gloxinias grow well in warm temperatures and well-watered soil. They can be grown from seeds, cuttings or tubers in late winter or early spring.

Guppy Plant

Guppy Plant

3. Guppy Plant

The botanical name of the Guppy plant is Nematanthus gregarius. It is an evergreen tropical plant that is easy to grow indoors with good care. The Guppy plant has smooth, glossy leaves and grows to about 6 -10 inches in height. The flower of this plant blooms in a vibrant orange color.

The Guppy plant needs bright light to bloom. It blooms throughout the year. Place the Guppy plant near a bright window but do not expose it to bright sunlight and do not overwater this plant.

Martha Washington Geranium

Martha Washington Geranium

4. Martha Washington Geranium

The Martha Washington Geranium (Pelagorium x domesticum) grows well indoors and is easy to take care of. This plant is also knowns is also known as Regal Geraniums.

The flowers of the Geranium plant varieties bloom in colors of deep purple, deep burgundy, pale pink, pink and white. This plant blooms indoors throughout the year. The leaves are bright green in color with a gentle citrus scent.

The Geranium plant needs bright sunlight and survives well in cool temperatures.

Cape Primrose

Cape Primrose

5. Cape Primrose

The botanical name of the Cape Primrose is Streptocarpus hybridus, native to South Africa. This plant is very easy to grow and needs very little maintenance. It grows up to one foot and grows well in bright light. Keep this plant shaded from the direct sunlight.

The Cape Primrose blooms throughout the year. There are many hybrid varieties of this plant that are available.

The flowers of the hybrid varieties of the Cape Primrose plant bloom in colors of pink, white, purple or red. The Cape Primrose plants have long, rich green leaves that grow in rosettes

The Cape Primrose grows well in cool room temperatures; they wilt if the room is too hot. Do no over water the plant; this plant needs soil that is just moist.

It is very easy to propagate the Cape Primrose when compared to all other plants. These plants can be propagated by leaf cuttings, by dividing the plant or by using seeds.

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6. Scarlet Star

The botanical name of the Scarlet Star is Guzmania lingulata. The Scarlet Star is a Bromeliad. (Bromeliads can be potted, or they can survive attached to a host plant without causing any harm to the host plant). Guzmania lingulata is native to Middle and South America.

The Scarlet Star is easy to grow ornamental indoor house plant that can also be grown outdoors as well. These plants grow well in partial shade or full shade combined with warm temperatures. The soil must be watered just enough so that the soil is wet. Let the soil dry out completely before watering again.

The leaves of the Scarlet Star are long, deep green and leathery. They grow in stacks one above the other and spread outwards from the central stalk of the plant.

This plant produces a single beautiful flower. The flower heads are in the shape of a wide, deep cup with many bracts growing in layers. The blooms of the Scarlet Star are at first green and then turn into a faded yellow color. As the bracts peel away from the main cup of the flower, they turn into deep scarlet red or orange in color.

This plant requires moist soil to grow well and live for three to four years. When this plant is viewed from the top it looks star shaped hence the name Scarlet Star. It blooms only once in a lifetime, but the blooms are tough and lasts for about five months.

In the center of the flower, there are small white flowers that are barely visible. Once the flower dies the offsets or pups of the plant remain that can be propagated.


Brazilian Fireworks

Brazilian Fireworks

7. Brazilian Fireworks

The botanical name of the Brazilian Fireworks is Porphyrocoma pohliana. It is a tropical evergreen plant. This plant is also known as “Purple Shrimp”, “Blue Shrimp”, and "Rose Pine Cones".

The Maracas Brazilian Fireworks needs a medium to bright light to grow well. Avoid exposing this plant to bright sunlight to prevent the bleaching of leaves. The leaves of this plant are deep green with silver veins. The soil must be moist and well drained.

In late spring and summer, the Maracas Brazilian Fireworks sprouts deep red flower bracts that later on develop purple flowers making the entire plant look very attractive.

When the flowers of this plant start to wilt, they shoot out small black seeds. Both the color and the shooting out of the seeds has earned this plant the name “Brazilian Fireworks.”

Begonias

Begonias

8. Wax Begonia

The botanical name of Wax Begonia is Semperflorens begonias also known as Bedding Begonias. These plants are very popular as bedding plants. Wax Begonias can also be grown as indoor plants.

Wax Begonias are easy to grow and need little maintenance. They produce colourful blooms throughout the year with glossy attractive leaves.

Wax Begonia has many hybrids that produce blooms in colors of white pink, rose or red. The leaves are closely packed and covered with blooms. The leaf color of the hybrids of this plant includes green, red and bronze.

