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Flowers are lovely to look at and can brighten up any home's interior. Some of the more common flowering house plants available are also good growing choices for their hardiness, ease of care, and long blooming periods. Pay a little attention to their individual light, feeding and watering needs, and these undemanding plants will reward you with flowers that bloom inside your home all year round.

African Violets (Saintpaulia ioantha)

African violets are hardy, year-round bloomers with fuzzy leaves and beautiful clusters of white, red, pink, purple, and even blue blooms. There are hundreds of varieties available, ranging in size from tiny miniatures to large trailing cultivars. African violets prefer bright indirect light near east- or west-facing windows, evenly moist soil, and regular feeding. Place your plants on trays filled with moist pebbles to provide them with the proper humidity. Feed them each time you water with a well-balanced fertilizer diluted to the strength of 1/4 tsp. per gallon of water.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace lilies are one of the most reliable blooming house plants in environments where bright sunlight is not available. The shiny, dark green leaves are topped by dramatic, spoon-shaped white flowers. Depending on the cultivar, they grow from 1 to 6 feet tall. This plant blooms heaviest during summer months, with many varieties blooming on and off throughout the year. Water just once a week and never leave the peace lily in standing water. Misting with water a couple of times a week will provide this plant with the higher humidity levels it loves. The plant requires light feedings once a month. A note of caution: Peace lilies are poisonous if ingested and should be kept out of reach of children and pets.

Anthurium (Anthurium andraeaneum)

The foliage of this house plant is shiny and dark green with showy, heart-shaped flowers in shades of red, pink, lavender and white. In the right conditions, anthurium bloom almost continuously with each flower lasting up to 8 weeks. Anthurium are not fussy plants. Provide them with bright, indirect light and let them dry out to the touch between watering. A feeding every other month is all it takes to ensure healthy blooms. When not in bloom, the interesting lance-shaped leaves make anantherium a beautiful foliage plant.

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Phalaenopsis, also called moth orchids, are considered one of the easiest orchids to grow. The white, yellow or pink flowers grow on long, arching spikes and may last for several months. Once the blooms are spent, new ones will appear on the same spikes in eight to 12 weeks. To encourage continuous blooms, provide your plants with diffused east or west light, good air circulation, and place them on a pebble tray to meet their high humidity need. Feed phalaenopsis on a regular basis, every time you water during spring and summer. During fall and winter, reduce the feedings to every second or third watering.

Keywords: flowering houseplants, blooming houseplants, indoor flowers

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Deborah Hall is a freelance writer from Portland, Oregon. She has written for numerous publications on a variety of topics, including educational trends and sustainable gardening practices. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in English.