20 Flowers that Grow in Pots Indoors | Indoor Flowering Plants

Flowers add color and liveliness to indoors when they bloom. Check out this list of flowers that grow in pots indoors.

Growing flowering plants is highly rewarding as the blooms instantly beautify any space in the blooming season. Apart from being stunningly beautiful, the fragrant flowers also spread that uplifting aroma around. But not all flowers grow in pots indoors, that’s why it’s essential to know which ones do! So, we have put together a list of the best flowers that grow in pots indoors.

1. Jasmine

jasmine blooming in pot on windowsill

Botanical Name: Jasminum

It’s a glorious aromatic plant that grows in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Apart from ornamental use, jasmine flowers can also be used as an ingredient to prepare tea. In the indoor space, place it near a window or balcony where it plenty of sunlight. Jasmine has a shallow root system and requires a pot of 6-8 inches deep that’s why it’s in our list of best flowers for shallow pots!

2. Flowering Quince 

Japanese Flowering Quince

Botanical Name: Chaenomeles Superba

The spring blooms of Japanese Flowering quince or Pink lady have made it a popular ornamental plant. Depending on the cultivar, the flowers can be white, orange, or scarlet, which also bloom in the shade. As it can grow to around 6 feet tall, make sure to choose a large plastic or ceramic container.

3. African Violet

African Violet in pot indoors

Botanical Name: Saintpaulia

African violets are great to create a show display of blooms indoors when the outdoors is somewhat bland. Place them near a south or west-facing window as they thrive in the filtered light of medium intensity. Fuzzy leaves with pink, purple, or white blooms look beautiful in containers.

4. Begonias

flowering begonias in pot indoors

Botanical Name: Begonia

With more than 2000 cultivars, begonias have many well-suited species for indoor space as an ornamental houseplants. Apart from the blooms, begonias also feature stunning foliage with specks and different levels of variegation. Overall it’s a steal the deal plant!

5. Wax Plant

Hoya Carnosa or wax plant flowering in pot indoors

Botanical Name: Hoya Carnosa

Also known as the porcelain flower, this flowering plant is well-suited for low lighting conditions. It blooms in clusters of showy, fragrant flowers that add a tropical flair to the indoor space. It grows well in bright light to bright indirect light filtering from curtains. You can let the trailing stems hang or train them over a trellis; both look stunning!

6. Wood sorrels

Purple Oxalis Triangularis blooming in pot

Botanical Name: Oxalis

Oxalis stands out with triangular purple leaves that open and close in response to light. White to pale pink blooms grow over the foliage and beautify the plant even more. Growing well in filtered bright to medium light, it’s a great addition to home or office. It has a deep root system, so don’t for shallow pots.

7. Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus blooming in pot on windowsill

Botanical Name: Schlumbergera bridgessii

This stunning plant blooms in winters add to the festivities of the Christmas and holiday season. Flowers come in salmon, hot pink, deep red, pale pink, and white, with attractive foliage that grows in segments. Please keep it away from direct light by placing it near a window with drapes. Given proper care, your Christmas cactus will live for decades!

8. Impatiens

impatiens in pot indoors

Botanical Name:

Easy to grow and care for impatiens are perfect for impatient gardeners as they require minimal care. As they can grow well partial to deep shade, you can place them almost anywhere in the indoor space. So the next time you think about flowers for indoor space in pots, don’t forget impatiens!

9. Laceleaf

Anthurium with blooms in pot indoors

Botanical Name: Anthurium

Deep green leathery foliage and heart-shaped red flowers make the Anthurium a pretty special indoor member. Avoid direct light by placing them 3-5 feet away from the window to receive filtered sunlight. Start in the pot 8 inches in diameter and make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom. The size of the pot may vary depending on the cultivar.

10. Flowering Maple

Flowering maple (Abutilon) in pot

Botanical Name: Abutilon

It also goes by the name Indian mallow or parlor maple with leaves similar in shape to the maple tree. This ornamental plant has shrub-like growth habitat and has blooms that are similar to hibiscus. In the indoor space, place it near a window where it receives bright direct light.

11. Hydrangeas

Hydrangea flowering in a pot indoors

Botanical Name: Hydrangeas

Blooming in the spring hydrangeas makes a statement as houseplant set against any background in the container. For prolific blooms, place it at a well-lit spot indoors where it receives bright light but not direct afternoon sun. Go for a pot that’s a couple of inches wider than the pot you get it in.

12. Gloxinia

Gloxinia (Sinningia) in pot indoors

Botanical Name: Sinningia speciosa

Hybrids of Gloxinia are prolific bloomers that are grown as annuals and remain in bloom for a couple of months. The large, velvety, and vibrant flowers remind of African violets. Keep them out of direct sunlight in a well-lit area in moderately moist soil. Water at the base as it doesn’t like wet leaves.

13. Peace Lily

Peace Lily in pot indoors

Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum

The peace lily is a low-maintenance houseplant that livens up indoor space and at the same time removes indoor pollutants. Although it grows in low lights, bright indirect light is a must for blooming. Go for a pot that’s less than one-third the size of a root ball. Also, protect the plant from cold drafts of wind.

14. Hibiscus

Hibiscus flowering in pot

Botanical Name: Hibiscus

It’s a popular ornamental flowering plant that’s grown for large beautiful flowers and glossy foliage. Locate it near a bright source of light indoors to promote blooming. Tropical hibiscus is an excellent plant for containers, and apart from indoor space can be placed on patio or poolscapes.

15. Poinsettia

Poinsettia growing in pot near window

Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima

Used commonly for Christmas floral displays, Poinsettias are values for their red and green foliage. Apart from being decorative plants in the festive season, their lovely green foliage remains in vigor year around. The blooms are bracts that come in creamy white, pink to red, and some even in patterns of various colors.

16. Bush lily

clivia bush lily in a pot

Botanical Name: Clivia miniata

Also known as kaffir lily, the notable features of bush lily are the strap-shaped leaves and funnel-shaped flowers. Blooms can be red, yellow, or orange with a mild but sweet scent. The ideal spot to place it is near an east or south window to receive medium intensity light.

17. Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe blooming in pot

Botanical Name: Kalanchoe

Brighten up indoor space by growing this cheerful tropical succulent. Like other succulents, its watering needs are low, and it thrives in bright indirect light. Flowers grow in clusters and range from red, pink, orange, yellow and last for weeks.

18. Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowering in pot on windowsill

Botanical Name: Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a perfect gift for winter festivals as it produces blooms in the same period. Plant one bulb in each pot or mix up different bulbs in the same pot for a colorful show of flowers. Check out this post to know more about planting the Amaryllis bulbs.

19. Fern-leaf Bleeding Heart

Fern-leaf Dicentra Bleeding Heart flower close-up

Botanical Name: Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’ 

The reddish flowers have an interesting resemblance to heart shape and hence the unique name. It blooms for an extended period from late spring to summer. Although usually grown as ground cover, woodland gardens, or shaded areas borders and rock gardens, it can also grow in containers. Does well in partial shade!

20. Hellebore


Botanical Name: Helleborus

As it blooms early in the spring, which is near the lent season, it also goes by the name Lenten rose. Can grow in varying conditions ranging from full sun to partial shade. During Christmas, it’s sold as Christmas rose in containers which tells a lot about the popularity of this plant.

This concludes our list of flowers that grow well in pots indoors! Do let us know in the comments if we missed any.

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