Wax Begonias grow well in bright light or partial shade but need warm temperatures to survive. This plant has to be watered so that the soil is just moist.

This plant can be propagated easily by taking stem cuttings in spring. Wax Begonia seeds are very tiny and may take several months to grow after planting the seeds in spring.

Jungle Geraniums

Jungle Geraniums

9. Jungle Geranium

The botanical name of the Jungle Geranium is Ixora coccinea. This plant is also known as the Flame of the Woods, Jungle Flame and Scarlet Jungle Flame.

Jungle Geranium is a flowering shrub native to India and Sri Lanka. This plant is a beautiful flowering plant with flowers bunched together. It grows to about 4 feet in height and has leathery, shiny, oblong leaves that are arranged in pairs or threes around the stem.

The flowers of the Jungle Geranium are tubular and are up to 2 inches long. The hybrid varieties of this plant bloom in colors of orange, yellow, pink and red.

Jungle Geraniums need regular watering but do not over water the plant. These plants need bright light to bloom. They cannot tolerate temperatures below 15 degrees centigrade. These plants can be propagated easily by taking stem cuttings during spring.

Kaffir Lily

Kaffir Lily

10. Kaffir Lily

The botanical name of the Kaffir Lily is Clivia miniata, native to South Africa. Kaffir Lily is easy to grow and requires little maintenance.

The flowers of the Kaffir Lily bloom in clusters. Each cluster has ten to twenty flowers that are trumpet shaped with orange petals with a yellow colored center. The Kaffir Lilly plant varieties bloom in colors of red, white and yellow. The leaves of the Kaffir Lily are dark green and arch over each other.

The Kaffir Lily plant takes about two to five years to mature fully. It grows up to 18 inches in height. It grows well in bright light and does not require direct sunlight. The soil should be just moist for this plant to grow well.

Kafir Lily is poisonous. Children and pets will fall ill if they bite or chew on these plants.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Nithya Venkat

Comments

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 23, 2014:

AudreyHowitt thank you and I do hope your plant blooms.

Audrey Howitt from California on July 23, 2014:

Some of my favorite flowers! I am trying to get my scarlet star to bloom but I think I don't give it enough water --

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 20, 2014:

whounwho thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

whonunuwho from United States on June 20, 2014:

Beautiful pics and great info my friend. Thanks for sharing. whonu

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 20, 2014:

thumbi7 thank you.

JR Krishna from India on June 20, 2014:

The flowers are so beautiful..

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 20, 2014:

torrilynn thank you for stopping by,thanks for the vote too.

torrilynn on June 19, 2014:

flowering house plants are really nice to look at. my grandmother has some at her house and they really do brighten up the room. thanks for the hub. voted up.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 19, 2014:

mary615 thank you, the Aglaonema must be beautiful!! thank you for your vote up and share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 19, 2014:

I love all plants, and you made a great selection here. I just bought a pretty potted plant at Home Depot. It is called Aglaonema. It had beautiful red/pink foliage and a white spike blossom.

I used to grow African Violets; they are beautiful house plants, too.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on May 20, 2014:

Nadine May you have a lovely collection of plants, thank you for your visit and I hope your Christmas Cactus grows well.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on May 20, 2014:

I loved your hub. I have several flowering orchids, a bougainvillea and a rose in pots in my living room at the moment. We have plenty Clivia miniata in our garden, so I never kept them as an indoor flowering plant. I love the Christmas Cactus and keep buying them when in flower, but sadly I seem to give them to much water. Awesome

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 27, 2014:

Lady_E Christmas Cactus is beautiful. Thank you for stopping by.

Elena from London, UK on April 25, 2014:

Spoilt for choice. They are all lovely. The Christmas Cactus one is extra beautiful, but I must remember not to water it, or go near it, after a glass of wine....or it will scratch.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 11, 2014:

AudreyHowitt the Christmas Cactus is really beautiful, thank you.

anglnwu thank you, the Cape Primrose is great.

ChitrangadaSharan thank you and am glad you came to know of more flowering plants.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 10, 2014:

All these are beautiful suggestions and it is difficult to choose one from them. I have seen most of these plants but did not know their name. Thanks for the education.

Well presented hub, voted up!

anglnwu on April 10, 2014:

Enjoyed getting to know all the beautiful houseplants. My favorite has to be the Cape Primrose. Great hub and rated up.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 10, 2014:

I love the Christmas cactus as well--and didn't know it could be grown from cuttings!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 08, 2014:

teaches12345, begonias are very beautiful, thank you for stopping by.

Dianna Mendez on April 07, 2014:

A friend of mine has the prettiest Christmas Cactus growing on her kitchen window sill. They are beautiful. I love the begonias best. Thanks for sharing these lovely flower options with us.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 06, 2014:

MartieCoetser thank you.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 06, 2014:

Excellent hub about awesome house plants. Love them all! Thanks, Vellur :)

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on April 01, 2014:

tillsontitan thank you. Great that the Christmas Cactus is still blooming, you must be taking good care of it. Thanks for the votes too.

starstream thank you for stopping by, Christmas Cactus is definitely an amazing delight!

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on March 31, 2014:

Thanks for sharing. The most wonderful plant a blooming Christmas cactus is an amazing delight to the eyes and heart in that it usually blooms so abundantly!

Mary Craig from New York on March 31, 2014:

This is great Velllur! The plants are beautiful and your information very helpful. I am known as the indoor plant killer but for whatever reason can keep a Christmas Cactus alive. Mine bloomed in November then started again in January and is STILL blooming!

I loved your choice of flowering plants and was totally impressed by them all.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 31, 2014:

Nell Rose they are amazing indeed!! Having all of them would be like an explosion of colors!! Thank you for stopping by, the vote and share.

Nell Rose from England on March 31, 2014:

Aren't they amazing names? lol! I wonder who comes up with them in the first place? they are all beautiful, I would love all of them in my house, great hub Vellur, voted up and shared! nell

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 30, 2014:

rajan jolly thank you and yes the Scarlet Star is very beautiful!!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 30, 2014:

Lovely plants all but I like the Scarlet Star most. Thanks for this information.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 30, 2014:

tobusiness thank you. Go ahead and get the cuttings! Thanks for the share too.

DDE yes the Christmas Cactus is awesome, thank you for stopping by.

Eddy thank you for reading and the vote. Your house plants must be amazingly beautiful!!

always exploring you should start growing them again, the scarlet star is amazing. Thank you for stopping by.

Pamela99 thank you, for stopping by, Your plants must be a treat to see!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 29, 2014:

What a lovely array of plants. I have some of these and love all of them. I have not seen the Guppy Plant before and would love to have one of those also. I run out of room to place plants in the house, but grpw begonias outside. Very lovely pictures and great information.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 29, 2014:

So many of the plants pictured were my mother's favorite houseplants. I used to grow christmas cactus, african violets and begonias. I havn't had them in the house for a long time. My favorite picture is the scarlet star. I have never had one. I think i will try keeping them inside again. Thank you for the inspiration...

Eiddwen from Wales on March 29, 2014:

I love my houseplants and this hub was so interesting. Thanks for sharing and voting up.

Eddy.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 28, 2014:

So beautiful flowers and the colors are amazing. the list of ornament plants are so well displayed and I like the Christmas Cactus the best. Voted up, useful and beautiful.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on March 28, 2014:

Beautiful and informative hub. I forgot to bring in my Christmas Cactus a couple of winters ago, needless to say, it is no more, it ceases to be. :) Thanks for the reminder, I must get some cuttings. Up and sharing.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 28, 2014:

rebeccamealey thank you for stopping by and reading. Martha Washington Geranium is awesome.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 28, 2014:

Thanks for sharing this lovely selection of houseplants with us. Love that Martha Washington geranium!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 28, 2014:

Faith Reaper thank you for your appreciation. Thanks for the pin, vote ans share. The Scarlet Star is really beautiful!

tirelesstraveler thank you for stopping by. The Martha Washington Geranium is beautiful. Some plants can be grown outdoors and indoors.

Judy Specht from California on March 28, 2014:

Beautiful! Amazing an indoor plant in one part of the world is an outdoor plant in another. Most of the plants in your hub would be outdoors plants in my area. The Martha Washington geranium is my favorite anywhere.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 28, 2014:

Oh, such beautiful plants you have shared here! I love them all, especially that Scarlet star. I do not believe I have ever seen one.

Beautiful and useful hub.

Up and more, pinning and tweeting

Have a great weekend,

Faith Reaper

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 28, 2014:

Jackie Lynnley yes you can get cuttings from them, thank you for reading and the share.

billybuc you can grow them easily, thank you for stopping by.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 28, 2014:

Why is it that some people, like me, can't keep house plants alive? It could be because I constantly forget to water them. LOL These are all very lovely....maybe some day I'll try again.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 28, 2014:

Oh I love the first one up there, I never thought about getting cuttings from them! I guess you could just keep it going that way! Thanks for sharing. I will share too. ^